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    1. It's not that bad, but still way, way higher than the general population. A large part of that is that the surgical transition is often sold to them as something that will miraculously solve all of their pysch issues, and when it doesn't they end up feeling even worse than they did before.

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      1. I meant... if they transition they "become" somebody other than who they were born therefore they ended their old life... an attempt at sarcasm... ; /

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        1. That makes sense. 🙂

          I haven't finished my first cup of coffee this morning, and I'm pretty good at taking things too literally even when fully awake.

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    1. It's 40% both with and without surgery, or so I gather. That seems like a very strong argument for treating the underlying metal illness rather than trying to palliate a symptom.

      Giving them surgery is like telling an anorexic that she really is too fat.

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      1. Johns Hopkins, which was a pioneering institution in reassignment surgery, has stopped doing them.

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  1. I've said this before, but if performing a Gastric Bypass operation on an anorexic person is malpractice so is gender conversion surgery....

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  2. Well, just because someone is serving in the military doesn't mean that person has access to firearms or to ammunition.

    Basic training: rifle issued when needed for activity; ammunition issued in controlled circumstances.

    Overseas garrison duty: rifle issued for alerts, qualifying; ammunition issued in controlled circumstances.

    Stateside garrison duty: rifle? what rifle? (except that we did qualify with one; I think there were 10 on all of Ft. Sam Houston)

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    1. Sounds about right. 🙁 At least in the Navy, active duty may not even keep a firearm (or any other weapon for that matter, I had to leave my archery equipment with my parents) in military issued housing. There is a big sign by all of the base entrances letting you know that you can't have a weapon in your car, and they've started asking you when you show them your ID. And of course this refusal to trust men and women who can launch a nuclear weapon with a sidearm is why the death toll at Fort Hood was so great.

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      1. How does one "launch a nuclear weapon with a sidearm"?

        (grinning mischievously) I am amused to have one of the most literate of Teh Horde post such a phrase!

        Agreed, it is a serious problem to have our service members disarmed so often, when we are clearly under attack by terrorists. Posting of "gun free" zones is a similar problem.

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        1. I'll have you know that phrase made perfect sense to me when I wrote it!

          "to trust men and women with a sidearm who can launch a nuclear weapon" might work, but then it almost sounds like the sidearm is launching the nuke. Perhaps best would have been "to trust with a sidearm men and women who can launch a nuclear weapon"? Sometimes English's lack of inflection is really annoying.

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