As the moderator who deleted the question, I want to let you in on my reasoning.
The point of the question was really to ask about guns.
I have no problem with essentially asking, "Do guns keep people safe?" ... although, such a question, because of the heat it generates, should be extremely academic in how it is asked. When I imagine a good answer, I expect:
- A high ratio of observable and/or reproducable fact to value judgements.
- An issue that is framed in less partisan terms
- An answer that does not denigrates those who disagree with it.
Already, I was finding the question .... lacking.
Then, there was the gratuitous use of rape.
I've counseled women who have been sexually attacked. These are strong women who have been traumatized. There are times to confront the issue of rape - when that is the issue. As I said, this was a question about guns. The rape was there for shock value.
I have a vested interest in seeing that this site is adopted as widely as possible. I do not expect a nursery, but I do not expect unnecessary roughness either. If we are going to ask questions about rape, then let's ask questions rape. But let's not just throw it in "to make a point." If you are going to make the site churn up memories for women who have been thus traumatized, I want to see a compelling reason for it.
Taken together, this seemed like troll-bait to me. This was the kind of thing that would needlessly churn up bad feelings without actually advancing the scholarly pursuit of hard facts about our political systems.
It served as a signpost - but one that went in exactly the wrong direction. So, I deleted it.