Have a nice day mig.
What specifically is anyone here poorly informed on, and why?
The more informed you think you are, the more deeply you're likely to be into a web of reinforcing propaganda. Hasn't that basically been established with science by now? Of course, everyone thinks it doesn't apply to themselves. Let's try some low hanging fruit from Brodan. For him gun control is a no-brainer. He said "I'm yet to see an example of a good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy." I mean, really?
There was a 2013 CDC study which includes stats on the defensive use of firearms (I'll let Forbes introduce it: https://www.forbes.c...s/#5196ccf8299a )
In particular, a 2013 study ordered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and conducted by The National Academies’ Institute of Medicine and National Research Council reported that, “Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence”:
Here's a salient portion from the study: https://www.nap.edu/...19/chapter/3#15
Defensive Use of Guns
Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed (Cook and Ludwig, 1996; Kleck, 2001a). Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million (Kleck, 2001a), in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008 (BJS, 2010). On the other hand, some scholars point to a radically lower estimate of only 108,000 annual defensive uses based on the National Crime Victimization Survey (Cook et al., 1997). The variation in these numbers remains a controversy in the field. The estimate of 3 million defensive uses per year is based on an extrapolation from a small number of responses taken from more than 19 national surveys. The former estimate of 108,000 is difficult to interpret because respondents were not asked specifically about defensive gun use.
A different issue is whether defensive uses of guns, however numerous or rare they may be, are effective in preventing injury to the gun-wielding crime victim. Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was “used” by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies (Kleck, 1988; Kleck and DeLone, 1993; Southwick, 2000; Tark and Kleck, 2004).
Now, if you can admit you were badly informed on this subject, just apply that to everything else you think you know and you'll be on to something. If you're a truly independent thinker, your head should be full of a LOT of "I don't knows" and "maybes".