Mass Shootings Are a Bad Way to Understand Gun Violence

Don’t let yourself be manipulated into calling for more gun control.

Great statistical breakdown by Maggie Koerth-Baker.

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The Las Vegas Massacre: They Want You to Panic … So Don’t

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“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel

Before I go any further, I ask that everyone extend their thoughts, prayers and condolences to all affected by Sunday night’s massacre on the Las Vegas Strip.

Concerning which, a few observations:

  • I remember it more vividly than any email I have ever received. On the afternoon of September 11, 2001, an old friend from my Tucson days sent me an email with a subject line that read: “They want you to panic…”. The first sentence of the body of the email read, “… so don’t”. When something absolutely horrific happens, our natural tendency is to panic and demand that our government “do something” to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.
  • Before rigor mortis set in on the first corpse, the Left, predictably, went to work demanding greater restrictions on gun rights. And they did so in spite of the fact that there is simply no correlation between rates of gun ownership and rates of homicide. America ranks first in the world in gun ownership and something like ninety-sixth in homicide. Furthermore, violent crime has fallen almost in half since 1995, even though we have more guns than ever. Speaking of 1995, that was the year in which Tim McVeigh killed 168 people without a gun!
  • Which brings me to my next point: this drop in crime has taken place in a time when America has more immigrants and Muslims – i.e. the boogiemen of the Right – than ever. The Las Vegas suspect, Stephen Paddock was neither. If nothing else, we will be spared another round of baseless Islamophobia.
  • The Left is not alone in demanding that we give up our liberties. Who remembers how, in the aftermath of 9/11, the Right gleefully gave away liberty in the name of security? Look for a repeat of this in the coming days. Americans have given up massive amounts of liberty in the name of being “safe”. Expect the Right to demand that Trump, like W before him, “do something”!
  • The state is far more dangerous than anything it claims to “protect us” against. Stephen Paddock, according to the official narrative, killed 59 people and injured 527 more. He did a lot of damage with his two hands. However, as Eric Peters once stated “the government has millions of hands”. Hence, it can do infinitely more damage. Stalin and Mao were each responsible for the deaths of tens of millions people. And they sent the police and military – i.e. the idols of the Right – to do the actual killing.
  • Don’t think you know what “the victims’ families” think or want, because you don’t! Some 9/11 survivors fully support the official story as well as the official response, while others totally ridicule the official narrative and response. Yet others fall somewhere in between. In the aftermath of Columbine, Tom Mauser, who lost a son in that tragedy, called for more gun control while Darrell Scott, who lost a daughter on that horrible day, traveled all over the country proclaiming that more gun laws were not the answer.
  • Don’t believe everything the mainstream media – i.e. CNN, Faux, MSNBCCCP – tells you. And don’t believe every conspiracy theory you hear. Do your own research and do your own thinking. As for me, I have a lot of trouble believing the official story. If you want me to believe that some guy with no priors in his 64 years other than a traffic citation all of a sudden went nutzoid killing 59 and injuring 527 more, I don’t want your oceanfront property in Nebraska either. There is more to the story. Far more!
  • Don’t throw down with the Left and give up your gun rights. Don’t throw down with the Right and give up all your other rights.
  • Why should we be concerned about our rights in the aftermath of such a crisis? Because, in times like these, not only do very powerful people want to take our rights away but, also, people are most easily influenced into giving their rights away.
  • Two million Americans will die from something this year. That means that 1,999,941 will die from something other than the Las Vegas Massacre. Your chances of death or injury from such an event are nanoscopic. As Jefferson once put it:

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

I would rather live in a free society with the absolutely infinitesimal chance of being a victim of something like the Las Vegas massacre than in a society wherein I was constantly presumed a criminal and where the state could dispose of me at will.

That is your choice. Choose wisely.

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Was the Constitution a “Con”?

Strict adherence to the Constitution, such as advocated by Ron Paul would undoubtedly result in MUCH smaller government and MUCH more personal liberty. It would be a massive improvement not only on what we have now, but on anything we have had in our lifetimes.

That said, the more I think about it, the more I think that the Articles of Confederation, America’s governing document between 1781 and 1787, was superior to the Constitution.

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Graphics source: https://www.democraticunderground.com/10025094080

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While They Are At It, Let Them Erase All Memory of Abe Lincoln

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Vandals tagged the Lincoln Memorial with graffiti the other day. Why stop with graffiti? Let them eradicate all memory of Abe Lincoln. After all Lincoln was an absolutely vile racist and white supremacist.

Consider just a few quotes.

  • “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, [applause]—that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.” (Source: Lincoln-Douglas debates.)
  • “I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. … I … am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position. I have never said anything to the contrary.” (Source: Lincoln-Douglas debates.)
  • “I give him the most solemn pledge that I will to the very last stand by the law of this State, which forbids the marrying of white people with Negros.” (Source: Lincoln-Douglas debates.)
  • “Let us be brought to believe it is morally right, and, at the same time, favorable to, or, at least, not against, our interest, to transfer the African to his native clime, and we shall find a way to do it, however great the task may be.” (Source: Speech at Springfield, Illinois in 1857.)
  • “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it.” (Source: Letter to Horace Greeley in 1862.)
  • I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.” (Source: First Inaugural Address in 1861.)

It’s not just Lincoln’s words, but his deeds as well, that were contemptible.

  • He supported the Fugitive Slave Act, which made it a crime to harbor runaway slaves.
  • He supported a proposed constitutional amendment which would have forbidden Uncle Sam from interfering with slavery in states where it already existed, and stated that he had “no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.”
  • He instituted the first military draft in American history, and sent federal troops to suppress the bloody riots that broke out in New York City.
  • He imposed the first income tax in American history, i.e. forcing “free” Americans for the first time to labor involuntarily for the benefit of others.
  • Wait! There’s more! A whole lot more.

And, yes, I hear the train a comin’: What about the Emancipation Proclamation?

The Emancipation Proclamation is a short document of just over 700 words. You can read it here. It is as significant both for what it says and what it doesn’t say.

  • It only “freed” the slaves in the Confederacy, which was at the time and independent sovereign nation in which Lincoln had no jurisdiction.
  • It did not apply in the areas around New Orleans and Norfolk, Virginia, which had come under control of Union military forces.
  • It also did not apply in the 48 counties which were about to become the new state of West Virginia.
  • It did not apply in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri which, although in the Union, still had legal slavery.
  • Hence, the Emancipation Proclamation did not free any slaves.

Slavery came to an end not because of but, rather, in spite of Abe Lincoln and the war he initiated. No other country “needed a war” to end slavery. It came to an end because it was no longer economically viable and because of a spreading conviction in the hearts and minds of Americans that it was just plain evil. Instead of freeing people, Lincoln and the war he initiated set the table for an all-powerful federal government that will one day make us all slaves. Indeed, he was the Great Centralizer.

It has been said that, in the early days of this republic, the closest contact most people had with the federal government was when the mailman came by. That all started to change with Abe Lincoln.

The war did not at all “settle” the secession and nullification questions. Saying that it did is like saying that “my kid beat up your kid, so therefore my kid is right.”

If those who would relegate all vestiges of slavery, racism and white supremacy to the dustbin of history have any intellectual consistency whatsoever, they need to get busy eradicating the memory of Abe Lincoln.


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Wanted: Mind Over Madness

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Opposing police thuggery DOES NOT automatically make one a member of BLM or Antifa; opposing the official narrative on the War of Northern Aggression DOES NOT automatically make one pro-slavery, a white supremacist or a Nazi; opposing Obama DOES NOT automatically make one a racist; opposing Trump DOES NOT automatically make one a liberal.

It’s all getting so tiresome.

Is this the way it’s going to be now? Are we going to be totally driven by emotion and not reason? Are we going to call names and take our paradigm and quit whenever anyone says something we disagree with? Yes, I know people are driven by emotions rather than logic … I am no exception. But at some point, we have to rein in our emotions and engage our minds.

It doesn’t matter what the majority does.

It doesn’t matter what your friends do.

It matters what you do.

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Are Cops Constitutional?

Some very fascinating history in this article.

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Trump Wouldn’t Let Me Immigrate

Under the RAISE Act, proposed by Senators Tom Cotton (R-Hell) and David Perdue (R-Hell), someone with my profile would not be able to immigrate to the United States. Trump supports this!

Seriously!

Read this article.

And read the actual text of the bill – the points system starts on page 25.

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