Self-defense is one of the most fundamental rights

One of the most fundamental of all rights is the right of self-defense. Every living creature has the natural right to defend self, family, and community. This right predates our Constitutions and even mankind itself. All animals and even plants exercise the right to defend themselves; most animals defend their family, many defend their community.

Mankind from its very beginning developed tools for every aspect of life. Humans used rocks, spears, swords, crossbows, and finally firearms for self-defense. Yes, a firearm IS a tool for self-defense. And it is by far the most effective defensive tool ever developed. It is the great equalizer, allowing the weak to defend against the strong, the unskilled against the skilled.

There are bad people who use a gun as an offensive weapon but there are far, far, far more people who use a gun to defend themselves, their families, and their communities against the bad people.

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NRA more popular than media

Gallup reports that Americans have a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association by a 54%-38% margin. This despite hundreds of attacks by the media and politicians. Perhaps it is because Americans have so little trust in either the media or in politicians.

An AMAZING teenager

At age 14 he became the youngest person on earth to create a nuclear fusion reactor. His purpose was to build a fusion reactor small enough, cheap enough and safe enough to produce cancer-fighting medical isotopes as needed, in every hospital in the world.

He has competed in numerous international science fairs, winning more than $100,000.

A rational society would know what to do with a kid like Taylor Wilson, especially now that America’s technical leadership is slipping and scientific talent increasingly has to be imported. But by the time Taylor was 12, both he and his brother, Joey, who is three years younger and gifted in mathematics, had moved far beyond their school’s (and parents’) ability to meaningfully teach them. Both boys were spending most of their school days on autopilot, their minds wandering away from course work they’d long outgrown.

Fortunately, his parents discovered the Davidson Academy, “a subsidized public school for the nation’s smartest and most motivated students, those who score in the top 99.9th percentile on standardized tests.”

At age 13, Taylor sat in upper-division (university) nuclear physics classes. He learned bits of “nuclear and plasma physics, chemistry, radiation metrology and electrical engineering” to design his reactor. Shortly after his 14th birthday, he became the 32nd person in the world to create a nuclear fusion reaction.

Read the whole thing.

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Record number of Americans on Food Stamps

Here is what Obama’s first four years have brought:

Live Free or Die – Literally

More freedom leads to longer lives and higher incomes. Economic Freedom is a good thing not just in theory but in practice. Sadly, the U.S. has become steadily less free in the last five years. Median income has fallen for three straight years. With higher taxes and more regulations on the way, we should not be surprised when incomes continue to fall, and life expectancies slowly worsen.

Fascinating article about gun control

Last night I read a fascinating article by an extremely well informed guy. He has been a Concealed Weapon instructor, worked extensively with military and law enforcement, and studied “the heck out of actual events”. He has “heard every argument relating to gun control possible.”

Here are some extracts from a long, thorough article:

Armed Teachers

“The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again.”

“Police are awesome. I love working with cops. However any honest cop will tell you that when seconds count they are only minutes away. … in some cases that means the bad guys can have ten, fifteen, even twenty minutes to do horrible things with nobody effectively fighting back.”

“The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by law enforcement: 14. The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by civilians: 2.5. The reason is simple. The armed civilians are there when it started.”

“Best case scenario, they [teachers and staff] engage and stop the attacker, or it bursts his fantasy bubble and he commits suicide. Worst case scenario, the armed staff provides a distraction, and while he’s concentrating on killing them, he’s not killing more children.”

“I personally taught several hundred teachers. I quickly discovered that pretty much every single school in my state had at least one competent, capable, smart, willing individual.”

“I met hundreds and hundreds of teachers, students, and staff. All of them were responsible adults who understood that they were stuck in target rich environments filled with defenseless innocents. Whether they liked it or not, they were the first line of defense.”

Gun Free Zones

“Gun Free Zones are hunting preserves for innocent people. Period.

“Think about it. You are a violent, homicidal madman, looking to make a statement and hoping to go from disaffected loser to most famous person in the world. The best way to accomplish your goals is to kill a whole bunch of people. So where’s the best place to go shoot all these people? Obviously, it is someplace where nobody can shoot back.”

“Over the last fifty years, with only one single exception (Gabby Giffords), every single mass shooting event with more than four casualties has taken place in a place where guns were supposedly not allowed.”

He goes on to discuss every single argument I have heard. Anyone who is serious about solving the problem, and not just succumbing to the idea that we must “do something” whether or not it works, should read the whole thing.