There are no “good guns”. There are no “bad guns”.

“Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a decent person is no threat to anybody — except bad people.” — Charlton Heston

 

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You may not like guns …

You may not like guns, and choose not to own one. That is your right. You might not believe in God. That is your choice. However, if someone breaks into your home the first two things you’re going to do are: 1) Call someone with a gun. 2) Pray they get there in time.
— via Alabama 2nd Amendment Supporters

A Modest Proposal

The Anti-Idiotarian proposes that the gun-control advocates first experiment on themselves. Declare Congress and the White House as Gun Free Zones. Don’t allow a single weapon inside those buildings – and that includes police, security guards, and Secret Service. If it is good enough for The Children to have no means of self-defense inside school buildings, then it should be good enough for politicians to have the same.

Bill of Rights Day

On December 15, Cato reminded us that Today is Bill of Rights Day. Sadly, it is less a day to celebrate our rights than to mourn their loss.

  • Free speech is limited in the name of national security or campaign finance reform.
  • The Government makes it difficult to keep a gun at home or to bear a gun for self-defense.
  • It uses eminent domain to take our property and give it to a business.
  • We don’t have the protection of trial by jury when the government issues draconian fines.
  • Federal control intrudes into matters the Constitution reserves for the states or the people.

All in all only a single Amendment is still in fine shape. [Identify for yourself which one.]

Cato concludes:

A free society does not just “happen.” It has to be deliberately created and deliberately maintained. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. To remind our fellow citizens of their responsibility in that regard, the Cato Institute has distributed more than five million copies of our pocket Constitution. At this time of year, it’ll make a great stocking stuffer.

States with lower taxes have higher growth

Via TaxProf blog:
States that allow taxpayers and employers to keep more of their earnings are reaping the benefits. States without an income tax have significantly better growth in private sector GDP (59% versus 42%) over the last 10 years. They increased the number of jobs by 4.9% while jobs in the rest of the states declined by 2.6%. States without an income tax gained population (+5.5%) from domestic migration (U.S. residents moving in and out of states) while all other states as a whole lost 1.3% of population between 2000 and 2009. … The path to superior economic growth and job creation is clear.

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Over the past four years, prosperity has increased around the globe, while it has remained stagnant in the United States, the Legatum Institute reports. As a result, the Institute ranked the United States 12th out of 142 countries on its 2012 Prosperity Index, putting the country outside the top ten for the first time.

The Legatum Institute finds that a decline in entrepreneurship and economic opportunity, rather than slippage in education, health, safety or personal freedom, is to blame.

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RELATED:PROSPERITY: US DROPS OUT OF TOP TEN Consistent with this finding is the fact that for the first time in history, the average Canadian is wealthier than the average American. Canada has a conservative government, and they have passed us like we are standing still. Which we are, at best.

How to create bad luck

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as “bad luck”. — [Quiz: who wrote this?]

The way some politicians seemingly want us to despise, condemn, and oppose the minority called “the rich”, our country is in for more “bad luck”. If they get their way and raise taxes on the “1%”, that won’t help the rest of us in the slightest. Hurting someone else does not help me. To the contrary, taxing the rich will very likely backfire, hurting the middle and lower classes, while collecting less revenue than expected from the upper class.
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