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First compulsory state factory schooling then forced vaccinations based on unproven science. The state owns your children. It is great to live in a free country.
In so doing you allow government to regulate that which is intended to keep the government in check. The State’s interests are in protecting and growing the State while harvesting the production of its subjects. Only the most naive of the naive put their faith in government to protect individual liberty. This is why the founder’s strictly limited (or attempted to) the federal government and codified the 2nd Amendment.
The facts stated in the article about the pros and cons of gun ownership were included reluctantly for they are not pertinent to the foundation of the 2nd Amendment or the point of the article.
Understanding that there would be responses to the article from gun control enthusiasts citing statistics supporting regulation, if not an outright ban, these facts were included. If you are not entrenched in a belief system without regard to facts you will find the comprehensive study at the link below enlightening. The study was published in the HARVARD JOURNAL OF LAW and PUBLIC POLICY. It is titled “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide” – A review of International and Domestic Evidence.
Your quibbles are well received. We agree completely. The convention that produced the Constitution was a deception and conspiracy – a coup d'etat which undid much of what was accomplished in the War of Independence. It produced a coercive national government with the authority to police itself resulting in the enslavement of the people which the War of Independence momentarily liberated. My short essay on the 2nd Amendment was not to endorse the Constitution but to introduce the concept of Natural Rights which are absent from the curriculum of government controlled schools which has successfully inoculated the people as can be seen from some of the comments. Government is now God.
A great article filled with facts that are uncomfortable to the gun control zealots with their preconceived beliefs. The fact is that gun control laws do not control guns. Gun control laws disarm law abiding people and have proven to cost lives, not save them.
Free people have a right to be armed and do not need to ask permission from the enlightened ruling class to defend themselves.
Borrowing a phrase from Mark H.: you are absolutely correct. It is obvious that the cause of the 2008 financial/economic collapse is not understood, and is now ancient history for most.
The Military Industrial Complex has become so colossal that it is now woven into the economic fabric of the country. The War Industry; including defense contractors, TBTF banks, NASA and Big Oil consumes the lion’s share of the federal budget. This massive war machine, along with the bureaucracy it spawns, needs constant wars to survive and thrive. The “War on Terror” provides a "convenient" opportunity for perpetual war. War is profitable.
Tradegy of the commons
The facts cited in the article depart considerably from the Gospel of the Establishment Court Historians. For those with an interest, the sources listed below substantiating these facts and uncomfortable truths are but a few of dozens available on the subject:
The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War – a scholarly work meticulously researched and documented by Thomas J. DiLorenzo. This is a must read book for every American.
The Lawmen: United States Marshals and their Deputies, 1789—1989.
An Analysis Of President Lincoln's Legal Arguments Against Secession by James
Forced Into Glory by Lerone Bennett Jr. Johnson Publishing Company, 2000 ISBN 0-87485-085-1
Merchant of Terror General Sherman and Total War January 1, 1973 by John B. Walters.
War Crimes Against Southern Civilians – April 30, 2007 by Walter Brian Cisco - Pelican, Gretna, Louisiana, 2007
Williams, Walter. “Abraham Lincoln”, creators.com.http://www.creators.com/opinion/walter-williams/abraham-lincoln.html
Lower the sales tax rate and locals will buy locally. This is better for the merchants and local residents alike. Doing so will result in increased sales that are less seasonal. According to the Laffer Curve this is likely to produce equal or greater tax revenue to the City. If not, eliminate non essential City departments. There are several to choose from.
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