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There are 59 nations for which data about per capita gun ownership are available. This Article examines the relationship between gun density and several measures of freedom and prosperity: the Freedom House ratings of political rights and civil liberty, the Transparency International Perceived Corruption Index, the World Bank Purchasing Power Parity ratings, and the Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom. The data suggest that the relationships between gun ownership rates and these other measures are complex. The data show that (although exceptions can be found) the nations with the highest rates of gun ownership tend to have greater political and civil freedom, greater economic freedom and prosperity, and much less corruption than other nations. The relationship only exists for high-ownership countries. Countries with medium rates of gun density generally scored no better or worse than countries with the lowest levels of per capita gun ownership.
Excerpt from study:
A. Freedom Causes Guns
One set of relationships to examine is whether increased levels of freedom tend to lead to increased levels of gun ownership. For example, greater economic freedom and economic success lead to greater prosperity, which in turn gives people more money to buy all sorts of consumer goods, including firearms. This explanation is supported by evidence from the last half-century in the United States. Although business regulation has grown over the last half-century, economic freedom has also increased in the United States. Federal tax rates are far lower: the top rate was 92% in 1952, and 35% in 2007. Free trade agreements have greatly reduced international trade barriers. The abolition of Jim Crow laws has allowed much greater participation by black people in the economy. Thus, it is not surprising that per capita gun ownership in the U.S. has risen by 158% over the last half-century. America formerly had about one gun for every three people. Now, there is nearly one gun for every American.
Non-corruption could also increase gun ownership. If two nations have very similar statutory gun laws, but the first nation is much less corrupt than the second, then citizens in the first nation will have an easier time getting permits or licenses, completing purchases which need government approval, and so on. As noted above, there is a statistically significant relationship between higher per capita gun ownership and freedom from corruption, economic freedom, and economic success. Even within the countries with perfect scores for political and civil freedom, the third with the lowest gun ownership rates had a notably worse Corruption Perceptions Index than the other two.
h/t Dan Morgan
I do not understand why George Soros (a Jew who assisted Nazi Germany exterminate Jews) is now effectively forcing Democrat 2020 Presidential candidates to turn against Israel. I also cannot understand why the candidates are turning against Israel since we are always told that the Jews control the Democrat party (and every other evil in the world).
Soros must be confident in his power and the success of his endgame at this point in time if he feels that he control the Democrat party. And it appears that he is correct at the Democrat party is now following his dictates.
Prepare the remnant for the future.
2020 Dems avoid this year’s AIPAC conference
Democrats running for their party’s presidential nomination in 2020 are staying away from next week’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference, in what progressive groups see as a sign of a shifting political tide.
Candidates’ announcements about not going to this year’s conference come after liberal group MoveOn called on 2020 Democrats to skip the gathering, which typically attracts a who’s who in politics and foreign policy and has hosted presidential candidates in the past.
When In The Course of Human Events……
The Founders of this nation put forward a very basic premise:
to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them
That no government, no person whether royalty or not, King, Queen or Pawn, can take from one to give to another, to make one lesser than another, to bring remove from one the basics of humanity for the privilege of another.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
That the very premise of humanity is that one has a right to live, to be left alone to do as one pleases, and to pursue — but not be guaranteed — happiness. The only lawful and proper constraints arise when your exercise of same prevents someone else from having that same peaceful enjoyment.
One cannot have a right to life if one cannot defend it using tools at least as powerful as those who would take it from you.
One cannot have liberty if one is compelled to slavery for another’s benefit.
The Founders put together a document called The Constitution. The debate over it, and what needed to be added to it, is found in The Federalist and The Anti-Federalist; two books that are the chronology of the running debate of the time. Anyone who claims to have an opinion on the foundations of our nation and why the Constitution is important ought to have read both, as should anyone who claims a right to run for elective office at any level — state, local or federal.
Chief among the foundation of this nation is The Rule of Law and that it apply equally to everyone, all the time, in each case without exception. Our government and We The People have made a mockery of this.
THERE IS NO RULE OF LAW.
This can’t — and won’t — change without Americans rising up by the millions and demanding that it stop and be willing to enforce that demand by whatever means are necessary. This does not mean violence is required but until and unless those who claim to be “our leaders” believe that any such demand has the force of the people behind it and will be enforced should they stick up their middle finger toward common people once again as they have done for the last 30+ years they have no reason to stop stealing, stop rigging the system and stop screwing everyone else.
There’s no reason for me to be hopeful because there is no reason to believe that Americans, say much less the people in any of the other developed, western nations will in fact demand this crap stop. In fact there is every reason to simply sit back and enjoy what little time is left, given that within the next six years tipping points will be reached in the US on a budget and monetary basis that will destroy the illusion of “growth and prosperity” and from which there is little or no chance of recovery.
It’s being reported that former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams may be the vice presidential running mate for Joseph R. Biden, according to Axios.
Axios reported that “close advisers” to Biden, the former Vice President, are considering adding Abrams to give more diversity to the ticket. This way, Biden won’t just be “another old white guy,” reported Axios on Thursday.
I received an email from Cindy McCain soliciting a generous donation to preserve her husband’s legacy. Here is my reply and the email.
I don’t know how you received my email. Please remove my name from any future mailings. Whatever John McCain was or was not, I know one thing: he was a vindictive, bitter man who single-handedly ruined health care for every American.
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:23 PM Subject: Protecting my husband’s legacy
The legacy and record of John McCain are under attack. John never gave up the fight, and neither will we.
| Dear Friends, |
If there was a single word that mattered more to John than any other, that word may very well have been “integrity.” John strived to live each day of his
life with the utmost integrity – from his early days in the United States
Navy, to defending our country and standing with his fellow POWs in Vietnam,
to being a statesman of the U.S. Senate and representing America around the
Friends, the legacy and record of John McCain are under attack. Through the
years, many of you heard John say “a fight not joined is a fight not enjoyed.”
Today, the fight we are fighting is for John’s integrity, his record and his legacy.
I’m proud to serve as Chair of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University created to honor John’s leadership and legacy of public service. Founded seven years ago to advance character-driven leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom, and human dignity, in the United States and around the world, the Institute is now my home.
The McCain Institute has well-established programs in combatting human
trafficking, advancing human rights, empowering the next generation of global
leaders and promoting rule of law and security. Through it all, we remain centered on the core issues of character and values in leadership and the way it is
applied in all of our different focus areas.
As Theodore Roosevelt said, and as John loved to quote, “It is not the critic who counts.” It is the person In The Arena willing to take a stand, to take a risk, in
order to serve causes greater than all of us. At the McCain Institute, we are
proud to be “In The Arena.” Like John, we strive every day to fight for what we
believe is right.
As Americans, we deserve leaders, like my husband, who will inspire us to put America ahead of our self-interest.
I hope I can count on your support to continue to exemplify John’s
service to our country and maintain a legacy of putting country first. If so, please join me in the arena at The McCain Institute by making a
generous contribution to support our efforts. We are the front line in defending the American ideals that my husband cherished.
To quote John’s farewell statement to Americans last August:
“Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable
here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide
from history. We make history.”
John never gave up the fight, and neither will we.
Now more than ever, John would not want us to back down from a fight. He never did. The values John fought for weren’t just his, they are and remain American ideals. When our leaders threaten those most cherished ideals – it’s time for all of us to fight for them again.
Together in our fight to protect John’s legacy, we will again make history. Thank you for the many years of friendship and support that you always
showed my husband. He was always grateful and I remain so today.
Cindy H. McCain
McCain Institute Foundation
In what is one of the most corrupt and vile things to have ever happened to the American political system, residents of New Jersey will now be taxed when something 100% out of their control happens. New Jersey’s governor Phil Murphy signed 19 bills into law on Monday, one of which, was the so-called “rain tax.”
Unfortunately, there were supporters of this tyrannical and wholly dictatorial law. Dubbed S-1073, supporters call it “flood defense,” and say it will serve as a long-needed tool to manage flooding and dirty runoff from rainwater. So there are actually human beings on earth who want others and themselves stolen from because it rains. There is nothing more disturbing that the current political path the United States is currently one. It’s downright horrifying, actually.
Are we not complicit in the indoctrination of our children?
Washington’s state Senate passed a bill this week that would drop President Trump from the state’s 2020 presidential ballot until he releases his tax returns.
The bill, which advanced Tuesday to the state’s House of Representatives, according to CBS News, would require any candidate on the ballot for president in the state to release five years of tax returns before appearing in a general or primary election.
A similar bill recently advanced in New Jersey’s state Senate and is currently sitting in the state’s General Assembly.
Apparently We can Vote Our Way out of this Mess or We are just Stupid.
Project Veritas has released undercover footage which shows how a New York resident voted twice in the 2018 general elections in two different states. The undercover report includes an admission of double-voting from the New York man, as well as confirmed of voter registrations and electoral histories from Board of Election offices in New York and Florida. Voter data from both the New York and Florida Departments of State also confirm the man’s voter history. Federal law and various states prohibit double-voting.