Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Liberal lunacy on guns

I've been deeply troubled by the national conversation since the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Connecticut last Friday.  First, let me say that my heart breaks for the families of the kids and teachers that were lost.  I have a 7 year old daughter, and I can only imagine how devastating it would be if it were her school that a madman shot up.

That said, the hot topic in the wake of the shooting is gun laws.  The goal is obviously how to prevent mass loss of life like this from happening, and the response from the left borders on idiocy.

My initial reaction was this should be the turning point where we finally put some security in place in schools and arm a few responsible adults at each school.  Hiring and training multiple armed security guards at each school would be very costly.  It would be by far the easiest, and probably even more effective, to simply allow 2-5 teachers/staff at each school to carry a concealed weapon.  The problem has always been that the madman comes with force and there is nothing to stop him because we have self-imposed a gun free zone at schools.  The laws are so misguided.  The main thing we are doing is unilaterally deciding we won't have proper security at schools.  Here's one fact that liberals choose to completely ignore, even when you say it straight to their face, but it's true and very relevant nonetheless:  every mass public shooting in America since 1950, with only 1 exception, took place in a "gun-free" zone.  That is why I am saying the lesson should obviously be that it is time to ban "gun-free" zones (except in cases, like courtrooms and government buildings, where proper armed security can be mounted and screening measures can be enforced).

Instead, the lunatic left thinks the lesson is we need to pass more gun control laws, like to ban semi-automatic weapons.  Never-mind that semi-automatic weapons are the most common type of guns in America, and there would be no way to ban them without completely trashing the 2nd amendment.  Most every hunting rifle is a semi-automatic weapon.  Most handguns are semi-automatic too, and can fire a clip of 5-10 bullets, and could easily be reloaded.  Never-mind that it is impossible to predict who is a madman and stop every person from getting their hands on other people's guns.  So called "gun control" is completely ineffective and almost always places limits on the law-abiding and is ignored by the criminals.

What I do know is that if the school principal at Sandy Hook had a gun, she'd have had a lot better chance at stopping the madman than lunging at him empty handed.  If there were 3 armed adults on campus that could have responded, and the madman did not know which adult might be packing so he didn't know which ones to look out for, then I would wager that he could have been taken out near the office area before he even got to a classroom.  And if he knew there were likely armed adults on campus, there is a high probability that he would not have attacked the school to begin with.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

MUST READ: Krauthammer on Obama's Energy Policy

Read Charles Krauthammer's brilliant dissection of Obama's foolish energy policies.

Monday, March 5, 2012

VIDEO: MUST SEE: Peter Schiff Called It

We should start listening to Peter Schiff a LOT more. There is nothing he said in this entire video that I can disagree with, and look at him getting laughed at by all the other TV talking heads back before the housing crisis right as he was precisely predicting everything that was coming over the next several years. Scary how wrong Ben Bernanke was and he's still running the Fed. Ron Paul is really good on these issues. If he wasn't such a foreign policy nutcase, I might support him for President. Please, if you have any questions and want to understand the truth, please ask questions and I can explain more.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Housing Market Graph Update

Hat tip: JP's Real Estate Charts

It looks like we are finally back to about where the market should have been by now based on historical real estate values. However, with the glut of foreclosures on the market or soon to be on the market, and the excess supply of housing that must be soaked up, the market could drop further or it could take several years before the market starts heading back up again.

See my previous posts on the mortgage collapse/correction:
  • Oct 4, 2008 Where is the defense of free markets?!
  • Nov 21, 2008 Deregulation vs. Fannie & Freddie
  • Feb 21, 2009 Housing Price Decline Not Done Yet
  • Feb 21, 2009 Sowell: Housing Crisis Caused By Government
  • Mar 25, 2009 Obama puts troublemaker in charge
  • Feb 13, 2010 2 Graphs: Jobs and Housing prices
  • VIDEO: Soak the rich! Oops.

    I haven't posted anything in a while because I don't think anyone really reads my blog but myself. But I was reading back some of my old posts from 2008 and 2009 and found them very informative. :) I found a lot of facts, events, stats, graphs, and videos that I had completely forgot about. So, if nothing more than to catalog my thoughts so I can review them again in the future, I'm going to try to start posting to my blog again.

    First up, I have to post a video from back in March by Bill Whittle, who demonstrates how bankrupt the idea is that if we'd just soak the rich, we'd have plenty of money for the government. Enjoy.

    Thursday, December 23, 2010

    We Are Over-educated

    I've come to the conclusion a few years back that way too many people are going to college. Sure, some jobs require advanced training, but the traditional college degree seems like about the least effective way to get trained to do a job. And many college degrees are about worthless in terms of getting a real world job. We are wasting so much money and early life productivity with so many students wasting 2-6 years borrowing money instead of making money. If they were able to start saving 10 years earlier (5 years of college + 5 years to pay off college debts) and use the magic of compound interest over time, and add 5 more earning years, there's a good chance they could come out ahead. I've seen statistics that only somewhere around 30% of the jobs really require a college degree while well over half of high school graduates at least start college, and that something like 60% of college graduates currently work in jobs unrelated to their college degree.

    Anyway, I saw this article which confirmed everything I have been thinking. Please read it and tell me whether you think higher education system and the messages we tell our young adults need changed or not.