Gun Free Zones Benefit Mass Shooters

Writes John Lott Jr. in the The Washington Post:

Since at least 1950, every single one of Europe’s public mass shootings has occurred in a place where general citizens are banned from carrying guns. In America, there have been four exceptions to that rule.

In late 2013, the secretary general of Interpol — essentially a global version of the FBI — proposed two ways of preventing mass shootings: “One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves [should be] so secure that in order to get into the soft target, you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”

But Noble warned, “You can’t have armed police forces everywhere.” He also suggested that it is essentially impossible to stop killers from getting weapons into these “secure” areas. He concluded by posing the question, “Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past, with an evolving threat of terrorism?” The answer is an emphatic yes. [It’s already too late for gun control to work]

How Did Hillary Clinton Lose The Election?

Every poll except the IBD/TIPP one predicted a Clinton victory. From Why Hillary Clinton Lost: An Election Post-Mortem:

1. Eight years of President Obama operating dictatorially by executive order and edict

[Obama] signed ObamaCare into law without bothering to get even one Republican vote. He almost entirely ignored GOP input on the Dodd-Frank bill that he signed into law — and it’s now blamed by many prominent economists for the worst recovery since the Great Depression.

Even after losing control of Congress in 2012, Obama chose not to work with Republicans, despite his comments to the contrary. Instead, he issued edicts, executive orders that enabled him to act in some cases like a petty dictator without consulting Congress at all.

2. Hillary went from a centrist position against Bernie Sanders in the primaries to the Left in the general election

The typical pattern for a Democratic candidate in a presidential election is to run to the left in the primaries, then move toward the center in the main campaign. Hillary reversed that — and alienated millions of potential voters by doing so.

She talked about tax hikes, about a war on coal and other forms of cheap energy, about a complete government takeover of health care, about further regulating the financial system, and about making the top 1% “pay their fair share.” She promised to hit the American industrial economy hard with new rules to halt the hypothetical evils of climate change.

3. She was the darling of the media the his held in contempt by the average America.

…recent polls [show] that the media is now the most loathed national institution in American civic life. The media are perceived as filled with people who have contempt for average people, along with a profound liberal bias.

4. A history of corruption and scandal

… the Clinton email scandal, the Clinton Family Foundation scandal, and the weird goings-on with former Congressman Anthony Weiner,  the estranged husband of Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, who was found to have thousands of official emails from Hillary’s server on his own unprotected computer.

5. Women voters did not fully support Hillary

What was interesting was how it broke down. Men overwhelmingly supported Trump, 46% to 38% for Hillary. But even women, supposedly Hillary’s most ardent base voters, supported her by just 48% to 44% for Trump. She never really closed the deal.

Read the full article: Why Hillary Clinton Lost: An Election Post-Mortem.

Penzler on Ayn Rand

From Otto Penzler: By the Book – The New York Times

What book might people be surprised to find on your shelves?

I have virtually all the books written by Ayn Rand, several read more than once. She was the first person to have articulated so many of the things that I knew but hadn’t fully clarified.

[…]

Who is your favorite fictional hero or heroine? Your favorite antihero or villain?

The hero has to be Howard Roark from “The Fountainhead,” who has been a source of courage for me through the years. Tied for second would be Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe. And Lassie deserves a mention. Antihero is Raffles, the gentleman jewel thief created by Arthur Conan Doyle’s brother-in-law, E. W. Hornung.

A great interview with one of today’s popular mystery writers.

Penzler on Ayn Rand

From Otto Penzler: By the Book – The New York Times

What book might people be surprised to find on your shelves?

I have virtually all the books written by Ayn Rand, several read more than once. She was the first person to have articulated so many of the things that I knew but hadn’t fully clarified.

[…]

Who is your favorite fictional hero or heroine? Your favorite antihero or villain?

The hero has to be Howard Roark from “The Fountainhead,” who has been a source of courage for me through the years. Tied for second would be Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe. And Lassie deserves a mention. Antihero is Raffles, the gentleman jewel thief created by Arthur Conan Doyle’s brother-in-law, E. W. Hornung.

The Positive Lesson To Be Learned From The U.S. 2016 Election

Writes Alexander Marriott:

“Hyperbole is exploding on the internet, good God people sound and look silly. We don’t elect dictators. We have a Constitution, time we dust it off and start using it to make sure our elected officials stick to their limited jobs. Maybe Democrats will realize this is precisely why limited government is so important, to prevent ambitious demagogues from abusing power. The more we all stand up to the next President to protect individual rights in all spheres of human activity, then the abysmal election will have a positive result.”

Well said Professor Marriott!

United Nations vs Capitalism

From UN deletes tweet calling free market an “urgent threat” – UN Watch:

GENEVA, Sept. 5, 2016 — The UN human rights office deleted a bizarre statement on Twitter, published on its account with 1.5 million followers, in which it slammed “free market fundamentalism” as an “urgent threat,” after the head of a watchdog group questioned the tweet.

Though the UN tweet from Friday had garnered more than 160 retweets and likes, the world body removed it under criticism from Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch.

“This was a loony tweet, and it calls into question the judgment of the UN’s top human rights office,” said Neuer. “While millions of people are suffering from genocide, sexual slavery and starvation, it is far from clear why the UN would instead focus its attention on unidentifiable ‘urgent threats,’ let alone on economic subjects about which it has neither competence nor expertise,” said Neuer.

“Tellingly, the same UN human rights office has failed to issue a single tweet about this past month’s dire human rights crisis in Venezuela, where millions face mass hunger in part due to attacks on the free market in the failed economic policies of the late president Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro, which included arbitrary seizure of businesses and private property.”

“If the UN did not have a strict policy of ignoring its own guaranteed human right to private property, established in Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, then perhaps Venezuelan mothers would not be struggling to find food for their children.”

“Virulent anti-capitalism was a policy of the defunct Soviet Union, but it should not be embraced by the UN body which is supposed to be focused on human rights emergencies.”

 

Perhaps the Tweet should have asked is anti-free market fundamentalism — the belief in the infallibility of socialist, anti free market economic policies — an urgent threat to economic and political freedom?

Video: Alexander Hamilton’s Legacy

Alexander Hamilton’s Legacy Richard Brookhiser talked about the life and legacy of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Mr. Brookhiser argued that Hamilton’s economic achievements, including his support for building domestic factories and debt reconciliation, were key components to making the fledgling American democracy self-sufficient and prosperous.

See the whole video here: Alexander Hamilton’s Legacy | Video | C-SPAN.org

h/t Richard Salsman

The Obama Legacy: An Assault on the Bill of Rights

Absolutely chilling.

From Obama’s opposition to freedom of speech (Citizen’s United, campus speech codes, ); freedom to contract (forcing private businesses to pay for contraception, sterilization and (“morning-after”) abortion against their will and become an unwilling agent of the welfare state); freedom of expression (speech codes); denying the freedom of association and peaceful “free exercise of religion” (from “live and let live” to “bake me a cake, or else.”); assault on due process; restrictions on guns for self-defense;  the expansion of executive power by executive order at the expense of individual rights is absolutely chilling.

Recommended Read: The Obama legacy: An assault on the Bill of Rights | Washington Examiner

Video: The War on Cops – Heather Mac Donald

Since summer 2014, America has been convulsed with a protest movement known as Black Lives Matter, which claims that police officers are among the greatest threats—if not the greatest threat—to young black males. Heather Mac Donald challenges that narrative, explaining why proactive policing tactics, from stop-and-frisk to “broken windows,” constitute the greatest public policy success story of the last quarter century and have resulted in a record-breaking decline in crime that no criminologist or police chief foresaw.

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