Gun Control Plan

January 14, 2019

The gun control bills have already started at the federal level, and will likely start soon at the state level.  On the federal level, I know there is an assault weapon bill  S.66 – A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.

Yeah, you read that right.  Our rights are not unlimited, according to the federal government.  They are subject to their rule, meaning if they don’t like something you don’t have a right anymore.

At the state level, I bet they pass the “gun show loophole” stuff and the “report stolen or missing firearms” stuff first.  Then, when they pass an assault weapon law, you won’t be able to claim you sold it or “lost it in a boating accident” without being charged with one of the other crimes.

I’m depressed about the whole thing.  I’m depressed that the NRA-ILA didn’t stand up for the bump stock ban.  We have no allies.  Five years from now, there won’t be any guns in the hands of formerly law-abiding citizens.  Just criminals, and your government.  Oops, that was redundant.

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A Quick Note on Emergencies

January 3, 2019

I get a lot of questions about emergencies in a capitalist, non-taxed, libertarian society.   I get questions like, “What happens if your house burns down?” or “What if you get cancer?” or any number of other problems.

These things are emergencies.  Emergencies are events that can change your life.  They are the appropriate time for charity, for reaching out for help from friends, relatives and neighbors and so on.

The problem with emergencies is when they are a way of life.  When you live your life as a series of emergencies, where you live in brief times between emergencies, that is when there is a problem.

What makes a free society great is that I can choose whether or not to assist whomever I want.  There is little risk of my money being used incorrectly.  I can decide whether my neighbor is really on hard times and needs my help, or whether my neighbor is abusing my good will.  In a government system, there is no way to do this.  Instead, I take items back to the shelf at the grocery store- an apple tree, a take home pizza, or whatever, only to find that I could have bought them with SNAP benefits instead, provided I was in an emergency.

Making a lifestyle out of living on handouts is living your life as a series of emergencies.

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David Hogg Goes to College

December 30, 2018

I recently saw that David Hogg, mass shooting survivor and anti-gun activist, has been accepted to Harvard.  You can read about it here.

Here’s my actual problem with this scenario:  somewhere, there was a real, qualified applicant that was rejected so that David Hogg could attend class.

It will be especially interesting in a few years when Kyle Kashuv is admitted.  Kyle was also a Parkland shooting survivor, with better grades and test scores, who plans to attend Harvard.  However, he is also a pro-gun conservative.

If David is admitted and Kyle isn’t, it shows a clear political bias at Harvard (which I’m sure is not a surprise to anyone).  Harvard is a private school, and can admit whomever they would like, but they cannot pretend to be unbiased against a political minority in the process.

If David is admitted and Kyle isn’t, we should reconsider how we think of Harvard- maybe it isn’t an ivy league, world class university where new ideas are cultivated, but instead an echo chamber for the same, tired, socialist rhetoric.

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Disappointed in Trump

December 21, 2018

This has not been a good week for my opinion of our president. Overall, I tried to like the guy, or perhaps give him the benefit of the doubt.

First, he went ahead and banned bump stocks. I have no use for a bump stock, as it turns a lot of money into a lot of noise. However, I have a right to own one, as ridiculous as they are. Now, people have 90 days to destroy their property or turn them into police. Thanks, Trump.

Second, I hear that Mad Dog Mattis resigned today from his position as Secretary of Defense. I don’t know much about military strategy, but I do know that the man had been a Marine forever. I knew that every one of my military friends was glad to hear that he had this position. Now, he’s done. I don’t know who they could replace him with.

I’m actually worried that things are about to change for the worse.

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Rapists on Campus

December 1, 2018

I know we are supposed to believe women no matter what. That’s what we are told, and there’s an entire cultural movement around it.

I’ve recently come across an article that’s a little too close to home about a college student who has been accused of rape. The student was never convicted, but the article itself is a slash-job. I will not post the link because it may actually harm those involved if I forward these articles.

The article title reads ” Man Rapes Girl”. What image does that conjure up? Is it one of a pedophile convincing some young girl to get into his van? That’s what it sounds like. Reading the article, it states that the man gave the girl vodka, and when she was drunk and passed out, he raped her.

First, before I say more, I would like to state that if he actually raped her, then I hope he is punished severely. However, I take offense with several parts of this article and the way this case was handled.

The “Girl” was an 18 year old woman, not a child. The “man” was 19. Literally one year age difference. Not Man rapes girl, maybe man rapes woman.

Also, at 18, you can decide whether or not to drink vodka. Not legally, of course, but you are mentally aware of alcohol. He didn’t “give her” alcohol to take advantage of her, unless he spiked a drink so that she was not aware of what she was consuming. Her willingly drinking vodka is not his fault.

His photo, name, major and high school are prominently displayed on the website. If you Google his name, all that appears is his photo with the caption “…Man rapes girl”.

This student ended up leaving the university over it.

If he did actually rape her, then I hope they throw the book at him. However, this crappy reporting has the chance of ruining his life when he has not even been convicted of a crime.

I don’t know how to handle this other than hope the trial works out some of the details. If he is a rapist, I hope they ruin his life. If two teenagers got drunk and she regrets it the next day, it’s not rape, and you shouldn’t ruin someone’s life over it.

In this day where a woman can say “I was raped”, we apparently can make a person disappear from any professional life, without trial or evidence. This is truly scary.

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Immigration and Isolation

November 25, 2018

I don’t feel like going into a lot of detail on this topic.  I think I’ve beat immigration enough on this blog.  However, I do find it interesting that the same people who call Trump a racist for limiting immigration are the same ones that mock a dead missionary for trying to convert an isolated tribe in the Indian Ocean.

CNN has this article about the missionary.  For those who find this article too long, a Christian missionary attempts to enter a remote island in the Indian Ocean.  He was rejected once or twice, and then the islanders killed him.  The rest of the world seems to mock him, saying that’s what he gets for trying to enter the island.

Yet, those same people complain about limiting immigration into this country.

One person tries to enter a country illegally and is killed.  The press praises the country’s actions.  Many people try to enter a country illegally and are stopped and investigated.  The press calls everyone involved a racist xenophobe.

I don’t understand what is different.

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Ballots “Found”

November 10, 2018

NM flipped its southern district overnight due to ballots that were “found” after the election.  It’s crooked.

As disappointed as I was in the election, it was not unexpected.  At the national level, not much will actually happen.  Trump will say that water and fresh vegetables are healthy and the house will oppose him.  They will huff and puff and stop anything he tries to do, but that’s about it.

I’m more concerned at the state level with our new anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-capitalist governor.  She had a free pass to run amok through our state.  She is for passing background checks for all guns, for banning any gun she thinks is ugly, for higher taxes, and so on.

We voted ourselves into this mess, and there is really no escape from the socialism that is coming.  We will just have to hide and let it run its course.

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Voted

November 4, 2018

Today, I exercised my right and voted here in New Mexico.  I can’t say I voted straight ticket, as there were several folks that ran unopposed, and there were a number of Libertarians on the ballot that I liked.

I can’t wait for election season to be over, even though I know we’ll just go into another one. YouTube does not know me very well, as it keeps showing me anti-gun ads.  All of these ads are the same:  elect Republicans, and you will get shot, elect Democrats and the day will be saved.  I wonder if these shootings would be because of the Antifa riots, butt-hurt leftists, or because Alec Baldwin’s parking spot was taken?

If the Republicans win in this election, I bet we lose 2020.  Well, maybe.  Right now, we have no real competitor.

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Louder with Crowder

October 20, 2018

I don’t necessarily agree with him on anything, but I do admire his ability to ask questions and give his political opponents just enough to hang themselves with.

I like that he is friendly and asks questions more than he talks.  If you haven’t heard or seen any of “Louder with Crowder”, go to YouTube and search for it, or search for “Change My Mind”.

The Change My Mind series is probably my favorite; he goes to college campuses with a booth that declares some unpopular statement, and then says, “Change My Mind”.  He invites people to come and, well, change his mind.  He has debated topics on abortion, gun control, privilege, and so on.

Most of the time, people come to him with some tired bromides, which he quickly shoots holes through.  Most everyone agrees to disagree.  A few try to shout him down, and one place had the police kick him off campus, even though he had a permit and had done nothing wrong.

Sometimes, he clumps things together, and can get a little sloppy with his own stereotypes (if they believe this, they must believe that).  However, his language is clean, not in terms of swearing, but in terms of using the correct word, and he can normally quote his opponents perfectly, meaning he actually listened to their argument.

Check it out sometime when you have a few minutes to spare.

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Rape and Rape Statistics

September 30, 2018

I keep seeing this graphic about rape statistics on Facebook.  The graphic is meant to show how few rapists actually spend time in jail, and why this might be a barrier to reporting rape.  It also shows how few people are “falsely accused” of rape.  The graphic originated at The Enliven Project, and was clearly well-intentioned.  It is shown below:

rape graphic

However, there are some real problems with this graphic, and the fact that I am seeing it everywhere is a bit unfortunate.   I have made my own, altered version of this graphic.  While mine is not based on any hard data, some components of the one above are not, either, so mine is at least as plausible as the original.

altered graphic

  1.  The obvious first attention-getter is the number of unreported rapes.  Most of this graphic is based on police reports and court data.  However, there is no objective way to report on rapes that were never reported!  Instead, the authors resort to survey data.  The authors admit that this includes sexual assault, which can be anything from rape to a catcall, depending on the local and state laws.  I don’t know if any of these include “morning after” regrets, where two people get smashed and hook up, but then one gets considered a rapist and the other a victim, regardless of how things went down.
  2. Next, the “reported” category is difficult.  These are instances where a rape was reported, but no arrest was made.  This could be due to lack of evidence, lack of suspects, etc.    If this graphic was made for theft, the “reported” category would be gigantic.  This probably includes reports filed long after evidence could be gathered as well.
  3.  Next, I really take issue with “faced trial.”  The whole point of a trial is to weigh evidence and see if there is enough proof that a person committed a crime before punishing them with jail or fines.  Just because someone faced trial does NOT make them a rapist.  This graphic reads as though these folks are rapists that “got away with it.”  Sure, there are probably some.  However, the rest are really people FALSELY ACCUSED of rape, which shows only a few people in the bottom right-hand part of the graphic.
  4. Also, as any psychologist will tell you, someone who is willing to commit an act like rape will likely do it multiple times.  Looking at this graphic, it’s hard to say how many “rapist” are  really there, and how many are actually repeat offenders.

    Where I am going with this post is that reporting is so important.  If I get robbed while walking home tomorrow, I can’t wait two years to report the robbery and expect the robber to get punished.

    Second, this graphic is why so many men are afraid of being falsely accused of rape, in spite of the attempt to show otherwise.  The underlying theme here is that all of these stories have a rapist that normally gets away with it.  By assuming that, you have already assumed a man’s guilt, with no evidence, and expect him to prove his innocence.  This is morally backwards.

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