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Daily Digest 12/21 - Preparing For The End Of The World, The Solution To Gun Violence Is Clear

Friday, December 21, 2012, 11:23 AM


Preparing For The End Of The World (jdargis)

Worries about a looming apocalypse are nothing new in human history, but 21st century reactions to the possible destruction of the planet (or human civilization) vary widely, from "preppers" who cultivate self-sufficiency, to groups offering prayerful wishes, to entrepreneurs who have found a growing market for their survival gear.

Newtown’s Moral Authority for Action (Michael W.)

From such horrible tragedies emerge the beginnings of a national movement that moves sanctimonious politicians from talking to acting. Newtown has a moral authority to be heard and respected in Washington, D.C. and around the country. It is an authority born of a determination that these children and brave adults shall not have perished in vain. Imagine 12,000 human beings in the U.S. who, in columnist Richard Cohen’s words, annually succumb “to the routine mayhem caused by guns,” not counting thousands of suicides.

Gaps in F.B.I. Data Undercut Background Checks for Guns (jdargis)

While some states, including New York, have submitted more than 100,000 names of mentally ill people to the F.B.I. database, 19 — including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Maryland and Maine — have submitted fewer than 100 records and Rhode Island has submitted none, according to federal data compiled by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. That suggests that millions of names are missing from the federal database, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials say.

The Solution To Gun Violence Is Clear (jdargis)

People point to three sets of causes when talking about events such as the Newtown, Conn., shootings. First, the psychology of the killer; second, the environment of violence in our popular culture; and, third, easy access to guns. Any one of these might explain a single shooting. What we should be trying to understand is not one single event but why we have so many of them. The number of deaths by firearms in the United States was 32,000 last year. Around 11,000 were gun homicides.

Why India Is A Better Bet Than China (westcoastjan)

As of 2011, India had a population of 1.24 billion, compared with 1.34 billion in China. And with China’s one-child policy, India’s population is set to overtake China’s.

Moreover, the age distribution in both countries is very different. The dependency ratio i.e. the ratio of children and seniors to the working-age population is expected to continue to fall in India and rise in China. Of course this would only translate into more productivity if the population got education, job training, and job opportunities.

Tom Cloud: How to Sell Gold Without Reporting It (Thomas C.)

In this week’s talk with National Numismatic Associates’ Tom Cloud, he answers two big questions that confront precious metals buyers: Why are sales of some coins and bars reportable to the IRS and others not? And is it possible to buy and sell precious metals confidentially?

Desperately Seeking A Gold Cycle Low (Taki T.)

Looking at the weekly chart with a whole new lens now is extremely important. Now that we’re in at least the 4th Daily Cycle and approaching an ICL, we’re back in the business of looking for the conditions that would signal an ICL. Namely, some of the conditions we’re looking for are a deep and bruising sell-off that pushes through Bollinger bands, both on the Daily and Weekly charts. An RSI(5) weekly level well under 30, but preferably below 20. Sentiment levels that match prior ICL’s and a much more favorable COT report. Confirmation of a Cycle Low would come beyond that point with a trend line recovery, a Daily and Weekly Swing Low, and a general recovery in our underlying technical indicators.

Pan American denies claims it’s bailing out flagship silver mine in Argentina (westcoastjan)

Last summer, Chubut governor Martin Buzzi finally proposed legislation that would allow Navidad to go forward. However, it included a series of extremely harsh taxes and royalties that would take away the benefits to Pan American. Navidad was immediately placed on hold.

With Farm Bill Stalled, Consumers May Face Soaring Milk Prices (jdargis)

Higher prices would be based on what dairy farm production costs were in 1949, when milk production was almost all done by hand. Because of adjustments for inflation and other technical formulas, the government would be forced by law to buy milk at roughly twice the current market prices to maintain a stable milk market.

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The "clear" solution on gun violence?


Exactly how many laws did Adam Lanza break? 
What law or regulation would have stopped him?
A school full of children could have been terrorized by a psychopath with a knife, and while violence with firearms might decrease as a logical outflow of removing legally held guns in a society, what will happen to other violent crimes when this occurs?

Has Fareed Zakaria stopped to consider that in a nation of 350,000,000 - 11,000 firearms related homocides is strikingly low? Has he considered how few of those crimes are commited with high capacity weapons, or more generally, rifles? Have you?

Further, his statement:


But how is government going to identify the darkest thoughts in people’s minds before they have taken any action? Certainly those who urge that government be modest in its reach would not want government to monitor thoughts, curb free expression, and ban the sale of information and entertainment.

Shows that his 'solution' is government intervention. Surely, the government should remove our rights, before we censor our media. Not out of denial of information, but out of decency. Mr. Zakaria, you make your money off this lack of censorship. I question your motives. 
In any case, it's not for our government to decide if free expression, or information and entertainment are banned, nor is it their position to regulate firearms. The Westboro Baptist Church is foul and heinous. As are those who murder children. Would legislation change the nature of these people? 

The notion that government should be able to 'identify the darkest thoughts in peoples' minds" is incompatible with a free society, and startlingly indicative of the mentality of a contingent in our society that would trade the dangers of liberty and free thought, for a guilded cage. 

If this approach were to work, this rampage would never happen. A legal owner of a firearm was murdered and her firearms were stolen. They were taken to a place where they were prohibited, where the perpetrator (who was mentally ill) committed over 20 murders, while fleeing authorities. 

News media glorifies these shootings and all violence. Is it any wonder why those most desperate for attention would turn to infamy? Are we really going to blame firearms, while we ignore the press frenzy which is, at this moment, dancing on the graves of children to sell you a news story?

Have we such a short memory, and such a penchant for 'knee-jerk', emotional, anti-liberty reactions that we have forgotten that Mr. Timothy McVeigh murdered 168 people, and injured 800 more with a truck filled with ammonium nitrate and JP8? 

Incidentally, I can still buy fertilizer, airplane fuel AND rent panel vans. 

Why did McVeigh perpetrate this henious crime? 
In retribution for the government seige at Waco - which was an attempt at taking firearms from law abiding citizens. Think about this for a moment. 

This is all 'bread and circuses', and I'll be god-damned if I'll be made a criminal because of the actions of one, mentally unbalanced, child-murdering bastard. I'll be damed if I surrender my rights, or forget my oath of constitution. If I place my faith entirely on an ailing, impotent government, or the legislators who've no concept of what life is like for the people they represent.

Instead of pontificating, Mr. Zakaria should find a place to reside that's more congruent with his mentality. He's already mentioned a few, I'm sure they'd be happy to have him.

Closer to home, Mr. Obama should fire the Secret Service and make the white house a 'gun-free zone'. 
Clearly a sensible solution. Or maybe, violence will cease when only the government has guns... as if history hasn't painted us a clear picture of what happens then...

I'm dismayed to see such pith presented on the Daily Digest.


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Thank you. I couldn't agree more.

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Gun Ownership

From Lew Rockwell:

"A friend of LRC reader asked that question along with the following private gun ownership confrontations with armed criminals:

• A 1997 high school shooting in Pearl, Miss., was halted by the school's vice principal after he retrieved the Colt .45 he kept in his truck.
• A 1998 middle school shooting ended when a man living next door heard gunfire and apprehended the shooter with his shotgun.
• A 2002 terrorist attack at an Israeli school was quickly stopped by an armed teacher and a school guard.
• A 2002 law school shooting in Grundy, Va., came to an abrupt conclusion when students carrying firearms confronted the shooter.
• A 2007 mall shooting in Ogden, Utah, ended when an armed off-duty police officer intervened.
• A 2009 workplace shooting in Houston, Texas, was halted by two coworkers who carried concealed handguns.
• A 2012 church shooting in Aurora, Colo., was stopped by a member of the congregation carrying a gun.
• At the recent mall shooting in Portland, Ore., the gunman took his own life minutes after being confronted by a shopper carrying a concealed weapon.

Why haven't most of you heard of these? The answer is simple: Mainstream media and radicals like Bloomberg don't dare make heroes of armed citizens because it CRUSHES every weak, pathetic argument they raise."


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The "clear" solution on gun violence? Stupid Opinion article

Yet another progressive opinion piece that is woefully cherry picking facts.

Fareed Zakaria wrote:

The U.S. gun homicide rate is 30 times that of France or Australia, according to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, and 12 times higher than the average for other developed countries.

Of course if you ban guns you will have fewer homicides with guns... However, that kind of misses the point, you should really look at overall homicide rates, because what happens is those looking to kill will simply choose another weapon.  What gun control does is stop the law abiding citizen from evening the odds with thugs or having a last method of defense against rogue governments.  So what is the homocide rate by country:

  • France             1.1/100,000
  • Austrailia         1.0/100,000
  • UK                  1.2/100,000
  • US                  4.2/100,000
  • Mexico          16.9/100,000
  • Russia           10.2/100,000
  • Switzerland      0.7/100,000

So we have countries with strong gun control above and below the US.  We also have a country with high ownership of guns (Switzerland) less than the others.  But the primary point is the author of that opinion piece using gun homicide rates is painting a seriously distorted picture by choosing to use homicide rates by guns.



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mental and social health

Perhaps the above chart will illustrate that nations with poor or nonexistent opportunities have higher rates of violence. Norway had a similar shooting recently, and has some tremendously oppressive legislation covering the private ownership of arms.

Russia and Mexico have endemic sociopolitical division, top down corruption and little in the way of opportunities. Switzerland, France and Australia have good levels of population to available jobs, a strong, healthy national identity and good social cohesion.

These are the real issues.
Taken state by state, the U.S. Murder rate would be around 2% if it wasn't for the racially and socially divided south, rust belt and mid Atlantic metroplexes, where there is a dramatic economic gradient.
Where the poor suffer everyday and the fortunate can conveniently ignore. Glorify the worst parts of our society and steep your young in violence; tell the decent they are to blame.

Americans - stop treating the goddamned symptoms and look to the cause.
This mentality is only causing McSociety to fail more quickly as the reasons for decline go unacknowledged.

There are biological issues in the works that preclude my willingness to surrender any ground when it comes to protecting the good in our society. This is the "overproduction of offspring" phase. Next up, resource competition... With 8 billion fellow apex predators.

What government can stabilize nature?
What legislation will strip natural processes of their vigor?

We live in a society that reinforces at every interval that we don't need one another. We are anonymous consumers hell bent on ourselves, and we wonder where mental illness is coming from?
Neuter the good, force reliance and patronize evil. America.


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how many rifle killings?

I wasn't going to post this because I have the flu and feel too crappy to dig out the link.  However, since the CNN article did not cite links for their statistics . . .

I believe it was for 2011 and based on FBI statistics.

Killings by rifle, somewhere close to 320.

Killings by hand, fist and foot (i.e. beating people to death without weapons) somwhere north of 750.

I have to say that I have been a frequent viewer of CNN and of the Fareed Zakaria show (although I never could figure out why he calls it the Global Public Square when they do not seem to air the show outside of the USA).  However, I am terribly appalled at the blood dancing and blatant 24x7 media blitz.

I also thought it very low that when they ran the film clip of the NRA speech that of the entire 30 minutes they picked the minute or two when the woman from Pink was waving the banner and acting like a homicidal maniac.

Now that I think about it, I think I am in favor of a ban on high capacity clips.

That is, film clips with more than 10 seconds of political spin or mindless drivel.

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Call a spade a spade

Problem as I see it is you are attempting to use logic to address what is now a purely emotional issue to the majority of the population.  Don't get me wrong, I'm just as tired of the manufactured "left vs. right" paradigm spun by the MSM.  Whether or not this was just a mental breakdown of a unstable teen (most likely) or some MkUltra BS (unlikely IMO, but can it be ruled out completely?), the end result is the same.  You have the country (and the world) heading towards a period of potentially unprecidented social/civil unrest.  What else could we expect when the global monetary system breaks down?  If you were "running the system" and wanted (needed) to maintain control, don't you think it would be a good idea to disarm as much of the populace as possible prior to the onset? 

The MSM blitz is nothing more than a means to an end. 

My expectations as to any gun control legislation proposed over the next month - think "heavy handed". 

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Sandy Hook.

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