Panic


One reason Americans are more inclined to panic over shootings or kidnappings these days is, perversely, that these incidents are so rare. They are the last isolated cases in what was once an epidemic of commonplace violence. Because kids do not go missing as a matter of course, we freak out more on the rare occasions when they do.
Katherine Mangu-Ward, How to Talk to Your Kids About Guns
http://reason.com/archives/2017/11/11/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about

Children


But the FBI says reports of missing children are down 40 percent in the last two decades, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that teen homicide rates have fallen by more than 40 percent; homicides of kids under 14 are at a near-record low; and overall child mortality rates have declined almost by half.
Katherine Mangu-Ward, How to Talk to Your Kids About Guns
http://reason.com/archives/2017/11/11/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about

Misunderstanding

Take a misunderstanding of the scope and nature of a problem, combine it with a desire to “do something” in the face of national anguish, and you get a recipe for both bad law and cultural conflict.
Katherine Mangu-Ward, How to Talk to Your Kids About Guns
http://reason.com/archives/2017/11/11/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about

Are Guns the Problem?

Why — at a time in our history when guns were readily available, when a person could just walk into a store or order a gun through the mail, when there were no FBI background checks, no waiting periods, no licensing requirements — was there not the frequency and kind of gun violence that we sometimes see today, when access to guns is more restricted?
– Walter Williams

http://walterewilliams.com/are-guns-the-problem/

If You Think Trump Is a Fascist…

“Which brings us back to gun control, something countless liberal pundits and Democratic congresspeople are breathlessly demanding right now. How on earth could anyone believe both that Trump is a fascist and that it’s a good idea for a federal government he runs to take guns away from law-abiding citizens? If Trump is a budding Mussolini—let alone something worse—then you shouldn’t want to give him the power required to wage a war on guns. Keep in mind that many gun owners are people of color, who would be (and frequently have been) disproportionately affected by enforcement of new gun laws. Indeed, if Trump wanted to further damage immigrants and communities of color, eroding their rights and jailing their men, he could find no more powerful tool than a license to confiscate guns.” – Robby Soave in If You Think Trump Is a Fascist, You Should Oppose Gun Control
http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2017/10/daniel-zimmerman/imi-systems-quote-day-please-dont-confuse-left-reality-gun-control/

The poor are carrying the cost of today’s climate policies

Matt Riddly explains that The poor are carrying the cost of today’s climate policies

They may be right; we will see. But, today, we are deliberately causing suffering in partly futile efforts to stop something that is currently doing more good than harm, mostly to poor people.

We’re All to Blame, by Walter E.Williams

“The only way Congress can give one American a dollar is to use threats, intimidation and coercion to confiscate that dollar from another American. Congress forcibly uses one American to serve the purposes of another American. We might ask ourselves: What standard of morality justifies the forcible use of one American to serve the purposes of another American? By the way, the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another is a fairly good working definition of slavery.”

https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/09/17/were-all-to-blame

CNN Fake News 

Exhibit A

Polls are not news. Polls are polls. The manifest laziness of modern fake news organizations to publish polls as “news” exposes their agendas and undermines their credibility. 

Exhibit B

The agenda is “destroy prosperity,” the trope is “protect the earth.” We are supposed to be worried about temperature measurements over a  130 year span for a planet that is 4.6 billion years old. That means, we are looking at data from 0.000003% of the total lifespan of the planet. We are also conveniently ignoring all of the temperature indicators (indirect measurements) we have from before the 1880s.