Nobody is perfect.

I got this one from the NZ Conservative Coalition. Similar to what I said in one of my previous posts, no one is perfect…not even our leaders, both of today and the ones revered from the past. The leftists who are demanding we remove statues of George Washington and his revolutionary patriots fail to understand that to be human is to be imperfect and certain parts of history (i.e. why they did things such as not abolish slavery right away and that George Washington actually freed his slaves upon his death). Enjoy!

Sanitizing History: Now Liberals Want George Washington Removed From Public Spaces — Young Conservatives

“Gun Violence”

I got this one from a friend of my dad’s. This article has some enlightening truths about gun control and gun violence. Enjoy!

THE TRUTH ABOUT GUN DEATHS

 SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed.   U.S. population 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016.  Do the math:  0.0000925 of the population dies from gun related actions each year.  Statistically speaking, this is insignificant!  What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death:

• 65%  of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws.

• 15%  are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified.

• 17%  are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – gun violence.

• 3%  are accidental discharge deaths.

So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100.  Still too many?  Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?

• 480 homicides (9.4%)  were in Chicago

• 344 homicides (6.7%)  were in Baltimore

• 333 homicides (6.5%)  were in Detroit.

• 119 homicides (2.3%)  were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)

So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities.  All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.

This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation, or about 75 deaths per state.  That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others.  For example, California had 1,169  and Alabama had 1.

Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far?  California, of course, but understand, it is not guns causing this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equally, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.

Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault all is done by criminals and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. That’s why they are criminals.

But what about other deaths each year?

• 40,000+ die from a drug overdose–THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!

• 36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths.

• 34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities(exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide)

Now it gets good:

• 200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical errors. You are safer in Chicago than when you are in a hospital!

 710,000 people die per year from heart disease. It’s time to stop the double cheeseburgers! So what is the point?  If Obama and the anti-gun movement focused their attention on heart disease, even a 10% decrease in cardiac deaths would save twice the number of lives annually of all gun-related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.).   A 10% reduction in medical errors would be 66% of the total gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides……Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions!

So you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns? It’s pretty simple:  Taking away guns gives control to governments.

The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did by trying to disarming the populace of the colonies. It is not difficult to understand that a disarmed populace is a controlled populace.

Thus, the Second Amendment was proudly and boldly included in the US. Constitution. It must be preserved at all costs.

So the next time someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, look at these facts and remember these words from Noah Webster: “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force at the command of Congress can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power.”

Remember, when it comes to “gun control”, the frightening word is “control”, not “gun”!

You know you’re fiscally irresponsible when the interest you pay on a loan is more than the loan.

I saw this one also on the NZ Conservative Coalition blog about another one of Chicago’s fiscal blunders. I’m honestly just waiting for the city to go bankrupt. Maybe then the municipal government will learn to curb their spending (probably not, but here’s to hoping). Enjoy!

Insanity: Chicago public schools pay $850M in interest on $500M loan — Fellowship of the Minds

Maybe they should think about who they elect.

Anyone who is decently versed in Chicago politics knows that the reason Chicago is called The Windy City ain’t because it’s super windy there. The city hasn’t had a Republican mayor in ninety years, and the Democratic machine there is still active, so much so that I’m pretty sure it influences the surrounding counties, even neighboring Lake County across the state lines in Indiana (which is home to another machine in Gary, Indiana…they haven’t had a Republican mayor since the 1940’s). If you want some insight into this, compare a map of Illinois’s counties to a map of their congressional districts and keep these facts in mind: Chicago has about 3 million, and Illinois has about 13 million people. Eight of nineteen of their congressional districts include some part of Chicago, and to me, when I look at these maps,  it almost looks like there’s some gerrymandering. Maybe I’m over analyzing things, but things seem fishy to me.

Anyways, people in Chicago seem to be always complaining about something–the Chicago teachers complain about public school funding, they complain about murder rates and gun violence, etc. Well, the politicians of Cook County (which is essentially, Chicago) have decided to enact a sugary drink tax (read the article below for more details), and citizens have protested it, saying it’s too much (for those of you who aren’t aware, Chicago has taxes on many, many things…such that as that article says, it’s hard to remember what isn’t, and as my dad always likes to say, it’s taxation without representation). As I was reading that article and analyzing in light of what I know about Chicago, I realized that if Chicago has this much to complain about, maybe they should elect different representatives.

Here’s an 2016 electoral map of Illinois, which shows its counties. Notice which counties are red, which are blue, and what the popular vote totals are:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election_in_Illinois,_2016

Here’s the map of the Congressional districts of Illinois.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois’_congressional_districts

Here’s a map of Indiana counties from our last presidential election…just for comparison. Notice the similarities:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election_in_Indiana,_2016

Here’s the sugary drink tax article I mentioned:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/opinion/ct-lns-selle-cook-county-soda-tax-0629-20170628-story.html

 

What do they have to complain about?

Today I felt inspired and looked up the average salary of a teacher in Chicago, and I got $71,017. Granted, the cost of living is very likely higher than where I live (a town of approximately 30,000 people) and many other places in the country, but it makes me wonder if they really should be complaining and protesting (besides the fact that they should instead be teaching and helping their students)…they make about $20,000 more than the average teacher in my state. Honestly, at this point, who knows? Enjoy!

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