Libertarian Commentary on the News #13-04C: National Panic Spreads on Guns

Self-defense – Government-run, tax-funded schools
Guns already allowed in schools in many states

(NBC News) More than a third of the states already allow teachers and other adults to carry guns to school. In most cases, all you need is the equivalent of a note from the principal — you usually don’t even need law enforcement approval. NBC News reviewed the firearms and education laws in all 50 states and found that 18 of them allow adults to have a loaded gun on school grounds, usually as long as they have written permission.

Nathan: If true (and NBC is one of those outlets which has lied a lot in the past), this still shows a need for education and panic-control.  We have SO many laws on the books, it is not a surprise that even people like Gov. Rick Perry don’t know what their own state law says – and you can bet that most of the principals in Texas schools don’t realize THEY are the signature authority to arm their teachers or staff.  But that still leaves 32 states, plus DC and other territories, where it IS illegal by federal law and/or local laws.  And of course there is the bias that school administrators have: hoploclastic and hoplophobic as they are (see my column summarizing just how fearful and paranoid they are over bubble guns and Nerf guns), how many WOULD?

Mama’s Note: And STILL, the only real answer is to eliminate government “schools” and return the responsibility for education – and safety – to parents and their voluntary communities.

Hoplophobes – Hoplophiles
Gun Appreciation Day leads to five gun show shootings

(Digital Journal) A portion of the American population celebrated Gun Appreciation Day by attending guns shows across the country, resulting in some of the attendees perhaps appreciating paramedics and first responders more than guns, at least temporarily.

Thanks to MamaLiberty, her comment: Fraudulent headline

Nathan: Very much so.  There is nothing to indicate (1) these rather stupid people would  NOT have attended the respective gun shows and (2) that these accidents would not have happened anyway, if Saturday had not been “Gun Appreciation Day.”  As Mama Liberty and myself and others had pointed out when plans for this “nationwide event” were announced, the primary result would be an opportunity for gunowners to be attacked and reviled.  This is certainly the case: it is almost certain that NONE of these five shootings (fortunately no deaths) would have been reported in the news, locally much less nationally otherwise.  The April 19th “National Shoot-Out” where everyone is encouraged to go outside at a certain time in the evening and fire three shots into the ground (or three firecrackers, or a recording of three shots) is an even more foolish event, which will scare too many already-fearful people – thus enhancing the hand of too many politicians.

Mama’s Note: Indeed… and far too many people are incredibly stupid enough to fire a gun into the air. What goes up, must come down. With friends like these…

Home front – Tyranny
Economic Freedom Declines in America for Fifth Straight Year

(Wall Street Journal and Heritage Foundation via Daily Policy Digest) Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Mauritius, Denmark and the United States all lost ground in this year’s index of economic freedom…

Nathan: Are we shocked?  Surprised?  Confused?  No, we LIVED through it: the EPA, the DHS, the USDA, the USDI, the FDA, the White House; all the usual culprits whittled away for another year at our freedoms, our liberties, our prosperity.  They WON and we LOST.

Abominable Act (ObummerCare) – Crash of 2009
U.S. Health Care Spending Growth Continues at Slow Pace

(American Enterprise Institute via Daily Policy Digest)  The year 2010 marked the lowest rate of annualized personal expenditures on health care since the National Health Expenditure Accounts statistics were first calculated in 1960…

Nathan: This does not, apparently, include insurance costs.  Of course, since we are still in a depression, no doubt part of this is that we DON’T have the money, and we know every dime the insurance has to pay out will show up in the premiums next year.  And we figure we’ll need every cent we can get.

Mama’s Note: It also doesn’t include all of the “free” or subsidized medicine and services involved. And none of the dollar amounts have much to do with the actual “health” or “care” obtained by anyone. The people so eager for more government control of medicine and the economy are about to learn the hard lesson that no amount of subsidy or “insurance” can guarantee actual care, let alone competent and appropriate care.

More lack of self-defense
New Mexico Teen Kills Five in Home

(9News.com) A 15-year-old boy fatally shot two adults and three children at a home near Albuquerque, authorities said Sunday. The teenager was arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings Saturday night at the home in a rural area 10 miles southwest of downtown Albuquerque, Bernalillo County sheriff’s spokesman Aaron Williamson said. …Each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound, he said. …Investigators also were trying to determine who owned several guns that were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle. Authorities declined to release details of any conversation that the 15-year-old had with investigators. The teenager was booked on two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death.

Nathan: The media has a lot it is trying to push, obviously.  So does the Sheriff.  If the weapon used was NOT the “military-style rifle” then why mention it?  Do the media or the sheriff’s officer think the rifle controlled the mind of the killer?  And why not murder charges for the three children, just “child abuse resulting in death” charges?  Does New Mexico (or the Bernalillo Sheriff) not consider children to be human any more?

Mama’s Note: The ongoing obsession of politicians and LE with the kind, size, owner and source of the weapon, rather than the resolution of the crime, is an ongoing crime itself.

Hoploclasts – Hoplophobes
Colorado: Telluride looks into tigher gun controls

(9News.com) Telluride town officials are looking into whether they can tighten gun-control ordinances without running afoul of state and federal laws. …The council had passed a resolution endorsing tougher federal regulations and Mayor Stu Fraser was among mayors nationwide who signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to pass stricter regulations. … Carnevale says he wants the town to go further.

Thanks to Deb for this one.  Her thoughts:  local nutcases don’t like freedom.

Nathan: we always knew that Telluride was “that” kind of a town.  They want the freedom for their sex, their pot and other drugs, their “alternative lifestyles” but they want the peons to be under their control.  They use armed police, armed guards, surveillance, and more, but only the elite can have these things.  The rest of us must be kept under control.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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