Friday, January 11, 2013

Second Amendment - #4403 - VIDEO: 5 Facts About Guns, Schools, and Violence - Hot Air (2) Here's How Wyoming Lawmakers are Trying to Beat Obama Administration to the Punch on Possible Gun Ban - The Blaze (3) Executive Gun 'Order' Easier Said Than Done - Congress Carefully Guards its Authority - Washington Times (4) The United States Ranks 7th in Comprehensive New 'Freedom Index" - Townhall Finance (5) Is Christianity in America Really Going Extinct? Gallup Poll Says 'NO' - The Blaze

5 Facts About Guns, Schools, and Violence - Hot Air - Say, anyone interested in actual facts about guns, violence, and schools? If so, Reason’s Nick Gillespie and Amanda Winkler have five key points about the actual status of school safety and the impact of guns on American society. The truth is that violent crime and mass shootings have declined since the 1990s, even with events like Newtown and Aurora. Schools are safer now than in decades. However, those data points don’t lend themselves to hysterics hopng to panic people into bad legislation that won’t solve the problems they supposedly address: 1. Violent crime – including violent crime using guns – has dropped massively over the past 20 years. 2. Mass shootings have not increased in recent years.  3. Schools are getting safer. 4. There Are More Guns in Circulation Than Ever Before. 5. “Assault Weapons Bans” Are Generally Ineffective.  Read more on each one of these points........

(2) Here's How Wyoming Lawmakers are Trying to Beat Obama Administration to the Punch on Possible Gun Ban - The Blaze - A number of Wyoming lawmakers are proposing legislation intended to protect gun owners from any future federal ban on semi-automatic rifles or high capacity magazines, KTWO reports. Introduced last week, the “Firearms Protection Act” would make any federal law banning semi-automatic rifles or limiting magazine capacity unenforceable in Wyoming. In fact, under the proposed bill, anyone who tried to enforce a federal gun ban could be charged with a felony. The Wyoming Attorney General’s office would also be permitted to defend any state resident against a federal gun ban. Read more........

(3) Executive Gun "Order' Easier Said Than Done - Congress Carefully Guards its Authority - Washington Times The administration is eyeing unilateral steps on gun control, but analysts said there are few things President Obama can do on his own because gun control is one area where Congress has jealously guarded its power to make the laws. In many areas, Congress writes broad laws but gives the executive branch wide discretion to write rules and regulations. Not so with guns. “The problem with gun control is that Congress has been extraordinarily explicit,” said John Hudak, a scholar on executive power at the Brookings Institution. “When gun-control legislation is passed, it is usually very detailed in what Congress intended and it is usually very detailed in the barriers it sets up for the executive branch. That limits presidential authority to use executive power because there is little discretion.” Read more.....

Related: Gov. Cuomo Will Ban all Modern Sporting Rifles - Immediate Action Needed.......

(4) The United States Ranks 7th in Comprehensive New "Freedom Index" - Townhall Finance - It’s somewhat depressing, after all, to read that the United States has dropped from the #3 nation when Bill Clinton left office to the #18 country in the most recent index. But for all its many positive attributes, Economic Freedom of the World isn’t a comprehensive measure of liberty. That’s why I’m very glad to see that Ian Vasquez and Tanja Stumberger have put together a Freedom Index designed to measure economic and personal liberty. And since they’re both sensible people, their definition of personal liberty is very sound – i.e., the freedom to be left alone and not harassed, persecuted, or annoyed by government. Here’s their description of what the Freedom Index is designed to measure.  Read more.........

(5) Is Christianity in America Really Going Extinct? - Gallup Poll Says 'NO' - The Blaze - Gallup’s editor-in-chief Frank Newport has been attracting widespread attention over the past few months surrounding his intriguing assessment of the state of faith in America — and his predictions that a religiously-fruitful time may be ahead. Part of the intrigue surrounding Newport’s research comes from his assertion that religion in the U.S. is actually much healthier than many critics allege. In an interview with TheBlaze, he spoke about Gallup’s intensive research, as presented in his new book, “God Is Alive and Well.Read more........

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