‘Common Sense’ Gun Control
Every time gun bans are enacted murder rates go up. We have recently seen this in England, Ireland, Australia, Jamaica, Washington D.C. and Chicago, just to name a few. Firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. Guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self defense.
Schadenfreude in Seattle
It’s hard not to feel the urge, or the NEED, to shout ‘We Told You So!’ at Seattle. The city has led the movement to raise the minimum wage, passing wage laws that phase in a $15 per hour minimum wage over several years. But reports are coming in that some workers are now asking for their hours to be cut in order for them to remain eligible for public assistance with expenses like food, rent, and child care. It’s still very early in the process, but the higher wages don’t yet seem to be moving many people away from using that assistance, according to Dan Springer at Fox.
Truth Be Told
And I have a lot of opinions about the conservative movement, especially about the people moving around within it. Those I’m much less likely to broadcast. Why would I do that? Why would I hold back like that? Why would I muzzle myself when it comes to criticism within the ranks? Am I afraid to speak my mind? Am I some kind of coward?
Gay Marriage and Other Things
It’s been a long couple of weeks for conservatives, especially those that are socially conservative and/or Christian. Yes, the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states is a blow to the values that many conservatives espouse. But in a vacuum this one decision doesn’t threaten to tear at the fabric of the church and our society.