Good news: The number of Americans using food stamps in 2014 declined slightly from the previous year. So why does the 2015 Index of Culture and Opportunity say this indicator is headed in the “wrong direction”?
There are a couple of reasons. For one, the food stamp program (officially known now as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) is still much larger today than it was a decade ago—or, indeed, just a few years ago. In 2008, it was below 30 million. By 2013, it had hit 47.6 million.
It has since dipped a bit, as I mentioned (to 46.5 million). But for it to still be so high, despite an improving economy, is certainly troubling.
“The program may appear to be on the right track,” Maura Corrigan, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, writes in the index. “But it is far from perfect and traveling much too slowly.”
Unemployment has dropped in recent years, yet still—far too many people are participating. One out of every seven Americans received SNAP benefits in 2014, and the program cost $74.1 billion, making it one of the largest means-tested welfare program.
Why don’t we hear more about these people instead of the defective degenerates that the media glorifies?
1. Pearl High School
Oct. 1, 1997
Luke Woodham fatally stabbed his mother at home before opening fire at his high school, killing two students and injuring seven others. The attack was stopped when Assistant Principal Joel Myrick retrieved his .45 caliber handgun from his truck and confronted Woodham, detaining him until authorities could arrive.
Myrick’s action stopped Woodham from going across the street to the middle school as he had planned.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein.
We had another shooting; this time the shooter was white and was of an acceptable religion, so instead of radical Islam being the culprit it is the Second Amendment that will get the blame and come under attack. The gun control crowd is in already in the thralls of ecstasy at the prospect of another reason to attack the Second Amendment.
I don’t have the time or inclination to clear up the common misconceptions about the 2nd – the misunderstandings regarding militias, need to have an automatic weapon, or restrictions on type of weapon. I am a pure constitutionalist so let it suffice to say that only two basic pieces of knowledge are required to completely comprehend the Second Amendment. If you understand the function a comma serves and grasp the definition of “shall not be infringed”, you will understand the Second and need no interpretation; but that’s another article altogether.
For now, pretend we live in Bernie Sander’s world and the Second Amendment is void; pretend that gun control legislation has no constitutional hurdles and private gun ownership may be restricted at the whim of whatever lesser evil we elect. – Is it a good idea?
Well… Let’s think on it a spell; what kind of a track record does international gun control have? – Has it been tried before? – Has it ever worked anywhere? – Is there empirical data available? The answer to the last question is an emphatic YES!
Gun control isn’t a new concept. It has been around in one form or another for a few thousand years. From Cyrus to Caesar; from Stalin to Saddam every world despot has placed some form of weapons control on the masses. History proves it didn’t work for them and the only effective way to enforce such law is with brutality.
But even if gun control legislation was constitutional and could be enforced in a civilized manner – is it worth the effort? It should be easy to figure out. A little research should give a definitive answer so I’ll do the research, you check my facts , and together we can come to an educated conclusion.
If Gun ownership or guns in public hands are a significant factor in gun violence, research will show some kind of correlation between gun ownership and gun violence – let’s see if we can find one.
Is it wrong when elected leaders, or even people on Facebook, use tragedy to make a political point? Or should we use facts?
Yesterday, President Obama used the Charleston church massacre to make another pitch for gun control legislation.
“Now is the time for mourning and for healing, but let’s be clear.
“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.”
I was immediately subjected to Tweets and Facebook posts from people agreeing and disagreeing with the president.
Several countries have a higher rate of gun deaths than the U.S., though they may not be considered “advanced countries.”
In wake of the South Carolina tragedy, what I haven’t seen reported is this: Gun homicide deaths are near all-time lows in the U.S. The homicide rate now is as low as in the 1960s and much lower than the 1990s.
1. The Pearl High School shooting
Oct. 1, 1997
Luke Woodham fatally stabbed and bludgeoned his mother and went on to kill two students and injure seven others at his high school. Woodham was stopped by Assistant Principal Joel Myrick, a U.S. Army Reserve commander, who detained Woodham by using a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol he kept in his truck, until authorities could show up.
Myrick stopped Woodham from going across the street to the middle school.
2. The Parker Middle School dance shooting
April 24, 1998
Andrew Wurst showed up to his middle school dance with his .25-caliber pistol. He fired it, killing a teacher, wounding a second one, and injuring two students. The 14-year-old’s shoot-out lasted about 20 minutes. It was ended when James Strand, the owner of the banquet hall the dance was happening in, confronted Wurst with his personal shotgun. He ordered Wurst to drop his weapon and held the teenager in place for 11 minutes before finally getting him to drop the weapon and lie on the ground, and then searched him for other weapons.
In the 26th chapter of the book of Matthew, we learn a lot about the final days and hours of Jesus’ life.
MATTHEW 26 : 1-5
When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” (3) Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, (4) and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. (5) “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.”
Look at Matthew 26:5 again. “Or there may be a riot among the people.” – Even in the days of Jesus, government knew to fear the people.
MATTHEW 26 : 14-16
(14) Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests (15) and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. (16) From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
It took 30 pieces of silver for Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus to his captors. 30 pieces of silver. What do we trade our values for today? What price tag do we put on our integrity?
JESUS IN GETHSEMANE (MATTHEW 26 : 36-39):
(36) Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” (37) He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. (38) Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
(39) Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Here Jesus knows what he is about to face and is praying to God that “if there is another way possible, please let us use that route… But don’t do as I wish, do as You wish.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is attempting to reclassify and ban the most common ammunition for the most popular rifle sold in the United States as “armor piercing,” in what appears to be a spiteful attempt by the Obama administration to cripple the supply of ammunition to AR-15 firearms that the President has long sought to ban.
M855 ammunition is very popular as a practice and target round for AR-15 shooters, and is used in some kinds of hunting.
Yesterday we discussed one way to strip the ATF of the power to ban common rifle ammunition that they are dishonestly attempting to reclassify as pistol ammunition, which is to make a simple change to the definition that the ATF is abusing.
Some very sharp people have noted that we might not even need to go that far, as the M855 doesn’t meet either part of the two-part definition that the ATF is perverting.
18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(B) provides:
(B) The term “armor piercing ammunition” means—
(i) a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper or depleted uranium; or
(ii) a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile.
Let’s look at a picture of a cutaway M855 bullet. There are several variants of M855 bullets with slightly different steel insert base shapes, but they all follow this same basic design.
There are two parts to the definition that ATF is perverting in application to the M855, the first part being, “a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper or depleted uranium…”
You’ll note that the definition requires the projectile or projectile core to be “constructed entirely” of one or a combination of hardened metal alloys. But as out cutaway clearly shows, the M855’s prjectile is constructed of a lead core (darker, denser metal in the rear) and a steel insert in the front of the bullet (lighter colored, lighter weight metal in the front). The M855 fails to meet the criteria to be classified as armor-piercing under part one of this two part definition.