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What exactly is it that makes the lefty's think that more money spent equals better educated students? Students learn because they wish to learn, and not because taxpayers spend more on schools.Jan 22, 2011
Tax and spend! Tax and spend! Tax your own money Dale. My future is in my own children. They go to a private school that costs me dearly. I will not deprive them from the very best education I can afford just so you socialists can waste it on other people's children. Education starts at home and most people don't seem to care what their children do. We already spend a tremendous amount of money trying to educate those in public schools, and they can get it if they want it. I went to public schools and did the work that got me to where I am today, so don't try to tell me public schools don't already have the resources they need to educate children. Most children act like school is a day care center where they only have to play, and their parents, who don't seem to care, consider school and teachers as baby sitters, so why should I?Jan 22, 2011
There we go, the left winger finally brings Nazis and extermination to the table. So rrffcc1, explain to us how the ultra-whatevers here are close to offering up "the final solution"?
Us so called zealots are tired of paying for the world's poor, and just want them to go home, so we are zealots who want "the final solution"?
Truth and facts just get in the way? You mean your truths and facts? Tell us all about what you consider to be truths and facts.
Are the facts presented by rrjenn something you don't consider to be truth?
America, the only country in the world where foreigners can come here illegally, steal your identity, take your job, and the federal government do very little to correct the situation.
And we wonder why America is the joke of the world. Jan 22, 2011
No one said that the Arizona border was or is the most dangerous place in the world. Probably Somalia is the most dangerous place on Earth. The border is in my backyard, and more important to both my security and United States security than any city you can name. No one said it was this "brown people" you speak of that made those cities dangerous, and it's not just black gangs making those cities dangerous either, so why do you even bring it up? You only mentioned crips and bloods. Are you prejudiced against blacks or do you really think they are responsible for all the violence? It's not "brown people" that are making the border so dangerous. It's those gangs you mentioned (brown people gangs) that are also making the border a nightmare. Actually you didn't mention the Hispanic gangs but should have, and what about the white people gangs? Ya, we all know they are people too, right? As for color, every Hispanic person I know considers themselves to be white. Only the Latino leaders who wish to incite people for political division call Latinos "brown people". Do you consider Asian people to be "yellow persons". lol I know a few that would take great offense to being called yellow. I hate to always mention my race as a qualifier of what I write, but it may be important here to state that I am a "black person".
So what do you want us to do other than secure the border? Should we put all Mexicans on American welfare as President Fox suggested. Should we declare the southern border open to whoever wants to come here? Watch out cause middle eastern Muslims can easily pass for Latinos and they could be the terrorist types. What you say about European whites being illegals is pure nonsense. According to that illogical notion, everyone south of our border should be allowed to legally cross into America just because they were somehow considered to be on this continent first. You can ask for the moon but you wont get any sympathy from me when you don't get it. You will be better off discarding that notion and accepting the current reality as it isn't going to change. Tell us what exactly that you want our government to do about the problems on the border. I mean both sides of the border. How do we solve this problem?Jan 22, 2011
I couldn't agree more with you Phonse. I've often wondered how it is that Blacks can have an entire month devoted to their history when other races have little to nothing honoring them. I've concluded that it is in fact true that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Also, blacks are the protected race, and that gives them an elevated status above other races. The pendulum has actually swung that far.Jan 22, 2011
Which one of those cities you mention has signs put up by federal cops telling Americans not to travel in because it's too dangerous? They put those signs up along the most dangerous areas 70 to 80 miles from the border here in Arizona. How's that for dangerous? We have 70 to 80 miles from the border in the state of Arizona where we are advised not to go. People in non border states just have no idea what it's all about even when they know there is a 80 mile dead man's zone between us and the border. What that means for those of you who still don't get it is that the drug cartels own up to 80 miles of Arizona land all along our border with Mexico. Even border agents risk their lives traveling into this dead man's zone. And you all wonder why Arizonan's are so fed up with the feds inaction in securing the border. And when we try to secure it we are called racists and Nazis and all sorts of other things. Isn't it about time for states to start doing for themselves what the feds will not do?Jan 21, 2011
I understand a lot of people are upset over this shooting. The liberal media always plays up this kind of tragedy, but they never give you the bigger picture.
Data from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation show that America has been on a firearms buying spree since the end of 2005. Meanwhile, the FBI recently released preliminary 2009 crime data indicating that violent crime has been dropping at an accelerating rate since the end of 2006.
The FBI reports the number of background checks, by month, requested for potential firearms purchases through licensed dealers. When a prospective buyer wants to buy a gun, he fills out a form which the dealer submits to law enforcement. If approved, the sale proceeds. This system is called the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS for short.
Between November 2005 and October 2009, nearly every month’s requests were higher than the year before. (For example, there were 12.4% more NICS requests in September 2009 than in September 2008.) The sole exception was December 2007, which saw 1.9% fewer requests than December 2006. On an annual basis, each year’s total saw double-digit growth over the previous year beginning in 2006.
NICS data mirror the estimated sales data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which also show double-digit growth beginning in 2006. (Not all background checks result in one gun being purchased.)
More guns, less murder.
Murder rates are perhaps the best indicator of violent crime trends, compared to the other FBI major violent crimes. A dead body with bloody wounds clearly indicates violence, but living victims don’t always tell police they were assaulted. The FBI calculates violent crime rates based upon what’s reported to police.
After the Virginia Tech shooting, Katie Couric interviewed Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Said Helmke:
“While it is ‘people who kill people,’ they do so more often, and more successfully because we make it so easy to get such lethal weapons [guns].”
It’s true that NICS data show how easy it is for Americans to buy guns, but FBI crime data shows that law-abiding gun owners are not the problem.
More guns, less rape, robbery, and aggravated assault
Elizabeth Hellmann, program director for NRA women’s shooting sports programs, says:
In 2000, our first year, Women on Target had 13 clinics with 496 participants. Based upon attendance reports submitted so far this year, WOT is slightly above the figures for last year, which had a record of over 9,000 attendees.
Most women who call about WOT clinics say they are interested in learning to shoot for the purpose of personal protection. Generally, the NRA finds that women who are interested in learning to shoot often state that they want to obtain concealed carry permits.
Pistol training is our most popular class, whether it’s for Women On Target or basic NRA courses.
MSNBC recently ran an article entitled “Record numbers now licensed to pack heat.” An ABC affiliate in California noted:
With budget cuts depleting local police and sheriffs [sic] departments, concealed weapons permit applications have bumped up slightly.
The Boston Globe noted that even in Massachusetts — where gun ownership is restricted to those who complete coursework and pass a police background check — gun ownership increased over 15% during the 2008-2009 period.
All across America, concealed carry permits are on the rise. Between 2006 and 2009, Florida issued over 271,000 new licenses, a 66% increase to over 684,000.
During the same time period, Texas saw a 56% increase, bringing their total to over 402,000; Michigan saw an 80% increase in licensees; and Utah experienced a 78% increase.
Since 2005, there has been a 25% increase in justifiable homicides by private citizens, 31% more by citizens with handguns. (Justifiable homicides result when citizens stop felonious attacks against themselves or another person, killing the attacker.)
While few defensive gun uses result in the attacker’s death, justifiable homicide data serve as an indicator of how more citizens are choosing self-defense over victimhood.
News items abound where armed citizens successfully defended themselves. A perusal of The Armed Citizen contains a generous sampling of successful self-defense articles going back to November 2003, and Keep and Bear Arms usually posts a number of stories each day.
More guns. More gun owners. More law-abiding citizens carrying handguns in public. More caution amongst violent predators?
When interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor, Violence Policy Center founder Josh Sugarmann complained about how much influence pro-gun writers and organizations have gained in recent years, saying that pro-rights bloggers “clearly have more free time than people on our side of the issue do.” He conveniently overlooked the fact that he has plenty of time to promote his side because he receives over $135,000 yearly from the Joyce Foundation, compared to these volunteer “bloggers.”
In 2009, Gallup found that support for a handgun ban had faded to its lowest level (29%) since they began the survey in 1959. Gallup got similar results when asking people whether or not they supported stricter gun control laws.
Organizations like the Brady Campaign and Violence Policy Center like to blame the “gun lobby’s undue influence” on policy makers for their difficulty in passing “sensible gun laws” that “the public supports.”
The numbers speak louder than anti-rights rhetoric: more guns, less crime.
Is this because criminals know more people have been buying guns and getting concealed carry permits? Even old media has been reporting the surge in gun sales.
In 2006, ABC reported:
More women, from soccer moms to professionals like the ones at the Blue Ridge Arsenal gun range in Chantilly, Va., are packing heat for sport, self-empowerment and protection.
In gun-unfriendly California, ABC recently reported:
Local gun shop owners are seeing an increase in the number of women customers. Personal protection is the main reason they’re shopping. According to the national shooting sports foundation, almost half the people taking their first handgun class this past year were women.
These are just two examples of the numerous articles about new women shooters and their desire to empower themselves with effective self-defense tools.
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/fbi-crime-stats-show-an-armed-public-is-a-safer-public/2/Jan 16, 2011
“It’s like telling me I’m denying you transportation because you can’t steal my car,’’ he said. “It’s not your car.’’
Well put Senator Pearce. The lawmakers that enacted this amendment to the constitution never even considered that this law would one day be used by illegal aliens to give them legal status in a country they are criminals in the moment they stepped into the country. In fact there weren't millions of people wanting to come here so desperately. rrjenn makes a good point when he asks why people are so upset over the Senator's proposal. Why are you all so upset? Is it just because you hate Pearce, or is it due to the nationality of the bulk of the people affected by it? I suspect a little of both.Jan 5, 2011
I doesn't surprise me that they gave preferential treatment to the Mexican that was wounded. Remember when they put two agents in prison for wounding a drug smuggling Mexican a few years back? They try real hard not to offend the Mexican government by treating Mexican criminals as if they were not criminals. Someone connected with law enforcement would understand that, but I don't believe you have a connection Hill. I know a retired border agent very well, and he's told me some shocking stories about how our own government hamstrings their border agents. He also knows some of these agents that have first hand knowledge about this current outrageous case of disregard for these agents safety and performance in securing the border. It reminds me of my experience in Vietnam. Our government wouldn't let us win that war either. It surprises me that anyone would doubt this story considering our governments stand on illegal immigration from Mexico. No Hill, I can't prove these claims at this time and you know that. Whether or not the truth ever comes out is iffy at best. Ask yourself this, where is the information about the Mexicans involved in this shooting? Why is the government so hush hush about them? Were they Mexican army soldiers working for the cartels as many have suggested to me? A Mexican army major working for a drug cartel is wounded in a firefight where an American border agent is killed would certainly be something they might want to cover up, and they would most certainly not want him to die. It is a known fact that border agents are issued shotguns with bean bag rounds so as to not kill these criminals. It is a known fact that these agents had shotguns with bean bag rounds. They had no assault weapons, and besides the bean bag guns they only had their pistols to defend themselves against fully automatic ak-47 assault weapons.
It has now been confirmed that Rick Oltman's report that U.S. Border Patrol Brian Terry agent who was murdered three days ago, was given "bean-bag rounds" for his weapon is true.
The American Patrol Report has just learned that the order came from Tucson Sector Chief Manjarez, before he was removed from the job. According to a well-informed former agent, Terry may have been able to save his life had he been issued real ammunition.
It is an outrage that our government would have such little regard for our border patrol that they would put their lives at risk because of Political Correctness.
It is also an outrage that the Senate of the United States would even consider giving amnesty to one illegal alien so long as our government allows millions to flood across our border.Dec 28, 2010
Another aspect of this story that is not being reported is that the site of the shooting, Peck Canyon, is inside the area Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., has proposed to designate as the Tumacacori Highlands Wilderness reserve. If Grijalva's bill is enacted into law, what is now a well-established drug smuggling corridor will become a drug-smuggling superhighway, because the Border Patrol will be prohibited from patrolling the region. Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah has proposed legislation that will remove the restrictions on Border Patrol jurisdiction on such public lands within 50 miles of the border. How such a bozo ever got elected is beyond me, but after Grijalva called for a boycott and was reelected is a crime against the good people of Arizona.Dec 25, 2010