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Alcohol is indeed a very destructive force in our society, much moreso than guns, but as we learned in the 1920's: prohibition does not work. Those who wish to do the same thing to guns would be wise to remember this fact. Any attempt to outlaw the ownership of guns is going to result in a massive black-market and increased crime, while simultaneously stripping law-abiding citizens from the basic right of self-defense.4 months ago
@ IceCat - Care to disclose where you obtained those numbers? Of course not, because then you would have to admit that 71% of those "gun-related deaths" were suicides. This is from a New Times artilce entitled "Arizona had More "Gun Deaths" Than Vehicle Deaths in 2009, Says Anti-Gun Group; Omits Fact That 71 % Were Suicides":
"Slate, an online magazine, and the Tucson Weekly recently published articles that claim Arizona's "gun death" rate now exceeds the rate of vehicle deaths.
The articles, spurred by the Newtown shooting, were based on a May report by the anti-gun Violence Policy Center in Washington D.C., which lists Arizona as the No. 2 state in this gruesome comparison.
Neither the VPC nor the two publications mention the word "suicide," (okay, except for a brief mention of "murder-suicide" in the Slate article). Yet suicides are a major factor in the VPC's research, even if no one wants to talk about it.
Using statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the VPC notes that Arizona had 856 "gun deaths" in 2009. Looking at the rate per 100,000 people, "gun deaths" exceeded motor vehicle deaths that year.
But the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control statistics also show that in 2009, Arizona had 605 suicides by firearm.
That's a whopping 71 percent of the total of so-called "gun deaths.""
6 months ago
Considering that the most important aspects of SB1070 were blocked by the courts before they could ever be enforced it seems a little premature to assume that the effects of the bill will always be this limited. Once the primary aspects of the law go into effect later this summer I think the overall effect will be much greater. The effects will be even more substantial early next year after a new pro-enforcement presidential administration stops Obama's backhanded executive-order amnesty program and the INS starts deporting illegal immigrants again. As the illegals are deported or flee to more accommodating states this will open up more jobs for legal citizens and lower our unemployment rate as well as reducing their enormous impact on social services and lowering the crime rate.May 2, 2012
"The market could be especially strong if employment gains continue and banks relax their lending standards" that is a pretty big "IF", especially the part about banks relaxing their lending standards. I mean, if they haven't been compelled to relax their standards by now what reason is there to think they will suddenly change course this year? Statements like this make me think these experts are basing their predictions more upon hope than upon reason.Jan 18, 2012