After Orlando, should we repeal the second amendment?

Summary: Orlando, as usual for a crisis in America, brings forth calls to rip another strip from the Constitution. But the Second Amendment worked well for us for two centuries, until conservatives decided America needed more guns in more hands. Orlando is another example of the results. But there are solutions that do not require … Continue reading After Orlando, should we repeal the second amendment?

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Guns in the wild west: regulated, with no fears about ripping the Constitution

Summary:  An oddity of the New America is how we stumble when dealing with problems solved not just by our peers in other developed nations, but in our past.  Gun control is but one example. Other nations, our peers in the developed world, have accomplished what we're told is impossible for Americans: reducing gun ownership.  … Continue reading Guns in the wild west: regulated, with no fears about ripping the Constitution

Do guns make us more safe, or less? Let’s look at the research.

Summary:  The incidence of apparent murders justified under the "stand your ground" laws raises questions about the vast number of claimed "self-defense" gun use.  How many of these were justifications of improper use, not legitimate (and socially prestigious) self-defense? Fortunately there is research on the issue.  Here we look at samples of this research, most … Continue reading Do guns make us more safe, or less? Let’s look at the research.

Second amendment scholarship (using money to reshape America)

Summary:  People with superpowers are running a multi-generational project to reshape America. They have the greatest of superpowers: money, which they've used to enlist experts to produce a large volume of research supporting their interests -- overwhelming experts with different (ie, mainstream) viewpoints.  Here we see two examples of their success. . . (1) Investing … Continue reading Second amendment scholarship (using money to reshape America)

Let’s look at the Second Amendment, cutting through the myths and spin

Summary:  It's the great oddity of the US that we order our society based on exegesis of an 18th century document, written in grammar no longer used with words whose meaning has often radically changed.  Instead of justice or logic, our judges have become like the mandarins of Imperial China -- parsing the meaning of … Continue reading Let’s look at the Second Amendment, cutting through the myths and spin

Guns do not make us safer. Why is this not obvious?

Summary:  Public policy in America has become a debate about myths, as our broken OODA loops degrade our ability to see and reason -- and we become more easily influenced by propaganda. That's a natural response by our elites; a sensible person doesn't attempt to reason with sheep.  We see all these factors at work … Continue reading Guns do not make us safer. Why is this not obvious?

But Hitler confiscated guns, leaving Germans helpless!

Summary: When Americans demand accuracy from their reliable sources, reform will become possible for America. The Left cannot correct the Right on this flaw, nor vice versa. So long as we (Left and Right) accept lies from our friends and fellow partisans, then our leaders will lead us by lies. So long as we remain … Continue reading But Hitler confiscated guns, leaving Germans helpless!