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The Assault Weapons Ban Didn’t Work Then and It Won’t Work Now

Donjindra Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 10:58 AM
Doug Giles prays to a god who can't keep him safe. It leaves him feeling so hopelessly vulnerable.
Jay Wye Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 2:50 PM
When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation... and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

By Maj. L. Caudill USM C (Ret)
Donjindra Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 6:33 PM
" I don’t carry it because I’m afraid"

Of course you carry it because you're afraid. Stop lying to yourself.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 11:08 AM
The, of course, Giles doesn't pretend the Laffer Curve which is one of the most empirically proven concepts in economics, is a "fairy tale".
Donjindra Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 11:39 AM
Okay, hotshot. Prove it. Show me the evidence. Show how it proved a tax rate of 39% will collect less money than a tax rate of 38.9% or 33% or 1%. Where is your empirical evidence on that?
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 1:11 PM
Look, o economic ignoramus, the Laffer Curve does not define a specific percentage point and it varies among several taxes. Examples of the Laffer Curve in operation date at least back to the Roman Empire and to taxes by the crown from several countries to capital gains taxes in more recent times.

Are you so completely divorced from reality that you actually believe the Laffer Curve defines a specific percentage point or that it needs to in order to be empirically proved?

Your ignorance is showing!
Donjindra Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 6:30 PM
" the Laffer Curve does not define a specific percentage point "

IOW, it's bunk. It asserts there is a magic point at which taxes are counterproductive, as if that's not obvious from the start. But it refuses to be pinned down on any figure. Therefore it's totally useless and unfalsifiable. The Laffer curve is the AGW of "conservatives."

"Examples of the Laffer Curve in operation date at least back to the Roman Empire and to taxes by the crown from several countries to capital gains taxes in more recent times."

That's dogma which you keep repeating. Repetition will not make it fact. Show me hard numbers.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 10:14 PM
I am not responsible for your glaring ignorance. That you are too incompetent to even understand what the Laffer Curve IS is not my problem. There's nothing magical about it. But since it has been empirically proven on several occassions, it meets the guidelines of falsifiability.

If you are too stupid to look up the tax data (particularly the studies easily available on capital gains taxes) or the historical examples of reduced revenues from higher taxes or the book on the collapse of the welfare state in ancient Rome., that is not my problem.

You are apparently too stupid to use the term "dogma" correctly since I am speaking of empricial evidence and you are complaining because it conflicts with your religious beliefs.

Senator Dianne Feinstein is queuing up come January 2013 to retable—yet again—an Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) in order to “severely mitigate the possibilities of another Sandy Hook atrocity.” Great idea, Dianne, as the first AWB that Clinton signed into law worked wonders in schools from 1994-2004. It was awesome. It panned out wonderfully aside from the following:

  • November 7, 1994: Wickliffe, Ohio: (Wickliffe Middle School shooting) Keith Ledeger, 37, a former student at the school, shot and killed custodian Pete Christopher and wounded four other adults.
  • January 12, 1995: Seattle, Washington: A...