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Why I Support the Second Amendment -- and Democrats Should Too

J. Murray Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 6:40 AM
I've been running a statistical study on this for a while, some preliminary results: 30% of gun violence can be explained by the number of individuals that cannot read at a 6th grade level (alternatively, spending per student has no statisical relationship with outcomes). The % of households with guns does not affect gun violence rates. The % on welfare does not affect gun violence rates. Poverty rate does not affect gun violence rates. Gun bans increase gun violence before settling to historic norms, likely due to the influx of supply away from legitimate markets. Surprisingly, voting Democrat shows an increase in gun violence rates for a county, but this is likely due to a third factor that affects both.
absinthe48 Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 7:18 AM
I believe that the public schools in DC spend about the most for education, considered per-pupil, yet they get the worst outcomes. Someone may correct me on this assertion, since I don't have the exact facts to hand, but the old saying that "when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns" is spot-on. You can throw billions down the "educationist" rat hole, you can confiscate guns from your law-abiding taxpayers, but none of that will change a culture of violence, drug abuse and sexual promiscuity.
Texas Chris Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 8:11 AM
Texas spends 1/3 per student than DC spends per student, and Texas students score 20% higher than DC.

Less money correlates to higher education levels. Not quite causation, but definite correlation.
J. Murray Wrote: Apr 04, 2013 8:36 AM
Educational funding has a self-reinforcing element to it driven by failure. Succeeding schools do not get funding increases while failing schools tend to get more resources. Since schools fail or succeed not by funding, but by other factors, failing schools get into a funding loop. Failure leads to more funding, but funding doesn't matter thus continued failure and more funding. Hence why failing districts are also the most expensive. Cheaper school districts are cheap because they're already doing well.

And this is why I'm opposed to the entire concept of public school. Government doesn't understand anything beyond spending more money to try and solve problems.

As Congress prepares to consider new gun control legislation, I stand firmly against any attempt to restrict the constitutional rights of responsible, law-abiding gun owners. As a concealed weapons permit holder, I value the freedom to exercise my Second Amendment right as protected by the Constitution and in accordance with gun laws designed to promote safe, responsible use. The right to bear arms is a unique and fundamental aspect of American liberty because, when exercised responsibly and in accordance with the laws in place, it makes our families and our property safer.

Last week, I announced I would join efforts to...