Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Friedman jumps the shark

I haven't pinged on him since JAN - but this cannot pass.

If you ever wondered the steps some will go to in order to make the masses do their will - don't.

Good, well meaning people are more than willing to line up thousands - or millions - of people against the wall and have them shot.

Add Thomas Friedman to that list.
"There is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy, and that is one-party democracy, which is what we have in America today.

One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century. It is not an accident that China is committed to overtaking us in electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power. China’s leaders understand that in a world of exploding populations and rising emerging-market middle classes, demand for clean power and energy efficiency is going to soar. Beijing wants to make sure that it owns that industry and is ordering the policies to do that, including boosting gasoline prices, from the top down."
Be outraged.

And people wonder why things like this happen.
Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,074,757 checks in August 2009, a 12.3 percent increase from the 956,872 reported in August 2008.

So far that is roughly 9,076,205 gun bought this year! The total is probably more as NICS background checks may cover the purchase of more than one gun at a time.
The bulk of the buying has been concentrated on the following types of guns or calibers:

Semi Auto Handguns
Ar15s and all variants of the Black Rifle
.50 Caliber
On Phibian's list this month:
- Smith & Wesson
Model M&P15T rifle.
- Ruger
LCP pistol.

I wonder what John got?

Oh, and just a few facts to scare away the trolls.
1.17 Guns for Each Person
Conservative estimates of legally owned guns in the USA put the number at 355,029,250 million guns in the USA. That is 1.17 guns for everyone in the USA and if you listen to the liberal press they are all assault weapons. God bless anyone who tries to invade the USA…

Crime Rates Falling
The most stunning in all of this is that we have not seen an increase in crime, murder rates have fallen across most of the USA and Americans have shown that they can be trusted with firearms ownership. This is directly in contrast to what the national media and gun control supporters would have us believe.
Got to love America.

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