Constitutional Ignorance and Dereliction

via: The Patriot Post 07/01/15

The nation’s demagogues and constitutionally ignorant are using the Charleston, South Carolina, AME church shooting to attack the Second Amendment’s “right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama said, “I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations.” That’s a vision shared by many Americans, namely that the Constitution’s framers gave us the Second Amendment to protect our rights to go deer and duck hunting, do a bit of skeet shooting, and protect ourselves against criminals. That this vision is so widely held reflects the failure of gun rights advocates, such as the NRA and Gun Owners of America, to educate the American people. The following are some statements by the Founding Fathers. You tell me which one of them suggests that they gave us the Second Amendment for deer and duck hunting and protection against criminals. Continue reading

Unseen crime costs

via: Jewish World Review This was originally published on Jewish World Review / December 23, 1998, but the message still applies today!

(JWR) —- (http://www.jewishworldreview.com) CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR HURTS in ways seldom appreciated and understood, and the level of crime in black communities has consequences far more devastating than the racism our ancestors experienced.

Not only does crime reduce upward mobility, it reduces the value of anything in the community and turns whole neighborhoods into economic wastelands. Let’s look at a very minor example that captures the essence of some of the unappreciated effects of criminal behavior — the case of supermarkets. Continue reading