Obama’s Gun Violence Report

A few months ago, after the Connecticut School Shooting, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence, in the hopes of “saving one child”.  As with many politicians, the President hoped to have a report coming back showing how evil guns are and that he needs to immediately disarm the law-abiding American public.

Instead, the report (available from the National Academic Press at http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=18319 (or you can download a PDF version of Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence) painted a much different picture.

As you read it, you will plainly see why the media has been ignoring it. It doesn’t fit their template as it contains important truth such as: Continue reading

The trouble with regulations

I recently watched Max Borders’ video on regulation (watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gIGpzoZxuA). I completely agree with Mr. Borders’ stance. I was a small business owner who provided computer repair services in Las Vegas. It was almost mind numbing to start up and maintain this business. I had to register (and pay fees) with the State, with the county and with the city. I was operating this business out of my house, so I also had to get permission from the fire department. I was trying to do work with some larger corporations and every few years they would come out with new requirements for me to follow in order to do business with them. These business licenses and regulations, as well as corporate requirements, cost me thousands of dollars a year before I could even start making money. It was discouraging and, at times, caused me to not want to grow my business. I did hire a few employees when my business grew, but there were regulations (with their own compliance costs) to deal with for having people work for me. Ultimately, I decided it was not worth the cost of compliance and regulations of having employees and stopped hiring them. When employees stopped working for me I did not replace them and I got to the point of having no employees. I eventually sold this business and am now working for someone else, instead of myself.

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