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Ken Braun: Banning guns will work as well as the war on drugs

The President says his assault weapons ban will bring safer streets. But how will criminalizing firearm ownership reduce gun violence any more effectively than the War on Drugs has cleansed the streets of drug trade violence?

With 300+ million private firearms in America - clearly a huge demand for the product - no sane person thinks a new law will cause a single bad guy to voluntarily give one up. Only the well-behaved will be disarmed.

I find his take on legalizing drugs the interesting part of this editorial and refreshing for him being a Republican

Instead, if you believe drug addiction will remain an isolated problem for tragic people, regardless of legal status, then there's no convincing reason to keep spending what a Harvard economist says will be just short of $1 trillion dollars more on the same failed policy over the next decade.

That's the damage to law-abiding taxpayers in law enforcement costs, prisons, and foregone tax revenue. And the result is the enrichment of wealthy gangsters who pay no taxes. We have taken a very destructive personal habit done by unfortunate people - drug addicts - and exploded it into an organized crime wave requiring a huge expansion of big government.

An explanation I heard was...

...the danger involved in the transferring of 3,000 from one pitching ship to another. I'm sure it was unpleasant to spend all that time on that powerless ship but it beats having someone fall into the ocean and possibly be crushed between 2 massive ships.

Can't it be a combination?

Human nature fueled by fear?

What did the video of the police dragging off people

have to do with the story?

Obama on the minimum wage

I heard an excerpt on the radio and I believe he said "Anyone working full time should be making more a living wage". I paraphrased that but the part about "full time" has me confused. Is he suggesting a two tiered system, one pay rate for full time employees and a lower one for part timers?

Also helpful is if you have someone that can

stash valuable items in the back for you to 'discover' on camera.

I agree with that...

...Cop (after having pulled you over): "Mind if I look through your car?"

Note that he didn't say he was going to look through your car he's just asking to do that.

And you being a law abiding citizen say "OK".

But what if your son/daughter had borrowed your car and left a joint in the ashtray?
Your kid wouldn't do that you say? OK, well maybe your child's friend does it instead?

What's the cop going to do next?

Headline sounded scary

but it seems to be the right thing to do.

Reagan and Ford don't count?

Serious? Or do you just have a short memory?

Would anyone have been OK with this if...

...if they fired her and refused to hire the baby-daddy? Or if the inseminator had worked there at the time and he had been fired along with her?
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