The gun control fanatics in Congress are at it again, using the public’s media- and government-fueled fear of terrorism and contrived anecdotes to promote their watch list and gun control/gun-grabbing measures for all Americans.
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Wisconsin’s legislators have set themselves a very heavy and fast-paced schedule in the final days leading up to the end of the session on April 22. So fast, in fact, that one bill introduced on March 30, was read the first time on March 30 AND sent to committee on that same day, with the fiscal estimate received the very next day. Astounding! Hearings on the bill were then scheduled for April 7 in the Assembly and April 8 in the Senate.
The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) recently published a warning about a UN-sponsored Arms Trade Treaty Resolution that poses a distinct threat to the private ownership of weapons. NAGR claims that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged to promote passage of this treaty through the U.S. Senate. Obviously, such a plan must be blocked.
The NAGR report stated that our nation has joined with 152 others at the UN as a supporter of the treaty resolution that calls for establishing a timetable in 2012 when a UN conference will iron out details about the planned comprehensive treaty. The group quotes former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton who cautions America’s gun owners that the UN “is trying to act as though this is really just a treaty about international arms trade between nations, but there’s no doubt that the real agenda here is domestic firearms control.”
Steve Sanneti, Former Ruger Arms Company executive and current CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation is also raising alarms about the proposed UN treaty. Noting that “the current (Obama) administration has gone on record as saying it’s time for this country to rejoin the community of nations,” he has warned.
Essentially, the international community doesn't understand why Americans respect and protect their Second Amendment rights because in most countries no such rights exist.... Of course, the Founders added the Second Amendment as one of the safeguards, and it's not something open for discussion as far as we're concerned.
The New York Times reports that the Canadian Parliament is well on its way to abolishing one part of its costly and troubling gun registry. Currently, all long guns (shotguns and rifles) need to be registered, but that registration would stop if the House of Commons approves a third and final vote and upper house of parliament approves the measure as well. However, the bill preserves language requiring firearms safety training, earning a firearms license and following storage and transporting guidelines.
To one that is not familiar with the Canadian legal system, it would seem that the bill still has a ways to go before any judgments can be made regarding its probability of passage; however, news sites are reporting that the long gun registry will soon be dead while polls are showing that Canadians are split over the issue.
Advocacy groups on both sides are out enforce with published letters to the editors of newspapers, public demonstrations, and heated commentary on blogs. One local newspaper published an article on its website reporting that the “scrapped gun bill targeted the wrong people.”
At a time when people are worried about limited opportunities and economic decline, it is nice to know that there are still some areas of human thought and creative activity that are still appreciated.
Consider, if you will, the realm of logical fallacies, where choices abound and where government agencies are actively"‘incentivizing" (to utilize one of the more hideous neologisms) the cultivation of such fallacies. One list includes 42 different fallacies to choose from, and yet sometimes individuals demonstrate such marked creativity in the construction of such fallacies that it can be difficult to restrain any particular effort to a single fallacy.
Our example for today of government stimulus for the fallacy industry is provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to a Washington Times article (“U.S. quietly begins to study gun safety”):