Whenever a tragic shooting takes place in America sufficient to enrapture the national media, the narrative du jour for many statist political opportunists is to draw conclusive comparisons between America’s gun violence and the violence associated with other so-called “first-world” nations. I have previously discussed related geopolitical policy and outcome comparisons and analyses here, […]
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday issued a ruling rejecting a lower district court’s finding that Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act (FSA) did not violate the individual rights protected and guaranteed by the Constitution’s Second Amendment. The law, enacted in 2013 following the infamous Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut the previous year, broadly bans […]
In the rare circumstances when opinionated people couple their chosen stances with actual information, one of the more common mistakes of critical analysis that follows is assuming demonstrable correlation equates to causation. Of course, it is logical fallacy to draw such conclusions without further supporting evidence, formally known as the cum hoc fallacy. But often, […]
While researching the previous post regarding violent crime rates in some of America’s cities, I found myself wondering just how much of a curve effect America’s largest cities have on the nation’s average violent crime and murder/non-negligent manslaughter (NNM) rates overall. As previously cited, the national averages for overall violent crime and murder/NNM rates for […]
According to The Economist, citing a study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the following are the 10 most conservative and liberal cities (with populations greater than 250,000 people) in America: Most conservative: 1. Mesa, AZ 2. Oklahoma City, OK 3. Virginia Beach, VA 4. Colorado Springs, CO 5. Jacksonville, FL 6. Arlington, TX […]
Over the Christmas holiday, my wife and I traveled to our home state of North Carolina to visit family and friends. As I typically do, I traveled with my concealed carry firearm. As an Arizona CCW licensee, North Carolina law allows my carrying there as well, through interstate reciprocity. While there, we knew we would […]
Posted by An Observer in Economics, Fiscal Issues, Monetary Policy, & Taxation on January 2, 2016
I recently came across this poster while searching for Christmas gift ideas, and it just felt like a perfect capture of my sentiments. Available from Liberty Maniacs.