Life Really Does Imitate Art

The late great Douglas Adams provides some keen insight (as he so often did) into modern political reality, via one of the many endearing exchanges between the lovable catastrophe that is Ford Prefect and the perpetually unfortunate everyman Arthur Dent:   Ford: “On its world, the people are people.  The leaders are lizards.  The people […]

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If You are Tired of Hyperpartisan Nonsense…

…I highly recommend checking out the first ever (televised) Libertarian Party primary debate between Austin Petersen (CEO of Stonegait LLC ), John McAfee (of McAfee Anti-Virus fame), and Gary Johnson (the former 29th Governor of New Mexico) that aired on Fox Business Network Friday, 1 April 2016.  The candidates were often humorous in their exchanges, […]

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The Second Amendment does not Only Protect Firearms

The Supreme Court Monday reaffirmed that the Second Amendment protects the basic individual right of self-defense, regardless of whether the technology in question existed during the time of the Founding, and that such protections extend to non-firearms defensive weapons.    The Court ruled that the judicial precedents set forth in District of Columbia v. Heller […]

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A Comparative Analysis of Violent Crime in the United Kingdom

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, […]

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Partial Victory In the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

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 […]

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The Fallacy of Assuming Correlation Equals Causation

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, […]

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More on Violent Crime and American Cities

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 […]

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