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●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening the gap between rich and poor, which ultimately leads to civil disorder.
●Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
●To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The penalty for ignorance is slavery.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive.
2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Jesus: “all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”
Lately, we have seen “Stand Your Ground” cases, or cases influenced by those laws, in which people who killed unarmed people, were not convicted of murder. In one case, the gunner shot at the fleeing victim, which would be less a “Stand Your Ground,” and more a “Track Black Men Down Like Dogs” case — a law I fully expect to be passed in a Southern state sometime soon.
And we also have seen the usual “Child Accidentally Shoots Younger Brother” and “Homeowner Kills Innocent Man at the Door” cases.
So as anger-management candidates continue to take innocent blood, we again are forced to analyze that ubiquitous 2nd Amendment.
The Constitution does not explain what “well-regulated militia” means, nor does it explain “arms.” The Supreme Court has chosen arbitrarily to ignore the fact that few gun owners belong to any sort of militia, let alone a “well-regulated” one.
In fact, the Court has decided that the first 13 words of the 2nd Amendment mean . . . well, absolutely nothing. The Amendment would have exactly the same meaning, with or without those useless words the founders, in their ignorance, threw in for no reason at all.
So, we now ask what those same founders meant (if anything) by “arms.”
According to the MERRIAM-WEBSTER Dictionary:
: a means (as a weapon) of offense or defense
Weapon: something (such as a gun, knife, club, or bomb) that is used for fighting or attacking someone or for defending yourself when someone is attacking you.
Since “arms” currently means guns, knives, clubs or bombs, all of these weapons presumably would be included in the 2nd Amendment. We assume, for instance, that “Stand your ground” laws include not just guns, but knives, clubs and bombs. (If you feel threatened, toss a grenade.)
But, what exactly is a “gun”? Again, according to the dictionary:
a : a piece of ordnance usually with high muzzle velocity and comparatively flat trajectory
b : a portable firearm (as a rifle or handgun)
c : a device that throws a projectile
That’s pretty general. Are all guns included in the 2nd Amendment or just some guns? And if all guns are not included, why not?
Here is a list of guns (courtesy of Wikipedia). Check those you believe are not included in the 2nd Amendment, and explain why they are not constitutional, while the others are.
TYPES OF GUNS
_____ Long gun
____ Wall gun
____ Grenade launcher
____ Submachine gun
____ Personal defense weapon
____ Lever action rifle
____ Bolt action rifle
____ Assault rifle
____ Battle rifle
____ Service rifle
____ Sniper rifle
____ Combat shotgun
____ Semi-automatic shotgun
____ Automatic shotgun
____ Machine guns
____ Gatling gun
____ Nordenfelt gun
____ Metal Storm
____ Submachine gun
____ Machine pistol
____ Machine gun
____ General-purpose machine gun
____ Light machine gun
____ Squad Automatic Weapon
____ Infantry Automatic Rifle
____ Medium machine gun
____ Heavy machine gun
____ Service revolver
____ Machine pistol
____ Autocannon guns
____ Chain gun
____ Revolver cannon
____ Artillery guns
____ Artillery gun
____ Field gun
____ Tank guns
____ Tank gun
____ Hunting guns
____ Elephant gun
____ Express rifle
____ Varmint rifle
____ Rescue equipment guns
____ Flare gun
____ Lyle gun
____ Training and entertainment guns
____ Air gun
____ Airsoft gun
____ BB gun
____ Drill Purpose Rifle
____ Paintball gun
____ Potato cannon
____ Spud gun
____ Cap gun
____ Water gun
____ Nerf gun
Since a bomb also is a type of arms, we should decide which of the following are not covered by the 2nd Amendment, and why they are not covered:
TYPES OF BOMBS
____ Bouncing bomb
____ Bunker buster (can be nuclear)
____ Car bomb
____ Petrol bomb
____ Cluster bomb
____ Flour bomb (made with flour)
____ Gravitational bomb
____ Glide bomb
____ Pipe bomb
____ Smoke bomb
____ Stink bomb.
____ Suicide bomb
____ Suitcase bomb
____ Thermobaric bomb
____ Tank bomb or slap bomb
____ Barrel bomb
____ Atomic bomb
____ Cobalt bomb
____ Dirty bomb
____ Electromagnetic bomb
____ Hydrogen bomb
____ Neutron bomb
____ Nuclear bomb
While you’re pondering the question of Constitutionality, let’s dispense with one issue immediately: Effectiveness
The authors of the 2nd Amendment must have been well aware that some arms are better for killing than others. But that seems to have been of no concern. If the “security of a free state” was at issue, presumably the best killing machines were welcome.
Today, we know that a 50 caliber machine gun is a better killing machine than a musket, and an atomic bomb is better yet.
And yes, the original framers didn’t know anything about 50 caliber machine guns and atomic bombs. But if we are to be interpreters of the Constitution, we can’t have it both ways. We can’t agree that the framers didn’t know about advanced weaponry, yet simultaneously say the framers wanted ownership of AK47s to be legal.
If we wish to be originalists (as some of our Supreme Court justices claim to be), then the only legal arms would be knives, clubs, ball cannons and muskets. But if we wish to claim that the original framers anticipated the invention of advanced weaponry, and included them in their definition of “arms,” then indeed machine guns and atomic bombs should be legal for citizens to own.
Either killing ability is a constitutional issue or it isn’t. Either what the framers knew is an issue or it isn’t. Which will it be: Knives and muskets? Or machine guns and atomic bombs?
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Nine Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually
8. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here)
10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt
No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
Two key equations in economics:
1. Federal Deficits – Net Imports = Net Private Savings
2. Gross Domestic Product = Federal Spending + Private Investment and Consumption – Net Imports
THE RECESSION CLOCK
As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the lines rise. Federal deficit growth is absolutely, positively necessary for economic growth. Period.