Unleashing the guard dog: The misinterpretation of the 2nd Amendment.

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.

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A story: Imagine that you live in a dangerous neighborhood, where robberies, burglaries, and other attacks are common.Image result for leashed vicious dog

So you buy a big rottweiler, or a pit bull, or some other kind of “attack” dog. And everywhere you go, you keep this dog with you for protection.

You take your dog for licensed obedience training because that is your town’s new law. And you keep your dog on a leash because that also is your town’s new law:

“A licensed, well-trained, supervised, and leashed dog, being necessary to the security of a town resident, the right of the people to keep and walk dogs, shall not be infringed.”

And indeed, should you fail to take your dog for licensed, obedience training, and should you fail to keep your dog on a leash, you could be arrested, fined, and your dog taken from you.

As a result of the new “dog law,” you and many other good people of your town buy licensed, trained dogs, which always are kept on leashes, and the incidence of robberies, burglaries, and other attacks declines.

It is true that some bad people in your town buy unlicensed, untrained dogs, which are not kept on leashes. And these dogs have attacked people.

But, there always are law-breakers in every town, and that fact is no reason not to have laws. 

On balance, the registered-training, control, and leash laws have helped protect the community.

Sadly, in your town, the local, conservative, “originalist” judges rule that in the law, the words, “A licensed, well-trained, controlled, and leashed dog, being necessary to the security of a town resident” have no meaning.

So now, anyone can own vicious, untrained attack dogs, and let them out unleashed and unsupervised.

And as could be expected, the number of dog attacks — including attacks by multiple dogs — increases dramatically. Many people are terribly injured. Many people die.

Which brings me to this article:

The Second Amendment has failed America
By, Joel Mathis

Enough. No more. Stop.

The gun massacres in America are now coming so quickly, one after another, that it’s impossible to process our grief and anger before the next one occurs.

There is a sickness in our land, and it cries out for an immediate, righteous, and even radical response.

And we can start by understanding and declaring that the Second Amendment is a failure.

It’s not just a failure because guns are used so widely, and to such ill effect. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is a failure because the right to bear arms — the right it so famously defends — is supposed to protect Americans from violence. Instead, it endangers them.

As the conservative National Review noted last year, “supporters of a right to bear arms have rooted their arguments in a murky pre-constitutional right to self-defense.”

The right to bear arms is based on an old understanding in English common law: If somebody attacks you, you have the right to protect yourself.

There’s nothing controversial about that, is there?

The language of self-defense was made explicit in D.C. vs Heller, the 2008 Supreme Court ruling cementing individual gun rights.

The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia,” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, “and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”

We interrupt Mathis’s article to explain that Scalia was a self-described “originalist.” That means he claimed to believe:

The interpretation of a written constitution or law should be based on what reasonable persons living at the time of its adoption would have understood the ordinary meaning of the text to be.

For two hundred years, the 2nd Amendment was interpreted to mean exactly what the framers said (“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state . . .)

During WWII, we used to have well-regulated militias in the United States. My father belonged to one. He didn’t own a gun himself, but the militia owned them.

The purpose of those militias was to back up the army in protecting the nation, not as “defense within the home,” which is the job of the local police.

(The irony and falsity of the “home defense” theory is that statistically, if you have a gun in your home, you are more likely to be shot than if you don’t.)

Then in 2008, the conservative arm of the Supreme Court, led by self-annointed “originalist” and famous gun lover, Justice Antonin Scalia, decided that though the framers explicitly referenced “a well-regulated militia,” they really didn’t mean it.

And they really didn’t mean “the security of a free state,” either. Scalia and the other originalists decided that what the framers really said had nothing to do with a militia or a free state.

Rather, what they supposedly meant is: “Any boob who can fog a mirror has the right not only to own guns in his home, but to carry them in the streets. No regulated militia or security of the free state is necessary.

(One wonders why the framers were not wise enough to say it that way.)

The result of this decision has been mayhem, with not just daily shootings, but daily mass shootings. 

I suggest Scalia’s tombstone be engraved:

“Here lies Antonin Gregory Scalia, who has abetted the mass murder of thousands, which continues to this day.”

Continuing Mathis’s article:

But in reality, guns are used far more often on offense, by bad guys who have easy access to deadly firepower in unthinkable quantities.

On balance, guns do more harm in America than good. The damages are easily measured, while the benefits are mostly theoretical and rare.

This means the Second Amendment, as currently observed, doesn’t actually work under the terms of its own logic.

In recognizing this, America doesn’t have to throw away a formal right to self-defense, or eliminate guns entirely.

But it’s time to reexamine Second Amendment rights with a bigger emphasis on the amendment’s underlying justification, which is to help Americans be and feel safe, and less emphasis on the right to carry a deadly weapon. 

Despite Scalia and his conservative accomplices, we do have a few laws about guns. We disallow fully automatic guns. (Why? Where is that in the 2nd Amendment?)

And we disallow felons from having guns. And we require a minimal amount of licensing. (Where does the Constitution state those restrictions?).

At any rate, the stated purpose of the 2nd Amendment is not “to help Americans feel and be safe,” but rather to protect the “free state,” i.e to protect America.

Now that a disingenuous Supreme Court has completely perverted the meaning and purpose of the 2nd Amendment, where do we go from here?

It probably is too late to start over. The above-mentioned boobs already have millions of guns.

But if the right wing Supreme Court would allow, we could follow the entire 2nd Amendment, not just the last few words.

Perhaps the state National Guards could function as the militia, and they could dole out guns only as needed for the security of America — just as the 2nd Amendment says.

Additionally, two possibilities are these laws:

1. Any person who commits a felony while carrying a gun, shall be sentenced to a prison term of 20 years to life, in addition to the term for the felony itself.

2. Any provider of a gun that is used in a felony shall have the same criminal and civil liability as the actual perpetrator of the felony. (This latter is similar to the “dram shop” laws for liquor.)

At a minimum, we should stop pretending that the 2nd Amendment says what it clearly doesn’t and allow communities to enact laws that will reduce the killing.

See: Do guns really kill people?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.

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The damn fools and greedy bastards who run America

The following is my opinion. Feel free to disagree. I really don’t care. I long ago have realized there is no use arguing with damn fools and greedy bastards, so this article is directed only to you Americans who have brains and compassion.

It took some time, but at long last, we have arrived at a place where the damn fools and greedy bastards have taken over our country, entirely. I’ll show you how.

Consider the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution. They are written very sparingly.  In only 45 words, the First Amendment guarantees our freedoms of religion, speech, the press; assembly, and complaint to the government.

All those freedoms for everyone, in just 45 words — no wasted words, there.

The longest Amendment in the Bill of Rights is the 5th. It says that to be tried for a serious crime, the evidence first must be presented to a Grand Jury; you can’t be tried twice for the same crime; you can’t be forced to testify against yourself, or jailed without due process, or your property taken without compensation.

All those guarantees in just 108 words. No extra verbiage.

The shortest Amendment is #8 — just 16 words. It’s so spare, I can’t even summarize it. Here it is in its entirety: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

Three guarantees in 16 words. Talk about terse. You’d think the founding fathers had to pay a dollar for every word. Back in 1791, when the original Bill of Rights was ratified, the authors knew how to write. No wasted paragraphs. No unneeded flowery language. Everything straight to the point.

Almost.

There is one, just one, Amendment where a recent Supreme Court ruled that the authors not only didn’t know what they were writing about, but that they included lots of unneeded words. Suddenly, the otherwise parsimonious authors had stuck in a bunch of wasted words.

That wasteful Amendment has just 27 words, but of those 27 words, nearly half — 13 — are completely meaningless. The authors, who otherwise were so linguistically frugal, apparently decided to toss in those extra words, for no reason other than perhaps for self-amusement.

I am talking about the 2nd Amendment, and the meaningless words are: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,”

The damn fools of a recent Supreme Court (one of the damn fools, ironically a self-declared “originalist,” is dead), arbitrarily decided that the brilliant authors of the Bill of Rights, after lengthy and arduous consideration and debate, had no reason to include those 13 words.

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I love the 2nd Amendment. It allows anyone to carry guns, and that makes me feel safer.

And because of that decision by the recent Supreme Court’s damn fools, at least 17 people were killed and more wounded in a Florida school shooting, Wednesday.

This wasn’t the first school shooting; it won’t be the last. There will be dozens more, hundreds more, thousands more — all because of damn fools and greedy bastards.

As the New York Times published:

When a gunman killed 20 first graders and six adults with an assault rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, it rattled Newtown, Conn., and reverberated across the world. Since then, there have been at least 239 school shootings nationwide. In those incidents, 438 people were shot, 138 of whom were killed.

Here we are, only 2½ months into 2018, and already this year there have been eight U.S. school shootings that have resulted in injury or death

You send your kids to school, thinking they will be safe, but if the growing trend holds, America will suffer 4 or 5 school shootings next month.

And that’s just school shootings. It doesn’t include all the other thousands of shootings — individual shootings, group shootings, mass shootings.

Tomorrow, guns will kill about 96 Americans, of whom 7 will be children and teens. The next day, about 96 more will die, including another 7 children and teens.

The day after tomorrow, 96 more will die. The next day, another 96, and again and again, next week, next month, next year, the bell will toll 96 times every day.

The ongoing slaughter never will end so long as the damn fools and the greedy bastards are in charge.

Who are the damn fools? As we said, the current Supreme Court. But it goes well beyond those few. It includes the damn fool American who doesn’t understand that though he may be a “good guy,” his demand for gun ownership also allows all the bad neighborhood idiots to own guns.

He’s not smart enough to realize that by voting against gun control, he endangers his own life.

These are the damn fools who think they can protect themselves against “bad guys” by guns in their homes or on the street. (Well, maybe, if they always keep the gun loaded and never let it leave their hands, and keep it from their kids and their angry wife.)

It includes the damn fools who justify, not only handguns, but high-powered rifles, the primary use for which is to kill fellow Americans.

What next for the damn fools? Everyone to carry bazookas and hand grenades, just so that they themselves can carry a bazooka and hand grenade, too?

Are they damn fool enough to think this will make them safer, too? (Why not? Carrying a bazooka is “bearing arms,” just as the 2nd Amendment says. Nothing is too extreme for damn fools.)

Tomorrow, 96 Americans will die, but the damn fools say guns don’t kill, and anyway, cars kill, and knives kill, and hammers kill, so who cares about guns killing day after day after day?

And meanwhile, the damn fools in the Supreme Court continue to insist that the words, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,” were included after long and careful consideration, but for no reason at all.

And then, who are the greedy bastards? Let’s begin with the gun manufacturers: Sturm Ruger, Remington Outdoor, Smith & Wesson, Glock, Sig Sauer, et al. If you want to read more about these companies, click greedy, uncaring bastards.

Their CEO’s claim to be oh-so-concerned about gun safety, but I suspect they’d machine gun their mothers if it meant a couple extra dollars in their pockets. Just a hunch.

Then comes the National Rifle Association (NRA), which claims it is “America’s longest-standing civil rights organization. “Civil rights organization?? Gimme a break.

The NAACP is a civil rights organization.  The ACLU is a civil rights organization.  The NRA is a shill for the gun manufacturers, paid millions to take the heat for gun killings, while the manufacturers hide in the shadows, raking in billions in blood money.

The next class of greedy bastards is the politicians, bribed to vote against anything that resembles gun control, because as you know, everyone needs a high powered, semi-automatic rifle, with a telescopic sight, silencer, and a large magazine, to stop a burglar in the house or a robber on the street.

These all represent the people who have children’s blood on their hands, the people who know full well that their products will primarily be used for killing innocents, but don’t really give a damn, so long as the dollars flow in.

But the above mentioned greedy bastards couldn’t do their damage if it weren’t for one other set of damn fools, who believe they need guns to protect themselves from the rest of the American public, and those damn fools are themselves the American, gun-owning public.

Yes, there are some smart gun owners and some compassionate gun owners, but as a group, these are the least intelligent, least caring, least giving humans God ever created.

These are the damn fools, who upon hearing that children and other innocents have been gunned down, show their pity first by denying that guns kill people, and then by rushing out to buy more guns, so there will be plenty in the pipeline for every nut in America.

To show how incredibly stupid the situation has become, we have laws against fully automatic weapons. But why? The 2nd Amendment says nothing about fully automatic weapons.

Tell me one reason why there is a law against fully automatic guns, and I’ll show you why that same logic applies to every gun now legal in America.

 In short, there is no logic, there are no facts that won’t be dismissed by gun nuts, out of hand.

America is being ruled by damn fools who believe that allowing any idiot to own a gun makes them safer, and by greedy bastards who are happy to sell what the damn fools want to buy, despite the daily carnage.

Now we’ll end with a special message to you who fight against gun controls:

Tomorrow ninety-six of your fellow Americans, some of whom are children, will die from guns. You are the cause.

If the good Lord favors justice, tomorrow’s ninety-six dead would be comprised entirely of you damn fools and greedy bastards.

Sadly, we must pray for the innocent children whom you kill, every day.

If you truly want to “Make America Great, Again,” have the courage and the compassion to disavow the gun lobby and the ridiculous, twisted interpretations of the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution.

Be pro-life.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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America’s #1 gun myth exposed: Part II

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Mitchell’s laws:
•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes..

Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.

•The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between rich and the rest..
•Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the Gap between rich and poor.
•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
•Everything in economics devolves to motive, and the motive is the Gap between the rich and the rest..

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Because the NRA has been so successful with its propaganda, you may not realize that:

Top Constitutional Lawyers Explain What the Second Amendment Really Says About Gun Control

For almost 200 years after it was adopted, the Second Amendment was interpreted to protect the right for militias to bear arms, but not individuals.

In 1939, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Miller that restricting access to shotguns or machine guns by citizens outside the military was permissible.

“The right to bear arms was thought to ensure well-regulated state militias,” Harvard constitutional law professor Richard J. Fallon told Mic. “Regulation of firearms was permissible as long as it did not interfere with state militias.”

Historically, conservatives actually tended to support gun control, seeing it as a way to stop crime.

That changed in the 1970s, when conservatives began to make the argument that the Second Amendments protects individuals, rather than just the military.

The current, right-wing interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, with the belief that the “militia” phrase has no meaning whatsoever, is a recent phenomenon.

The most important recent Supreme Court decision dealing with gun regulation came in 2008, when the court ruled in the case District of Columbia v. Heller.

At issue was the constitutionality of the District’s ban on handguns, which at the time was one of the most restrictive in the country.

In a 5-4 decision, the court struck down the ban, claiming it infringed on an individual right, namely “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

However, the court also explicitly stated that while owning handguns is protected as an individual right, possession of “dangerous and unusual weapons” is not.

Get it? Even the right wing court ruled that banning guns is constitutional, with the only question being, “Which guns can be banned.?”

Two weeks ago, 49 Republican senators voted against a failed bill that would have expanded background checks and closed the so-called gun show loophole, with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio stating that such an expansion “would impede the Second Amendment right of a large number of Americans.”

What these politicians get wrong: Those absolutist positions were never supported by the Supreme Court’s Heller ruling, which was intentionally narrow.

By broadcasting the same lie repeatedly, the politicians, well-paid by the NRA and gun manufacturers, have implanted the notion that any restrictions on gun ownership are unconstitutional.

Absolutely false. That wasn’t true when the 2nd Amendment was written, and it never has been true, since.

“Heller set out sort of a bare-bones holding that there is a constitutionally protected right to bear arms, but most of the hard questions have not yet been considered by the Supreme Court,” Fallon told Mic. “Although the Supreme Court has recognized a Second Amendment right to bear arms, it has not recognized an absolute right of everybody to bear arms, of all kinds, at all places, in all circumstances.”

Other constitutional lawyers go even further, saying that although conservatives may not want to admit it, Heller actually paved the way for more gun control restrictions.

“I believe ‘assault weapons’ are indeed what the court had in mind when it wrote in Heller about ‘dangerous and unusual weapons,” Harvard Law professor and renowned legal scholar Laurence Tribe told Mic. “I believe military-style assault weapons will never be protected by the court in the name of the Second Amendment.”

The only question is whether a bribed and cowardly Congress will pass more restrictive laws, and/or whether local and state governments have the will to challenge restrictions to a right-wing Supreme Court, known for ignoring the “militia” rule.

Tribe told Mic. “The Second Amendment and the Constitution as a whole are abused by those who treat them as a sick suicide pact.”

And now, I await the informative comments from those who have more guns than teeth, and fewer brains than either.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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Ten 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 Click here
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
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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.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

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Recessions come only after the blue line drops below zero.

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Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

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–Why the war between the police and the public?

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Mitchell’s laws:
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
●The single most important problem in economics is
the gap between rich and poor.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the gap between rich and poor.
●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.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the Gap.

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The police are our defense against the people who would hurt us. Every day, they face mortal danger to protect us. So why do we see this story in the Washington Times?

Police officer deaths in the line of duty double as morale sinks to new low

Law enforcement morale is at an all-time low as uniformed officers endure increased pushback from the communities and politicians they’re risking their lives to protect, and a new report released Monday shows on-duty law enforcement deaths in 2014 occurring at nearly twice the previous year’s rate.

The answer is complex, but I believe it boils down to one word: Control.

The number of law enforcement officers who were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2014 increased 89 percent as compared to the year prior — with most dying after being shot by gun-carrying criminals, according to a preliminary report issued by the FBI on Monday.

The virtual disappearance of gun control in America means that anyone can have a gun and carry a gun. And humans being humans, a bit of anger, the need for revenge, the desire for larceny — all lead to shootings, planned or spontaneous, by someone carrying a gun.

Some percentage of the people, subject to a traffic stop, will be angry at the police officer. And since more people legally carry guns, there is an increased likelihood they will shoot the officer. It’s a matter of mathematics: More guns in the hands of angry or vengeful or larcenous people = more gun usage.

A “gun carrying criminal” is any person, carrying a gun, who commits a criminal act — like shooting someone. There is no sign on his forehead saying, “I am a criminal.” He is not recognizable on the street. He could be the guy sitting next to you on the bus. He could be your neighbor. He could be you.

You have a gun. You are angry about something. Maybe some jerk cuts you off on the road. Maybe your neighbor’s kid has a loud 2:00AM party. Maybe you were fired, today. And now a rude cop pulls you over.

Bam!

So that is the first Control problem. Controlling guns themselves.

The gun and ammo manufacturers have created a perfect business plan:

1. Bribe politicians to misinterpret and ignore the “militia” clause of the Constitution, to allow almost everyone to carry virtually every kind of gun.
2. Tell the populace that because almost everyone is carrying a gun, “you need to carry one, too.”
3. Fund an organization (NRA, et al.) to take the public heat and to spread the propaganda.
4. Convince the populace that any gun control is a government plan to take away their guns.
5. Return to point #1 and repeat.

So that is the second Control problem: Controlling the information about guns.

Police unions are “very much concerned” over the increased number of attacks on officers, which seem to be planned ambushes and unprovoked attacks.

Police unions are a bad idea on their face. A strike for better wages or working conditions, would cause great harm to the entire community and the resultant animosity. So instead, the unions justify their dues by defending every officer from every charge, no matter how guilty the officer may be.

Officers who, within the department, are well known to be dishonest or racist or just plain mean bullies, are protected from punishment, which means they keep doing the very things that cause mistrust and anger among the populace — things leading to “unprovoked” attacks on police..

Additionally, there is the “blue wall of silence,” where police officers refuse to report fellow police for serious breaches of rules. They are caught in a system, where silence about evil is called “loyalty,” and reporting evil is punished.

We see repeated stories about an officer being shown on tape abusing a citizen, only to “discover” later that this was not his first transgression that previously had been covered up.

Is it any wonder that many in the public hate the very people who defend them?

So that is the third Control problem: Controlling the police.

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There are solutions to the three Control problems: Gun Control, Information Control and Police Control.

Gun Control
With a right wing Supreme Court, any type of sensible gun control seems impossible (except ironically, when it comes to the Supreme Court itself, where for the Justices own protection, guns are not allowed).

But there are two proposed laws that would avoid the misinterpretation of the 2nd Amendment, but still provide some gun Controls.

1. Any person who commits a felony while carrying a gun, shall be sentenced to a prison term of 20 years to life, in addition to the term for the felony itself.
2. Any provider of a gun that is used in a felony shall have the same criminal and civil liabilities as the actual perpetrator of the felony.

Click on the link to see the rationale for each proposed law.

Information Control
Those who favor gun control should cease anti-gun ownership efforts (that battle is lost), and instead invest their time and money to support the creation of a pro-gun organization. Call it the U.S. Gun Rights Organization (USGRO).

USGRO would support the rights of Americans to own guns, but also support laws (See the above link) that, while not limiting the rights of citizens to own guns, still fight illegal gun violence.

Harshly prosecute the “bad guys,” the illegal users of guns and their suppliers, rather than the “good guys,” the innocent gun owners.

Police Control
Some organizations should not be unionized. The army, the fire department, the police, Congress are examples. They never should be allowed to go on strike, and they never should be allowed to negotiate for work rules or to interfere with management.

Police unions, whose primary function seems to be to cover up for bad police officers, actually do great harm to the police. By helping miscreants to go unpunished, they create strong resentment among the populace, and it is this resentment and the lack of respect it breeds, that leads to police killings.

The rule in every police department should be: Any officer who becomes aware of a rule infraction by a fellow officer, must report that infraction immediately to his superior, or be equally guilty of the infraction.

This rule should apply not just to beat patrolmen, but all the way up to the chief himself.

In summary: The public has grown angry with the people hired to protect them. The police have grown angry with the public for not appreciating the effort and the danger involved.

Both public and police are victims of lack of Gun Control, Information Control and Police Control. Control can be exerted, not by laws restricting gun sales and ownership, but by forcing gun and ammo manufacturers, gun sellers, gun users, gun owners and the police to accept full responsibility for what they do.

The idea is not to fight gun owners, the vast majority of whom are good, honest people. That fight is being fostered by the gun and ammo manufacturers, who have worked hard to create a psychological civil war, where the populace is encouraged by fear, to buy their products.

We have fallen into their trap of believing we need more, bigger, more deadly guns, for our own safety. But, guns do not make us safe. We all should join together to achieve safety, by creating the rules, laws and an environments conducive to safety.

It begins with control.

“If I want the gun, I accept the responsibility.”

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

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The Ten 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. Federally funded, 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. (Refer to this.)
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)
10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

Initiating The Ten Steps sequentially will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
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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.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

THE RECESSION CLOCK
Monetary Sovereignty

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

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