* The always well-dressed Paco points out ignorance of how guns operate among those who wish to regulate them.
* A very, very long essay on gun rights.  I suggest taking an hour to read it; it’s that good.
* A Marine writes an open letter to Dianne Feinstein regarding her hypocritical stand on gun rights.
* The 10 most corrupt politicians of the year.  The list looks pretty solid:  two Florida Republicans, 3 congressional Democrats, and 5 members of the Obama administration, including President Obama.
* Don Boudreaux compares the cost of dressing a man in 1975 versus 2012.  Given how much styles have changed, this is a tougher comparison than 1950 to today.  But being able to find real suits (and not the polyester variety) is certainly worth a lot to me…


3 thoughts on “Curmudgeonly Notes

  1. Your second link was fantastic. However, only one thing troubles me about guns in schools — there’s a lot of stupid and poorly adjusted people who teach. Why not have trained, armed security guards instead of letting teachers carry the weapons? Include a panic button in every class room and you’re good to go.

    I’ll be honest, the Corporal sounds like a bit of a nut. His language just strikes me as way too confrontational, like “how dare you discuss a law about gun control without being part of the armed forces?”

    The corruption link was fascinating, if only because the crimes are fairly tame (I don’t know enough about so-called Benghazigate to judge there).

    1. Armed guards could potentially work, but you run into a problem similar to that of the “There should be a cop in every school” line: there are just over 100,000 schools in America. There are approximately 400,000 police officers in America. The numbers don’t add up there. For armed guards, it’s not quite as bad, but you’re essentially going to run into the same problem: there is a finite number of people willing to become armed guards. With higher demand, wages would go up and so some people (especially with military training) could opt to go become armed guards at schools rather than security guards at other facilities or non-guard positions. But you might need to see wages go up considerably to pick up enough demand. Allowing trained school officials to carry in schools makes a lot of sense: these are people who already have concealed carry permits (meaning no felonies and a lower probability of mental health issues) and are volunteering to perform this duty. Arming all teachers would be a bad idea, but there are enough self-selection (teachers who hate guns, are not trained to use firearms, or who do not believe themselves capable of inflicting lethal force in a dangerous situation could simply refuse) and administrative-selection (e.g., the principal could have the final call on whether a particular teacher be armed or not) pressures that it would likely turn out much better than one might expect.

      I’d say that the Corporal’s argument is not that Feinstein is not a member of the military, but rather that Feinstein herself had a concealed carry permit and has armed guards to protect her from threats, and yet she threatens to remove the ability of citizens to protect themselves in a similar fashion. This is anger at her hypocrisy.

      1. Your suggestions are reasonable. I’m not disagreeing with the CPL’s argument, but rather his tone. Very much “It’ll be a cold day in Hell before I recognize Missourah!”

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