Thursday, December 20, 2012

Taxes, Guns and Common Sense


Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Isaiah 5:20

As 2012 draws to a close, pundits and politicos are debating the issues of the day. How is it possible that educated people vehemently disagree when it comes to raising taxes and restricting guns? History has shown that raising taxes will not stop our country’s exploding debt crisis. History has also shown that banning guns will not reduce crime. Conservatives must stand firm and communicate the truth on both of these fronts.
Firstly, the heartbreaking mass murder in Connecticut by a mentally ill young man brings the issue of gun control to the forefront once again. Conservatives understand, as does anyone with common sense, that a gun did not kill the children and teachers. The Sandy Hook Elementary School is a gun-free zone. The defenseless victims had no protection. Restricting gun ownership always causes the crime rate to increase. It is a fact that after England banned handguns in 1997 the use of handguns used in crime rose by 40 percent.  Russia, where firearms have been banned for decades, has the highest murder rate in the developed world. According to the NRA, “Whether gun availability is viewed as a cause or as a mere coincidence, the long term macrocosmic evidence is that gun ownership spread widely throughout societies consistently correlates with stable or declining murder rates. Whether causative or not, the consistent international pattern is that more guns equal less murder and other violent crime.”
Secondly, those in D.C. who believe that raising taxes will somehow solve our fiscal crisis choose to ignore common sense as well as history. The U.S. is borrowing $ 4 million per minute. No amount of tax increase will solve the problem, and John Taylor, a Stanford University economist, said that because of the interest on the debt, time is running out for the U.S. “There’s lots of people that will lend to us so far as long as our debt doesn’t get so large they become suspicious that we’ll pay it back. If we don’t correct this problem, interest will tend to dominate our whole spending – it’ll be greater than defense or Social Security.” History has shown that countries that fall into deep debt, such as Greece, fall into chaos and collapse.
Please, as your New Year’s Resolution, take the time to call your elected officials at every level, from city to county to state to federal, and ask them to stop spending.  It’s simply common sense.

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