Monthly Archives: June 2011

Logic and Emotions – Gun Control (Part 1)

I’ve tried to find good reasons for people supporting all the gun control laws we have and wanting stricter rules.  Really, all I can find are statistics listing how many children are killed by guns, how dangerous they are, how children as young as 3-4 can pull the trigger on ‘most’ handguns (I hate words like ‘most’ in statistics, if you’re trying to prove something, us a number), what percentage of the population is touched by gun violence, how much access children have to guns, etc.  I’m hesitant to put any of the statistics in here, because most of them are meaningless.  Like, measures of how gun homicides decrease when there are less guns.  I believe that wholeheartedly; less guns means less gun deaths.  But those websites never touch on the actual number of deaths; were there just as many murders, only using other means?  Were there more murders, because potential victims weren’t able to defend themselves?  Were there more rapes, robberies, hold-ups, etc.?  The strongest gun-control activists are driven by emotion.  They hear the sob stories from parents whose four year old son shot their infant daughter, and their immediate reaction is to lobby for no one to own any guns.  They see the statistics on how many children have died in school shootings, and they call for a ban on all guns, everywhere.  The politicians know they can’t just outlaw all guns everywhere, so they start with little restrictions.  They make it harder to buy a gun.  They pass legislation increasing taxes on guns.  They make it legal to own a gun, but not to carry it.  They require you to buy a license and a permit.  They make some kinds of guns illegal.  They make some kinds of ammunition illegal.  They make it legal to own a gun, but illegal to have a magazine that can hold more than 10 bullets.  Slowly, slowly, they make it harder and harder to own a gun.  The crying mothers of the shot children keep calling for more and more restrictions, never realizing that the more restrictions there are, the less safe everyone is.

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Homosexual Marriage – The Constitution (Part 3)

There is, obviously, a lot of dissent when it comes to legalizing or not legalizing homosexual marriage.  Many people seem to miss the point of the arguments, and continue to focus on marriage simply being a right, without looking any further than that.  If you support homosexual marriage, do you agree with the following:

An individual in America does not have the freedom to choose not to participate in a ceremony he or she finds morally abhorrent. Read the rest of this entry

Homosexual Marriage – Rights (Part 2)

I’ve been having trouble finding good reasons for legalizing homosexual marriage.  No one is arguing that it will benefit society, help raise more stable children, lower gas prices, or have any positive effect at all.  They are only arguing that it is a fundamental right, and it won’t have an adverse effect.  They say that anyone against it is a bigot, trying to force their morals on others.  The fact is; all laws stem from morals.  Moral judgement is implicit in the act of deciding that something is wrong and should be outlawed.  Why is stealing wrong?  Why is murder wrong?  Why is pedophilia wrong?  Why is it against the law?  All laws were originally created because someone recognized that it was immoral for someone to be a victim of rape or theft.  Stealing is wrong because someone loses their property.  Rape is wrong because it violates my right to choose who I have sex with.  Those are easy.  Homosexual marriage is harder because both sides think their ‘rights’ are being violated. Read the rest of this entry

Homosexual Marriage – Why? (Part 1)

When I first started making notes for this book, I hadn’t planned on addressing the homosexual marriage issue.  Just a few years ago, it was quite an inconceivable concept; it never would have occurred to me that I needed to defend marriage and explain why homosexual unions don’t fall into the category of ‘marriage’.

 

I slightly understand their perspective.  One day I tried to imagine how I would feel if the government had told me that I couldn’t marry my husband.  I tried to imagine how hurt and lost I would feel if I was told I couldn’t build my life with the person I loved so much that a life without him would have been inconceivable.  Because I can’t picture a life where we aren’t together, we would have moved somewhere else, where we could be married.  The thought of someone else dictating whether or not I could be with my husband helps me to sympathize with what some of these homosexual couples are experiencing.

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Fixing the schools – Education (Part 3)

So, if more money and expanded government control aren’t viable solutions, what is? The best solution for getting the most students into the highest quality schools is implementing a voucher system. Two years ago the national average spent per student per school year in the public schools was $9,138. The Cato Institute released an article called Private School Costs in 2003 which said,

“The most recent figures available from the U.S. Department of Education show that in 2000 the average tuition for private elementary schools nationwide was $3,267. Government figures also indicate that 41 percent of all private elementary and secondary schools – more than 27,000 nationwide charged less than $2,500 for tuition. Less than 21 percent of all private schools charged more than $5,000 per year in tuition. According to these figures, elite and very expensive private schools tend to be the exception in their communities, not the rule.” Read the rest of this entry