Tag: gun laws

‘Where’s All the Ammo?’ a Former Liberal Asks

 

I’m a local property manager and I ran into my maintenance guy John, at a client’s house. We “had a discussion.” We chatted about the election, the weather, the large influx of new residents to our state, etc. He is a retired AT&T Exec and I met him working in real estate with his wife. She and I share the same birthday. His retired side job is fixing anything that’s broken and he does it well.

Back to our brief chat – he mentioned that he had to go across the bridge for a couple of supplies and stopped into the “ammo store”. John is a veteran and owning a gun or two is not unusual. So he told me there’s no ammo – everyone’s out. The place he popped into said they’ve been sold out for weeks and no supply available. He was told that Walmart is sold out, as well as the big chain Bass Pro Shop.

Mark Robinson Speaks for Me

 

At a Greensboro, NC, city council Meeting, Mr. Robinson was speaking out for the majority: the law-abiding citizen who is so often overlooked by government. The City Council was thinking of canceling a gun show that was scheduled. Mr. Robinson had a few words to say.

It’s all crazy martinis today.  Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are furious as the Air Force discovers it never forwarded the court martial information on the Texas church shooter that would have prevented him from legally purchasing guns and Jim also details how the federal government often seems disinterested in prosecuting gun crimes.  They also discuss the bizarre assault on Sen. Rand Paul by his neighbor in Kentucky and how the media just don’t care when GOP lawmakers are targeted for violence.  And they unload on 2016 independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, who has spent the past year focused on criticizing President Trump at every turn while advancing nothing of value to conservatism – his latest move being to urge people not to vote for the GOP candidate for governor in Virginia.

Gun Control and the “Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc” Fallacy

 

It always irks me when I read an article about the supposed effect of a policy change, say a gun ban in the UK or Australia, by looking at the effect on some variable (gun deaths, mass shootings, etc.) after the legislation was passed. The problem is that you can mistakenly conclude a causal relationship between the policy and its impact when none exists. It’s the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy, “after this, therefore, because of this.”

As an economics major, I learned that you still need a control and treatment group when dealing with time series, just like you would with cross-sectional data. Other majors, I’m sure, were taught the same thing. We’re familiar with the example of a drug trial, for example, where you find two groups of people that are identical in almost every way and give one group the drug (say, to reduce blood pressure). Ideally, if you see the blood pressure levels drop in the treatment group then you’re confident it’s the result of the drug.

Member Post

 

Virginia’s Attorney General today announced that his state is, as of February 1 of 2016, canceling its Concealed Carry reciprocity with 25 states, including my own state of Ohio.  His stated reasons are outright lies and fabrications, but his real reason for canceling the permit reciprocity is pure and simple spite.  Democrats cannot, at this […]

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