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Guns & Drugs

An article in the Huffington Post in 2012 wrote about the profits the firearms industry in America makes from selling guns and ammunition:

Making and selling guns and ammunition is a lucrative business for U.S. firearms companies, which will earn nearly $1 billion in profit this year, according to the market research firm IBISWorld. -Huffington Post, Dec 12, 2012

This article was originally posted in 2013 after the Sandy Hook massacre by Adam Lanza. Everything here still applies today after Nikolas Cruz’s senseless killings in a Florida school. Early reports indicate that mental illness and possibly psychotropic drugs also played a role in this needless tragedy. What is wrong with having armed people in schools to protect children? Makes no sense to me not to.

Later in the same article they revised the figures slightly downward:

Guns and ammunition manufacturers will make a projected $993 million in profits on sales of $11.7 billion this year, according to a report issued by the market-research company IBISWorld.

I guess they had to stretch just a tad in the lead of paragraph – “billion” sounds better than “millions.” Nowhere in this article does the author put those projected profits into any sort of reasonable perspective.

More and more young people are being prescribed psychotropic drugs today.
More and more young people are being prescribed drugs today.

Another concern voiced by some in regards to the recent senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was the possibility that psychotropic drugs might, in a few cases, turn otherwise just seriously mentally ill young boys into remorseless killers playing out a fantasy in a drug induced hallucination.

According to a Huffington Post article:

The number of children and teens taking antipsychotic medications has skyrocketed in recent years, with psychiatrists prescribing the drugs in nearly one-in-three visits with youth, a new study found. -Huffington Post

The drug industry certainly makes a lot more profit than the gun industry as shown in this chart below:

Gun Industry vs. Drug Industry
The drug industry worldwide makes over a 100x more than the gun industry in the U.S.

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DACA

January 16, 2018 – Immigration and the Black Vote

The huge rates of illegal immigration – mostly from Mexico – during the last couple of decades has acted to severely limit the opportunities for black Americans to find work and escape from poverty.

 For decades, researchers and immigration experts alike have warned lawmakers and administrations of the negative impact immigration, both legal and illegal, has on the African-American community.

Two studies from 2008 reviewed in great detail and length just how much black Americans have been kept down economically by a U.S. immigration system that admits more than 1.5 million legal and illegal immigrants a year, with no end in sight.  

 In 1993, Civil Rights icon and Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Jordan was appointed by then-President Bill Clinton to chair the Commission on Immigration Reform.

Ultimately, Jordan’s commission discovered that mass immigration to the U.S. hurt poor, working-class and lower-tier middle-class Americans the most, as it unfairly put them in competition with a never-ending flow of cheaper, foreign workers.  

Evaluating the Damage: Immigration’s Impact on Black American

The only conclusion I can draw from this is that first and foremost the Democratic Party believes its owns the black vote and blacks will not connect the dots on how policies of the Democratic Party help keep them in poverty. The Democratic Party seems to have also abandoned the blue collar worker and their plan now is to import as many future voters as possible from third world countries who will vote for their candidates.

Transgender In The Military

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Back in August President Trump ordered Defense Secretary James Mattis to not accept the enlistment into the military of openly transgender individuals. Since then lower courts have ruled to block that order and as of January 2nd the U.S. military may have to, at least temporarily,  accept transgender enlistments. Two U.S. courts of appeals ((Fourth Circuit and D.C. Circuit) upheld the lower court’s preliminary injunctions.

It is not clear why the administration has not sought a stay from the Supreme Court. The primary issue is not really whether these transgender individuals are fit for military service, but rather the powers delegated to the President under the United States Constitution.

From a statement by Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness yesterday:

“Under Article III of the U.S. Constitution, the federal courts have no authority to make policy regarding the military. The Department of Justice (DoJ) should have protected the constitutional rights of President Donald J. Trump by filing an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court immediately after the District of Columbia and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeals denied requests for stays of lower court preliminary injunctions. The issue is not the military transgender policy alone, but who gets to decide what the policy will be. By failing to petition the Supreme Court to stay the lower court orders, the DoJ has tacitly conceded that federal judges can make military policy and establish medical standards for enlistments.”

Even if one doesn’t take Constitutional issues into account (and one should take the Constitution into account) transgenders often suffer from severe mental illness and have suicide rates approaching 40% which is even higher than that for schizophrenics who currently cannot serve in the U.S. military.

The expense and difficulty of dealing with the needs of this small minority of individuals should not be allowed to sabotage the U.S. military the function of which is to defend the United States, however sympathetic one might be for some of these unfortunate individuals. Sympathy and compassion is not the issue. An efficient and effective military and the Constitutional right of the President to direct that military as the Commander-In-Chief is the issue.

One theory of why the administration has not sought a stay from the Supreme Court is that the Defense Department is currently conducting a “study” and will continue to litigate later this year using results from that study. In the meantime transgender recruits may have clauses in their enlistment contract specifying that they can be discharged if the administration prevails in court and specifically stating that the government will not pay for any transgender treatments (e.g., sex-reassignment surgery) during their enlistment.

Let us hope that is the case and the Trump Administration fully plans to protect the rights and authority of the Presidency from Left wing courts and hopefully they will prevail in the Supreme Court. That also may be more likely if the President has the opportunity to appoint more Conservative judges to the high court who will protect the Constitution.

You can read more on the issue on Breitbart and the Center for Military Readiness.


December 3, 2018 InAmerica