An Apt Summary of the Gun Crisis in the US

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Republican Priorities Suck

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Guns: The Simple Solution for the US

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In the wake of ANOTHER mass shooting in the US, AGAIN with a high-powered automatic rifle, ripping the lives of many young kids and adults from their parents, I have a simple solution.

Of course, we know that banning guns isn’t possible and, frankly, will only drive the market underground.

And, as Donald Trump asks, mental might tweak the issue very slightly, but it still won’t reduce the volume of guns that are available on the market. Of course, it would also fuel the pharmaceutical industry which we know lines the pockets of most politicians in the US.

I have a different approach: tax the hell out of them.

It looks like an automatic weapon in the US might cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500.

I propose a $5,000 per weapon tax on any weapon purchased in the US.

Would it drive transactions underground?  Sure it would.

But if the action saves just one life because someone having a rough day is slowed down from purchasing a new weapon, I think it’s worth considering.

And if you want to moderate the bitching and moaning from the Second Amendment folks?  Say it’s temporary.  The ‘withholding tax’ would be applied and returned within 180 days of the original purchase.

Of course, you’d have to do the same thing with ammunition.  A box of shells or bullets might have a 1,000% levy assigned to them, refundable within 90 days.

Again, these actions might just be enough to slow someone down from spraying death all over the next generation of Americans.

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London, ON Catholic Diocese: “We Won’t Be Bullied”

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Give me a break!

“We won’t be bullied”.

So don’t.  No one is asking you to take public money for your ancient, patronizing and controlling stance on women’s rights.

A London, Ontario Catholic Diocese has been caught complaining about federal government rules concerning funding for programs, including employment handouts.

I’m sure at least $4 million per year for the London area alone will go to much more beneficial programs that don’t include alienating women.

Under the new government, any funding for programs must be consistent with government policy concerning women’s rights and reproductive rights, including the right to abortion.

I suggest the next step should be to remove tax-exempt status for religious institutions.

That’s right … we can go down that path if you want.

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Opioids: Another (US) Pharma Gunning For Handouts

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A problem created by pharma companies.

‘Solutions’ provided by pharma companies.

A new story like this boils my blood.

The American company basically wants public handouts from Canadian governments to install drug dispensaries in public places.


Have they considered the theft aspect of leaving a highly addictive drug in public places? Damages? Insurance.

No.  This does not come up in the article.

Did they mention that prescriptions of opioids should be banned in Canada first before taking this next step in making the drugs widely available to the public?

No. A ban was not discussed.

Oh, and thank you CBC for being the PR mouthpiece and doing all their heavy lifting for them in terms of public ‘education’.

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June 7: I’m Voting Green

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Apparently, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (PCPO) was hanging together by a very thin, well-worn thread and when Patrick Brown quit, the party is now falling apart.

It seems like no one is interested in the PCPO leadership – Lisa MacLeod and Monte McNaughton both turned down the job – and interim leader Vic Fedeli has set his sights on ‘issues within the party’:

Fedeli, chosen by caucus as temporary leader Friday after Patrick Brown resigned in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, said he needs to devote all his energy to fixing problems within the party instead of launching a leadership campaign.

Problems involve its internal reporting, membership lists and analysis, and security of computer systems, he said at a news conference at Queen’s Park. Fedeli confirmed that the party suffered a “ransomware attack” on its computer systems on Nov. 1.

There’s absolutely NO CHANCE I’m going to vote for the Liberals. Wynne (following in the wake of McGuinty) has destroyed the government of Ontario. The unpopular sell-off of Ontario Hydro, explosive spending, the corruption charges related to email and gas plants and a growing list of other issues have eliminated any sense of trust with this voter.

And now the PCPO is off the list.  Why would I vote for a party who’s own interim leader has fully publicly acknowledged that it’s in turmoil?

That leaves the Greens and NDP.  At a point in my life, I would have had a soft spot for the labour movement, but no longer.  Most of the province’s unionized staff suck off the teat of the public purse (nurses, professors, teachers, etc) and are not subject to the ever-changing whirls of the free market.

The only logical choice, therefore, is the Green Party of Ontario.  They have many components of their plan, but the biggest reason to vote for them: they support a SINGLE education board. No more Separate School Board, thank you.

In the past, I’ve been hard on the Greens. I’ve been so bold as to call them ‘yellow blues’, as in Conservative wolves in a Green clothing (green being a yellow version of blue).

With so few real options, I must force myself to withdraw that view and support the Greens.

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