Monday, July 24, 2017

Gun Ownership

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Want to be treated like a criminal and added to an FBI database? All you have to do is buy a gun in the state of Hawaii and you will be added.

Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a law into place that will allow police to add anyone registering or buying a new gun will be added to an FBI database called “Rap Back” that monitors criminal activities of Americans who have been under investigation.

The new law treats gun owners like criminals, literally.

The Democrat from Hawaii was inspired by the sit-ins held by the Dems in the House.

This isn’t the first time that the Hawaii Governor has tired to enforce gun control. He signed a law that would limit gun ownership to people in sexual crimes and stalking.

The governor also created a law that people with mental illnesses must surrender their guns.

The truth is, if you want to be a gun owner that isn’t watched by the FBI and treated like a criminal, then you better not live in Hawaii.

The scary thing is that this might become a trend. Hawaii is the first state to add gun owners to the FBI watch list, but will it be the last?

Depending on how the law works out, we might see other states with Democrats as governors do similar things.

This law could become a new trend, and good, honest gun owners all over America will be treated like criminals.

Do you think gun owners should be added to the FBI criminal watch list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Suppose you have a real “green thumb” and have a spectacular garden in your front lawn. Since public sidewalks are open to anyone-anyone can walk by on the sidewalk and enjoy the esthetically pleasing floral display. The people walking by are enjoying the benefit of the nice scenery, yet they didn’t help you plant or pay for the garden or anything, it’s a benefit that they get for free! This is a classic example of what economists call a Positive Externality.

Gun ownership is a lot like a flower garden, because it too produces Positive Externalities for society. Robert Heinlein’s famous adage, “An armed society is a polite society” is a simple way of saying the exact same thing! When more people have firearms to protect themselves, criminal behavior becomes more risky, as the chance of running into an armed victim increases.

Everyone wants to go about their daily activities in safety and will take actions to reduce any unacceptably high risks that they face. Even criminals whose daily activities include mugging and robbery don’t want to get hurt “on the job”. If their job becomes too risky relative to the reward, they may just find a more honest way of living.

1/3 of American households own guns, but not every member of those families is carrying a gun at all times. For the sake of argument, let’s say that any 1 in 10 of those people is carrying a gun, 33 out of every 1,000 people. If your “job” was mugging people to steal their money, your payout on average will be less than $50 per criminal act. As firearm ownership increases, we can model if a decrease in criminal behavior would result.Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.02.21 AM

While a Game Theory model of criminality would take many more factors into account, it’s easy to see how society wide firearms ownership reduces criminal behavior by it more risky. Or, to make a long story short, “An armed society is a polite society!



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