Findings & Forecasts 01/16/2013

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Gun Con­trol: What Obama Should Have Said

First, Obama should have sur­rounded him­self with pic­tures of the chil­dren who have died at the hands of madmen Marxist leaders like Joseph Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, Idi Amin and others. His­tory is lit­tered with them, both crazed rulers and dead children.

Sec­ondly, Obama should have recited the Dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence, the Bill of Rights and the Con­sti­tu­tion, and recom­mitted his admin­is­tra­tion to fol­lowing the the Con­sti­tu­tion and the rule of law.

Thirdly, he should have said “Never again will chil­dren such as these be slaugh­tered because they, or their par­ents, were unable to defend them­selves against a tyran­nical gov­ern­ment or any other person bent on their destruction.”

Fourthly, he should have said, “The brain­washing and twisting of our children’s minds must stop! Hence­forth, I am calling for a ces­sa­tion of vio­lence in movies, tele­vi­sion and video games that are twisting young minds.”

Fifthly, he should have said, “I put every vio­lent crim­inal in our nation on notice — you killers, rob­bers, thugs, bur­glars and rapists — that every law-abiding cit­izen in this nation is hereby given the right to self-defense by what­ever means they choose, including firearms of any type. I hereby encourage every cit­izen of our nation to become respon­sibly armed, to take self-defense and safety training to learn how to use your weapons effec­tively and safely, and to pro­tect your family and other inno­cents in your sphere of influence. The era of crim­inal vio­lence in America is over!”

How­ever, the pres­i­dent can say none of this because his admin­is­tra­tion is already an adver­sary of the people. People can debate Marxism as a phi­los­ophy as long as they want, but when it comes down to prac­tice, Marxism has always pro­duced a mur­derous dic­tator in the end… and Obama appears to be headed that way, and if not Obama, then some future pres­i­dent who picks up where he will leave off.

The public hys­teria sur­rounding the gun con­trol issue is simply amazing. I heard one female politi­cian state that we have to do away with guns that can hold “hun­dreds of bul­lets.” Yet, there is no such weapon in America.

The irra­tional claim, even by mil­i­tary offi­cials, that “We don’t need weapons in America that are used only in war zones” is equally ridicu­lous. All of the AR-style rifles in America are semi-automatic, meaning that you must pull the trigger each time to fire a round. By con­trast, all AR-style weapons car­ried by mil­i­tary troops are fully auto­matic, meaning you pull and hold the trigger to empty the entire mag­a­zine. Fur­ther­more, the mil­i­tary car­ries armor piercing ammu­ni­tion that is illegal for civilian ownership.

Oth­er­wise, a civilian AR-style rifle is no dif­ferent than any other rifle — one trigger-pull equals one round fired. If you have ever seen how fast (under one second) one can switch mag­a­zines you would know that it doesn’t matter if that mag­a­zine holds 5, 20 or 50 rounds.

Now that “assault rifles” are thor­oughly dis­cred­ited and thrashed by the pres­i­dent and the vig­i­lante mob of gun-haters, what will happen when they wake up and realize that 98 per­cent of all deaths-by-firearm are caused by hand­guns and NOT rifles of any sort?

That’s right, the rhetoric will re-focus and the drive will be on to outlaw semi-automatic pis­tols and revolvers.

And this gets us down to the real crux of the matter: The state wants all the guns — pis­tols, revolvers, rifles, shot­guns, all cal­ibers, all ammu­ni­tion, etc.

An unarmed cit­i­zenry is unable to resist a tyran­nical gov­ern­ment and thus is no threat to it.

The Hidden Prize: National gun owner registry

The pre­con­di­tion to out­right gun con­fis­ca­tion is a uni­fied and com­pre­hen­sive national gun owner and gun-owned reg­istry. By requiring the owner and receiver of all trans­fers of any weapon to be reg­is­tered, the existing data­base will swell to hun­dreds of mil­lions within a few years.

Until 1968, there was no require­ment nor reg­is­tra­tion for gun own­er­ship. There­after, suc­ces­sive Admin­is­tra­tions ramped up data col­lec­tion pro­ce­dures and cre­ated sophis­ti­cated data­bases on gun owners. How­ever, guns owned prior to 1968 have not been reg­is­tered, nor have pri­vate sales or inter-family gifts; many col­lec­tions of unreg­is­tered firearms have been qui­etly passed to heirs upon death of a parent or close relative.

There are no accu­rate sta­tis­tics on how many gun owners reside in the U.S., nor on the total quan­tity of guns owned. A Gallup poll from 2010 showed that 47 per­cent of American’s admitted to owning a firearm, but experts con­cluded that the actual per­centage might be as high as 60 percent.

Sta­tis­ti­cians believe that there are between 240 and 280 mil­lion firearms in America, but that cannot accu­rately include pre-1968 pur­chases so the figure could be con­sid­er­ably higher. Most gun owners whom I have met typ­i­cally have at least 2 firearms, and many have several.

A national reg­istry data­base would thus cover at least 150 mil­lion people and 300 mil­lion firearms — with all the “trim­mings” like pho­to­graph, fin­ger­prints, ques­tion­naires and other per­sonal information.

Mean­while, Obama has ordered other Fed­eral agen­cies to pro­vide com­pli­men­tary data to the FBI as these data­bases are built. Med­ical per­sonnel will be expected to submit psycho-graphic analysis. Finan­cial his­tory, crim­inal his­tory, med­ical his­tory, social his­tory, etc., etc., will be com­bined. Soft­ware algo­rithms will then ana­lyze the pro­files for “red flags.” Pre­dictability soft­ware will deter­mine which people are most likely to cause trouble in the future.

Any sol­dier who has been diag­nosed with PTSD (Post Trau­matic Stress Dis­order) will be auto­mat­i­cally banned from owning or pos­sessing a firearm. That amounts to as much as 16 per­cent of all veterans.

Have you ever taken drugs for depres­sion or anx­iety? That could be a trou­bling warning sign that you are unfit to own a firearm.

Thus, once all this data is in place, future back­ground checks take on a whole new look. Just as the TSA’s “No Fly” data­base yields very unpre­dictable results, so too will the gun owner’s database.

The final con­sid­er­a­tion is that if, as and when out­right gun con­fis­ca­tion becomes a reality, the Feds will know exactly who to call on with a spe­cific list of your guns in hand.

Tech­noc­racy implemented

Two of the early require­ments listed for the cre­ation of a Tech­no­cratic society were

  • “Pro­vide a spe­cific reg­is­tra­tion of the type, kind, etc., of all goods and ser­vices, where pro­duced and where used
  • “Pro­vide spe­cific reg­is­tra­tion of the con­sump­tion of each indi­vidual, plus a record and descrip­tion of the indi­vidual.” [Scott, Howard et al, Tech­noc­racy Study Course, p. 232]

Gun con­trol mania offers the per­fect crisis to imple­ment just such a system.

New bat­tles start

States are threat­ening leg­is­la­tion that will block fed­eral man­dates on gun con­trol. They will likely fail, even if they take their cases to the Supreme Court.

One con­sumer group, Freedom Watch, just released news of their lawsuit:

The con­ser­v­a­tive group Free­domWatch is suing the White House task force that led to the gun con­trol pro­posals offered by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama Wednesday.

FreedomWatch’s suit is based on the argu­ment that the White House group con­ducted illegal meet­ings with lob­by­ists without public notice that’s required. The suit, which was filed in Florida fed­eral court, seeks to elim­i­nate the task force and pre­vent any of its pro­posals from becoming law, The Hill reports.

The 1972 Fed­eral Advi­sory Com­mittee Act requires pres­i­den­tial task forces that include non-federal gov­ern­ment offi­cials to meet in public and pub­lish notice of meet­ings in the Fed­eral Reg­ister 15 days ahead of time.

“Pres­i­dent Obama and Vice Pres­i­dent Biden have thumbed their nose at the law and instead been holding closed door meet­ings with spe­cial interest lob­by­ists on both sides of the issue,” Free­domWatch founder Larry Klayman said in a written state­ment. “The Amer­ican people, whose rights to gun own­er­ship stem from colo­nial times and are enshrined in the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, are being ille­gally shut out of the process.”

The twists and turns that lie ahead will be cer­tain to inflame already over­heated tem­pers between the polit­ical par­ties and their respec­tive constituents.

Con­clu­sion

A good per­centage of F&F readers will dis­agree with my analysis. That’s your right, to be sure. How­ever, if you have not read America’s founding doc­u­ments (Dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence, Bill of Rights, Con­sti­tu­tion), and are unaware of the polit­ical his­tory our nation and of applied Marxism, then you have little to con­tribute to this debate. If you are simply under-informed, I encourage you start reading and learning today — your future is at stake. If you are will­fully unin­formed, then I sug­gest you are part of the problem, not the solution.

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Market

As the S&P 500 sput­ters near its recent highs, the per­centage of stocks above their 10-day average is drop­ping fast. Investor sen­ti­ment con­tinues at extreme levels most often asso­ci­ated with market tops.

The head­line in Finan­cial Times, Fund man­agers’ risk appetite nears record, states,

Risk appetite among fund man­agers has hit its highest level in nine years and is hov­ering near all-time highs, in a sign that the bulls have returned to equity mar­kets after years in hiding… The surge in con­fi­dence comes as investors pumped $22bn into equity funds last week, the largest amount in five years… Investor appetite for risk is at its highest since Jan­uary 2004, according to the latest Bank of America Mer­rill Lynch fund man­ager survey.

The bulls, of course, are glad that “everyone” is in the market, thus con­firming pop­ular notions that a new bull market is at hand.

In my opinion, this is the height of opti­mism that is to be extracted from a pri­mary wave two up. In a pri­mary bear market, the func­tion of wave 2 up is to con­vince everyone that there is no bear market after all, and that prices are going to the moon. If true, then stock prices are just waiting for the last sucker to get on board, before turning on them with a vengeance.

Gold and silver have risen mod­er­ately, as expected, and still have a little upside poten­tial left before turning down again. The fact that Ger­many is indi­cating that it wants to repa­triate some of its phys­ical gold back to German vaults should be viewed as meaningless.

The dollar has turned neu­tral for the time being. Until a more clear Elliott Wave pat­tern emerges, near-term direc­tion is uncertain.

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16 Responses to Findings & Forecasts 01/16/2013

  1. Evan January 16, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    A Pres­i­dent “calling for a ces­sa­tion of vio­lence in movies, tele­vi­sion and video games that are twisting young minds” is not com­pat­ible with the the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

    You can urge par­ents to do a better job of mon­i­toring and cur­tailing their children’s enter­tain­ment habits, but you can’t man­date it through government.

  2. Patrick Wood January 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    I didn’t say “man­date”, but rather “calling for”. He can jaw­bone the industry just as easily as he can jaw­bone parents.

  3. Lily January 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Someone’s missing the entire point! He’s man­dating every­thing else, why not set about making ppl take respon­si­bility? Out of a great article, your only sticking point is a red herring.

    For anyone that doesn’t under­stand the con­cept of his­tory repeating, they should view this: The His­tory of Gun Con­trol: http://youtu.be/1pKasF6l3y0

    Anyway, super job, Mr. Wood — thank you.

  4. Pablo Conroy January 16, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    People need to stop talking about guns being for fighting the some tyran­nical gov­ern­ment. The first and fore­most reason to cit­i­zens to be able to have firearms is to defend against armed crim­i­nals. When mas­sive infla­tion hits or cur­ren­cies crash there will be mobs of hungry folks wanting to take your stash. This hap­pened when the 3rd best economy crashed in Argentina, and when looting took place after the Chilean earth­quake in nice neigh­bor­hoods and the looters were upper middle class Chileans. 99% of Amer­i­cans don’t even have bars on their windows.

  5. Lily January 16, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    OIY!! If one breaks down the 2nd amend­ment without taking any­thing out of con­text, it is abun­dantly clear and pre­cise what the intent was.

    From an article by Jacob G. Horn­berger, “Gun own­er­ship is an insur­ance policy, one that guar­an­tees the ability of the cit­i­zenry to pro­tect them­selves and others from tyranny or even to alter or abolish tyran­nical gov­ern­ment through force of arms.”

    I reit­erate from an ear­lier com­ment, please see this: The His­tory of Gun Con­trol: http://youtu.be/1pKasF6l3y0

  6. Lorna McLaughlin January 17, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    I believe that the cit­i­zenry has the right to bear arms. I also per­son­ally believe that should I need to defend myself against the gov­ern­ment using a rifle or hand gun, that his­tory, at least in the last thirty years, tells me I would not be suc­cessful. The mil­i­tary is much better armed than I can ever be. They will be able to wipe me out in short order, armed or not, how­ever, my being armed will give them a more defen­sible excuse.

  7. Earl Lee Swagger January 17, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    The Supreme Court is not the final authority ……….. Because “Power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Mao Tse-Tung

  8. Earl Lee Swagger January 17, 2013 at 4:46 am #

    Who’s side will the “mil­i­tary’ be on? Lorna. The people are in the mil­i­tary. The people are the police. The people are the sher­iffs. The people are the National Guard.
    “If ye love wealth better than lib­erty, the tran­quility of servi­tude than the ani­mating con­test of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your coun­sels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may pos­terity forget that ye were our coun­trymen!”
    ~Samuel Adams

  9. Rick January 17, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    Nei­ther is calling for uni­lat­eral erad­i­ca­tions of the 2nd amendment!

    In CT mas­sacre there still has been no video footage released con­firming that shoot­ings were com­mitted so called “auto­matic” rifles.

    Hiding some­thing?

  10. David Whetsell January 17, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    There are two sets of laws. Gods law and mans law. Which ever one you follow you will suffer from the other. You must make the choice and except the others con­se­quences. Man has turned his back on God and let evil take over this country. What are you going to do?

  11. Patricia January 17, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Christ said, Sell your cloak and buy a sword.

    It’s our right to defend ourselves.

  12. Matt Sweet January 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    “The brain­washing and twisting of our children’s minds must stop! Hence­forth, I am calling for a ces­sa­tion of vio­lence in movies, tele­vi­sion and video games that are twisting young minds.”

    EXACTLY, we need to fully enforce sep­a­ra­tion of church and state and remove all that reli­gious pro­pa­ganda that is poi­soning our minds against sci­ence, rational thinking and progress of the human race.

  13. nathan January 17, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    Surely, the most amount of com­ment post­ings I’ve ever seen.… this is a big issue in America

  14. Mark January 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    The topic of “change for the better” is so much more a bigger part of our talk cir­cles these days. As I con­sider all the dif­ferent places that change can take place or come from, the only one that I believe will have the ben­efit of an out­come that will profit the change we so desire the most, is the change that needs to take place within the heart of the people. We have turned away from that which is Right­eous and True and are headed down a path of destruc­tion. This is true, just look around with eyes that see. Take courage may friend, change is pos­sible. It just needs to start with me and you.

  15. Mark January 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    So true David. Also see my post below.

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