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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Firearm Related Deaths

The largest cause of preventable death in America is tobacco-related death. Half a million Americans die each year due to tobacco use or exposure to secondhand smoke. The issue of secondhand smoke exposure extends to America's children. 

What is President Obama doing about this murderer lurking in our midst? Where is his outrage? Where are the string of executive orders aimed at stopping smoking once and for all in America by prohibiting tobacco products from being sold anywhere? It's obvious that American's can't stop smoking on their own.

Is it up to America to prevent self-inflicted injuries?
(USGOV Centers for Disease Control) Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. Despite these risks, approximately 46.6 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipes also have deadly consequences, including lung, larynx, esophageal, and oral cancers. 
The harmful effects of smoking do not end with the smoker. An estimated 88 million nonsmoking Americans, including 54% of children aged 3–11 years, are exposed to secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure can be dangerous because nonsmokers inhale many of the same poisons in cigarette smoke as smokers. 
Secondhand smoke exposure causes serious disease and death, including heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more frequent and severe asthma attacks in children. Each year, primarily because of exposure to secondhand smoke, an estimated 3,000 nonsmoking Americans die of lung cancer, more than 46,000 die of heart disease, and about 150,000–300,000 children younger than 18 months have lower respiratory tract infections.
In 2011, there were 33,687 vehicle related traffic deaths; 42,917 deaths due to poisoning, and 31,672 deaths due to firearms. Balance that against the 443,000 who will die from self-inflicted smoking related illness and tell me where our national spotlight should be.

Personally, I don't care whether people smoke or not. I'm not a progressive nor am I a liberal and I feel that people should have a right to smoke if they are so inclined. I choose not to smoke, but I am not a crusader on a mission to bend everyone to my will. 

President Obama stated that firearms should be eliminated and that one firearm death in America each year is one too many. Is he willing to say the same thing about tobacco? Or alcohol - his alternate drug of choice? Liberals have no credibility because of their penchant for picking and choosing. The number of firearms related deaths is TINY and almost statistically insignificant when compared to tobacco related death. The ownership of firearms is protected by the Bill of Rights -- and tobacco is not.


The Obama-Alinsky System at Work

He loves the little children.
Never let a crisis go to waste...

Yesterday, President Obama unveiled his 23 executive orders that are designed to impact the private ownership of firearms - each in a different way. It was pure politics and none of the executive orders will do much one way or the other. He did it as a sop to the hand-wringing liberals and at the same time didn't hurt people who own firearms. The Administration understands that neither the House or Senate have enough support for any serious changes in laws that apply to private ownership of firearms. Without the legislature, the law can't change and any change has to be balanced against the Second Amendment/Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court (liberal but not THAT liberal).

Flowers for Vladimirski - Joe Stalin and the Young Pioneers
The Obama pageant - if you can call it that, was marked by the president appearing with a lot of little children. He knows that nothing that the government could do would have stopped the crazed murderer at Newtown, Connecticut. But his handlers staged the pageant with little children all the same. Politicians all love to kiss babies and be seen with children because it tugs at the heart strings. Thus the political machine is greased and it sustains itself.

Truth be told, President Obama isn't the first world leader to surround himself with adoring children and he won't be the last. 

The success of the Obama Presidency can largely be laid at the feet of the propagandists in the legacy/mainstream media, which treat every word from his mouth as if it was formed from gold. So long as the public swallows the lies and misdirections, he remains in power and popular. He's not the first politician who managed to take control of the press and maintain it. Most politicians who do that become despots -- and unlike despots, President Obama hasn't been able to silence critics in the legislature. However the application of Alinsky Rules/Chicago Rules successfully managed to mute them.

Context
From Saul Alinsky's writing: There's another reason for working inside the system. Dostoyevsky said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. 
This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the 40 per cent of American families – more than seventy million people – whose income range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year [in 1971]. They cannot be dismissed by labeling them blue collar or hard hat. They will not continue to be relatively passive and slightly challenging. If we fail to communicate with them, if we don't encourage them to form alliances with us, they will move to the right. Maybe they will anyway, but let's not let it happen by default. (Rules for Radicals, by Saul Alinsky)