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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Cheaper to Lock them up or let them go?

The Congressional Research Service reported, "Since the early 1980s, there has been a historically unprecedented increase in the federal prison population."
"The number of inmates under the Bureau of Prisons' (BOP) jurisdiction has increased from approximately 25,000 in FY1980 to nearly 219,000 in FY2012. Since FY1980, the federal prison population has increased, on average, by approximately 6,100 inmates each year...the largest portion of newly admitted inmates are being incarcerated for drug offenses."
Rising costs, overcrowding and deteriorating prison infrastructure are becoming a real problem at BOP. And with the federal budget (we haven't actually had a Congressional Budget since 2009, but if we had one) stretched to the limits --  Should we embark on a new and vastly expensive prison expansion program when we can't maintain the Navy's ships and we're deficit spending two trillion dollars each year over and above what we take in?

Minimum sentencing guidelines for many federal crimes mean that  the population will continue to grow at a steady -- and unprecedented rate.

Do policy makers care? Apparently they don't.

According to the Federal Register, the average cost of incarceration in 2009 (latest figures) was $25,251.00 per prisoner per year. 

There are about 47,000,000 Americans receiving USDA Food Stamps at a cost to the taxpayer of roughly $80,000,000,000. If you do the math, you'll agree with me that it's cheaper to keep somebody on food stamps than it is to keep them locked in prison. But SNAP (food stamps) doesn't include or take into account welfare benefits, SDI, subsidized housing, AFDC, Medicaid, Child Care Subsidies, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program). If you were to lump all of those together, you might be uncomfortably close to the incarceration number.

When you have to wonder whether it's cheaper to keep them locked up or to release them in an environment where they are unlikely to get a job -- thus putting them on the dole -- you have reached a tipping point, my friends.


First, five year old children point their fingers and they are suspended from school for "simulating firearms". (LINK HERE)

And there was the five year old girl that discussed her Hello Kitty bubble gun in school -- and was suspended.

Now there is a little girl of six who tore out a piece of paper that looked either like an L or a pistol (who knows?) and is censured.

And a little boy of five years made a Lego handgun in an after school program - he's been slapped with a warning, threatening of a two week suspension. (Fox News)

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The video is comprehensive.

When does the government plan to censure video game designers and Hollywood movie makers? Never, they contribute to the Democratic Party. They can be as outrageous as they want to be, glorifying gratuitous violence and murder and "progressives" feel that's fine because it's not a five year old child discussing a bubble gun, pointing a finger, tearing something out of paper or making a Lego pistol.

Has our society completely lost its ever-loving MIND?

Meanwhile, in Chicago and Washington DC - homes of Obama, crime victims are stacked up like so much cordwood in those places in America with the toughest gun laws. 

Meanwhile, in middle America where everyone is armed to the teeth, legally, that sort of horrible crime is unknown.

I refer you to Liberatarian Advocate's blog post today. Firearms violence isn't about firearms ownership. It's about a society in decay. But progressives push that decay as the core value of their agenda.

Firearms Alternatives

With the current rush to ban, it may be time to rethink self defense weapons.

The Austrian Windbüchse may be the place to start. The best example of the Windbüchse class of weapons is the Girandoni Air Rifle, of the sort carried by Lewis and Clark in their expedition to survey the Louisiana Purchase. The rifle fired a .46 caliber ball at about the same velocity as a 230 grain .45 ACP round. Though the technology available to people in 1780 was limited, it's not today. You could fire a modern version at full-auto and not be in violation of any law. has come up with their entry into the market

.22 caliber
24″ Rifled Barrel
Uses common paintball tank (Nitrogen or HPA only, no CO2)
Gas remote-line ready
Fires lead pellets or lead round balls
600+ FPS with 16gr lead ball
50 round removable mag
Full or semi operation
Non-cycling charge lever
Ejected reusable shell casings
Completely ambidextrous
4 picatinny rail mount locations
7 pounds unloaded
Full-steel receiverI

Here is another entry into the market.

And this one:

These aren't subject to any sort of gun control -- and may be the way of the future.

This one shoots a .357 projectile:

Then there is the .50 Caliber Dragon's Claw

Or maybe a high powered electrically fired nail gun?