gun control crowd(?) had a gathering over the weekend
Gun control advocates rally on Newtown anniversary
Naturally, Des Moines Mayor Frank Clownie...err Cownie was in attendance
According to Clownie, “We have to work for gun control.”
But Frank, the Second Amendment protects each individual’s right to keep and bear arms. Even the Supreme Court agrees, its abysmal record protecting individual rights notwithstanding. An individual’s right cannot be infringed as a result of what someone else did. It can only be infringed as a result of what that individual did.
Also among the approximately 40 ralliers was North High School sophomore Dasia Black
The 16-year-old was thinking about her own life, and the increasing fears she has of being in public spaces as news of shootings continue.
“All these shootings at places where you feel safe going to—it’s like, Can I got to the mall? Can I got to the movies? Can I go to school and still feel safe?”
Consider that mass killings account for just 1% of all murders nationally and the latest statistics show that violent crime in general continued to plummet from 2008 to 2012, amidst record gun sales. Murders were similarly down over the period
This girl has more immediate statistical worries that are closer to home, and the scientific community is united in that fact,...the child she is carrying.
Statistics for teenage mothers themselves are similarly daunting. Only half obtain a high school diploma by age 22, compared with 89 percent of women who did not give birth as teenagers. Less than 2 percent of mothers who give birth before age 18 obtain college degrees by age 30. Half live below the poverty line — and as their children grow older, the family’s chances of living in poverty increase.
Also, children born to mothers younger than 18 years old score significantly worse on measures of school readiness including math and reading tests.