The other day I overheard some people discussing Seattle’s $15/hr minimum wage. Their conversation centered around if it would hurt or help the economy, the effect it would have on small business, etcetera. Basically the same bullet points everyone else is mulling over. As I was listening to the conversation it occurred to me that there is a consequence to raising the minimum wage that no one is considering.
Over the past couple of years I’ve come to realize that I get car sick. It’s particularly potent if I read or stare off anywhere but directly ahead for too long. It’s not bad, or at least I’ve never let it get bad, I just get a bit woozy. Before now I either didn’t get car sick or simply didn’t notice that I did. I chalk its development up to aging and shitty genetics.
There is a small part of me that is annoyed about this because I perceive it as a weakness. I worry that other people perceive it as a weakness. But what really bothers me about getting car sick, I mean what makes me loathe and despise and hate that I get carsick, is that my mom gets car sick.
You see, my mom is a loathsome person. The only reason I still call her “mom” is because of convention somewhat dictates I do, and because saying “the one who gave birth to me” is too cumbersome. Whatever credit, respect, or adulation that she earned by birthing me, has long since been used up. I grew up learning to be ashamed of my mom, and in turn learning, albeit irrationally, to be ashamed of myself.
I can deal with getting carsick, it’s manageable, tolerable even. What’s intolerable and infuriating, is that the reason I get carsick is because I share DNA with that loathsome person. As if it weren’t enough to know and have to live with the shame, guilt, and humiliation.
Some of the data presented here is a re-hash of data presented in two other posts: On Licensing and Training and On Nonfatal Firearm Injuries but is presented again here in support of the argument against the VPC’s report.
The Violence Policy Center recently released a report in which they compare firearm related deaths to motor vehicle related deaths. The VPC’s conclusion – based on the higher number of firearms related deaths compared to motor vehicle related deaths – is that firearms need to be regulated like cars are.
In my post “On Licensing and Training [guns]” I looked at data from the CDC to see if there really was an epidemic of accidental gun deaths that justified mandated government firearms training. In the post I said that I narrowed my focus to unintentional gun deaths because: “death is the most serious, and least ambiguous type of injury.”
It’s only been a week since Wisconsin passed their concealed carry law and they’ve already made a major change. There is no longer a mandated four-hour training requirement to be issued a concealed carry license. You still have to provide proof that you’ve received training but there is no longer a mandated training length.
Since I’ve never talked about this subject, let me just get this out there so you know where I’m coming from and can stop reading now if you want — I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment. I support the individual right to keep and bear arms and to engage in righteous self-defense. I support both concealed carry and open carry (open carry to a degree but I’ll save that for a different post).
Of all the issues this country is facing at the moment, Congress feels that the most important thing to do is reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States. Yep, glad the House took time out to work on this utter waste of time:
From Concurrent Resolution 13:
Reaffirming ‘‘In God We Trust’’ as the official motto of the United States and supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions.