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In Hawaii, Gun Ownership Climbs as Violent Crime Falls

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HONOLULU — Hawaii firearms registrations shot up more than 70 percent in 2012, while gun violence continued a four-year decline, according to a new state Department of the Attorney report.

"While there has been a tremendous increase in firearm registration activity in Hawaii since 2000, the annual trends for both the number of firearm-related violent crimes and the proportion of violent crimes involving firearms relative to other weapon types remained stable within a low and narrow range through 2007, and decreased substantially from 2008 through 2012, during which time registration activity increased the most sharply," the Department of the Attorney concluded.

Officials processed a record 21,864 state and county firearm permits in 2012, the report found. One year before, that number was 15,375.

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  1. ???? ????? ????? ??????? I don’t see North Korea in their tables. So I’d say there may be at least one country that hasn’t gotten richer over the last 50 years. But … but … the growth isn’t sustainable because we’re just about to run out of resources. The progs have been saying that for the past several decades; why won’t anyone listen? ???? ????? ????? ??????? I welcomed a greater, if still limited, role for government in national problems, anathema to the “leave us alone” libertarian philosophy that dominated Republican debates in the 1990s. So did George W. Bush, I must add, who challenged libertarian orthodoxy with his appeal for a “compassionate conservatism.” He based much of his more activist government philosophy in an expanded role for the federal government in education policy and in his support for contributions that small, faith-based organizations could make to the solution of social problems. I gave more attention to national service and to a bigger role for government as a restraining force on selfish interests that undermined national unity. But his positions did him much credit, as well they should have, and they do him much credit now as he uses his presidency to advance them.

  2. Unless the Egyptian overseers had something more than whips and spears, they didn’t have the wherewithall to force so many into doing the things that bugged Heston so much, like working until they dropped dead from exhaustion.???? ?????? ??????? ??????? I’m a little skeptical of this.

    I can imagine a scenario like this:

    1. OK, we want to enslave these 10,000 people.
    2. Let’s get 50,000 well armed troops and go over there.
    3. We’ll threaten to kill every man, woman, and child unless they disarm and start doing our bidding.

    Sure, you can’t keep every single one from escaping, if someone wants to go run into the mountains. But, you can conquer people and enslave them. I think it’s happened before.???? ?? ?????? ??????? I mean, once you disarm them and disrupt their ability to practice agriculture collectively, they depend either on scavenging or whatever sustenance they get from slavery to survive.

    I wouldn’t go for the “enslaving is impossible without guns” argument unless this was demonstrated further than certain historians failing to imagine how it’s possible. Arguments from ignorance are fallacious in nature.

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