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Fact of the Day: Mass Shootings More Common in Europe Than the U.S.

The lazy assumption that America suffers a uniquely high mass shooting rate is the foundation upon which 2nd Amendment restrictionists must rely.

After all, if allegedly more "enlightened" nations like France or Norway that effectively prohibit so-called "assault weapons" (a meaningless slur, but that's another subject entirely) suffer a mass shooting rate as high or higher than the U.S., then their rationale for restricting law-abiding citizens' right to keep and bear arms collapses.

Unfortunately for them, as illustrated by crimeresearch.org, that's precisely what the real-world facts show.  France, Norway  and other European nations actually suffer higher mass shooting rates than the U.S.  In fact, out of 18 European and North American nations measured, the U.S. mass shooting rate…[more]

June 28, 2016 • 12:55 pm

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New Radio Ads Take Aim at Powers of PROMESA’s Federal Control Board to Reprioritize and “Cram Down” Puerto Rico’s Debt Print E-mail
Thursday, June 16 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) launched a new advertising campaign highlighting fundamental flaws with the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

The radio advertisements, which will begin in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, warn against the broad powers given to the federal control board established by PROMESA to reprioritize and “cram down” Puerto Rico’s debt, including possibly subordinating its constitutionally protected general obligation debt to the Commonwealth’s unfunded pensions.

PROMESA’s ambiguity in instructing an unaccountable control board to “adequately fund” Puerto Rico’s pensions is a real threat to retirees and savers across America who have invested in Puerto Rico’s general obligation bonds on the constitutional promise that their investments would receive priority over all other government obligations. They shouldn’t be asked to bail out Puerto Rico now with their own savings. 

“Savers and seniors could be forced to pay for Puerto Rico’s $46 billion in unfunded pensions,” states the ads. “Retirement savings drained — to pay for years of mistakes by politicians in Puerto Rico.”

The ads also note that the control board is authorized to receive gifts, paving the way for more crony capitalism and mischief. 

The ads can be heard at the links below:

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