Public Safety (page 23)

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    Supreme Court reverses appeals court, says life-termers must stay behind bars

    It’s not looking like a bunch of life-termers hoping to get out of prison because of good behavior are going to get their wish granted. The N.C. Supreme Court overturned a 2012 ruling by the N.C. Court of Appeals that sided with them. The split appeals court opinion had upheld…
    Barry Smith, March 8, 2013
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    Mass killings = time to get a weapon

    Earlier this week, Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield of Wilson declared that changes to state unemployment benefits will produce “suicides and mass killings.” If she is right, then citizens need to arm themselves right quick.  Go to the National Rifle Association for more information. Get a weapon…before it’s too…
    Terry Stoops, February 8, 2013
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Michael Lowrey reports for Carolina Journal Online about a ruling from the N.C. Court of Appeals that the Second Amendment right to possess firearms does not extend to concealed weapons. John Hood’s Daily Journal disputes the notion that Gov.-elect Pat McCrory has a “split personality” of…
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2012
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    Gun Tax

    Cook County, Illinois, where Chicago is located, is considering a “violence tax” on guns and ammunition.  They say it’s about curbing crime, and there’s no doubt that Chicago’s violent crime rate is completely out of control.  But this plan doesn’t make any sense.  Will a tax affect owners of…
    Julie Tisdale, October 10, 2012
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    Beyond embarrassing for “the land of the free”

    The most astounding part of the latest freedom rankings from the Fraser Institute is the painfully rapid decline of the United States, from 2nd in 2000 to 18th this year. As a native of New Zealand, which came in third, I would caution people against reading too much…
    Fergus Hodgson, September 18, 2012
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    Astoundingly high incarceration rates undermine both federalism and fiscal responsibility

    Dan D’Amico, an economist at Loyola University in New Orleans, points out in a new video that the federal government is an aggressive incarcerator—beyond even California and Texas. So not only is incarceration in the United States off the charts—with a prison population greater than all other developed nations combined—it…
    Fergus Hodgson, August 21, 2012
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    House Committee testimony: Just legalize raw milk already

    At this point, with so much safe and legal consumption of raw milk around the world, I wonder how anyone can oppose its legalization in North Carolina. Hear my testimony before the House Select Committee on Agricultural Regulations (four minutes, mp3): [audio:] As it stands, North Carolina has…
    Fergus Hodgson, March 9, 2012
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    In case you missed it …

    WTVD asked the John Locke Foundation to respond to a death row inmate’s bizarre letter to the Gaston Gazette.
    Mitch Kokai, January 25, 2012