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Fight The Bias - Newsletter Issue #15

04/03/2001

In This Edition - #15

A TALE OF TWO CITIES AND THEIR GUN LAWS
MORE SUPPRESSION OF PRO-TAX-CUT POLLS
WHAT'S THIS ABOUT FREE OR REDUCED-COST TELEVISION ADS?
INDOCTRINATION THROUGH SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES


 

A TALE OF TWO CITIES AND THEIR GUN LAWS
We take you now to Morton Grove, Illinois.  It's a suburb north of Chicago.
In June 1981, Morton Grove passed an ordinance banning handguns.  Citizens
of Morton Grove were allowed to keep their shotguns and rifles, but they
were required to store their handguns outside the village limits or at a
licensed gun club.  Out of a population of 25,000, about ten people actually
surrendered their handguns to police in the months after the law went into
effect.

Then there's the city of Kennesaw, Georgia.  In response to Morton Grove's
handgun ban, Kennesaw passed an ordinance requiring heads of households to
"maintain a firearm" and ammunition "to provide for the civil defense" and
to "protect the general welfare of the City and its inhabitants."

So...what's happened in the 20 years since Kennesaw and Morton Grove passed
their gun laws?

Hardly anything has happened to the crime rate in Morton Grove.

Kennesaw, on the other hand, saw its crime rate drop like a rock.  The rate
of crime in Kennesaw is about four times LOWER than the state and national
rates.  Detective Cpl. Craig Graydon told NewsMax.com, "Violent crime is
almost nonexistent in residential neighborhoods."  According to the FBI's
Uniform Crime Reports, burglaries went from 54 in 1981 (the year before the
gun ordinance) to 36 in 1999.  This is even more remarkable when you
consider that Kennesaw's population has exploded from 5,242 to more than
19,000 in that period of time.

NewsMax.com then asked Handgun Control Inc. for comment.  A spokeswoman
there declined to respond, saying that the folks who could address the issue
were tied up in a news conference.

The fact is, they won't be able to refute the numbers.  Statistics don't
lie.  Kennesaw is a safer place because of widespread ownership of handguns.
Morton Grove's crime rate remains essentially unchanged, in part because
residents are prohibited from owning handguns for self-defense.

Tell this to an anti-gunner and they'll probably pop a fuse.




MORE SUPPRESSION OF PRO-TAX-CUT POLLS
Remember how CBS News spiked a poll showing 67 percent of Americans
supported George W. Bush's tax cut plan?  It didn't stop there.
Now ABC News has poll results it doesn't want to handle.  An ABC News/
Washington Post poll found that 58 percent think Bush's tax cut is "about
right" or "too small."  Only 36 percent said it was "too big."
Did these results make it to air?  Of course not!
Instead, on Monday night, ABC correspondent Terry Moran said the public is
"becoming a little skeptical about some aspects of his leadership" and
quoted another poll saying 61 percent of Americans think Bush "favors large
business corporations of the interests of ordinary working people."  And he
quoted polls showing that only 50 percent think Bush is handling the economy
well.  Then he suggested it would be a "feat of rhetorical sleight of hand"
for Bush to sell his tax cut as an economic recovery plan."
All while ignoring their own poll that showed the American public supports
Bush's tax cut plan.
Journalistic integrity in the mainstream media is dead, my friends.  It is
dead at the hands of these big-government, socialist, Democratic Party
sympathizers who run almost every big news outlet in the country.  They
can't see past their own anti-conservative bias to bring you balanced
coverage. They wouldn't know balanced coverage if it bit them in their
asses.
 





WHAT'S THIS ABOUT FREE OR REDUCED-COST TELEVISION ADS?

Part of this campaign finance reform push is to force television stations to
cut advertising rates for politicians during an election.
Force? Use the police power of government to force radio and television
stations to cut the prices of their product just because the purchaser is a
politician?
How many people would agree with a law that would force printing companies
to give politicians a deal? How about forcing airlines to sell politicians
cut-rate tickets? Maybe we should force outdoor advertising companies to
give free billboards to politicians.
Should a politician be allowed to use the government to seize the property
or a portion of the inventory of a private individual or a private business
just because that politician may need that property for a political
campaign?
Radio and television stations are private businesses. They basically have
only one item to sell. That item is time. Time has no shelf life. Broadcast
stations cannot manufacture and warehouse inventory to save for high-demand
days. Every day, every hour they have a set, finite amount of inventory they
can sell. No more. In order to make a profit for their shareholders and
employee profit-sharing plans these broadcasters have to get as much money
for each and every advertising minute that they can.
Putting it simply, if a law is passed forcing a broadcaster to give free or
reduced-rate advertising to a political candidate, then that candidate is
being allowed to simply confiscate a portion of that private businesses
inventory to be used for his political purposes.
How many of you think this is a good idea?

 

INDOCTRINATION THROUGH SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES
I introduce you now to Dave Lapp.  For the past 11 years, he's taught
physics at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California.  He's also a
Libertarian.
Lapp isn't exactly keen to the goings-on at Tamalpais High.  A recent school
assembly there was hosted by the National Organization for Women Club, where
teenage girls told their classmates why they favored abortion.  Next month,
there's a planned "tolerance" assembly that will include presentations by
student groups on women's rights and homosexuality.
The indoctrination doesn't just go on in the classrooms at Tamalpais.  It
goes on in organized assemblies in front of a captive student audience.
Tamalpais High's principal says the point of these assemblies "is to build
community among our students and staff."  The school's leadership advisor
insists the assemblies don't censor the views of others.
Dave Lapp doesn't see it that way.  He wrote an opinion column in the
student newspaper to protest the NOW Club assembly.  He charged that the
assemblies were politicized events that didn't allow a variety of
viewpoints.  His comments triggered a March 15 demonstration by about 30
students, including members of the school's Black Student Union.
Is this the kind of school you would send your child to?  A school where
only the liberal viewpoint is heard--and all others are silenced?  A school
whose main purpose is not to give students knowledge, but to make them
obedient little citizens of the state?
Face it, folks.  Sending your child to a government school is nothing less
than abuse.
 

 

 

 

 

Neil Boortz is a syndicated talk show host based in Atlanta Georgia. You can visit his website at http://www.boortz.com.

 

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