Guns

10 October 2011
The early days of gun control in New York

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From the (London) Times, Tuesday 10 October 1911:

Many respectable citizens are giving up their weapons rather than pay the heavy licence fee, but few of the really dangerous classes are doing so.  Shooting affrays continue to be frequent, burglars and highwaymen carrying pistols as before.

08 June 2007
Some conference vignettes

A few little fact- and thought- ettes I picked up from last weekend’s conference:

“Buying health insurance is like insuring against your tyres wearing out.” It’s going to happen.  Insurance is really there for the catastrophic and unexpected.  Like appendicitis, for instance…

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In Switzerland a few years ago they made health insurance compulsory.  Prices doubled overnight.

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They also introduced laws against carrying guns in public.  Street crime rocketed.  Home invasions, where guns and their use remained legal, did not.

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In a lecture on the EU.  I paraphrase: “European politicians love to be able to tell their publics that the EU has forced them to introduce such and such an unpopular measure.” Seeing as I’d never heard a British politician say this I had to ask.  Turns out that the British are unique in this.  They will never admit that Brussels has tied their hands.

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The Berlin government is £40bn in debt.  That’s about £14,000 for each inhabitant.  Makes the Shinkansens sound cheap.