Common Sense Gun Laws

Sure, I like the fact that Wisconsin made it easier for active duty military and retired police to get concealed carry permits, but what really makes sense to eliminate senseless violence perpetrated by (bad) people with guns is this: Get caught as a felon in possession, three years in prison. Use it to commit a violent crime, another 5 on top of that.

Unfortunately, these are already illegal. It seems a shame that we need to pass laws to get judges and DAs to do their jobs, and send violent criminals away.

I Like These Signs

Speaking of government partnering with responsible citizens, a town in Pennsylvania is adding a line to the welcome to the town signs, stating “This is not a gun free zone.

Quote of the day is from Township Supervisor Stephen Mohr:

“The first word on there is “Welcome”… we have a lot here that we take pride in. What we’re telling people is that when they do come here, they should feel safer knowing that everyone in the township is watching out for them. And the criminal — he should realize that going into this township he could have a bad day.”

We Need More Sheriff’s Departments Like This

Portage County, Wisconsin’s Sheriff’s Department is offering concealed carry permit classes. They are also teaching a basic pistol course at the department’s range. Prices are $40 for the CCW class, $25 for the Basic Pistol, or $50 for both.

Hopefully we will see more instances of law enforcement partnering with citizens for everyone’s benefit, and supporting our rights.

Next Time Someone Tells You CEO Pay Should go to Employees

We repeatedly see complaints about how much CEOs are paid when the question of minimum wage hikes comes up, with the implication (or outright claim) that if the CEO and executives were paid less, the minimum wage hike wouldn’t be a problem.

After running across one of these, I decided to do a little research.

This year the CEO of Wal-Mart will make $25,600,000 in combined salary and other payments. (Source)

According to Wikipedia, Wal-Mart employs 2.2 million people.

If we took the CEO’s pay, in it’s entirety, and distributed it to the employees, they would make for a whopping $11.64 raise. A year.

Or a little under six tenths of a cent per hour for full time employees.

In fact, if you add up the salaries for the six executives named in the story I referenced for the CEO’s salary, and distributed all of it to the remaining employees, you would get about $32.63 a year more. That’s under 1.2 cents an hour for full time employees. If you were working 10 hours a week, you would see less than 5 cents an hour additional.

Keep that in mind the next time someone says we should reduce executive pay to raise the minimum wage.