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2013 NY Constitutional Admendments
First Amendment
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Google Maps: Median Property Tax By County

A major cost of living in New York State is taxes. We have very high property taxes, but then again does much of New England. The median property tax bill in Albany County, NY is $4,200, while the median property tax bill in the mountain country of Webster County, WV is $268. In much of the south, especially away from the oceans and metropolitan areas, property taxes are much lower then in our area. You can understand why many people, especially seniors to choose to move to lower tax states.

Data Source: MORTGAGE STATUS BY AGGREGATE REAL ESTATE TAXES PAID (DOLLARS). Universe: Owner-occupied housing units, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

Nancy Pelosi’s claims on middle-income taxpayers and state and local tax deductions

"This is a good example of how tax data can be manipulated. Pelosi is usually eager to point out that wealthy Americans will mostly benefit from broad-based tax cuts. In this case, wealthier Americans would mainly feel the effects of a broad-based elimination of a tax break"

"But in this case, Pelosi chooses to ignore the distributional tables and instead focus on the absolute number of people affected, even if the impact is mostly felt by the rich. She earns two Pinocchios."

After Controversy Over Condolence Calls, Can Trump And The White House Refocus?

"Part of the problem for Americans is the disconnect Panetta highlights between the military and the rest of society. In 1945, just before the end of World War II, there were 12 million active servicemembers. Now, there are just over a million or so."

"They're the best 1 percent this country produces," White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday in his defense of President Trump in the White House briefing room.

"It's actually less than 1 percent. That number in 1945 represented roughly 9 percent of the country's total population. Now, the number of active-duty servicemembers is only about 0.4 percent of the population."

"Most of you, as Americans, don't know them," Kelly continued. "Many of you don't know anyone that knows any one of them."

"Americans are far less engaged in the debate over worldwide American missions than they likely would be if they had a daughter or son or neighbor in the fight. That has to have an effect on American society and policymaking."

Map: Murders By Rifle

Map: Murders By Rifle

Gun control advocates always clammer for more regulations of modern sporting rifles everytime there is a so-called mass shooting that gets a dispropationate amount of news coverage, because it's good for selling Kia Automobiles and laundry soap. Key to the news media business profits is obessively reporting what gets upper-middle clas suburban housewives to turn on television and watch the advertisements for soap and jalopies.

But the truth is rifles of all types (modern sporting rifles, conventional deer and big game rifles, and .22s) only were used for 374 murders in 2016. There were approximently 323 million Americans so only about 1.2 people were murdered per million by rifles. Indeed, many of the murders were in rural like Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, so one could assume that many were with deer and big game rifles, rather then modern sporting rifles. We don't know for sure, because detailed statistics beyond general classes of firearms aren't avaliable -- and some states don't report complete or accurate statistics.

Mass Shootings Are A Bad Way To Understand Gun Violence

"Last year, we produced a series of stories on American gun deaths and the people behind the statistics. From that reporting, and other sources, we know mass shootings are different from other kinds of gun deaths in several ways.

First, they’re rare, and the people doing the shooting are different. The majority of gun deaths in America aren’t even homicides, let alone caused by mass shootings. Two-thirds of the more than 33,000 gun deaths that take place in the U.S. every year are suicides "

Living in a Free and Dangerous Country is Better than Living in a Restricted and “Safe” Country

"Democrats — never ones to let a tragedy go to waste — immediately began pushing the gun control narrative before the bodies were cold. And why not? People just witnessed the largest mass shooting in modern American history. The atmosphere is rife with fear and anxiety, and the need to do something to make us all feel safer is on the lips and at the fingertips of everyone with an outlet."

"The mob is ready to move, or so too many in the business of restriction and regulation hope. They’ll stand on the graves of the slain, wheel out the family members of victims willing to cooperate with their narrative, and talk about how their woke kids are asking poignant questions about today’s society."

"Those who resist the mob in order to keep their freedom will be accused of having the blood of the innocents on their hands. They will make super-villains out of anyone who speaks against the buzzword of “common sense” reforms or gun laws."

"But a large swath of us are not in this mob. We want our freedoms more than we want this “safety.” We cherish free will and liberty over restriction and regulation."

"We do this in full understanding that freedom comes with risks, and no guarantees. Freedom is being able to possess available firearms for self-defense, while also meaning someone else can legitimately, or illegitimately get it for nefarious purposes."

Map: Firearm Ownership In The United States

Map: Firearm Ownership In The United States

Lately there has been a lot of people making dot-density maps up, with one dot representing a person or a series of people. I thought those maps were kind of interesting, so I decided to play with QGIS and see what I could make. I found a website that offered an estimate of what percentage of a state's residents own firearms and multiplied it against population. As I figured it would make too many dots to do one dot per gun owner, I made a map of one dot per 1,000 gun owners in each state -- giving people a relative density of gun ownership in each state.

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