U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Friday a report by the Axios news website, which cited sources saying President Trump wants the United States to withdraw from the World Trade Organization, was wrong.
barry: First we are not hearing the whole picture. New Zealand had many laws restricting the purchase of firearms, how to purchase a firearm, and strict rules on semi auto firearms along with restrictions on magazine size. The limit on magazine size was 5 rounds and for small, rimfire rifles 15 rounds. Also, with their laws, need for proof of need, proof of years of use was a person from another country still allowed to make a "legal purchase". There is something fishy about that. As far as an actual ban on it, for what purpose. The anti-gun groups say that the NRA and other pro-gun groups use fear as a means to sell firearms and the need for them. These same groups are the ones using fear in their attempt to make illegal something they do not want. "Assault Rifles" actually have not been used very often in crimes. Mother Jones, after the Parkland shooting, presented a list of mass shootings. This list shows 93 shootings over a 36 year period, and very few in schools. Only 7 of the shootings was an "assault rifle" used. When we hear the need for a ban the anti-gun groups site the same shootings, many years ago over and over and some an assault rifle was not used. Also, unknown or not mentioned is the fact that in the U.S. there are over 3 million school buildings, churches, mosques, and other places of worship, leaving the chance of something happening at 0.0001% at any one place. Note that these groups continue to compare our country to smaller and less diverse countries, as the United States on gun violence. They also continue to include suicide numbers to the tolls to help with the fear factor. In Europe, during from the time President Obama took office there has been nearly an equal number of shootings as the United States, most all with "assault weapons" or fully automatic weapons, all illegal in Europe. The casualty rate has been just about equal, also. During that same time in 5 European countries there also have been 18 bombings with casualties far more than all the shootings listed on the above mentioned Mother Jones list. The groups also bring up the homicide rate. Ironically most of Europe is well over 95% European white, along with both New Zealand and Australia. Their rates in various countries have ranged from 0.9 per 100,000 to 1.6 per 100,000 for a homicide rate.