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EU uses terror threat to push more gun control


magazine and bulletsEuropean Union officials are working to make already tough European gun laws more draconian by citing the threat of terror to limit legal gun ownership. As we previously reported, U.S. officials are likely in the early stages of similar efforts.

The European Commission said EU member nations have reached a preliminary agreement to “allow better tracking of legally held firearms thus reducing the risk of diversion into illegal markets.”

The agreement, according to EU officials, bans automatic firearms which have been converted to semi-automatic, and increases regulation on firearms that have been deactivated. In addition, the move increases scrutiny of online firearm sales and makes it easier for member states to share information on firearm owners.

The European Commission began working on more gun control proposals after the deadly attacks in Paris last year which left 130 people dead.

Members of the group had originally sought to completely ban the ownership of all of AR-15 and AK-47 semi-automatic rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds across the whole European Union.

“The Commission had proposed a greater level of ambition with a complete ban of the most dangerous semi-automatic firearms, including all semi-automatic firearms of the AK47 or AR15 families and a ban of assault weapons for private collectors,” officials said in a statement. “The Commission also regrets that the magazine size was not limited to 10 rounds for all semi-automatic firearms.”

The idea was quashed by pressure from EU gun manufacturers as well as countries like Finland, whose mandatory military service requires the ownership of weapons that would have been banned by the rules.

After the attacks in Paris last year, European leaders lamented that France’s harsh gun laws were thwarted by less stringent firearm regulations in other parts of Europe and the Unions’ open borders policies.

That’s similar to the argument officials in U.S. cities with high rates of firearm crime despite strict gun laws have been using for years.

Similarly, the idea that legal gun ownership makes extremist attacks more likely is popular with government officials on both sides of the Atlantic.

Former NSA head Michael Hayden suggested recently that the U.S. government’s spying capabilities are inadequate to prevent terror attacks, so increased gun control should be a next step in the War on Terror.

Hayden suggested that U.S. officials should look at banning some of the most powerful firearms currently legal in the U.S. to make terrorists “less efficient.”

The Obama administration, meanwhile, is attempting last ditch efforts to ensure U.S. participation in the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which could bring some elements of EU style gun control to the nation.

Altogether, what this suggests is that the international community’s leaders are looking to use terrorism to clamp down on firearm ownership in the same way the threat of terror was used to increase surveillance activity throughout the world in recent decades.

Source: Will County News

Downplay a real epidemic: the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Patient Janet Prochazka, 74, said the constant checks by hospital staff made it hard for her to get a good night's sleep during her stay in the hospital. The night before, she said, she pulled the covers over her head in order to be left alone. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)While mainstream medicine and the quacks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blow threats of Zika, Ebola and the flu pandemics entirely out of proportion, they downplay a real epidemic: the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

This is serious business. The CDC tells us that each year at least 2 million people become infected and at least 23,000 die from antibiotic-resistant infectious agents. And the odds are you’re more likely than not to come into contact with these agents in the healthcare setting.

But a new report from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) has found that, in England at least, the government’s figures on these deaths are based on guesswork and likely less than half of the real number of deaths. From TBIJ:

NHS England’s chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has repeatedly claimed antibiotic resistance kills 5,000 people in the UK each year. Yet at least 12,000 people in the UK are likely dying each year just from drug-resistant sepsis (blood poisoning), according to Dr Ron Daniels, chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust and CEO of the Global Sepsis Alliance.

Sepsis is a serious condition where an infection – such as a lung infection or a urinary tract infection – gets into the bloodstream and poisons it. In severe cases, people suffer organ failure and die within hours. Effective antibiotic treatment is crucial to prevent death and reduce the long-term physical damage suffered by survivors.

Nearly half of sepsis cases are caused by an E.Coli bacterial infection; and about a third of E.Coli bacteria types are resistant to antibiotics.

At least 44,000 people die from sepsis each year – meaning that there are likely at least 5,000 deaths each year linked to antibiotic-resistant E.Coli sepsis alone, Dr Daniels warned.

Once all the cases of sepsis caused by other bacteria are taken into account, and the proportion of those bacteria which are resistant to antibiotics is factored in, the likely death count rises to a number more than twice as high as the official government estimate for all types of infections.

“We reach more than 5,000 deaths just with resistant E.coli alone. If we add in the other resistant bugs we get to almost 12,000 deaths,” said Daniels. “[And] sepsis is just one condition affected by antibiotic resistance, albeit the one that is likely to cause the most mortality.”

As the U.S. and England use similar methodology in tabulating their medical statistics (in fact, England’s are based off of U.S. statistics), it’s likely that the CDC is underreporting deaths as well. The CDC,in fact, admits its figure is just a guess. It took a survey on antibiotic-resistant deaths conducted over 11 states in 2011 and extrapolated those results to the U.S. population. From the report by TBIJ:

The CDC admitted the “limitations” of such a model, with the agency’s senior adviser for antibiotic resistance coordination and strategy telling Reuters that it had come up with a figure that was “an impressionist painting rather than something that is much more technical,” following pressure from Congress to provide a number.

Last year Congress threw $1 billion out the window to “eradicate” Zika, an “epidemic” that afflicted only 185 people in the continental U.S. and another 34,139 in U.S. territories (the vast majority of them in Puerto Rico). 34,000 sounds like a lot of sick people until you realize that Zika is very mild infection that causes so little discomfort that most people with Zika hardly know they’re sick. The great scare about Zika was built around the theory – still unproven – that Zika caused microcephaly in newborns.

But the CDC wants to keep the lid on the antibiotic-resistant superbug epidemic because that might mean we enter a time where people question the practices of the medical establishment, which, in addition to overprescribing antibiotics (one of the causes of the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria), is killing 106,000 people annually with adverse drug reactions to the prescription medications being doled out and another 250,000 per year through medical errors.

The superbug epidemic has other root causes as well, as I told you in “Doctors fret over future of drugs as antibiotic overuse creates antibiotic-resistance ‘superbugs’.”

This increase comes as a direct result of the growing and widespread use of general antibiotics across the human spectrum.

Antibiotics are pumped into the chickens we eat and that produce our eggs. Antibiotics are pumped into the cattle that we eat and that produce our milk. Antibiotics are pumped into the pork we eat. Antibiotics are pumped into the turkeys we eat.

On top of that, doctors are prescribing antibiotics pre-surgery and post-surgery, whether or not infections are present. And medical practitioners are not only prescribing antibiotics for common bacterial and fungal infections, but also for viral infections on which antibiotics have no effect. And this is often done, the doctors admit, in order to placate parents conditioned… to equate medicine with health and who do not want to hear that the earache little Johnny is suffering from will heal on its own if Johnny’s immune system is made strong.

And antibiotics are being leaked and dumped as industrial waste by factories in which they are produced. One strain of drug-resistant bacteria first found in India in 2014 is now found in more than 70 countries around the world.

The CDC, ostensibly created to keep Americans safe from disease, has become little more than a government-funded marketing arm for Big Pharma. If the CDC wanted to keep people safe from pandemics it would use the majority of its budget to promote healthy immune systems, which is the key to avoiding infection.

Disease comes from within. When the body is overly fatigued with excess stress, toxins and malnutrition, there is a breakdown of immunity. So a body must be made healthy with proper hydration and proper nutrition (which means whole foods, mostly raw, and very little meat). It must have a healthy pH and it must have a proper level of essential nutrients, not antibiotics which are becoming less effective at killing the “bad” bacteria but continues to kill the “good” bacteria the body needs to remain healthy.

Source: Will County News