There's a failed political theory called "trickle down economics." This theory, once believed by many, proclaims if you give rich people tax cuts and allow them to earn more money, it will eventually "trickle down" to the working folks and they will make more money too.
Today we realize this theory is a joke. If you allow rich people to make more money, they will keep every dime. It's the reason our No. 1 economic problem is not jobs, but the wage discrepancy between wealthy executives and the working class.
Rich people have shown they are more than happy to make $10 million a year, while their workers are earning $10 an hour. Trickle down economics doesn't take place in the real world. It's a fairy tale.
Outside of economics, the greatest failed theory gripping our nation is that more guns equal more safety. The mindset on Capitol Hill in Nashville is gun laws need to be looser and trigger fingers need to be quicker. If only more people had loaded guns, there wouldn't be so many people getting shot.
It's a mentality many Americans have strangely embraced since the National Rifle Association began controlling Congress some two decades ago. Sadly, years of less restrictive gun laws have only produced more gun violence.
In Wednesday's edition of the Standard, a motorist opened fire on two men he saw as he was driving down Robert Smith Road.
In today's edition, a man steps out of a home on Cherry Springs Road and kills a man who had reportedly come to try and find his daughter.
It's hard to make it through the day without someone getting shot. In Cookeville, a woman opened fire on her ex-boyfriend on Tuesday as he sat outside a plant in a car with another woman. She then killed herself in front of the car.
That same day, officers in Cumberland County were searching Interstate 40 for a suspect after a motorist was airlifted from a rest stop after being shot.
In Memphis, two sisters were shot and killed outside a home Thursday morning.
The inherent problem with guns is they are bought in the name of protection, but they end up being used for aggression. Instead of protecting a family from an intruder, guns are used in the heat of a domestic dispute. The gun tucked safely away in a bedside table never fires on a burglar. Instead it's taken to work and used to kill a co-worker after an argument.
The NRA commonly calls for more guns and fewer gun laws by having a spokesman hold up a Revolutionary War musket as a symbol of freedom. The catch is this isn't 1776.
I'm not worried about a 240-year old musket. I'm worried about the guy I accidentally cut off in traffic rolling down his window and opening fire with a 9mm Glock.
More guns don't promote safety. They only lead to more violence. We're seeing that right here at home.
Standard editor James Clark can be reached at 473-2191.