William Baldwin, over at Forbes, talks about states in a death spiral, which he defines as those states who have more people who take from the government than folks who pay money to the government. It's an interesting article, and you should go read it.
In the good news pile, we find that there is research in Virginia that more guns does not equal more crime, in fact, the opposite might be true.
“So while it’s difficult to make a direct causal link (that more guns are resulting in less crime), the numbers certainly present that that’s a real possibility,” Baker added. The opposite – that more guns are causing more crime – cannot be derived from the numbers, he said. “It’s mathematically not possible, because the relationship is a negative relationship – they’re moving in the opposite direction,” Baker said. “So the only thing it could be is that more guns are causing less crime.”That is truly interesting.