The reasoning behind most of these arguments people have about guns are somewhat ridiculous, Americans love guns Period. No one is arguing to take them all away, all they are trying to do is create some type of sensible background check system , it may not make a huge difference, However if one life can be saved this way why not ? Secondly, $9 min wage is a good thing. If we didn't have a minimum wage then you would see employment like China . While I support capitalism , it has its evils as well. It would be wrong not to identify them and have solutions in place. I have a small business and I prefer to pay people more than min wage, First it improves the quality of life . They can buy more and support the economy . They tend to value the job more and work harder. You get what you pay for!. I get how your past experiences in Russia would leave you with a negative opinion about government control. The illusion is that they control things. However, its us the citizens that are in control, we vote them in, if we choose not to act and change our leaders then it is our fault. The difference between America and the rest of the world is that we think of new ideas , new ways , we discuss and we change , that is what our true american conservatism is.