The following is an open letter that I received from a reader regarding the current struggle that we are experiencing for our freedom and individual liberty and what history has to teach us…
“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” ~Winston Churchill
As we engage in the fight for freedom, we repeatedly find ourselves horribly handicapped by seemingly overwhelming problems – we are often massively outspent by grotesquely rich and well-connected Learjet leftists and limousine liberals; the left – given that power, not truth, is paramount, is able to lie with impunity, while we have no such freedom to do so; the “Bombs-Away Billy” Ayers types and their “long march through the institutions” – the most recent incarnation of which is seeing the military being co-opted by multiple generals being fired, possibly for refusing to fire on their fellow American citizens, as well as the placing practicing homosexuals in foxholes – continues apace; Hollywood, the “lamestream media,” and the co-opted education complex all have, as Churchill said about a lie, run around the world before truth could even get her boots on.
Frankly, what hope do we realistically have? Is it true that our hopes are slim to none – and Slim has just left town?
Actually, there is hope. Looking at history, we see an Invisible Hand time and again. Where exactly did that mysterious fog come from when Washington crossed the Delaware to avert utter disaster? Why did the dive bombers at the Battle of Midway make the “chance” turn they did for just one more look before their fuel ran out? Was it just an accident that Reagan didn’t have a major artery severed when he was shot? Unless you believe all is mere chance, we know that history generally has a way of eventually – long or short – resolving the perfidy, arrogance and lies of the Saul Alinsky types that have roamed the world over the centuries. No, it’s not a slam-dunk given – sometimes evil has had a very, very long run. Islam and the USSR are but two examples. But where there are willing, courageous people who pair that with faith in the Unseen Mover, many things have happened in history the bear engender hop. Here are two for your consideration, where faith (in God, freedom or justice) paired with courage resulted in almost unbelievable historical events:
The British aeroplane, the Fairey Swordfish, introduced in 1936, was almost obsolete before its maiden flight touched down. As a matter of fact, by the end of WWII, the German Me262 – along with a few other airplanes – featured jet propulsion… not the Snoopy-like biplane wings reminiscent of WWI airplanes found on the Swordfish. Nor was it well armed. Militaryfactory.com notes that, “The standard armament of the Swordfish was something more akin to the fighters of World War I than the Second World War.” Top speed was 138 MPH – a speed perhaps one or two readers may have come close to in their automobiles (though I admit nothing!) at one time or another – as opposed to the Me262 top speed of 541 MPH, or propeller driven Mustang P-51 top speed of 437 MPH. The more common German opponent, the Me109G, had a maximum speed of close to 400 MPH, dependent upon the model. Long story short, the Swordfish was like putting your grandmother in the ring with Mike Tyson.
Arrayed against the Swordfish during one critical battle of WWII was the most modern warship of its time, the Bismarck, brought to life by the same vaunted German engineering the world still respects today. And the ship was not just modern – it was absolutely bristling with every kind of impenetrable defense armament imaginable, against any kind of attack conceivable. Impenetrable? Arranged with defenses to repel any attack? Does this remind you, perhaps, of a similar political situation today? It sure does me.
In a feat of daring, the Bismarck got out into the open Atlantic after the Battle of Denmark Strait, sinking one major British warship and damaging another. With its unmatched armament, firepower and speed, the whole course of history was about to be changed by Hitler’s National Socialists by shutting down the lifeblood of the war, the convoys, which brought every necessity needed by the Allies to survive.
Enter the tiny, under-powered, under-armed biplane, the Swordfish, armed with a single torpedo. Launched in a seeming suicide mission against the Bismarck (in a previous attack, the aviators had mistakenly attacked one of their own ships!), they struck desperately – and with what seemed to be in failure (only one torpedo hit a heavily armored section, with virtually no damage resulting). Except for one other thing: another torpedo scored a – shall we say – “lucky” hit, striking at the very far stern, hitting the port rudder shaft. In fact, the torpedo came an eyelash from missing completely. But it did hit, and by happenstance – or Providence – the Bismarck’s rudder was damaged and now locked into a 12 degree turn to port, turning it from indomitable – and having survived numerous previous encounters – to almost defenseless. The end, as you know, was not long in coming after that, and the Bismarck – along with its threat to change the war – was no more.
The Swordfish aviators had no way of knowing if they would be successful when they launched; they had no way of knowing whether they would be shark chum in the water in few hours or not. But launch they did, and now we consider them heroes. The application to you, dear reader, need not be spelled out – except that our literary (make no mistake – our battle today is one of the pen, the microphone and the blog, not the sword) Fairey Swordfishes are fighting the supposedly indomitable battleships found in today’s leftist journalism, politically correct educational systems, an utterly corrupt and decadent entertainment complex, and worse.
A similar story during the same war occurred in the Pacific, while the US lay prostrate after Pearl Harbor, when all was seemingly lost. You may know the name of the battle, Midway, but perhaps not the fine print of what happened. Long story short, slow, underpowered torpedo bombers were again used against a superior Japanese force, resulting in one attack where all fifteen TBD Devastators of flight VT-8 were shot down without being able to inflict any damage, flight VT-6 losing 10 of their 14 Devastators, and 10 of Yorktown’s VT-3’s 12 Devastators shot down with no hits to show for their effort. Imagine yourself at that moment: almost all of your attacking aircraft have been lost, with your country’s back already against the wall. You have just watched almost all your friends die in a courageous, but utterly futile attack.
But just one second. Unknown to you, as a flyer in one of the ill-fated attacking torpedo bombers (assuming you were one of the few that lived), in order to shoot down these lumbering American albatrosses, Japanese fighters had to come down to low altitude to shoot them down. Thus, no Japanese fighters were “up top,” watching for enemy aircraft. And there might not have been any American aircraft “up top” if it weren’t for two plucky American dive bomber squadrons – who just happened to be critically low on fuel because of the time spent looking for the enemy, but decided to push a little longer, and a little harder. In fact, squadron commander C. Wade McClusky, Jr., putting his life at risk, decided to continue his search just that little bit little longer, and by good fortune – or Providence- spotted the wake of the Japanese destroyer Arashi, steaming at full speed to rejoin the Japanese fleet after attacking a US submarine. This “happenstance” led the dive bombers directly to the Japanese fleet, which was now bereft of fighter cover at high altitude after engaging – and wiping out – the American torpedo bombers. And those few Japanese planes able to try to mount an attack were low on fuel and ammunition. Happenstance? Providence conjoined with courage? I ask you this: Why was there no fog to cover the Arashi as there was with George Washington?
Perhaps you, as a blogger, feel very akin to those torpedo bombers. You may well be the modern day equivalent, doing a thankless task that has seen little to no success. Yet, may it be your courage, your perseverance, your integrity that could well be opening the path for others? You, like the torpedo bombers who went to their deaths, may never know. But that doesn’t mean your effort is meaningless or insignificant. In fact, it may very well be your sacrificial work that opens the door for someone else. Or, it may be you, yourself, that finds success when you have only 10 minutes of emotional (or financial) fuel left. You may never know, but we do know from these stories about how courage combined with Providence won the day against insurmountable odds. Can we do any less, during a similar time of despair?
There is a third, fictional story that might encourage you, if you are a person of faith, as I am. CS Lewis’ third book his magnificent space trilogy, That Hideous Strength, foresaw a day much like ours now, in which, as Churchill warned while fighting the fascism of that day “But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.” Does fascism (the merger of the socialist state and big crony corporation) aided by perverted science ring a bell for anyone? In Lewis’ dystopic vision of the future, he imagines one of the leading ministries, N.I.C.E – National Institute for Co-ordinated Experiments, created for the betterment of mankind – leading the charge into state backed utter evil and darkness. (And in a fitting irony, the unsuspecting bureaucrats in England actually obliged us by creating a real, live government department actually called N.I.C.E – National Inst. for Health and Care Excellence. Not that anyone in the British government was aware of this!) In Lewis’ novel, evil progress rapidly across this future “unEngland” – perhaps as rapidly as it is progressing across the West today. But, in the book, the powers that be – by the very nature of who they were and what they were doing - also began to dabble in a science-cum-black-arts, engaging them – all in the name of a perverted science paired with a lust for power – with entities called “macrobes.” Unknown to the elite of Lewis’ N.I.C.E, these “macrobes” were simply demons, shorn of their horns and red suits, all to make them more palatable to the sophisticated elite. Of course, these macrobes easily duped their urbane Agenda 21 literary alter egos, and led them down – as is always the case with demonic forces – paths ending in the destruction of both their programmes as well as their very selves. Devoured by their own flirtations with evil, the result was, as Jacques Mallet du Pan wrote of yet another evil, socialist era, the French Revolution, “la revolution devore ses enfants” – the revolution always eats its own young.
All of the above is to say that we have hope. There is no honor among thieves, and very regularly throughout history, evil eventually turns inward and starts hacking at its own members. Yes, there are indeed times when evil has had a very, very long run. Think of peaceful Coptic Christians in Egypt who have faithfully suffered for a thousand years as dhimmis under Islam as but one example. But God is indeed active in history, or as Lewis put it in his Narnia Chronicles, “Aslan is about.” We don’t know how, or when – but we can be ready, and doing what we can to peacefully, creatively and courageously bring justice and light.
And if Aslan tarries? Then we remain faithful to the calling of faith and freedom. We may indeed perish in that battle against slavery Churchill noted above. But a few stories here, during which freedom hung by a thread, shed at least a glimmer of hope in the current situation we find ourselves.
How can you do a battle of wits with an unarmed person?
There is a new article I authored titled, 10 Survival Lessons Learned In Combat that is available to read on PersonalLiberty.com. I took the time to share a few points that can increase your chances of survival during difficult times based on my experiences in combat. It has received positive feedback and should be worth your time to check out.
There is one absolute truth when it comes to traumatic injuries…all bleeding eventually stops. That also happens to be the title of my latest article on Personal Liberty Digest. If time allows, head on over and check it out.
The isolation of Christian “radicals” by the United States government while protecting historically violent groups.
All of these points are ongoing themes throughout our daily lives lately. As I sit and reflect on what this means for our future, I start to wonder if there is potentially a religion driven war on the horizon. Will it happen? I don’t know. Where will it happen? This I also do not know. Does it seem possible? Yes. And as the days go by and the headlines compile, I start to think the likelihood becomes greater.
Recent history has shown multiple violent attacks by religious groups based on perceived persecution in YouTube videos as an example. While many of these attacks have been deadly, the September 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi resulted in the death of the American Ambassador. Please tell me this is not a sign that there is a war against America by Muslims across the globe!
This week in Israel, military forces arrested Sheik Mohammad Hussein(the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem) who serves in that role under the authority of Palestine. While they seem to have a legitimate concern here, it highlights the ongoing division that is driven by religious differences.
And if all that is not enough, Christians across the Middle East are leaving the area at record rates. According to a FOX News article which quotes the U.S Commission on International Religious Freedom, “The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.” In our lifetime alone “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.” As an Iraq War veteran, I have witnessed this exodus first hand.
It is absolutely frightening to think about what may happen if this were all to come to a head. My guess would be that if a holy war were to spark, that it would be a raging fire of Islam that wages attacks on all religion. There will be continued evacuations of Christians everywhere to “safe” locations. History would tell us that a safe place for Christianity is the United States of America which was founded on Christian principles. (I know this can be a hotly debated idea. If you question this concept, I would challenge you to look at a piece of U.S. currency. It would be noted that every piece of U.S. money has the phrase, IN GOD WE TRUST placed on it. God. Not Allah, Buddah, or Mankind. God.) After all, didn’t the Pilgrims first come to America to be able to freely practice religion?
The fact of the matter is, however, that America is not even safe for Christians anymore. We are looked at as extremists and discouraged from openly declaring our faith.
While it may not be driven specifically by religion, in February 2013 a Muslim man killed and beheaded two Coptic Christians. We have somewhat become accustomed to such reports coming out of the Middle East from countries like Egypt. This account comes from Buena Vista, New Jersey. Is it merely coincidence that the Boston bombings last month were carried out by muslims…or that the attacks on 9/11 were carried out by Al-Qaeda, an Islamic Terrorist Organization.
The Democratic Party last year voted to remove God from the platform and then almost as quickly reversed the decision and voted God back into the Democratic Party amongst boo’s from the attendees of the Democratic National Convention. Is it just me, or is it outrageous that one of the two majority political parties in America would vote God out of their platform! This is not Survivor we are talking about, but the Dems still tried to vote God off their island! Is this starting to paint a picture that says Christians are no longer welcome in America?
There is a holy war looming. Now is the time to prepare.
Ask yourself this…What could pOssibly Be driving this divison of AMericA?
If you have 15 minutes available, I highly recommend watching the following video that will help paint a picture of what our own government is telling our military leaders about religion in the military.
Today brings the tenth and final installment of the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.
“…we’re also going to make it clear that when a pig gets iced that’s a good thing, and that everyone who considers himself a revolutionary should be armed, should own a gun, should have a gun in his house.”
- Bill Ayers, leftist activist and confidant of gun control happy Barack Obama, in A StrategyTo Win, appearing in New Left Notes, September 12, 1969
OTHER COUNTRIES (CONTINUED)
In Australia after they banned guns in 1997, by one report armed robberies went up 69%; assaults with guns up 28%, gun murders up 19% and home invasions up 21% (except the Australian government still refuses to define what a “home invasion” is (no word if they have defined what the meaning of “is” is, either).Full details of the Aussie imbroglio:
You can also see this article by attorney Marc J. Victor. In the Joyce Lee Malcolm WSJ article cited above, she also addresses the Aussie gun ban of 1997. The result of it? According to Malcolm, “… the impact of the National Firearms Agreement was “relatively small,” with the daily rate of firearms homicides declining 3.2%. According to their study, the use of handguns rather than long guns (rifles and shotguns) went up sharply, but only one out of 117 gun homicides in the two years following the 1996 National Firearms Agreement used a registered gun. Suicides with firearms went down but suicides by other means went up. They reported “a modest reduction in the severity” of massacres (four or more indiscriminate homicides) in the five years since the government weapons buyback. These involved knives, gas and arson rather than firearms. In 2008, the Australian Institute of Criminology reported a decrease of 9% in homicides and a one-third decrease in armed robbery since the 1990s, but an increase of over 40% in assaults and 20% in sexual assaults.” Malcolm concludes that the gun laws of England and Australia have not made the population any noticeably safer nor prevented massacres. A revealing six minute video of this imbroglio can be found here Of course, the Aussie laws did chew up a cool half billion dollars in taxpayers’ money – exactly similar to the Canadian experience noted a few paragraphs below. But not to disparage the Aussies completely – Peter Reuter and Jenny Mouzos from leftist Brookings Inst.published a 2003 study which found homicides “continued a modest decline” after the gun ban, concluding the effect of the National Firearms Agreement was “relatively small,” with the firearm homicide rate declining 3.2%. Of course, this decline was already in progress before the ban.
Ann Coulter – working off yet another inane NY Times article entitled “More Guns = More Killing,” particularly has fun with the goofy leftist commentary on gun control in Australia by noting that “according to the Australian Institute of Criminology, the homicide rate has been in steady decline from 1969 to the present, with only one marked uptick in 1998-99 — right after the gun ban was enacted.” Meanwhile, Coulter notes while suicides by firearms dropped after the ban, so did suicides by all other means. (And you are correct, no one on the left appears to have done the math on that one, either. Apparently banning guns stopped people from doing a Marilyn Monroe or jumping off the local bridge.) But… as you might expect with the left, it gets worse, and Coulter nails it: After the ban on guns in the Oz, “accidental deaths” by firearms skyrocketed, despite mandatory gun training requirements for those few remaining souls who owned guns. As always, the legerdemain of the left factors in again, as until a coroner certifies a death as suicide, it’s categorized as “unintentional.” So, Coulter summarizes, either mandatory gun training led to more gun accidents – an abject failure of big government – or suicides are being counted as “accident.” As Al Gore might say, how convenient. The Coulter article can be found here.
Could the Australia legerdemain get any worse? Mais oui! Unknown to the left, there are things called “control groups.” Coulter’s article simply went and found a country unknown to liberals… New Zealand. Similar demographics, similar history, similar socio-economics (and after sharing a house while doing graduate work with a massive cadre of both Kiwis and Aussies, no, I am not dumb enough to confuse the two). Here’s the basic math that even a junior researcher should have found: Mass murder in Australia, from 1980 up to 1996 was 0.0042 incidents per 100,000; the Kiwi rate was 0.0050 per 100,000. Australia, as noted, banned arms in 1997, and – viola! There were no more mass shootings subsequent to that! Not mentioned, of course, was that fully armed New Zealand has also has not a single mass murder either since 1997. So much for research integrity from the Gray Lady of New York – with apologies to Walter Duranty… or not.
Indeed, it is true, as one internet wag put it:
Government regulating housing = people ended up losing their houses.
Government regulating commerce = people ended up losing their jobs.
But it gets even more embarrassing. Fareed Zakaria – he of plagiarism fame – pulls off a Piers Morgan disinformation gambit in his Aug. 2012 Time Magazine article, where he claims the gun homicide rate in the U.S. is 30 times that of England or Australia. Summarizing from Henry Percy’s “Gun Violence in America is Off the Chart” article in American Thinker, here are several issues: Why does Zakaria cite gun murders instead of total homicides? Does it really make that much of a difference, Percy asks, is someone is killed with a gun or a blunt instrument? (“Well, on the plus side, at least Tom was only murdered with a blunt instrument rather than a gun…”) Actually, quoting from the 2011 Global Study on Homicide, conducted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the total homicide rate for the US was 4.1 times that of the UK, and 4.5 times that of Australia. Not “30 times.” But close enough, I guess, for the leftist media. Of course, as mentioned elsewhere in this paper, gun crime was higher in the US even when England had almost identical gun laws. That is, gun laws haven’t changed anything. Overall, the U.S comes in a paltry #99 worldwide – 5.4 homicides per 100,000 – with over half the countries of the world having a higher homicide rate – even though the US has the most guns per person in the world. Mexico has a rate 2.4 times greater than the US, and Brazil, which requires extensive background checks and strict registration that even a Massaschussets liberal would love, 4.2 to 5 times greater. Socialist Venezuela, which bans all semi-automatic rifles, pistols and shotguns, has a rate 11 times that of the US. Significantly, Chile has laws similar to the US, including open carry, yet has a gun homicide rate lower than the US (examining these statistics, one could be forgiven for surmising it perhaps is socialism that is the central principle behind gun crime!) And most likely, the numbers around the world are under-reported, as there are not centralized databases, people may not report murders to corrupt police, or countries may not want to scare away tourists. Another question Percy raises: Mr. Zakaria found a “blindingly obvious causal connection” between easier access to guns and homicides. Perhaps so – if you are part of the leftist media that cannot do statistical analysis. In 2009, Washington DC – which has stricter gun laws – had a murder rate of 24.2/100,000, while “Live Free or Die,” open carry without license/concealed carry license for $10 New Hampshire’s rate was 0.9. Gun loving states like Idaho and Utah have rates not much higher, while socialist, gun control-freak Rahm Emmanuel-infested Illinois has a rate 9 times that of New Hampshire.
But let’s look at another socialist “country” – the blue states in the U.S. As the Canadian site The Poog notes in an interactive chart titled Crime vs Gun Ownership, produced from a site called Data Masher, Poog lists the top 15 rankings states and notes that they are all – based on the last 4 elections – states that are blue (4/4), light blue (3/4) and purple (2/4) – i.e., Democratic states. In the table below, Poog then adds in parentheses, the state rankings in terms of number of guns purchased based on background checks by the FBI as presented by the Daily Beast. (There is no data available for Illinois or California so gun stats for Chicago and Los Angeles are not captured.)
1.Massachusetts (blue) (46)
New Jersey (blue) (50)
New York (blue) (48)
Hawaii (blue) (49)
Maryland (blue) (45)
Delaware (blue) (43)
Connecticut (blue) (19)
Iowa (light blue) (31)
Michigan (blue) (37)
Nevada (purple) (32)
Rhode Island (blue) (47)
Ohio (purple) (39)
Florida (purple) (42)
Minnesota (blue) (22)
Pennsylvania (blue) (25)
Poog concludes that “11 of the 15 are solidly Democratic based on the last four elections, three are 50/50 and one is mostly Democrat (3/4). The heavy concentration is in the Northeast When we look at the number of guns purchased by state there is a curious inverse relationship. The top six ranked states in terms of gun crime were in the bottom eight ranked states in terms of number of guns purchased.” So, it appears that Democrats less guns, but use them to commit more crimes!
Closer to home, as a dual US/Canadian citizen, who has spent half my life in both countries, Canada very strict gun control legislation. From having a very close friend having a neighbor murdered right outside her front door in a suburban area of Ottawa, to my brother in law telling me about a knife murder at a mall down the street, to the week we moved from Canada, when someone with an illegal gun committed murder on Elgin St. in Ottawa, the whole gun grabber thing is a disaster in Canada. The results of strict Canadian gun control laws?
On Jan. 13, 2011 the Ottawa Citizen, even acknowledged that Canadian gun legislation is an abject failure:
“As strict as Canadian gun laws appear, they do not prevent the movement of illegal firearms in or out of this country, nor their possession, and only cover those firearms that have been registered. Last year, Canadian police services reported some 8,000 victims of violent gun crime, ranging from assault to robbery and homicide — a rate of almost one person per hour victimized by violent gun crime. On average, more than 1,200 Canadians are killed and more than 1,000 injured with firearms each year.”
And if you thought the Representative Giffords shooting in Arizona was bad (and it was!) in 2006 a Canadian gunman uploaded pictures of himself posing with a rifle. He bragged on his blog that he loved the Internet game based on the Columbine shootings. One day he decided to stop playing. He went to a Montreal college and, when all was said and done, he killed one person and seriously wounded another 19 before he shot himself. Less than 10 days after the Colorado theatre shootings, Toronto had a shooting that killed two and wounded 21; in turn, this had been preceded a month earlier by a Toronto mall shooting at the Eaton Centre, which killed one and injured seven. The stories in Canada go on, but I won’t.
Canada’s stringent gun laws, in the form of Bill C-68, apply to handguns and rifles. This has been universally acknowledged as an abject failure, including over $1 billion dollars lost on something that didn’t work. Here’s the details:
There are nearly 7 million registered long guns in Canada. Since 2003, when mandatory long gun registration was introduced, of the 2,441 homicides in Canada, less than 2% (47 to be exact) have been committed by those registered guns (figures cited from Canadian Centre of Justice Statistics). According to Statistics Canada, in 2008 there were around 23,500 victims of violent crime committed with a knife, with homicides and attempted murders about 1/3rd of such incidents (cited from Lawyers Weekly, 21 May, 2010). No word yet whether leftists will introduce a “long butterknife” or “dinner settings” bill – you know, you can never be too careful about those doggoned table settings, including possible strangulation by napkins!! It really is the fact that, as one wag wrote the Canadian Broadcasting Company, “Banning the legitimate ownership of handguns to prevent the illegitimate use of handguns is equivalent to the idea that banning sexual relations between a husband and wife will prevent rapes in dark alleys.”
DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO
Lets examine other leftists, and what they do for personal protection. For the sake of brevity, I won’t even begin to cover all the politically correct Hollywood types like Michael Moore who are for gun control – but use armed guards for their own protection – other than provide one example of the hypocrisy du jour: David Gregory on CNN mocked the NRA’s Wayne LaPerrier after the Sandy Hook shooting for proposing armed guards at schools. But of course, as yet another latte liberal, Mr. Gregory sends his kids to the uber-luxe Sidwell Friends school in Washington, DC, which – if you scan the school’s online staff directory – you will find a security department of at least 11 people, of which many are former police officers (and you can bet they ain’t totin’ just yellow pads to issue detentions to would-be bad guys!) And of course, Obama’s children go to this school as well, so there’s also Secret Service personnel at the institution. But that returns us to Orwell’s dictum about socialists, which we see put in practice everywhere and every time socialism is put in place – there’s one rule for the “special” folks, and another rule for the hoi polloi. And if you don’t believe that, maybe you need to check out one of Michelle Obama’s seemingly monthly uber-luxe vacations. (I won’t bother the remind you that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, as exposed by Mark Levin, had a concealed carry permit, and once stated, “If somebody tries to take me out I’m going to take them with me.” Harry Reid also admitted to gun carry and hunting. Then there is another liberal hypocrite from the Washington Post, the late Carl Rowan, who wrote in 1981 that anyone who wasn’t a law enforcement officer who committed a crime with a handgun should be sent to prison for ten years without parole – while in 1988, as Aaron Goldstein wrote, “Rowan shot and wounded an intruder at his D.C. home with an unregistered .22 caliber pistol. Well, Rowan didn’t acquire a badge in the intervening seven years.” But any way you cut the above, we need to remember, as Martin Luther King warned us, “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
Basically, the attitude of these leftists is explained in a nutshell by Jon Rappoport “I’m a limousine liberal. I don’t believe in owning a gun. I wouldn’t know how to shoot a gun if my life depended on it. But I do have fourteen men who work for me who carry weapons…”
Incidentally, here is gun “expert” Feinstein, compared to a smart 6 yr. old:
Let me conclude with an anecdotal story to help reify the matter. Canadian John Myers writes about a personal experience in Alberta (and which is borne out by Dr. John Lott’s aforementioned book, “More Guns, Less Crime”). Myers writes:
I never imagined that a time would come where I would have to level my shotgun at a person; that I would take deadly aim with it. But that happened when I as a senior at the University of Calgary and was cramming for a final. Around midnight I heard a car screech to a stop outside my parent’s home which sat on an isolated street. I was home alone with the family dog, Elsa, a Great Dane with a gentle disposition.
In the news had been reports that two men were terrorizing women on Calgary streets. Two young women, Laurie Boyd and Debbie Stevens, had been dragged from their cars at night and murdered. I heard pounding at the front door. I knew something was seriously wrong when I opened the door to find my girlfriend Angela standing before me crying. Before I could even ask her what was happening a second car pulled into our driveway with the high-beams on.
I took Angela inside and went outside to see what the commotion was about. I brought the family dog with me and kept her leash wrapped tightly around my hand. Two men were walking straight towards the door; neither one saying a word and neither showing any regard for me or our dog which was growling and barking.
I dragged the dog back inside and gave her to Angela. I remembered the Remington that I kept in the front closet. I found it and then fumbled for the single target load shell that I kept in the corner of the hat shelf. It was all the ammunition I had, but I was damn happy to have it. I was shaking, but I loaded the shell. I slipped back outside. I was surprised at how close these strangers were to me; perhaps fewer than 20 paces. I remember the taller of the two had his hand reached inside his coat. It was dark so at first I don’t think they noticed my shotgun. But they knew it was there when I raised it to my shoulder and pumped the fore-end, chambering the shell. In a split second they spun and ran to their car, roaring off into the darkness.
More than a year later two men, Jim Peters and Rob Brown, were charged and convicted on multiple charges of murder. My girlfriend Angela later became my wife. To this day we don’t know if those men were the Calgary serial killers. All these years later we remain certain of two things: These men had evil intentions and we were damned lucky to have that shotgun.
The fact is, the left doesn’t really want “dialogue” about guns. That’s just a gambit for the “Yes we can” chanters. They want to triangulate those in the middle out of the discussion, then continue the process of propagandizing more to their side, until they hold the political high ground. The real attitude of many – though not all – leftists is illustrated by the darkened mind of Donald Kaul, columnist for the Des Moines Register. Kaul wrote Dec. 29, 2012 about the NRA that they should be branded a terrorist organization, and we should “tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner … to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control.” Now, there is one enlightened, dialogue-seeking, non-violent soul!
The truth is, there’s more to gun ownership and gun rights in America than meets the eye, as I have shown above. Don’t let the leftists take the moral high ground on this one – that belongs one hundred percent to the gun owners.
I cannot extend enough thanks to J.V. for the contribution of this ten part series on an issue that is near and dear to many Americans. Stand by in the near future for a downloadable version of this entire series.
This is the second to last installment of the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fiction series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.
“The horrifying truth is this: we live now in a culture that not only does not respect life, but discards it like trash — not only at the beginning of life, but also at the end, and every place in between. What has happened to us?”
– Catholic Deacon Greg Kandra
Then, there is the legal side of the equation. Columnist Harry Binswanger lays bare the intellectual and legal fraud behind the gun grabbers by noting: “[T]he government may not descend to the evil of preventive law. The government cannot treat men as guilty until they have proven themselves to be, for the moment, innocent. No law can require the individual to prove that he won’t violate another’s rights, in the absence of evidence that he is going to. But this is precisely what gun control laws do. Gun control laws use force against the individual in the absence of any specific evidence that he is about to commit a crime. They say to the rational, responsible gun owner: you may not have or carry a gun because others have used them irrationally or irresponsibly. Thus, preventive law sacrifices the rational and responsible to the irrational and irresponsible. This is unjust and intolerable. The government may coercively intervene only when there is an objective threat that someone is going to use force. … Statistics about how often gun-related crimes occur in the population is no evidence against you. That’s collectivist thinking. The choices made by others are irrelevant to the choices that you will make. … The government may respond only to specific threats, objectively evident. It has no right to initiate force against the innocent. And a gun owner is innocent until specific evidence arises that he is threatening to initiate force.” And in any event, guns are already one of the most heavily regulated products in America. As if that has done a lot of good!
But, what do the “professionals” say about strong gun laws and the reduction of firearm homicides? Attorney Marc. J. Victor summarizes it succinctly, noting “In 2004, the National Academy of Sciences reviewed 253 journal articles, 99 books and 43 government publications evaluating 80 gun-control measures. Researchers could not identify a single regulation that reduced violent crime, suicide or accidents. In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control analyzed ammunition bans, restrictions on acquisition of firearms, waiting periods, registration, licensing, child access prevention and zero tolerance laws. After their analysis, the Centers for Disease Control concluded there was no conclusive evidence that any gun control laws reduced gun violence. Foreign researchers have also come to the same conclusion. In Australia in 2008, a peer reviewed study at the University of Sydney reached virtually the same conclusions as both the National Academy of Sciences and the Centers for Disease Control. Gun control measures simply do not reduce gun violence.”
And as we discuss “professionals,” what does the FBI say? In their Uniform Crime Reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation states that, “in 1992 the US had a violent crime rate of 757.7 per 100,000, with a murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate of 9.3 per 100,000.” When you consider the numbers, we are talking an extremely small percentage. 20 years later – and with the large increase in the number of guns – what was the same rate at the end of 2011? Well, if you listen to the leftist media, your answer will be wrong. According to the FBI site above, the violent crime rate dropped to half of what it was in 1992, or 386.3 per 100,000 in population (vs. the 2.034 in gun control nirvana England). Similarly, murder dropped almost 50% to 4.7 per 100,000. Ever hear anyone at a news outlet broadcast that after a shooting spree? Of course, this same report illustrates it is certain urban areas – in most cases the cities having the stricter gun control laws such as Chicago – that have the higher murder rates.
One twist to the gun control cities needs to be noted, however. Washington DC instituted strict gun control several decades ago. Here is how that played out:
Compare the chart above to the National Inst. of Justice chart below, which graphs the whole of the United States:
Did the handgun ban in D.C have any significant effect, compared to other states that did not? Look at the two blips in the graphs, and draw your own conclusion. But if you need help…Jeffrey Shapiro at economicpolicyjournal.com, in his article “What I Saw as a Prosecutor in Washington, D.C., Makes Me Wary of Strict Firearms Laws,” noted that the DC ban on firearms in 1976, which even prohibited people from keeping guns in their homes for self-defense, had – surprise, surprise – unintended effects. Violent crime increased after the ban was enacted, with homicides going from 188 in 1976, to 369 in 1988, to 454 by 1993. Correlation is not causation, it is true. But if you wish to take the risk, good luck to you. Even worse, the D.C police department was mandated to create a special “Gun Recovery Unit,” which meant the police were forced to spend resources checking otherwise law abiding citizens with meager returns for the investment. In 1997 Police Chief Charles Ramsey disbanded the unit and re-assigned them to patrol duties.
AMERICAN HISTORY AND FIREARMS
On a broader level, as noted above, of course guns also have historically ensured American freedom, both from internal tyranny as well as external invasion. Bill Bonner wrote “When King George sent troops to put down the revolution a letter appeared in the London paper. It came from a man who had lived in the colonies. He told his countrymen that if they were shipping out to fight the Americans they should be sure to write their Last Wills and Testaments before they left. Because the Americans all had guns and knew how to use them.”
And King George wasn’t alone: Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief, Imperial Japanese Navy, killed in action, April 1943, reportedly said “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” And now you know why, perhaps, after the Sandy Hook shooting, China called for the American population to be disarmed, just like the Chinese population is, in a Xinhua article entitled Innocent Blood Demands No Delay for U.S. Gun Control (really, China? Tell us more, then, about your enforced abortion policy against women who do not want it after they have had a single child). This is the same China where the founder of the current government, Mao Zedong, stated “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” (Full quote is All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.”) The Chinese fellow below was lucky. Estimates of the death toll at Tienanmen Square in 1989 of people who weren’t so lucky range from several hundred to several thousand. No one really knows, as the socialists running the government wouldn’t release the figures.
But, assuming guns, themselves, are the problem, let’s look at the government, and all the assault weapons and ammunition it has assemble just in the past year: In April 2012, the DHS purchased 450 million rounds of hollow point bullets, which Natural News says is enough to wage a seven year war with the American people. The purchase order is here, for your own examination. DHS then went on to purchase another 750 million more rounds of ammunition as well, in addition to the following “goodies”: Over 1 million rounds of hollow-point .223 rifle ammo ( you know… the Adam Lanza Connecticut shooting rounds); over half a million rounds of non-hollow-point .223 rifle ammo; 220,000 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun #7 ammo (target ammo); over 200,000 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun #00 buckshot ammo (tactical anti-personnel ammo); 66,000 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun slugs (tactical anti-personnel, anti-vehicle rounds); over 2 million rounds of hollow-point .357 Sig JPH (hollow-point) pistol ammo (anti-personnel); 0ver 4 million rounds of .40 S&W JPH (hollow-point) pistol ammo (anti-personnel); over 60,000 rounds of .308 match grade anti-personnel sniper rounds (BTHP); Plus, hundreds of thousands of additional rounds of .38 special, .45 auto, 9mm, 7.62×39 (AK rifle) ammo, and others. And then in January, the hypocrites at the DHS had the temerity to announce they were buying 7,000 assault rifles – with the “clever” (for a bureaucrat!) idea that they would call them “personal defense weapons” and fool the public. See the actual request by the General Service Administration (GSA) request for proposal (RFP) by the Department of Homeland Security on the Federal Business Opportunities website.
And one more question posed by Natural News: What is behind this? The DHS does not fight foreign wars – it only operates in the United States. Even worse, hollow point ammunition is banned by the Geneva convention,and not used by the U.S. military. In total, 1.6 billion rounds were purchased in just 2012 alone, meaning every single man, woman and child has five bullets with their name on it. So, if guns are the cause of crime, well, I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. Of course, the leftist media has said little to zilch about all of this either. (And yes, I realize we are talking government here, so many of the shooters may well be horribly inept –but still… 1.6 billion bullets?!)
Ah, but you say… “this is the government with the guns, so it is OK.” The reality is that those who maintain this have neither listened to the Founding Fathers’ statements noted above, nor have they still, after 2,000 years, answered the question the Roman satirist Juvenal posed: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who will watch the guards, or more colloquially, who controls the controllers)? Perhaps some of the 500 TSA (as of 2011) agents who have been arrested for stealing passenger goods could answer that question? And this number is probably just the tip of the iceberg, as, for example, a 2008 investigative report conducted by Pittsburg’s WTAE station found that despite over 400 reports of baggage theft, about half of which the TSA reimbursed passengers for, not a single arrest had been made. Of course, the TSA does not, as a matter of policy, share baggage theft reports with local police departments, so it could be much worse.
OK, you say… “but gun control – it’s for the children.” To whichI only ask, which children? The 60 children who were murdered in gun-free Chicago in 2012, as noted above? The ones the left has zero compunction about leaving trillions and trillions of dollars of debt to pay off? The ones that escaped partial birth abortion? The kids that currently have one trillion dollars in student debt, all so the their Marxist professors can retire at age 52, after having every summer off and only twenty hours of contact time, or less, with the students each week?
But what about other countries? I’m glad you asked!
For England, as the article Barbarians Within the Gates, Part III, Schwarz Report, Oct. 2011, p. 5 noted, “The UK’s ban on handguns in 1997 “…did not stop actual crimes committed with handguns. Those crimes rose nearly 40% according to a 2001 study by King’s College London’s Centre for Defense Studies, and doubled by a decade later, according to government statistics reported in the London Telegraph in October 2009.” Joyce Lee Malcolm corroborates this information in a Dec. 26, 2012 article, noting that “Within a decade of the handgun ban and the confiscation of handguns from registered owners, crime with handguns had doubled according to British government crime reports. Gun crime, not a serious problem in the past, now is. Armed street gangs have some British police carrying guns for the first time. Moreover, another massacre occurred in June 2010. Derrick Bird, a taxi driver in Cumbria, shot his brother and a colleague then drove off through rural villages killing 12 people. In fact, James Simpson, in his must-read article, notes that “After the handgun ban, gun crime, including handgun crime, skyrocketed. In 1997/98, there were 2,636 crimes committed with handguns in England and Wales. By 2001/02, handgun crimes had increased to 5,871. Overall, firearms were used in 9,974 crimes. (“Gun crime soars by 35%,” Daily Mail, Jan. 9, 2003). Firearms crime in the U.K. peaked in 2005/06 and has declined since. In 2010/11, firearms were used in 7,024 crimes, and 3,105 of these were handgun crimes, down from the earlier peak, but still well above its 1997/98 level. In 2010/11, 9.3 percent of all homicides were committed with a firearm. U.K. firearms crime and violent crime in general remain well below U.S. levels, but both have increased dramatically despite a century of gun control. (Press release, Home Office, Jan. 19, 2012).”
But, as they say in the old Ronco commercials – Wait! There’s more! Summarizing from Freedom Outpost, the UK’s Home Office Statistical Bulletin, which provides crime figures for England and Wales, ex Scotland and Northern Ireland (which thus skews the numbers slightly down) show that in 2011, there were 762,515 violent crimes in a population of 56 million, including approximately 125% more rape victims per 100,000 people each year than the United States (Source) and 133% more assault victims per 100,000 people each year than the United States (Source). In sum, there were 1,361 violent crimes per 100,000 population in the UK – or 3.5 times the rate of the U.S. The UK murder rate is lower, at 1.3 per 100,000 population. However, it is not noted what weapons are using to commit murders or violent crimes in the UK. The net of this is that the UK has a higher rate of violent crime than armed Americans, and that more guns do not mean more violent crime.
Ben Swann of Fox News also concentrated on this UK gun issue when he addressed the Piers Morgan/Alex Jones debate of early Jan., 2013. Morgan incorrectly cited 35 gun deaths in UK in 2011 vs. 11,000 in the US. Not true at all. FBI crime stats show there were 12,664 homicides in the US., with 8,583 were firearm related, not 11,000. Of those, 400 were listed as justifiable killings by law enforcement, 260 in the same category by private citizens. England does have a lower homicide rate, but with a population of 62 million, the UK actually had 59 homicides in 2011. Adjusted for population, that would equate to roughly 300 or so murders. But that’s basic math, which you cannot expect the left to do. The reality is, that as Dr. John Lott has noted, “the overall number of gun murders in Britain being low does not prove that the gun ban worked, considering that the figure was already comparably low BEFORE the ban as well, i.e., the ban did not cause a decrease in gun murders, even according to the official numbers.”In a nutshell,as theendrun.com notes, “…gun murders in Britain being low does not prove that the gun ban worked,considering that the figure was already comparably low BEFORE the ban as well, i.e., the ban did not cause a decrease in gun murders, even according to the official numbers.” Even more importantly, the anti-gunners in general have no clue that, as Lott states, “…total homicides are the most important concern, rather than how a homicide was committed.”
Worse, the violent crime rates are most likely under reported (gotta keep them tourists pouring in, y’know!). The UK’s Independent reported a few years ago that there may be up to 2 million violent crimes “missing” from the official data! See also the very enlightening article that has a very highly documented discussion on the massaged UK crime rate numbers. Even more disturbingly, in the most recent report I have, 2006, there was one knife crime committed for every 374 people in England, while in the US it was one gun crime for every 750 people the same year. As Bob Livingstone points out, “In other words, a person was twice as likely to be a victim of a knife crime in the U.K. as he was a gun crime in the United States.” There…does that make you feel more safe?
One other point of interest about British gun laws need to be made: According to Fernando “FerFal” Aguirre, a resident of Northern Ireland (see his web site of , handguns in fact are allowed in one part of the UK, and allowed to be used in self-defense as well – Northern Ireland. And, of course, you know what is coming next, don’t you? The part of the UK that has the lowest firearm homicide is…. no, I won’t make you guess… Northern Ireland.According to UK government statistics, Northern Ireland has 20% fewer gun related murders per year than the rest of England, Scotland and Wales, is spite of obviously much higher gun ownership. Yes, there could be multiple explanations for this. But suffice to say, the simplistic, unscientific propaganda of the left about guns needs some serious examination. See the FerFal blog for further documentation on this.
Still, what of the delta between the US and UK murder numbers? Do fewer guns actually mean less crime? But you know the answer to this. The UK has the second highest overall crime rate, the fifth highest robbery rate, the fourth highest burglary rate, in the EU and – most importantly – England has the highest violent crime rate in the EU, with 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000, far ahead of even South Africa at 1,609 per 100,000. The US has a rate of 466 violent crimes per 100,000 – not even in the top 10. (See the Telegraph article, The most violent country in Europe: Britain is also worse than South Africa and U.S.) And Piers Morgan wants us to be more like the UK?
Following leftist “logic,” the US has the world’s highest gun ownership rates, so it should have the highest gun murder rates, correct? Actually, Honduras, Jamaica and El Salvador, along with 24 other countries. The US – with the highest gun ownership rate – is #28, with a rate of 2.97 per 100,000 population.
Of course, England has always had a much lower gun crime rate – even before the gun control implementation – which the gun grabbers never mention. Also not mentioned is the fact that gun crime has almost doubled in England since the gun ban went into effect.
But, when it comes to knives, just for good measure, England has proposed a 10 year sentence for possession of “any knife with a blade more than three inches long” (I literally have no idea if this includes butterknives!). When researchers from West Middlesex University Hospital found that kitchen knives were used in as many as half of all stabbings, the BBC reported on the move to ban kitchen knives, stating ““The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all. They consulted 10 top chefs from around the UK, and found such knives have little practical value in the kitchen. None of the chefs felt such knives were essential, since the point of a short blade was just as useful when a sharp end was needed. The researchers said a short pointed knife may cause a substantial superficial wound if used in an assault – but is unlikely to penetrate to inner organs. In contrast, a pointed long blade pierces the body like ‘cutting into a ripe melon.'” Another UK paper, the Inquisitor, justified the ban by invoking Middlesex again, stating, “A West Middlesex University Hospital group contends that violent crime is increasing in Great Britain and kitchen knives are used in approximately half of all stabbings. The team claims that many of the knife attacks are impulsive acts and that a kitchen knife is too convenient of a weapon.” No word yet if England has banned running with scissors or people using pencils with sharp points. And it is singularly unfortunate that England did not think to ban knives like ones under the current ban one thousand years ago during the Viking invasions (“I’m sorry Mr. Svensson, but before you do any looting, raping or pillaging in England, you’ll have to check your blades in with the customs officials… Next in line!!)
Across the English Channel, Holland’s draconian gun laws certainly haven’t helped – witness the recent report entitled 7 Killed 15 Wounded in Dutch Mall. And of course, across the border and going back a few decades to Germany, Nazi guns laws against Jewish firearm owners 60 years ago, as Stephen Halbrook has written, “played a major role in laying the groundwork for the eradication of German Jewry in the Holocaust. Disarming political opponents was a categorical imperative of the Nazi regime” (a full rendering of Nazi gun control laws, including ones against the Jews). As if any further clarification were needed, Hitler himself reportedly stated in 1935 “For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient. The world will follow our lead.” (Note: the authenticity of this quote is hotly debated, but even if apocryphal, it certainly captures Hitler’s political zeitgeist, as the Nazi gun control summary points out).
And just for good measure, Hitler later added after his conquests “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms; history shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected people to carry arms have prepared their own downfall.” The experience with Hitler outlined above was anticipated by the wisdom of the Second Amendment, which declares: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” This right reflects a universal and historical power of the people in a republic to resist tyranny, which was not recognized in the German Reich – and led to a holocaust. One would do very well to google the Nazi Weapons Act of 1938 and compare to the United States Gun Control Act of 1968, as well as more recent laws. But I’ll leave that sobering research to you.
But… why believe me, your humble writer? Rather, listen to a citizen of Austria, Katie Worthman, a survivor of the Nazi regime (and later three years under the Soviets) – in her own words:
Worthman is someone who is very aware how the media corrupts things and allows tyranny to gain a foothold, stating “In the beginning, Hitler didn’t look like, or talk like a monster at all. He talked like an American politician.”
Worthman says the common “wisdom” of Hitler overthrowing governments with the force of arms isn’t true – rather Austria elected Hitler with 98% of the vote at the ballot box. Worthman also notes Austrians had guns, but the Nazis pulled the same “guns are dangerous” ruse, then went to gun registration, and finally forced people to turn in their guns “to cut down crime” – and if one didn’t… there was capital punishment.
Mrs. Worthman notes Hitler’s tyranny “didn’t happen over night, but it took five years, gradually, little by little, to escalate to a dictatorship…” but adds that the antidote to that is “When the people fear the government, that’s tyranny, but when the government fears the people, that’s liberty.” And I trust Worthman a heckuva lot more than Dianne Feinstein when it comes to understanding tyranny. Worthman concluded her interview by stating “Keep your guns, keep your guns and buy more guns.”
But Russians have already lived through what happens under a tyranny. This is why Pravda published an article by Stanislav Mishin in Dec., 2012, entitled “Americans, Never Give Up Your Guns.” But here is the one critical takeway quote from it: “Moscow fell, for example, not from a lack of weapons to defend it, but from the lying guile of the Reds. Ten thousand Reds took Moscow and were opposed only by some few hundreds of officer cadets and their instructors. Even then the battle was fierce and losses high. However, in the city alone, at that time, lived over 30,000 military officers (both active and retired), all with their own issued weapons and ammunition, plus tens of thousands of other citizens who were armed. The Soviets promised to leave them all alone if they did not intervene. They did not and for that were asked afterwards to come register themselves and their weapons: where they were promptly shot.” Mishin concludes his article by noting the real agenda of the left, both in Russia and elsewhere: “Do not be fooled by a belief that progressives, leftists hate guns. Oh, no, they do not. What they hate is guns in the hands of those who are not marching in lock step of their ideology. They hate guns in the hands of those who think for themselves and do not obey without question. They hate guns in those whom they have slated for a barrel to the back of the ear.” In fact, this reflects precisely what Joseph Stalin said: “If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.”
It is simply true, as William Jasper writes, that “A cardinal feature of communist regimes, like all dictatorships, is the prohibition of private ownership of arms, creating a monopoly of force in the hands of the state.” And the results of this monopoly was a holocaust of Russians that was ten times that of Hitler and the Jews But let’s leave the 61,911,000 dead (as per the figure revealed with the USSR fell and its archives were opened) under Soviet tyranny and move on to other countries…
Moving to Mexico, per the UN, gun controlled Mexico (guns are technically legal, but are extremely difficult to qualify for, as well as to find a gun shop) has a homicide rate of 22.7 per 100,000, while the “gun happy” US rate is 4.8 – and significantly, the global average is 7 homicides per 100,000.
Check back in tomorrow for the 10th and final installment of Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy.
Welcome to the eighth installment of the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.
“Let’s stop playing games. The problem is people, not guns. Our society suffers from a deficiency of personal responsibility – not from an excess of personal freedom.”
- Star Parker, African American Writer and Commentator
FOR SAFETY, BAN HANDS AND FEET
There is a place for psychiatric drugs. However, there is not a place for wholesale, mass drugging of our children. But, leaving this issue aside, if we are to ban guns instead of drugs, may I humbly suggest that we also ban hands and feet, as well as knives (and let’s include butter knives – you can never be too careful… and besides, someone might sharpen one with a whetstone). Within a month of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, nine people were killed and others wounded in a knife attack in China (this is a different Chinese knife attack from the one that occurred the same week as the Connecticut shooting, where around two dozen were stabbed). There are a multiplicity of fatal knife attacks I could choose from in the US, but to choose a recent one at random, there was one in Flint, Michigan, where five were killed and eight injured by a knife wielding assailant. Thankfully, race-baiter Al Sharpton has already indicated knives are a possible target for the U.S. – hear him say so himself…
Of course, once we are done banning knives, perhaps we can ban vehicles, too. In case you don’t remember, there have been mass killings with cars where people drove into crowds in both NYC and Chapel Hill, NC., just to name a couple. The fact of the matter is, that, per the FBI, the number one weapon used in homicides is a baseball bat: in 2005, there were 445 murders with rifles, but 605 with hammers and clubs; the next year the figures were 438 and 618 respectively, and this trend continued through 2011 with 323 murders committed with a rifle, and 496 with hammers and clubs (and I am omitting the other years for brevity’s sake, not to play the usual leftist game of leaving out inconvenient facts, such as what Al Gore does with his faux global warming charade). Breitbart.com correctly concludes from this that “if more people had a gun, less people would be inclined to try to hit them in the head with a hammer.”
And one more point: a handful of men with no guns, only boxcutters, murdered over 3,000 people over a decade ago, and Timothy McVeigh before that murdered hundreds with no guns in Oklahoma City. Maybe we should be banning other farm implements and warehouse tools!
Personal Liberty.com, cites similar figures with non-firearm murders. In 2010 alone, 742 people were killed by hands or feet, with 540 people killed by blunt objects (and, let’s not forget the 98,000 to 106,000 – contingent upon which study you use – of people who died last year as a result of FDA approved drugs). There were similar statistics exonerating rifles for 2011 from the FBI: Out of approximately 8,500 gun related homicides, only 3% used rifles of any kind. Meanwhile, knives killed 1,694 (five times as many as all rifles combined), blunt objects a few under 500, and hands and feet 728. In 2010, only 0.1% of all gun homicides involved five or more victims. Even the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence admits that, since 2010 up to the time of the Connecticut shooting, a grand total of 35 people had been killed in 9 separate incidents in which an assault weapon was involved (even if the gun was not the murder weapon). There is very little evidence the assault gun laws will actually do anything, as prior to the federal assault weapon ban, the type of firearms banned were used in a mere 2% of gun crimes (and these were mostly pistols), per a National Institute of Justice study. Regarding the assault gun ban, University of Pennsylvania criminologist Christopher Koper and his co-authors concluded, “Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.” Too small for “reliable measurement!?”
And regarding automatic weapons, as Natural News points out they “… are highly regulated, extremely expensive ($15,000+) and VERY difficult to acquire. They’re also extremely rare and have NEVER been used in any school shooting in America. Just to acquire an “automatic weapon,” you must go through extensive background checks and fingerprinting. You must apply to the federal government (ATF) for permission, then wait six months or longer to be “approved” by the ATF.” Per this article, a true “assault rifle” must have a selector switch between single, three round burst, and full auto fire. Importantly, not a single one of the civilian AR-15s actually have these features, and thus there are virtually no “military” assault rifles on the street today. Besides, the military seldom uses automatic fire themselves, as it is generally is not of value by virtue of being inaccurate. If you would like a factual description of what an assault rifle is, see the article by former peace officer Earl Griffin. Meanwhile, the whole ban on high capacity magazine to prevent mass killings is a logical non-sequitur. Why? Because the average reload time on an AR-15, or similar, is two seconds. Most mass murders take minutes, or more. In the case of Sandy Hook – if in fact the gunman really did use the assault rifle as claimed and fired 150 rounds – he obviously changed his 30 round magazine at least four times, and only stopped when armed police closed in on him. Worse, if a criminal shooter is carrying multiple guns, they simply swap guns and reload when possible. In other words, the Feinstein law banning high capacity magazines will do zilch. Except take away on one more liberty. If you wish to verify how quickly it takes to reload, see the videos of people doing so:
But, the simple proof is in the pudding. The deadliest mass murder in US history was at Virginia Tech in 2007, with 32 people killed. Was a machine gun used? A vilified AR-15?
The shooter simply used two vanilla handguns, supplied with a backpack full of Feinstein-approved 10 round magazines. Similarly, at Columbine, one of the two boys simply carried 13 ten round magazines with him. The math is not hard to do. Unless you have a leftist agenda, and are willing to sacrifice lives for that agenda – as the left has always been wont to do.
A letter signed by 1,100 Green Berets and Special Forces veterans also spelled out the difference between an automatic (in this case a M4A1) and semi-automatic AR-15, in a letter to Washington, DC (see the entire letter), they note the AR-15 is a rifle that “cosmetically looks like the M4A1 carbine assault rifle, but it is impossible to configure the AR-15 to be a fully automatic assault rifle. It is a single shot semi-automatic rifle that can fire between 45 and 60 rounds per minute depending on the skill of the operator. The M4A1 can fire up to 950 rounds per minute.” And regarding high capacity magazines, they decry the gun grabbers uninformed comment that “just a few seconds of changing magazines could have saved the lives of people. Rather, the letter notes “As experts in military weapons of all types, it is our considered opinion that reducing magazine capacity from 30 rounds to 10 rounds will only require an additional 6 -8 seconds to change two empty 10 round magazines with full magazines. Would an increase of 6 –8 seconds make any real difference to the outcome in a mass shooting incident? In our opinion it would not.” As Exhibit A of this fact, the letter cites the Columbine massacre, noting “When the Federal Assault Weapons Ban became law in 1994, manufacturers began retooling to produce firearms and magazines that were compliant. One of those ban-compliant firearms was the Hi-Point 995, which was sold with ten-round magazines. In 1999, five years into the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, the Columbine High School massacre occurred. One of the perpetrators, Eric Harris, was armed with a Hi-Point 995. Undeterred by the ten-round capacity of his magazines, Harris simply brought more of them: thirteen magazines would be found in the massacre’s aftermath. Harris fired 96 rounds before killing himself.” A summary of this Green Beret article.
In any event, fully automatic weapons have been banned since the 1934 National Firearms Act (before which even children could order guns through the mail, with parental permission) – though of course media either doesn’t know this, or doesn’t know the difference between an automatic and semi-automatic, or for the few that do have a modicum of knowledge, think it is ok for the police to have them – witness the Salt Lake City Tribune, which published an editorial stating “Assault weapons that can fire numerous times in seconds are designed for only one thing: killing large numbers of people. The military and law enforcement officers need that ability; ordinary law-abiding citizens do not.” Yes, you read that correctly – apparently the police need to be able to kill “large numbers of people” in their routine of daily law enforcement in Obama’s America. What? To polish off Joe Businessman who was doing 10 miles over the speed limit as he was late to Johnny’s basketball game? Maybe take out a few 10 year olds skateboarding where they shouldn’t be? Did anyone at the newspaper even read what this person wrote? As the Examiner concludes about this inimitable piece of ignorance, “If there is any conceivable scenario in which law enforcement officers need to kill “large numbers of people,” then “large numbers of [we the] people” need as much firepower as we can possibly acquire.”
But here is a question for you: As columnist Jacob Sullum writes, if large capacity magazines are not useful for self-defense or defense of others, why not impose the same limit on police and bodyguards? And if the capacity for additional rounds do provide more protection, why should law-abiding citizens be denied that protection? The reality is that a larger magazine allows a defender to engage multiple assailants – not uncommon in today’s gang filled world – in a situation where there often can be “the fog of war.” In any event, the assault rifles the left wines about – which only fire one bullet per pull – means they are no more automatic their a “standard” pistol which does the same thing. Of course, the Feinstein amendment rushed to ban cosmetics like pistol grips, which Ben Crystal points out are about the same thing as banning car spoilers to stop car accidents. And, oh yes – the car accident total, as of 2009, saw an average of four children under age 14 killed every day, with 500 injured. A total of 31,000 people in total were killed. No frantic outcry from the media there.
Mark Almonte, in his March 4, 2013 article, Why Does Anyone Need a High Capacity Magazine, takes each objection against high capacity magazines and handily dispatches them. Almonte’s paper deserves a full read by anyone interested in this question, but in summary, the gun grabbers have a gross misconception about bullet stopping power and accuracy, and a misunderstanding about the true threat of multiple attackers, which in turn denies people the necessary means to effectively defend themselves. On what basis, Almonte asks, do politicians arrive at a ten bullet limit per magazine? What is their evidence or research for this? As a matter of fact, there is none – it is just an arbitrary political choice. Almonte also notes the only shot that can reliably cause immediate incapacitation is a hit to the brain or spinal cord, and even a bullet directly to the heart allows a criminal to have enough oxygen in his blood to continue shooting for 15 more seconds. And contrary to Hollywood movies, many bullets do not have the power to knock a human down – otherwise the recoil from shooting would knock the shooter down. FBI statistics state that “A ten pound weight equals the impact of a 9 mm bullet when dropped from a height of 0.72 inches… and equals the impact of a .45 when dropped from 1.37 inches.” Worse, an assailant on crack, meth, high on adrenaline, or the like will often prevent him from even feeling pain, or knowing he has been shot. As a case in point, Almonte cites the case of Michael Platt:
“In 1986, in Miami, FBI agents were involved in a shootout. Despite being shot six times, Suspect Michael Platt was still able to gun down two FBI agents and injure three others. Platt was hit by four more gunshots, but he continued to be a threat by pointing a gun at responding officers. It wasn’t until bullet number twelve struck Platt in the chest that he was incapacitated. Similar examples of suspects being shot five to six times without being incapacitated occurred in Philadelphia and Georgia. In a self-defense situation, you may have to inflict half a dozen or more gunshot wounds on your attacker in order to neutralize the threat. That’s assuming that you are able to land half-a-dozen hits on your target.”
The issue of accuracy is also central, according to Almonte, noting “According to an NYPD report, there were 16 officer-involved shootings in 2005 where the suspect shot at police officers. The NYPD officers hit their targets 8% of the time. The officers fired an average 17.3 rounds to stop the threat. One factor that certainly contributed to the low percentage of hits is that in 70% of the gunfights, the suspect shot first. Other studies have officer-involved shootings at a 51% hit rate, but they don’t include officer-involved shootings that have no hits, and they don’t isolate gunfights, where the suspect is shooting at the officer.” Almonte also notes another study by Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck, in which he states that in 53% of defensive gun use in the U.S., the victim faced multiple attackers. So, now you have issues of stopping power, accuracy and multiple attackers in over half of defensive situations. That means doubling the number of bullets needed for each additional attacker!
But why take my word for it? Let me simply cite leftist New York Times, which notes that police officers – who must continually train and certify with their firearms – only hit their targets 34% of the time. In other words, they only hit one of three shots. What do you expect of a nervous, working stiff homeowner who is suddenly awakened at 4 AM, and has to hit a moving target in the dark? I suggest we leave the 10 round magazines, if they are so effective, in the hands of those protecting Ms. Feinstein and her minions.
Then there is the leftists’ “war against women.” In fact, women account for 46% of all defensive gun use – critical in that this helps equalize the size and strength differential. Reducing the magazine size only helps the bad guy when he attacks a woman.
Almonte concludes his article by asking, “If a law-abiding citizen, who’s cleared a background check and received firearms training, can be trusted with one bullet, why can’t he or she be trusted with a hundred bullets? Is the first bullet any less deadly then the 99th?
One more detail needs to be said re. assault rifles. To get more exact about the figures cited above relative to rifles and crime, according to the FBI’s CIUS report on Murder Victims by Weapon, the grand total of firearms used in 2011 to commit murder was 8,583. Of the 8,583 murders, only 323 rifles were used, or exactly 3.76% of the total, of which only a smaller portion of that 3.76% were “assault rifles.” Too small for reliable measurement indeed. Perhaps, if the gun grabbers really want to keep us safe, they could ban the FDA with the tens of thousands who have died from their sanctioned drugs. (Now you know why Dr. Marcia Angell, MD., former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, stated – regarding the FDA and the like – in the New York Review of Books, January 15, 2009: “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”). And I am not alone. Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health a dozen years ago published Doctors Are The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US., in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Starfield’s documented how 225,000 Americans die from iatrogenic causes – including 12,000 deaths per year due to unnecessary surgery, 7,000 per year due to medication errors in hospitals, 20,000 due other hospital errors, 80,000 due to hospital infections, and 106,000 due to negative drug effects. Natural News.com states that doctors kill 2,450% more Americans than all gun related deaths combined. As it relates to psychotropic drugs, should we count the dead in Aurora and Sandy Hook among those iatrogenic deaths? Other doctors may concur, such as Dr. Joseph Mercola who cites a study by Dr. Bruce Pomerance of the University of Toronto who concluded that properly prescribed and correctly taken pharmaceutical drugs were the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Mercola also cites an article authored in two parts by Gary Null, PhD, Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Martin Feldman, MD, Debora Rasio, MD, and Dorothy Smith, PhD, that come to similar conclusions. However, it is not the point of this article to take issue with the FDA, other than to question the association between massacres not with guns, but rather due to psychotropic drugs.
John Noveske, a gun manufacturer who was killed in a mysterious car crash, also asks the same questions about drugs and gun violence: He notes the following cases on his Facebook site, just before his mysterious death. Note that many of these cases are related elsewhere in this paper, but are added here in that for some cases, Noveske adds additional information, while other cases are not listed elsewhere in this paper. All the cases here are gun murders, but serve to illustrate that psychotropic drugs are clearly related to violent death.
Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.
Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.
Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.
Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.
Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.
Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.
Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.
Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.
A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.
Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..
A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.
Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.
TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.
Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.
James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.
Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania
Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California
Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.
Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.
Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.
Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.
Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.
Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.
Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.
Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family’s Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.
Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara’s parents said “…. the damn doctor wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil…”)
Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002, (Gareth’s father could not accept his son’s death and killed himself.)
Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family’s detached garage.
Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.
Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.
Woody ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.
A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.
Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”
Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.
Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.
Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.
Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.
Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his New York high school.
Missing from list… 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds….
What drugs was Jared Lee Loughner on, age 21…… killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in Tuscon, Az
What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24….. killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado
What drugs was Jacob Tyler Roberts on, age 22, killed 2 injured 1, Clackamas Or
What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct
Roberts is the only one that I haven’t heard about being on drugs of some kind.
The upshot of all this? Intellectual honesty, as well as respect for the dead, demands that we examine all possible causes of these massacres. But, of course, that would not match with the agenda of the left and the gun grabbers.
But lets leave the drug angle behind. There are other bad reasons behind the gun controllers. Another reason to support the availability of guns is that – contrary to the leftists’ fondest wishes, mankind is fallen. As Jeff Jacoby has noted “[Wars are not] caused by nuclear missiles, or al-Qaeda terrorism by box cutters. We fool ourselves if we imagine that by fixating on missiles and box cutters we can avoid reckoning with the cruel side of human nature. … The desire to believe … that ‘people are truly good at heart’ is powerful. Sadly, history refutes the idea that human nature alone will make a good world. Controlling bad things may sometimes be prudent. But it is above all by controlling ourselves — by fortifying the better angels of our nature — that the struggle against evil progresses.”
Stop back by tomorrow for the 9th episode of Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy.
Part seven of the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy Series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.
“When a crime is committed, does the gun go to jail?” - From BrotherJohn.com
THE DRUG AND VIOLENCE CONNECTION
As the Illinois State Rifle Asociation notes, the Sandy Hook CT. shooter, Adam Lanza, not only came from a divorced family, but was “apparently a mentally ill young person whose wealthy family insulated him from reality until he decided to create his own reality – at the expense of more than two dozen innocent people. Laurie Higgins in the Illinois Family Association concurred with this report, noting that Lanza’s father (as well as an older brother) left when Adam was 16, and remarried a few years later. Reportedly, Adam Lanza had no contact with his father or brother since 2010. How did this affect Adam, and why is this not part of the “national debate” on violence? Even more importantly, a few days after the shooting, it was reported that Adam Lanza was on a violence-linked anti-psychotic drug called Fanapt. The Fanapt story was later retracted, but family friend of the Lanzas, Louise Tambascio, stated during an interview with 60 Minutes that “I know he was on medication and everything, but she homeschooled him at home cause he couldn’t deal with the school classes sometimes, so she just homeschooled Adam at home. And that was her life.” Tambascio also told ABC News, “I knew he was on medication, but that’s all I know.” Lanza’s old babysitter, Ryan Kraft, also went on record as stating Lanza was taking medications of this sort early as age 10. Maybe it’s time Obama had a national discussion about his cronies and lobbyists in Big Pharma, who seem to push kids into the latest drug du jour at the drop of a hat? Or doesn’t that fit his political agenda and his “never let a crisis go to waste” attitude? It is already on the labels themselves that drugs, like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Ritalin are causing people to commit violent acts as commented on by a number of reputable psychiatrists:
Read the documentation in the drug packages, or online, yourself – it’s right there in black and white. The top ten psychiatric prescription drugs linked to violence – as listed by Time Magazine – in a Jan. 7th, 2011 article – are the antidepressant/anti-anxiety drugs desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), venlafaxine (Effexor), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), fluoxetine (Prozac), sleep aid Halcion, ADHD drug Strattera, several brands of amphetamines used to treat ADHD, the anti-malarial Lariam, and the anti-smoking medication Chantix. Of course James Holmes in the Colorado massacre was also on psychotropic drugs. Yet a further analysis of the association of prescription drugs with violence and shootings, from Brandon Turbeville, is on DailySheeple. While internationally known psychiatrist Dr. David Healy agrees with the summary that these drugs cause violence – a Cliff Notes version of Healy’s sentiments is simply this: Psychotropic drugs “prescribed for school children cause violent behavior.” The non-Cliff Notes, detailed version of his rationale behind this may be found here. Healy has a website, RxISK.org, that allows people to post personal experiences with SSRIs, and is a data repository open to the public.
If anyone is wondering why the US leads in school gun murders, perhaps you might want to explore the relationship between drugging our kids and violence. Note that not only are school gun murders up, but youth suicides are up dramatically was well. This shouldn’t be surprising, of course, as both are cut from the same cloth – disinhibition, messing with brain function, disturbing the level of self-control, and more. Granting that correlation is not causation, Dr. Bertram Karon from Michigan State Univ. notes the US has six times as many children on Ritalin, around four million, as any other country, and all of France only has 8,000 kids, in total, on Ritalin, while his home city of Lansing Michigan, alone, has around that many. In fact, the US accounts for around 90% of Ritalin prescriptions in the world.
We must fully consider the question of Todd Walker in his article: “Can prescription drugs cause you to kill someone?” And the answer is “Absolutely”, per Dr. David Healy, author of Phamageddon and quoted in the following paragraph, “Violence and other potentially criminal behavior caused by prescription drugs are medicine’s best kept secret…Want to find out if the drugs you or a loved one are taking might cause violent behavior? Enter the name of the drug over at the Violence Zone. Even if it’s ‘just a pill’ to help you quit smoking, side effects can be deadly. Don’t expect to hear about this on major media outlets. Pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in keeping journalists in line.”
David Kupelian at WND also documents a horrifying number of shootings associated with psychotropic drugs, including not only Columbine killer Eric Harris, who was on Luvox, but also: Patrick Purdy, who killed five children and wounded 30 in 1989, who was on amitriptyline and Thorazine, Kip Kinkle, who killed his parents, and 22 other fellow students, who was on Prozac and Ritalin; the 1988 Winnetka, IL. shooting by Laurie Dann, who killed one and wounded six while taking Anafranil and lithium; the 1997 Paducah KY school shooting by Michael Carneal, who shot and killed three while on Ritalin; the 2005 Jeff Wiese shooting, which killed nine and wounded 5 on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, which occurred while Wiese was on Prozac; the 1989 shooting of 20 co-workers, killing nine, by Joseph Wesbecker in Louisville, KY, while he was on Prozac – and which Eli Lilly settled a lawsuit by survivors; a 1996 shooting of his father by Kurt Danysh while on Prozac; or the horrible case of a mother one town over from where I currently live, Naperville, IL., who killed all five of her children while on antidepressant Effexor. The case of the Virginia Tech murder of 32 people by Cho Seung-Hui may also have been prescription drug related, too, as Kupelian discusses in this article. As if further evidence were needed, the Luvox label itself states that 4% of children in one study went manic – out of control behavior.
To what degree is the “prozac-ing” and “ritalin-ing” of our young contributing to these shootings? As noted above, these prescriptions state on their warning labels that violent behavior is one possible outcome of taking their drugs. Yet, there is nary a peep from the media. Why? Jason Charles the Truth Alliance notes “At least fourteen recent school shootings were committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. There have been 109 wounded and 58 killed. Of these 14, seven were seeing either a psychiatrist (five of them) or psychologist (two of them). It is not known whether or not the other half were seeing a psychiatrist, as it has not been published.” Details of this issue are at CCHR.
Not to push the issue, but, as Obama has said, we must ensure a school shooting like Sandy Hook never happens again, so let’s examine some other links on gun and non-gun related violence related to psychotropic prescription drugs like Zoloft, Prozac, and the like. The list is not pretty:
From BlackListedNews.com, “There have been 31 school shootings since Columbine, in which Eric Harris, age 17 and Dylan Klebold, age 18, killed 12 students and one teacher, and wounded 23 others. (An assault weapon ban (1994-2004) was in effect at the time – lot of good that did). Harris was known to be taking Zoloft, then Luvox. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.
A website called SSRI Stories has compiled a sortable database that lists over 4800 incidents of suicide, violent crimes and other incidents between 1988 and 2011, including school shootings that involve people that were prescribed SSRI medications. Here is one more short list of a few more school shootings that involved SSRIs:
Steve Kazmierczak, age 27, inexplicably went on a shooting rampage on Feb. 15, 2008 in a Northern Illinois University Lecture Hall before taking his own life. He had been on Prozac, Xanax and Ambien, but had stopped taking Prozac a few weeks before the shootings. Toxicology reports showed traces of Xanax in his system. Five dead, 20 wounded.
Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students in Red Lake, Minnesota on March 24, 2005. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.
Cho-Seung-Hui, age 23, showed signs of anger before he went on a shooting rampage on the Virginia Tech campus that ended only after a police officer shot him dead. Officials said prescription medications related to the treatment of psychological problems had been found among Mr. Cho’s effects, but no details of his treatment or the medications have been released to the public. 33 dead, 17 wounded.
Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky on Dec, 1, 1997. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded.
Not mentioned in this article is Jared Loughner, whose aberrant psychological state has been amply chronicled, including one email by fellow student Lynda Sorensen, who emailed her friends “We have a mentally unstable person in the class that scares the living cr** out of me. He is one of those whose picture you see on the news, after he has come into class with an automatic weapon. Everyone interviewed would say, Yeah, he was in my math class and he was really weird.” Loughner was just a “regular’ drug user, of course.
Of course, violence involving SSRIs does not always involve firearms:
Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.
Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil). After five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.
John Odgren, age 16, stabbed a 15-year-old student to death at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in MA on Jan. 19, 2007. Odgren was being treated for Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and anxiety. The defense said changes in Odgren’s clothing habits, as well as changes in his sleep and speech pattern, may have indicated a problem with his medication that could have lead to a manic, paranoid state.
The list of incidents like the above on SSRI stories is seemingly endless and all of the circumstances are different except for one – all of them involve a mentally ill patient on some sort of SSRI medication. Some have claimed that up to 90 percent of school shootings have involved a shooter on prescription medications. While that is impossible to verify without the release of medical records in all cases, enough have been confirmed to establish a link between SSRIs and violence, especially when the black box warnings on the medications mention the potential.
Maybe we need to ban SSRI’s to stop the slaughter? Martha Rosenburg also cites a number of cases that would certainly support this, as does Jeanne Lenzer in the BMJ June 7, 2012 (BMJ 2012:344:e3989), which refers to a report by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices stating: “It calculated that in 2011 prescription drugs were associated with two to four million people in the US experiencing ‘serious, disabling, or fatal injuries, including 128,000 deaths.’” Have we really come full circle to the point where we now accept again Stalin’s dictum that “a single death is a tragedy, but a million is just a statistic?” That we are comparing the death of 20 innocents to 128,000 – many of whom are children –only makes Stalin’s statement slightly less apt.
An exceedingly important article by Lawrence Hunter in Forbes, entitled Psychiatric Drugs, Not a Lack of Gun Control, Are the Common Denominator in Murderous Violence. In this article, Lawrence discusses a large body of evidence from peer reviewed publications, such American Journal of Psychiatry, The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and The Journal of Forensic Science, discussing this very issue. Lawrence also cites the article School Shooters Under the Influence of Psychiatric Drugs, which found that between “2004 and 2011, there were 12,755 reports to the U.S. FDA’s MedWatch system of psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects including: 1,231 cases of homicidal ideation/homicide, 2,795 cases of mania and 7,250 cases of aggression. Since the FDA admits that only one to ten percent of all side effects are ever reported to it, the actual occurrence of violent side effects from psychiatric drugs is certainly nine or ten times higher than the official data suggest.”
For those who prefer a YouTube presentation on the topic:
As psychiatrist Peter Breggin observes in the video: “One of the things in the past that we’ve known about depression is that it very, very rarely leads to violence. It’s only been since the advent of these new SSRI drugs that we’ve had murderers even mass murders taking these antidepressant drugs.”
The question is this: Instead of Piers Morgan, Obama and Joe Biden taking the NRA to task, as Lawrence points out, why hasn’t the White House asked the heads of the pharmaceutical companies to the White House to discuss the issue? After all, aren’t the kids worth it?
Lawrence concludes by asking some very perspicacious questions:
Why aren’t there bills being introduced in Congress and state legislatures to tighten down on the indiscriminate, unmonitored use of these killer drugs?
Why is the government still suppressing information about the shooters’ psychiatric drug use at Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech?
Why is the government turning America into a police state in the name of protecting us against nonexistent “reefer madness” while it turns a blind eye to the real, deadly med madness created by psychiatric drugs and the uncontrollable violent rages they produce in some people?
Could it be there is a quiet conspiracy afoot among pharmaceutical companies, the government and the gun grabbers to make Mr. and Mrs. Gun Owner of America the patsies for the violence and to blame lone-wolf violence on guns rather than psychiatric drugs?
Could it be that power-hungry politicians and gun snatchers are out to exploit rare tragedies such as Sandy Hook and use the blood of innocent children to scare America into giving up its constitutional rights to own and bear arms and use them as a deterrent against tyranny?
Could it be that big pharma is today’s big tobacco?
Could it be there is an intentional effort underway in the centers of power in Washington, DC to hide the truth from the American people about the strong connection between psychiatric drugs and violence and to protect the pharmaceutical companies from civil and criminal charges for their responsibility in these heinous crimes?
Could that be the explanation for why there continue to be lawsuits against gun manufacturers — not for defects in their products but rather for the misuse of their products by drug-addled individuals — and why there are few lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for the obvious flaws in their products, which are producing violence and mayhem?
Could it be the Gun Control movement is simply a blind; just an effort by the triple alliance of left-fascists, big-government politicians and big-pharma prescription-drug dealers to dose and oppress the American people in the name of public safety, “officer safety” and social order?
The fact is, the kinds of guns used by mass shooters are far less relevant than the kinds of drugs they were prescribed.
And while on the topic of drugs, the issue of illegal drugs is also a major contributing issue to gun violence. A former police captain interviewed by Natural News, pulled no punches on the contributing factor of these drugs – particularly methamphetamines. Said this individual: “Most of the gun violence in our city is drug addicts raiding the homes of other drug addicts. The statistics might appear to show a lot of armed robberies and shootings, but it’s really just a small subset of homes or apartments getting raided over and over again by the same people, the drug dealers.” When I asked what the real drug problem was, he answered without hesitation. “Meth.” Not pot, not marijuana, not even heroin. Meth is the drug that drives violent crime in America’s cities.” One then ask oneself, why is it our young are turning to illegal drugs (as well as gangs)? The answer is so blatantly clear, I won’t attempt to insult your intelligence by proffering my opinion here.
We also need to examine the issue of deinstitutionalization of the truly mentally ill. Perhaps the ACLU might be the real reason behind so many mass killings, given their hyper-aggressive legal acts they engage in in this area. James Simpson, cited elsewhere in this paper addresses this issue by noting “In the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry Law (2008), Jason C. Matejkowski and his co-authors reported that 16% of state prisoners who had perpetrated murders were mentally ill … today, while government at most every level has bloated over the past half-century, mental-health treatment has been decimated. Moreover, a 2011 paper by Steven P. Segal at the University of California, Berkeley, … found that a third of the state-to-state variation in homicide rates was attributable to the strength or weakness of involuntary civil-commitment laws” (See more at Restoring Liberty). Sheriff Mike Winters, of Jackson County, OR., made a very similar point in his cogent, well-reasoned interview with local reporters:
Another reason mass shootings are occurring more frequently is that the left has destroyed the last vestiges of personal responsibility honour and respect; while so-called “Hollywierd” pushes filth, violence and the demeaning of fellow humans down the throats of the vulnerable young and the easily suggestible – as they, themselves, make millions on the Faustian bargain. Here’s one story illustrating this very issue, that came out one month after Sandy Hook: Four Young Adults — One the Son of a Police Sergeant — Lured Two Friends to a House, Robbed and Strangled Them and then Played Video Games (Read details of this horrific one here or here). No shooting, no mass press coverage. Police Chief Mike Trafton said: “This is one of the most brutal, heinous and upsetting things I’ve ever seen in my 27 years of law enforcement.” However, it is very indicative of what is happening to the culture, be it prescription drugs, the dissolution of the family, the reduction in religious faith, and more.
Tomorrow will bring installment eight of Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy…
Part 6 of the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy Series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.
“If you don’t have to give up your car because others drive drunk with theirs, then why do you have to give up your gun because others commit crimes with theirs?” -Anonymous
As a matter of fact, as Thomas Sowell points out in his article Invincible Ignorance, gun control apologists are easily disproven by a number of easily verifiable facts: Gun ownership is higher in rural areas than in urban, but urban areas have a higher murder rate; legal gun ownership is higher among whites than blacks, but the murder rate is higher among blacks; and most tellingly, gun ownership doubled in the late 20th century, but the murder rate went down. And while liberals crow that England has stronger gun control laws than the US, with a lower murder rate, a mere scratch beneath the surface exposes serious flaws in the gun grabber argument. Long story short, England has had a lower murder rate than the US for two centuries, and for the bulk of that time, the laws did not differ. In fact, Sowell notes in the mid 1900s, one could buy a shotgun in London with no questions asked, while New York, which had the stringent Sullivan Law restricting gun ownership since 1911, had several times the murder rate of London. In 1954, there were only a dozen armed robberies in London, but by 2000– after stringent gun control laws were put in place – there were over one hundred times as many armed robberies. Sowell concludes by noting “Neither guns nor gun control was the reason for the difference in murder rates. People were the difference.” And one point Sowell left out: if it is true that – as the left posits repeatedly – drug control doesn’t work, why would gun control be any different? With the 300 million guns in the US, how effective would confiscation be? The reality is that there will be plenty of guns left – but only in the hands of criminals. But of course, gun confiscation will not work – even law abiding citizens indicated in a poll that 2/3rds of them would not comply with an order to turn in their guns. In a Fox poll of of U.S. voters, question 46 in the survey of more than 1,000 registered voters asks if there was a gun in the household. Of the 52 % said yes, someone in their home owned a gun . But on to Question 47, addressed to those with a gun in their home: “If the government passed a law to take your guns, would you give up your guns or defy the law and keep your guns?” The response: 65 percent reported they would “defy the law.” But in any event, the whole confiscation issue is absurd: 70% of gun related crimes are committed by repeat offenders, so why the over-the-top obsession about non-offenders?
And gun control happy England had also best not call the kettle black. While the numbers are probably massaged lower than they really are to make things look better, the UK has had a very troubling 77% increase in violent crime recently, with 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000 residents – while what we consider crime ridden South Africa has “only” 1,677. Is CNN’s Piers Morgan listening? And if so, is he intellectually honest enough to address these facts.
If not, the UK’s Telegraph let all the cats out of the bag in a July 2009 article, entitled UK is violent crime capital of Europe. A few salient facts from this article by Richard Edwards, the crime correspondent for the paper: since around the time of England’s gun ban, there has been a 77% increase in murders, robberies, assaults and sexual offenses. In 2007, there were 927 murders (apparently, it’s “gun murders bad, all other murders good” to the left), and 5.4 million crimes in total. In 2007. The Telegraph reported – from figures cited from Eurostat, the EU’s database of statistics – that from 1998 to 2007, “crime in the UK had increased from 652,957 offenses in 1998 to more than 1.15 million crimes in 2007. In other words, with over 2,000 crimes per 100,000 population, the UK – per the Telegraph – is the most violent place in Europe. Interestingly, Japan – which is also disarmed – has a massively lower homicide rate, according to the UN statistics. In fact, for Japan, with a population of around 130 million,total homicides were 506, while the UK, with 53 million people – less than half that of Japan – had 722 homicides, per the most recent data. I.e., England has about three times the murder rate of Japan. Clearly, there are other factors at work – reducing violence to just firearms is grossly simplistic.
And one more truth for your consideration. Less than 48 hours after the Colorado theatre shooting, Mexican “coyote” (illegal alien smuggler) Ricardo Mendoza-Pineda lost control of his Ford F250 pickup on Hwy 59, just outside the town of Golidad, TX., and struck two trees, killing 15, and injuring eight. One of the dead was an eight year old girl. This tragedy killed more human beings than the Colorado theatre shooting, but was buried in the back pages, and I am sure you never heard of this incident. As WND.com asked: “Does a mass killing have to be in a hail of bullets nowadays to make the news. And illegal is illegal… and this happened during the commission of a crime, just like Colorado. Die by the gun, or die by the wheel, you’re still dead, and dead because of crime.” The reality is that gun control is on an agenda by the political left, which is why you never heard about this mass death.
FAMILIES AND GUNS
The truth about gun ownership creating more safety is practically illustrated in Kennesaw, GA – where gun ownership is mandatory for every head of household, per ordinance [Sec 34-21], which states: (a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore, and (b) Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them from using such a firearm. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.”
Kennesaw – contrary to what the gun grabbers would have you believe – is not the Wild West, but rather was voted by Family Circle magazine as one of the nation’s “10 best towns for families.” The city website also claims Kennesaw “has the lowest crime rate in Cobb County” – this in one of the most populated counties in Georgia. In fact, from 1982 through 2009, Kennesaw had only one murder, in 2007, while Mayor Bloomberg’s gun control nirvana New York City in a recent 25-year period had more than 15,000 murders – 2, 245 in 1990 alone – in contrast to Kennesaw, Georgia’s one. Yes, these are clearly different cities. not the exact same timeframes and there are a host of variables to be examined – but fifteen thousand to one?? I, for one, am not going to even bother with doing the math for this. In 2012, Georgia had a crime rate of 4,043.8 per 100,000 population, while Kennesaw had a crime rate only 61% of that – and the violent crime rate was even less. Per CityRating.com, here is what comparative violent crime rate is for Kennesaw:
The real truth is that it is the inter-generational socio-pathology that the left has created that has created this society of killers and psychopaths as PatriotPost has illustrated in a story found here.
Across the western nations, stories such as the following in the Five Minute Forecast abound (this story is set in France, but it could be anywhere from Fort Worth to Philadelphia): A “client was recently telling me about her niece, who has had three children, each from different fathers. She now has a new benefit-scrounging live-in lover. In addition to his own benefits, she provides him with free housing (which he won’t get independently) and pays him 500 Euros a month of her 1500 Euro state handout, to try, out of pathetic desperation, to persuade him to stick around. They plan a fourth child, quite openly for additional revenue generation purposes. Meanwhile the first three play truant and run free, mostly to avoid being hit by this ‘stepfather’. They are feral”(emphasis mine).
And it’s not just France. Moving across a continent, an ocean, and a culture, James Cook of Investment Rarities discusses how the nanny state is destroying a complete value system – resulting in extreme violence. Cook states:
“At one Minnesota reservation mothers tell their daughters to expect to be raped and to keep quiet about it. At South Dakota’s Pine Ridge reservation, population 40,000, there are 3,000 child abuse cases each year. In addition there are 20,000 arrests each year, one for every other person. A tribal officer reports, “We pick up a guy for some alcohol-related offense and are out of town for an hour taking them to jail, and in the meantime people are here clubbing and stabbing each other. Indians were once the most self-sufficient people on earth. For thousands of years they experienced none of the behavioral pathologies present on today’s reservations. What changed them? The government began to support them. They no longer had to make their own way. Idleness and boredom were powerful incentives to mischief. If our government had never given them a penny they would have left the reservations behind and been fully integrated in our society often reaching the upper levels of achievement…” (Source)
As the family recedes (or is shoved by politics) into the background and the nanny state takes over, personal responsibility is destroyed, consciences are seared, and – as shown above – violence increases in at least in one section of society, while another section people – the aging baby boomers – just turns to white collar crime – why kill someone and steal their money, when you can have a lawyer take it, or engage in legal embezzlement a la MF Global. As Cook summarizes the issue by stating “Sometimes it seems easier for a Muslim terrorist to leave his religion than a liberal to see the obvious mess they are making of our country…If you care about people don’t give them money they didn’t earn. It does not rescue them from poverty, it enhances dependence and encourages dysfunction. It is the most destructive social force on earth.” Evidence of cultural degradation? Here’s a few headlines from the post-Thanksgiving “Black Friday” sales: “Gang fight at Black Friday sale”; “Shots fired outside Walmart”; “Customers run over in parking lot”; “Men steal boy’s shopping bag”; and “Shopper robbed at gunpoint outside Best Buy.’
As a matter of fact, a very convincing case can be made that much of the cause of “gun problems” is really caused by the dissolution of the family, as written about in Ruth Dafoe Whitehead’s seminal work on this issue, Dan Quayle Was Right. This, mes amis, is what really lies beneath the issue of violence, similar to the unseen part of an iceberg. To wit: As Off the Grid News points out in 2012, “Since the year 2000, there have been twenty-six cases of mass murder (four or more victims) in the United States, as opposed to twenty combined during the 1980s and 1990s. And before the 1980s, mass killing sprees were actually quite rare in this country, usually averaging no more than one or two per decade.” Time Magazine lists the top mass shootings of the past 50 years. You will notice the gradual increase over the years in frequency of these atrocities. In fact of the top twelve incidents, seven have occurred since 2007. And the top five prior to 2012? Except for Columbine in 1999, the top five were April 16, 2007, Feb. 14, 2008, April 3, 2009, and Nov. 5, 2009 (Source). Indeed, in perhaps the only thing Vladimir Ilyich Lenin got correct, he stated “Destroy the family, you destroy the country.” And his leftist scions are doing a pretty good job at both.
Indeed, African-American Walter Williams writes in Are Guns the Problem, “When I attended primary and secondary school – during the 1940s and ’50s – one didn’t hear of the kind of shooting mayhem that’s become routine today. Why? It surely wasn’t because of strict firearm laws. My replica of the 1902 Sears mail-order catalog shows 35 pages of firearm advertisements. People just sent in their money, and a firearm was shipped. Dr. John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime, reports that until the 1960s, some New York City public high schools had shooting clubs where students competed in citywide shooting contests for university scholarships. They carried their rifles to school on the subways and, upon arrival, turned them over to their homeroom teacher or the gym coach and retrieved their rifles after school for target practice. Virginia’s rural areas had a long tradition of high-school students going hunting in the morning before school and sometimes storing their rifles in the trunks of their cars that were parked on school grounds. Often a youngster’s 12th or 14th birthday present was a shiny new .22-caliber rifle, given to him by his father.” What has changed since William’s early days? He cites statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics, where – in 2010 – there were 828,000 non-fatal criminal incidents in our schools, including almost a half million thefts, 359,000 violent attacks, of which 91,400 were serious. As well, 145,100 public school teachers were physically attacked, and 276,700 threatened. In a similar article, Williams also writes: “Many of today’s youngsters begin the school day passing through metal detectors. Guards patrol school hallways, and police cars patrol outside. Despite these measures, assaults, knifings and shootings occur. … For well over a half-century, the nation’s liberals and progressives … have waged war on traditions, customs and moral values. These people taught their vision, that there are no moral absolutes, to our young people. To them, what’s moral or immoral is a matter of convenience, personal opinion or a consensus. … Customs, traditions, moral values and rules of etiquette, not laws and government regulations, are what make for a civilized society. … The importance of customs, traditions and moral values as a means of regulating behavior is that people behave themselves even if nobody’s watching. Police and laws can never replace these restraints on personal conduct so as to produce a civilized society.” The war by the leftists’ on moral values and absolutes is perspicaciously captured by Williams in the above quote.
And besides, if ban on alcohol didn’t work, the ban on marijuana never worked, the ban on illegal immigrants didn’t work, why would banning guns be followed – and by criminals to boot?
Dr. Pat Fagan diagnoses the family problem exactly as Williams does. “The real work of reducing violent crime is the work of rebuilding the family. Institutions in the community, such as the church and the school, have demonstrated their importance in helping to restore stability. Government agencies, on the other hand, are powerless to increase marital and parental love; they are powerless to increase or guarantee care and attention in a family; they are powerless to increase the ability of adults to make and keep commitments and agreements. Instead, thanks to policies that do little to preserve the traditional family and much to undermine it, government continues to misdiagnose the root cause of social collapse as an absence of goods and services. This misdiagnosis is government’s own contribution to the growth of crime. Having misdiagnosed, it misleads.
The cause of violent crime isn’t gun policy–it’s family policy. And until Americans step back and examine the real problem, the President will continue exploiting these tragedies to accomplish his ultimate goal: expanding government at the expense of personal freedom.” Fagan also notes:
Over the past thirty years, the rise in violent crime parallels the rise in families abandoned by fathers.
High-crime neighborhoods are characterized by high concentrations of families abandoned by fathers.
State-by-state analysis by Heritage scholars indicates that a 10 percent increase in the percentage of children living in single-parent homes leads typically to a 17 percent increase in juvenile crime.
The rate of violent teenage crime corresponds with the number of families abandoned by fathers.
The type of aggression and hostility demonstrated by a future criminal often is foreshadowed in unusual aggressiveness as early as age five or six.
The future criminal tends to be an individual rejected by other children as early as the first grade who goes on to form his own group of friends, often the future delinquent gang.
African-American columnist Larry Elder, in his Gun Culture’ — What About the ‘Fatherless Culture? goes even further, discussing race and the absence of fathers in the black family (the problem which is also increasing in other races – while in fact, many don’t even see this as a problem!).Elder says the face of gun violence is not Sandy Hook, but Chicago. Half of the gun murders each year involve both black killers and black victims, mostly in the city and – tellingly – gang related. It has been a half century since Daniel Patrick Moynihan The Negro Family: A Case for National Action. When he wrote this, 25% of blacks were born out of wedlock, and it was a national scandal. Today? That number is 72%,of blacks, 36% of white children and 53% of Hispanic children born outside of marriage. Elder quotes Rutgers University sociology professor David Popenoe, who wrote “Life Without Father” in 1996,”where he describes the ‘massive erosion’ of fathers in America. Popenoe concluded that boys raised without fathers were more likely to have problems with drugs, alcohol, behavior and social interactions. Several studies during the ’90s found that disruption in family structures was a predictor of children’s gang involvement”. How many of these mass murder types came from broken homes, such as Adam Lanza did? Elder concludes with the story of Tupac Shakur, who stated before his death, “I know for a fact that had I had a father, I’d have some discipline. I’d have more confidence.” He stated he hung out with gangs because he wanted to belong to a family structure, and it offered structure, support and protection — the kind of thing we once expected home and from a father. (See also Elder’s article on violence and fatherlessness.)
As a matter of fact, as Human Events points out, “Controlling for socioeconomic status, race and place of residence, the strongest predictor of whether a person will end up in prison is that he was raised by a single mother. At least 70 percent of juvenile murderers, pregnant teenagers, high school dropouts, teen suicides, runaways and juvenile delinquents were raised by single mothers. A study back in 1990 by the Progressive Policy Institute showed that, absent single motherhood, there would be no difference in black and white crime rates.”
We have established that the family is in decline, with the black family showing the most erosion. And as if on cue, while whites comprise approximately 67% of the population, Hispanics 16% and blacks, 13%, blacks are responsible for roughly half the murders in the US today, with the murder rate among blacks is eight times as high as among whites. This is not a comment on race – rather, it is comment on the decline of the family. In the old days, we had both fathers and lax gun laws in the culture, with almost non-existent mass shootings. Today we have no fathers, much stronger gun laws, andmore shootings – particularly as exemplified in the declining black family. You do the math. (Incidentally, African-American Walter Williams writes in Cultural Deviancy, Not Guns, that the low marriage rate among blacks is recent, with census data showing a slightly higher percentage of black adults had married than white adults from 1890 to 1940. It is not racism that caused the dissolution of the black family; rather, it is the nanny state.)
The above notwithstanding, who is committing the mass of gun murders, statistically speaking? Another interesting question, which again should be laid at the feet of the left, who have caused this situation, too. The fact of the matter is that, as WND reports, according to the FBI, it is criminal street gangs – usually made up of illegal aliens with absentee fathers – that are acquiring the high powered, military-style weapons to take on both the public and the police. WND reports “Criminal street gangs are responsible for the majority of violent crimes within the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs, according to a 2009 report by the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, or NDIC.” Judicial Watch comes to the exact same conclusion. And if you are thinking Mexican drug cartel involvement, you are exactly correct. Unfortunately, the NDIC was one government programme (perhaps the only one!) Obama didn’t like, for the NDIC was shut down June, 2011, with their reports on this completely scrubbed from the Justice Department’s website. (So much for that “transparent government” promise, yet again! More disappearing documentation – just like Obama’s university transcripts) The FBI reported in 2011 there were 33,000 gangs, with 1.4 million members in street, prison, motorcycle and other types of gangs. One study in Virginia found that 90% of perhaps the most violent gangs, the MS-13, are illegal immigrants, while USA Today – quoting 1 million gang members in 2009 – revealed that up to 80% of crime is committed by gangs. The Dept. of Justice website is a good place to start your own research.
A few random examples are instructive: In San Francisco an MS-13 gang member murdered a father and son with an assault weapon because their car blocked his from making a turn. In Los Angeles an MS-13 member just released from prison murdered a high school football star as he walked home from the mall. In Maryland a 14-year-old honors high school student was shot to death on a crowded public bus by an MS-13 illegal Salvadoran alien. And I am positive you have never read of a single one of these incidents, unless it happened locally. Where is the outcry to “save our children.” Oh… wait. Illegal aliens are simply “undocumented,” and part of the privileged group, so issues like this are not reported by a complicit media.
But illegal alien or not, fatherlessness draws boys to gangs. Does Tupac Shapur’s quote above, about an absent father, start to ring any bells?
Off the Grid News also attributes mass murders to psychiatric drugs, as do people like Dr. Ignatius Piazza, founder and director of Front Sight, but ultimately, this may boil down to the same issue, as the destruction of the family leads to psycho-social pathologies, which are often, in turn, treated by drugs. As if on cue, Dr. Joel Rosenburg notes in his Flashtraffic email that violent crime in the United States has surged by more than 460 percent since 1960 – you know… since the sexual revolution, no fault divorce, swinging/wife swapping and a decade later abortion – began in earnest. Yes, violent crime in general is down in the more recent decades (starting the early 1990s) – perhaps attributable to the aging population – but this is at the same time gun ownership is skyrocketing, as noted above. This may well prove the point: gun ownership isn’t the central issue in these mass murders – rather, psycho-social maladjustment is. The problem is not guns; rather it is the absence of moral conscience – aided and abetted by a corrupt, leftist Hollywood, and the lack of intact, nuclear families. As the UK’s Guardian reported Dec. 2012, a dad is the tenth most popular Christmas wish for children in the UK, while in the US, one in three children live without their father, as the number of two-parent households have fallen by 1.2 million over the past 10 years. (Source) If one can read, one should be able to understand what the destroyed family means, and how it impacts everything – including the increase in mass murders by youth adrift both mentally morally.
As CS Lewis warned us decades ago in The Abolition of Man, “We make men (and now boys) without chests (hearts, morals) and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate, then bid the geldings be fruitful.” Maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised at the mass killings and violence our young men are perpetrating. One random headline illustrates the issue perfectly – the day I edited this paper, several news outlets reported this story: Woman set on fire in L.A. as she sleeps on bench. How did the perpetrator come to this point in his life? The story doesn’t say – but perhaps it doesn’t need to… and I would wager good money on what his probable personal history was.
Don’t believe that the dissolution of the family is an issue? In Society Muck Up: Why 6-Year-Old Girls Want to Be Sexy, Regis Giles cites studies indicating “Most girls as young as 6 are already beginning to think of themselves as sex objects, according to a new study of elementary school-age kids in the Midwest.” Six year old sexual objects? Really? If you think this is “normal” or ‘OK,” or think this will lead to well-adjusted young women (in this case), I suspect there is a “Yes we can” chant in you need to be at.
Meanwhile, the organization Childhelp, which assists children affected by violence released a report stating that 3.3 million reports of violence, affecting over about 6 million children are received annually. Every day in the country more than five children die for reasons related to violence. 14% of men in U.S. prisons have experienced childhood abuse, as well as 36% of female prisoners. This violence is a result of parent who, in many cases, were themselves often parentless, unchurched and undisciplined. Five children a day dying is the equivalent of almost 100 Sandy Hooks per year – but still we ignore what Moynihan warned of, and add to it yet more.
In 2011, BBC conducted an investigation and discovered over the last 10 years, over 20,000 children have died in the U.S. in their own homes at the hands of family members. Perhaps outrage over Sandy Hook ought to be replaced by outrage over what the left has done to our families.
Still not convinced? Still blaming guns? Try this on for size: There is a video game, Kindergarten Killer,that you, dear reader, can play. Here is the description of the game:
“As a hitman for hire, you were recently given orders to take out the headmaster of a kindergarten school. Your job is to not ask questions, so you carry on with the job and head to the school. One thing leads to the next and you accidentally kill a teacher. The kids saw it and they get riled up. The children rise up in arms and open fire at you at every chance they get. But despite everything that happened, your target still roams alive so you head back to the office and kill your target before heading back to the office. Enjoy a crazy shootout in Kindergarten Killer.” There are hundreds of other, similar games out there. Did the Connecticut shooter play them? Had he watched – and been desensitized – by the garbage Hollywood puts out? It has been said a child growing up in the US today will see 16,000 murders and 20,000 acts of violence before he reaches age 18. Why has no one in the media been asking questions on this issue nature, rather than just focus on guns themselves? And dare anyone in the media take on the Hollywood Industrial complex? Although, as a side note, some of Hollywood has taken on the pro-gun attitude, including – amazingly – Whoopi Goldberg being a member of the NRA, along with James Earl Jones. Avengers star Jeremy Renner is a gun owner, and E! reports Robert DeNiro and Jennifer Lopez have applied to carry guns, while gun owner Angelina Jolie has stated: “If anybody comes into my home and tries to hurt my kids, I’ve no problem shooting them.” Husband Brad Pitt also is a gun owner.
Ben Stein summarizes the issue of the Sandy Hook mass shooting at Spectator.org, stating “I read that the killer was socially awkward (putting it mildly) and “reserved.” I know what that often means. He spent much of his miserable life playing shoot ’em up video games on line or on machines. I see a troubled young man doing that often. Up close and personal. In these games, the “player” just spends his whole day attempting to exercise and exorcize his loneliness and low self-esteem by shooting imaginary creatures and creating damage all day long. At a certain point, just “killing” on the console blurs into doing it in real life. “Killing” is just what the kid does all his life. How much of a stretch is it for him to shoot into a movie theater or a political gathering or a kindergarten in “real life” if his life is so pitiful that he does not know what’s real and what is not? If you are looking for a villain, try shoot ’em up games.”
Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Grossman, the famed author of the highly acclaimed “On Killing,” a heavily referenced, Marine Corps commandant required reading, historical study on training U.S. soldiers to learn to kill has some observations about our video violence saturated society. In a Human Events article, Grossman notes that we can understand mass murders the same way we learned to increase the firing rate for US infantrymen from 15-20% in World War II to 90% or better in Vietnam, by using one simple explanation: Skinnerian, operant conditioning – or put more baldly, simply desensitizing soldiers to taking a human life. Examples of this would be shooting life-like figures, or using rhythmic shooting exercises, etc. Grossman’s thesis is that today we are doing the same to our young with our video games, as well as (leftist!) Hollywood movies and TV. The Human Events article noted in 2000, the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry made this joint statement for a Congressional health summit.
“At this time, well over 1,000 studies, including reports from the Surgeon General’s office, the National Institute of Mental Health, and numerous studies conducted by leading figures within our medical and public health organizations—our own members—point overwhelmingly to a causal connection between media violence and aggressive behavior in some children,” they wrote. “The conclusion of the public health community, based on over 30 years of research, is that viewing entertainment violence can lead to increases in aggressive attitudes, values and behavior, particularly in children.”
Grossman has a more recent book, Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill, that explores this issue more fully. Says Grossman “The killers, they all had one thing in common: they dropped out of life, and they immersed themselves in the culture of violence.” Ring a bell for anyone? And regarding the video angle, he adds “No one should be talking book banning. The research doesn’t support that. What the research tells us is we’ve got to stop violent visual imagery inflicted upon children and we’ve got to treat it like automobiles, or firearms, or sex.” Grossman adds that we also restrict things such as tobacco, pornography, and alcohol by age, as children are not yet physically or mentally mature enough to deal with these things safely. If we don’t, Grossman warns : “This generation is going to give us evil like nothing we’ve seen before, Grossman said. “Sandy Hook is just the beginning.”
But perhaps the matter is best summed up by Selwyn Duke, who wrote “[W]e worry that a child witnessing one parent continually abuse the other will learn to be violent, as children learn by example. Yet often forgotten is that while a person can model behavior seven feet away from the television, he can also model it seven feet away through the television. … We’ve transitioned from a pre-TV America where boys sometimes brought real guns to school for target shooting to a TV-addicted America where boys bring toy guns to school and get suspended. And, of course, the reasons for this societal sea change are complex. But if we’re going to point to one factor, is it wiser to blame the AR-15 than PG-13?”
To which I simplly add: Just don’t tell Learjet leftists of Hollywood any of the above – they are too busy making good money off all of this, while at the same time shedding crocodile tears over massacres while going everywhere with armed bodyguards and full time security around their Learjet leftist mansions. Do I exaggerate? Two months after the horrible Sandy Hook massacre, the top two movies at the box office were Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D and Django Unchained. The January 2013 edition of Parents Television Council – one month after Sandy Hook! – gave following samples about current TV shows: Law and Order: Special Victims Unit had one show with a prostitute helping detectives catch a mass murderer – replete with bloody scenes of victims shot in the head; American Horror Story had shows (it is disgusting even to write this, let alone watch it!) where a mass murderer was sucking the breasts of a lactating prostitute, then killing her; a mad scientist sawing off the head of a victim; the same scientist murdering a woman, then having sex with her corpse; a nun raping a priest (don’t ask me! I didn’t watch it!); a killer dressed as Santa Claus raping a man, his wife and his daughter on Christmas eve; The Following, premiering Jan. 17th (celebrating the one month “anniversary” of Sandy Hook, perhaps?) glorified an escaped serial killer who set up a “social network” of copycat killers who now murder on his command, shows people set on fire, a victim’s jugular being slashed open; a dog being gutted and left to bleed to death, and the obligatory graphic sex. Boasted Kevin Williamson, it is “not for the faint of heart.” I guess so. PTC reports that Williamson “takes pride in the fact that the show was inspired by the Columbine shootings.” CBS President Nina Tassler states about her network “Nothing that is on our air is inappropriate” – yet she will not let her own 14 year old daughter watch the graphically violent Criminal Minds show.
Most people, of course, will not go out and perform copycat crimes. Of course, a small, disturbed percentage will. Mick LaSalle notes in PTC that like the Taliban, this garbage “targets disenfranchised young men and boys who are unformed and weak in personality.” And just as bad is the fact that all this electronic manure desensitizes and degrades the culture overall.
Tune in tomorrow for the 7th installment of this 10 part series…
Part 5 of the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy Series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.
“…sort of like the people who repeat foolish slogans like “guns kill” – as though guns sprout little feet when no one is looking and run around shooting people all by themselves.”
– Doug Casey, financial columnist
GUN CONTROL AND OTHER COUNTRIES
Of course, some readers won’t like the Founding Fathers (no tolerance for “dead white guys” that gave the world the best – if not perfect – example of a free country ever in the history of man) or intimating that the Obama’s government isn’t perfect. So I then refer you to politically correct exhibit B, from Mahatma Gandhi’s, own mouth: “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” Or exhibit C: As a former policeman commented to me, “Can you trust the United States government…sure, just ask an American Indian.” Let’s not forget exhibit D, either, from the Dalai Lama in the Seattle Times, May 15, 2001: “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” I will intentionally omit mentioning that the Obama administration’s drone attacks have most likely killed many more innocent children than the Sandy Hook shooter – that will be something you, yourself, can investigate (but to help you you can start with this story – which you never read about in the MSM – that killed children, just like Sandy Hook: “The villagers who rushed to the road, cutting through rocky fields in central Yemen, found the dead strewn around a burning sport utility vehicle. The bodies were dusted with white powder — flour and sugar, the witnesses said — that the victims were bringing home from market when the aircraft attacked. A torched woman clutched her daughter in a lifeless embrace. Four severed heads littered the pavement.
“The bodies were charred like coal. I could not recognize the faces,” said Ahmed al-Sabooli, 22, a farmer whose parents and 10-year-old sister were among the dead. “Then I recognized my mother because she was still holding my sister in her lap. That is when I cried” – full story here. Apparently certain “collateral” damage is OK? By one account, as of Jan. 2013, in Pakistan alone, nearly 900 civilians have been reported killed, including 176 children. Joel Bowman, in his Feb. 23, 2013 article, To Drone or Not to Drone, cites similar horrific statistics, noting Obama’s ‘targeted killing’ operations have so far resulted in the deaths of between 473 and 893 civilians in Pakistan. Of these victims, 176 were children. They had names like Syed Wali Shah, a seven year-old boy, and Maezol Khan, an eight year old girl. Between 1,270 and 1,433 innocent people were reported injured in the attacks. Any word from the Obama worshipping leftist media on these children’s deaths, which far dwarf the numbers at Sandy Hook?
And then there is the petition from women in India, per the Times of India, where females in this country are demanding gun licenses from the licensing department of the Delhi Police, particularly after on brutal gang rape occurred in Dec., 2012. See, “Delhi Women gun for Licenses; Rape Triggers Big rush to Acquire Arms.” So much for the “dead white guys” canard.
And I ask you this: What sorrow has anyone in the Obama administration offered for the hundreds of Mexicans who were killed by the Fast & Furious scandal – for which Obama invoked executive privilege to prevent facts from coming out? Any comment on the young Mexican beauty queen, Maria Susana Flores Gomes, pictured here, who was killed by the Obama administration’s Fast and Furious guns?
Any word from the gun grabbers on this story below, which came out right after Sandy Hook on 10 January, 2013: with nary a peep from the left:
The “Obama administration defended agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s use of force against the 11-year-old and 14-year-old daughters of Thomas and Rosalie Avina. The “excessive” force included putting a gun to the youngest girl’s head. Attorney’s for the Obama administration defended the actions of the agents arguing that “the DEA agents’ conduct was plainly reasonable under the circumstances.” The sound from the left on this one? Crickets.
On the other hand, multiple genocidal dictators have stated their love for gun control. Here’s a few: From Joseph Stalin, who established gun control in 1929: “If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.” A very informative, 4 minutes that includes Stalin’s use of gun confiscation:
The USSR murdered around 61 million; Mao stated “War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.” Mao may have murdered around 20 -30 million – and, like all other tyrants, he never did put down the gun. Adolf Hitler at a dinner talk on April 11, 1942 said: “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or native police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order throughout the occupied Russian territories, and a system of military strong-points must be evolved to cover the entire occupied country.” Idi Amin, who established gun control in 1971, killed a “mere” 300,000 (remember, to leftists, Stalin’s dictum is sacrosanct: “The death of a single person is a tragedy; the death of million is a mere statistic”). And then there is the “Hero of Waco,” Janet Reno, who betrayed the real goal behind the incrementalists, by stating “Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. Prohibition of firearms is the goal.” Then, of course, there is tyrant wannabe Joe Biden, who went on record after Sandy Hook as saying “It is clearly within the right of the government to determine what type of weapons can be owned by the public.”
Heck, even the hacker group Anonymous has come out against Obama’s gun control by stating: “Throughout history, authoritarian governments have used gun violence as an excuse to take people’s firearms and control their population. This is exactly what Adolf Hitler did to disarm the German people and look at the atrocities his administration did. Obama has been working hard to try and ban all semi-automatic weapons and shot guns while at the same time increasing the weapons and firepower that police and government agencies have.”
CONCEALED CARRY, CRIMINALS AND ENFORCEMENT OF GUN CONTROL
And exactly how is the Obama administration going to enforce their gun laws? Hire Janet Reno to come back and conduct a thousand Wacos around the country? And what will they do with states, such as Wyoming with its Firearms Protection Acts, which is a law being introduced that would arrest any federal agents who try to enforce Obama’s gun laws? In any event, as Awr Hawkings notes, in Nancy Pelosi’s rush to jam Obamacare down America’s throat, she, along with Obama, apparently forgot Senate amendment 3276, Sec. 2716, part c – slipped into the bill to the bill to buy off the NRA during that fight. Specifically, this section states that the government cannot use doctors to collect “any information relating to the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition.” So one more avenue is closed.
But to return from this issue to the present – what about concealed carry? Statistics from the recent past show states that passed concealed carry reduced their murder rate by 8.5%, rapes by 5% and robbery by 3%. Florida, which passed concealed carry in 1987, saw its higher than average homicide rate drop 52% during the following 15 years after passage, to below the national average. You are correct that correlation is not causation, but concealed carry did not result in chaos, as the left stated would surely happen. In fact, the average Floridian is more likely to be attacked by an alligator than by a concealed carry holder. After the law was passed, per David Kupelian, “eight of Florida’s 10 largest cities experienced drastic decreases in homicide rates from 1987 through 1995: Jacksonville, down 46 percent; Miami, down 13 percent; Tampa Bay, down 24 percent; Orlando, down 41 percent; Fort Lauderdale, down 53 percent; Hollywood, down 30 percent; Clearwater, down 21 percent; and Miami Beach down an incredible 93 percent.” As of mid-2011, there are 2,031,106 concealed carry permits issued in Florida and the last time I checked, there were zero shootouts at the OK Corral over the past two and half decades in Florida, other than ones conducted by gangs using illegal weapons. Indeed, as US Senator Orrin Hatch stated, “The effect of that legislation on state crime rates has been astonishing. The predictions of the gun-control advocates were wrong, flat wrong.” And danger from concealed carriers is virtually nonexistent. Statistics from Dr. John Lott found one 18 year period where only 23 handgun murders were committed by those who had concealed carry permits. This is as opposed to 400,000 lives saved every year by defensive gun use (per Dr. Gary Kleck, Florida State University).
And coming from a totally unexpected quarter, the Sacramento Bee – out of socialist California – noted in a Dec. 30, 2012 article that even as gun dealers sold 600,000 guns in California last year – as opposed to 350,000 in 2002 – “gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California… During that same period, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,800, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health. Firearm-related deaths fell from about 3,200 annually to about 2,800, an 11 percent drop, state health figures show.”
Similarly, DickMorrisTV.com, in his Feb. 7th, 2013 video entitled “Guns Up, Homicides Down,” noted that from 1987 to 2013, the percentage of Americans owning guns has risen from 36% to 46% – while at the same time deaths are down during that same time by 42%. Hardly the “epidemic” of violence the left is blathering about.
As a matter of fact, the US. Dept. of Justice, in its (admittedly dated) publication, “The Armed Criminal in America: A Survey of Incarcerated Felons, Research Report July, 1985,” stated that 60% of felons they surveyed agreed that “a criminal is not going to mess around with a victim he knows is armed with a gun”; 74% agreed with the statement “one reason burglars avoid houses when people are at home is that they fear being shot during the crime”; and finally, 57% of felons agreed that “criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into police.” A more recent survey found that of male felons in 11 state prisons across the USA, 34% had been scared off, wounded or captured by an armed victim of their crime; 40% of felons made a decision not to commit a crime because they feared the potential victim had a gun; 69%of felons knew other fellow criminals who had been scared off or captured by an armed victim, and 57% of felons polled agreed that “criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police.” And how do criminals get their guns? A study about guns and felons, found that, from the result of interviewing more than 18,000 state and federal inmates conducted nationwide, almost 80 % of those interviewed got their guns from friends or family members, or on the street through illegal purchases.” It is for this reason that the head of the Illinois State Rifle Association, Richard Pearson, stated – after a 15 year old girl, Hadiya Pendleton, was shot and killed Jan., 2013, just blocks from Barack Obama’s tony home in an upscale Chicago neighborhood – that “Gun laws in Chicago only restrict the law-abiding citizens and they’ve essentially made the citizens prey.”
And as long as we are talking surveys, presumably 100% of the felons surveyed didn’t like the grub where they were incarcerated.
Statistical comparisons with other countries also show that burglars in the United States are far less apt to enter an occupied home than their foreign counterparts who live in countries where fewer civilians own firearms.
Based on a 2000 study, Americans use guns to defend themselves from crime and violence 989,883 times annually – generally against criminals who have no problem acquiring guns illegally. A recent nationwide survey of almost 5,000 households found that over a five-year period 3.5 percent of households had a member who used a gun to protect themselves, their family, or their property. This also adds up to about the same 1,000,000 incidents annually. During the Clinton era, the Justice Department identified 1.5 million cases per year of citizens using guns to defend themselves. Newer studies all point towards a figure of 2.5 million — that’s the new number for how many times Americans defend themselves from violent criminals each year. And when it comes to women, the old Jimmy Carter Justice Department found that of more than 32,000 attempted rapes, 32 percent were actually committed. But when a woman was armed with a gun or knife, only 3 percent of the attempted rapes were actually successful. Today’s statistics show each year about 200,000 women use a gun to defend themselvesfrom a sexual crime or abuse. As one case in point – showing there is no way the left will ever learn from history – way back in in 1966 the city of Orlando, FL., in response to a spike in sexual assaults, offered firearms training for women. Rapes droped by almost 88% the following year.
And no, as Democrat strategist Zerlina Maxwell stated about reducing rape vis-à-vis the gun issue, her “solution” is not going to work: “I don’t think that we should be telling women anything. I think we should be telling men not to rape women and start the conversation there. … We can prevent rape by telling men not to commit it.”
Meanwhile as gun sales climb to record highs – 47% of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property, and given that many gun owners have multiple guns, there may be more guns now than Americans – 2010 FBI data shows violent crime continuing to fall in the United States, with homicides dropping out of the top 15 causes of death in the country. These statistics undermine a favorite argument of anti-gun groups that “more guns equal more crime.” Rather, the reverse is true. As Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel noted, “These statistics vividly demonstrate that the lawful possession and use of firearms by law-abiding Americans does not cause crime…There have never been more firearms in civilian possession in the history of the United States, and crime, including homicide, continues to decline throughout the country.” In fact, guns cause crime about as much as cameras cause child pornography, and if it is true that guns kill, how does anyone ever get out of a gun show alive?
The US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world, with 5% of the world’s population owning 35–50% of the world’s civilian-owned guns, so it must have the highest death by firearm rate, right? As a matter of fact, if one looks at all 178 countries in the world at the Small Arms Survey website, the US is #28. Not in the top ten, not the top dozen, not the top twenty or even twenty five. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime can also be examined to verify this data, with a shorter summary of this data found at the UK Guardian’s website. As Yogi Berra might have said, “Who’d a thunk the UN would ever support gun ownership!
But if you need the gun ownership vs. violent crime condensed into a simple graph, here it is.
The truth is, when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns (in fact, per official Dept. of Justice statistics, only 8% of guns used in a crime are purchased legally). The truth is, that the Colorado shooter would still have found ways to get, or make weapons, even if they had been made illegal – certainly, Timothy McVeigh and the leftist Unibomber found a way, and the Columbine killers had set bombs that didn’t go off, but police determines could have killed up to 488 students if they had gone off as the killers had planned. The truth is if guns kill people, then pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk, and spoons made Oprah fat. The truth is that one never sees gun murders at gun shows, where guns are seemingly every two steps one takes. And finally, the truth is that, as Stephen Dubner wrote, “far more children die each year in swimming pool accidents than in gun incidents.” Truly, if America bans’ guns, then the criminals would buy guns just as easily as they now buy illegal drugs or fake IDs. And of course, simple historical lessons like the prohibition era are totally lost of the gun grabbers. While background checks are presented as a cure all by Obama, the truth is that his executive orders will not “keep guns out of the hands of criminals by strengthening the background-check system.” Rather, people with ill intent won’t be walking into a gun shop anytime soon and submit to background checks – they will just go to the black market. Background checks are fine insofar as that goes, but to present them as a cure-all is a fraud. At the late professor, American Enterprise Institute scholar and presidential Medal of Freedom recipient James Q. Wilson wrote, “The tragedy at Virginia Tech may tell us something about how a young man could be driven to commit terrible actions, but it does not teach us very much about gun control.” And relative to tougher background checks, Wilson added, “…access to guns would be relatively easy … many would be stolen, and others would be obtained through straw purchases by a willing confederate. It is virtually impossible to use new background-check or waiting-period laws to prevent dangerous people from getting guns. Those they cannot buy, they will steal or borrow.”
Besides, as a video from Defense Distributed recently showed the world, if criminals want high capacity magazines, it won’t be long at all before people can simply print their own 30 round magazines in their local 3-D printing (see Alt-Market for more information.)
And one more point needs to be mentioned about gun shows and background checks while we are at it. John Malcolm writes that a claimed 40% bypass of background checks for gun purchases made at gun shows or non-firearm dealer. This is demonstrably false. This data is now 20 years old – and worse, it was skewed even when it was done, relying on a telephone survey of just 251 people in 1991-2 when the number was 35.7%, +/- 6%. While this could have been rounded down to 29.7 percent, our dear leftist rounded it UP to 40%. Gee, who woulda thunk! Of course, if you subtracted the number of those who got their gun as an inheritance, gift or prize the number dropped to 26.4% As a matter of fact, the number of people who actually bought guns at gun shows, as determined by this survey in 1994, was only 3.9%. But close enough for government work right? Yet the 40% number is trotted out today (such as the statement by Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson Malcolm concludes the ham-handing of this faux data by summarizing “Citing this data as evidence of how many firearms are currently purchased through private sales not subject to background checks is akin to citing data about current seat belt usage that is derived from a limited sample taken years before a mandatory seat belt law went into effect or before cars were even required to have seat belts.”
Come back tomorrow for the next installment of the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy series!
This is part 4 of 10 in the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy Series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.
“During World War II, six million Swiss had guns and six million Jews did not.” - Author unknown
FIREARMS AND THE CONSTITUTION
Thus, it appears George Washington had it exactly right, when he said “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence… from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable… the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honour with all that’s good.” And another extremely explicit quote from Washington about the real purpose of arms: “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” James Madison felt similarly, stating in the Federalist No. 46, in 1788 “”Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.” And George Mason, in a speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788 state “[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, – who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.”
Yet another Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson agreed with Washington and Madison, saying “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.” Jefferson also noted “The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed ” and “The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Cesare Beccaria, another, lesser known Founding Father, also concurred with Jefferson, noting: “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. … Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
Now, if you are concerned these might have been the only two founding fathers in support of the right to bear arms, I direct you to the website Cap-N-Ball, where you will read over a dozen other quotes from founding fathers strongly encouraging the right to bear arms, including more by George Mason, co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia’s Convention to ratify the Constitution, 1788 who wrote, “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” Richard Henry Lee, American Statesman, 1788 penned “To preserve liberty, it is essential that that whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” Noah Webster himself wrote in his “An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, in 1787, “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.” And of course Patrick Henry hit the nail on the head when he stated to the Virginia Ratifying Convention “O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical, no longer a democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?” And Henry may have well sounded the same rallying cry today that he did over 200 years ago, when he asked “Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense?” A very instructive 10 minute YouTube of Founding Father quotes on guns:
Joseph Story, who served on the Supreme Court from 1811 to 1845, and is known for his authoritative Commentaries on the Constitution, made crystal clear what the Founders thought the 2nd Amendment was about and for:
The importance of this article will scarcely be doubted by any persons, who have duly reflected upon the subject. The militia is the natural defense of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpations of power by rulers. It is against sound policy for a free people to keep up large military establishments and standing armies in time of peace, both from the enormous expenses, with which they are attended, and the facile means, which they afford to ambitious and unprincipled rulers, to subvert the government, or trample upon the rights of the people. The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.‟
The fact is that the Founding Fathers knew – and as was expressly stated in the Constitution – that our rights come from the Creator, not government. And because this is so, government cannot rescind them from the common man. That is, unless, the government is of, perhaps, the National Socialist persuasion – in which case you would find laws like the Nazi Weapons Law of November 11, 1938, the Regulations Against Jews’ Possession of Weapons.
Even in modern times, Ronald Reagan understood the issue, stating “The gun has been called the great equalizer, meaning that a small person with a gun is equal to a large person, but it is a great equalizer in another way, too. It insures that the people are the equal of their government whenever that government forgets that it is servant and not master of the governed” and “There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism — government.” (This is the same Reagan that reminded us that “”We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions” and “When dictators come to power, the first thing they do is take away the people’s weapons. … I do not believe that [our nation’s leaders] have any desire to impose a dictatorship upon us. But this does not mean that such will always be the case. A nation rent internally, as ours has been in recent years, is always ripe for a ‘man on a white horse.’ A deterrent to that man, or to any man seeking unlawful power, is the knowledge that those who oppose him are not helpless.” )
But let’s leave Reagan behind as another conservative leftists hate. So… how about Hubert Humphrey, Democrat vice president under LBJ. Here’s his thoughts on guns: “The right of the citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” Earlier, John F. Kennedy similarly noted, “Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life.” Hardly Dianne Feinstein!
And prior to Humphrey, in 1943 Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson created legal precedent about the inherent – viz., natural rights that are recognized, not granted by the American government, that “The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote’ they depend on the outcome of no elections.” I might mention that the 2nd Amendment is – ummm – one of the amendments!
In our present day, fellow conservative Allan West concurred with Reagan, noting “An armed man is a citizen. A disarmed man is a subject.” Columnist Christopher Brownell summarized both West’s and Reagan’s sentiments by stating“Turning men into slaves is not love. But that is what gun control is all about: turning men into slaves. Love for mankind is not in taking care of him, but in letting him be free to take care of himself. With gun control, liberals want to take away the means for men to preserve their liberty.” But perhaps the pithiest comments came from Sen. Rand Paul, who – when asked about Obama’s gun control laws by CBN – simply stated “I’m against having a king.I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress, that’s someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch,” and Gov. Rick Perry, who said “Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror. “There is evil prowling in the world – it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds. As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.”
Indeed, it appears ex-Secret Service agent Mike Bongino was correct when he said about the whole gun grabber agenda “There is no such thing as gun control, there’s only people control.”
Bongino concludes by noting the right to own guns is not granted by legislator, any more than the right to free speech or the right of free assembly. Rather, the right to these – as well as the right to own firearms – is intrinsically the citizens right, and recognized, not granted. And the reason, Bongino notes, is that we live in a society of wolves – and you cannot fight back by creating more sheep.
Interestingly, even in Piers Morgan’s England, Sir William Blackstone, in his 1765 Commentaries on the Laws of England, a seminal work that profoundly influenced America’s founders, said that having arms for defense is a “natural right of resistance and self-preservation.”
Now… as you reflect on these quotes, call to mind quotes of gun control fanatics like Rep. Jerrold Nadler (Communist – NY) who told a reporter: “the state should have a monopoly on legitimate violence.” Of course, Nadler did not define what “legitimate violence” is, or who gets to define it, or in what circumstances it is defined. The truth is, as Bob Livingston states, “When the state has “a monopoly on legitimate violence,” Americans are no longer citizens; they are subjects. Americans will not become subjects.” It is for precisely this reason that writer Robert Anderson wrote in Gun Control and Political Correctness “Citizen gun ownership is ultimately a form of “insurance” for a future, unknowable risk. Switzerland, as well as our own country, has acknowledged and practiced this form of “insurance” for a long time. We all know gun ownership by citizens can impose heavy costs, but they are costs dwarfed by the greater horror of millions of future citizens being denied any means to defend themselves against an evil government slaughtering them with impunity.”
But… just in case you are still unconvinced, let me add a few more Founding Father quotes for your reading pleasure: Richard Henry Lee wrote “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them”; Samuel Adams stated “And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms”; Patrick Henry added ““Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?” And finally, Thomas Jefferson stated, “The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government…When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
You will note that the Founding Fathers envisioned the ownership of guns not just for hunting, or self-defense, but also to protect against tyranny. British General Howe disarmed Philadelphia in 1778, and his counterpart Gen. Gage had done the same the previous year in Boston. Tench Coxe, a lesser-known Founding Father discussed this very issue in an article in the Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1778, stating: “[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” Are we really that much more removed from the danger of tyranny today than back then? And if you answer in the affirmative, on what basis do you arrive at this conclusion? Certainly, modern writers like Edward Abbey, who wrote “An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny” echo exactly what Founding Fathers like George Mason, a delegate from Virginia to the United States Constitutional Convention, who once made the following thought provoking statement, stated about arms allowing us to resist tyranny: “[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually.”
The truth is, as Tim Young states in Personal Liberty, that “The Constitution was written with revolution in mind, not the peace that we have internally had for about 150 years now. I say 150 years, because we fought ourselves with our armed militias in the Civil War; we have been lucky to have had internal peace since then. But you can’t closed-mindedly say that the 2nd Amendment was for limited weapons. It just wasn’t. It was meant to keep people on the same level as the government so that they could fight for their rights if necessary.” And also of note re. the 2nd Amendment – the Constitution says it guarantees, not grants, our gun rights. There is all the difference in the world between those two verbs! As a matter of fact, as Robert Steed, of Vernon, CT., noted in his state’s gun control hearings after Sandy Hook, the Constitution does not guarantee public safety – rather it guarantees liberty. Listen to Steed, himself, speak:
In fact, one Tienanmen Square survivor, who emigrated and moved to the US, had virtually the exact same words to say about guns, freedom and liberty as those “dead white guys,” the Founding Fathers.
Or, to summarize his salient points:
”The power of the government is derived from the consent of the governed.”
Chinese patriots in Tiananmen were crushed by “AK-47′s” because they could “not fight back” as they “were not armed.”
The argument “that a man with a rifle has no standing against the military technology and machine of today” is ridiculous. 20,000,000 residents of Beijing would have quickly proved that wrong had they been armed in 1989.
”When a government turns criminal, when a government turns deranged, the body count will not be 5, 10, or even 20. It will be in hundreds like Tiananmen Square, it will be in the millions…
”When a government has a monopoly on guns, it has absolute power.”
”When a government has all the guns, it has all the rights.”
”To me, a rifle is not for sporting or hunting. It is an instrument of freedom. It guarantees that I cannot be coerced, that I have free will, that I am a free man.”
Here is a man we must listen to, unless we want to end up like oppressive China ourselves.
And let’s examine one case where guns ensured justice that will set the leftist gun grabbers’ hearts a-twitter – the 1964, desegregation of the Jonesboro High School in Louisiana. Authorities resisted the desegregation, including the use of fire hoses and similar on black citizens. Things did not look positive, until four regular, everyday-type black men with shotguns showed up. No shots were fired, the mob melted away, the authorities retreated, and the kids went into the school without incident. These men called themselves the Deacons for the Defense – an armed citizens’ militia in the town, which also protected black citizens from the Klan, and which spread throughout the south. Previously, if black citizens were unarmed, they could not protect themselves, nor go to the voting booths without fear and engage in their Constitutional rights to vote. The right to bear arms allowed blacks to protect these rights, and even M.L. King hired the Deacons to protect marches.
In fact according UCLA Constitutional law professor Adam Winkler, as noted in the Wall Street Journal, [The history of gun control in America] was a constant pressure among white racists to keep guns out of the hands of African-Americans, because they would rise up and revolt… The KKK began as a gun-control organization. Before the Civil War, blacks were never allowed to own guns. During the Civil War, blacks kept guns for the first time – either they served in the Union army and they were allowed to keep their guns, or they buy guns on the open market where for the first time there’s hundreds of thousands of guns flooding the marketplace after the war ends. So they arm up because they know who they’re dealing with in the South. White racists do things like pass laws to disarm them, but that’s not really going to work. So they form these racist possess all over the South to go out at night in large groups to terrorize blacks and take those guns away. If blacks were disarmed, they couldn’t fight back.” Brendan O’Neill corroborates this information in a UK Telegraph article, stating “Before the 1980s, Right-wingers and racists were the most vocal in demanding that the states in America should strictly circumscribe gun ownership. Where the revolutionary government of 1791 made the second amendment to the US Constitution, which insisted on the right of the citizenry to bear arms as a safeguard against tyrannical government, successive legislators and campaigners who were freaked out by the prospect of former slaves getting hold of guns called for a rethink of this fundamental liberty. So after the Nat Turner rebellion of 1831, when a band of black rebels shot at white slave owners and freed their slaves, the state of Tennessee altered its constitution. Where once it had guaranteed that “the freemen of this state have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defence”, post-Nat Turner it said “the free white men of this state have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defence”. O’Neill cites passed in Tennessee in the 1830s and North Carolina in the 1840s forbidding blacks from owning firearms, as well as race-specific gun laws passed in Florida in the 1890s.” The New York 1911 Sullivan gun law is similarly thought by many to have been in racist reaction to the massive influx of immigrants from southern and eastern Europe getting their hands on guns. As Gary Kleck has summarized the issue in his book, Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America, “The historical purpose of gun-control laws in America has been one of discrimination and disenfranchisement of blacks, immigrants and other minorities”.
Kleck and O’Neill are not alone in their summary. In Feb. 2013, Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society compared the current gun control push to laws before and after the Civil War that were passed to restrict blacks from owning guns. Stated Swimp: “History is rife with examples. There’s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control… The first gun laws were put into place to register black folks, to make sure that they would know who we were – that we could not defend ourselves,” Harry Alford, CEO of the Black Chamber of Commerce concurred with Swimp, and publicly thanked the NRA in this video:
It is noted that the NRA was founded by people who “wanted to protect free slaves from the Ku Klux Klan.. who showed the slaves how to use those arms and protect their families. Many of us (blacks) wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the NRA.” Several other black leaders speak out against the gun grabbers in no uncertain terms in this 3:08 YouTube. Does a single liberal wish to step up to the plate and own this history as a precursor of their own laws? And perhaps white leftists might care to answer black gun rights supporter, Colin Noir, who addresses the whole idiotic issue of gun control:
The Rev. Kenn Blanchard, author of Black Man with a Gun and leader at Washington D.C.’s historic Berean Baptist Church, is yet another African American confirming what is written above Blanchard told NPR host Michel Martin “Gun laws have started in this country since 1640 — since we were colonies, and it’s always been against a group — it’s always been to control somebody…It was the Chinese, it was the Native Americans, it was the Africans.”http://www.npr.org/2013/02/28/173151752/black-reverend-guns-are-important-to-my-church?ft=1&f=1001. The well-known Star Parker, founder of Center for Urban Renewal and Education feels exactly the same as Blanchard, and in early 2013 released the hard-hitting 30 second video equating gun control to Jim Crow laws and worse…
Parker also cites the Mississippi Black Code of 1865 (which you can read yourself), which included this gun control clause to keep blacks unarmed:
PENAL LAWS OF MISSISSIPPI
Sec. 1. Be it enacted,…That no freedman, free negro or mulatto, not in the military service of the United States government, and not licensed so to do by the board of police of his or her county, shall keep or carry fire-arms of any kind, or any ammunition, dirk or bowie knife, and on conviction thereof in the county court shall be punished by fine, not exceeding ten dollars, and pay the costs of such proceedings, and all such arms or ammunition shall be forfeited to the informer; and it shall be the duty of every civil and military officer to arrest any freedman, free negro, or mulatto found with any such arms or ammunition, and cause him or her to be committed to trial in default of bail.
Before moving on, let me cite one more African American, senate candidate, single mother of three, NRA member and Ph.D. candidate at Univ. of Tennessee Brenda S. Lenard. Said Lenard: “Gun control historically begins with blacks who were forbidden from owning guns. It was very easy for slave owners to keep and control blacks with gun control.” The same thing is happening today, she said. “It is a slow process of gun confiscation….The government should not infringe on anyone’s rights,” and adding that although blacks were one of the first groups to be targeted, today’s gun grab is not just about race, but about fundamentally altering civil rights for all Americans. In sum, it’s not about guns – rather, says Lenard “This is about power and control” and “The Second Amendment is a God-given right. As Americans, we should not have to ask permission from our government to protect ourselves, our homes, and our families.”
And yes, you are correct. It should take about 1.4 nanoseconds to call any African American who believes in freedom and no longer wants to remain “on the plantation” living under the control of “the man” an Uncle Tom… or Tomette. Or whatever the racist, sexist left call black women who won’t knuckle under to the successor of the plantation era, today’s nanny state.
A similar situation to the Jonesboro High School incident also occurred with a white population, at the so-called Battle of Athens, just after WWII, when a corrupt sheriff essentially took over Athens, TN., including usurping a free and fair vote. Armed citizens forced the corrupt political machine out, and freedom was restored.
A fictionalized – but full of verisimilitude as to how guns have protected freedom – account of a similar situation…
One final point about armed citizens. People like Piers Morgan continually make what they think is the clever point about the fact that we don’t allow people to purchase tanks or 50 caliber machine guns to defend themselves from government tyranny. US Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) put it this way “Where are we going with [the Second Amendment]? I mean, do individuals get to own nuclear weapons? Do they get to own submarines, with this notion that they have a right to bear arms? No.” National embarrassment Joe Biden weighed in with the same thought, stating “For example, if the idea was to be able to repel a tyrannical government, then you should be able to own an F-15 if you have the money to buy it, with full ordnance. But you’re not allowed to do that, and the [Supreme] Court says you can deny certain weapons available for individual ownership. You can’t have a nuclear bomb.”
The answer to people like Uncle, Joe, Piers and Gwen, who have not taken the time to fully think through the issue is this: It is true that society has decided that people should not be able to arm themselves with an Abrams tank, or F-15. But, despite all the technological advances since the Constitution was written, society still believes the core idea of defense against potential tyranny applies. As noted by the Chinese dissident above, a mass number of armed citizens disbursed throughout a city would indeed be able to turn back a modern army – unless that army was prepared to level a whole city.
Essentially, the argument for allowing citizens AR-15s is the concept first advanced by France with its Force de Frappe or Force de dissuasion.A brief history lesson is in order regarding this, as it is directly applicable to the question Piers Morgan just doesn’t get. In sum, after Charles de Gaulle’s return to power in 1958, he was concerned that the US would not protect France from a Soviet invasion – by the 1960s, the US was knee deep in Vietnam, and besides, why would the US risk America for France? As Wikipedia notes – and is critical to the discussion here – “The strategic concept behind the Force de Frappe is one of countervalue, i.e., the capability of inflicting to a more powerful enemy more damage than the complete destruction of the French population would represent. The enemy, having more to lose, would therefore refrain from proceeding any further. This principle is usually referred to in the French political debate as dissuasion du faible au fort (Weak-to-strong deterrence) and was summarized in a statement attributed to President de Gaulle himself:
“Within ten years, we shall have the means to kill 80 million Russians. I truly believe that one does not light-heartedly attack people who are able to kill 80 million Russians, even if one can kill 800 million French, that is if there were 800 million French.” Similarly, General Pierre Marie Gallois said “Making the most pessimistic assumptions, the French nuclear bombers could destroy ten Russian cities; and France is not a prize worthy of ten Russian cities” and French Admiral de Joybert in his book La paix nucléaire (1975), simply put it this way “Sir, I have no quarrel with you, but I warn you in advance and with all possible clarity that if you invade me, I shall answer at the only credible level for my scale, which is the nuclear level. Whatever your defenses, you shan’t prevent at least some of my missiles from reaching your home and cause the devastation that you know. So, renounce your endeavour and let us stay good friends.”
This, then, is the answer to the AR-15 question. While the force that is allowed citizens is indeed still asymmetrical, both the Constitution, as well as experience from history, dictates that citizens, to remain free, must have enough force at their disposal to be a “force de dissuasion.” The above, along with the facts that the AR-15 has indeed been used multiple times for home defense (as noted in this paper), and is almost never utilized in crimes, and is not automatic, is the answer why we should allow so called “assault rifles” (which in fact, are not assault rifles!) to the public.
But let’s look at this from another angle – that of the legal one: As a matter of fact, as the very important article from Utah Preppers notes, there are legal precedents – including ones by the US Supreme Court – that prohibit gun confiscation. Citing Heller v. McDonald, Columbia v. Heller, Mack and Printz v. the United States, the United States v. Lopez (all within the past 20 years), as well as other cases earlier in time, case law has shown that the restriction of gun ownership by the state is heavily circumscribed Gun ownership is a right that is recognized, not a privilege that is granted. End of story.
Thanks for reading. Please come back tomorrow to read part 5 of this great series.
Part 3 of 10 in the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy Series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.
“[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.” - Zacharia Johnson, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
GUN CONTROL SIMPLY DOES NOT REDUCE CRIME
Importantly, Dr. Lott is not alone in his opinions on gun control. As David Kupelian writes, during Jimmy Carter’s leftist tenure, he also tried to push through draconian gun control laws. And what better way to do so than by funding a massive four year study at Univ. of Massachusetts, conducted by Drs. James Wright, Peter Rossi and Kathleen Daly, under the auspices of the National Inst. of Justice – supposed to be the most comprehensive study on the subject ever done. The study came out in in 1981, in three volumes, entitled “Under the Gun.” This work is available to the gun grabbers, but unfortunately they aren’t going to read it any time soon, as the Cliff Notes version of the study is as summarized by co-author Wright, “Gun control laws do no reduce crime,” and the authors, who started out as gun control advocates like Dr. Lott, ended up like Dr. Lott, changing their minds .(Dr. Lott himself has also stated “Gun control just does not work. Indeed, it makes things worse.”) A slightly longer Cliff Notes version of the study was rendered by David Kopel, co-author of the law school textbook “Firearms Law and the Second Amendment.” Says Kopel “Carefully reviewing all existing research to date, the three scholars found no persuasive scholarly evidence that America’s 20,000 gun-control laws had reduced criminal violence.” Some of the findings of the study included:
– The landmark federal Gun Control Act of 1968, banning most interstate gun sales, had no discernible impact on the criminal acquisition of guns from other states.
– Detroit’s law providing mandatory sentences for felonies committed with a gun was found to have no effect on gun-crime patterns.
– Washington, D.C.’s 1977 ban on the ownership of handguns (except those already registered in the District) was not linked to any reduction in gun crime in the nation’s capital.
– Polls claiming to show that a large majority of the population favored “more gun control” were debunked as being the product of biased questions, and of the fact that most people have no idea how strict gun laws already are.
Some other findings from the National Institute of Justice studies include statements such as “The report finds no significant link between ‘assault weapons’ and murders” and “Since assault weapons are not a major contributor to U.S. gun homicides and the existing stock of guns is large, an assault weapon ban is unlikely to have an impact on gun violence.”
Similar to the Jimmy Carter era gun laws, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of the Clinton era, signed into law in 1994, and was in place for a decade, did zilch, too, as the number of mass shootings actually increased slightly during that time., and a study by Northeastern University, the Census Bureau and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel showed that in the 10 years prior to the Clinton gun bank there were 173 mass shootings (as they defined them) with 766 victims, but during the decade of the Clinton ban, there were 182 mass shootings with 820 victims.
Yet another 2003 study by The Centers for Disease Control, which is known as supporting gun control, published a major study in 2003 that acknowledged, “The Task Force found insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws or combinations of laws reviewed on violent outcomes.” (Don’t worry – as soon as you cough up yet some more tax dollars, the left will be back at it. Perhaps this time tying guns to global warming/cooling/change – in fact, in January of 2013, Christy Hefner of Playboy Enterprises did exactly that…
Would it help to hear an eyewitness account of someone who was in a shooting, and saw her parents killed because she was restricted from carrying a gun to protect herself? Watch Dr. Susan Gratia explain her personal experience, before the U.S. Congress, of being defenseless in the face of an attacker:
And speaking of women, why is there a war by the left on women when it comes to guns? In 2012 CBS news reported “female participation in target shooting in the U.S. has nearly doubled in the last decade, growing to nearly five million women since 2001.” Only leftists treat women as stupid. . Women know what the left is doing to this country, and by extension, their safety. And women are voting with their feet – by running to the nearest gun store and learning how to shoot. But gun grabbers don’t seem to care one whit about the women they want to disarm. But I guess that is… you know…. the leftists’ war on women. They talked about it a lot during the fall, 2012 campaign. Only now it appears they must have been referring to their own war against women. And speaking of wars, you will notice zero lamestream media coverage of anti-gun people threatening to kill the NRA leaders children.
The unfortunate thing about the Colorado shooting is that, while Colorado has concealed carry laws, the theatre where the shooting occurred was a gun free zone - despite what Roger Ebert fallaciously stated in the New York Times (as a matter of fact, Warner Houston at Breitbart.com wrote in 2009 that an Alaskan member of a gun owner’s message board had wanted to enter a Cinemark theatre, but was refused entry because it was gun free zone). So, what about other locales in Colorado where concealed carry is allowed, and a shooter began a rampage? We have exact, historical records: In Dec., 2007, five people were shot (two killed) when gunman Matthew Murray, packing a semi-automatic rifle and two pistols, attacked the New Life Church in Colorado Springs (he had gone to another site previously, killing two, while wounding others). This might have been a tragedy similar in scope to the recent Batman movie shooting – except that the gunman was shot by church security office Jeanne Assam with her personally owned concealed weapon. Similarly, on April 22nd – scant months before this tragedy, and also in Aurora, CO. – a convicted felon shot and killed the mother of the pastor, Delano Stephan of New Destiny Christian Center as the service was ending. We don’t know how far this could have escalated – as the shooter was shot and killed by someone with a concealed gun.
A church shooting at a multi-cultural South African church occurred a few years back, with similar results to the Colorado Springs shooting. Known as the St. James Massacre, in 1993, a packed Sunday evening church service of approximately 1,000 worshippers was attacked by Islamic terrorists, who used automatic weapons as well as grenades. They assumed they would meet no armed resistance, but were mistaken. Charl Van Wyk was carrying a .38 revolver that evening, unknown to the attackers. With 11 worshippers dead, and 53 others wounded, Van Wyk – outgunned and alone – chased the attackers from the scene, preventing a much higher, Columbine-like death toll (and what, exactly, would have happened, if, say, the principal at Columbine had been equipped and trained with a firearm during that attack? Would have ended up similar to this?) Said Van Wyk afterwards, “”When last did you hear of a multiple-victim shooting taking place on a firearm range, in a police station or at a gun show, or wherever many firearms are found anywhere in the world?” asks Van Wyk. “You haven’t. That’s because criminals prefer unarmed victims, or soft targets. No wonder they love gun control – it makes their work so much easier and their working environment much safer.” Van Wyk’s story is retold in his book Shooting Back.
Incidentally, Aurora, CO., where the tragic Holmes shooting occurred, has some of the most strict gun laws in the state, including:
“Dangerous weapons” including firearms prohibited.
Revocation of license for furnishing a firearm to a minor or someone under the influence.
Window displays cannot include firearms with barrels less than 12 inches long.
Unlawful to carry concealed “dangerous weapon.”
Unlawful to discharge firearms, unless by law enforcement on duty or on shooting range.
Unlawful to possess firearm while under the influence of intoxicant.
Unlawful to have loaded firearm in motor vehicle.
Unlawful for a juvenile to possess a firearm.
Of course, all the explosives in Holmes’ apartment were “illegal,” too. And in Sandy Hook, Adam Lanza had already broken 41 laws when his shooting stopped. Apparently adding a 42nd law will make all the difference?
Dr. John Lott also discussed the Aurora theatre killing, stating “There, you have seven movie theaters that were showing the Batman movie when it opened at the end of July. Out of those seven movie theaters, only one movie theater was posted as banning permit-concealed handguns. The killer didn’t go to the movie theater that was closest to his home. He didn’t go to the movie theater that was the largest movie theater in Colorado, which was essentially the same distance from his apartment as the one he ended up going to. Instead, the one he picked was the only one of those movie theaters that banned people taking permit-concealed handguns into that theater.” What is it about facts like this that leftists don’t get?
One state to the west, Utah, saw a similar situation where on Feb. 12, 2007, Muslim Sulejman Talovic, who told his girlfriend the day before his rampage that his martyrdom would be “the happiest day of his life,” opened fire in the crowded Trolley Square mall, killing five. Unfortunately for Sulejman, there was was an armed bystander, off-duty Ogden policeman Ken Hammond. Officer Hammond pinned down Talovic – preventing futher deaths – until a SWAT team arrived and provided the martyrdom Talovic wanted. Hammond was credited with saving “countless lives” – something, unfortunately, the gun free zone in Aurora, CO. did not experience.
And regarding the limited bullet magazine issue, a few points need to be made. First, it is common knowledge that ‘stopping power” with certain calibers is questionable. William Levinson, in Why Does Anybody Need a 30-Round Magazine, in American Thinker, Jan. 3, 2013, notes this was learned by the US Army in the war in the Philippines during the early 1900s, when more than one dead US soldier was found with an empty gun by his side, a head split open by a machete, and a dead adversary not too far away who had later bled to death. The issue caused the Army to change calibers to a .45 caliber. Of course, not everyone carries, or is able to carry or use, something so big and powerful, and what is carried may not be able to “convince” a determined attacker who is, say, hopped up on PCP. (See the American Thinker for a full rendering of the drugged up attacker issue – perhaps multiple attackers!) This also assumes accurate shooting – something people struggle with in the best of times under perfect training conditions with a stationary target!
I personally have a neighbor, a former Marine and retired senior Illinois state trooper, who related the story to me of one fellow Illinois policeman who was shot through the heart – and of course died – but before dying was able to continue his return attack by running approximately 50 yards and killing his attacker. This same state trooper related to me another situation where an armed attacker took some nurses hostage at the Illinois Inst. for Mental Health at 1601 W. Taylor St. in Chicago in the early 1990s, and engaged in a gunfire exchange with multiple police, led by one Lt. Ottomo of the CMS. Despite being hit by – as estimated by my state trooper neighbor - between fourteen and eighteen 9 mm rounds and three shotgun blasts, he continued to resist by shooting until he was finally jumped by the police and physically subdued. This criminal actually survived the encounter with a minimum seventeen shotsto his body. And all this with highly trained police shooters! Levinson’s article outlines in detail the reasons for a larger capacity magazine, including failure to stop the aggressor and multiple aggressors – such as a home invasion scenario with four or five gang bangers. Then there is the suicide case cited by Col. Jeff Cooper, where “the deceased shot himself amidships four times with a .380 Webley.” Cooper adds wryly, “Presumably the first three hits did not convince him.” Perhaps in the Hollywood movies, one shot is placed perfectly every time. But if so, I suggest we then require the Learjet leftists of Hollywood, or our politicians in D.C., to have their armed guards allowed pistols with only a couple shots. And we should also ask why the police get to defend themselves with multiple bullet magazines, but the average citizen cannot. As Levinson asks, if it is true that ordinary citizens have the basic natural right to self-defense (which, importantly, pre-dates the Constitution), then they “have a legitimate need for the same kind of weapons that are available to police officers. If a police officer or a civilian has to use a firearm for any non-sporting reason, he or she must use it for exactly the same application: self-protection against one or more violent individuals.” What is so difficult to understand about this?
A very clear, real-life video demonstration of the futility of limiting magazines is illustrated by Sheriff Ken Campbell of Boone County, IN:
In a nutshell, the accompanying story, notes a shooter, “…using a Glock pistol, fired his first string with two 15-round magazines in 20.64 seconds, then with three ten-round magazines in 18.05 seconds and finally with five six-round magazines in 21.45 seconds.” Another shooter, and inexperienced woman identified as “Christy,” then repeated the exercise, firing “the same sequence, with two 15-round magazines in 22.9 seconds, three ten-rounders in 25.51 seconds and the final five six-round magazines in 26.93 seconds.” Now, I slept through junior high math class, but even I, myself, can do this kind of math. Magazine limitations will do little to nothing to stop further Sandy Hooks and Aurora, CO. massacres. This story is also found on The Blaze. Very importantly, this video shows that the time it takes to change magazine would not allow someone from even 25 feet away to get halfway to the shooter before he can change magazines and start firing again. And while on the subject of sheriffs speaking out, here is a compilation of sheriffs speaking out against gun control across the country.
Now… compare the above information to Dianne Feinstein’s comment here: “Limiting magazine capacity is critical, because it is when a criminal, a drug dealer, a deranged individual has to pause to change magazines and reload that, the police or brave bystanders have the opportunity to take that individual down.”
But, the reality is that Feinstein has even less of a clue about the magazine issue than noted above. The fact of the matter is that the average number of rounds used by a criminal in a homicide is less than five.As Magpul Industries noted on their Facebook site, “We are told that one of the reasons that [Colorado] Gov Hickenlooper [signed] the magazine ban is the statistic presented by the Golden police chief that an increasing number of Law Enforcement officers have been shot with magazines that hold more than 10 rounds since the expiration of the federal AWB. Since most handguns ship with standard capacity magazines that hold more than 10 or even 15 rounds, that would make sense … but what that statistic doesn’t tell you is that the average number of rounds fired in a criminal homicide is less than 5 rounds. The capacity of the magazine never comes into play. It just happens to be what is in the firearm, regardless of how many rounds were actually fired. This is just another example of how the anti-gun lobby has to twist statistics in order to find support for their position. The real, objective facts support none of their agenda, so half-truths and distorted statistics are used to tell the story they want to tell…. As this fight continues, ask for the whole picture. Ask how polls were conducted, and what questions were asked before believing their ‘stats’. Question bias is another favorite tactic of the anti-gun lobby. Accept no statistic without the whole picture.”
Check back tomorrow for installment 4 of this series…
Part 2 of 10 in the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy Series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.
“You can’t fix stupid.” ~ Silas Robertson
DEFENSIVE GUN USE
Could it be, as former gun control advocate turned gun rights supporter Dr. John Lott of Univ. of Chicago maintains, in his eponymous book More Guns, Less Crime, that we are safer with more guns? The young boy who drove off two home invaders in Houston in 2012 – reported at Houston’s KHOU TV – with his father’s AR-15 “evil” assault rifle would certainly agree.
And here’s another story of an“evil” AR-15 used to drive off intruders: New York Resident Scares the Hell out of Intruders” – video at The Daily Sheeple; the story can be found here. And then there were the young students in Rochester, NY who thankfully were able to use an AR-15 to protect their lives during a break in.
Finally, another story of an AR-15 used to save lives, this time in Detroit, where armed robbers retreat when they realize they are outgunned by a single guard with an AR-15:
As a matter of fact, as the non-stereotypical gun owner Dan Baum – who is a Jewish Democrat who wrote for the New Yorker- noted, while “Joe Nocera at the Times runs a daily tally of gun killings. He’s not running a daily tally of how many people defend themselves with guns. For one thing we don’t know about it most of the time. David Hemenway at Harvard is very pro gun-control and he thinks it happens about 80,000 times a year. If that’s true, that means that guns are saving 10 times as many people as they’re killing.” (Source)
Similarly, as Aubrey Blankenship and Celia Bigelow told Piers Morgan (video and story here), there are very good reasons, particularly for women, to have not only guns, but specifically AR-15s. Stated the two ladies in a companion column in the National Review, “One, they’re lightweight,” the 22-year-old Bigelow responded. “They’re quite accurate. I can shoot them much more accurately than a handgun or a shotgun. And three … I want a gun that can hold a lot of ammo, because if I’m faced with an intruder or multiple intruders that come into my home, I want to make sure I have enough ammo to get the job done, especially if they’re armed. … I don’t have to take the time to reload… We saw a situation in Georgia just a couple weeks ago where a mom was hiding in her attic with her two children when an intruder entered her home. She had a handgun that only had six rounds in it. She fired all six rounds, missed the intruder once, hit him five times in the face and in the neck. And he still lived.”
But returning to Dr. Lott, here is Exhibit A: scarcely one week before the Colorado tragedy, a similar situation had an opposite ending in Florida, where 71 year old Samuel Williams stopped an armed robbery when two masked men entered the Palms Internet Cafe around 10 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2012. Make your own conclusion from the surveillance camera, which captures it all:
Exhibit B: Scarcely a month after the Colorado theatre shooting, on the opposite side of the country, an Orange County, CA. jewelry and coin dealer thwarted and armed robbery – and possible employee deaths – by defending herself with her pistol.
And as if this wasn’t enough, the Oregon Clackamas Town Center Mall mall shooting – which was overshadowed by the Connecticut school shooting a few days later – was stopped by a citizen, Nick Melti, exercising his right of concealed carry. Full details of this incident – not reported by the lamestream media – are here.
In fact, it appears to be the case that, as ex-gangsta rap artist turned Christian rap singer Travis Tyler, known as Thi’sl notes, more gun restrictions are not the answer, as this will not stop criminals from getting guns. But listen to Thi’sl in his own words (note that Thi’sl also identifies fatherlessness as a “huge role” in gun violence, as well as the issue of mental illness). Interestingly, Mark Mattioli, who lost his six year old son at Sandy Hook, also stated before a gun violence task force shortly after the shooting that guns are categorically not the problem – rather, it is mental health issues, issues that stem from media violence, lack of personal integrity, lack of parenting, etc.
Thus, it turns out that the leftist Mother Jones article claiming to have produced its own study of all public shootings in the last 30 years, which concluded “In not a single case was the killing stopped by a civilian using a gun,” is an outright fabrication – in looking at just the most recent Oregon episode. And as Ann Coulter pointed out in an article shortly after the CT shooting, found at Human Events. Mother Jones, in typical leftist fashion “…reaches its conclusion by simply excluding all cases where an armed civilian stopped the shooter: They looked only at public shootings where four or more people were killed, i.e., the ones where the shooter wasn’t stopped.” Don’t try this trick in a stats 101 class, or you will be flunked. Coulter’s article provides some extremely enlightening examples of mass murders stopped by an armed bystander:
– Mayan Palace Theater, San Antonio, Texas, same week as the CT shooting: Jesus Manuel Garcia shoots at a movie theater, a police car and bystanders from the nearby China Garden restaurant; as he enters the movie theater, guns blazing, an armed off-duty cop shoots Garcia four times, stopping the attack. Total dead: Zero. (More details on this theatre-shooting-that-wasn’t because the shooter was stopped by someone with concealed carry can be found on the Freedom Outpost.)
– Winnemucca, Nev., 2008: Ernesto Villagomez opens fire in a crowded restaurant; concealed carry permit-holder shoots him dead. Total dead: Two. (I’m excluding the shooters’ deaths in these examples.)
– Appalachian School of Law, 2002: Crazed immigrant shoots the dean and a professor, then begins shooting students; as he goes for more ammunition, two armed students point their guns at him, allowing a third to tackle him. Total dead: Three.
– Santee, Calif., 2001: Student begins shooting his classmates — as well as the “trained campus supervisor”; an off-duty cop who happened to be bringing his daughter to school that day points his gun at the shooter, holding him until more police arrive. Total dead: Two.
– Pearl High School, Mississippi, 1997: After shooting several people at his high school, student heads for the junior high school; assistant principal Joel Myrick retrieves a .45 pistol from his car and points it at the gunman’s head, ending the murder spree. Total dead: Two.
– Edinboro, Pa., 1998: A student shoots up a junior high school dance being held at a restaurant; restaurant owner pulls out his shotgun and stops the gunman. Total dead: One. (Coulter neglected to cite some other cases, such as the high school shooting by Luke Woodham in Pearl, Miss., or the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs, CO., where armed volunteers stopped the mayhem immediately.
Not included in Coulter’s article was a shooter who opened fire two weeks after the Sandy Hook massacre. Unfortunately, he did it in a place where people were armed – the Gloucester Township Police HQ – and, while people were wounded, no one was killed except the shooter. (Source)
There’s one more gunman incident Coulter also missed: On Aug. 29, 2010, and armed gunman, Thomas Richard Cowan, entered Sullivan Central High School in Blountville, TN., and pointed his gun at the head of the school principal. This may well have ended up another Sandy Hook event – except for the fact that a Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputy, Carolyn Gudger, was stationed at the school, and confronted the gunman with her own gun. Cowan retreated from this confrontation, and was later killed when he pointed his weapon at other police who had arrived since the initial confrontation. No Sandy Hook here. That’s because there was armed resistance.
The Marc J. Victor article cited elsewhere in this paper adds several more incidences to the list above, where an armed populace prevented a Sandy Hook massacre. Victor cites a 1997 high school shooting in Pearl, MS., stopped when the vice principal retrieved a handgun from his truck; a 1998 middle school shooting ended when a man living next door heard gunfire and apprehended the shooter with his shotgun; a 2002 terrorist attack at an Israeli school was quickly stopped by an armed teacher and a school guard; a 2002 law school shooting in Grundy, Virginia came to an abrupt conclusion when students carrying firearms confronted the shooter; a 2007 mall shooting in Ogden, Utah ended when an armed off-duty police officer intervened; a 2009 workplace shooting in Houston, Texas was halted by two co-workers who carried concealed handguns. What part of “guns saved lives” don’t leftists get?
Let me answer the question above, if I may. Here’s what leftists don’t get – and which illustrates they really don’t ultimately care as much about each precious life lost at Sandy Hook as they do their precious agenda (and yes… please do use your best Gollum voice from Lord of the Rings when you say the word leftist “precious agenda”; and no, our guns are not precious to most gun owners – rather, our freedom and liberty are precious, and guns are simply a guarantor of that). One story – which represents thousands of other unreported stories every year – with the headline of Woman Hiding with Kids Shoots Home Intruder Multiple Times, illustrates the point very simply: A quick précis of the story will suffice. “A woman hiding in her attic with children shot an intruder multiple times before fleeing to safety Friday… The incident happened at a home on Henderson Ridge Lane in Loganville around 1 p.m. The woman was working in an upstairs office when she spotted a strange man outside a window, according to Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman. He said she took her 9-year-old twins to a crawlspace before the man broke in using a crowbar. But the man eventually found the family. The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he’s staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver,” Chapman told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh. The woman then shot him five times, but he survived, Chapman said. He said the woman ran out of bullets but threatened to shoot the intruder if he moved…”
Pam Loman of Shawnee, OK. went through the same experience a few weeks later, scaring off three men trying to break into her home. Breitbart reports: “She was cleaning her home on Friday when a man knocked on her front door, while two others stayed in the car. When she did not answer the man resorted to banging on the door. Mrs. Loman got scared and went for her gun.“So my instinct was to go get a gun. I don’t know why, I never in my life felt like I needed to go get a gun,” said Mrs. Loman. She had both hands on her .32-caliber pistol when the man knocked down her door. “And just all of a sudden, with one kick, he knocked the door completely in. The frame came flying down. Things came flying everywhere,” she said. “And he saw that I had the gun, and he grabbed the door handle and pulled the door shut.” Mrs. Loman said if he did not run away and came into the house she would have shot him.”
At the risk of – pun intended – overkill, here are ten other stories cited by John Hawkins that you may review to understand how guns saved the lives of men or women, stopped rapes and saved the lives of children. Another similar story of a woman saved from being beaten – possibly to death – by a concealed gun carrier who protected her is here. And here’s a few more for the road in the event the above is not enough to convince you of the utility of guns to save lives:
A convenience store clerk and an immigrant defend themselves against attackers in Florida. The attackers fired first and were aiming to kill, these men defended themselves and protected the innocent.
A man in San Antonio walks out to find a man going through the contents of his locked vehicle. He confronts the man and lawfully defends his life and his property.
A family in TN had a man threaten to break their door down in the middle of the night. They went for their firearms and called for help. They called the police who responded remarkably fast, in just 4 minutes they were there. Unfortunately it took less than 4 minutes for the criminal to break their door down and come in their home, even after being shot at. This was a man determined to achieve his criminal actions.
A woman home alone in Oklahoma in the middle of the afternoon has a man kick her door in. She was quick enough to grab her revolver and the man upon seeing the revolver closed that door he just kicked in and turned tail. I bet she wishes she had more than 6 rounds available to her, I guess in NY she could have had seven.
A man in Houston has a criminal shove a gun in his chest as he tries to get into his vehicle. Two nearby good Samaritans come to his defense and give chase to the criminal while they are being shot at. The victim a non-gun owner sure seemed thankful that these two men happened to have their carry permits issued to them. This story illustrates exactly how guns have been used in the citizenry’s responsibility to protect the innocent (see protectfreedom.com for one writer’s take on this).
Thankfully, something like the above would never happen to gun grabbers Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Shumer or any of the Hollywood glitterati, as they are surrounded by guards, who are armed. In fact, Obama signed a bill Jan., 2013 that rolls back a mid-1990s law that imposed a 10-year limit on Secret Service protection for former presidents. The bill, which will cost American taxpayers millions of dollars will have Obama (and other presidents) protected for life as well as their children up to age 16, by armed guard. Hypocritically, during an ABC Nightline interview recorded before the Sandy Hook shooting, Obama said one of the benefits of his re-election was the ability “to have men with guns around at all times,” in order to protect his daughters (see story here) The Sidwell Friends school attended by Obama’s daughters in Washington D.C. has no less than 11 armed security guards on duty at all times, in addition to their Secret Service detail. Of course, the NRA suggestion of arming trained school staff for the poor unwashed masses at the common public school has been derided by the elite – that’s only for the “special” people! Or as the Washington Times put it:
“It is important to remember that while they are talking about disarming you and me, they are not talking about disarming themselves. They will still be coddled in their fortresses. The closer you get to the Capitol the more armed guards there are. Up close, there are bomb proof guard shacks, literally, on every street corner. Squads of machine gun-carrying guards dot the magnificent marble buildingscape at all times. Leaders in Congress ride around with escorts of huge armed men. Is that because what they do every day is more dangerous than what you and I do every day” Cited here. Meanwhile, what happens to the average citizen who – as in the case of post-Katrina New Orleans – is disarmed by the “authorities?” Hear for yourself:
Better, listen to real police themselves tell you that “you are on your own” until they can get there – whenever that is.
Below: Below: Sidwell Friends, another gun free school – NOT!
Sen. Diane Feinstein, who wants “Mr. and Mrs. America” to “turn in” their guns, (see this video where she states this) admitted to availing herself of concealed carry for her own protection at one point. Of course, our aforementioned gun control nut NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg has armed bodyguards at all times, and, in personal communication with a friend and neighbor who is a recently retired senior staff member from the Illinois State Police, he noted that at least up to 2009 when he retired, Bill Ayers, the leftist, Obama crypto-crony who was co-founder of the communist Weather Underground (that conducted bombings of public buildings, including police stations, the U.S. Capitol Building, and the Pentagon), whenever he was in a classroom teaching at Univ. of Illinois Chicago, was always assigned to have armed state police in his classroom for protection. It’s just you, dear reader,that are left to your own (unarmed) devices when you are threatened.
And let’s not forget the ever-hypocritical gun controller Michael Moore, who also maintains armed bodyguards, one of whom was arrested for carrying an unlicensed weapon at New York’s JFK airport back in 2005. Yes, this is the selfsame Mikey Moore who owned shared of Haliburton (see Peter Schweizer’s book Do As I Say, Not as I Do: Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy) and has both an extremely expensive penthouse in NY, as well as a massive, multimillion dollar mansion on Torch Lake, MI., as seen below.
(Of course, the ultimate example of hypocrisy was illustrated by NY Governor Cuomo who stated after Sandy Hook, in granting permission for Learjet leftist Hollywood to bring AR-15s to New York, that “There’s no reason not to make a change … to give an industry comfort, “especially … [one] we want to do business in the state.” Apparently, Cuomo didn’t desire to hinder any of those uber-leftist, gun-control fanatics Hollywooders from making movies that glorify the criminal violence he’s claims he’s trying to end.)
In contrast to the heavily defended Sidwell Friends school, or the latte leftists protected by gun toting guards, the shootings in gun-free zones invariably result in far higher casualty figures — the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. (six dead); Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Va. (32 dead); Columbine High School, Columbine, Colo. (12 dead); the Amish school in Lancaster County, Pa. (five little girls killed); a public school, Craighead County, Ark. (five killed, including four little girls).
And here’s one more question: What if it is not “only” a half dozen people killed, but rather something like the horrific Beslan School massacre in gun control-happy Russia in 2004? 334 people were slaughtered – over half children – by Chechnyan Islamists. Good thing everyone in the school was unarmed – right?
One might consider – dare I quote him? – Michael Moore, in perhaps the single lucid comment of his entire career. Regarding the Sandy Hook massacre, he wrote in the Huffington Post: “The killer only ceased his slaughter when he saw that cops were swarming onto the school grounds — i.e, the men with the guns. When he saw the guns a-coming, he stopped the bloodshed and killed himself. Guns on police officers prevented another 20 or 40 or 100 deaths from happening. Guns sometimes work.” Of course, Moore goes off on another deranged tangent after this, but in this case he actually got one paragraph right. And perhaps, with the direction our society is going, a properly secured firearm on school premises, wielded by fully trained school staff, may be what is needed. Why should there be a wait be for the police to arrive as more death occurs?
Dr. Lott, the former gun control advocate turned gun supporter, documents many thousands of similar situations, but here is one woman, in her own words, discussing after the fact how her gun saved her life. As a matter of fact, Gun Owners of America, cites statistics indicating guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense, or around 80 times a day (other statistics estimate this number could range as low as 1.5 million, but either number is a lot!). This includes 200,000 women a year using guns to defend themselves against sexual abuse – in fact, here is the actual 911 recording of some woman doing exactly that. It is precisely these situations that the gun grabbers would make worse! As a matter of fact, as of 2008, armed citizens killed more violent bad guys than the police (1,527 vs. 606). Overall, guns in the United States are used 80 times more often to prevent crime than they are to take lives. Cato Institute has a complete article on this topic for your further reading, Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens.
And what happens when people are not able to arm themselves? Just ask the citizens of Hungerford, England, where twenty years ago Michael Ryan went on a shooting spree, killing 16 people. As no one in the town was armed, he took over eight hours before anyone with a firearm was alerted and able to stop the rampage. While Obama used children as stage props, including plaintive letters from children asking him to ban guns in his January, 2013 anti-gun dog and pony sales pitch, he forgot to discuss the recent cases of Kendra St. Claire, who used a gun to protect herself from a home intruder, a mother who shot an intruder to protect her two young sons, or an 18 year old widowed mother who shot two intruders to protect her baby.
Check back tomorrow for part 3 of 10 in the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy series.
This is the first of a five part series on the various facts versus the plethora of fantasies regarding the gun control debate. Just about every gun owner has run into the person that says, “Why do you need a gun?” or maybe even, “You know guns are the most dangerous thing you can bring into your home!” Most logical human beings understand that guns are a tool. The following is the first installment of truth and logic that you can use in your encounters with the “Left” side of the world.
All of these segments were authored by the patriotic intellectual, J.V.
The utterly horrific Colorado and Connecticut shootings are still being processed, as I write, into the collective conscience of America. First, clearly the care for the wounded and survivors must be paramount for everyone. Let us all labor with one goal to that end at present. Once this is over, however, there will be time for reflection on what has caused tragedies such as these, and others. Here are some preliminary thoughts – that join my thoughts and prayers for the victims – that may be worth reflecting on in the months ahead:
Is it guns, or people, that kill? As the old saying goes, Teddy Kennedy’s cars have killed more people than all the guns of 99.999% of all gun owners in America. And this true around the world. My brother lived in ultra-safe Switzerland for years. Why is Switzerland so safe? Is it because guns are outlawed?
“If you were a Swiss man, you would be a soldier as well. Every able-bodied Swiss man must go to the army in Switzerland for 90 days (Rekrutenschule-Ecole de recrue) and then every 2 years until the age of 42, he must return for practice for 19 days. This allows the government to raise an army of 400,000 men, fully armed, within 24 hours, as every soldier has an assault gun in his house, complete with ammunition.”* Moreover, Wikipedia states, “Each individual is required to keep his army issued personal weapon (the 5.56x45mm SIG 550 rifle for enlisted personnel or the SIG 510 rifle and/or the 9mm SIG-Sauer P220 semi-automatic pistol for officers, medical and postal personnel) at home with a specified personal retention quantity of government issued personal ammunition (50 rounds 5.56/48 rounds 9mm…).” *SSwitzerland which has three times the gun ownership as, for example Germany, also has a much lower murder rate. And statistics like this ring true throughout the world. A short 3 minute video is here, for those that wish to see a short report on the Swiss and theIndeed, Thomas Sowell notes countries with stronger gun control laws than the US, such as Russia, Brazil and Mexico (Mexico basically bans firearms completely, yet has a higher gun homicide rate than the US), have much higher murder rates, while there are many countries with high rates of gun ownership but low murder rates, such as Israel, New Zealand and Finland. In fact, in Mexico, the murder rate is 22.7 murders per 100,000, whereas the global average is ~7 homicides per 100,000, and the gun happy US is 4.8 murders per 100,000. (Source) That is correct – the US, which has the widest gun ownership in the world, is below the worldwide average in homicides. Of course, in the US, approximately 90 million legal owners of guns, owning 300 million firearms; murdered zero people last year. Contrast that with the approximately 170 million, Prof. R.J. Rummel of Univ. of Hawaii, in his book Death by Government, says were killed in the last century, the majority of them after their governments disarmed them (Stéphane Courtois, author of the highly regarded Black Book of Communism estimates 94 million were murdered by Communists alone). Or perhaps one might wish to contrast this to the 32,000 people who lost their lives – including thousands of youth – in car accidents last year (see here or here to get the latest exact figure). And for those of you who correctly answered the “cars are necessary, but guns are not” objection, a gold star, for indeed you are correct – an armed population, as the Founding Fathers repeatedly noted, is the sine qua non of a free country and a free population. “Free” as in – as historical records show – comparison to a country like the USSR, Cuba or China that end up murdering millions – including children (just google “Ukrainian Kulak” and look at the photos of millions of children who were murdered by Stalin’s government. As the saying goes, “Free men have guns; slaves do not.”
A recent interview appeared in The State Journal of West Virginia about guns and the 2nd Amendment. Predictably, the media talking head, who is of course anti-gun, interviews Keith Morgan, president of the West Virgiinia Citizen’s Defense League. The reporter indicates a national debate on guns is long overdue. (Yes… apparently leftist media reporters all get their same talking points from the same, lame “LeftistTalking Point Depot!”), to which Morgan replies “I have to take issue with the immediate premise that we started out with that it’s a long overdue discussion. The discussion is as old as the country itself. The Framers set everything up and settled that discussion pretty well with the wording and language of the Second Amendment…”
Mr. Morgan has it 100% nailed on the head!
Americans [have] the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust their people with arms
– James Madison, considered the father of the US Constitution
HOW EFFECTIVE IS GUN CONTROL?
A 2000 study by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms revealed that 47% of guns used for crime are obtained via a straw purchase, while another 26% are stolen. So, how effective is firearms control in practice? In gun-control happy Chicago – which has banned guns for all practical purposes – the city has become the leading “alpha” city for gun murders in the world. 2012 ended with around five hundred murdersin the city – sixty of which were children! In fact, “gun free” Chicago had more murders than the entire nation of Japan in 2012. For comparison, drug war ridden Mexico City has 8.0 murders a year per 100,000 population, Moscow 9.6, Sao Paolo 15.6 and Chicago 19.4. Similarly, Washington DC, which has banned concealed carry since 1975, has one of the highest rates of murder in the U.S. And of course, one might also have the temerity to ask why there are no theatre, mall or school shootings in Israel, where a good percentage of the population is armed, including fully automatic weapons.
Let’s examine Chicago and a similar size city, Houston, which has concealed carry. How do they compare?
Presumably the leftist conclusion from the above is that cold weather causes shootings!
OK, so what about New York City? Yes, there was a reduction in gun shootings in 2012, but there were still 414 homicides in 2012. Notwithstanding the fact that NYC is almost becoming a police state, a one year drop could be attributable to many things, and as Frank Zimring, professor of law at UC Berkeley told NPR, “”If you’re gonna make the assumption that changes in crime rates always are responding to policies then why shouldn’t we be blaming the police for the slight increases [in New York’s murder rate] in 2010 and 2011?” No word from Mr. Bloomberg on that… nor why Mr. Bloomberg has changed his tune from “al Qaeda hates us for our freedoms” to the situation today, where the NYPD conducts unconstitutional stop-and-frisk searches all over NYC. And the reality is that the general trend in NYC has been a general trend of a drop in murder rates in NYC since the 1990s.
Quemadmoeum gladuis neminem occidit, occidentis telum est.(A sword is never a killer, it is a tool in the killer’s hands.)
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca, circa 4 BC – 65 AD
As a matter of fact, Dr. John Lott spoke on the Piers Morgan show shortly after the Connecticut school shooting, and noted that since 1950, in almost every public mass shooting in which three or more people died, it was in a setting where guns are banned, such as schools. Of course, relative to the Sandy Hook tragedy, Connecticut already had banned “assault weapons,” and the Newtown school was already a gun free zone. There also is already a total ban on guns in the possession of mentally unstable in Connecticut. A lot of good that did. And if the shooter didn’t get it from his mother in this case, do you really think he wouldn’t have gone to the black market to get one, or turned to other tools, such as the bombs the leftist Unibomber or Timothy McVeigh used? Were people any less dead because those two men used bombs instead of guns? On a personal level, when I was a student teacher in Illinois, a young high school student set a bomb right outside my classroom – it was found before it went off, but could have killed many students if it hadn’t been found in time. Are we next going to ban intelligence so that people can’t make bombs out of various materials? As a matter of fact, perhaps we already have banned intelligence – or at least wisdom – from our schools. But that is a story for another day…. along with some enterprising researcher conducting a study correlating the number of school shootings with the number of teachers having sex with their students.
Meanwhile, hidden from public view by a leftist media, school shootings are indeed occurring in countries with strict gun control. Former psychology professor and Army Ranger Lt. Col. David Grossman noted in Dec., 2012, on his Facebook page, that gun control poster child Germany has had two mass murders in their high schools that had body counts surpassing those at Columbine, while Dunblain, Scotland had a massacre in a kindergarten class, and just down the road from where I used to live in Alberta, Canada, the town of Taber experienced a school massacre. Handguns are outlawed in Canada. Finland has had three school massacres, and of course there was the Anders Breivik massacre in Norway, which also has restrictions on gun ownership. And if it isn’t guns, it’s knives. Grossman notes in gunless Belgium, a sicko dressed as the Joker from Batman got into a day care centre and hacked a dozen babies in their cribs, injuring them. Two more babies were killed, as well as one daycare worker. If leftists want schools and other areas as “gun free zones,” perhaps we should make those who created gun free zones liable for the murders that occur there? And at the same time, may we ask why government buildings in Washington DC are “gun free zones” – or is it that the “let them eat cake” ruling class gets armed security everywhere they go in the town (not to mention exemption from ObamaCare), while the rest of us poor, unwashed masses have to trust our safety to luck? In fact, there is a formal petition to the White House to have the Secret Service protecting the president and others in Washington made a gun free zone – remember, it is guns themselves that are the cause of crime. (Article here)
But, in case you don’t believe Lt. Colonel Grossman or Dr. Lott, perhaps you might believe the man running lead for Obama’s gun control task force after Sandy Hook, Joe Biden? Here is Biden in his own words, explaining that gun control will not stop a potential mass shooting:
The top ten school massacres are listed here, for your reference, the worst being the Beslan school massacre in Russia, with 386 dead, and over 700 injured by Chechen militants. In the US, one of the first US school massacres occurred, as Mark Steyn notes, on July 25,1764, when “…four Lenape Indians walked into a one-room schoolhouse in colonial Pennsylvania and killed Enoch Brown and ten of his pupils. One child survived, scalped and demented to the end of his days” (no assault rifles were recorded as being used in this attack); and the worst massacre in a US school occurred May 18. 1927, in Bath, Michigan, when school board treasurer Andrew Kehoe used a bomb to blow up the Bath Consolidated School, killing 44 people, including 38 children. Again, much to the chagrin of the left, no assault weapon was used.
And the comments from the left that masquerade as “fact,” such as the post-Sandy Hook Bill Clinton statement: “Half of all mass killings in the United States have occurred since the assault weapons ban expired in 2005. Half of all of them in the history of the country.”
This is not even close to reality. Leaving aside the definition of what “is” is, what are the actual facts? Unfortunately – similar to the ClimateGate revelations – someone actually did the research in a 2007 book entitled Mass Murder in the United States: A History, authored by Grant Duwe, director of research and evaluation at the Minnesota Dept. of Corrections. Here’s what Duwe found, as summarized from the Freedom Outpost:
In the past 100 years, there have been 156 mass killings where at least four people were killed publicly with a firearm in under 24 hours, where the killings did not include robbery, drugs or gangs. As of Jan., 2013, there have been 32 mass public shootings since Clinton’s assault weapons ban expired on Sept. 13, 2004, with seven in 2012. Here is the tally by decade:
Data from Boston.com, using data extracted from official police reports to the FBI, shows mass shootings in the US over the past 30 years have not increased. (See below)
Of course, the vast majority of these were not committed with semi-automatic rifles; rather, they were committed by handguns. Why no outcry re. handguns? Is it because they look less “scary?” Or might it really be because rifles could be used by a free people to defend themselves against totolarianism? Perhaps the left should lift all restrictions on long guns, and legislate against handguns if they honestly wanted to make a dent in the death toll. (And while they are at it, perhaps they could pass legislation against “Fast & Furious” Eric Holder being anywhere within 100 miles of any gun at all.)
On the other side of the school shooter equation, in 2008, the isolated Harrold Independent School District in Texas, noting the damage done in the Columbine shootings, among others, decided the 20 minutes it could take police to arrive could lead to a horrific disaster, trained school staff were allowed to carry firearms in school. The result? Dead students? Mayhem? Actually… nothing, except a safe school. School district superintendent David Thweatt simply stated “We’re the first responders. We have to be. We don’t have 5 minutes. We don’t have 10 minutes. We would have had 20 minutes of hell” if the school was attacked. In fact, Evan Todd – who was shot and wounded at the Columbine massacre – makes this exact point (and a few more!) in his open letter to President Obama of Feb., 2013, found here. Todd elucidated on his points in a further interview found on The Blaze, here.
But lurking behind the school shooting question is the issue of “never let a crisis go to waste,” per Rahm Emmanuel. Is it really guns, or is it rather the gun grabber agenda that is in the dock here? If the former, why no comment from the leftist media that every month after the Sandy Hook shooting, on average 40 juveniles will be murdered with something other than a rifle? Or doesn’t that meet with the agenda du jour? (And I’m just waiting to hear some leftist claim that rifles cause global warming!)
And finally, if gun grabbers are so “concerned for the kids,” why then this story that came out just after Sandy Hook:
“Amid all the hubbub surrounding Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s “assault weapons” ban, there are still everyday stories of average law-abiding citizens using firearms to defend themselves and others from evil — or in this case, serious harm. An 11-year-old boy was riding his bike in a Washington, DC, neighborhood when he came upon three pit bulls. The dogs pounced, mauling the boy. Fortunately, a neighbor saw what was happening, grabbed his handgun and rushed out to shoot one of the pit bulls. A DC police officer patrolling nearby on a bicycle heard the shot, and came to the boy’s aid as well, shooting the other two pit bulls. The boy’s injuries were severe, but he will survive, thanks to the quick action of this neighbor. However, the hero is under investigation for violating local gun laws — discharging his weapon while not on his own property. No word yet on whether charges will be filed, but DC’s gun laws are what put children at risk.” (Source for this story not retained.)
This story clearly illustrates that for many on the left, it is not about the kids. It is about their agenda.
Thanks again to J.V.! Tune in tomorrow for the second installment of Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy.
There is a movement to disarm Americans that is sweeping the country. Politicians everywhere are proposing an insane amount of legislation that will limit the rights of law abiding citizens. Ammunition is as scarce as Sasquatch. The Vice-President himself is advocating that women urinate or vomit on themselves to avoid attackers instead of defending themselves with a weapon equal to what the criminals are bringing to the fight.
Those that do have ammunition for their guns are not shooting it because it can’t be replaced and the government is threatening to limit future purchases of ammo or even place serial numbers on individual bullets to account for the what the “homegrown terrorists” (aka anyone who is not a Socialist) happens to be shooting. So what can be done? Aside from finding ways to increase current production in ammunition and firearms plants, the single best course of action that a liberty-minded individual can take is to obtain what is available. Enter the Post-Barackolyptic Arsenal!
What is a Post-Barackolyptic Arsenal?
There are a few weapon systems that are readily available today, as is the ammunition for these firearms. Purchase of these weapons and ammunition will allow the interested person in avoiding shortages if a weapons ban was to pass through a state or the federal government. The following groups of firearms and ammunition are ripe for the buying:
It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a 12, 20, or .410 gauge there are shotguns in abundance at many a sporting goods store near you. Semi-Automatic, pump action, or single shot models are all useful and can be found new starting at about $150 and in used condition start at about half of that, depending on the local market. Pawn shops can be a great place to pick up this versatile weapon. Just make sure that you do your research when shopping for a used firearm.
As far as ammunition for shotguns is concerned, even the grocery store is fully stocked* on just about every type of round you could want; bird shot, buck shot, and slugs alike.
*Shotgun ammo is widely available right now. If a weapons ban is passed, it is likely that this situation will be reversed. If you are a shotgun owner, consider purchasing a hefty supply of the rounds you use now while they are easy to get.
The .17 HMR is a rifle that is in stock almost everywhere firearms are sold. The ammo is sitting on the shelves gathering dust even as crowds swarm around the store shelves waiting to see if anything magically appears from the stock room. While not useful for big game, the .17HMR is a great substitute for a .22 during this “crisis” time. If you do not have a plinking or varmint gun and are thinking about getting one, consider the .17HMR.
There are also a variety of other caliber rifles that are standards for hunting which can be easily obtained still. The ammunition for such rifles while typically expensive, are not currently in any state of scarcity.
This is where is starts to get tricky. There is mixed availability of handguns across the nation. While there is a good chance that you can find a decent handgun, whether you get your first, second, or third choice remains to be seen. Where it really starts to get rough is when you need ammunition for your handgun. A national shortage of epic proportions is in place on all handgun ammo. If you can find some in the same caliber as the firearm that you own, buy it! Do not hesitate. Pull out your wallet and kindly ask the salesperson what the maximum number of boxes that their establishment will allow you to purchase at this time and then buy that number. If a spouse, friend, or adult child is present with you then ask them to purchase this same amount as well if it is available.
*A particular area that I have noticed being more available than others is revolvers, both in the availability of the actual gun and ammo in the .38 Special and .357 calibers. While not a high capacity handgun, a revolver tends to be highly reliable and there is something to be said about having a gun that you can actually purchase ammunition for.
While not typically used for any purpose other than recreation or competition, there is a slice element of air rifle users who hunt small game with them. A good air rifle can cost anywhere from about $150 to $300 but the pellets that these weapons shoot are extremely affordable. Most air rifles come in either .177 or .22 caliber making them useful for a variety of tasks. Some of the small game that gets taken with these rifles include rabbits, squirrels, and small birds. There is a very good article by Randy Mitchell about Small Game Hunting With Airguns. If you take the time to read Randy’s article, make sure to follow the link included to Dr. Beeman’s article on Field Use of an Airgun that includes some great graphics on selecting the proper caliber of air rifle for hunting.
While most will read this article and think that I am crazy for recommending such an eclectic group of weapons, I would like to be clear in the fact that this is what is readily available now. My hope is that no firearms will be outlawed, ammunition will be readily available, and the government will uphold the God given rights of Americans. However, if that does not happen, the Post-Barackolytic Arsenal could be the answer!
I recently made the post, ‘Will You Fight?’ that was written by Dean Garrison about the attempt to outlaw firearms in America and whether we have a responsibility to fight if the government comes to take our guns away. The website D.C. Clothesline has Mr. Garrison’s follow up response to his original writing. It is posted below. As he states, please spread the message and let our fellow Patriots know that they are not alone!
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” -Patrick Henry
About 45 days ago I wrote an article entitled “If They Come for Your Guns Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight?” At the time this article, from an obscure blogger, changed my world. Within days I had become part of something much bigger than I could have ever imagined. The post was featured on literally hundreds of websites, and to date has received millions of readers.
How did it happen? Well on January 3rd, people were still not saying what needed to be said and I suppose I was one of the first to say it. It is not about deer hunting and we are all covered by a second amendment which is about our rights to protect ourselves from tyranny. So I said it. If they come for your guns it is not only your right but your responsibility to fight. Yes, that includes firing upon them. It’s not about hunting deer. The second amendment is about hunting tyrants.
Since pushing the “publish” button, I have had literally hundreds of conversations with people who believe that tyranny is an unchecked virus within our own federal government. I get so many messages every day that I can literally not respond to all of them. So, today I want to talk about where we go from here.
It is a growing conception that we can not wait. While we sit and wait, our government continues an all out assault on our rights as free men and women of the United States of America. Many people believe that there is no peaceful alternative. Many people believe that we must organize and fight. Today I can offer no concrete set of actions but I do want to lay out some thoughts that I think need to be discussed.
First I need to tell you that I sincerely believe that the government is, in a twisted way, hoping that a small group of Patriots will organize and start a half-cocked rebellion. I think they realize that this can happen and also realize that it can strengthen their case for gun control. I would not put it past them to stage such an event.
I believe that a small, poorly planned rebellion will do us more harm than good. It will be easily suppressed and it will give the powers that be even more ammunition for a declaration of martial law. It is my belief that martial law, or a “police state,” is the end goal of this administration. You don’t have to look hard to see that they are preparing for it. As recently as two weeks ago the Reverend Jesse Jackson was even asking for it in his home town of Chicago.
We must understand that there are literally millions of people who have concluded that letters, petitions, peaceful demonstrations and elections are not working. They are in agreement that revolution is the only way to potentially fix this problem. But if a small group of 50 or even 500 people start the revolt, it is likely to go nowhere. We must develop a united front and we must go through proper channels. We can not skirt the law to try to uphold it.
The problem I see, once again, is the same problem that I witnessed 45 days ago. Everyone is waiting for someone to take the lead. So today I am going to offer to do that. With that said, I want to tell you that I am nothing more than a blogger. I don’t have any grand visions of being elected to any office. I am not a skilled military strategist. I am not an advanced “prepper” or survival expert. I am nothing special. I suppose the only thing truly special about me is that I am not afraid to speak my mind. I still understand that this is my God-given right as an American citizen.
I know full well that the first amendment in this country is currently an illusion. I know that writing this could get me arrested or killed. If you were to ask me if I was afraid I would simply answer that yes I am afraid, but I am more afraid of what will happen to our country if people do not begin to speak up.
I understand and follow the methods our current administration and lawmakers are using to take away our most basic rights. They can detain me indefinitely. If they choose to see me as an enemy of the state they can do worse. There will be no due process. It will not matter how many people support me. I can be made to disappear and become a non-factor. So why am I speaking about this?
Once again, it’s because someone has to. Until someone starts to speak of these things we have zero chance to change anything. We can’t fight the destruction of America with splintered cells of people who are afraid to raise their voices. We must be United. This is not negotiable.
I will not endorse an open attack (violent or non-violent) upon the federal government unless and until I feel like we have given them one last chance to represent us.
The first thing that “We the People” must do is set forth a list of our demands. This is our country. We need to pinpoint every change that we wish to see made and we must deliver these to the lawmakers. I am offering today to be that messenger. That is one thing that I can do, but I can not do it alone. I will need massive response. The only way that will happen is if this post goes viral like the post from 45 days ago. I can not guarantee that will happen, but I can guarantee it will happen if millions of people are truly in support of this revolution. Time will tell.
If we get little response then I will assume that my theories are wrong. The people will decide. I’ve been wrong before. It would not be the first time.
Here is what I need. I need people to list executive orders and laws that are in violation of our constitutional rights (list everything in the comments below). We will be demanding that these laws and executive orders be repealed.
I need open discussion of what we need to do with the people currently in office. Do we call for new elections? Can we literally remove them all? We are talking about more than Obama here. We have to understand that many people have been compliant (Republicans and Democrats) with the policies and actions that we too easily credit to Obama. This is not a problem isolated to one person. My thought is that they should keep their jobs if they start to work within the framework of the constitution. But if they do not then we will have to forcibly remove them.
Make no mistake the constitution is the law of this land, not public opinion.
We need to discuss policies (foreign and domestic) and cabinet appointments as well. We need to literally make a list of everything that needs to change. We can’t expect everything to change immediately but we must address the issues that are important to freedom. We must list things that are constitutionally based. In other words, I don’t like everything about my government but my major concerns are the things that blatantly violate the constitution. I have to focus on these things and not merely on my opinions. Unless we can constitutionally support our arguments we have no credibility.
What I would like to do is first gather volumes of ideas and then start putting them into a format that we can use. We can’t just start shooting politicians. That will get us nowhere but dead or in jail.
Let’s get our ideas out in the open. We will then gather again to vote on the constitutional relevancy of certain opinions before we submit them to the White House and both branches of our legislature. If they have our “constitutionally based” demands in print and choose not to respond in a manner that we feel conducive to change, then we will move forward to our only remaining option. It will be time bear arms against our government.
I feel like we have no grounds to call for the revolt until we first present our conditions to our elected officials.
I am simply offering to be the messenger but ultimately the success or failure depends on you. If this post falls dead in the water with 5 or even 50 comments then we are going nowhere.
This is the time for people of America to speak up if they really want to make changes in this government. Once we have all the terms and conditions ironed out we will formally petition our government. If that goes no where then we will look toward full use of our second amendment rights.
For now you must reject any new attempts to try to infringe on your second amendment rights and if you want to be involved in this “Think Tank” you must do three things for me:
By all means I need to your ideas and comments below. Keep them constitutionally based. If you have no ideas or comments, at least let us know that you support us.
I need you to join us on Facebook. Why is this important? Well did you notice that this is the first post on a brand new site? We have already been censored once and I need people to gather where we can inform them of developments.
If you believe in this cause then you need to help us spread the word. Share it on your social networks or however you possibly can.
I will be watching the development of this post in regards to traffic and comments. I’m all in. I have made the offer. But again, if this ends up being a group of 5 or 50 people trying to push a revolution, we have nothing. The only way this works is if people unite right here and now. On an average blog post, it takes about 150-200 readers to generate 1 comment. If people can’t open their mouths this time then they will simply get what they deserve. I am putting myself out on a limb here. I will not fight for people who will not fight for themselves.
If you agree that this is the only way then you have to come out of hiding and get really loud now. You are allowed to disagree as well. This is America and I support your right to free speech. We have to know where we stand before we can make a decision to move forward.
“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.” -Noah Webster
I put myself out on a limb once before and people responded. Make no mistake, this is a frightening place to be. I have three beautiful girls and twins on the way. I am afraid for my safety and theirs, but my biggest fear is that they will have to live with the results of an American public resolved to cowardice. America must wake up. Apathetic no more! We must do something.
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One man is brave enough to write what many Americans are thinking. This is reposted in its entirety from the Facebook page of One Million Moms Against Gun Control.
The taboo subject…sigh….guess it is time to start putting our cards on the table.
If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight?
This man has put down on paper what many people are thinking, but are too cautious to express openly.
I hope it never comes to what he is advocating, but I can certainly see where the possibility exists.
God help us all if it ever does happen.
PS Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the author:
Dean Garrison (born 1955) is a contemporary American author and crime fiction novelist. He was born in Michigan , grew up in the Indiana , Illinois , and Texas , and received his B.A. degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan . Garrison is a Crime Scene Technician in West Michigan . His research in the fields of crime scene investigation and Shooting Reconstruction are widely published in forensic journals under the name of
“D.H. Garrison, Jr.”
I feel a tremendous responsibility to write this article though I am a little apprehensive. Thinking about the possibility of rising up against our own government is a frightening thing for many of us. I am not Johnny Rambo and I will be the first to admit that I do not want to die. The reason I feel compelled to write this, however, is simply because I don’t think the average American is equipped with the facts. I feel that a lot of American citizens feel like they have no choice but to surrender their guns if the government comes for them. I blame traditional media sources for this mass brainwash and I carry the responsibility of all small independent bloggers to tell the truth. So my focus today is to lay out your constitutional rights as an American, and let you decide what to do with those rights.
About a month ago I let the “democracy” word slip in a discussion with a fellow blogger. I know better. Americans have been conditioned to use this term. It’s not an accurate term and it never has been a correct term to describe our form of government. The truth is that the United States of America is a constitutional republic. This is similar to a democracy because our representatives are selected by democratic elections, but ultimately our representatives are required to work within the framework of our constitution. In other words, even if 90% of Americans want something that goes against our founding principles, they have no right to call for a violation of constitutional rights.
If you are religious you might choose to think of it this way… Say that members of your congregation decide that mass fornication is a good thing. Do they have the right to change the teachings of your God? The truth is the truth. It doesn’t matter how many people try to stray from it. Did I just compare our founders to God? In a way I did, but please note that I am not trying to insult anyone. For the purpose of the American Government our constitution and founders who wrote it are much like God is to believers. It is the law. It is indisputable.
Our founders did not want a “democracy” for they feared a true democracy was just as dangerous as a monarchy. The founders were highly educated people who were experienced in defending themselves against tyranny. They understood that the constitution could protect the people by limiting the power of anyone to work outside of it much better than a pure system of popularity. A system of checks and balances was set up to help limit corruption of government and also the potential for an “immoral majority” developing within the American People. We have forgotten in this country that we are ultimately ruled by a constitution.
Why is a democracy potentially just as dangerous as a monarchy? Let’s look at something that Benjamin Franklin said because it answers that question more fully and succinctly than I can.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. -Benjamin Franklin
Even 230+ years ago our founders were perceptive enough to realize that democracy was a dangerous form of government. How so? Because the citizens of a country can become just as corrupt as any government. We have seen evidence of this throughout history. Ask Native Americans and African-Americans if this population can become corrupt.
I think in 2012 we are seeing evidence of what Franklin was trying to tell us. Just because a majority of people may support certain ideas it does not mean that those ideas are just. In simple terms, just because most Americans love our president and voted for him, it does not mean that he has the power to go against our constitutional rights.
Next I’d like to review the text of the second amendment. It is very clear. This is the law of this land. So when Senator Feinstein or President Obama talk about taking your guns, you need to think about something. Are they honoring their sworn oath to uphold the constitution?
A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State , the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
This is a pretty clear statement. The fact is that it took 232 years for the Supreme Court to even rule on this amendment because it has never been successfully challenged. In 2008 a case of Columbia v. Heller the Supreme Court ruled that a handgun ban in Washington D.C. was unconstitutional. One also has to take this into consideration. The Supreme Court supports your right to own guns. If you want to research this decision further you can start here.
For those who try to debate the spirit of the 2nd amendment, they are truly no different from people who will try to take Biblical quotes out of context to try to support their immoral decisions. The founders were very clear on the intent of the 2nd amendment. Let me share a few quick quotes here:
The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. -Thomas Jefferson
Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good. -George Washington
The Constitution shall never be construed….to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. -Samuel Adams
I could find hundreds of quotes like these. This country was built on the right to bear arms. It was built on the rights of an individual to bear arms, regardless of what his government or neighbor happened to think. This is crystal clear. Ironically the people who voice their opinions against this right have their free speech protected by your guns. Without guns in this country, all other amendments become null and void, simply because “We the People” will lose our power of enforcement.
We need to keep this in mind as our “representatives” try to push gun bans. I don’t care if 99% of people are in support of gun bans (which is far from the case), it is a violation of our constitutional rights, plain and simple.
A constitutional republic protects the rights of the individual even when their ideas are very much in the minority. If I were the only person in America who believed in the 2nd amendment, I would still be within my rights to call upon it. You would all think I was insane and possibly celebrate if I was gunned down, but in the end I would be the only true American among us.
Our framers were very clear on this. If my government comes to take my guns, they are violating one of my constitutional rights that is covered by the 2nd amendment.
It is not my right, at that point, but my responsibility to respond in the name of liberty. What I am telling you is something that many are trying to soft sell, and many others have tried to avoid putting into print, but I am going to say it. The time for speaking in code is over.
If they come for our guns then it is our constitutional right to put them six feet under. You have the right to kill any representative of this government who tries to tread on your liberty. I am thinking about self-defense and not talking about inciting a revolution. Re-read Jefferson ’s quote. He talks about a “last resort.” I am not trying to start a Revolt, I am talking about self-defense. If the day for Revolution comes, when no peaceful options exist, we may have to talk about that as well. None of us wants to think about that, but please understand that a majority cannot take away your rights as an American citizen. Only you can choose to give up your rights.
Congress could pass gun ban legislation by a 90%+ margin and it just would not matter. I think some people are very unclear on this. This is the reason we have a Supreme Court, and though I do not doubt that the Supreme Court can also become corrupt, in 2008 they got it right. They supported the constitution. It does not matter what the majority supports because America is not a democracy. A constitutional republic protects the rights of every single citizen, no matter what their “elected servants” say. A majority in America only matters when the constitution is not in play.
I just wrote what every believer in the constitution wants to say, and what every constitutional blogger needs to write. The truth of the matter is that this type of speech is viewed as dangerous and radical or subversive, and it could gain me a world of trouble that I do not want. It is also the truth. To make myself clear I will tell you again. If they come for your guns it is your right to use those guns against them and to kill them. You are protected by our constitution.
Most of the articles I am reading on the subject are trying to give you clues without just coming out and saying it. I understand that because certain things in this country will get you on a list that you don’t want to be on. I may well be on that list. This blog is small and growing so I may not be there yet, but I have dreams. I also have my own list of subversives and anyone who attempts to deny my constitutional rights is on that list.
I am not the “subversive” here, it is the political representatives who are threatening to take away my inalienable rights. If they come to take my guns and I leave a few of them wounded or dead, and I somehow survive, I have zero doubt that I will spend a long time in prison and may face an execution. But I would much rather be a political prisoner than a slave.
If I go down fighting then I was not fighting to harm these human beings. I was simply defending my liberty and yours. It is self-defense and it is what our country was built on. We won our freedom in self-defense. We would not be ruled by a tyrannical government in the 1770′s and we will not be ruled in 2012 by a tyrannical government. There is no difference.
This is a case of right and wrong. As of now the 2nd amendment stands. It has never been repealed. If Feinstein or Barack have a problem with the constitution then they should be removed from office. They are not defending the constitution which they have sworn an oath to protect. It is treasonous to say the least. They would likely say the same about me, but I have the constitution, the founders, and the supreme court on my side. They only have their inflated egos.
I am not writing this to incite people. I am writing this in hopes that somehow I can make a tiny difference. I have no idea how many of my neighbors have the will to defend their constitutional rights. 2%? 20%? I am afraid that 20% is a high number, unfortu nate ly. When push comes to shove many people may give up and submit to being ruled. I believe that our government is banking on this.
I would hope that our officials come to realize that, regardless of our numbers, we still exist because they are calling Patriotic Americans to action. They are making us decide if we want to die free or submit to their rule. I can not tell you where you should stand on that. I do know that it may make the difference between living a life of freedom or slavery.
You must start thinking about this because I believe that the day is coming soon and I personally believe it has already been planned. Not all conspiracy theories are hogwash. They may throw down the gauntlet soon and my suggestion is that you prepare yourself to react.
I mean no disrespect to our elected officials but they need to understand that “We the People” will not be disarmed. If they proceed then it is they that are provoking us and we will act accordingly. We are within our rights to do so.
For those who are in support of taking the guns, you need to ask yourself a very important question, and I am not just talking about the politicians, because if you support them, you have chosen your side.
Are you willing to die to take my guns?
Through regulations, taxation, inflation of the money supply, trade restrictions, and tethers on private associations, government itself is nothing but a massive drain on prosperity. The situation has become deeply dangerous for the future of freedom in America, with young people unable to find jobs, opportunities being destroyed in sector after sector, banks and corporations living on the dole, and so many regulations that we are living under something nearly as egregious as Soviet-style central planning.
“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him — better take a closer look at the American Indian.” Henry Ford
There is a new article up on Personal Liberty Digest that I authored about blow out kits. The article covers what a blow out kit (BOK) is, why you need one, and what to put in it. Check it out and if you have any suggestions or remarks please leave a comment. Click on the picture below to go straight to the article.
I thought that maybe I would try to find an exact definition of what an “assault weapon” was. Everywhere I look there are nothing but vague definitions of assault weapons and the more I look, the more mysterious the definition gets. The greatest offender…are you ready for it??? The United States Federal Government! Since the government creates a definition that can be altered to fit the circumstances and everyone else is either a government puppet or against any sort of limit on what kinds of firearms private citizens can own, I just decided to look at the dictionary. Here is what Merriam-Webster had to show me:
Well…I guess everything should be illegal. If my children could assault someone with a pencil at school I guess they should be required to stay home. I mean we are just talking about pencils here. I shudder to think about what could happen on the playground or in music class.
I, like most Americans, have only done the right thing in my life folks. The government is still going to come after me because I believe in the right to keep and bear arms. With President Obama fresh off of his victory of fulfilling his promise to tax the rich, he is primed to try to accomplish another big victory.
Now is the time more than ever before to keep your finger on the pulse of America. If you have been on the fence about when is a good time or whether or not to make a firearm purchase, I would encourage you to approach this decision with urgency. The FBI reported a 45% increase in background checks for firearms purchases in December 2012 compared to December of 2011. Guns and ammunition are flying off of the shelves at a record pace. The last gun ban lasted 10 years. How long will a new gun ban be?
The following list of reasons why you need an “assault weapon” is written by Evan F. Nappen and was posted today on AmmoLand. I thought it was too good not to share and in an effort to memorialize this great list on the internet forever, I decided to quote it directly.
“When I was Counsel to the NJ Coalition of Sportsman I wrote this piece for the April, 1991 issue of the THE GUARDIAN which was the group’s newsletter.
It was later published by Harper’s magazine. Here is an updated version as the issue is being pushed again by the blood dancing anti-gunners.
A question we are all tired of hearing in the so-called “debate” over so-called “assault weapons” is, “why does anybody need one?” Here is the answer once and for all.
You need an assault weapon—
1. to help continue the American tradition of citizen/soldier.
2. for recreation.
3. to collect military small arms.
4. to get quick extra shots at more game while hunting.
5. to get quick extra shots at the same game while hunting.
6. for more fun plinking.
7. to defend yourself against a street gang.
8. to defend yourself against mob violence.
9. to defend yourself against looters.
10. to shoot in a Civilian Marksmanship Program competition.
11. to shoot in an “Action Rifle” or “Practical Rifle” target match.
12. to assist the police in an emergency (e.g. 1966 Texas Tower Sniper incident, citizens assisted with M1′s).
13. to help defend the country from a foreign invasion.
14. to help defend the country from an internal takeover.
15. to help the firearms industry remain economically strong.
16. to pay the federal tax on guns that goes to aid wildlife.
17. to encourage further research into new firearm technology.
18. to save time while shooting.
19. to have increased reliability in functioning.
20. to have a longer lasting firearm.
21. to have a less costly/ more affordable firearm.
22. to have an easier to manufacture firearm.
23. to have an easier to repair firearm.
24. to have an easier to take apart and clean firearm.
25. to have a more versatile firearm.
26. to own a highly weather resistant firearm.
27. to appreciate the evolution of firearm technology.
28. to defend your business.
29. to defend your home.
30. to defend your boat.
31. to defend your camp.
32. to defend your ranch.
33. to defend your farm.
34. to defend your family.
35. to have reduced recoil when shooting.
36. as an investment.
37. as a military souvenir.
38. as a hedge against inflation.
39. because criminals statistically prefer revolvers over all other firearms.
40. to have a more psychologically intimidating firearm. (often the mere presence of a firearm will stop a crime)
41. to own a firearm least likely to be used in a crime. (less than 1% are assault firearms.)
42. to own a firearm which purposely functions slower than other firearms thereby reducing recoil. (e.g. Remington 1100.)
43. to own a firearm used in Olympic competition.
44. to appreciate the mechanical genius of firearm designers.
45. to have a firearm which uses external magazines.
46. to shoot at the National Matches at Camp Perry.
47. to reject anti-gun bias.
48. to challenge “Big Brotherism”.
49. to protect yourself against a pack of feral dogs.
50. to own a firearm better for the physically handicapped.
51. to save all firearms by not giving in to “salami” tactics.
52. to do trick shooting (e.g. multiple aerial targets).
53. to shoot military ammunition. (Inexpensive surplus)
54. to be part of an armed populous, creating a tactical disadvantage for any potential enemies.
55. to familiarize yourself with your country’s military rifle.
56. to familiarize yourself with a foreign country’s military rifle.
57. because they are interesting.
58. to hang on your wall.
59. to shoot clay targets.
60. to shoot paper targets.
61. to shoot Metallic Silhouettes.
62. to exercise your constitutional rights.
63. to exercise a natural right.
64. to exercise a civil right.
65. to exercise a fundamental right.
66. to exercise an inalienable right.
67. to exercise a human right.
68. to defend yourself after a New York City-type blackout.
69. to defend yourself against a Miami-type riot.
70. to defend yourself after a St. Croix-type hurricane in which both officers and escaped prisoners have run amok.
71. to avoid a “Tiananmen Square” in the U.S.
72. to own a firearm in common use and therefore protected under the Heller decision.
73. to protect livestock from predators.
74. to show support for political ideals of the founding fathers.
75. to own a firearm designed to wound rather than kill (according to the Dir. Of the Wound Ballistics Laboratory).
76. to own a firearm not readily convertible to full automatic.
77. to own a firearm with that “shoulder thingy that goes up.”
78. to own a “state-of-the-art” firearm (e.g. FN SCAR).
79. to own a “turn-of-the-century” firearm (e.g. Borchardt).
80. which is more pleasant to shoot (lighter and less recoil).
81. because all of your other firearms will be banned next.
82. to own a firearm which is difficult to conceal.
83. to own a firearm which the media glamorizes.
84. to own a firearm which might be banned.
85. to own a firearm which is banned.
86. to own a firearm that is no frills and practical in design.
87. to own on of the most mechanically-safe firearms. (e.g. Uzi).
88. to own a firearm that is a “work of art”.
89. to own a Valmet M-76 which the BATF says has no sporting use.
90. to own a Valmet Hunter which the BATF says has sporting use.
91. to own a firearm that made history (e.g. M-1 Carbine).
92. to shoot a firearm that made history.
93. to own a firearm that can be dropped and still function.
94. to own a firearm that can be coated in mud and still function.
95. to own a firearm that can be dunked in water and function.
96. to own a firearm that can be frozen solid and still function.
97. to own a firearm that can be buried in sand and still function.
98. to be a prepared member of the unorganized militia as defined in the US Code (10 US Code Sect. 311 (a)).
99. to distinguish between an object and its misuse.
100.because you believe in freedom.
101.if YOU say you need one. In America, an individual’s need should not be determined by the state. There are approximately 100 million firearm owners in the country. That’s 100 million more reasons for owning any firearm.”
I am a pretty big fan of Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast. Earlier this year one of the podcasts that Jack put out was a recording of a presentation that he did for the Free State Project. This was the first time that I had heard of the Free State Project (FSP) and led me to look into what the FSP was all about. A quick summary of the Free State Project’s mission from their website states that,
“The Free State Project is an agreement among 20,000 pro-liberty activists to move to New Hampshire, where they will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of life, liberty, and property. The success of the Project would likely entail reductions in taxation and regulation, reforms at all levels of government, to expand individual rights and free markets, and a restoration of constitutional federalism, demonstrating the benefits of liberty to the rest of the nation and the world.”
My initial check into the FSP generated a high level of intrigue in my mind and motivated me to look further into not only the Free State Project but New Hampshire as well. This investigation led to, among other things, following @FreeStateNH on Twitter who tweeted a link a couple of days ago that led to a list of 101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire. While certainly only some of the reasons that a person might be interested in relocating, I felt that this particular list by the FSP encompassed a wide variety of issues that would be important to a relocating person or family. These issues include government, politics, economy, geography & environment, and quality of life. The full list can be seen at the link of above but some of my favorites include the following:
– New Hampshire has no general sales tax.
– New Hampshire is the only state with no laws restricting knife ownership.
– The NH Underground is an active, peaceful civil disobedience network. This group has organized activities such as conducting an open-carry litter pickup after curfew, filming police encounters, producing radio, television, and internet broadcasts.
– New Hampshire has a large, politically active, and rapidly growing homeschooling population.
– Communication with the NH liberty community is a phone call away. Through Porcupine 411, reports of speed traps and check points, political events, and news as-it-happens are recorded and broadcast via email as audio file attachments.
– New Hampshire rejected the Real ID (national identification card) program. Free State Project participants were crucial in securing this outcome.
– New Hampshire’s median household income of $63,942 is the highest in the country.
– The Manchester-Nashua metro area ranks 1st on the Forbes List of America’s 100 Cheapest Places To Live.
– New Hampshire offers abundant water resources. The potential for water shortages in NH is insignificant.
– New Hampshire is considered at very low risk for hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and forest fires.
– New Hampshire has been ranked #1 in the nation for quality of life and livability five years in a row.
– New Hampshire is the safest state in the country.
If you are interested in listening to Jack Spirko’s presentation that he gave to the Free State Project, it is The Survival Podcast, Episode 848 and covers Jack’s Tenets of Modern Survival Philosophy. The same presentation is available to be viewed on YouTube. Another good listen about the FSP is The Survival Podcast, Episode 888 and is an interview of Carla Gericke (Queen Quill) of New Hampshire, President of the Free State Project. This is a great interview and gives a first hand account of what the FSP is doing in New Hampshire and what someone can do if they are interested in joining the movement. If nothing else, at least look at what this great organization is doing and share this vision with others that you care about.
Feel free to chime in with comments, recommendations, concerns, etc. in the comments area below!
Have you ever been disgusted with a politician? Perhaps a better question would be whether or not there has ever been a politician that you have been satisfied with? It certainly is not difficult to complain about the political climate in our country and what impact it may have on the economy, unemployment rates, or even the validity of climate change. Some say it is the Democrats fault. Some say that it is the Republicans fault. Others say that it is the fault of those who refuse to pick sides and linger in “no man’s land.” I want you all to know that it is everyone’s fault! We are failing as a country for many reasons but the lack of involvement by American citizens is killing us and the root cause could be argued to be the voter turn out in America.
It is no secret that 2012 is an election year and there is plenty of attention on the upcoming elections. There is also plenty of attention on the fact that the percentage of Americans that are eligible to vote compared to those that actually do vote in elections is a disturbing ratio. Major issues that result from the above mentioned scenarios:
Major Issue #1 – Failure to exercise a right usually will result in the loss of the same right.
Major Issue #2 – As the cartoon above demonstrates, those that don’t vote are often the ones that complain the loudest.
Major Issue #3 – Many think that their vote does not count. Wrong! The fact of the matter is that if everyone that could vote, did vote, the results would likely be different. Oh yeah! The elected representatives would also probably feel accountable to the American people!
Major Issue #4 – Do you expect a career politician to make the hard decisions that need to be made to get America back on track? The reasonable answer would be…NO! A career politician only cares about their career. Record voter turn out will shake things up and get America’s political ship turned back around.
Major Issue #5 – The partisan political system only breeds bickering between the different parties and creates more problems than solutions. Therefore, POLITICAL PARTY DOES NOT MATTER!!!
Major Issue #6 – Americans have the right to vote and have had this right for decades. I have been to Iraq three times and seen the citizens there risk their lives to participate in the elections that have been held. Why do we not have this same level of pride in our own country?
There is at least a bajillionzillion other reasons that the political system in America could use some tweaking but lack of participation is the #1 problem. Get out and vote!
There are many great places to live in These United States. Slowly but surely some of the states in our union are becoming terrible places to exist for personal, professional, recreational, educational, or pretty much any reason at all. One of those states that is in a dire existence and getting worse by the day is California. The folks over at The American Dream recently published an article entitled, Sixteen Reasons to Move Away From California. There is some great reasoning behind the thought process that went into this article and I would highly recommend checking it out. I would also add that in addition to moving away from California if you are already there, you should stay away if you are not near California or don’t HAVE to go there.
I don’t know about how all of you are feeling these days about the political situation in these United States of America but I am worried. I am worried about what the future holds. I am worried about what my kids and grandkids will be forced to deal with some day. Most of all I am worried that we can’t continue to be the great country that we are if things do not get turned around. So here is the top ten reasons that I could think of to fire 99% of America’s politicians:
2. The Economy – The economic situation is in the crapper and the clowns on Capitol Hill are fixing it by continually voting to raise the debt ceiling. Really?!?! How is taking on more debt going to make the economy better? Everyone that manages or even halfway tries to manage their personal finances knows that you can’t make any forward progress with debt by taking on any more.
3. Unemployment – The Recovery and Reinvestment of 2009 has yet to lead the nation on any road to recovery and the jobs just aren’t there. Just ask that shift manager at McDonald’s that is hoping to pick up an extra shift because he still owes $80,000 on his school loans. And since everyone working for minimum wage has a college degree, guess where everyone else is working? They are not! We can also add the fact that the President is having U.S., job producing companies like Gibson guitars raided and shut down while he tries to distract the American people with some Presidential prestidigitation to keep our eyes off of what is really going on.
4. Taxes – These days taxes seem to be the answer for everything. Municipalities don’t have enough money? Raise taxes or institute new ones! The government spends our tax dollars to subsidize the corn farmers, then the corn gets turned into corn syrup, and the government wants to tax us on drinks like soda that contain these same corn sugars! Why is our government spending our tax dollars to subsidize things that they want to tax us on? Or why is the ammunition tax included in the price of ammunition which I have to pay tax on? This is paying taxes on taxes and it is ok because the government is driving the train!
5. Gas Prices – I am thinking this one is self-explanatory but it kind of comes down to the fact that we are still depending on oil from countries that we are only friendly with because we need their oil. There is oil under our country and if oil is not the answer then we need to figure out what the answer is going to be.
6. Eliminating Freedom – The government is stripping away our freedoms more and more every day. This is evidenced by actions such as those taken by the VIPR teams that are acting in America’s “best interests” by pulling over families randomly as they travel on the interstate system.
7. Vanishing Liberties – Anybody flown lately? I don’t think that I should have to be scanned or groped so that I can go visit someone or some place. The DHS and TSA is not making significant strides in securing our country but they are making significant strides in keeping law-abiding citizens from being able to enjoy our existence.
8. Lobbyists – There are over 12,000 lobbyists in Washington, D.C. that are there to persuade our “representatives” to spend tax dollars on special interests that include weapon systems, healthcare, defending tobacco use, and what color Rihanna should dye her hair next, but why is there no one standing up for the American people? If politicians don’t kick the lobbyists out of Washington, then the politicians should be kicked out of Washington!
9. Entitlements – Just because someone gets elected to be a civil servant does not mean that this same person should be entitled to things like insider trading and defense contracts as they are on their way out the door. If it is illegal for everyone else then it should be illegal for everyone…period!
Just to add one bonus point…there should be strict term limits. The political system in our country was not established to be a career for someone. It is a public service. When the country started, politicians were summoned from their regular jobs to go to Congress. It should still be the same way.