John Gault …somewhere in Georgia
As of this writing –Gun Control- is all the rage. Some states are passing ever-more restrictive anti-gun measures while other states are debating expanding the rights of gun owners. The Senate’s gun bill is working it’s way towards a vote, sans the -Assault Weapons Ban- which was pulled because it couldn’t get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. I would advice that everyone view all motives with suspicion. The -Assault Weapons Ban- will likely be brought up for a vote as an amendment where it will only need a simple majority of 51 votes for passage.
Once again we find ourselves on the rollercoaster ride that is the gun control debate. While pro-gun people attempt to hammer home the statistical evidence of gun control and warn of the slippery slope created when fiddling with the 2nd Amendment. Gun control advocates busy themselves with preying on a nations fears and endlessly repeating a list of hollow talking points that hold little in the way of substance to back them up…. Lets take a look at a few of these talking points.
“You are more likely to shoot yourself or a family member than use a gun to defend yourself”
This is an oft repeated claim that usually goes unchallenged. Every time I hear a -talking head- on a national news show repeat this dire statistic I imagine that they are attempting to push an image of a shirtless, shoeless, overalls clad and toothless hillbilly sitting on a stump and ramming a wad of toilet paper down the barrel of his rock-salt loaded blunderbuss with a stick while little -shallow gene pool- Johnny tries to leash a cat to the trigger. Oh how the elite media must picture us.
The crack research staff here at the homestead struggled mightily to track down the basis of this bold statement but we think we found the original source. A study funded by the American Medical Association and authored by Dr. Arthur Kellerman that claimed gun owners were 34 times more likely to kill themselves or a family member than kill an intruder. For years The good doctor refused to release his data and the methodology he used to come to his conclusions. When finally released the study was found to be completely flawed. Using the studies own data, researcher Don Kates found that the “home gun homicide victims” in Dr Kellerman’s study were mostly killed by guns not kept in the victims home. In other words the victims were not killed with their own guns.
Often when cornered, those who publicly repeat this stat will deflect to suicides to fill the void. Most gun deaths in America are suicides. It’s a sad enough fact on it’s own and made sadder still by the knowledge that even if we had taken their access to guns away, little would have changed other than the amount of cleanup afterwards. With the guns gone, the suicidal’s frailties, despair and their minds brittleness still remain. We are an ingenious species, even when on suicide watch. Another way can always be found, and often has been.
As a final nail in the coffin of this ridiculous claim; According to research headed up by Professor Gary Kleck, law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year- or about 6,850 times a day.
Note: Gary Kleck is an award winning author and honored Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University.
Those who live (like myself) in areas where large percentages of the population own guns know immediately that this claim is nonsense. I’d guess that 98% of the families in my area have for generations owned guns. In these parts they are a necessity, used to put food on the table and pack the freezer, protect the crops, the herd and the family. While making my way to work I’ve never had to swerve around the bodies of those who accidentally shot themselves. On trips to town I never saw the bodies of the hapless victims of self inflicted gun violence scattered about the streets or stacked like cordwood on the side of the road, never heard the call of “BRING OUT YOUR DEAD” from the pilot of a horse drawn wagon. My local towns paper is printed but once a week, you would think each weeks issue would be filled with the sad stories of the victims of careless gun ownership and the continuing decline in our local population due to the same, but neither story is ever there. We know accidents happen, as unfortunate and tragic as they are, they are not the epidemic or the likely outcome of gun ownership that they are portrayed to be.
“The answer to gun violence is not more guns” and as an aside “Gun free zones”
Note; These two go together like peas and carrots
This rather simplistic and decades old sound bite is used in response to any attempt at expanding the rights of gun owners and/or broadening the use of armed citizens to quell violent crime. This has been repeated a gazillion times (my estimate) by the gun grabbers (anytime a camera was in view) after the NRA called for placing armed guards in schools to help prevent another Sandy Hook type tragedy. Horrified, the gun haters insist that putting more guns in our schools will only make things worse, as though the plan were to have guns handed out to the students as they enter. In reality, what the NRA proposed was an expansion of Cops in Schools, a DOJ program started under the Clinton administration.
Most of us can see the logic in having armed guards at banks, armed security for our elected officials and our police outfitted with top of the line weapons. When danger finds us we call 911, not for a comforting conversation but for armed assistance. But the suggestion of putting armed resource officers in our schools draws gasps of shock and outrage. The gun control advocates would prefer to expand the gun free zones from 300 yards around a school to 1000. Considering that all but one of the mass shootings over the last 20 years occurred in these gun free zones, this move would likely only give comfort to the next crazy who decides the instant fame and likely death they would garner from killing a bunch of defenseless kids holds more promise than anything they have going on now.
According to an FBI study of mass shootings and attempted mass shootings over the last 30 years; The average death toll of a mass shooting when no armed civilian was near is 14. When an armed civilian was near, just 2. Kind of speaks for itself, does it not?
Anyone who has lived in an area during the consideration and debate over CWC (concealed weapons carry) has heard the -anti gunners- shrill warnings of a return to the wild, wild west or 20’s style gangland shootouts in the city square. But as the evidence clearly shows, this never happens. In fact and without exception, the opposite becomes true. Per Capita violent crime falls and along with it, the numbers of the victimized. This is not rocket science, this is not brain surgery, it’s math and it’s statistical inevitability.
As noted earlier, the majority of gun deaths are suicides, the vast majority of the rest are gang and inner-city crime related, and most of these come from areas with the strictest gun control. Confronted with this, the gun grabbers will offer a long list of excuses pointed towards socio economic policies and unfairness. Go ahead and point out the true causes and see if you are not savaged by a litany of dialog stopping names.
If it’s not obvious, it should be. Those in charge of the gun control movement, along with their Legacy Media supporters sift thru the daily crime reports in search of any and all gun related stories they can exploit, and exploit them they will. Examples of how victims use guns to defend against violence are completely and intentionally ignored by the national newspeak, while they desperately grasp at any tragedy that hints at pushing their agenda.
On Thursday, January 31, 2013 a 14 year old was wounded, shot in the head by another student at Price Middle School in Atlanta Ga. As the details started seeping out to the public, NBC, CNN and MSNBC grabbed it and let their viewers know that another tragic school shooting had taken place, they would intently follow the story… more details would come… Soon however, the story was dropped, why is fairly clear. As the details became known, the facts did not support the narrative they wish to promote. The shooter was a gang member, the shooting happened outside the school, the shooter was stopped by an armed Resource Officer, and there were no dead children. The fact that another feral urban youth felt disrespected and started shooting at everyone and that the school had armed guards positioned to protect the kids must have come as a huge disappointment to the propaganda news networks. It’s worth noting that the Atlanta school system has it’s own police force, and metal detectors at all of the schools entrances. These are not to protect the kids from psychopaths looking to make a name for themselves. They are there to protect the kids from ….um…well… other kids, and the culture of violence that pervades the inner cities of this country.
“It’s the Police’s job to protect you”
Below are listed 7 court cases, (I’m sure there are a few more) all deal with the reality that your police, your municipality, your city and your state are in fact… NOT… responsible for your personal protection, and they have -in court- argued against ownership of that responsibility… and won… every time.
(1) Riss vs. New York, (1958)
(2) Warren vs. District of Columbia, (1981)
(3) Bowers vs. Devito, (1982)
(4) DeShaney vs. Winnebago County Department of Social Services, (1989)
(5) Lynch vs. N.C. Dept. of Justice, (1989)
(6) Ford vs. Town of Grafton (1998)
(7) Town of Castle Rock vs. Gonzales (2005 Supreme Court)
It is an accepted tenant of American law that the police (and their governing bodies) operate under a sort of indemnification where they have no legal duty to protect the individual from crime. Their lawful duty is to protect society as a whole, and as the Supreme Court ruled; “The individual owns the burden and responsibility for their own security“. The responsibility for your individual safety, and that of your loved ones begins and ends with you.
“You don’t need 30, 20 or even 10 round magazines to protect yourself”
Those who wish to limit the tools at our disposal for our protection scoff at the suggestion that they are negatively effecting our ability to protect ourselves and our families. Once armed with the knowledge that there are 8000 home-invasions in this country every day, and that the typical home-invasion is committed by a gang of 3 or more, -ask yourself-. If say, you and your family are at home. It’s late, your spouse and kids are in their beds and fast asleep. Your downstairs doing the laundry, working on the taxes, catching the end of a favorite movie or tending to any of the many normal, everyday needs that require your attention. You hear a noise, then multiple noises, you investigate and realize that your home is about to become one of those typical 8000 home-invasions that will occur today, 3 strangers with likely long criminal histories and penchants for violence are gaining entrance…. You call 911! The police are 10 minutes away, you briefly consider rushing upstairs to warn your husband but, the thugs are entering NOW! You go for the pistol you and your husband placed shoulder high in the living room bookcase and prepare to defend everything you hold dear, the lives of your children, and your husband. In this moment, everything is on the line….EVERYTHING!
So, given the scenario above… a scenario that is repeated (in many forms) across this country each and every day… are you better prepared to respond with the 17, 15 or 13 rounds your pistol currently holds, or the 10 the gun grabbers say is enough, or, should you live in New York, the 7 rounds the Progressive lawmakers mandated as adequate. The answer is as easy to understand as is the need to breath, when your about to fight for your life, and the lives of your loved ones, adequate seems… well… severely inadequate. But still we find ourselves fending off repeated attacks by those who insist that limiting our magazine’s capacity makes us safer.
Written in police reports, court transcripts and case studies from across this country are many documented instances of citizens needing and using more than 10 rounds to defend against a violent attack.
3/21/13- Sherry West had just been to the post office a few blocks from her apartment Thursday morning and was pushing her son, Antonio, in his stroller as they walked past blooming azaleas in the coastal city of Brunswick Ga. She was approached by 2 teenage boys who then repeatedly demanded money from her, she insisted that she had none on her to give them. Seventeen-year-old De’Marquis Elkins, the oldest of the 2 (the other is 15) asked “Do you want me to kill your baby” Sherry pleaded “no, don’t kill my baby”. Authorities say one of the teens fired four shots, grazing West in the ear and hitting her in the leg before walking around the stroller, lowering his gun, taking aim and shooting West’s 13 month old son in the face, killing him.
Folks, this is an example of the devaluing of life and the culture of violence we are being forced to deal with, and deal with it we must, as honestly, as harshly and as ruthlessly as we can.
“40% of all gun purchases are done without background checks” (The gun show loophole)
This is a bold-faced, flat-out, highlighted and underlined lie! Brought back from the dead by President Obama in an attempt to panic an already disillusioned public after the Newtown shooting. Those compassion filled bobbing heads who incessantly repeat this deceptive talking point’ do it, fully knowing it is awash in fraud. This dubious stat is based on a survey of a meager 251 gun purchasers way back in 1993, before the mandatory background checks (The Brady Bill) were enacted in 1994. The study was suspect then, to use it now is… well… do I even have to say it? Oh, and by the way, the survey’s actual result was 36%, but what’s 4% among friends….. Right?
“The NRA is preventing an honest debate about gun violence, and strong arming legislators to vote against the people’s will”
There are an estimated 300 million guns in citizens possession, there are 100 million gun owners. Gun owners and those who support the 2nd Amendment cross all demographic, economic and political lines. The NRA has only about 5 million members. An honest debate is the last thing the advocates of gun control want. They prefer to lecture us and then demand complete compliance… period.
The debate will continue:
The debate will continue, it may never end. We need to support our position with the facts we know to be true, and use them to bring the uninformed into our ranks. We can never give the factually unarmed the high ground in this fight. We must also understand that know matter how we may try, there are many who will never surrender to the truth. I know it’s hard to except, you think (as any with 2 brain cells to rub together would) that if you could just show them the evidence, the statistics, the historical facts of “gun control” you could easily convince them that they have it wrong … sorry but you’ve misjudged the enemy completely, and make no mistake… as far as the 2nd Amendment is concerned… they are the enemy!
I could give many examples of what ended up to be pointless conversations I have had with those who somehow believe themselves qualified to define for the rest of us what the new definitions of our rights should be. I will however give just one. This is not a random encounter but rather a Facebook debate (one of many) I continue to have with my own daughter. She has lived in Massachusetts for the past 15 years. During these past 15 years her ideologies have change considerably. I don’t know if resistance would have been futile, but she has been assimilated into the collective, -she is Borg-. The debate started when she commented on something I had written on “Gun Control”, and I suggested she look to places like Chicago and Mexico to see how well “Gun Control” works in saving lives. Below I -copy/pasted some of it.
Daughter- All the guns that the criminals have in Mexico are due the guns being smuggled from the US because it is much easier for them to get guns from the US.
Me- Would those guns include the 2,000+ guns sold to Mexican drug cartels under the instruction of the DOJ? I wish that you would consider doing a bit of research on some of these subjects that you are obviously passionate about. Better to commit to fact… rather than propaganda. I wrote a piece back in 2011 on this very subject…. I’ll hit the high points for you…. please suspend pre-judgment and read it. I will gladly find and send you links so you can verify this info for yourself.
Based on congressional testimony, documents provided By the DOJ, the ATF and the Mexican government, between 2007-2008, only 17% of the guns found at crime scenes in Mexico could be traced back to the U.S. The rest are being supplied by a variety of sources: Black market arms dealers from South Korea, China and Spain have been flooding Mexico with weapons. Interpol has documented that Russian mafia groups are supplying drugs and weapons. According to Amnesty International, China is dealing arms to a variety of countries, including Mexico.
As you can see “All the guns that the criminals have in Mexico are due the guns being smuggled from the US because it is much easier for them to get guns from the US.” is about as simplistic and wrong as it gets. It’s also worth noting that along with concerned ATF agents, it was also the gun store owners along the Mexican/Arizona border (recruited by the DOJ to sell guns illegally) who became whistle blowers to stop the Fast & Furious program.
Daughter- Dad, for the record, statistics and right-wing propaganda can be twisted to prove any point.
There you have it, with little thought and with the ease of a few key-strokes my daughter dismisses it all, and implies that I must have been duped, and foolishly turned into a tool and a Brezhnev era propagandist for the gun lobby. Like so many others, she has become so blindly utopian, she can no longer see the truth or even acknowledge it’s existence.
You can, face to face, beg and plead with them to temporarily suspend their disbelief and listen. You can use a white board, an overhead projector, how about a slide show or power point presentation. Bar graphs, pie charts and all the hard statistics and empirical evidence you can gather from the FBI, the ATF, the DOJ, any of the many gun violence studies and any number of urban crime centers, it won’t matter. It will all enter in one ear, roll around your adversaries empty, vacuous head a couple of times and then exit out the opposite ear and end as a neat pile at his/her feet, ready for you to sweep up and uselessly try and reuse on the next. If your lucky your efforts will be rewarded with a confused and somewhat bewildered stare, if your not you will be on the receiving end of a hostile barrage of senseless and oft repeated sound bites, accusations of being an accomplice in every gun death ever, of spreading propaganda and suspicions of possible racism. With “Gun Control” as with most “Leftist” solutions, FACTS (if not being manipulated by them) only get in their way and are best left completely ignored. They can’t win with the facts so they simply act as if they don’t exist. Honestly, any with a digestive system full of alphabet soup could soon deposit in their toilet bowl a better argument against “gun Control” than the advocates of “Gun Control” could ever honestly develop.
The most exhaustive studies on “Gun Control” were conducted by The National Academy of Sciences and The Centers for Disease Control. In 2004 The National Academy of Sciences reviewed 253 journal articles, 99 books and 43 government publications, all evaluated hundreds of gun control measures and they couldn’t identify a single gun control regulation that meaningfully reduced violent crime, suicides or accidental shootings. In 2003 the CDC reported on ammunition limits, restrictions on purchases, waiting periods, registrations and licensing. They’re findings concluded that none of the laws reduced gun violence, none of them!
And our suspicions grow:
It seems, once you cut through all the maddening anti gun propaganda that perhaps their true agenda isn’t really to make us safer, but something else all together. After all, what are we to think when we witness, over and over, people claiming that they have the answers to our problems, when history has shown that their answers always make the problems worse. Perhaps fixing the problem isn’t their goal at all. Diane Feinstein has told us often how she understands the rights afforded us by the 2nd Amendment, and that her goal is not to disarm use. But then we remember what she said during a 60 Minutes interview in 1996- “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an out right ban, picking up every one of them… Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in. I would have done it. I could not do that, the votes weren’t there”.- and our suspicions grow.
Some would conclude it paranoia to worry so about the disarming of America by our
government. Others might imagine the paranoia is being held by the government itself, for feeling the need to pile more regulations and limitations onto what is already the most regulated product in this country. The response by us to these infringements of our rights is the question, our rights to “keep and bare arms”, our rights to privacy and to secure our own means of protection, and with that, our freedoms. Our liberties themselves hang in the balance, suspended by the already frayed wire of our own citizens will to defend them.
John Gault …somewhere in Georgia…
Disclaimer: My Fact Checkers are poorly paid interns who’s compensation consists primarily of -farm fresh chicken eggs- and -frozen bags of okra-. This may or may not have a negative effect on the quality of their research. As always, I encourage everyone to practice their own due diligence before accepting anything anyone says as gospel.
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