Gun Control

Wonders will never cease, armed citizens experience less crime

Who would’ve ever thought that if citizens armed themselves against criminals that the murder rate would decrease.

Wonder’s will never cease.

A dramatic spike in the number of Americans with permits to carry concealed weapons coincides with an equally stark drop in violent crime, according to a new study, which Second Amendment advocates say makes the case that more guns can mean safer streets.

The study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that 11.1 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed weapons, up from 4.5 million in 2007. The 146 percent increase has come even as both murder and violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent.

‚ÄúWhen you allow people to carry concealed handguns, you see changes in the behavior of criminals,” said the center‚Äôs president, John R. Lott, a Fox News contributor. ‚ÄúSome criminals stop committing crimes, others move on to crimes in which they don‚Äôt come into contact with victims and others actually move to areas where they have less fear of being confronted by armed victims.‚ÄĚ

Increasing gun ownership, litigation and new state laws have all contributed to the rise in concealed carry permits. In March, Illinois became the 50th state to begin issuing concealed weapons permits. But the cost and other requirements for obtaining the permits varies greatly, from South Dakota, where a permit requires $10, a background check and no training, to Illinois, where the cost of obtaining a permit comes to more than $600 when the fee and cost of training programs are taken into account.

Six states don‚Äôt require a permit for legal gun owners to conceal their weapons, and Lott notes those states have some of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation. ¬† Read more »

Bloomberg’s astroturf counter to the 5 million member NRA lies about shootings

Michael Bloomberg’s astroturf organisation, Everytown, ¬†set up to counter the 5 million member NRA has been busted telling whopper sized lies about school shootings. The anti-gun group created a list of 74 supposed school shootings in the last 18 months and pimped it to a compliant media who spread the message. The problem is,¬†only 15¬†are actually are what most people would call ‚Äúschool shootings‚ÄĚ. The rest are a collection of suicides, gang activity or domestic incidents.

After the failure of his Mayors Against Illegal Guns group to sway public opinion in favor of more gun control, Michael Bloomberg announced¬†earlier this year¬†that he would be funneling at least $50 million to a new, ‚Äúgrassroots‚ÄĚ organization now called¬†Everytown For Gun Safety¬†with the hope of ‚Äúoutmuscling‚ÄĚ that scourge of civilized society, the National Rifle Association, and their ill-begotten political influence (because of, you know, their five million official members and millions more sympathizers). In what is only Everytown‚Äôs¬†latestdisplay of choosing deliberate exaggerations, lies, and scare tactics over honest conversation, the group recently updated¬†their running list¬†claiming that there have now been at least 74 school shootings just since the massacre at Newtown in December of 2012, which a HuffPo editor then helpfully mapped out:

 

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Every season they come for your guns

The Herald on Sunday has a rather poorly researched article about an apparent need to urgently review gun laws.

The call comes from a hippy academic who is the chairman of Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago University. Why is Otago University has developed a reputation for politically active wombles making trouble from their state funded trough?

In any case this hippy tool has exclaimed that we need tighter gun control….apparently.

A string of hunting accidents is proof New Zealand’s firearms laws need to be reviewed, a leading gun control advocate says.

In the past 10 years, 19 people have died and 57 have been injured by firearms.

A 44-year-old duck hunter suffered serious injuries after being shot in the elbow last Saturday. Another man, also 44, has been charged with careless use of a firearm causing injury and released on bail.

Kevin Clements, chairman of Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago University, said there were 1.1 million guns in the country and gun laws needed “urgent” review.

Currently, licensed gun-owners can provide firearms to people with no licence or training, so long as they are supervised. There is no limit to the number of firearms a licensed holder can own.

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Hillary Clinton wants to sell more guns

Hillary Clinton is buying a fight with the NRA…which means she will lose…and along the way make a challenge to beat Barack Obama as the world’s greatest gun salesperson of all time.

In a speech Tuesday, Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows by calling for increased restrictions on carrying firearms in public.

It feels like the 1990s again with Monica Lewinsky in the news and a Clinton calling for increased gun control measures.

In a speech Tuesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decried the current wave of state laws allowing citizens to freely carry firearms in public places. While speaking at the National Conference on Behaviorial Health outside Washington, D.C., Clinton¬†said “I think again we’re way out of balance [in regulating firearms]. We’ve got to rein in what has become almost an article of faith that almost anybody can have a gun anywhere at any time. And I don’t believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people.” The former New York senator and¬†potential 2016 presidential candidate¬†made the statement in reference to a question about the role of firearms in suicides.

Clinton worried that the ability of gun owners to freely carry weapons in public would lead to an increase in shootings in places like movie theaters over disputes as mundane as someone talking loudly on a cell phone. In her opinion,¬†“That’s what happens in the countries I’ve visited where there is no rule of law and no self-control and that is something that we cannot just let go without paying attention.” Read more »

Piers Morgan’s last hurrah

Piers Morgan has finished up at CNN.

Breibart reports:

After three-plus disastrous years, CNN’s Piers Morgan ended his embarrassingly low-rated “Piers Morgan Live” as we all knew he would — with a boorish anti-gun rant. After spending his full and final hour covering the missing Malaysian airliner, the left-wing Brit took his last few minutes as a CNN primetime star to go out flailing with a partisan attack on the NRA and¬†a feeble cry of “Enough!”

I assumed that after 70 people were shot in a movie theater and then just a few months later 20 first-graders were murdered with an assault rifle in an elementary school, that the absurd gun laws in this country would change, but nothing has happened. The gun lobby in America, led by the NRA, has bullied this nation’s politicians into cowardly silence. Even when 20 young children are blown away in their classrooms. ¬†‚Ķ

“Now it’s down to you. It is your country. These are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry, ‘Enough!’ I look forward to that day. I also look forward to seeing you all again soon. Thank you. And God bless America. Oh, and while I’m at it, God bless Great Britain too. Good night.

Morgan was not only a ratings disaster for CNN, he was a public relations disaster. For years the left-leaning network had tried to fool audiences into believing CNN is unbiased. Morgan’s unrelenting anti-gun hysteria ripped the mask off the entire network.¬† Read more »

Never bet against the NRA

The NRA is one of the most effective lobbying and political movements in modern history. I am a member for two reasons, the first is to assist them in protecting the rights of gun owners and secondly to learn how they campaign.

Politicians though to try to take them one and they always fail.

After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many in the American media insisted that the¬†tragedy¬†should prompt a “conversation about gun control.” These articles were written as if there had never been such a conversation. In fact, the issue had been debated for decades. Given the results,I argued, there was no reason to presume that a¬†new¬†conversation would end in more gun control.

That conversation has now come and gone. The result?¬† Read more »

Obama is still the world’s best gun salesman

Obama and Piers Morgan are perhaps the world’s best gun salesmen.

Strum Ruger has released their latest annual report and profits are soaring.

Sturm, Ruger & Company released the company’s annual report for 2013.  Not surprisingly, sales and profits were up.  For the entire year, Ruger saw a $196.5 million increase in sales to $688.3 million.

While the very end of 2012 through mid-2013 saw a huge increase in sales across the industry, many people were reporting a return to ‚Äúnormal‚ÄĚ sales in late 2013. ¬†During the fourth quarter of 2013, Ruger sales continued to be very strong: ¬†$181.9 million, up more than $40 million for the same period in 2012.¬† Read more »

Georgia ditches gun free zones, allows people to defend themselves again

Georgia has passed a bill removing gun free zones from places like schools, churches, bars and some government buildings. Common sense seems to be breaking out.

Breibart.com reports:

On February 18 the Georgia House overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow guns at schools, churches, bars, and certain government buildings.

The measure passed by a margin of 119 to 56.

Titled the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” the legislation not only expands the number of places in which concealed carry permit holders can carry guns but also reduces the punishment permit holders face for carrying in a no-carry area unaware.¬† Read more »

More bad news for Obama’s anti gun statisticians

The Worlds Best Gun Salesman won’t like this study, it doesn’t fit in with his agenda. Piers Morgan probably won’t like it much either, but then he has an answer for everything. Even when Brett Lee gives him a couple of broken ribs.

In what will certainly¬†be gun control advocates’ new least favorite study, Quinnipiac University‚Äôs Mark Gius found not only that states with restrictive concealed weapons laws had higher gun-related murder rates, but that assault weapons bans had no significant impact on murder rates at the state level.

The¬†study¬†by economist Mark Gius, published in¬†Applied Economics Letters, sought to ‚Äúdetermine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state murder rates,‚ÄĚ using extensive data from a thirty-year period, 1980-2009. In the abstract for the study, Gius sums up the findings:

Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level.

Gius notes that these results are consistent with previous research, specifically citing the work by John R. Lott and David B. Mustard.

No matter how much the screaming anti gun scaremongers want to have you think differently, this just solidifies that concealed carry is one of the best forms of deterrence. Fortunately it is not something that is needed in NZ, yet.

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Being nice to politicians is a waste of time

If you can’t hit them with a bit of four by two they will probably do something stupid.

That’s why fear is the most important tool in getting politicians to be sensible.

[I]nstead of increasing the pressure on politicians, gun-control advocates believed they could prevail through reason alone. While the NRA issued members voting instructions, their adversaries produced well-researched reports on gun violence. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve always been too polite, by appealing to politicians to do the right thing, … appealing to their conscience and hoping they‚Äôd come around even when the evidence suggested they wouldn‚Äôt,‚ÄĚ says Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. ‚ÄúWe went too far into the realm of educating the public and ceded the field of politics to the NRA. That was disastrous for us.‚Ä̬† Read more »