Gun politics

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 »

The Truth About Mental Illness and Guns

Periodically some left-wing arsehole will complain to Police about the fact that I have a firearms licence.

What thy neglect to understand is that in order to be declared a fit and proper person to own firearms you have to tell Police all about any medication or mental health issues. I have had to get a forensic psychiatrist to say everything is ok. It is.

In the US there is real push to look at removing access to firearms from people suffering mental illness. The thinking is wrong.

Check this video from Reason.TV

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Probably the best 2nd Amendment speech ever

A combat veteran of Iraq and law enforcement officer Aaron Weiss delivers a brilliant speech

Another issue is the insistence of certain people to stand on the graves of dead children and challenge those that disagree to say it to the parents faces. Well, I, for one, will puck up that gauntlet. First off, why is “dead children” your battle cry? You didn’t say anything about the hundreds of Chicago children being killed and for some reason you only screamed when it happens to wealthy white ones. And yes, I’ll say to anyone’s face, my right is more important than your dead, because I fought for it first hand. I washed the blood of my friends out of my humvee and I picked up their mangled bodies and I fought day in and day out. I did more things than people can imagine. So, yeah, my right trumps your dead. I earned it in blood. I gave up a lot for this country, including my youth, and better men than me game up a whole lot more so that all of you, myself included, could enjoy the rights that are guaranteed to us in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. We didn’t go though all of that to come back home and watch you surrender what we fought for happened based on the demented actions of a couple of mad men. Read more »

Is Piers Morgan waking up from his coma?

It has been no secret that Piers Morgan is a big opponent of guns and the Second Amendment, but for a fleeting second it almost seems as though the irritable whinger ‘gets it’. Almost.

I‚Äôve had some of the pro-gun lobbyists on here, saying to me, ‚ÄėWell, the reason we need to be armed is because of tyranny from our own government,‚Äô and I‚Äôve always laughed at them,‚ÄĚ Morgan said last night. ‚ÄúBut, actually, this is vaguely tyrannical behavior by the American government. Read more »

Everything you ever wanted to know about gun violence in America

The Atlantic has put together some proper facts and¬†statistics¬†about “gun violence” in America. I think you will be surprised, particularly those of you like the dick Piers Morgan who call for assault rifle bans just how few deaths are caused byt people armed with assault rifles:

How much gun violence is there in the U.S.?

There were 8,583 homicides by firearms in 2011, out of 12,664 homicides total, according to the FBI. This means that more than two-thirds of homicides involve a firearm. 6,220 of those homicides by firearm (72%) are known to have involved a handgun.

It’s worth noting that violent crime rates of all types have been¬†steadily decreasing¬†since the early 1990s. No one is quite sure what is causing this decrease, though there are¬†many theories, ranging from tighter gun control laws to more innovative policing and changes in the drug market. Whatever the cause of this decline, America still has a homicide rate of¬†4.7¬†murders per 100,000 people, which is one of the highest of all developed countries (see:¬†international comparison).

Gun violence also affects more than its victims. In areas where it is prevalent, just the threat of violence makes neighborhoods poorer. It’s very difficult to quantify the total harm caused by gun violence, but by asking many people how much they would pay to avoid this threat — a technique called¬†contingent valuation¬†– researchers have estimated a cost to American society of¬†$100 billion dollars.

Guns are also involved in suicides and accidents. 19,392 of 38,264 suicides in 2010 involved a gun (50%), according to the¬†CDC. There were 606 firearm-related accidents in the same year — about 5% of the number of intentional gun deaths.

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Gun Control for Dummies

This is what actually happens with gun control laws:

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Meanwhile John Howard has spoken about Australia’s handling of gun control and misses the point completely as does anyone else who equate Australia with the USA:¬† Read more »

Gun Control actually increases Crime

Back in 2007 gun control was debated and ABC looked at the issue…nothing has changed that would affect this story other than the liberals are still trying to take the guns:

¬†ABC anchor John Stossel discussed the self-defensive benefits of gun ownership, debunking the myth that “gun control reduces crime.” The segment aired during 20/20′s recurring series, “Myths, Lies & Downright Stupidity,” based on Stossel’s book of the same title. Citing the recent Federal Appeals Court for DC ruling overturning Washington, D.C.’s ban on gun ownership, Stossel talked to the pro-gun plaintiff in the case, Tom Palmer, and pointed out that the murder rate in D.C. increased after the city’s gun ban: “Since Washington’s gun law passed, the murder rate actually increased, even while America’s murder rate dropped. It’s because guns can also save lives, says Palmer, as one saved his years ago in California.”

Of course people, especially Whangarei based teachers will fail to understand that guns can actually save lives. The vast majority of people killed in gun related homicide are criminals.¬† Read more »

Gun Amnesties don’t work

In the the wake of the Port Arthur massacre Australian politicians reacted in a¬†illogical¬†manner and ignored sensible advice. They put in place bans and amnesties to lower the number of firearms in the community. That hasn’t worked out so well…the numbers though are probably suspect¬†because¬†they are from that anti-gun¬†weirdo¬†Philip Alpers:

Professor Alpers said since eight people were killed in Melbourne’s Queen Street massacre in 1987, Australia had run 38 gun amnesties for a combined total of more than 3000 weeks.

This included the 1996-97 national firearms buy-back and the 2003 handgun buy-back, which resulted in 728,667 newly prohibited guns being handed back in return for compensation.¬† Read more »

In Defense of Concealed Carry

There is much talk of “gun control” in the US, with a great deal of the focus being dispossessing citizens of the means to defend themselves from the criminal elements that commit crimes. Focus needs to be also on the vast majority of gun owners who do not break the law…like concealed carry¬†permitted¬†citizens.

Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic examines this:

The population of concealed-carry permit holders in the U.S. now exceeds 9 million, and this group is responsible for very little crime — they commit crime at a rate lower than the general population, and lower than police officers, and they certainly, as a rule, don’t open fire on anyone who looks threatening. They are not the problem, and concealed-carry generally is not the problem. It may even be part of a solution, until such time as a giant magnet appears over the continental U.S. and sucks into the sky America’s civilian-owned weapons, or until the gun control movement convinces the majority of Americans who believe in private weapons ownership to open a debate about the 2nd Amendment.¬† Read more »

Piers Morgan vs. Alex Jones – a reader’s thoughts

A reader emails regarding the gun control debate and in particular the Piers Morgan vs. Alex Jones.

So yeah.. just got through reading the reporting about this and finally got time to watch the full broadcast:

To be honest, after watching that, I think most pro-gun advocates need to let that one slide. I’m sure the pro-control crowd, given time to see more than just the highlights and soundbits, will want some distance.

You don’t have to print what I’m saying here, but you’re welcome to if you like -¬†if you want to blog it, that’s your call, cut and paste as you see fit.. grab what you need. If you’re re-printing, just include the statement from myself that I try to live, act and comment from a neutral position – I’ll hear out both sides then make my own judgement. I don’t comment from the left, right, or center, nor do I subscribe to their mailers – only what I personally believe, regardless of political fanboi-ism.

I’ve wavered on my (very ‘not matters much at all considering I don’t have a US citizenship’) opinion of the whole US firearms debacle. I don’t believe that civilians have a “need” for firearms like the “civilian” modified AR-15. I’m highly aware that 70-odd% of firearms violence is caused by hand-guns, not Assault Rifles. I’m well aware that considering it’s political and historical ramifications, the 2nd Amendment must be upheld.

But what exactly are the ramifications of that 2nd Amendment; what did those founding fathers mean; and what do those sacrosanct passages really entitle a gun owner to?

The full debate between Alex and Piers uncovers a lot – and it’s not the conspiracy about¬†serotonin¬†re uptake¬†inhibitors.. or any other crackpot idea that Jones can make some money off now that Ron Paul isn’t being fucked over for his financial benefit.

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Alex Jones is the Alexei/Lucia Maria of US Gun Politics. He’s the example of the absolute worst of the argument, that level that Colbert doesn’t even reach in his satire. The problem is that one side uses reason, the other froths at the mouth- and because the former engages the latter, the latter is enabled.

I’ve spent time among the Ron Paul crowd, arguably the most Republican of the GOP. I’ve spent time among the Obama people, who are the Clinton people, who are the Carter people. And to look at both of their arguments, I see the flaws in both.

The Democrats are reacting, which they should, but in the wrong areas: I personally think they’re on the right track with universal background checks, particularly in the area of mental health, and closing loopholes like the “Gun Show Loophole”. But they’re reacting too late, to political footballs that are simply a hot topic to earn a vote.

The Republicans are reacting, which is, I guess, all they can do.. defend the 2nd Amendment, and¬†manoeuvre¬†around that basic premise. The problem is that their current argument (see Wayne LaPierre’s comments and their notorious press release) falls apart when they compare themselves to other countries – ie: video game consumption per capita.

I think the issue, that nobody wants to address as a potential political landmine, is the question of “Why are Americans so much more prone to deciding to go out in a ‘Blaze of Glory’ by shooting up a school before they top themselves? Is our national culture a bit… ‘fucked’?”