Gun politics in the United States

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.

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

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?t 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 »

Obama is the greatest gun salesman of all time

Barack Obama continues to hold the title of the greatest gun salesman of all time as gun sales surge to new highs.

A record surge in recent firearms production and transactions have swamped the federal government’s automated registration system for select weapons, including machine guns.

In a notice earlier this month to the firearms industry, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was temporarily suspending parts of its computerized system to shore up capacity in part to process the required registration and transfer of National Firearms Act covered weapons, which also include silencers, short-barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles and some explosive devices. ? Read more »

We weren’t joking, Obama really is the worlds best gun salesman

We’ve often used the line “worlds best gun salesman” here on the blog, but it’s not just a hollow slogan. It really is true:

U.S. gun makers led by Sturm Ruger & Co. and?Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (SWHC)?churned out a record number of firearms in 2012, government data show, continuing a trend of robust production during Democratic presidencies.

More than 8.57 million guns were produced in 2012, up 31 percent from 6.54 million in 2011, according to?data released this week?by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has been tracking the statistics since 1986.

Almost as many guns — 26.1 million — were produced during Democrat?Barack Obama?s first term as president as during the entire eight-year presidency of his Republican predecessor,?George W. Bush, the?ATF?data show.

Advocates on both sides of the?gun-control?debate said manufacturers were meeting demand fueled by concerns among gun owners that Democratic presidents are more willing to limit firearms sales than Republicans. After years of steering clear of the issue, Obama pressed unsuccessfully last year for stricter gun measures in the wake of the 2012 massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

The production boom has resulted in strong sales and profits for gun companies, including Sturm & Ruger and Smith & Wesson. 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?s 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 ?determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state murder rates,? 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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Obama wusses out on gun control, NRA win again

I don’t know why politicians ever try to take on the NRA. They are quite simply the best political lobbying group in the world.

They always win.

Ron Fournier, a liberal panty-waist anti-gun sooky baby is upset about it all too:

The ban on assault weapons sponsored by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California apparently died Tuesday with barely a whisper from media outlets or the White House. Black bunting should have hung from every window in Washington.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democratic ally of Obama,?told reporters?that Feinstein?s proposal could not overcome Senate rules requiring the support of at least 60 senators before allowing a final vote. The proposal ?using the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes. That?s not 60,? he said.

In fairness, the gun lobby deserves most of the blame for creating a political climate in which any regulation of firearms is viewed as an attack on the constitutional right to bear arms. This as much a financial issue to the NRA and its industry allies as it is a constitutional one.

But Obama and fellow Democrats shoulder a responsibility to reframe the debate around unassailable facts: The Second Amendment is not at risk; modest regulations would improve gun safety and strengthen the nation’s noble gun culture; and nobody outside the U.S. military needs an assault weapon. Instead, the White House and Democratic lawmakers signaled retreat on the assault-weapons ban almost immediately after Obama proposed it. He didn’t fight.

?We cannot tolerate this anymore,? a teary-eyed president told the nation after the Sandy Hook shootings. ?We are not doing enough and we will have to change.?? Read more »

Obama is the greatest gun salesman of all time

Obama continues to be the greatest gun salesman of all time. Ever since taking office the sales of guns have rocketed…now his talk of bans?and?the like are seeing super-profits being made in guns stores nation-wide:

As Washington focuses on what Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will propose next week to curb gun violence, gun and ammunition sales are spiking in the rest of the country as people rush to expand their arsenals in advance of any restrictions that might be imposed.

People were crowded five deep at the tiny counter of a gun shop near Atlanta, where a pastor from Knoxville, Tenn., was among the customers who showed up in person after the store?s Web site halted sales because of low inventory. Emptying gun cases and bare shelves gave a picked-over feel to gun stores in many states. High-capacity magazines, which some state and federal officials want to ban or restrict, were selling briskly across the country: one Iowa dealer said that 30-round magazines were fetching five times what they sold for just weeks ago.

Gun dealers and buyers alike said that the rapid growth in gun sales ? which began climbing significantly after President Obama?s re-election and soared after the Dec. 14 shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn., prompted him to call for new gun laws ? shows little sign of abating.? Read more »

Piers Mortally Wounded in Jesse Ventura Shootout

Once again Piers Morgan wades in neck deep into a debate he is ill equipped for against an opponent far superior to him in the debate concerning gun control in the United States. In a recent debate with former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, Morgan starts sinking deeper over his head debating the place of the Second Amendment in the US constitution. But credit where credit is due: he at least maintained his integrity in this debate, Read more »

Some Common Sense Around Guns in U.S. Schools

Following the recent shootings in Connecticut there has been plenty of outrage and opinion?over guns and gun laws in the U.S. There’s been plenty of opposition covered by the MSM, but common sense and education is the best policy, not banning or tightening gun laws.

Americas greatest gun salesman

Obama continues to be America’s greatest gun salesman. His continued assault on gun owners rights is fuelling a massive buy up of firearms in the US.

One thing was made crystal clear at the Democratic National Convention, held this week in Charlotte, N.C.? The 2012 National Democratic Platform is President Barack Obama’s platform.? There is nothing in the document that doesn’t reflect the President’s position.

While the opening lines give lip service to supporting the Second Amendment, the rest of the plank calls for renewing the semi-auto ban and for regulating gun shows into oblivion.

Here’s the language:

Firearms.

We recognize that the individual right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms. We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation. We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious. We believe in an honest, open national conversation about firearms. We can focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense improvements–like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole–so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few.

As if to signal that the Democratic Party is ready to follow Obama’s lead on the issue, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced in her keynote speech to the convention’s California delegation that she intends to?reintroduce an “updated” version?of the 1994-2004 “assault weapons” and “large” magazines. (For more coverage of Feinstein’s plans, please see?related story.)

The platform is silent on other key issues such as the “Fast & Furious” scandal, Right to Carry and the right to self-defense. All of this is a stark contrast to the?detailed pro-gun language of the Republican platform, and sends a clear signal that if reelected, Barack Obama will pursue new restrictions on gun owners’ rights. His willingness to take unilateral executive actions without approval by Congress–such as the long gun registration scheme his Justice Department has imposed in the southwest border states–coupled with his anti-Second Amendment Supreme Court nominees, should remind gun owners of the dangers a second term would pose if Obama is reelected and never has to face voters again.

What everyone forgets when debating gun control

? American Thinker

People who advocate gun control, especially peacenik types in New Zealand forget a few things when they advocate gun control:

For the sake of argument, let’s accept the supposition that outlawing firearms would save lives.? Does it logically follow from this that guns should be restricted or banned?

Well, it would certainly save lives and countless injuries if people didn’t engage in mountain-climbing, hang-gliding, motorcycle-racing, trampolining, big-wave surfing, cave-diving, heli-skiing, and a host of other dangerous activities.? And, like guns, knives and baseball bats are common murder weapons.? Does it logically follow that these items and activities should be banned?

The point is that we never treat saving lives as the only imperative when devising policy.? If we did, we’d perhaps consider reducing speed limits on highways to 5 mph, since this might save most of the 43,000 lives lost on the road each year.? Speaking of which, since 40 percent of those deaths are alcohol-related, we can consider resurrecting Prohibition, too.

Now, since gun-control advocates think they have morality on their side, they may want to ponder a question: is it moral to sacrifice 43,000 lives just so we can be free to zip around at 55 or 65 mph?? The answer here is that the safety imperative is?balanced?against an economic one, in that too much productivity would be lost with a five-mph speed limit.

One of the arguments that people use is that no one needs a gun in this day and age…despite the fact that it may actually be a fun pursuit…like abseiling, rock climbing or base jumping:

But sometimes far more trivial things trump the safety imperative.? No one needs to drink alcohol, go rock-climbing, or play baseball when doing so necessitates the availability of a dangerous weapon.? So, imagine that, we’re actually placing fun and enjoyment ahead of saving lives.? In fact, some among us will even tolerate death on a massive scale if we think the reason is good enough.? An example is when the anti-gun left is willing to accept 1.2 million killings a year through abortion.

So if we’ll accept death through fun, should we question death through the gun?? As with dangerous?recreation, the enjoyment justification exists with firearms, too, in the form of target and sport shooting.? As with driving, an economic justification exists in that revenue is collected from hunters and because some poorer rural Americans help feed themselves through hunting.? But there is something here that is a true imperative, one that’s greater than most any other:

Thwarting evil.

Guns are great equalisers. If you don’t beleive me then go hunting in Kaingaroa Forest. Hunters are nothing but polite to each other…the reason is we all?have?guns and know how to use them…no one gets uppity in the forest.

The apocryphal saying, “God made some men big and others small, but Samuel Colt made them equal,” gets at the point here.? Whether it’s a smaller person or a smaller group, firearms tend to even the odds.? They help create parity, and that’s not what criminals want — they want easy prey.? Thus, like a predator in the wilds that generally won’t attack a?creature?more than half its size, even if a criminal is armed himself, he’ll be reluctant to tackle a target that can target him back.

Even more significantly, as Prohibition, prostitution, and drugs have proven, illegal isn’t synonymous with unavailable. ?So, again, let’s assume that a gun criminalization that left firearms in the hands of a few criminals did save lives overall.? What should we conclude if those armed miscreants could nonetheless ply their dark trade with little resistance?? What should we feel if good people were declawed and rendered powerless to thwart their evil?