From time to time I have brain farts – like when I fail to blogroll some of my favorite folks. I’m about to correct this egregious error by introducing you to Delftsman, who wields a digital cluebat with style.
Everyone needs one… cluebat, that is. Trust me.
Despite what Sarah Brady, Paul Helmke and VPC’s Josh Sugarmann will have you believe, John Lott‘s theory of “More Guns, Less Crime” has been justified. America now has record numbers of law-abiding, responsible citizens licensed to carry concealed weapons, and firearms deaths in America have fallen.
From its beginnings in the 1980s, the “right-to-carry” movement has succeeded in boosting the number of licensed concealed-gun carriers from fewer than 1 million to a record 6 million today, according to estimates from gun-rights groups that are supported by msnbc.com’s research. And while hotly debated, the effect of this dramatic increase is largely unknown.
Well, according to Gun Facts, the majority of American states are now “right to carry” states. There’s been no blood running in the streets, and no massacres by law-abiding citizens exercising their rights. Crime has not increased in those states, and in many cases, it has actually declined. I’m always loath (unlike the Hemenway/Miller misanthropic manpigs at Harvard) to draw causation from correlation, but even a blind man can certainly understand that if crime has not increased, and even decreased in many “right to carry” states, that law-abiding gun owners are not the problem!
Gun enthusiasts claim a link between more private citizens carrying concealed weapons and the nation’s dramatic decrease in violent crime. Gun-control activists argue that concealed-carry permits are being handed out to people who should never get them, sometimes resulting in tragic, needless shootings.
Does it happen? Probably. Is it statistically relevant? Not so much. Crimes involving concealed carry permit holders are statistically insignificant. Most of the time, it’s the *gasp* CRIMINALS committing crimes! And guess what – criminals will likely not bother getting a permit to carry concealed!
And the facts cannot be disputed.
Statistics from the national Centers for Disease Control do indicate that the murder and mayhem predicted by many opponents of concealed-carry laws have not come to pass.
Wait! I must sit down… or faint… or fan myself! This is MSNBC reporting, right? Let me check… hmmmm… yep! MSNBC is actually reporting that the hysterical fearmongering by the Million Moron Mommy March and the Brady Center was just that – political histrionics.
More Americans than ever are carrying guns, and they’re saving lives when police can’t be there to protect them.
Of course, this won’t stop Kristen Rand and other petty cowards from disseminating lies.
Kristen Rand, legislative director for the Violence Policy Center, a gun-control group, said the movement “has to do with selling more guns.” While it was pushed by groups like the NRA, it also “dovetailed with the gun industry’s desperate need to find a new market.”
“Their efforts at reaching out to minorities and women have failed,” said Rand, whose group advocates banning all handguns and some rifles but believes sporting rifles and shotguns should remain legal. “The industry constantly has to look for a way to make a guy who already owns 15 guns buy a new one.”
Really, Kristen? How about you have a cup of shut the fuck up?
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 70-percent of retailers saw an increase in female customers in 2009. Fresno gun store owners Bill and Sharon Mayfield are among them. Sharon says a lot of her female customers say they’re afraid for their safety.
“In the last three to five years we’ve probably tripled our women’s sales; our females,” said gun store owner Sharon Mayfield with Mayfield Guns.
Of course, again, Rand ignores reality in favor of her feelings. It doesn’t matter that firearms murders in this nation are on the decline. It doesn’t matter that the bloodshed she and Helmke have been predicting hasn’t materialized, even as more and more people carry guns. It doesn’t matter that their prognostications of doom have no basis in reality. She FEELS that guns are doing harm, and therefore they MUST be!
Rand, the spokeswoman for the Violence Policy Center, acknowledged that “we don’t have centralized data-gathering to know what people are doing with these licenses.”
“(But) anecdotally, we know they’re doing quite a bit of harm,” she said.
Well, gosh, Kristen! Anecdotally, I know that you went out last night broke into the DC Zoo and ass raped a rhesus monkey with a 12 inch purple vibrator! My cousin told me. It MUST be true, right? Because I don’t need statistics or facts to accuse you of bestiality.
So, because they couldn’t find any actual statistics to support their hysterical fears, Rand and her band of gun banning idiots have started documenting every instance of a concealed carry permit holder committing a crime.
Her group posts news accounts of concealed-weapons permit holders allegedly involved in firearms deaths on a part of its Web site called “Concealed Carry Killers.” The site says 130 civilians and nine police officers have been killed and 13 mass shootings have been carried out by people with concealed-weapons permits since May 2007. Helmke, of the Brady Campaign, cited the work of Rand’s group in a recent blog post that mocked the NRA for saying concealed weapons permit holders “are all ‘law-abiding’ citizens.’”
Hmmmmm…. and how many concealed carry permit holders are there since May 2007? According to this story, 6,000,000. So out of 6 MILLION concealed carry permit holders 13 committed “mass shootings.” Wow. That’s, like, uh… WAAAAAAY less than 1 percent! And 151 people were supposedly killed by concealed carry permit holders since 2007.
Can I ask a question? How many were killed by common criminals who DIDN’T have a permit?
Do you really want an answer to that question, Kristen?
And how many were actually SAVED in justified shootings? There were about eight reported (merely reported to the media!) in the past three days on KeepAndBearArms.com!
Maybe it’s time the gun banners faced reality and backed off… but somehow I just don’t think that’s going to happen. Reality will continue to bitchslap Rand, Helmke and other petty tyrants in the face, and they’ll continue to ignore reality.
Just what kind of judge would consciously subvert the United States Constitution – a document he is sworn to uphold?
The kind who claims…
…that the District’s handgun registration process, which
requires owners to submit fingerprints and allow police to perform
ballistics tests, is constitutional. He also upheld a city ban on most
The city requires that legally
registered revolvers be kept unloaded and either disassembled or secured
with trigger locks, unless the owner reasonably fears immediate harm
by an intruder in the home.
I’d like to know how this repugnant piece of tyrannical trash wound up on a federal bench. How he can, with a straight face, claim that banning the most commonly sold and owned pistols is not an infringement on anyone’s right to keep and bear arms.
And I’d like to know why he’s not sitting on a bench in some tyrannical third-world shithole, upholding the authority of dictators over their people.
How does the most free nation in the world have a creature such as this serving in a judicial capacity?
Let’s hope Mr. Heller appeals all the way back to the Supreme Court, and let’s hope the Supreme Court has the balls to slap down this petty little tyrant’s appalling, subversive ruling!
Remember when the Magic Marxist and his redistributionist friends took control of mortgages for the good of the people, of course, and provided some mortgage relief to people who bought homes they couldn’t afford at variable rates only to watch the market crash upon their fool heads? Remember how less than 4 percent of homeowners were actually defaulting, but Naked Rahm and crew made the country believe there was a mortgage crisis? Remember how they convinced this country that homeowners who bought way above their means deserved some relief and how said relief would be necessary to avert a banking crisis?
More than half of U.S. borrowers who
received loan modifications on delinquent
again after nine months, according to a federal report.
The re-default rate of loans modified in the first quarter
of 2009 was 51.5 percent by the end of the year, the Office of
the Comptroller of the Currency and the Office of Thrift
Supervision said in a joint report today.
The figure, which
measures payments at least 30 days late, climbed to 57.9 percent
for changes made in the prior 12 months.
U.S. homeowners are struggling to make payments as
depressed housing prices leave them owing more than their
properties are worth. About 24 percent of properties with a
mortgage were underwater in the fourth quarter, First American
CoreLogic said last month. The median
price of a U.S. home was
$165,100 in February, down 28 percent from its peak in July
2006, according to the National Association of Realtors.
So government intervention didn’t work. Ergo, according to Obama, what do we need? Why, MORE government intervention, of course!
President <a href="http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Barack+Obama&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:S:d1″ onmouseover=”return escape( popwSearchNews( this ))”>Barack Obama‘s
administration is pressuring
lenders to alter loans to reduce the number of properties lost
to foreclosure. About 4.5 million foreclosures filings are
expected in 2010, according to RealtyTrac Inc., an Irvine,
California-based seller of default data.
So let’s get this straight. A bunch of homeowners bought homes they couldn’t afford. They began to default. Obama forced banks and mortgage companies (and consequently investors who own those companies) to take a hit in order to help irresponsible homeowners. The majority of “rescued” homeowners defaulted again. And now he wants to screw the mortgage companies even further in order to rescue these irresponsible shitbags yet again – at the expense of people who invested in said mortgage companies.
Let me ask you this, Fearless Leader: who will be left for you to rob when you’ve eaten and looted “the rich” into poverty?