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Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy (Part 8/10)

Welcome to the eighth installment of the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.

“Let’s stop playing games. The problem is people, not guns. Our society suffers from a deficiency of personal responsibility – not from an excess of personal freedom.”


- Star Parker, African American Writer and Commentator 

FOR SAFETY, BAN HANDS AND FEET

There is a place for psychiatric drugs. However, there is not a place for wholesale, mass drugging of our children. But, leaving this issue aside, if we are to ban guns instead of drugs, may I humbly suggest that we also ban hands and feet, as well as knives (and let’s include butter knives – you can never be too careful… and besides, someone might sharpen one with a whetstone). Within a month of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, nine people were killed and others wounded in a knife attack in China (this is a different Chinese knife attack from the one that occurred the same week as the Connecticut shooting, where around two dozen were stabbed). There are a multiplicity of fatal knife attacks I could choose from in the US, but to choose a recent one at random, there was one in Flint, Michigan, where five were killed and eight injured by a knife wielding assailant. Thankfully,  race-baiter Al Sharpton has already indicated knives are a possible target for the U.S. – hear him say so himself…

Of course, once we are done banning knives, perhaps we can ban vehicles, too. In case you don’t remember, there have been mass killings with cars where people drove into crowds in both NYC and Chapel Hill,  NC., just to name a couple. The fact of the matter is, that, per the FBI, the number one weapon used in homicides is a baseball bat: in 2005, there were 445 murders with rifles, but 605 with hammers and clubs; the next year the figures were 438 and 618 respectively, and this trend continued through 2011 with 323 murders committed with a rifle, and 496 with hammers and clubs (and I am omitting the other years for brevity’s sake, not to play the usual leftist game of leaving out inconvenient facts, such as what Al Gore does with his faux global warming charade). Breitbart.com correctly concludes from this that “if more people had a gun, less people would be inclined to try to hit them in the head with a hammer.”

Shtfplan.com illustrates the death toll from guns vis-à-vis other modes of killing graphically below:

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And one more point: a handful of men with no guns, only boxcutters, murdered over 3,000 people over a decade ago, and Timothy McVeigh before that murdered hundreds with no guns in Oklahoma City. Maybe we should be banning other farm implements and warehouse tools!

Personal Liberty.com, cites similar figures with non-firearm murders. In 2010 alone, 742 people were killed by hands or feet, with 540 people killed by blunt objects (and, let’s not forget the 98,000 to 106,000 – contingent upon which study you use – of people who died last year as a result of FDA approved drugs). There were similar statistics exonerating rifles for 2011 from the FBI: Out of approximately 8,500 gun related homicides, only 3% used rifles of any kind. Meanwhile, knives killed 1,694 (five times as many as all rifles combined), blunt objects a few under 500, and hands and feet 728.  In 2010, only 0.1% of all gun homicides involved five or more victims.  Even the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence admits that, since 2010 up to the time of the Connecticut shooting, a grand total of 35 people had been killed in 9 separate incidents in which an assault weapon was involved (even if the gun was not the murder weapon). There is very little evidence the assault gun laws will actually do anything, as prior to the federal assault weapon ban, the type of firearms banned were used in  a mere 2% of gun crimes (and these were mostly pistols), per a National Institute of Justice study. Regarding the assault gun ban, University of Pennsylvania criminologist Christopher Koper and his co-authors concluded, “Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.” Too small for “reliable measurement!?”

And regarding automatic weapons, as Natural News points out they “… are highly regulated, extremely expensive ($15,000+) and VERY difficult to acquire. They’re also extremely rare and have NEVER been used in any school shooting in America. Just to acquire an “automatic weapon,” you must go through extensive background checks and fingerprinting. You must apply to the federal government (ATF) for permission, then wait six months or longer to be “approved” by the ATF.”
 Per this article, a true “assault rifle” must have a selector switch between single, three round burst, and full auto fire. Importantly, not a single one of the civilian AR-15s actually have these features, and thus there are virtually no “military” assault rifles on the street today.  Besides, the military seldom uses automatic fire themselves, as it is generally is not of value by virtue of being inaccurate. If you would like a factual description of what an assault rifle is, see the article by former peace officer Earl Griffin. Meanwhile, the whole ban on high capacity magazine to prevent mass killings is a logical non-sequitur. Why? Because the average reload time on an AR-15, or similar, is two seconds. Most mass murders take minutes, or more.  In the case of Sandy Hook – if in fact the gunman really did use the assault rifle as claimed and fired 150 rounds – he obviously changed his 30 round magazine at least four times, and only stopped when armed police closed in on him.  Worse, if a criminal shooter is carrying multiple guns, they simply swap guns and reload when possible. In other words, the Feinstein law banning high capacity magazines will do zilch. Except take away on one more liberty. If you wish to verify how quickly it takes to reload, see the videos of people doing so:

But, the simple proof is in the pudding. The deadliest mass murder in US history was at Virginia Tech in 2007, with 32 people killed. Was a machine gun used? A vilified AR-15?

Nope.

The shooter simply used two vanilla handguns, supplied with a backpack full of Feinstein-approved 10 round magazines. Similarly, at Columbine, one of the two boys simply carried 13 ten round magazines with him. The math is not hard to do. Unless you have a leftist agenda, and are willing to sacrifice lives for that agenda – as the left has always been wont to do.

A letter signed by 1,100 Green Berets and Special Forces veterans also spelled out the difference between an automatic (in this case a M4A1)  and semi-automatic AR-15, in a letter to Washington, DC (see the entire letter), they note the  AR-15 is a rifle that “cosmetically looks like the M4A1 carbine assault rifle, but it is impossible to configure the AR-15 to be a fully automatic assault rifle. It is a single shot semi-automatic rifle that can fire between 45 and 60 rounds per minute depending on the skill of the operator. The M4A1 can fire up to 950 rounds per minute.” And regarding high capacity magazines, they decry the gun grabbers uninformed comment that  “just a few seconds of changing magazines could have saved the lives of people. Rather, the letter notes  “As experts in military weapons of all types, it is our considered opinion that reducing magazine capacity from 30 rounds to 10 rounds will only require an additional 6 -8 seconds to change two empty 10 round magazines with full magazines. Would an increase of 6 –8 seconds make any real difference to the outcome in a mass shooting incident? In our opinion it would not.”   As Exhibit A of this fact, the letter cites the Columbine massacre, noting “When the Federal Assault Weapons Ban became law in 1994, manufacturers began retooling to produce firearms and magazines that were compliant. One of those ban-compliant firearms was the Hi-Point 995, which was sold with ten-round magazines. In 1999, five years into the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, the Columbine High School massacre occurred. One of the perpetrators, Eric Harris, was armed with a Hi-Point 995. Undeterred by the ten-round capacity of his magazines, Harris simply brought more of them: thirteen magazines would be found in the massacre’s aftermath. Harris fired 96 rounds before killing himself.” A summary of this Green Beret article.

In any event, fully automatic weapons have been banned since the 1934 National Firearms Act (before which even children could order guns through the mail, with parental permission) – though of course  media either doesn’t know this, or doesn’t know the difference between an automatic and semi-automatic, or for the few that do have a modicum of knowledge,  think it is ok for the police to have them – witness the Salt Lake City Tribune, which published an editorial stating “Assault weapons that can fire numerous times in seconds are designed for only one thing: killing large numbers of people. The military and law enforcement officers need that ability; ordinary law-abiding citizens do not.” Yes, you read that correctly – apparently the police need to be able to kill “large numbers of people” in their routine of daily law enforcement in Obama’s America.  What? To polish off Joe Businessman who was doing 10 miles over the speed limit as he was late to Johnny’s basketball game?  Maybe take out a few 10 year olds skateboarding where they shouldn’t be? Did anyone at the newspaper even read what this person wrote? As the Examiner concludes about this inimitable piece of ignorance, “If there is any conceivable scenario in which law enforcement officers need to kill “large numbers of people,” then “large numbers of [we the] people” need as much firepower as we can possibly acquire.”

But here is a question for you: As columnist Jacob Sullum writes, if large capacity magazines are not useful for self-defense or defense of others, why not impose the same limit on police and bodyguards? And if the capacity for additional rounds do provide more protection, why should law-abiding citizens be denied that protection?  The reality is that a larger magazine allows a defender to engage multiple assailants – not uncommon in today’s gang filled world – in a situation where there often can be “the fog of war.” In any event, the assault rifles the left wines about – which only fire one bullet per pull –  means they are no more automatic their a “standard” pistol which does the same thing. Of course, the Feinstein amendment rushed to ban cosmetics like pistol grips, which Ben Crystal points out are about the same thing as banning car spoilers to stop car accidents. And, oh yes – the car accident total, as of 2009, saw an average of four children under age 14 killed every day, with 500 injured. A total of 31,000 people in total were killed. No frantic outcry from the media there.

Mark Almonte, in his March 4, 2013 article, Why Does Anyone Need a High Capacity Magazine, takes each objection against high capacity magazines and handily dispatches them. Almonte’s paper deserves a full read by anyone interested in this question, but in summary, the gun grabbers have a gross misconception about bullet stopping power and accuracy, and a misunderstanding about the true threat of multiple attackers, which in turn denies people the necessary means to effectively defend themselves. On what basis, Almonte asks, do politicians arrive at a ten bullet limit per magazine? What is their evidence or research for this? As a matter of fact, there is none –  it is just an arbitrary political choice. Almonte also notes the only shot that can reliably cause immediate incapacitation is a hit to the brain or spinal cord, and even a bullet directly to the heart allows a criminal to have enough oxygen in his blood to continue shooting for 15 more seconds. And contrary to Hollywood movies, many bullets do not have the power to knock a human down – otherwise the recoil from shooting would knock the shooter down. FBI statistics state that “A ten pound weight equals the impact of a 9 mm bullet when dropped from a height of 0.72 inches… and equals the impact of a .45 when dropped from 1.37 inches.” Worse, an assailant on crack, meth, high on adrenaline, or the like will often prevent him from even feeling pain, or knowing he has been shot. As a case in point, Almonte cites the case of Michael Platt:

“In 1986, in Miami, FBI agents were involved in a shootout. Despite being shot six times, Suspect Michael Platt was still able to gun down two FBI agents and injure three others. Platt was hit by four more gunshots, but he continued to be a threat by pointing a gun at responding officers. It wasn’t until bullet number twelve struck Platt in the chest that he was incapacitated. Similar examples of suspects being shot five to six times without being incapacitated occurred in Philadelphia and Georgia. In a self-defense situation, you may have to inflict half a dozen or more gunshot wounds on your attacker in order to neutralize the threat. That’s assuming that you are able to land half-a-dozen hits on your target.”

The issue of accuracy is also central, according to Almonte, noting “According to an NYPD report, there were 16 officer-involved shootings in 2005 where the suspect shot at police officers. The NYPD officers hit their targets 8% of the time. The officers fired an average 17.3 rounds to stop the threat. One factor that certainly contributed to the low percentage of hits is that in 70% of the gunfights, the suspect shot first. Other studies have officer-involved shootings at a 51% hit rate, but they don’t include officer-involved shootings that have no hits, and they don’t isolate gunfights, where the suspect is shooting at the officer.” Almonte also notes another study by Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck, in which he states that in 53% of defensive gun use in the U.S., the victim faced multiple attackers. So, now you have issues of stopping power, accuracy and multiple attackers in over half of defensive situations. That means doubling the number of bullets needed for each additional attacker!

But why take my word for it? Let me simply cite leftist New York Times, which notes that police officers – who must continually train and certify with their firearms – only hit their targets 34% of the time. In other words, they only hit one of three shots. What do you expect of a nervous, working stiff homeowner who is suddenly awakened at 4 AM, and has to hit a moving target in the dark?  I suggest we leave the 10 round magazines, if they are so effective, in the hands of those protecting Ms. Feinstein and her minions.

Then there is the leftists’ “war against women.” In fact, women account for 46% of all defensive gun use – critical in that this helps equalize the size and strength differential. Reducing the magazine size only helps the bad guy when he attacks a woman.

Almonte concludes his article by asking, “If a law-abiding citizen, who’s cleared a background check and received firearms training, can be trusted with one bullet, why can’t he or she be trusted with a hundred bullets? Is the first bullet any less deadly then the 99th?

One more detail needs to be said re. assault rifles. To get more exact about the figures cited above relative to rifles and crime, according to the FBI’s CIUS report on Murder Victims by Weapon, the grand total of firearms used in 2011 to commit murder was 8,583. Of the 8,583 murders, only 323 rifles were used, or exactly 3.76% of the total, of which only a smaller portion of that 3.76% were “assault rifles.” Too small for reliable measurement indeed. Perhaps, if the gun grabbers really want to keep us safe, they could ban the FDA with the tens of thousands who have died from their sanctioned drugs. (Now you know why Dr. Marcia Angell, MD., former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, stated – regarding the FDA and the like – in the New York Review of Books, January 15, 2009: “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”). And I am not alone. Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health a dozen years ago published Doctors Are The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US., in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Starfield’s documented how 225,000 Americans die from iatrogenic causes – including 12,000 deaths per year due to unnecessary surgery, 7,000 per year due to medication errors in hospitals, 20,000 due other hospital errors, 80,000 due to hospital infections, and 106,000 due to negative drug effects. Natural News.com states that doctors kill 2,450% more Americans than all gun related deaths combined. As it relates to psychotropic drugs, should we count the dead in Aurora and Sandy Hook among those iatrogenic deaths? Other doctors may concur, such as Dr. Joseph Mercola who cites  a study by Dr. Bruce Pomerance of the University of Toronto who concluded that properly prescribed and correctly taken pharmaceutical drugs were the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Mercola also cites  an article authored in two parts by Gary Null, PhD, Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Martin Feldman, MD, Debora Rasio, MD, and Dorothy Smith, PhD, that come to similar conclusions.  However, it is not the point of this article to take issue with the FDA, other than to question the association between massacres not with guns, but rather due to psychotropic drugs.

John Noveske, a gun manufacturer who was killed in a mysterious car crash, also asks the same questions about drugs and gun violence:  He notes the following cases on his Facebook site, just before his mysterious death. Note that many of these cases are related elsewhere in this paper, but are added here in that for some cases, Noveske adds additional information, while other cases are not listed elsewhere in this paper. All the cases here are gun murders, but serve to illustrate that psychotropic drugs are clearly related to violent death.

Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.

Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults!) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students at Red Lake, Minnesota. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.

Cory Baadsgaard, age 16, Wahluke (Washington state) High School, was on Paxil (which caused him to have hallucinations) when he took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates hostage. He has no memory of the event.

Chris Fetters, age 13, killed his favorite aunt while taking Prozac.

Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered both his grandparents while taking Zoloft.

Mathew Miller, age 13, hung himself in his bedroom closet after taking Zoloft for 6 days.

Kip Kinkel, age 15, (on Prozac and Ritalin) shot his parents while they slept then went to school and opened fire killing 2 classmates and injuring 22 shortly after beginning Prozac treatment.

Luke Woodham, age 16 (Prozac) killed his mother and then killed two students, wounding six others.

A boy in Pocatello, ID (Zoloft) in 1998 had a Zoloft-induced seizure that caused an armed stand off at his school.

Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded..

A young man in Huntsville, Alabama (Ritalin) went psychotic chopping up his parents with an ax and also killing one sibling and almost murdering another.

Andrew Golden, age 11, (Ritalin) and Mitchell Johnson, aged 14, (Ritalin) shot 15 people, killing four students, one teacher, and wounding 10 others.

TJ Solomon, age 15, (Ritalin) high school student in Conyers, Georgia opened fire on and wounded six of his class mates.

Rod Mathews, age 14, (Ritalin) beat a classmate to death with a bat.

James Wilson, age 19, (various psychiatric drugs) from Breenwood, South Carolina, took a .22 caliber revolver into an elementary school killing two young girls, and wounding seven other children and two teachers.

Elizabeth Bush, age 13, (Paxil) was responsible for a school shooting in Pennsylvania

Jason Hoffman (Effexor and Celexa) – school shooting in El Cajon, California

Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil), after five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.

Chris Shanahan, age 15 (Paxil) in Rigby, ID who out of the blue killed a woman.

Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.

Neal Furrow (Prozac) in LA Jewish school shooting reported to have been court-ordered to be on Prozac along with several other medications.

Kevin Rider, age 14, was withdrawing from Prozac when he died from a gunshot wound to his head. Initially it was ruled a suicide, but two years later, the investigation into his death was opened as a possible homicide. The prime suspect, also age 14, had been taking Zoloft and other SSRI antidepressants.

Alex Kim, age 13, hung himself shortly after his Lexapro prescription had been doubled.

Diane Routhier was prescribed Welbutrin for gallstone problems. Six days later, after suffering many adverse effects of the drug, she shot herself.

Billy Willkomm, an accomplished wrestler and a University of Florida student, was prescribed Prozac at the age of 17. His family found him dead of suicide – hanging from a tall ladder at the family’s Gulf Shore Boulevard home in July 2002.

Kara Jaye Anne Fuller-Otter, age 12, was on Paxil when she hung herself from a hook in her closet. Kara’s parents said “…. the damn doctor wouldn’t take her off it and I asked him to when we went in on the second visit. I told him I thought she was having some sort of reaction to Paxil…”)

Gareth Christian, Vancouver, age 18, was on Paxil when he committed suicide in 2002,
(Gareth’s father could not accept his son’s death and killed himself.)

Julie Woodward, age 17, was on Zoloft when she hung herself in her family’s detached garage.

Matthew Miller was 13 when he saw a psychiatrist because he was having difficulty at school. The psychiatrist gave him samples of Zoloft. Seven days later his mother found him dead, hanging by a belt from a laundry hook in his closet.

Kurt Danysh, age 18, and on Prozac, killed his father with a shotgun. He is now behind prison bars, and writes letters, trying to warn the world that SSRI drugs can kill.

Woody ____, age 37, committed suicide while in his 5th week of taking Zoloft. Shortly before his death his physician suggested doubling the dose of the drug. He had seen his physician only for insomnia. He had never been depressed, nor did he have any history of any mental illness symptoms.

A boy from Houston, age 10, shot and killed his father after his Prozac dosage was increased.

Hammad Memon, age 15, shot and killed a fellow middle school student. He had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and was taking Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.”

Matti Saari, a 22-year-old culinary student, shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine.

Steven Kazmierczak, age 27, shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amounts of Xanax in his system.

Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, age 18, had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School – then he committed suicide.

Asa Coon from Cleveland, age 14, shot and wounded four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon was on Trazodone.

Jon Romano, age 16, on medication for depression, fired a shotgun at a teacher in his
New York high school.

Missing from list… 3 of 4 known to have taken these same meds….

What drugs was Jared Lee Loughner on, age 21…… killed 6 people and injuring 14 others in Tuscon, Az

What drugs was James Eagan Holmes on, age 24….. killed 12 people and injuring 59 others in Aurora Colorado

What drugs was Jacob Tyler Roberts on, age 22, killed 2 injured 1, Clackamas Or

What drugs was Adam Peter Lanza on, age 20, Killed 26 and wounded 2 in Newtown Ct

Roberts is the only one that I haven’t heard about being on drugs of some kind.

The upshot of all this? Intellectual honesty, as well as respect for the dead, demands that we examine all possible causes of these massacres. But, of course, that would not match with the agenda of the left and the gun grabbers.

But lets leave the drug angle behind. There are other bad reasons behind the gun controllers. Another reason to support the availability of guns is that – contrary to the leftists’ fondest wishes, mankind is fallen. As Jeff Jacoby has noted “[Wars are not] caused by nuclear missiles, or al-Qaeda terrorism by box cutters. We fool ourselves if we imagine that by fixating on missiles and box cutters we can avoid reckoning with the cruel side of human nature. … The desire to believe … that ‘people are truly good at heart’ is powerful. Sadly, history refutes the idea that human nature alone will make a good world. Controlling bad things may sometimes be prudent. But it is above all by controlling ourselves — by fortifying the better angels of our nature — that the struggle against evil progresses.” 

Stop back by tomorrow for the 9th episode of Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy.

Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy (Part 7/10)

Part seven of the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy Series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.

When a crime is committed, does the gun go to jail?”
– From BrotherJohn.com   

THE DRUG AND VIOLENCE CONNECTION

As the Illinois State Rifle Asociation notes, the Sandy Hook CT. shooter, Adam Lanza, not only came from a divorced family, but was “apparently a mentally ill young person whose wealthy family insulated him from reality until he decided to create his own reality – at the expense of more than two dozen innocent people. Laurie Higgins in the Illinois Family Association concurred with this report, noting that Lanza’s father (as well as an older brother) left when Adam was 16, and remarried a few years later. Reportedly, Adam Lanza had no contact with his father or brother since 2010. How did this affect Adam, and why is this not part of the “national debate” on violence?  Even more importantly, a few days after the shooting, it was reported that Adam Lanza was on a violence-linked anti-psychotic drug called Fanapt. The Fanapt story was later retracted, but family friend of the Lanzas, Louise Tambascio, stated during an interview with 60 Minutes that “I know he was on medication and everything, but she homeschooled him at home cause he couldn’t deal with the school classes sometimes, so she just homeschooled Adam at home. And that was her life.”  Tambascio also told ABC News, “I knew he was on medication, but that’s all I know.” Lanza’s old babysitter, Ryan Kraft, also went on record as stating Lanza was taking medications of this sort early as age 10. Maybe it’s time Obama had a national discussion about his cronies and lobbyists in Big Pharma, who seem to push kids into the latest drug du jour at the drop of a hat? Or doesn’t that fit his political agenda and his “never let a crisis go to waste” attitude? It is already on the labels themselves that drugs, like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Ritalin are causing people to commit violent acts as commented on by a number of reputable psychiatrists:

Read the documentation in the drug packages, or online, yourself – it’s right there in black and white. The top ten psychiatric prescription drugs linked to violence – as listed by Time Magazine – in a Jan. 7th, 2011 article – are the antidepressant/anti-anxiety drugs desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), venlafaxine (Effexor), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), fluoxetine (Prozac), sleep aid Halcion, ADHD drug Strattera, several brands of amphetamines used to treat ADHD, the anti-malarial Lariam, and the anti-smoking medication Chantix. Of course James Holmes in the Colorado massacre was also on psychotropic drugs. Yet a further analysis of the association of prescription drugs with violence and shootings, from Brandon Turbeville, is on DailySheeple. While internationally known psychiatrist Dr. David Healy agrees with the summary that these drugs cause violence – a Cliff Notes version of Healy’s sentiments is simply this: Psychotropic drugs “prescribed for school children cause violent behavior.”  The non-Cliff Notes, detailed version of his rationale behind this may be found here. Healy has a website, RxISK.org, that allows people to post personal experiences with SSRIs, and is a data repository open to the public.

If anyone is wondering why the US leads in school gun murders, perhaps you might want to explore the relationship between drugging our kids and violence. Note that not only are school gun murders up, but youth suicides are up dramatically was well. This shouldn’t be surprising, of course, as both are cut from the same cloth – disinhibition, messing with brain function, disturbing the level of self-control, and more.  Granting that correlation is not causation, Dr. Bertram Karon from Michigan State Univ. notes the US has six times as many children on Ritalin, around four million, as any other country, and all of France only has 8,000 kids, in total, on Ritalin, while his home city of Lansing Michigan, alone, has around that many.  In fact, the US accounts for around 90% of Ritalin prescriptions in the world.

We must fully consider the question of Todd Walker in his article: “Can prescription drugs cause you to kill someone?”  And the answer is “Absolutely”, per Dr. David Healy, author of Phamageddon and quoted in the following paragraph, “Violence and other potentially criminal behavior caused by prescription drugs are medicine’s best kept secret…Want to find out if the drugs you or a loved one are taking might cause violent behavior? Enter the name of the drug over at the Violence Zone. Even if it’s ‘just a pill’ to help you quit smoking, side effects can be deadly. Don’t expect to hear about this on major media outlets. Pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in keeping journalists in line.”

David Kupelian at WND also documents a horrifying number of shootings associated with psychotropic drugs, including not only Columbine killer Eric Harris, who was on Luvox, but also: Patrick Purdy, who killed five children and wounded 30 in 1989, who was on amitriptyline and Thorazine, Kip Kinkle, who killed his parents, and 22 other fellow students, who was on Prozac and Ritalin; the 1988 Winnetka, IL. shooting by Laurie Dann, who killed one and wounded six while taking Anafranil and lithium; the 1997 Paducah KY school shooting by Michael Carneal, who shot and killed three while on Ritalin; the 2005 Jeff Wiese shooting, which killed nine and wounded 5 on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, which occurred while Wiese was on Prozac; the 1989 shooting of 20 co-workers, killing nine, by Joseph Wesbecker in Louisville, KY, while he was on Prozac – and which Eli Lilly settled a  lawsuit by survivors; a 1996 shooting of his father by Kurt Danysh while on Prozac; or the horrible case of a mother one town over from where I currently live, Naperville, IL., who killed all five of her children while on antidepressant Effexor. The case of the Virginia Tech murder of 32 people by Cho Seung-Hui may also have been prescription drug related, too, as Kupelian discusses in this article. As if further evidence were needed, the Luvox label itself states that 4% of children in one study went manic – out of control behavior.

To what degree is the “prozac-ing” and “ritalin-ing” of our young contributing to these shootings? As noted above, these prescriptions state on their warning labels that violent behavior is one possible outcome of taking their drugs. Yet, there is nary a peep from the media. Why? Jason Charles the Truth Alliance notes “At least fourteen recent school shootings were committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. There have been 109 wounded and 58 killed. Of these 14, seven were seeing either a psychiatrist (five of them) or psychologist (two of them). It is not known whether or not the other half were seeing a psychiatrist, as it has not been published.” Details of this issue are at CCHR.

Not to push the issue, but, as Obama has said, we must ensure a school shooting like Sandy Hook never happens again, so let’s examine some other links on gun and non-gun related violence related to psychotropic prescription drugs like Zoloft, Prozac, and the like. The list is not pretty:

From BlackListedNews.com, “There have been 31 school shootings since Columbine, in which Eric Harris, age 17 and Dylan Klebold, age 18, killed 12 students and one teacher, and wounded 23 others. (An assault weapon ban (1994-2004) was in effect at the time – lot of good that did). Harris was known to be taking Zoloft, then Luvox.  Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.

A website called SSRI Stories has compiled a sortable database that lists over 4800 incidents of suicide, violent crimes and other incidents between 1988 and 2011, including school shootings that involve people that were prescribed SSRI medications. Here is one more short list of a few more school shootings that involved SSRIs:

  • Steve Kazmierczak, age 27, inexplicably went on a shooting rampage on Feb. 15, 2008 in a Northern Illinois University Lecture Hall before taking his own life. He had been on Prozac, Xanax and Ambien, but had stopped taking Prozac a few weeks before the shootings. Toxicology reports showed traces of Xanax in his system. Five dead, 20 wounded.
  • Jeff Weise, age 16, had been prescribed 60 mg/day of Prozac (three times the average starting dose for adults) when he shot his grandfather, his grandfather’s girlfriend and many fellow students in Red Lake, Minnesota on March 24, 2005. He then shot himself. 10 dead, 12 wounded.
  • Cho-Seung-Hui, age 23, showed signs of anger before he went on a shooting rampage on the Virginia Tech campus that ended only after a police officer shot him dead. Officials said prescription medications related to the treatment of psychological problems had been found among Mr. Cho’s effects, but no details of his treatment or the medications have been released to the public. 33 dead, 17 wounded.
  • Michael Carneal (Ritalin), age 14, opened fire on students at a high school prayer meeting in West Paducah, Kentucky on Dec, 1, 1997. Three teenagers were killed, five others were wounded.

Not mentioned in this article is Jared Loughner, whose aberrant psychological state has been amply chronicled, including one email by fellow student Lynda Sorensen, who emailed her friends  “We have a mentally unstable person in the class that scares the living cr** out of me. He is one of those whose picture you see on the news, after he has come into class with an automatic weapon. Everyone interviewed would say, Yeah, he was in my math class and he was really weird.” Loughner was just a “regular’ drug user, of course.

Of course, violence involving SSRIs does not always involve firearms:

  • Jeff Franklin (Prozac and Ritalin), Huntsville, AL, killed his parents as they came home from work using a sledge hammer, hatchet, butcher knife and mechanic’s file, then attacked his younger brothers and sister.
  • Jarred Viktor, age 15, (Paxil). After five days on Paxil he stabbed his grandmother 61 times.
  • John Odgren, age 16, stabbed a 15-year-old student to death at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in MA on Jan. 19, 2007. Odgren was being treated for Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and anxiety. The defense said changes in Odgren’s clothing habits, as well as changes in his sleep and speech pattern, may have indicated a problem with his medication that could have lead to a manic, paranoid state.

The list of incidents like the above on SSRI stories is seemingly endless and all of the circumstances are different except for one – all of them involve a mentally ill patient on some sort of SSRI medication. Some have claimed that up to 90 percent of school shootings have involved a shooter on prescription medications. While that is impossible to verify without the release of medical records in all cases, enough have been confirmed to establish a link between SSRIs and violence, especially when the black box warnings on the medications mention the potential.

Maybe we need to ban SSRI’s to stop the slaughter? Martha Rosenburg also cites a number of cases that would certainly support this, as does Jeanne Lenzer in the  BMJ June 7, 2012 (BMJ 2012:344:e3989), which refers to a report by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices stating: “It calculated that in 2011 prescription drugs were associated with two to four million people in the US experiencing ‘serious, disabling, or fatal injuries, including 128,000 deaths.’” Have we really come full circle to the point where we now accept again Stalin’s dictum that “a single death is a tragedy, but a million is just a statistic?”  That we are comparing the death of 20 innocents to 128,000 – many of whom are children –only makes Stalin’s statement slightly less apt.

An exceedingly important article by Lawrence Hunter in Forbes, entitled Psychiatric Drugs, Not a Lack of Gun Control, Are the Common Denominator in Murderous Violence. In this article, Lawrence discusses a large body of evidence from peer reviewed publications, such American Journal of PsychiatryThe Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and The Journal of Forensic Science, discussing this very issue.  Lawrence also cites the article School Shooters Under the Influence of Psychiatric Drugs, which found that between “2004 and 2011, there were 12,755 reports to the U.S. FDA’s MedWatch system of psychiatric drugs causing violent side effects including: 1,231 cases of homicidal ideation/homicide, 2,795 cases of mania and 7,250 cases of aggression. Since the FDA admits that only one to ten percent of all side effects are ever reported to it, the actual occurrence of violent side effects from psychiatric drugs is certainly nine or ten times higher than the official data suggest.

For those who prefer a YouTube presentation on the topic:

As psychiatrist Peter Breggin observes in the video: “One of the things in the past that we’ve known about depression is that it very, very rarely leads to violence. It’s only been since the advent of these new SSRI drugs that we’ve had murderers even mass murders taking these antidepressant drugs.”

The question is this: Instead of Piers Morgan, Obama and Joe Biden taking the NRA to task, as Lawrence points out, why hasn’t the White House asked the heads of the pharmaceutical companies to the White House to discuss the issue? After all, aren’t the kids worth it?

Lawrence concludes by asking some very perspicacious questions:

Why aren’t there bills being introduced in Congress and state legislatures to tighten down on the indiscriminate, unmonitored use of these killer drugs?

Why is the government still suppressing information about the shooters’ psychiatric drug use at Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech?

Why is the government turning America into a police state in the name of protecting us against nonexistent “reefer madness” while it turns a blind eye to the real, deadly med madness created by psychiatric drugs and the uncontrollable violent rages they produce in some people?

Could it be there is a quiet conspiracy afoot among pharmaceutical companies, the government and the gun grabbers to make Mr. and Mrs. Gun Owner of America the patsies for the violence and to blame lone-wolf violence on guns rather than psychiatric drugs?

Could it be that power-hungry politicians and gun snatchers are out to exploit rare tragedies such as Sandy Hook and use the blood of innocent children to scare America into giving up its constitutional rights to own and bear arms and use them as a deterrent against tyranny?

Could it be that big pharma is today’s big tobacco?

Could it be there is an intentional effort underway in the centers of power in Washington, DC to hide the truth from the American people about the strong connection between psychiatric drugs and violence and to protect the pharmaceutical companies from civil and criminal charges for their responsibility in these heinous crimes?

Could that be the explanation for why there continue to be lawsuits against gun manufacturers — not for defects in their products but rather for the misuse of their products by drug-addled individuals — and why there are few lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for the obvious flaws in their products, which are producing violence and mayhem?

Could it be the Gun Control movement is simply a blind; just an effort by the triple alliance of left-fascists, big-government politicians and big-pharma prescription-drug dealers to dose and oppress the American people in the name of public safety, “officer safety” and social order?

The fact is, the kinds of guns used by mass shooters are far less relevant than the kinds of drugs they were prescribed.

And while on the topic of drugs, the issue of illegal drugs is also a major contributing issue to gun violence. A former police captain interviewed by Natural News, pulled no punches on the contributing factor of these drugs – particularly methamphetamines. Said this individual: “Most of the gun violence in our city is drug addicts raiding the homes of other drug addicts. The statistics might appear to show a lot of armed robberies and shootings, but it’s really just a small subset of homes or apartments getting raided over and over again by the same people, the drug dealers.” When I asked what the real drug problem was, he answered without hesitation. “Meth.” Not pot, not marijuana, not even heroin. Meth is the drug that drives violent crime in America’s cities.” One then ask oneself, why is it our young are turning to illegal drugs (as well as gangs)? The answer is so blatantly clear, I won’t attempt to insult your intelligence by proffering my opinion here.

We also need to examine the issue of deinstitutionalization of the truly mentally ill. Perhaps the ACLU might be the real reason behind so many mass killings, given their hyper-aggressive legal acts they engage in in this area. James Simpson, cited elsewhere in this paper addresses this issue by noting In the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry Law (2008), Jason C. Matejkowski and his co-authors reported that 16% of state prisoners who had perpetrated murders were mentally ill … today, while government at most every level has bloated over the past half-century, mental-health treatment has been decimated. Moreover, a 2011 paper by Steven P. Segal at the University of California, Berkeley, … found that a third of the state-to-state variation in homicide rates was attributable to the strength or weakness of involuntary civil-commitment laws” (See more at Restoring Liberty). Sheriff Mike Winters, of Jackson County, OR., made a very similar point in his cogent, well-reasoned interview with local reporters:

Another reason mass shootings are occurring more frequently is that the left has destroyed the last vestiges of personal responsibility honour and respect; while so-called “Hollywierd” pushes filth, violence and the demeaning of fellow humans down the throats of the vulnerable young and the easily suggestible – as they, themselves, make millions on the Faustian bargain. Here’s one story illustrating this very issue, that came out one month after Sandy Hook:  Four Young Adults — One the Son of a Police Sergeant — Lured Two Friends to a House, Robbed and Strangled Them and then Played Video Games (Read details  of this horrific one here or here). No shooting, no mass press coverage. Police Chief Mike Trafton said: “This is one of the most brutal, heinous and upsetting things I’ve ever seen in my 27 years of law enforcement.” However, it is very indicative of what is happening to the culture, be it prescription drugs, the dissolution of the family, the reduction in religious faith, and more.

Tomorrow will bring installment eight of Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy…

Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy (Part6/10)

Part 6 of the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy Series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.

“If you don’t have to give up your car because others drive drunk with theirs, then why do you have to give up your gun because others commit crimes with theirs?”
 -Anonymous

VERIFIABLE FACTS

As a matter of fact, as Thomas Sowell points out in his article Invincible Ignorance, gun control apologists are easily disproven by a number of easily verifiable facts: Gun ownership is higher in rural areas than in urban, but urban areas have a higher murder rate; legal gun ownership is higher among whites than blacks, but the murder rate is higher among blacks; and most tellingly, gun ownership doubled in the late 20th century, but the murder rate went down. And while liberals crow that England has stronger gun control laws than the US, with a lower murder rate, a mere scratch beneath the surface exposes serious flaws in the gun grabber argument. Long story short, England has had a lower murder rate than the US for two centuries, and for the bulk of that time, the laws did not differ. In fact, Sowell notes in the mid 1900s, one could buy a shotgun in London with no questions asked, while New York, which had the stringent Sullivan Law restricting gun ownership since 1911, had several times the murder rate of London. In 1954, there were only a dozen armed robberies in London, but by 2000– after stringent gun control laws were put in place – there were over one hundred times as many armed robberies. Sowell concludes by noting “Neither guns nor gun control was the reason for the difference in murder rates. People were the difference.” And one point Sowell left out: if it is true that – as the left posits repeatedly – drug control doesn’t work, why would gun control be any different?  With the 300 million guns in the US, how effective would confiscation be? The reality is that there will be plenty of guns left – but only in the hands of criminals.  But of course, gun confiscation will not work –  even law abiding citizens indicated in a poll that 2/3rds of them would not comply with an order to turn in their guns. In a Fox poll of of U.S. voters, question 46 in the survey of more than 1,000 registered voters asks if there was a gun in the household.  Of the 52 %  said yes, someone in their home owned a gun . But on to Question 47, addressed to those with a gun in their home: “If the government passed a law to take your guns, would you give up your guns or defy the law and keep your guns?” The response: 65 percent reported they would “defy the law.” But in any event, the whole confiscation issue is absurd: 70% of gun related crimes are committed by repeat offenders, so why the over-the-top obsession about non-offenders?

And gun control happy England had also best not call the kettle black. While the numbers are probably massaged lower than they really are to make things look better, the UK has had a very troubling 77% increase in violent crime recently, with 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000 residents – while what we consider crime ridden South Africa has “only” 1,677. Is CNN’s Piers Morgan listening? And if so, is he intellectually honest enough to address these facts.

If not, the UK’s Telegraph let all the cats out of the bag in a July 2009 article, entitled UK is violent crime capital of Europe. A few salient facts from this article by Richard Edwards, the crime correspondent for the paper: since around the time of England’s gun ban, there has been a 77% increase in murders, robberies, assaults and sexual offenses. In 2007, there were 927 murders (apparently, it’s “gun murders bad, all other murders good” to the left), and 5.4 million crimes in total. In 2007. The Telegraph reported – from figures cited from Eurostat, the EU’s database of statistics – that from 1998 to 2007, “crime in the UK had increased from 652,957 offenses in 1998 to more than 1.15 million crimes in 2007. In other words, with over 2,000 crimes per 100,000 population, the UK – per the Telegraph – is the most violent place in Europe. Interestingly, Japan – which is also disarmed – has a massively lower homicide rate, according to the UN statistics. In fact, for Japan, with a population of around 130 million, total homicides were 506, while the UK, with 53 million people – less than half that of Japan – had 722 homicides, per the most recent data. I.e., England has about three times the murder rate of Japan. Clearly, there are other factors at work – reducing violence to just firearms is grossly simplistic.

And one more truth for your consideration. Less than 48 hours after the Colorado theatre shooting, Mexican “coyote” (illegal alien smuggler) Ricardo Mendoza-Pineda lost control of his Ford F250 pickup on Hwy 59, just outside the town of Golidad, TX., and struck two trees, killing 15, and injuring eight. One of the dead was an eight year old girl. This tragedy killed more human beings than the Colorado theatre shooting, but was buried in the back pages, and I am sure you never heard of this incident. As WND.com asked: “Does a mass killing have to be in a hail of bullets nowadays to make the news. And illegal is illegal… and this happened during the commission of a crime, just like Colorado. Die by the gun, or die by the wheel, you’re still dead, and dead because of crime.”   The reality is that gun control is on an agenda by the political left, which is why you never heard about this mass death.

FAMILIES AND GUNS

The truth about gun ownership creating more safety is practically illustrated in Kennesaw, GA – where gun ownership is mandatory for every head of household, per ordinance [Sec 34-21], which states: (a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore, and (b) Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them from using such a firearm. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.”

Kennesaw – contrary to what the gun grabbers would have you believe – is not the Wild West, but rather was voted by Family Circle magazine as one of the nation’s “10 best towns for families.” The city website also claims Kennesaw “has the lowest crime rate in Cobb County” – this in one of the most populated counties in Georgia. In fact, from 1982 through 2009, Kennesaw had only one murder, in 2007, while Mayor Bloomberg’s gun control nirvana New York City in a recent 25-year period had more than 15,000 murders – 2, 245 in 1990 alone – in contrast to Kennesaw, Georgia’s one. Yes, these are clearly different cities. not the exact same timeframes and there are a host of variables to be examined – but fifteen thousand to one?? I, for one, am not going to even bother with doing the math for this. In 2012, Georgia had a crime rate of 4,043.8 per 100,000 population, while Kennesaw had a crime rate only 61% of that – and the violent crime rate was even less. Per CityRating.com, here is what comparative violent crime rate is for Kennesaw:

kennesaw-violent-crime-per-capita

The real truth is that it is the inter-generational socio-pathology that the left has created that has created this society of killers and psychopaths as PatriotPost has illustrated in a story found here.

Across the western nations, stories such as the following in the Five Minute Forecast abound (this story is set in France, but it could be anywhere from Fort Worth to Philadelphia): A “client was recently telling me about her niece, who has had three children, each from different fathers. She now has a new benefit-scrounging live-in lover. In addition to his own benefits, she provides him with free housing (which he won’t get independently) and pays him 500 Euros a month of her 1500 Euro state handout, to try, out of pathetic desperation, to persuade him to stick around. They plan a fourth child, quite openly for additional revenue generation purposes. Meanwhile the first three play truant and run free, mostly to avoid being hit by this ‘stepfather’. They are feral” (emphasis mine).

And it’s not just France. Moving across a continent, an ocean, and a culture, James Cook of Investment Rarities discusses how the nanny state is destroying a complete value system – resulting in extreme violence. Cook states:

At one Minnesota reservation mothers tell their daughters to expect to be raped and to keep quiet about it. At South Dakota’s Pine Ridge reservation, population 40,000, there are 3,000 child abuse cases each year. In addition there are 20,000 arrests each year, one for every other person. A tribal officer reports, “We pick up a guy for some alcohol-related offense and are out of town for an hour taking them to jail, and in the meantime people are here clubbing and stabbing each other. Indians were once the most self-sufficient people on earth. For thousands of years they experienced none of the behavioral pathologies present on today’s reservations. What changed them? The government began to support them. They no longer had to make their own way. Idleness and boredom were powerful incentives to mischief. If our government had never given them a penny they would have left the reservations behind and been fully integrated in our society often reaching the upper levels of achievement…” (Source)

As the family recedes (or is shoved by politics) into the background and the nanny state takes over, personal responsibility is destroyed, consciences are seared, and – as shown above – violence increases in at least in one section of society, while another section people – the aging baby boomers – just turns to white collar crime – why kill someone and steal their money, when you can have a lawyer take it, or engage in legal embezzlement a la MF Global.  As Cook summarizes the issue by stating “Sometimes it seems easier for a Muslim terrorist to leave his religion than a liberal to see the obvious mess they are making of our country…If you care about people don’t give them money they didn’t earn. It does not rescue them from poverty, it enhances dependence and encourages dysfunction. It is the most destructive social force on earth.” Evidence of cultural degradation?  Here’s a few headlines from the post-Thanksgiving “Black Friday” sales: “Gang fight at Black Friday sale”; “Shots fired outside Walmart”; “Customers run over in parking lot”; “Men steal boy’s shopping bag”; and “Shopper robbed at gunpoint outside Best Buy.’

As a matter of fact, a very convincing case can be made that much of the cause of “gun problems” is really caused by the dissolution of the family, as written about in Ruth Dafoe Whitehead’s seminal work on this issue, Dan Quayle Was Right. This, mes amis, is what really lies beneath the issue of violence, similar to the unseen part of an iceberg. To wit: As Off the Grid News points out in 2012, “Since the year 2000, there have been twenty-six cases of mass murder (four or more victims) in the United States, as opposed to twenty combined during the 1980s and 1990s. And before the 1980s, mass killing sprees were actually quite rare in this country, usually averaging no more than one or two per decade.” Time Magazine lists the top mass shootings of the past 50 years. You will notice the gradual increase over the years in frequency of these atrocities.  In fact of the top twelve incidents, seven have occurred since 2007. And the top five prior to 2012? Except for Columbine in 1999, the top five were April 16, 2007, Feb. 14, 2008, April 3, 2009, and Nov. 5, 2009 (Source). Indeed, in perhaps the only thing Vladimir Ilyich Lenin got correct, he stated “Destroy the family, you destroy the country.” And his leftist scions are doing a pretty good job at both.

Indeed, African-American Walter Williams writes in Are Guns the Problem, “When I attended primary and secondary school – during the 1940s and ’50s – one didn’t hear of the kind of shooting mayhem that’s become routine today. Why? It surely wasn’t because of strict firearm laws. My replica of the 1902 Sears mail-order catalog shows 35 pages of firearm advertisements. People just sent in their money, and a firearm was shipped. Dr. John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime, reports that until the 1960s, some New York City public high schools had shooting clubs where students competed in citywide shooting contests for university scholarships. They carried their rifles to school on the subways and, upon arrival, turned them over to their homeroom teacher or the gym coach and retrieved their rifles after school for target practice. Virginia’s rural areas had a long tradition of high-school students going hunting in the morning before school and sometimes storing their rifles in the trunks of their cars that were parked on school grounds. Often a youngster’s 12th or 14th birthday present was a shiny new .22-caliber rifle, given to him by his father.”  What has changed since William’s early days? He cites statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics, where – in 2010 – there were 828,000 non-fatal criminal incidents in our schools, including almost a half million thefts, 359,000 violent attacks, of which 91,400 were serious. As well, 145,100 public school teachers were physically attacked, and 276,700 threatened. In a similar article, Williams also writes: “Many of today’s youngsters begin the school day passing through metal detectors. Guards patrol school hallways, and police cars patrol outside. Despite these measures, assaults, knifings and shootings occur. … For well over a half-century, the nation’s liberals and progressives … have waged war on traditions, customs and moral values. These people taught their vision, that there are no moral absolutes, to our young people. To them, what’s moral or immoral is a matter of convenience, personal opinion or a consensus. … Customs, traditions, moral values and rules of etiquette, not laws and government regulations, are what make for a civilized society. … The importance of customs, traditions and moral values as a means of regulating behavior is that people behave themselves even if nobody’s watching. Police and laws can never replace these restraints on personal conduct so as to produce a civilized society.”   The war by the leftists’ on moral values and absolutes is perspicaciously captured by Williams in the above quote.

And besides, if ban on alcohol didn’t work, the ban on marijuana never worked, the ban on illegal immigrants didn’t work, why would banning guns be followed – and by criminals to boot?

Dr. Pat Fagan diagnoses the family problem exactly as Williams does. “The real work of reducing violent crime is the work of rebuilding the family. Institutions in the community, such as the church and the school, have demonstrated their importance in helping to restore stability. Government agencies, on the other hand, are powerless to increase marital and parental love; they are powerless to increase or guarantee care and attention in a family; they are powerless to increase the ability of adults to make and keep commitments and agreements. Instead, thanks to policies that do little to preserve the traditional family and much to undermine it, government continues to misdiagnose the root cause of social collapse as an absence of goods and services. This misdiagnosis is government’s own contribution to the growth of crime. Having misdiagnosed, it misleads.

The cause of violent crime isn’t gun policy–it’s family policy. And until Americans step back and examine the real problem, the President will continue exploiting these tragedies to accomplish his ultimate goal: expanding government at the expense of personal freedom.”  Fagan also notes:

  • Over the past thirty years, the rise in violent crime parallels the rise in families abandoned by fathers.
  • High-crime neighborhoods are characterized by high concentrations of families abandoned by fathers.
  • State-by-state analysis by Heritage scholars indicates that a 10 percent increase in the percentage of children living in single-parent homes leads typically to a 17 percent increase in juvenile crime.
  • The rate of violent teenage crime corresponds with the number of families abandoned by fathers.
  • The type of aggression and hostility demonstrated by a future criminal often is foreshadowed in unusual aggressiveness as early as age five or six.
  • The future criminal tends to be an individual rejected by other children as early as the first grade who goes on to form his own group of friends, often the future delinquent gang.

African-American columnist Larry Elder, in his Gun Culture’ — What About the ‘Fatherless Culture? goes even further, discussing race and the absence of fathers in the black family (the problem which is also increasing in other races – while in fact, many don’t even see  this as a problem!).Elder says the face of gun violence is not Sandy Hook, but Chicago. Half of the gun murders each year involve both black killers and black victims, mostly in the city and – tellingly – gang related. It has been a half century since Daniel Patrick Moynihan The Negro Family: A Case for National Action. When he wrote this, 25% of blacks were born out of wedlock, and it was a national scandal. Today? That number is 72%,of blacks,  36% of white children and 53% of Hispanic children born outside of marriage. Elder quotes Rutgers University sociology professor David Popenoe, who wrote “Life Without Father” in 1996,”where he describes the ‘massive erosion’ of fathers in America. Popenoe concluded that boys raised without fathers were more likely to have problems with drugs, alcohol, behavior and social interactions. Several studies during the ’90s found that disruption in family structures was a predictor of children’s gang involvement”. How many of these mass murder types came from broken homes, such as Adam Lanza did? Elder concludes with the story of Tupac Shakur, who stated before his death, “I know for a fact that had I had a father, I’d have some discipline. I’d have more confidence.”  He stated he hung out with gangs because he wanted to belong to a family structure, and it offered structure, support and protection — the kind of thing we once expected home and from a father. (See also Elder’s article on violence and fatherlessness.)

As a matter of fact, as Human Events points out, “Controlling for socioeconomic status, race and place of residence, the strongest predictor of whether a person will end up in prison is that he was raised by a single mother. At least 70 percent of juvenile murderers, pregnant teenagers, high school dropouts, teen suicides, runaways and juvenile delinquents were raised by single mothers. A study back in 1990 by the Progressive Policy Institute showed that, absent single motherhood, there would be no difference in black and white crime rates.”

We have established that the family is in decline, with the black family showing the most erosion.  And as if on cue, while whites comprise approximately 67% of the population, Hispanics 16% and blacks, 13%, blacks are responsible for roughly half the murders in the US today, with the murder rate among blacks is eight times as high as among whites.  This is not a comment on race – rather, it is comment on the decline of the family. In the old days, we had both fathers and lax gun laws in the culture, with almost non-existent mass shootings. Today we have no fathers, much stronger gun laws, and more shootings – particularly as exemplified in the declining black family.  You do the math. (Incidentally, African-American Walter Williams writes in Cultural Deviancy, Not Guns, that the low marriage rate among blacks is recent, with census data showing a slightly higher percentage of black adults had married than white adults from 1890 to 1940. It is not racism that caused the dissolution of the black family; rather, it is the nanny state.)

The above notwithstanding, who is committing the mass of gun murders, statistically speaking? Another interesting question, which again should be laid at the feet of the left, who have caused this situation, too. The fact of the matter is that, as WND reports, according to the FBI, it is criminal street gangs – usually made up of illegal aliens with absentee fathers – that are acquiring the high powered, military-style weapons to take on both the public and the police.  WND reports “Criminal street gangs are responsible for the majority of violent crimes within the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs, according to a 2009 report by the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, or NDIC.”  Judicial Watch comes to the exact same conclusion. And if you are thinking Mexican drug cartel involvement, you are exactly correct. Unfortunately, the NDIC was one government programme (perhaps the only one!) Obama didn’t like, for the NDIC was shut down June, 2011, with their reports on this completely scrubbed from the Justice Department’s website. (So much for that “transparent government” promise, yet again! More disappearing documentation – just like Obama’s university transcripts) The FBI reported in 2011 there were 33,000 gangs, with 1.4 million members in street, prison, motorcycle and other types of gangs. One study in Virginia found that 90% of perhaps the most violent gangs, the MS-13, are illegal immigrants, while USA Today – quoting 1 million gang members in 2009 – revealed that up to 80% of crime is committed by gangs. The Dept. of Justice website is a good place to start your own research.

A few random examples are instructive:  In San Francisco an MS-13 gang member murdered a father and son with an assault weapon because their car blocked his from making a turn. In Los Angeles an MS-13 member just released from prison murdered a high school football star as he walked home from the mall. In Maryland a 14-year-old honors high school student was shot to death on a crowded public bus by an MS-13 illegal Salvadoran alien. And I am positive you have never read of a single one of these incidents, unless it happened locally.  Where is the outcry to “save our children.” Oh… wait. Illegal aliens are simply “undocumented,” and part of the privileged group, so issues like this are not reported by a complicit media.

But illegal alien or not, fatherlessness draws boys to gangs.  Does Tupac Shapur’s quote above, about an absent father, start to ring any bells?

Off the Grid News also attributes mass murders  to psychiatric drugs, as do people like Dr. Ignatius Piazza, founder and director of Front Sight,  but ultimately, this may boil down to the same issue, as the destruction of the family leads to psycho-social pathologies, which are often, in turn, treated by drugs. As if on cue, Dr. Joel Rosenburg notes in his Flashtraffic email that violent crime in the United States has surged by more than 460 percent since 1960 – you know… since the sexual revolution, no fault divorce, swinging/wife swapping and a decade later abortion – began in earnest. Yes, violent crime in general is down in the more recent decades (starting the early 1990s) – perhaps attributable to the aging population – but this is at the same time gun ownership is skyrocketing, as noted above. This may well prove the point: gun ownership isn’t the central issue in these mass murders – rather, psycho-social maladjustment is. The problem is not guns; rather it is the absence of moral conscience – aided and abetted by a corrupt, leftist Hollywood, and the lack of intact, nuclear families. As the UK’s Guardian reported Dec. 2012, a dad is the tenth most popular Christmas wish for children in the UK, while in the US, one in three children live without their father, as the number of two-parent households have fallen by 1.2 million over the past 10 years. (Source) If one can read, one should be able to understand what the destroyed family means, and how it impacts everything – including the increase in mass murders by youth adrift both mentally morally.  

As CS Lewis warned us decades ago in The Abolition of Man, “We make men (and now boys) without chests (hearts, morals) and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate, then bid the geldings be fruitful.” Maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised at the mass killings and violence our young men are perpetrating. One random headline illustrates the issue perfectly – the day I edited this paper, several news outlets reported this story: Woman set on fire in L.A. as she sleeps on bench. How did the perpetrator come to this point in his life? The story doesn’t say – but perhaps it doesn’t need to… and I would wager good money on what his probable personal history was.

Don’t believe that the dissolution of the family is an issue? In Society Muck Up: Why 6-Year-Old Girls Want to Be Sexy, Regis Giles cites studies indicating “Most girls as young as 6 are already beginning to think of themselves as sex objects, according to a new study of elementary school-age kids in the Midwest.” Six year old sexual objects? Really? If you think this is “normal” or ‘OK,” or think this will lead to well-adjusted young women (in this case), I suspect there is a “Yes we can” chant in you need to be at.

Meanwhile, the organization Childhelp, which assists children affected by violence released a report stating that 3.3 million reports of violence, affecting over about 6 million children are received annually. Every day in the country more than five children die for reasons related to violence.  14% of men in U.S. prisons have experienced childhood abuse, as well as 36% of female prisoners. This violence is a result of parent who, in many cases, were themselves often parentless, unchurched and undisciplined. Five children a day dying is the equivalent of almost 100 Sandy Hooks per year – but still we ignore what Moynihan warned of, and add to it yet more.

In 2011, BBC conducted an investigation and discovered over the last 10 years, over 20,000 children have died in the U.S. in their own homes at the hands of family members. Perhaps outrage over Sandy Hook ought to be replaced by outrage over what the left has done to our families.

Still not convinced? Still blaming guns? Try this on for size: There is a video game, Kindergarten Killer,that you, dear reader, can play. Here is the description of the game:

“As a hitman for hire, you were recently given orders to take out the headmaster of a kindergarten school. Your job is to not ask questions, so you carry on with the job and head to the school. One thing leads to the next and you accidentally kill a teacher. The kids saw it and they get riled up. The children rise up in arms and open fire at you at every chance they get. But despite everything that happened, your target still roams alive so you head back to the office and kill your target before heading back to the office. Enjoy a crazy shootout in Kindergarten Killer.” There are hundreds of other, similar games out there. Did the Connecticut shooter play them? Had he watched – and been desensitized – by the garbage Hollywood puts out? It has been said a child growing up in the US today will see 16,000 murders and 20,000 acts of violence before he reaches age 18. Why has no one in the media been asking questions on this issue nature, rather than just focus on guns themselves?  And dare anyone in the media take on the Hollywood Industrial complex? Although, as a side note, some of Hollywood has taken on the pro-gun attitude, including – amazingly – Whoopi Goldberg being a member of the NRA, along with James Earl Jones. Avengers star Jeremy Renner is a gun owner, and E! reports Robert DeNiro and Jennifer Lopez have applied to carry guns, while gun owner Angelina Jolie has stated: “If anybody comes into my home and tries to hurt my kids, I’ve no problem shooting them.” Husband Brad Pitt also is a gun owner.

Ben Stein summarizes the issue of the Sandy Hook mass shooting at Spectator.org, stating “I read that the killer was socially awkward (putting it mildly) and “reserved.” I know what that often means. He spent much of his miserable life playing shoot ’em up video games on line or on machines. I see a troubled young man doing that often. Up close and personal. In these games, the “player” just spends his whole day attempting to exercise and exorcize his loneliness and low self-esteem by shooting imaginary creatures and creating damage all day long. At a certain point, just “killing” on the console blurs into doing it in real life. “Killing” is just what the kid does all his life. How much of a stretch is it for him to shoot into a movie theater or a political gathering or a kindergarten in “real life” if his life is so pitiful that he does not know what’s real and what is not? If you are looking for a villain, try shoot ’em up games.”

Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Grossman, the famed author of the highly acclaimed “On Killing,” a heavily referenced, Marine Corps commandant required reading, historical study on training U.S. soldiers to learn to kill has some observations about our video violence saturated society. In a Human Events article, Grossman notes that we can understand mass murders the same way we learned to increase the firing rate for US infantrymen from 15-20% in World War II to 90% or better in Vietnam, by using one simple explanation: Skinnerian, operant conditioning – or put more baldly, simply desensitizing soldiers to taking a human life. Examples of this would be shooting life-like figures, or using rhythmic shooting exercises, etc. Grossman’s thesis is that today we are doing the same to our young with our video games, as well as (leftist!) Hollywood movies and TV. The Human Events article noted in 2000, the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry made this joint statement for a Congressional health summit.

“At this time, well over 1,000 studies, including reports from the Surgeon General’s office, the National Institute of Mental Health, and numerous studies conducted by leading figures within our medical and public health organizations—our own members—point overwhelmingly to a causal connection between media violence and aggressive behavior in some children,” they wrote. “The conclusion of the public health community, based on over 30 years of research, is that viewing entertainment violence can lead to increases in aggressive attitudes, values and behavior, particularly in children.”

Grossman has a more recent book, Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill, that explores this issue more fully. Says Grossman “The killers, they all had one thing in common: they dropped out of life, and they immersed themselves in the culture of violence.” Ring a bell for anyone?  And regarding the video angle, he adds “No one should be talking book banning. The research doesn’t support that. What the research tells us is we’ve got to stop violent visual imagery inflicted upon children and we’ve got to treat it like automobiles, or firearms, or sex.”  Grossman adds that we also restrict things such as tobacco, pornography, and alcohol by age, as  children are not yet physically or mentally mature enough to deal with these things safely. If we don’t, Grossman warns : “This generation is going to give us evil like nothing we’ve seen before, Grossman said. “Sandy Hook is just the beginning.”

But perhaps the matter is best summed up by Selwyn Duke, who wrote “[W]e worry that a child witnessing one parent continually abuse the other will learn to be violent, as children learn by example. Yet often forgotten is that while a person can model behavior seven feet away from the television, he can also model it seven feet away through the television. … We’ve transitioned from a pre-TV America where boys sometimes brought real guns to school for target shooting to a TV-addicted America where boys bring toy guns to school and get suspended. And, of course, the reasons for this societal sea change are complex. But if we’re going to point to one factor, is it wiser to blame the AR-15 than PG-13?”

To which I simplly add: Just don’t tell Learjet leftists of Hollywood any of the above – they are too busy making good money off all of this, while at the same time shedding crocodile tears over massacres while going everywhere with armed bodyguards and full time security around their Learjet leftist mansions. Do I exaggerate? Two months after the horrible Sandy Hook massacre, the top two movies at the box office were Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D and Django Unchained. The January 2013 edition of Parents Television Council – one month after Sandy Hook! –  gave following samples about current TV shows: Law and Order: Special Victims Unit had one show with a prostitute helping detectives catch a mass murderer – replete with bloody scenes of victims shot in the head; American Horror Story had shows (it is disgusting even to write this, let alone watch it!) where a mass murderer was sucking the breasts of a lactating prostitute, then killing her; a mad scientist sawing off the head of a victim; the same scientist murdering a woman, then having sex with her corpse; a nun raping a priest (don’t ask me! I didn’t watch it!); a killer dressed as Santa Claus raping a man, his wife and his daughter on Christmas eve; The Following, premiering Jan. 17th (celebrating the one month “anniversary” of Sandy Hook, perhaps?) glorified an escaped serial killer who set up a “social network” of copycat killers who now murder on his command, shows people set on fire, a victim’s jugular being slashed open; a dog being gutted and left to bleed to death, and the obligatory graphic sex. Boasted Kevin Williamson, it is “not for the faint of heart.” I guess so. PTC reports that Williamson “takes pride in the fact that the show was inspired by the Columbine shootings.”  CBS President Nina Tassler states about her network “Nothing that is on our air is inappropriate” – yet she will not let her own 14 year old daughter watch the graphically violent Criminal Minds show.

Most people, of course, will not go out and perform copycat crimes. Of course, a small, disturbed percentage will. Mick LaSalle notes in PTC that like the Taliban, this garbage “targets disenfranchised young men and boys who are unformed and weak in personality.” And just as bad is the fact that all this electronic manure desensitizes and degrades the culture overall.

Tune in tomorrow for the 7th installment of this 10 part series…

Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy (Part 5/10)

Part 5 of the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy Series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.

“…sort of like the people who repeat foolish slogans like “guns kill” – as though guns sprout little feet when no one is looking and run around shooting people all by themselves.”
–  Doug Casey, financial columnist

GUN CONTROL AND OTHER COUNTRIES

Of course, some readers won’t like the Founding Fathers (no tolerance for “dead white guys” that gave the world the best – if not perfect – example of a free country ever in the history of man) or intimating that the Obama’s government isn’t perfect. So I then refer you to politically correct exhibit B, from Mahatma Gandhi’s, own mouth: “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” Or exhibit C:  As a former policeman commented to me, “Can you trust the United States government…sure, just ask an American Indian.” Let’s not forget exhibit D, either, from the Dalai Lama in the Seattle Times, May 15, 2001: “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.”  I will intentionally omit mentioning that the Obama administration’s drone attacks have most likely killed many more innocent children than the Sandy Hook shooter – that will be something you, yourself, can investigate (but to help you you can start with this story – which you never read about in the MSM – that killed children, just like Sandy Hook: “The villagers who rushed to the road, cutting through rocky fields in central Yemen, found the dead strewn around a burning sport utility vehicle. The bodies were dusted with white powder — flour and sugar, the witnesses said — that the victims were bringing home from market when the aircraft attacked. A torched woman clutched her daughter in a lifeless embrace. Four severed heads littered the pavement.

 “The bodies were charred like coal. I could not recognize the faces,” said Ahmed al-Sabooli, 22, a farmer whose parents and 10-year-old sister were among the dead. “Then I recognized my mother because she was still holding my sister in her lap. That is when I cried”  – full story here. Apparently certain “collateral” damage is OK? By one account, as of Jan. 2013, in Pakistan alone, nearly 900 civilians have been reported killed,  including 176 children.  Joel Bowman, in his Feb. 23, 2013 article, To Drone or Not to Drone, cites similar horrific statistics, noting Obama’s ‘targeted killing’ operations have so far resulted in the deaths of between 473 and 893 civilians in Pakistan. Of these victims, 176 were children. They had names like Syed Wali Shah, a seven year-old boy, and Maezol Khan, an eight year old girl. Between 1,270 and 1,433 innocent people were reported injured in the attacks. Any word from the Obama worshipping leftist media on these children’s deaths, which far dwarf the numbers at Sandy Hook?

And then there is the petition from women in India, per the Times of India, where females in this country are demanding  gun licenses from the licensing department of the Delhi Police, particularly  after on brutal gang rape occurred in Dec., 2012. See, “Delhi Women gun for Licenses; Rape Triggers Big rush to Acquire Arms.” So much for the “dead white guys” canard.

And I ask you this: What sorrow has anyone in the Obama administration offered for the hundreds of Mexicans who were killed by the Fast & Furious scandal – for which Obama invoked executive privilege to prevent facts from coming out? Any comment on the young Mexican beauty queen, Maria Susana Flores Gomes, pictured here, who was killed by the Obama administration’s Fast and Furious guns?

Any word from the gun grabbers on this story below, which came out  right after Sandy Hook on 10 January, 2013: with nary a peep from the left:

The “Obama administration defended agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s use of force against the 11-year-old and 14-year-old daughters of Thomas and Rosalie Avina. The “excessive” force included putting a gun to the youngest girl’s head. Attorney’s for the Obama administration defended the actions of the agents arguing that “the DEA agents’ conduct was plainly reasonable under the circumstances.”  The sound from the left on this one? Crickets.

On the other hand, multiple genocidal dictators have stated their love for gun control. Here’s a few: From Joseph Stalin, who established gun control in 1929: “If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.” A very informative, 4 minutes that includes Stalin’s use of gun confiscation:

The USSR murdered around 61 million; Mao stated “War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.” Mao may have murdered around 20 -30 million – and, like all other tyrants, he never did put down the gun. Adolf Hitler at a dinner talk on April 11, 1942 said: “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or native police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order throughout the occupied Russian territories, and a system of military strong-points must be evolved to cover the entire occupied country.” Idi Amin, who established gun control in 1971, killed a “mere” 300,000 (remember, to leftists, Stalin’s dictum is sacrosanct: “The death of a single person is a tragedy; the death of million is a mere statistic”).  And then there is the “Hero of Waco,” Janet Reno, who betrayed the real goal behind the incrementalists, by stating “Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. Prohibition of firearms is the goal.”  Then, of course, there is tyrant wannabe Joe Biden, who went on record after Sandy Hook as saying “It is clearly within the right of the government to determine what type of weapons can be owned by the public.”

Heck, even the hacker group Anonymous has come out against Obama’s gun control by stating: “Throughout history, authoritarian governments have used gun violence as an excuse to take people’s firearms and control their population. This is exactly what Adolf Hitler did to disarm the German people and look at the atrocities his administration did. Obama has been working hard to try and ban all semi-automatic weapons and shot guns while at the same time increasing the weapons and firepower that police and government agencies have.”

CONCEALED CARRY, CRIMINALS AND ENFORCEMENT OF GUN CONTROL

And exactly how is the Obama administration going to enforce their gun laws? Hire Janet Reno to come back and conduct a thousand Wacos around the country? And what will they do with states, such as Wyoming with its Firearms Protection Acts, which is a law being introduced that would arrest any federal agents who try to enforce Obama’s gun laws? In any event, as Awr Hawkings notes, in Nancy Pelosi’s rush to jam Obamacare down America’s throat, she, along with Obama,  apparently forgot  Senate amendment 3276, Sec. 2716, part c – slipped into the bill to the bill to buy off the NRA during that fight. Specifically, this section states that the government cannot use doctors to collect “any information relating to the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition.” So one more avenue is closed.

But to return from this issue to the present – what about concealed carry? Statistics from the recent past show states that passed concealed carry reduced their murder rate by 8.5%, rapes by 5% and robbery by 3%. Florida, which passed concealed carry in 1987, saw its higher than average homicide rate drop 52% during the following 15 years after passage, to below the national average. You are correct that correlation is not causation, but concealed carry did not result in chaos, as the left stated would surely happen. In fact, the average Floridian is more likely to be attacked by an alligator than by a concealed carry holder.  After the law was passed, per David Kupelian, “eight of Florida’s 10 largest cities experienced drastic decreases in homicide rates from 1987 through 1995: Jacksonville, down 46 percent; Miami, down 13 percent; Tampa Bay, down 24 percent; Orlando, down 41 percent; Fort Lauderdale, down 53 percent; Hollywood, down 30 percent; Clearwater, down 21 percent; and Miami Beach down an incredible 93 percent.” As of mid-2011, there are 2,031,106 concealed carry permits issued in Florida and the last time I checked, there were zero shootouts at the OK Corral over the past two and half decades in Florida, other than ones conducted by gangs using illegal weapons. Indeed, as US Senator Orrin Hatch stated, “The effect of that legislation on state crime rates has been astonishing. The predictions of the gun-control advocates were wrong, flat wrong.” And danger from concealed carriers is virtually nonexistent. Statistics from Dr. John Lott found one 18 year period where only 23 handgun murders were committed by those who had concealed carry permits. This is as opposed to 400,000 lives saved every year by defensive gun use (per Dr. Gary Kleck, Florida State University).

And coming from a totally unexpected quarter, the Sacramento Bee – out of socialist California – noted in a Dec. 30, 2012 article that even as gun dealers sold 600,000 guns in California last year – as opposed to 350,000 in 2002 – “gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California… During that same period, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,800, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health. Firearm-related deaths fell from about 3,200 annually to about 2,800, an 11 percent drop, state health figures show.”

Similarly, DickMorrisTV.com, in his Feb. 7th, 2013 video entitled “Guns Up, Homicides Down,” noted that from 1987 to 2013, the percentage of Americans owning guns has risen from 36% to 46% – while at the same time deaths are down during that same time by 42%. Hardly the “epidemic” of violence the left is blathering about.

As a matter of fact, the US. Dept. of Justice, in its (admittedly dated) publication, “The Armed Criminal in America: A Survey of Incarcerated Felons, Research Report July, 1985,” stated that 60% of felons they surveyed agreed that “a criminal is not going to mess around with a victim he knows is armed with a gun”; 74% agreed with the statement “one reason burglars avoid houses when people are at home is that they fear being shot during the crime”;  and finally, 57% of felons agreed that “criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into police.” A more recent survey found that of male felons in 11 state prisons across the USA, 34% had been scared off, wounded or captured by an armed victim of their crime; 40% of felons made a decision not to commit a crime because they feared the potential victim had a gun; 69%of felons knew other fellow criminals who had been scared off or captured by an armed victim, and 57% of felons polled agreed that “criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police.” And how do criminals get their guns? A study about guns and felons, found that, from the result of interviewing more than 18,000 state and federal inmates conducted nationwide, almost 80 % of those interviewed got their guns from friends or family members, or on the street through illegal purchases.” It is for this reason that the head of the Illinois State Rifle Association, Richard Pearson,  stated  – after a 15 year old girl, Hadiya Pendleton, was shot and killed Jan., 2013, just blocks from Barack Obama’s tony home in an upscale Chicago neighborhood – that “Gun laws in Chicago only restrict the law-abiding citizens and they’ve essentially made the citizens prey.”

And as long as we are talking surveys, presumably 100% of the felons surveyed didn’t like the grub where they were incarcerated.

Statistical comparisons with other countries also show that burglars in the United States are far less apt to enter an occupied home than their foreign counterparts who live in countries where fewer civilians own firearms.

Based on a 2000 study, Americans use guns to defend themselves from crime and violence 989,883 times annually – generally against criminals who have no problem acquiring guns illegally. A recent nationwide survey of almost 5,000 households found that over a five-year period 3.5 percent of households had a member who used a gun to protect themselves, their family, or their property. This also adds up to about the same 1,000,000 incidents annually. During the Clinton era, the Justice Department identified 1.5 million cases per year of citizens using guns to defend themselves.  Newer studies all point towards a figure of 2.5 million — that’s the new number for how many times Americans defend themselves from violent criminals each year.  And when it comes to women, the old Jimmy Carter Justice Department found that of more than 32,000 attempted rapes, 32 percent were actually committed. But when a woman was armed with a gun or knife, only 3 percent of the attempted rapes were actually successful. Today’s statistics show each year about 200,000 women use a gun to defend themselvesfrom a sexual crime or abuse. As one case in point – showing there is no way the left will ever learn from history –  way back in in 1966 the city of Orlando, FL., in response to a spike in sexual assaults, offered firearms training for women. Rapes droped by almost 88% the following year.

And no, as Democrat strategist Zerlina Maxwell stated about reducing rape vis-à-vis the gun issue, her “solution” is not going to work:  “I don’t think that we should be telling women anything. I think we should be telling men not to rape women and start the conversation there. … We can prevent rape by telling men not to commit it.”  

Meanwhile as gun sales climb to record highs – 47% of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property, and given that many gun owners have multiple guns, there may be more guns now than Americans –  2010 FBI data shows violent crime continuing to fall in the United States, with homicides dropping out of the top 15 causes of death in the country. These statistics undermine a favorite argument of anti-gun groups that “more guns equal more crime.”  Rather, the reverse is true. As Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel noted, “These statistics vividly demonstrate that the lawful possession and use of firearms by law-abiding Americans does not cause crime…There have never been more firearms in civilian possession in the history of the United States, and crime, including homicide, continues to decline throughout the country.” In fact, guns cause crime about as much as cameras cause child pornography, and if it is true that guns kill, how does anyone ever get out of a gun show alive?

The US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world, with 5% of the world’s population owning 35–50% of the world’s civilian-owned guns, so it must have the highest death by firearm rate, right? As a matter of fact, if one looks at all 178 countries in the world at the Small Arms Survey website, the US is #28. Not in the top ten, not the top dozen, not the top twenty or even twenty five. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime can also be examined to verify this data, with a shorter summary of this data found at the UK Guardian’s website. As Yogi Berra might have said, “Who’d a thunk the UN would ever support gun ownership!

But if you need the gun ownership vs. violent crime  condensed into a simple graph, here it is.

The truth is, when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns (in fact, per official Dept. of Justice statistics, only 8% of guns used in a crime are purchased legally). The truth is, that the Colorado shooter would still have found ways to get, or make weapons, even if they had been made illegal – certainly, Timothy McVeigh and the leftist Unibomber found a way, and the Columbine killers had set bombs that didn’t go off, but police determines could have killed up to 488 students if they had gone off as the killers had planned. The truth is if guns kill people, then pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk, and spoons made Oprah fat. The truth is that one never sees gun murders at gun shows, where guns are seemingly every two steps one takes. And finally, the truth is that, as Stephen Dubner wrote, “far more children die each year in swimming pool accidents than in gun incidents.” Truly, if America bans’ guns, then the criminals would buy guns just as easily as they now buy illegal drugs or fake IDs. And of course, simple historical lessons like the prohibition era are totally lost of the gun grabbers. While background checks are presented as a cure all by Obama, the truth is that his executive orders will not “keep guns out of the hands of criminals by strengthening the background-check system.” Rather, people with ill intent won’t be walking into a gun shop anytime soon and submit to background checks – they will just go to the black market. Background checks are fine insofar as that goes, but to present them as a cure-all is a fraud. At the late professor, American Enterprise Institute scholar and presidential Medal of Freedom recipient James Q. Wilson wrote,  “The tragedy at Virginia Tech may tell us something about how a young man could be driven to commit terrible actions, but it does not teach us very much about gun control.” And relative to tougher background checks, Wilson added, “…access to guns would be relatively easy … many would be stolen, and others would be obtained through straw purchases by a willing confederate. It is virtually impossible to use new background-check or waiting-period laws to prevent dangerous people from getting guns. Those they cannot buy, they will steal or borrow.”

Besides, as a video from Defense Distributed recently showed the world, if criminals want high capacity magazines, it won’t be long at all before people can simply print their own 30 round magazines in their local 3-D printing (see Alt-Market for more information.)

And one more point needs to be mentioned about gun shows and background checks while we are at it. John Malcolm writes that a claimed 40% bypass of background checks for gun purchases made at gun shows or non-firearm dealer. This is demonstrably false. This data is now 20 years old – and worse, it was skewed even when it was done, relying on a telephone survey of just 251 people in 1991-2 when the number was 35.7%, +/- 6%. While this could have been rounded down to 29.7 percent, our dear leftist rounded it UP to 40%. Gee, who woulda thunk! Of course, if you subtracted the number of those who got their gun as an inheritance, gift or prize the number dropped to 26.4% As a matter of fact, the number of people who actually bought guns at gun shows, as determined by this survey in 1994, was only 3.9%. But close enough for government work right? Yet the 40% number is trotted out today (such as the statement by Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson Malcolm concludes the ham-handing of this faux data by summarizing “Citing this data as evidence of how many firearms are currently purchased through private sales not subject to background checks is akin to citing data about current seat belt usage that is derived from a limited sample taken years before a mandatory seat belt law went into effect or before cars were even required to have seat belts.”

Come back tomorrow for the next installment of the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy series!

Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy (Part 4/10)

This is part 4 of 10 in the Gun Control-Fact vs. Fantasy Series by the intellectual patriot, J.V.

During World War II, six million Swiss had guns and six million Jews did not.”
Author unknown

FIREARMS AND THE CONSTITUTION

Thus, it appears George Washington had it exactly right, when he said “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence… from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable… the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honour with all that’s good.” And another extremely explicit quote from Washington about the real purpose of arms: “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” James Madison felt similarly, stating in the Federalist No. 46, in 1788 “”Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.”  And George Mason, in a speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788 state “[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, – who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.”

Yet another Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson agreed with Washington and Madison, saying “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.” Jefferson also noted “The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed ” and “The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Cesare Beccaria, another, lesser known Founding Father, also concurred with Jefferson, noting: “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. … Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”  

Now, if you are concerned these might have been the only two founding fathers in support of the right to bear arms, I direct you to the website Cap-N-Ball, where you will read over a dozen other quotes from founding fathers strongly encouraging the right to bear arms, including more by George Mason, co-author of the Second Amendment during Virginia’s Convention to ratify the Constitution, 1788 who wrote,  “I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” Richard Henry Lee, American Statesman, 1788 penned “To preserve liberty, it is essential that that whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”  Noah Webster himself wrote in his “An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, in 1787, “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.”  And of course Patrick Henry hit the nail on the head when he stated to the Virginia Ratifying Convention “O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical, no longer a democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?” And Henry may have well sounded the same rallying cry today that he did over 200 years ago, when he asked “Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense?”  A very instructive 10 minute YouTube of Founding Father quotes on guns:

Joseph Story, who served on the Supreme Court from 1811 to 1845, and is known for his authoritative Commentaries on the Constitution, made crystal clear what the Founders thought the 2nd Amendment was about and for:

The importance of this article will scarcely be doubted by any persons, who have duly reflected upon the subject. The militia is the natural defense of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpations of power by rulers. It is against sound policy for a free people to keep up large military establishments and standing armies in time of peace, both from the enormous expenses, with which they are attended, and the facile means, which they afford to ambitious and unprincipled rulers, to subvert the government, or trample upon the rights of the people. The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.

The fact is that the Founding Fathers knew – and as was expressly stated in the Constitution – that our rights come from the Creator, not government. And because this is so, government cannot rescind them from the common man. That is, unless, the government is of, perhaps, the National Socialist persuasion – in which case you would find laws like the Nazi Weapons Law of November 11, 1938, the Regulations Against Jews’ Possession of Weapons.

Even in modern times, Ronald Reagan understood the issue, stating “The gun has been called the great equalizer, meaning that a small person with a gun is equal to a large person, but it is a great equalizer in another way, too. It insures that the people are the equal of their government whenever that government forgets that it is servant and not master of the governed” and “There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism — government.” (This is the same Reagan that reminded us that “”We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions” and “When dictators come to power, the first thing they do is take away the people’s weapons. … I do not believe that [our nation’s leaders] have any desire to impose a dictatorship upon us. But this does not mean that such will always be the case. A nation rent internally, as ours has been in recent years, is always ripe for a ‘man on a white horse.’ A deterrent to that man, or to any man seeking unlawful power, is the knowledge that those who oppose him are not helpless.” )

But let’s leave Reagan behind as another conservative leftists hate. So… how about Hubert Humphrey, Democrat vice president under LBJ. Here’s his thoughts on guns: “The right of the citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” Earlier, John F. Kennedy similarly noted, “Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life.” Hardly Dianne Feinstein!

And prior to Humphrey, in 1943 Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson created legal precedent about the inherent – viz., natural rights that are recognized, not granted by the American government, that “The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote’ they depend on the outcome of no elections.” I might mention that the 2nd Amendment is – ummm – one of the amendments!

In our present day, fellow conservative Allan West concurred with Reagan, noting “An armed man is a citizen. A disarmed man is a subject.” Columnist Christopher Brownell summarized both West’s and Reagan’s sentiments by stating Turning men into slaves is not love. But that is what gun control is all about: turning men into slaves. Love for mankind is not in taking care of him, but in letting him be free to take care of himself. With gun control, liberals want to take away the means for men to preserve their liberty.”  But perhaps the pithiest comments came from Sen. Rand Paul, who – when asked about Obama’s gun control laws by CBN – simply stated “I’m against having a king. I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress, that’s someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch,” and Gov. Rick Perry, who said “Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror. “There is evil prowling in the world – it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds. As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.”

Indeed, it appears ex-Secret Service agent Mike Bongino was correct when he said about the whole gun grabber agenda “There is no such thing as gun control, there’s only people control.”

Bongino concludes by noting the right to own guns is not granted by legislator, any more than the right to free speech or the right of free assembly. Rather, the right to these – as well as the right to own firearms –  is intrinsically the citizens right, and recognized, not granted. And the reason, Bongino notes, is that we live in a society of wolves – and you cannot fight back by creating more sheep.

Interestingly, even in Piers Morgan’s England, Sir William Blackstone, in his 1765 Commentaries on the Laws of England, a seminal work that profoundly influenced America’s founders, said that having arms for defense is a “natural right of resistance and self-preservation.”

Now… as you reflect on these quotes, call to mind quotes of gun control fanatics like Rep. Jerrold Nadler (Communist – NY) who told a reporter: “the state should have a monopoly on legitimate violence.” Of course, Nadler did not define what “legitimate violence” is, or who gets to define it, or in what circumstances it is defined. The truth is, as Bob Livingston states, “When the state has “a monopoly on legitimate violence,” Americans are no longer citizens; they are subjects. Americans will not become subjects.” It is for precisely this reason that writer Robert Anderson wrote in Gun Control and Political Correctness  “Citizen gun ownership is ultimately a form of “insurance” for a future, unknowable risk. Switzerland, as well as our own country, has acknowledged and practiced this form of “insurance” for a long time. We all know gun ownership by citizens can impose heavy costs, but they are costs dwarfed by the greater horror of millions of future citizens being denied any means to defend themselves against an evil government slaughtering them with impunity.

But… just in case you are still unconvinced,  let me add a few more Founding Father quotes for your reading pleasure: Richard Henry Lee wrote “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them”; Samuel Adams stated “And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the Press, or the rights of Conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms”; Patrick Henry added ““Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?” And finally, Thomas Jefferson stated, “The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government…When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

You will note that the Founding Fathers envisioned the ownership of guns not just for hunting, or self-defense, but also to protect against tyranny. British General Howe disarmed Philadelphia in 1778, and his counterpart Gen. Gage had done the same the previous year in Boston. Tench Coxe, a lesser-known Founding Father discussed this very issue in an article in the Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1778, stating: “[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” Are we really that much more removed from the danger of tyranny today than back then? And if you answer in the affirmative, on what basis do you arrive at this conclusion? Certainly, modern writers like Edward Abbey, who wroteAn armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny” echo exactly what Founding Fathers like George Mason, a delegate from Virginia to the United States Constitutional Convention, who once made the following thought provoking statement, stated about arms allowing us to resist tyranny:  “[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually.”

The truth is, as Tim Young states in Personal Liberty, that “The Constitution was written with revolution in mind, not the peace that we have internally had for about 150 years now. I say 150 years, because we fought ourselves with our armed militias in the Civil War; we have been lucky to have had internal peace since then. But you can’t closed-mindedly say that the 2nd Amendment was for limited weapons. It just wasn’t. It was meant to keep people on the same level as the government so that they could fight for their rights if necessary.” And also of note re. the 2nd Amendment – the Constitution says it guarantees, not grants, our gun rights. There is all the difference in the world between those two verbs! As a matter of fact, as Robert Steed, of Vernon, CT., noted in his state’s gun control hearings after Sandy Hook,  the Constitution does not guarantee public safety – rather it guarantees liberty.  Listen to Steed, himself, speak:

In fact, one Tienanmen Square survivor, who emigrated and moved to the US, had virtually the exact same words to say about guns, freedom and liberty as those “dead white guys,” the Founding Fathers.

Or, to summarize his salient points:

”The power of the government is derived from the consent of the governed.”

Chinese patriots in Tiananmen were crushed by “AK-47′s” because they could “not fight back” as they “were not armed.”

The argument “that a man with a rifle has no standing against the military technology and machine of today” is ridiculous. 20,000,000 residents of Beijing would have quickly proved that wrong had they been armed in 1989.

When a government turns criminal, when a government turns deranged, the body count will not be 5, 10, or even 20. It will be in hundreds like Tiananmen Square, it will be in the millions

When a government has a monopoly on guns, it has absolute power.”

”When a government has all the guns, it has all the rights.”

To me, a rifle is not for sporting or hunting. It is an instrument of freedom. It guarantees that I cannot be coerced, that I have free will, that I am a free man.”

Here is a man we must listen to, unless we want to end up like oppressive China ourselves.

And let’s examine one case where guns ensured justice that will set the leftist gun grabbers’ hearts a-twitter – the 1964, desegregation of the Jonesboro High School in Louisiana. Authorities resisted the desegregation, including the use of fire hoses and similar on black citizens. Things did not look positive, until four regular, everyday-type black men with shotguns showed up. No shots were fired, the mob melted away, the authorities retreated, and the kids went into the school without incident. These men called themselves the Deacons for the Defense – an armed citizens’ militia in the town, which also protected black citizens from the Klan, and which spread throughout the south.  Previously, if black citizens were unarmed, they could not protect themselves, nor go to the voting booths without fear and engage in their Constitutional rights to vote. The right to bear arms allowed blacks to protect these rights, and even M.L. King hired the Deacons to protect marches.

In fact according UCLA Constitutional law professor Adam Winkler, as noted in the Wall Street Journal, [The history of gun control in America] was a constant pressure among white racists to keep guns out of the hands of African-Americans, because they would rise up and revolt… The KKK began as a gun-control organization. Before the Civil War, blacks were never allowed to own guns. During the Civil War, blacks kept guns for the first time – either they served in the Union army and they were allowed to keep their guns, or they buy guns on the open market where for the first time there’s hundreds of thousands of guns flooding the marketplace after the war ends. So they arm up because they know who they’re dealing with in the South. White racists do things like pass laws to disarm them, but that’s not really going to work. So they form these racist possess all over the South to go out at night in large groups to terrorize blacks and take those guns away. If blacks were disarmed, they couldn’t fight back.” Brendan O’Neill corroborates this information in a UK Telegraph article, stating “Before the 1980s, Right-wingers and racists were the most vocal in demanding that the states in America should strictly circumscribe gun ownership. Where the revolutionary government of 1791 made the second amendment to the US Constitution, which insisted on the right of the citizenry to bear arms as a safeguard against tyrannical government, successive legislators and campaigners who were freaked out by the prospect of former slaves getting hold of guns called for a rethink of this fundamental liberty. So after the Nat Turner rebellion of 1831, when a band of black rebels shot at white slave owners and freed their slaves, the state of Tennessee altered its constitution. Where once it had guaranteed that “the freemen of this state have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defence”, post-Nat Turner it said “the free white men of this state have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defence”. O’Neill cites passed in Tennessee in the 1830s and North Carolina in the 1840s forbidding blacks from owning firearms, as well as race-specific gun laws passed in Florida in the 1890s.” The New York 1911 Sullivan gun law is similarly thought by many to have been in racist reaction to the massive influx of immigrants from southern and eastern Europe getting their hands on guns.  As Gary Kleck has summarized the issue in his book, Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America, “The historical purpose of gun-control laws in America has been one of discrimination and disenfranchisement of blacks, immigrants and other minorities”.

Kleck and O’Neill are not alone in their summary. In Feb. 2013, Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society compared the current gun control push to laws before and after the Civil War that were passed to restrict blacks from owning guns. Stated Swimp: “History is rife with examples. There’s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control… The first gun laws were put into place to register black folks, to make sure that they would know who we were – that we could not defend ourselves,” Harry Alford, CEO of the Black Chamber of Commerce concurred with Swimp, and publicly thanked the NRA in this video:

It is noted that the NRA was founded by people who “wanted to protect free slaves from the Ku Klux Klan.. who showed the slaves how to use those arms and protect their families. Many of us (blacks) wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the NRA.” Several other black leaders speak out against the gun grabbers in no uncertain terms in this 3:08 YouTube. Does a single liberal wish to step up to the plate and own this history as a precursor of their own laws?  And perhaps white leftists might care to answer  black gun rights supporter, Colin Noir, who addresses the whole idiotic issue of gun control:

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The Rev. Kenn Blanchard, author of Black Man with a Gun and leader at Washington D.C.’s historic Berean Baptist Church, is yet another African American confirming what is written above Blanchard  told NPR host Michel Martin “Gun laws have started in this country since 1640 — since we were colonies, and it’s always been against a group — it’s always been to control somebody…It was the Chinese, it was the Native Americans, it was the Africans.” http://www.npr.org/2013/02/28/173151752/black-reverend-guns-are-important-to-my-church?ft=1&f=1001. The well-known Star Parker, founder of Center for Urban Renewal and Education feels exactly the same as Blanchard, and in early 2013 released the hard-hitting 30 second video equating gun control to Jim Crow laws and worse…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMV1hNXt1JM&feature=player_embedded#t=4s .

Parker also cites the Mississippi Black Code of 1865 (which you can read yourself), which included this gun control clause to keep blacks unarmed:

PENAL LAWS OF MISSISSIPPI

Sec. 1. Be it enacted,…That no freedman, free negro or mulatto, not in the military service of the United States government, and not licensed so to do by the board of police of his or her county, shall keep or carry fire-arms of any kind, or any ammunition, dirk or bowie knife, and on conviction thereof in the county court shall be punished by fine, not exceeding ten dollars, and pay the costs of such proceedings, and all such arms or ammunition shall be forfeited to the informer; and it shall be the duty of every civil and military officer to arrest any freedman, free negro, or mulatto found with any such arms or ammunition, and cause him or her to be committed to trial in default of bail.

Before moving on, let me cite one more African American, senate candidate, single mother of three, NRA member and Ph.D. candidate at Univ. of Tennessee Brenda S. Lenard. Said Lenard: “Gun control historically begins with blacks who were forbidden from owning guns. It was very easy for slave owners to keep and control blacks with gun control.” The same thing is happening today, she said. “It is a slow process of gun confiscation….The government should not infringe on anyone’s rights,” and adding that although blacks were one of the first groups to be targeted, today’s gun grab is not just about race, but about fundamentally altering civil rights for all Americans. In sum, it’s not about guns – rather, says Lenard “This is about power and control” and “The Second Amendment is a God-given right. As Americans, we should not have to ask permission from our government to protect ourselves, our homes, and our families.”

And yes, you are correct. It should take about 1.4 nanoseconds to call any African American who believes in freedom and no longer wants to remain “on the plantation” living under the control of “the man” an Uncle Tom… or Tomette. Or whatever the racist, sexist left call black women who won’t knuckle under to the successor of the plantation era, today’s nanny state.

A similar situation to the Jonesboro High School incident also occurred with a white population, at the so-called Battle of Athens, just after WWII, when a corrupt sheriff essentially took over Athens, TN., including usurping a free and fair vote. Armed citizens forced the corrupt political machine out, and freedom was restored.

A fictionalized – but full of verisimilitude as to how guns have protected freedom – account of a similar situation…

One final point about armed citizens. People like Piers Morgan continually make what they think is the clever point about the fact that we don’t allow people to purchase tanks or 50 caliber machine guns to defend themselves from government tyranny.  US Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI)  put it this way “Where are we going with [the Second Amendment]? I mean, do individuals get to own nuclear weapons? Do they get to own submarines, with this notion that they have a right to bear arms? No.”  National embarrassment Joe Biden weighed in with the same thought, stating “For example, if the idea was to be able to repel a tyrannical government, then you should be able to own an F-15 if you have the money to buy it, with full ordnance. But you’re not allowed to do that, and the [Supreme] Court says you can deny certain weapons available for individual ownership. You can’t have a nuclear bomb.”

The answer to people like Uncle, Joe, Piers and Gwen, who have not taken the time to fully think through the issue is this:  It is true that society has decided that people should not be able to arm themselves with an Abrams tank, or F-15. But, despite all the technological advances since the Constitution was written, society still believes the core idea of defense against potential tyranny applies. As noted by the Chinese dissident above, a mass number of armed citizens disbursed throughout a city would indeed be able to turn back a modern army – unless that army was prepared to level a whole city.

Essentially, the argument for allowing citizens AR-15s is the concept first advanced by France with its Force de Frappe or Force de dissuasion. A brief history lesson is in order regarding this, as it is directly applicable to the question Piers Morgan just doesn’t get. In sum, after Charles de Gaulle’s return to power in 1958, he was concerned that the US would not protect France from a Soviet invasion – by the 1960s, the US was knee deep in Vietnam, and besides, why would the US risk America for France? As Wikipedia notes – and is critical to the discussion here – “The strategic concept behind the Force de Frappe is one of countervalue, i.e., the capability of inflicting to a more powerful enemy more damage than the complete destruction of the French population would represent. The enemy, having more to lose, would therefore refrain from proceeding any further. This principle is usually referred to in the French political debate as dissuasion du faible au fort (Weak-to-strong deterrence) and was summarized in a statement attributed to President de Gaulle himself:

“Within ten years, we shall have the means to kill 80 million Russians. I truly believe that one does not light-heartedly attack people who are able to kill 80 million Russians, even if one can kill 800 million French, that is if there were 800 million French.” Similarly, General Pierre Marie Gallois said “Making the most pessimistic assumptions, the French nuclear bombers could destroy ten Russian cities; and France is not a prize worthy of ten Russian cities” and French Admiral de Joybert in his book La paix nucléaire (1975), simply put it this way “Sir, I have no quarrel with you, but I warn you in advance and with all possible clarity that if you invade me, I shall answer at the only credible level for my scale, which is the nuclear level. Whatever your defenses, you shan’t prevent at least some of my missiles from reaching your home and cause the devastation that you know. So, renounce your endeavour and let us stay good friends.”

This, then, is the answer to the AR-15 question. While the force that is allowed citizens is indeed still asymmetrical, both the Constitution, as well as experience from history, dictates that citizens, to remain free, must have enough force at their disposal to be a “force de dissuasion.” The above, along with the facts that the AR-15 has indeed been used multiple times for home defense (as noted in this paper), and is almost never utilized in crimes, and is not automatic, is the answer why we should allow so called “assault rifles” (which in fact, are not assault rifles!) to the public.

But let’s look at this from another angle – that of the legal one: As a matter of fact, as the very important article from Utah Preppers notes, there are legal precedents – including ones by the US Supreme Court – that prohibit gun confiscation. Citing Heller v. McDonald, Columbia v. Heller, Mack and Printz v. the United States, the United States v. Lopez (all within the past 20 years), as well as other cases earlier in time, case law has shown that the restriction of gun ownership by the state is heavily circumscribed Gun ownership is a right that is recognized, not a privilege that is granted. End of story.

Thanks for reading. Please come back tomorrow to read part 5 of this great series.