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Putting Gun-Control to the Test

October 10, 2019

We all want to protect our family and friends. Gun-Control is the theory that disarming honest people will stop criminals. That is a fantastic theory, but does gun-control work in practice? Now that we have new FBI data at hand, we don’t have to guess if gun-control reduces violent crime. The answers might surprise you as we look from coast to coast. Does gun control save lives or cost them?

The gun-control laws in Los Angeles are extreme. You won’t get a permit to carry a handgun in public unless you are a judge or a politician. You have to be over 21 years old to buy a rifle. You also need to show a state firearms safety card and to pass a background check each time you buy ammunition. Those regulations prevent many honest citizens from having a firearm for self-defense. How well did those gun-control laws work at stopping violent crime in Los Angeles? The rate of violent crime in LA is more than twice the national average. (748/369 per 100 thousand)

Seattle gun-control laws are quite strict. Firearms purchases are taxed. You must to go through a background check to buy a firearm and you can’t loan a gun to a friend even if your friend already owns other firearms. People under 21 years of age may not buy many types of rifles. The police can seize your guns if you’re alleged to be a danger to yourself or to others. In addition, firearms have to be locked away when they are not in use. How well did those gun-control laws work at stopping violent crime? The rate of violent crime in Seattle is 84 percent above the national average. (680/369 per 100 thousand)

The gun-control laws in Chicago are intimidating. The regulatory hurdles to buy a gun, and to get a concealed carry permit, are among the most expensive and lengthy in the nation. Chicago outlaws the ownership of certain types of rifles and has effectively banned gun ranges in the city. Chicago has mandatory waiting periods, so residents who obey the law have to wait an extraordinarily long time between when they ask permission to buy a gun and when they may finally take possession of that firearm. The purchase of ammunition is also strictly regulated. How well did those gun-control laws work at stopping violent crime? The rate of violent crime in Chicago is almost three times higher than the national average. (1006/369 per 100 thousand)

In addition to state laws, New York City has its own burdensome gun laws. The licencing application to buy a long gun or handgun runs over a dozen pages and required a criminal background check. Owning a handgun requires a purchase permit as well as a state and city license. The application process takes from three to six months and requires a personal interview. You need a different permit if you want to have your firearm stored at your home or at your business. You need a separate permit if you want to store your firearm at a residence outside the city. Those permits do not allow you to have your legally owned firearm available for use as you travel to and from work or between your homes. New York also restricts the type of rifles you may own. They restrict the amount of ammunition your firearms may hold. New York also has so called “red flag” gun-control laws, so school officials, members of law enforcement, or members of your family can ask the court to block you from buying or owning firearms without you being present or represented at the hearing. These regulations don’t stop criminals since the rate of violent crime in New York City is 66 percent higher than the national average. (614/369 per 100 thousand)

Baltimore’s gun-control laws are extremely strict. They require mandatory background checks when firearms are transferred. A safety course and purchase permit is required to buy a handgun. Mental health professionals, law enforcement officers, or a family member can ask for a protective order to disarm a gun owner without the gun owner being present at the legal proceedings. Many firearms are in a restricted category so that law abiding gun owners may only purchase one gun a month. The state also has a registry of all handgun owners. Baltimore denies concealed carry permits to ordinary citizens so you are effectively disarmed in public. The state also restricts the type of rifles you may own, and the amount of ammunition that firearms may hold. These laws fail to reduce crime since the crime rate for Baltimore is almost five times the national average. (1833/369 per 100 thousand) With over 300 murders in 2018, Baltimore politicians called for more of the same.

The gun-control laws in Trenton prevent many honest people from owning guns. You need a state permit to buy any firearm, and this permit takes months or years to obtain. New Jersey routinely denies ordinary citizens the right to carry a firearm in public. The state also keeps a record of all registered handgun owners. The type of long guns you may own is restricted as is the ammunition capacity of all firearms. A judge may issue a restraining order to confiscate your firearms without you being present or represented. How well do those gun-control laws work at stopping violent crime in Trenton, New Jersey? The rate of violent crime in Trenton is more than three times higher than the national average. (1161/369 per 100 thousand)

The gun-control laws in Boston deeply restrict the rights of law abiding people to own and use firearms for self-defense. The city requires a permit to purchase either a long gun or a handgun. It also requires a license to own the firearm. Law enforcement officers have denied these permits saying that the citizen did not have a justified reason to own a firearm. Boston police may also refuse to issue concealed carry permits to citizens with a clean criminal record. The type of long guns you may own is restricted as is the ammunition capacity of all firearms. A judge may issue an order to confiscate your firearms without you being present or represented. How well do those gun-control laws work at stopping violent crime in Boston? The rate of violent crime is about 70 percent higher than the national average. (622/369 per 100 thousand)

We’ve looked at city after city and the evidence is clear. Gun-control laws do not make us safer. In fact, these laws probably put honest citizens in greater danger from violent crime. I found this data with a few hours of study so any honest journalist could have tested the theory of gun-control..if they wanted to know the truth.

Gun-control is getting us killed. The sad news is that politicians will continue to call for gun-control as long as it gets them elected. Fortunately, we can put a stop to that.

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(national rate of 369 per 100 thousand)

Guns Save Lives.. but not in Democrat Controlled Cities

October 9, 2019

Democrats were shouting about gun control a few weeks ago. Their confiscation crusade crashed when Donald Trump started investigating the corrupt dealings of Vice President Joe Biden and his son in Ukraine. The news may have moved on, but all that breathless news coverage reminded me how glad I am that we can carry concealed. I know people who were the victims of violent crime. With all the media coverage of gun-control, why doesn’t the news media report on the victims who defend themselves?

My wife has been threatened. My daughter is a fit young woman, but men are stronger than women 9 out of 10 times. I have friends who were stalked, abused, raped and battered, so self-defense comes with faces, with names and with dates. My heart goes out to my friends who were hurt, and I’m glad they can carry a concealed firearm to protect themselves and their family. I’m an average guy, so if I know women who were victimized, then you probably know them also.

Why didn’t we hear their stories during the important gun-control debate that would have left these victims disarmed? When the news media bothers to answer that question, the media says they don’t want to cover examples of self-defense since it might lead to copycat defenders. That answer is unbelievable given how the media showers mass murderers with billions of dollars of publicity.. and so creates the next copycat mass murderer.** That answer is unconscionable since defenders save lives rather than initiating an assault.

The facts say guns save lives. Sadly, most deaths with a firearm are suicides, not homicides.* What the media doesn’t tell us is that gun-control hasn’t reduced the rate of suicide at all. That is true in the US, and it is true around the world. Gun-control laws don’t change the pain of the human condition, but gun-control does disarm innocent victims.

There is more to that story. In the United States, about 11 thousand of us were murdered with a gun in 2018. That data was recently released by the FBI. The great news is that violent crime continues to decrease. That is good news for some of us, but not for all of us. Over half of the murders in the US are concentrated in 2 percent of our counties. As you’d expect, those murders are committed by about 2000 violent gang members concentrated in a few of our deep-blue cities.

Those murder statistics include the 28 students and teachers who were killed at a school last year in mass murders. More people were killed with hands and feet than were killed with rifles of any kind. We also had over a million incidents of self-defense last year, but those examples were pushed out of the news-cycle by the rare-but-tragic stories of mass murder. Why would the media downplay such an important event as a person saving their family and so preventing a mass murder?

I don’t have proof, but I think I have a clue. I think the media ignores armed defense stories because the media doesn’t want to spotlight the violence in our failed Democrat cities. It is easier to blame the gun than blame the failed politicians. The news doesn’t want us to know that we are over a hundred times more likely to use a gun in self-defense than to be murdered by a criminal with a gun. Self-defense could make our cities safe again.. if the media would tell the truth.

It sure would upset a lot of politicians if a single mom living in the inner city
could again feel safe in her home and feel safe on the street.

The truth is that guns save hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Unfortunately, rather than making that single-mom safer, most gun control laws put that single-mom at greater risk. That simple fact would come as a surprise to most newspaper readers, and sadly, to most voters.

Politics and media-distortion of self-defense are getting us killed.

The good news is that violent crime is rare, and becoming less common each year. I already gave you statistics from the US Center for Disease Control and the FBI, but I have other evidence as well. For reasons I don’t fully understand, many of the self-defense instructors I’ve met had students who defended themselves. That means that self-defense is relatively common even though the news doesn’t cover it. Based on my experience and the experience of my friends, I have to agree that guns save lives, and disarming the victims will give is more victims, rather than fewer.

Please stay safe.

*I wrote about helping gun owners who are struggling with health and mental health issues here.
**There were about 80 copycat school murderers after the Columbine High School attack.

Old Nuremberg Trials and New Mandatory Gun Confiscation

September 30, 2019

I’ve met lots of police officers who said they would never go door-to-door and confiscate guns. I’ve also met officers who would. Seizing someone’s property is a slippery slope, and the edge is closer than we might think. Several Democrat presidential candidates already called for gun-confiscation. Unfortunately, none of the other Democrat candidates denounced it. Consider how gun confiscation plays out from the police officer’s perspective. Some states have gun-confiscation laws in place already.

He is a “danger to himself or others,” or so the officers were told. Of course, that wasn’t exactly what the complaint said, and that isn’t really what the judge ruled. There are lots of little lies that grow as the story was passed from the estranged wife, to the divorce lawyer, to the prosecutor, to the judge. Now the confiscation order is passed down to the lieutenant and finally to the policeman.

That is how SWAT teams ends up at someone’s door in the middle of the night. That is the reality of an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” (ERPO).

We should expect more unjustified SWAT raids as the result of the recently passed Red Flag Gun Laws and ERPOs. There will be lots of mistakes since we have over a hundred million gun owners in the US. Add in the facts that forty percent of households have a gun, and half of marriages end in divorce. Also remember that there is no penalty for lying in family court. With that, the stage is set for abuse and tragedy.

We’ve already seen laws misused and abused in family court, but now something has changed. Now the cops will come with guns drawn in order to disarm an innocent gun owner. That increases the risk of violence, and the concern isn’t theoretical. We’ve already seen things go horribly wrong. Policemen were shot when they broke into the wrong house. Innocent homeowners were killed when cops stormed into their homes.

Some of those police officers are on trial after they shot civilians in the middle of the night. More police officers will be charged as we see more gun-confiscation. The police and other government officials should be charged and tried in court. Here is why.

After the midnight raid, the officers says they were only following orders. The officers ask for qualified immunity since they are government employees following department procedures.

Now we will finally ask the question if qualified immunity can apply to an unjust law.

“Red Flag” gun laws are being challenged in the courts since honest and non-violent citizens are being severely punished without due process. That may mean the officer and his superiors can and should be charged if innocent people are injured after enforcing an unjust law.

We got rid of the excuse, “I was just following orders.”
about 75 years ago at Nuremberg.
It wasn’t justified then and it isn’t justified now.

The officers I’ve trained with know that gun owners don’t deserve midnight raids. They know that licensed civilians who carry guns in public are extraordinarily law abiding and non-violent.

With an ironic twist, the officers own words might be used to convict them in court;

“Tell me lieutenant, what would you do if someone broke into your home in the middle of the night?
“By the way, I have these sworn statements from the concealed carry students you trained. You said an innocent person should stop the threat and then retreat until they can summon help.
“And here, lieutenant, is a similar sworn statement by your ex-wife.”

Confiscating guns at gunpoint is playing with fire. Lots of us will get burned. The best way to win is to not play.

We already have laws in place to help the mentally ill. Too often, we’ve had government officials ignore the pleas for help from the mentally ill and their family. Now we’ll have government officials putting more innocent people at risk in the name of public safety.

That is a problem. Government is a blunt tool at best. We have to use it carefully, and first do no harm. Extreme Risk Protection Orders are a gun-confiscation by another name.

If sending SWAT cops to our door is the answer, then we’re asking the wrong questions.

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Sound Bites are Easy, but Safety is Hard- notes from the 2019 Gun Rights Policy Conference

September 27, 2019

It takes more than virtue signaling to make us safer. That is the message I took away from the 2019 Gun Rights Policy Conference. I met the people who are doing the real work of making our homes, our offices and our schools safer. They live with the real-world problems that go far beyond 144 character solutions and political press-releases. I came away with hope, but progress isn’t easy.

We live in an imperfect world. Crime and accidents are real. Mental illness is real, and our laws are deeply flawed. The great news is that people can have an episode of mental illness and get better. Quoting Michael Sodini of Walk the Talk America, “We don’t say, watch out for George, he is on his meds. We say watch out for George because he’s off his meds.

Life is hard. People suffer through loss and addiction.. and they heal. We talk about the horrible mass murders we’ve seen in the news but we ignore the much larger number of suicides that happen every day. The mental health community is only starting to figure out armed america. Here are some of the real-world problems we face.

  • Your friend is having some emotional problems. He wants his doctor to adjust the dosage on his medications. While he and his doctor are sorting that out, your friend wants you to hold his firearms for him. In your state, the legislature deliberately confused temporary possession of a firearm with ownership of the gun. You can’t help keep your friend safe without buying his guns and transferring them through a gun shop. You both commit a felony if your friend hands you his guns. Would you break the law to help your friend stay safe?
  • Your neighbor was attacked by a stalker and filed a police report. Unfortunately, due to mandatory background check laws, you can’t loan her a firearm for self-defense. To make the situation worse, her stalker can submit an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) and demand that your neighbor undergo a psychiatric exam. Many victims of sexual abuse show post-traumatic stress. Due to red-flag-gun-laws, the court orders your neighbor to be disarmed. Would you break the law to help your neighbor protect herself?
  • Your friends have to move out of their house for a few days while the house is fumigated and repaired. They want to bring some of their firearms to your house for safe storage. Mandatory background check laws require that all of you go to a gun shop, conduct background checks even though you already have lots of guns, and then pay for the transfer of every firearm. Your friends decide to leave their guns at home in a locked closet. Does that make us safer or leave us in greater danger that their guns will be stolen while their home is open to strangers?
  • You were involved in a car accident and you’re on pain meds. Because of the medications, lack of sleep, and the nagging pain, you know you aren’t thinking clearly. You want your friends to hold your firearms until you’re better. Since you can’t go to a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) to make the exchange, both you and your friends become felons as your friends remove the guns from your house and store them at a gun shop.

Life is more complex than press-release-sound-bites about gun-control. The good news is that we’re slowly recognizing the problem of mental health. Responsible gun owners are building their own solutions to keep themselves, their families, and their friends safe.

In time, the law will catch up to the reality of armed america. Until then, it is up to us to look out for each other. Do the right thing and reach out to a friend.

More about GRPC in later posts.

I gave you 600 words. Please share them with a  friend. RM
Link to Walk the Talk America
Several online tests for mental illness

Repost- Four years after allowing universal ‘concealed carry’ law, Maine rated the safest state in the nation for crime

September 12, 2019

“Since 2015, residents of the state of Maine have been allowed to carry a concealed firearm without any special permit, and now the results are in: crime has fallen to the point where the state is now rated the safest in the nation from the threat of crime.

“The Maine Examiner reports: When Maine passed a “Constitutional Carry” law allowing Maine residents to carry a concealed firearm without any special permit in 2015, opponents of the law forecast a dangerous future for the state. They said the new law would hurt public safety and put Maine kids at risk.

“One state representative who opposed the bill went so far as to say it would give Mainers a reason to be afraid every time they went out in public or to work.

“Another state representative suggested the law would lead to violent criminals with recent arrests and convictions legally carrying handguns.

“They were wrong, as wrong as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors labeling the NRA a “terrorist organization.” And for the same reason, the notion that a physical object, not human beings, causes evil.  The US News &World Report rankings of the safest states has named Maine as the safest state in the nation.”

Source: Four years after allowing universal ‘concealed carry’ law, Maine rated the safest state in the nation for crime

Third World Corruption in the USA

September 11, 2019

Puerto Rico is part of the USA. It is a US territory, and Puerto Ricans have neither senators, congressman, nor do they pay federal income tax. They can not vote for president. About 3 million citizens live in Puerto Rico, or they did. A steady stream of these forgotten citizens have abandoned the island to live on the contiguous 48 states. It isn’t the seasonal hurricane that drives them away, but the daily corruption.

With low income taxes, the island should be a magnet for investment. In fact, Puerto Rico is massively in debt and has record unemployment even in the Trump economy.

The territorial government is technically bankrupt and bordering on default..if anyone knew what to do with a bankrupt US territory. The island government overpaid for a bloated Puerto Rican electrical utility and for the utility’s padded retirement plan.

Similar corruption robs efforts at repairing government schools and hospitals on the island. Disaster supplies disappeared during hurricane relief efforts. It turns out that government officials, like the mayor of San Juan, were more concerned with lining their pockets than with helping hurricane victims. People who lost everything couldn’t get relief supplies until relief agencies paid for “licenses” to distribute aid.

Though greater in degree during hurricane relief, this corruption and self dealing follows a longstanding pattern. Puerto Rican politicians siphoned money from education and public health projects. They gave the money and contracts to political cronies in return for kickbacks or a promise of a high-paying job with the contractor. Sometimes they get caught.

Last month, the US Justice Department accused the former Puerto Rico education secretary, and the former executive director of the Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration of unlawfully steering about $15.5 million in federal contracts to politically connected consultants. Last week, FEMA employees from the Obama Administration were charged with steering aid to a connected contractor to repair the electrical grid in Puerto Rico. The FEMA employees were given kickbacks and jobs.

There is the consistent pattern. We ask government to provide electricity, education, and healthcare because people are self-dealing. Politicians and bureaucrats consistently do two things once we’ve given them the power to provide those services.

Government officials make it mandatory to buy their product; you have to send your children to their schools, buy power from them, and buy their “healthcare”. Then the politicians regulate the competition to drive up prices. This forces us to use the state provider while it encourages the private provider to pay kickbacks to the government officials.

We were told that the government had to provide “essentials” because greed was unchecked in the free market. We see that greed and self-dealing grow even larger when government officials can regulate their competition.

That is everywhere. The richest person in Venezuela is the daughter of President Chavez. Here in the US, Chelsea Clinton has a net worth of 15 million dollars.

Disaster aid simply hides the usual corruption in a cloak of “urgent need”. Note that the Clinton Foundation made millions by “coordinating” disaster relief that never made it to hurricane victims.

President Trump said that the billions of dollars in disaster aid for Puerto Rico had to be tied to anti-corruption measures, or else the problems would only get worse. The relief money would feed the corrupt politicians and entrench them even deeper.

The Washington Post blamed Trump for delaying aid to the needy.

The lessons are as clear as they ever were. Power corrupts. Only competition keeps corruption in check..while political promises do not. That is why politicians and their cronies hate competition and work against it.

Beware the politician who wants to limit your choices.

Torture in Venezuala-

The Emotional Economy of Mass Murder

September 4, 2019

Mass murderers know something most of us don’t know. These murderers figured out that they can break the rules. They know they can do anything they want..for a while. No one will stop the murderer until people with guns show up. Murderers get those 11 minutes to kill at will. Murderers enjoy the thrill of having their way with innocent people. They love the last free acts they will ever have. Murderers are thrilled by the notoriety that they get from the mass media..even if they never live to see it.

Murderers know that the rest of us obey the rules while they don’t have to. They know we are disarmed in “gun-free” zones. After a mass murder, these killers figured out that we will only make more rules.

Here is what murderers know.. and what most of us don’t want to know;

The next mass murder is already planning to break those new rules.

Go ahead and make more laws. We have 23 thousand firearms regulations already. Make all the new rules you want. For a mass murderer, rules are made to be broken, the more the better.

That is the open secret of the mass murderer. That is also the guilty secret of the politician. Both of them know that new rules won’t stop the next mass murder. Neither of them care. Mass murder puts them on camera, and both the murder and the anti-gun politician are in it for fame.

Stopping the next murderer is up to us. Government can’t do it, though politicians will lie to us and say they can. No government on earth has the power to stop mass murder; neither the US government nor any government anywhere around the world. That fact is staring us in the face. We have mass murder in China and Mexico, and they are “gun-free” countries where honest citizens are disarmed. Nowhere is safe because rules don’t matter to mass murderers.

Law enforcement won’t be there when the next murder starts. You and I own those minutes until the police arrive. Those are the new rules we live by.

Many of us want politicians to tell us
that the next rule will fix everything.
It won’t.

Many of us will pretend that the next rule will make us safe. In fact, the next rules will probably make things worse rather than better. The next rules will make it easier for the mass murderer to kill more people. The reason is simple. Only honest people follow the rules. Disarming more of the good guys makes it easier for the bad guys to kill. That unavoidable truth is as simple as it is unpleasant.

  • Go ahead and make your stores into “gun-free” zones. Murderers don’t care about plastic signs.
  • Go ahead and make your schools and churches into “gun-free” zones where honest citizens are disarmed. Murderers don’t care about your rules.
  • Go ahead and pretend that more ink on paper will stop a murderer with a gun. That is exactly what murderers want.

Do what you’ve always done after a mass murder. No one will stop you. You have that freedom, but before you relax and think that a new rule made you safe..

That sigh if relief you thought you heard..
was the next mass murderer laughing at our rules.

I want you to be safer rather than to feel safe. Learn the difference. Millions of us learned that bitter truth and choose to protect our family until the police arrive.

Please stay safe.

Armed citizens at the Nairobi mall attack


I gave you 600 words. What will you do with them? RM

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