In an article I wrote for The American Journal, I noted that a new phase of what turns out to be ex-Mayor Bloomberg’s new mania, which is the same one he’s had. It’s the assault on the 2nd Amendment. It’s being done through another organization he created called “Everytown.” The same ol’ false stats are being used, the same ol’ leftists arguments are being thrown in our faces as if it all equals truth. It doesn’t.
They use the old worn-out statistic of 86 people dying every day from gun violence. This has been shown to be a propped up number simply because that number includes the people who are “good guys with guns” and use their legal weapon to legally end a problem started by a “bad guy with a gun.” Once those people are pulled out of the equation, the number 86 drops. Of course, that’s exactly the reason why those particular stats are not pulled out because the left needs that number to be as high as possible.
I also noted in that article that the website encourages people to share their stories about how they survived gun violence. Normally, this involves people who have lost someone to gun violence. I doubt that we’ll ever see an article there that highlights how someone legally used a legally-purchased gun to survive gun violence by taking out the bad guy first. Again, that doesn’t support their agenda. The last thing the left wants to hear or acknowledge is how guns can save the lives of the innocent victims.
In the latest issue of “America’s 1st Freedom,” (published by the NRA), they published some stats from a *PoliceOne.com survey from 2013. In effect then, the NRA had nothing to do with this survey at all, but is simply reporting on the findings. According to the survey taken among law enforcement:
- 92% [of police questioned] say banning semi-automatic firearms, or “assault weapons,” would have no effect or a negative effect on reducing violent crime.
- 71% [of police questioned] support elected leaders who have publicly refused to enforce more restrictive gun laws within their jurisdictions.
- 80% [of police questioned] say legally armed citizens would likely have reduced the number of casualties in recent mass shooting incidents.
I think it is also clear that when leftist politicians push hard for gun eradication and further restrictions on the 2nd Amendment, there appears to be a direct correlation between that and gun sales in general.
The number of firearms manufactured in the U.S. for sale to American consumers hit an all-time high in 2012, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (BATFE) new Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report. American firearm manufacturers produced roughly 8.3 million firearms for sale in the U.S., a new record and up 33 percent from the 6.2 million produced for American customers in 2011.
Handgun production rose 32 percent to 4 million in 2012, as compared to 2011, including a 36 percent increase in pistols and an 18 percent increase in revolvers. Production of the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America, more than doubled in 2012, to more than 825,000, not counting [emphasis in original] the large numbers made by Remington, Bushmaster and Sturm, Ruger & Co. Total rifle production rose 38 percent to 3 million, while shotguns rose 18 percent to 900,000.
These facts obviously stand in opposition to the lies that the left foists on Americans by stating that Americans simply aren’t interested in guns anymore. If that’s true, then we can only wonder who’s buying all of these weapons?
These stats and comments by Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr, who stated, “Somebody has to be there to stop the threat. That’s why I believe the armed citizen, the law-abiding armed citizen, is what makes our community safe,” tell the other side of the tale that the left deliberately chooses to ignore.
But the left is blind not only to the reality concerning guns themselves, but has also chosen to zero in on guns as if guns themselves are the problem in society. The problem has always been people who have evil intentions. Yes, they can shoot and kill someone or a group of people. They can do the same thing with a knife as we learned recently when a group of Muslims attacked people at a Kunming, Yunnan train station. In total, 29 people were killed in that attack and not one bullet took anyone’s life.
Just days prior, Chinese officials had the temerity to call for stricter gun laws in the U.S. I’d say China has its own problems that need working out before they start condemning the U.S. for parts of the law that they don’t like.
In this most recent edition of “America’s 1st Freedom,” a regularly-appearing column called “The Armed Citizen” appears. In it, real stories are shared about how law-abiding citizens used a legally-owned gun to protect themselves from criminals or animals like cougars or wild dogs. There were seven stories listed. Several stories involved home invasions that were thwarted by homeowners with guns.
Again, none of this matters to the left. Their goal is the removal of guns from society. They only say things like no gun should have more than a 7 or 10 bullet capacity because that’s the start. They can’t come in like Gov. Cuomo (D-NY) and say that stricter gun laws may involved confiscation, though we’re glad he said it. It shows the hubris that is resident within those on the left. They are not simply interested in restricting our rights through further gun control efforts. They are ultimately interested in removing guns from all law-abiding citizens throughout society.
They cannot answer the question about criminals and they dare not mention how many guns are illegally imported into America’s black market every week. These are things they will never be able to control and don’t care to. What they want is a populace that is incapable of defending itself. End of story.
* America’s 1st Freedom, May 2014, p. 20