What a fantasy life!

The overriding theme of today’s anti-gun article is that guns in the hands of the good guys is not what it will take to stop a bad guy with a gun in a school shooting. Instead, we are to pay attention to people’s needs and be vigilant for warning signs before the event occurs. As one expert proclaims, “You don’t bring more guns to reduce gun violence.” I’m sure the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan feel exactly the same way as well as your local law enforcement officials.

To start with, we’re not even going to go into the false facts that this article is parroting from Bloomberg’s groups. Even CNN has enough integrity to check the wild claims of these numbers of school shootings and by simply checking facts they reduced their figures on “school shootings” by 80%. Let’s just leave it as a fact that journalism these days is a far cry from reporting on the truth. It’s typically used to serve an agenda (of their owner and their own liberal biases) and many times these days it’s simply to advance the anti-gun rhetoric regardless of what the truth is.

Next, the author’s very title of the article is designed to elicit an emotional response on the hopelessness of our current courses of action and therefor we must try something new (thus the enlightening quote above about how more guns don’t stop guns). The authors claims that school shootings haven’t down (even though they aren’t using real statistics to prove their case) even though there has been implementation of various new security features in some schools to try and prevent school shootings.

But do the authors bother to compare what new security protocols have been actually put in place and done the leg work to see if schools that had done extra work were not among the victimized? Schools make all kinds of upgrades but it doesn’t tell us anything until you find out what upgrades were or weren’t put into place where there actually is a shooting. And if a school does make changes to keep their students safer, it could likely defer an attack, one that we will never read about because we’ll never know the thought process of the intended attacker or the press won’t care to report on it because it doesn’t serve their vested interests.

Moving on in a true coverage of the facts, I guess the reporters were blissfully unaware of circumstances like the one which just rolled out in Oregon:

Troutdale school resource Officers Nick Thompson and Kyle Harris were at Reynolds High School when Tuesday’s shooting occurred, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton said. “As soon as this happened, they were there in less than a minute,” Staton said. “Had they not been there, it could have been a lot worse.”

But you see this doesn’t fit nicely into their fantasy world where all guns are evil and need to be eradicated. It’s for the exact same reason that you have the head of an organization for training resources officers proudly proclaim that “more guns don’t reduce gun violence.” The above story is just one of more that can be found where an armed guard or off-duty police officer put an immediate end to an active school shooting. Period!

Guns are part of our society and culture. They aren’t going away any time soon. Bad guys will therefor be able to acquire them. Some will be underage (which is illegal, I remind you, but liberal gun-grabbers always seem to think that a piece of paper saying what is wrong is enough to appeal to the conscience of a killer and thereby thwart a rampage before it starts) which means that guns will undoubtedly make their way onto school property. And you’re telling me the way to prevent such a shooting is to make sure everyone else who is in that killer’s path of destruction is not to have a gun, somewhere, on somebody to stop them?

This gives us another glimpse into the fantasy life of liberals who believe that all people are basically good at heart and therefor deny evil right up until the very moment that 20 kids are killed. And then they wonder why, wring their hands and shake their heads. So what delusional practices do they come up with? Talking and listening. If we will all just do that then everything will be fine. As the authors make the case for in this pointless article of theirs, we just need to be more vigilant in our dealings with the students so we can spot problems before they arise.

And yes, this can be done as one piece of the solution but to think you can simply observe a way out of this is absurd, stupid and dangerous. Clues will be missed. Most of the times these guys fly well under the radar as they sketch out their attacks in notebooks, write their manifestos and confide it in no one. Only a postmortem of their bedroom contents will come up with the proof and by then, duh, it’s too late. Armed attackers will get into a school if they are determined enough. And you’re saying that when they do you are going to talk your way out of it because all you have is your words and good intentions to stop a bullet. Pure genius!

Seeing as how these “journalists” are short on facts and clearly brain power as well, I guess that worked just fine in the Isla Vista shooting, didn’t it? Officers had all kinds of evidence that showed the shooter was unstable and should not be trusted. But in the most gun restrictive state in our country and with legally purchased firearms, he went on his killing spree nonetheless. Thinking you can talk your way out of everything and be generously empathetic is a recipe for disaster. This is the world that 3 and 4 year-olds live in on Sesame Street and My Little Pony. It doesn’t cut it in the real world.

Sadly you see the same attitude from State Department officials when talking about our need to better communicate with al-Qaeda to solve our problems and iron out our differences so we can all share the planet in peace. WRONG! They want to kill us. End of story. Send it to the printer. There’s no talking, no dialogue, no concessions that can be made to appease them. They want us dead. It’s that plain and simple. And the same goes for the active shooter who has fallen off the sanity wagon and decides the only way he can feel better is to plan an attack that will put him in the record books (with the media only too happy to broadcast non-stop coverage for 24/7 and make him infamous as well as fueling the desires of future copy-cats to one-up them).

What passes for journalism these days is pathetic. Most fifth graders could do a better job of reporting on the “facts.”  Anyone can throw around some baseless numbers and try to appeal at an emotional level to get what they want. Children do it all they time.

Article: Despite beefed-up security, school shootings continue

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Poor argument

Recent school shootings have given all the ammo necessary for the gun-grabbers to foam at the mouth with the liberal, anti-gun media only too happy to comply with requests for podiums. The latest one I read this morning comes from a “legal analyst” on CNN. And from everything I read I assure you he’s not much of a litigator because he manages to undermine his own argument. And he, of course, as is usually the case with those supporting a losing cause closes his diatribe  by parading the helpless children before the reader to appeal to emotions rather than facts.

He starts by sowing a tiny seed of doubt against the veracity of our Bill of Rights simply because it was written after the Declaration of Independence which speaks of our rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness (which, as everyone knows, obviously trumps those pesky Amendments that were to follow). Who cares that the Bill of Rights was the very codification of putting into place those laws necessary to protect our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness? But I digress.

That’s when said legal analyst doesn’t do much to further his argument when he states:

We accept collateral damage for other privileges we enjoy. We tolerate a certain number of drunk driving deaths, more than 10,000 in 2012, and there’s little public outcry for greater restrictions. We’ve been willing to sacrifice nearly 7,000 soldiers (and tens of thousands wounded) in two wars to maintain our political influence in the Middle East. About 400 children drown each year in pools and spas, but we’re not scrambling to outlaw summer fun. Why should guns be any different?

I’m sorry but what was it you were arguing for or against? You lost me there. And then after quoting how nearly 30,000 people die each year due to gunfire (keep in mind that two-thirds of these are due to suicide so if you were to take away all guns then you’d see wrist slashings, drug overdoses, hangings and jumping off buildings skyrocket), he has the gall to state:

This is clearly an acceptable sacrifice to make to maintain our sacred, un-infringed right to bear arms, no?

You’ve already stated the number of drunk driving deaths yet I don’t see any mention of curtailing your rights to drink alcohol? Silly me though. I keep forgetting that there is not an Amendment to protection alcohol drinking. Guess that’s how important of an issue it was to our Founders.

To further show his vain attempts to garner people to his cause he then goes on to quote the children killed “on or around schools” thanks to the integrity of the figures being spit out by Bloomberg and pals. These figures have been shot to pieces as they have manipulated the facts to milk all they can, even going so far as to double and triple count each and every killing that they can to inflate the numbers to help them win. Suicides are counted in these numbers. Gang killings are counted in these numbers. And even if someone is shot off of school property, stumbles onto school property and then dies, it’s called a “school shooting”  by Bloomberg and Co.

He then finishes his closing paragraph with this magnum opus:

Listen, reasonable restrictions are necessary to assure the continued viability of our Second Amendment rights, and to curb the unnecessary bloodshed caused by the proliferation of guns into hands of irresponsible people who care little about constitutional rights, and less about the sanctity of life.

We already have a ton of reasonable restrictions but he’s making it sound as if there’s nothing in place and we need to make more laws. There are already age restrictions on ammo and firearm purchases. There are mandatory background checks and in many places waiting periods for handgun purchases. Sure, there could be better work done by state and federal agencies to coordinate their mental health databases to prevent the “deranged” from buying firearms they shouldn’t. But the figures seen to date say even this would only stop a minuscule portion of the killings.

Most killings are done by individuals who have no sanctity for life (as the author stated above) and this can’t be helped. Many of these killings are done by people who would pass a psychological screening with flying colors. Many of the weapons in mass killing were legally purchased and went through very stringent background checks (like the Isla Vista killer).

Firearms are a part of our history and therefor culture and that won’t change. And you have as much chance of getting rid of them as you would illegal drugs (have you seen any reports on how that’s been going for the past 30 years?) We have over 300 million firearms in our country and about 10,000 people are killed (again, not counting suicides) and someone how we have a gun problem? 10,000 in 300 million? You do the math and see how it compares versus other ways we die. Have you seen recent figures for deaths due to heart disease and diabetes?  Do you know the numbers for children killed each year by vehicles, strangulation and drowning?

Of course you don’t because the gun-grabbers and liberal media could care less about putting our attention and money where it would actually do the most good. As has always been the case, it’s always been about control, not saving life. And that’s why we’ll continue to see the parade of children being used to pull on heart strings to win an argument that makes absolutely no sense when you stop and really consider the issue. But who’s interested in the truth these days?

Article: Gun debate? What gun debate?

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There is no stopping evil

By now everyone has heard of Elliot Rodger who stabbed, ran over and shot a number of people in Isla Vista killing 6 and injuring 13. And even though this took place in one of the most gun restrictive states with legally purchased firearms, the gun-grabbers are looking to point the finger and push for more legislation.

Let’s cut to the chase with this right now. Unless every single gun can be rounded up and destroyed as well as barring future manufacturer and importation, you will not stop violence with guns. Can we all just be adults living in the real world and admit this? Furthermore, we must also understand that an attempt to try this would also be futile (you think we have a problem with our porous border and drugs, just see what happens when it comes to the guns that gangs and dealers need to stay in power and business).

So will adding more legislation fix this problem? Put very simply, it won’t. California has about the most strict rules when it comes to guns and what must be done to sell and buy a firearm, even between private parties. Background checks have to be done for everyone and they are tied into the mental health databases. All of this, and much more, is already in place and yet somehow, magically, more laws will make us safer? Seriously?

When are people going to come to grips with reality that people with evil intent are going to carry through with their plans regardless of what weapon is available? Did no no read that three people were killed by Rodger with a knife? Do you see anyone call for assault knife legislation and talking about how the manufacturer of the knife used in this case should be “brought to justice?” Do you see anyone calling for assault vehicle legislation and dragging BMW into court to make them answer for making a weapon of mass destruction?

It’s ludicrous and we all know it. But somehow the NRA, firearm manufacturers and politicians (who usually vote along the line of the majority that will get them reelected) are to blame. Somehow more legislation is supposed to make people be sweet and obey the laws. Then we will all live in a utopia. Who are these adults that believe in such 5-year-old fairy tales?

The 140-page manifesto left behind by Rodger made it clear that he was evil and intent on carrying out his vendetta against society. It is clear that he made his plans for well over a year taking notes and conducting surveillance on just the right spot. How does more gun legislation stop this? Ah, here’s a clue: it doesn’t.

You know what’s also telling? He picked the spot where he would carry out his shootings very carefully where he would have the least resistance. In short, he picked a “gun free” zone knowing that the likelihood of someone else have a gun to even the odds was minimal. How do you intend to pass legislation to prevent this? Ah, you don’t (again, sorry to burst your fantasy bubble).

I don’t mean to cave in your entire make-believe world, but the past clearly shows us that laws do not stop ANYONE from carrying out a crime. Laws only stipulate what you can’t do and knowing that someone will break them, they specify the punishment for each crime. But they have no power to stop the inclination of an evil heart with a mind full of hostile intentions. It just can’t be done.

How many laws do we have to say you can’t murder someone yet everyday hundreds of people are convicted of homicide, manslaughter and so on. Laws do not stop anything. Just ask a criminal who has been in the system multiple times. That even proves punishment is not even a deterrent most of the time (which is why some geniuses came up with 3-strike laws in many states because they know what they have on the books wasn’t working to stop crime).

In summary, guns are not going away in America. No amount of legislation will change wicked plans or stop evil intent. If you believe otherwise then you’re living in a virtual world that only exists between your ears. And when the ugliness of reality smacks you upside the head, which you know it will eventually, expect it to hurt. Big time. And you’ll have only yourself and your wishful thinking to blame.

Article: Isla Vista Massacre Proves That Strict Gun Control Laws Are Failures

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Technology is a good thing

Many times technology is not our friend. As our society pulls further and further away from God and our roots as a nation of moral individuals, we reap a destructive nature and the outcome that was sown generations past. And how do we normally react? We think we just need to pass more laws and use some technological advance to solve what is essentially a heart issue. And no law nor device will ever touch that.

But technology can be our friend. Witness how much safer and reliable firearms and ammo are these days. While much of it has been forced upon us by a country which is only happy to sue someone and bring the legal eagles to bear, it does have a silver lining. Safety triggers and other internal safety measures help to prevent issues related to older designs which would allow a handgun to fire if dropped.

I say this because a recent story out of Tennessee has a grandfather charged with reckless endangerment after his 2-shot derringer fell out of his pocket in a movie theater and discharged.  And while modern technology in the design of “typical firearms” would have prevented this, the bigger issue is this gentleman’s ignorance regarding the proper way to carry a deeply concealed pistol.

If you are going to carry, do it responsibly. It’s great if you take on the responsibility to protect yourself and loved ones but it doesn’t happen in a vacuum or by sheer chance. You need to continually educated yourself on all the latest advances. There are MANY choices when it comes to carrying in your pocket and all of them rely on a proper holster which prevents the pistol from falling out, helps hide its outline and prevents a tried and true method to successfully draw, and therefor employ, your firearm when needed.

Don’t be a statistic.  Live, learn and carry on!

Article: Gun fires in TN movie theater after it falls out of man’s pocket during ‘Godzilla’

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Brace yourself

A recent piece by Dr. Manny  on CNN warns us that crime will be our next health care crisis. He has harsh things to say about the Obama administration (which are right on) but what he fails to see is how it will effect the rest of our country.

Sure, drug use will continue to rise, especially when you go through the economic downturn we’ve been having for so long. People defeated, downtrodden, out of work and son on leads many to escape into a world made better, temporarily, by drug use. The real issue for the rest of us is that this will increase the violence in our country as more and more addicts turn to robberies, burglaries and home invasions to get the money they need to support their life-escaping habit.

As this problem gets worse more innocent people will be victimized. Let’s put it as simple as it gets: it ain’t gonna get better any time soon. Are you prepared? Most people aren’t, unfortunately. From the moment they wake up they believe today will be just like yesterday. And it will right up until the moment it isn’t because someone else has decided you have something they want.

You need a concealed carry handgun. You need an expandable baton. You need pepper spray. You need a stun gun. You need a knife. You need anything and everything you can carry. And you need to learn how to effectively use it.

More importantly, you need to continuously be aware of what’s going on around you. Too many of us have no idea who’s approaching our car or have our heads down in our phones until it’s too late. You need to keep your radar on at all times and listen to that small voice that tells you when something is not right. Listen to it. Visualize what could happen and plan what to do if it does.

Start working on our personal and home defense plans now. Regret is a terrible thing to live with and it is preventable!

Article: Crime is America’s next health care crisis

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Guns and alcohol aren’t a good recipe

I just read a disturbing news article about a man who accidentally killed himself while showing off his guns to his girlfriend:

He was attempting to demonstrate the safety of the handguns by holding them to his head and pulling the trigger. The third gun fired, and the man was struck in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Does that sound like something a sane person would do? And this is so absurd I’m not going to even get into how he broke 3 of the 4 gun safety rules all at once.

But here’s the crucial piece of information you need to know:

The man’s girlfriend told authorities he had been drinking most of the day before the incident took place.

And there you have it. Guns and alcohol don’t mix, people! More than likely I’m telling this to people who already know this and the one who really need to hear this will never because they’re too smart to have this happen to them.

As if this weren’t enough, the article concludes by recounting three other cases where the same thing happened in recent years. While one might describe this as natural selection in action whereby the “unworthy” are removing themselves from the gene pool thereby denying the possibility of passing along their flawed biology via procreation, it is a sad state for these lives could have easily been saved.

Do you understand why most states prohibit the drinking of alcohol or even having alcohol or other drugs in your system while concealed carrying? Do you now better and steadfastly follow such rules? Do you hang around individuals who drink and have guns? If so, do yourself a favor and distance yourself from them as much as possible before you watch them become a statistic or are one yourself.

Article: Man Accidentally Kills Self With Gun During Demonstration On Gun Safety

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Democrat in sheep’s clothing

How many times were we warned as kids about the evil wolf disguised in sheep’s clothing trying to lure us into mischief or, even worse, danger? Unfortunately this lesson doesn’t stop as we grow into adults. There are people who will not bat an eye to tell you anything to gain your attention to try to sway your opinion.

Having just read an article on The Daily Beast (I promise to take a shower ASAP) I really have to wonder about the true intentions of one Shawn VanDiver. He claims to be ex-Navy firearms instructor and proud gun owner who wants us to have a conversation on “common sense gun control.” But after reading the article I’d swear it was written by either Obama, Bloomberg or the Brady bunch.

See if any of this sounds familiar to someone who you know really loves their 2nd Amendment rights:

The fact is that thousands of deaths all across our country can be prevented with solid intelligence sharing and common sense regulation. 

The best proposals are all about common sense and moderation

Background checks and mental health evaluations for all gun owners, on a five-year verification cycle, would be a great first step.

Requiring licenses and negligent discharge insurance would be part of common sense reform.

A tiered licensing system could apply to different types of weapons.

We should consider putting a cap on the number of firearms purchased for personal use.

At the very least, misdemeanors such as DUIs, drug charges, and white-collar crimes should be added to the list of crimes that preclude offenders from owning firearms.

But most sensible people, even those who own guns and value the 2nd Amendment, understand that the exercise of rights requires some trade-offs.

It’s all just common sense and so practical that we should all agree and fall into line. Utopia, here we come! And do we pay for all of this wonderful safety? You guessed it. The typical Democrat answer to everything:

A tax on ammunition and weapons manufacturers and end-users seems like a relevant place to start.

And what is sprinkled throughout this “common sense” plea for change? You guessed it. The author talks about the senseless violence about children as well protecting his own son. Nothing like pulling on the heart strings to try and circumvent logical reasoning. Just like Bloomberg and Moms, if you’re against them then that means you’re a  horrible, gun-wielding monster who wants children to die.

How else does the author argue his point? By mentioning “a deranged individual,” a man I posted about last week who was showing off his “unloaded” guns to his son and nephew which proved to be false when he sent a bullet through the nephew’s forehead, and a “ood guy with a gun can turn into a bad guy due to one slip up or a simple misunderstanding and an itchy trigger finger.”

So tell me. Mr. VanDiver, how any of your propsed changes would have alleviated any of the incidents you described?  If the man had a recurring 5-year background check that would have kept him from shooting his nephew in the head? If had paid for some type of insurance this would prevented the death as well? If was only allowed to have two guns then this would have certainly prevented him from pulling the trigger?

I’m sorry to have to tell you this but your “common sense” approaches would do next to NOTHING to impact the rate of child firearm fatalities the vast majority of which, as tabulated by the  CDC, are due to gang killings and suicides. Just as you can have all the “comprehensive sex education” that you want, you won’t put an end to teen pregnancy. You can have all the scary videos you want but you can’t stop teens from drinking and driving (nor adults, for that matter). You can not legislate people’s carelessness or driving the evil from their hearts when they decide to “snap” and take another human’s life.

Let me ask you something, Mr. VanDriver. Do you follow all of the laws and regulations for keeping your son safe while riding in a motor vehicle? Do you know how many children are killed every year in motor vehicle accidents (compare it to firearm fatalities and tell me how you’re not barking up the wrong tree)? And yet you make the conscious decision every single time that by putting him in  your vehicle, no matter how safe  you are or the precautions  you take, there is a chance that your son will die because of it? Can you not admit that there is an inherent risk in everything that we do no matter how many laws or regulations or how much money we dump into an issue?

The only thing your “common sense” approaches would do is to put an added burden on some 150 million or so gun owners yet reap nearly nothing. If you want to protect your son then learn the safety rules and follow them diligently. Teach your son the same and do your best to guard the company that he keeps. And let us do the same with ours. The rest is in the hands of a higher power.

Article: A Former Navy Firearms Instructor and Proud Gun Owner On Why We Need Common Sense Gun Control

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What do you make of this?

The Pew Research Center released a report about a year go entitled, “Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware.” Sounds a tad bit interesting, eh? In the Overview they state:

Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew. The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993.

Sounds good, right? It’s the same stuff we’ve heard before but it’s such truth that Bloomberg, Moms and other radical gun-grabbers conveniently decide to ignore. Continuing on, PRC then correlates this info based on another one of their public polls:

Despite national attention to the issue of firearm violence, most Americans are unaware that gun crime is lower today than it was two decades ago. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, today 56% of Americans believe gun crime is higher than 20 years ago and only 12% think it is lower.

Interestingly, of those who do die by firearms many can not be blamed for violence in public and the streets running with blood:

The sharp decline in the U.S. gun homicide rate, combined with a slower decrease in the gun suicide rate, means that gun suicides now account for six-in-ten firearms deaths, the highest share since at least 1981.

But when you look at the “data” provided by the gun-grabbers, they’re quick to lump everyone together into the same category of violent deaths by firearms. Sorry, liberals, but if someone is determined to kill themselves they will find a way regardless of whether a gun is readily available or not. So stop using them in your statistics of trying to paint our country like it is all the lawless Old West. Speaking of liberals, do you know all of the attention the news media loves to give to mass killings? Read on:

Mass shootings are a matter of great public interest and concern. They also are a relatively small share of shootings overall. According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics review, homicides that claimed at least three lives accounted for less than 1% of all homicide deaths from 1980 to 2008.

Perhaps the media fascination with 24/7 coverage of one event for a month at a time has some effect on public awareness?

Asked about trends in the number of gun crimes “in recent years,” a plurality of 45% believe the number has gone up, 39% say it is about the same and 10% say it has gone down. (An additional 5% did not know or did not answer.) As with long-term crime, women (57%) are more likely than men (32%) to say that gun crime has increased in recent years.

Want to know two big theories to help explain the drop in violent crime? Ready access to abortion and unleaded gasoline. I kid you not:

According to one hypothesis, legalization of abortion after the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision resulted in fewer unwanted births, and unwanted children have an increased risk of growing up to become criminals. Another theory links reduced crime to 1970s-era reductions in lead in gasoline; children’s exposure to lead causes brain damage that could be associated with violent behavior

Getting back to the story at hand, what effect did the PRC see the news media having on the reporting of crime?

Looking at the national newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC, crime news grew somewhat as a percentage of the network TV evening time devoted to news, to 9% in 2012 from 7% in 2007. Crime coverage on the morning network shows grew to 14% of the time devoted to news in 2012, compared with 9% in 2007. This was due largely to stories about the death of Trayvon Martin… News stories about fatal shootings were among the coverage most closely followed by the public in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center’s News Interest Index. The fatal mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., ranked second in public attention, behind the presidential election, with 57% of Americans saying they followed the story very closely. The mass shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater ranked fifth, with 48% following it very closely. The Trayvon Martin shooting ranked 11th, with 35% of Americans saying they tracked the story very closely. More recently, 39% of Americans say they followed very closely the debate about gun control in late April, the week the Senate rejected gun control legislation. It was the second most closely followed story from April 18 to 21, following the bombings at the Boston marathon.

So who is deciding what the public sees? Liberal news media which has always been in the pockets of the Democrats who are eager to disarm the American public any way they can. The amount of time they place on mass killings obviously has a dramatic effect on the public, the majority of who think the US is a more violent place while the real data shows a vastly different picture. So pay attention to your news and ask your friends and family to do the same. Ask them to keep track of how many times on the news firearms are cast in a negative light versus the positive (when they are used to save a life in self-defense). Conservative figures from the Census Bureau data say Americans use guns to defend themselves or others about 100,000 times a year.  Criminologist Gary Kleck who studies this stuff for a living and publishes papers on it says that number should be around 2.5 million per year (and perhaps as high as 3). And of those, he says over 400,000 would probably be dead if it were not for the defensive use of a firearm to save them. Now even using the 100,00 figure (which is likely WAY too low), compare that to the few mass killings that occur each year. Do you begin to see a great disparity in what’s reported by the media? Sure, bad news sells better and gets higher ratings but come on folks, how much of saving American lives can you gloss over? It shouldn’t be hard to guess where the emphasis, and therefore where the true agenda, of the news media lies. And it’s got nothing to do with protecting you or your family. Sadly, it is just the opposite. PRC report: Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware

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History repeating itself

Here we go again. I know I’m going to sound like  broken record but I hope one day what I’m writing will help someone avoid this very issue. A Rochester, Minneapolis man came home after a day at the range and while cleaning shot himself in the hand. As is usually the case, it is a string of events that come together to form the perfect storm that rears up and bites you. If, at any point, some sound judgement had been used in following the firearm safety rules, this could have been avoided.

This man obviously violated 3 of the 4 safety rules and by the very fact that the gun did go off when he didn’t want it to shows he implicitly broke the 4 as well. If you don’t give a firearm the respect it deserves then  you become lax and careless. And it’s easy to do. You’ve handled guns for years and nothing has ever happened before so why should it start now? That, my friend, is the beginning of the end.

Did this man suffer from ignorance and not know the safety rules? Or was he careless in that he knew them but decided they weren’t worth following because he knows better? Either way this event is sure to have a drastic change on how he handles firearms in the future if he hasn’t been traumatized and scared away from the sport for life!

Safety rule #1 says to treat all guns as if they were loaded. He shot himself so he obviously broke this rule because the gun was still loaded and he didn’t know it. And that’s what we always read about, right? “I though the gun was unloaded.” There’s thinking and knowing. This rule is there to remind you to KNOW that the gun has been unloaded before handling it!

Safety rule #2 says to always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. In a home that can be a tough thing to do with people above and/or below you and occupied houses like in all compass directions around you.  He obviously shot himself in the hand so he clearly violated this rule as well.

Safety rule #3 says to keep  your finger off the trigger until you are sighted on target and ready to discharge the firearm. Now some leeway has to be given when cleaning a gun, as this man was clearly doing. After the gun is cleaned and reassembled you typically run through a couple of exercises to make sure the gun is still functional and you put it back together right. One of these exercises is to make sure the weapon cocks properly and then fires (making sure no round is in the chamber). But given what happened I’m thinking the gun owner wasn’t doing this since he should be done with the cleaning cycle and thus have had plenty of opportunity to find ammo still in the gun during takedown, cleaning and reassembly.

Now if he KNEW the gun was unloaded (instead of THINKING it was) thanks to rule #1 then this news article would never have been written because the shot would could not have been fired. If he had been pointing the gun in a safe direction (rule #2) then he would not have shot his hand. There’s a slight possibility he might have hit someone else but more than likely he’d be nothing more than embarrassed for a hole in one of his walls. And again, probably no news article. And last but certainly not least, if he had never pulled the trigger, the gun could have been loaded and pointed at his hand but nothing would have happened. Guns don’t shoot themselves. If you pull the trigger then you’ve command the hammer to drop or the striker to fire and rest is up to simple mechanics and physics.

Like I said, if he had followed any of  these rules then there’s a 99% chance that the chain of events leading up to this negligent discharge could have been avoided. Luckily this was just a hand and not a vital organ. As bad as it’s going to be at least he’s alive to learn and hopefully teach others.

Worse of all (beyond this man’s physical pain and recovery), this is the type of thing the press LOVES to get a hold of and use as another example of why us gun idiots can’t be trusted out in society because we’re not even safe in our own homes from ourselves.

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This is one reason

Typically there are two reasons why people don’t want any guns to be owned by anyone (except those in law enforcement or the military who have some magical powers to make them work properly because we know they never have accidents or shoot anyone because they are not human).

One reason is because people are simply ignorant. Ignorance comes from a lack of knowledge. If you don’t personally work to fix that then you remain ignorant. Many people who want to grab guns have this fear that the gun has a mind of its own and will manage to shot anyone with a pulse within their firing range. Thus they treat all firearms as though they are akin to a thermonuclear device–keep it as far away from me as possible or life as we know it will come to an immediate end.

The other reason people want to grab guns is because they think everyone is like them and can’t control their emotions or visceral reactions. Case in point. An antigun journalist’s wife’s car was recently taken from a gas station when she exited to use the pump. Her immediate reaction was that she wished she had a gun. What? Why? To shoot at the vehicle like that would make it stop? To hit the individual like she had any chance of it? More likely she’d hit an innocent bystander. Most states don’t allow the use of deadly force for property theft. But I guess that’s beside the point.

Many don’t want law abiding citizens to have guns because they fear we would react just like they would. In the heat of the moment. In the height of emotions. And sure, many do do this and shouldn’t have a gun. But if they do you be assured that they won’t ever be able to legally own a gun again.

If you decide to have a gun to meet deadly force with deadly force then  you better do so as a mature adult who knows the law and is always thinking how they would respond should certain events unfold when we’re driving or eating at a restaurant or watching a movie with the family at home. Or pumping gas.

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