As I revealed in an earlier post, Cosmopolitan’s March issue insults Cosmo girls with a gun rights beat down. The Bloomberg-financed anti-gun agitprop includes a website: Singled Out. The website contains a “myths” vs. “facts” section. It’s kinda like disarmament for dummies. As such, it offers keen insight into the arguments deployed by the enemies of firearms freedom. Like this . . .
Notice that the so-called MYTH — strengthening gun control laws won’t stop criminals from getting guns — is a FACT. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Chicago. Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Trenton, New Jersey. Four cities where gun control reigns supreme and gang bangers have no problems accessing firearms.
Equally, gun rights advocates aren’t against strengthening “gun laws” per se. They’re for strengthening laws against criminal use of a firearm. Or, at the least, enforcing the existing laws against criminal use of a firearm. Gun rights advocates oppose laws which infringe on their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
This MYTH is also a FACT. For one thing, armed police are “good guys with guns.” For another, the lowest estimate of annual defensive gun uses (DGUs) is 55k (just over 150 per day). The highest estimate is 1.5 million (4,109 per day). There are thousands of documented cases where good guys with guns have stopped bad guys.
Cosmo’s claim that high school teachers aren’t “action heroes” is snide, defeatist and wrong. High school teachers can use a guns to defend life. The you boil it down, Cosmo’s argument against armed self-defense is “I couldn’t defend innocent life with a firearm. Neither could you. So no one should be able to.”
Re: good guys with guns, Cosmo’s REALITY CHECK asks “Can they stop all shootings?” Antis lobby for gun control under the banner “even if it saves one life!” Here they claim that armed self-defense isn’t valuable unless it stops all bad guys with guns. Hypocrites.
The FACT cited above isn’t a fact. It’s an opinion. One that suggests that most abused women buying a firearm will have it used against them. T’ain’t necessarily so.
In actual fact, there are no statistics on this possibility. Equally, no matter what the odds that a woman’s self defense firearm may be used against her, it’s her right to choose. Something Cosmo supports in other life-or-death areas, but not here.
The REALITY CHECK says a woman is more likely to be killed “if a gun is present in a domestic violence situation.” Wait. Whose gun? I’d bet dollars to donuts that the majority of women gunned down by abusers were shot by the abuser’s gun.
Contrary to Cosmo’s assertion, the real issue here IS whether or not law-abiding women can buy guns. I mean, the whole point of this Cosmo website is to argue for gun control, which restricts a woman’s right to buy a gun.
No MYTH here. As breitbart.com reports (citing FBI data) “In 2005, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618.”
Cosmo’s REALITY CHECK shifts the stat from “rifles” to “firearms.” That’s cheating. Even if we group all firearms-related fatalities together, and set aside the fact that majority of the murders involve criminal interaction (i.e. gang-banging), medhelp‘s math tells us the odds of dying from something firearms-related (1 in 300) are a lot less than the odds of dying from . . .
- exposure to narcotics and hallucinogens (1 in 289)
- a car accident (1 in 272)
- falling (1 in 184)
- accidental poisoning and drug overdose (1 in 139)
- stroke (1 in 28)
- cancer (1 in 7)
- heart disease (1 in 6)
California has a gun registry (as does New Jersey, New York and others). The Golden State also runs a special police unit that checks the state’s gun registry to confiscate guns from prohibited persons. And other gun owners who aren’t prohibited. Mistakenly and incompetently, admittedly. But it’s not paranoia to believe gun registries enable gun confiscation. It’s common sense.