It’s the holy grail of gun control activists: proof that more guns equals more crime. Quantitative evidence that the mere existence of firearms increases crime, therefore justifying the disarmament of Americans. A study claiming to have reached just that conclusion came out last week, and naturally all of the usual suspects are jumping all over it. The study, produced by Stanford University, may make some interesting claims but even the press release touting it notes that it just might all be a wild-ass guess . . .
We recently reported that Washington state gun owners are planning an act of civil disobedience. In defiance of the Evergreen State’s freshly-minted Universal Background Check law – brought into being by a mid-term ballot initiative (I-594) – tooled up protestors will exchange firearms. Without a NICS check. In public. In front of the state capitol building. And now mynorthwest.com reports that they will do so without any law enforcement intervention from the State Patrol . . .
“I’ll jump through all the hoops I did before, and hopefully I’ll get a permit. I imagine there will be a run on the Sheriff’s Department.” – Ed Peruta in Ruling clears way for concealed guns [at utsandiego.com]
“Before [Newtown massacre victim] Noah Pozner died, I thought there was nothing wrong with the Second Amendment a little common sense couldn’t fix,” Quaker pastor Philip Gulley writes at salon.com. See the problem? Gun control advocates use the phrase “common sense” to describe any and all laws mandating civilian disarmament. So Gulley’s assertion that “there’s nothing wrong with the Second Amendment” that “common sense couldn’t fix” is like saying there’s nothing wrong with a children’s playground that a bulldozer couldn’t fix. In other words . . .
Defense Distributed jefe Cody Wilson is a pal. I’ve spent many an hour listening to Mr. Wilson’s rapid-fire anti-government rants. His polemics, peppered with references to classical literature, are a veritable farrago of philosophy, law, politics, science and technology. Although I’m not as well read as the self-described “crypto-anarchist,” I can just about keep up. The question is, can viewers of No Control follow Cody’s [bullet] train of thought? That all depends on . . .
“Severn School officials say they have removed a student from the school after he posted a picture of himself holding a gun, along with a threatening caption, on social media,” capitalgazette.com reports. What did the fox – I mean caption say? “In a letter to parents on Tuesday, Headmaster Doug Lagarde said the student posted the picture on Instagram over the weekend with a caption that read: ‘I could actually kill someone with this gun.'” Unfortunately, the unnamed student forgot to add the Nixonian caveat “but that would be wrong.” “Lagarde said the posting is ‘not appropriate’ and violates Severn’s rules and expectations.” And so . . .
“Buffalo Police say they’re determined to get more guns off the streets and now they’re checking to see whether pistol permit holders have passed away and what happened to their gun or guns,” wgrz.com reports (click image to view video). “‘We recently started a program where we’re cross referencing all the pistol permit holders with the death records, and we’re sending people out to collect the guns whenever possible so that they don’t end up in the wrong hands,’ said Police Commissioner Daniel Derrenda. ‘Because at times they lay out there and the family is not aware of them and they end up just out on the street.'” Wait. Do handguns lay out there or sneak off onto the street? The gunblogosphere see this story as marking the beginning of the SAFE Act “they’re heeeere!” gun confiscation gunpocalypse. I don’t think so. After all, the people who would protest the gun grab, gun owners, are dead. Just sayin’.
The impassioned video above didn’t stop the passage of Washington state’s “universal background check” bill. And so an unknown number of gun rights advocates are set to convene at the state capitol to violate the law in plain site. They’ll exchange guns, buy and sell guns and generally play pass the firearm – all in contravention of the newly-approved I-594’s provisions. The cops have yet to declare their intentions for this act of mass (the participants hope) civil disobedience. So it could be a damp squib (hardly anyone shows, the police do nothing and only local media pays attention), an ugly police action (a bit more local media coverage) or something really not good (LOADS of media coverage). Click here for the I Will Not Comply Facebook page. At the time of writing, Resolute for Arms and Liberty has a scant 1650 followers. Still, as Shannon Watts will tell you, the longest journey starts with a single like. [h/t CM]
I am constantly amazed (but not amused) by the gun control crowd’s utter insensitivity to gun owners’ civil rights. Would the LA Times run a headline “Let’s Lock Up Cell Phones”? And yet they feel perfectly comfortable “encouraging” the Los Angeles City Council to “pursue” their plan to pass a law requiring gun owners to lock up — and render inoperable — their firearms. Without addressing the fact that any such law opens the door to unannounced home inspections (presumably by California’s newly-financed Gun Confiscation Team). That said, I found this startling gem in the middle of their anti-gun agitprop . . .
For gun control groups like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, it’s all about that gun, ’bout that gun, ’bout that gun, no trouble. Instead of helping prevent people from becoming bad guys, or help good guys protect themselves from bad guys (e.g., arming women against killers), or punish bad guys for doing bad things, they focus on laws regulating the purchase and possession of hunks of plastic and steel that fire projectiles. Truth be told, the laws they love only succeed in disarming good guys, leaving them defenseless against bad guys. And yet, in MDA’s Orwellian world, laws that restrict good guys’ firearms freedom kill good guys. Yes, laws – themselves, just like guns – kill. This is the misguided mindset that pro-gun folk face.
“Here’s a picture taken in my daughter’s school in Ridgefield, CT. I think this is the most blatantly hypocritical and uninformed anti-gun advertisement I have seen in a while. They don’t even hide behind the words ‘Gun Safety’. They just come out and say ‘disarmament’ like in the old Soviet propaganda posters, but softer . . . for the children. Today’s vocabulary word is ‘DISARMAMENT’.”
The common refrain from gun control activists is that guns cause crime. They believe that by restricting access to firearms, they can reduce the crime rate and save lives. If their position were valid, then the opposite would have to be true as well — more guns would lead to more crime. But thanks to the FBI, which keeps track of crimes in the United States and reports on its trends, we know that despite the record level of gun sales and manufacturing in 2013, the crime rate has dropped to another new record low . . .