Boston Globe reports on the results of MA's 1998 gun control law

Following the passage of a draconian gun control law in 1998, legal gun licenses went from 1.5 million to under 200,000. 
Since 1998, gun crime in Massachusetts has gotten worse, not better. In 2011, Massachusetts recorded 122 murders committed with firearms, the Globe reported this month -- a striking increase from the 65 in 1998. Other crimes rose too. Between 1998 and 2011, robbery with firearms climbed 20.7 percent. Aggravated assaults jumped 26.7 percent.
Gun control is not about crime. It's about control.

Fri Feb 22 05:35:55 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

California Senator proposes expanded assault weapons ban

They won't ever stop asking for more.  This isn't about some reasonable level of common sense controls on firearms.  This is about banning civilian ownership of all firearms.

It's also about lying:
According to Jackson, who lived through and remembers the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., the country has seen increased gun violence throughout recent years. Jackson said the ban will help prevent people from having access to these specific firearms, lessening the possibility of future shootings.
Were any of those politicians killed with "assault weapons" as defined by her legislation?  I doubt it.  More importantly, we have not seen "increased gun violence throughout recent years".  We've seen reduced gun violence, in fact reduced crime in general, but increased media frenzy over rare-but-scary spree killings.
"For me, I believe that gun violence is an epidemic in this country and we've got to do something to deal with the carnage that we've been seeing at Columbine, Aurora and particularly in Newtown," Jackson said. "In far too many cases, access to firearms makes law-abiding citizens into criminals. Think about that. The young man who killed 20 children and six teachers all in Connecticut -- he had no criminal record."
Access to firearms did not make those people into criminals.  Guns do not have mysterious mind control rays.  Murdering people made them into criminals.

However, gun control laws do make peaceful citizens into criminals for possessing inanimate objects.

Fri Feb 22 05:34:32 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Not sure how to read this...

King asked him if the NRA would support efforts to filibuster and block the votes. Keene responded, "The President wants votes on these issues. We want votes. There will be votes."

King also asked if the NRA would punish members of Congress who support universal background checks on gun purchases, which the NRA once supported but now opposes. Keene responded, "The answer is yes."

So the NRA won't support a ban on private sales, but won't support a filibuster of that ban either?  Or do they want a cloture vote on which they expect Senators to vote no?

In a way, it doesn't matter.  The voters will punish Senators who vote yes on gun control.  Any gun control.  So in that sense, sure, give us a vote.  Let's find out who our friends and our enemies really are.

Fri Feb 22 05:31:38 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

One reason why we are losing...

We don't have control of legacy-media echo chambers that make so-called journalists willing to write posts about how to find out whether your neighbors own guns on a real-estate website.

Fri Feb 22 05:25:25 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

They DO want to take our guns

Occasionally, someone on the other side has a moment of honesty:
A true liberal position, the place to start, is to call for domestic disarmament. That is the banning of the sale of all guns to private parties coupled with a buyback of those on the street (Mexico just moved to so control guns). Collectors can keep their guns as long as they remove the firing pin or fill the barrel with cement. Gun sports can be allowed -- in closed shooting ranges. And hunters can be allowed to have long guns (if they pass background checks) with no scopes, which are not sporting. But, these exceptions aside, liberals should call for a gun-free nation and point out the much lower murder rates and fewer deaths due to accidental discharge of fire arms found in those civilized nations where most guns have been removed from private hands -- and often even from those of the police.
The author goes a step further, and admits that he knows gun control will not work:
I acknowledge that the result, even after Newtown, of a truly liberal approach to gun control might not be very different from the current one. Conservatives are not about to allow sensible measures to be enacted. However, at least we shall have an honest, compelling, mobilizing vision of what liberals stand for regarding what it takes to save many thousands of lives that would be otherwise lost to guns. Domestic disarmament is a vision that can educate future generations of voters about that which must be done and that which the Second Amendment fully permits.
Free men carry arms.  Disarmed men are slaves.

Hat tip to Joe at The View From North Central Idaho.

Fri Feb 22 05:24:31 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Maryland legislator contact tool

Chris at Armaborealis has a contact tool for Maryland legislators and a sample letter.

Fri Feb 22 05:16:10 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gun control events in Palo Alto, California

If you're in the area, maybe you can join a counter-protest.

UPDATE: Not just California.

Fri Feb 22 05:13:55 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Wallace Loh is anti-gun

University of Maryland, College Park president Wallace Loh has endorsed state legislative efforts to limit gun ownership, following an apparent murder-suicide this month involving students at the school.
I would have expected a university president to understand that you don't make policy based on anecdotes.

Fri Feb 22 05:13:12 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Don't take advice from Joe

At least, not unless you want to be a felon.

Fri Feb 22 05:09:37 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bipartisanship in New York

Ultimately the resolution to repeal most of NY SAFE passed 10-5 with two Republicans absent. Legislators Carey, Earl, Meyers, Sparaco, Wieders, Paul, Schoenberger, Soskin, Jobson, Murphy vote aye. In all, Democrats voted 6-5 in favor of SAFE Act repeal and Republicans 4-0.

Schoenberger spoke in favor of gun rights, and noted that he himself is a gun owner. Democratic Legislator Tony Earl mentioned that when he was a young boy in the south he remembers that family members purchased firearms to protect themselves from potential attacks from thieves and the Klu Klux Klan.

Democrat Phillip Soskin, a war veteran, pointed out that the federal government itself had caused gun violence with its failed Fast and Furious program.
All the Republicans AND a narrow majority of Democrats voting to recommend repeal of the law.  They have sown the wind, and in 2014 they shall reap the whirlwind.

Fri Feb 22 05:07:28 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


The supervisors had agreed in January to encourage the Pennsylvania State Association of Supervisors to recommend the state Legislature enact such a ban.  The Lower Makefield supervisors, at the urging of several township residents and area gun enthusiasts, voted Wednesday night to stop pushing for a gun ban in public parks.
When we show up, we win.

Fri Feb 22 04:58:21 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ground Zero for Gun Control

The American Spectator has a special report on Colorado's proposed new gun control laws.

Fri Feb 22 04:50:23 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

No compromise.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) recently called background checks a "reasonable step forward."
Senator Dean Heller needs to hear from his constituents.

Fri Feb 22 04:50:01 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cramer on proposed warrantless searches

It's not just the Second Amendment they want to get rid of.

Fri Feb 22 04:49:27 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Michael Bane has an update on Colorado gun control

It seems there are Democratic Senators who might be convinced to vote no.  He has the contact information.  The vote is today.

Thu Feb 21 14:56:59 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ominous Rumbles from New Jersey

The Assembly is poised to vote on nearly two dozen measures proponents say will curb gun violence.  The bills are being fast-tracked through the chamber following the Newtown, Conn. School shootings in December.

New Jersey gun owners, don't be taken by surprise.  If they want gun control, make them earn it.

The vote is scheduled for 1pm TODAY.

If you are in New Jersey, contact your legislators NOW.

UPDATE: If you are not in New Jersey, Sebastian has a list of pro-gun bills you might want to call your legislators to support.  It's good to stay on the offense where we can.

Thu Feb 21 08:35:22 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Second Amendment Foundation has an interesting proposal in Washington

Gottlieb is negotiating with legislators to trade his support for universal background check legislation for removing the existing de facto registration records (generated by keeping the records from the existing background checks conducted by licensed dealers). 

I'm not sure I agree with him that it's worth the trade, but it's an interesting proposal. 

  1. How is the destruction of background check records verified?  An anti-gun administration could just order that records be kept in defiance of law, at least for their term in office.  Some enforcement mechanism would be needed.
  2. If the background check is still called in to the FBI in addition to the state level check, what about those records?

There are ways to do background checks without creating a registration system.  One of the obvious ways is to put a marker on the driver's license indicating whether the person is prohibited from owning a gun or not.  Everyone gets the marker, whether yes or no, and people are required to check it.  No phone calls or de facto registration needed.

It's still silly, because criminals won't check.  But it would take this issue off the table.

UPDATE: More details here.

Thu Feb 21 03:01:34 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Columbine survivor rejects gun control

Evan Todd writes:

Mr. President,

As a student who was shot and wounded during the Columbine massacre, I have a few thoughts on the current gun debate. In regards to your gun control initiatives:

Universal Background Checks

First, a universal background check will have many devastating effects. It will arguably have the opposite impact of what you propose. If adopted, criminals will know that they can not pass a background check legally, so they will resort to other avenues. With the conditions being set by this initiative, it will create a large black market for weapons and will support more criminal activity and funnel additional money into the hands of thugs, criminals, and people who will do harm to American citizens.

Second, universal background checks will create a huge bureaucracy that will cost an enormous amount of tax payers dollars and will straddle us with more debt. We cannot afford it now, let alone create another function of government that will have a huge monthly bill attached to it.

Third, is a universal background check system possible without universal gun registration? If so, please define it for us. Universal registration can easily be used for universal confiscation. I am not at all implying that you, sir, would try such a measure, but we do need to think about our actions through the lens of time.

It is not impossible to think that a tyrant, to the likes of Mao, Castro, Che, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and others, could possibly rise to power in America. It could be five, ten, twenty, or one hundred years from now ? but future generations have the natural right to protect themselves from tyrannical government just as much as we currently do. It is safe to assume that this liberty that our forefathers secured has been a thorn in the side of would-be tyrants ever since the Second Amendment was adopted.

Ban on Military-Style Assault Weapons

The evidence is very clear pertaining to the inadequacies of the assault weapons ban. It had little to no effect when it was in place from 1994 until 2004. It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher. The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something laws that they broke.

Gun ownership is at an all time high. And although tragedies like Columbine and Newtown are exploited by ideologues and special-interest lobbying groups, crime is at an all time low. The people have spoken. Gun store shelves have been emptied. Gun shows are breaking attendance records. Gun manufacturers are sold out and back ordered. Shortages on ammo and firearms are countrywide. The American people have spoken and are telling you that our Second Amendment shall not be infringed.

10-Round Limit for Magazines

Virginia Tech was the site of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Seung-Hui Cho used two of the smallest caliber hand guns manufactured and a handful of ten round magazines. There are no substantial facts that prove that limited magazines would make any difference at all.
Second, this is just another law that endangers law-abiding citizens. I?ve heard you ask, "why does someone need 30 bullets to kill a deer?"

Let me ask you this: Why would you prefer criminals to have the ability to out-gun law-abiding citizens? Under this policy, criminals will still have their 30-round magazines, but the average American will not. Whose side are you on?

Lastly, when did they government get into the business of regulating "needs?" This is yet another example of government overreaching and straying from its intended purpose.

Selling to Criminals

Mr. President, these are your words: "And finally, Congress needs to help, rather than hinder, law enforcement as it does its job. We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals. And we should severely punish anybody who helps them do this."

Why don?t we start with Eric Holder and thoroughly investigate the Fast and Furious program?

Furthermore, the vast majority of these mass murderers bought their weapons legally and jumped through all the hoops ?  because they were determined to murder. Adding more hoops and red tape will not stop these types of people. It doesn?t now ? so what makes you think it will in the future? Criminals who cannot buy guns legally just resort to the black market.

Criminals and murderers will always find a way.

Critical Examination

Mr. President, in theory, your initiatives and proposals sound warm and fuzzy ? but in reality they are far from what we need. Your initiatives seem to punish law-abiding American citizens and enable the murderers, thugs, and other lowlifes who wish to do harm to others.

Let me be clear: These ideas are the worst possible initiatives if you seriously care about saving lives and also upholding your oath of office. There is no dictate, law, or regulation that will stop bad things from happening ? and you know that. Yet you continue to push the rhetoric. Why?

You said, "If we can save just one person it is worth it." Well here are a few ideas that will save more that one individual:

First, forget all of your current initiatives and 23 purposed executive orders. They will do nothing more than impede law-abiding citizens and breach the intent of the Constitution. Each initiative steals freedom, grants more power to an already-overreaching government, and empowers and enables criminals to run amok.

Second, press Congress to repeal the "Gun Free Zone Act." Don?t allow America?s teachers and students to be endangered one-day more. These parents and teachers have the natural right to defend themselves and not be looked at as criminals. There is no reason teachers must disarm themselves to perform their jobs. There is also no reason a parent or volunteer should be disarmed when they cross the school line.

This is your chance to correct history and restore liberty. This simple act of restoring freedom will deter would-be murderers and for those who try, they will be met with resistance.

Mr. President, do the right thing, restore freedom, and save lives. Show the American people that you stand with them and not with thugs and criminals.


Severely Concerned Citizen, Evan M. Todd

Seems to me his head is screwed on straight.

Thu Feb 21 02:54:32 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

New York preparing to screw gun owners again

A bill was introduced in the State Assembly by Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) that would require citizens of New York to acquire liability insurance as a condition to gun ownership.

Bill S2353 will require all gun owners in NY to obtain and "continuously maintain" insurance coverage of at least $1 million, or they will suffer "immediate revocation of such owner's registration, license and any other privilege to own" a firearm.

If the citizen fails to obtain the insurance, then by simply owning the firearm, they will be in violation of the law.

It seems New York isn't done screwing their honest citizens.  Like other proposals to require liability insurance for gun owners, this isn't about paying your costs for an accident -- it's supposedly about paying for criminal use of your gun.  Except that criminal use of your gun would be a deliberate act, not the sort of thing covered by insurance.

Normally, I'd say that the real purpose of requiring insurance is to get a list of gun owners, but New York already has registration for handguns.  In this case, it's about placing a financial barrier between gun ownership and the poor:
It is estimated that simple liability insurance for $1 million in coverage for gun owners would cost between $1600-2000 annually. That additional financial burden to own a gun will be prohibitively expensive for many NY State citizens. Gun ownership will no longer be an option with the additional cost from obtaining liability insurance.
This comes after New York just last month passed a draconian ban on ugly semi-automatic rifles and limited magazine capacity to 7 rounds.

It's not that they want to reduce crime or improve safety.  It's that they hate us and want to drive us out of any territory they control.

Thu Feb 21 02:47:35 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

I want to make sure this gets the proper attention

Many people argue that the Second Amendment only protects guns that were conceivable at the time of the founding, and suggest that those were limited to single-shot rifles and muskets.  There are a couple possible counterarguments; the usual one is that the First Amendment protects free speech with the internet or a typewriter just as much as it protects your right to own a hand-cranked typesetting machine in your basement.  Another counterargument, admittedly not always well received, is to point out that the founders were OK with ordinary citizens owning cannon, artillery, and warships.

Now we have the option to point out that the founders were familiar with rapid-fire firearms, even if they were not widespread.  The link goes to evidence of a functional machine gun... in 1718, long before the revolutionary war.

The Second Amendment specifies "arms".  If they had meant to be specific, they would have said "firearms" or "rifles" or "muskets" or "handguns".

Thu Feb 21 02:03:08 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Republican Heck favors gun registration

He needs to hear from us.

Thu Feb 21 02:02:21 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Second EPA official resigns over secret email accounts

He's not the only one they are still investigating, either.  

Thu Feb 21 02:00:25 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Comcast is anti-gun

According to Dan Riehl, they're pulling gun shop ads.

Thu Feb 21 02:00:02 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Newtown forensics expert opposes gun control

Robinson pointed out that less than two percent of the firearms he has examined since 1996 that have been linked to violent crime in Bridgeport have been the caliber of AR-15 or AK-47 weapons.

"Since November 1996, I have examined approximately 2,370 firearms. Of that number 36 of them were either .223/5.56 mm or 7.6239 mm," Robinson said. "The percentage of those guns was about [1.5 percent]."

"I did further research on homicides and assaults in the years 2006 to 2012 inclusive. Of the 217 such cases, there were 912 bullets and 466 cartridge cases recovered. One assault involved .223 caliber and none involved 7.6339 mm caliber. The largest number cartridge cases recovered in one case was 37 and that involved two guns. The investigations that involved the recovery of eleven or more cartridge cases was 22. Of the 22 cases, 21 involved 2 or more guns," Robinson added.

A little old, but worth mentioning.

Thu Feb 21 01:59:41 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Game On in Pennsylvania

The forces of evil have introduced gun registration, gun rationing, and restrictions on lawful self-defense. 

Hat tip to Sebastian.

Wed Feb 20 05:32:48 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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