Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Stake in the Heart of Gun Control

There are so many of life’s issues where there is a disconnect between the actual data and most liberals’ beliefs that it’s always a source of amusement and amazement to me. Gun control is one of them. Over the past thirty years, state after state has authorized gun carry permits for law-abiding citizens who qualify. After every state has taken this step, the violent crime rate has decreased substantially, while gun crimes by permit holders are practically non-existent. Here is an overall report:

Gun ownership up, crime down

FBI violent-crime rates show safer nation with more gun owners

By Emily Miller June 19, 2012 The Washington Times

Gun-control advocates are noticeably silent when crime rates decline. Their multimillion-dollar lobbying efforts are designed to manufacture mass anxiety that every gun owner is a potential killer. The statistics show otherwise.

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that violent crime decreased 4 percent in 2011. The number of murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults all went down, continuing a pattern.

"This is not a one-year anomaly, but a steady decline in the FBI's violent-crime rates," said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the National Rifle Association. "It would be disingenuous for anyone to not credit increased self-defense laws to account for this decline."

Mr. Arulanandam pointed out that only a handful of states had concealed-carry programs 25 years ago, when the violent-crime rate peaked. Today, 41 states either allow carrying without a permit or have "shall issue" laws that make it easy for just about any noncriminal to get a permit. Illinois and Washington, D.C., are the only places that refuse to recognize the right to bear arms. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence did not respond to requests for comment.

If the gun grabbers were right, we'd be in the middle of a crime wave, considering how many guns are on the streets. "Firearms sales have increased substantially since right after the 2008 election," said Bill Brassard, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which represents the $4 billion firearms and ammunition industry. "There was a leveling off in 2010, but now we're seeing a surge again."

The FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) serves as one of the best indicators of gun sales because it counts each time someone buys a gun. Checks hit an all-time high of 16.5 million last year. In the first five months of this year, the numbers have gone up 10 percent over the same period last year as Americans rush to the gun store in case President Obama decides to exercise "more flexibility" in restricting guns in a second term.

Gun manufacturing is the one private-sector industry "doing fine" on Mr. Obama's watch. Sturm, Ruger & Co. sold 1 million firearms in the first quarter of 2012 - an amazing 50 percent increase from the first quarter of 2011. The jump was so steep that the company stopped accepting orders from March to May to catch up with demand for its products.

Last month, Smith & Wesson announced a firearm-order backlog of approximately $439 million by the end of April, up 135 percent from the same quarter in 2011. Sales in that period were up 28 percent from 2011 and 14 percent over its own predictions to investors. NSSF estimates the industry is responsible for approximately 180,000 jobs and has an annual impact on the U.S. economy of $28 billion.

Mr. Obama could honestly take credit for this jobs program, economic boost and the reduction in violent crime that has followed the spike in gun ownership on his watch. Instead, he's silent about his greatest positive accomplishment.

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At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sad part of this story is the fact that people feel they need a gun to survive. That's one hell of a commentary on our society.

I am not anti-gun. I'm for any responsible person to own as many guns as they can afford. Maybe drawing the line at assault weapons or weapons of mass destruction. I have never owned a gun and do not feel I need to either. But for those who do, go for it.

At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

It's nice to see Eric Holder squirming for a change. He seems to be doing a lot of sandbagging these days. I have a sneaking suspicion that Obama is also squirming. All Holder has to do is come up with the documents that Darrel Issa has been asking him for.
Holder has blood on his hands and I think that in time we're going to find out that Obama was in on it from the get go. It was all about advancing a plan for more gun control but the plan blew up in their faces because one or our own border patrol guards was murdered, not to mention countless others who were also murdered by the drug carels.
Now its time for Holder to squirm. For a guy who is dead set against Americans owning firearms I bet he thought it was all fit and proper for his federal thugs to go into the Gibson Guitar factory with guns drawn and confiscate over a million dollars worth of their Indian rosewood which is used to make fingerboards for guitars and for what? Was it to harrass the Gibson CEO for donating to the GOP? It's been three years now and no charges have been issued against Gibson and no court case in site. The thugs under Holder told the Gibson people that this can all go away if they move their factory to India. What's that tell you about Holder and the corrupt DOJ? So much for Obama's plan for keeping jobs in the US Hu?
Of course, the lame stream media will never report on this.
"We better not pick on them or we'll be branded a racist" right, or are they too busy sniffing Obama's throne to make him look bad? Believe me, he and Biden don't need any help on that. They're doing a pretty good job of looking bad almost every week.

I'm going to say this again.
Nobody was ever murdered in Watergate. In time we'll soon find out that both Holder and Obama were the chief players in this sneaky underhanded ploy to advance their anti-gun agenda, only this time it blew up in their face. Hopefully these two will pony up and we can get rid of them for good.


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