Gun Control Failures? Yes, Cato Article

Gun Control Failures? Yes, Cato Article

The Cato article, “Another Failed Gun Control Experiment” By Daniel J. Mitchell, is an interesting read. It cites other articles where Gun Control legislation didn’t and doesn’t work. Some who write in favor of gun control even admit that from time to time. Check out his links to other articles on the gun control topic.

Daniel J. Mitchell writes:

It sounds strange, but my two favorite columns on gun control were authored by self-identified leftists. But they didn’t let ideology trump common sense.

Justin Cronin, for instance, explained that restrictions on gun ownership undermined his ability to protect his family. And Jeffrey Goldberg looked at the evidence and concluded that guns make people safer.

This doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate gun control columns by non-leftists. This Larry Correia piece, for instance, is must reading if you want to understand about magazine limits and so-called assault weapons.

And if you like real-world evidence, Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe examines what happened after Massachusetts adopted onerous gun control legislation. He starts by explaining the law and what supporters promised. . . .

Read more here.

Communists Supports Obama’s Gun Control Policies

Communists Supports Obama’s Gun Control Policies

The nonsense in the article is almost too much to bear. Common sense proposals for gun law reform? Sure. Everything Washington D.C. does these is ‘common sense’, and that is why our country is sliding into the abyss.

In the wake of the Newtown massacre, polls show the great majority of Americans are now insisting that the ability to live free from the fear or threat of gun violence is a fundamental democratic right – one that far supercedes any so-called personal gun rights allegedly contained in the Second Amendment.

In fact, the right-wing extremists opposing all efforts to curb gun violence are the same forces that rallied behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, hoping to undermine every other democratic right as well as the living standards of workers and ordinary Americans. It is for that reason, as well as the need to protect public safety, that the same coalition of labor and its allies that worked so hard and effectively to re-elect President Barack Obama must now go all-out to back his common sense proposals for gun law reform.

As Obama has charged, the extremists recklessly “gin up fear” that the government is coming to take away hunting rifles and personal weapons owned for legitimate self-defense. Led by the hate-mongering leadership of the National Rifle Association, they use a totally fraudulent and only very recent interpretation of the Second Amendment which they falsely claim as necessary for protecting every other freedom contained in the Bill of Rights. . . .

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Stephen Halbrook’s “Darker Side of Gun Control” – When the Nazis Disarmed the Jews

Stephen Halbrook’s “Darker Side of Gun Control” – When the Nazis Disarmed the Jews

Stephen Halbrook’s “Darker Side of Gun Control” was published in the National Law Journal, May 24, 2004. It is a short, disturbing account of what happened to the Jews in Germany. And of course, disarming the Jews was for their ‘good’ and the safety and welfare of the country. No, the Nazis were preparing to harm the Jews, and to do so the Jews were first disarmed.

Halbrook’s short article provides the context and background for how and when the Jews were disarmed.

What supreme irony on the Opinion page: “An Infamous Date,” Harry Reicher’s worthy reminder about Nazi laws against Jews, juxtaposed with “Reasonable Regulation,” Amitai Etzioni’s diatribe against the Second Amendment [NLJ, April 5]. Ironic, because Nazi laws against Jews denied them any right to keep and bear arms.

After the Nazis took power in 1933, they immediately made use of two laws passed by the liberal Weimar Republic: a law authorizing the suspension of civil liberties [the Reichstag fire being the pretext] and the Gun Control Act of 1928. They executed massive search-and-seizure operations for subversive publications and unlicensed firearms, ostensibly to repress “Communists” but in fact to disarm political opponents and Jews.

The Weimar law allowed police to deny firearm ownership to any “unreliable” person. Dr. Werner Best, chief legal advisor and second in command in the Gestapo, directed on Dec. 16, 1935, that Gestapo permission must be obtained for issuance to a Jew of a permit to carry a weapon. Hitler signed an amended Gun Control Act in March 1938, broadening exemptions to include Nazi party members and barring Jews from the firearms industry.

Just one day before Kristallnacht in November 1938, police announced a campaign “to disarm Berlin’s Jewish population,” claiming to have seized 1,702 unlicensed firearms from Jews. The actual pogrom entailed breaking into Jewish homes on a massive scale [ostensibly to search for weapons] and the torching of synagogues. . . .

Read more of The Darker Side of Gun Control here.

More Gun Control Efforts From President Obama – CBC Foundation Dinner

More Gun Control Efforts From President Obama – CBC Foundation Dinner

President Obama spoke at the gala announcing his renewed efforts for new restrictions on firearms purchases. Using Chicago criminal violence and the recent DC Navy Yard shooting, president Obama will push for more gun control. No surprise for gun rights’ advocates. It would be a surprise if the gun control advocates could actually demonstrate that gun control works, and that fewer restrictions on gun rights (allowing handguns and concealed carry, etc) is the problem. Unfortunately, that isn’t the agenda for the progressives who see government policies as the only solution for our problems, and not as the failures they are in real life.

Chicago already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the USA, and what is happening there?

. . . In a fiery speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gala, Obama also renewed his push for sweeping new restrictions on firearms purchases. The president cited the recent rash of deadly shootings in his home town of Chicago, as well as Monday’s rampage at Washington’s Navy Yard, and exhorted lawmakers, “We’ve got to get back up and go back at it.” . . .

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California’s Gun Grab – Gun Control on Steroids

California’s Gun Grab – Gun Control on Steroids

These new gun control bills, if they are signed into law, will impact everything related to firearms, ammunition, and as the article claims, even hunting. If these do become law, I hope folks are able to fight back as they did in Colorado and recall the politicians who are doing this to the general public.

Breaking new ground in the state-level battle over firearms, the Democratic-dominated California state legislature has taken gun control into uncharted territory with a flurry of new bills that target not just firearms and ammunition, but also recreational hunting.

Among the dozen gun-control bills sitting on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk are measures that would outlaw lead ammunition for hunting as well as common types of hunting rifles under the umbrella of an assault-weapons ban. Taken together, the measures go far beyond the efforts that have inspired a sharp backlash and political battles in states such as Connecticut and Colorado.

To put the lead bill in context, about 95 percent of all ammunition sold in California contains lead. The alternative is metal bullets, some of which can pierce police armor and are banned by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Critics say the bill would effectively end hunting as a sport in California.

“If California outlaws lead bullets, the federal government already outlaws everything else, so there’s nothing left for hunters to use,” said California Assemblyman Brian Jones, a Republican from Santee. “It basically outlaws hunting.” . . . “

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Chicago’s Gun Control Laws Have Made the City Safer? NO! Try New US Murder Capital

Chicago’s Gun Control Laws Have Made the City Safer? NO! Try New US Murder Capital

According to Investor’s Business Daily, 2012 FBI statistics place Chicago as the murder capital of the USA, passing New York City. All the gun control laws do is keep guns away from law-abiding citizens, since criminals by definition do not obey laws, especially gun control laws.

Gun Crime: FBI statistics show Chicago, with one-third the population, passing New York City in the number of murders in 2012. Is it time for a national conversation about gang control vs. gun control?

President Obama doesn’t often mention his hometown when he talks about gun control. Then he’d have to explain, in arguably the most gun-restricted big city in America in the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms, why Chicago is now officially the murder capital of the United States. . . .

Read the rest of the Investor’s Business Daily’s article here

Ronald Reagan and Gun Control – OpEd by Anthony Gregory

Ronald Reagan and Gun Control – OpEd by Anthony Gregory

Gregory has written a thoughtful editorial with regard to Ronald Reagan’s gun control efforts. Conservatives who are identified with gun rights aren’t used to hearing this side of Reagan. But, as Gregory shows, Reagan did pursue gun control policies.

I suppose it takes a true radical these days to question the progressive’s sacred cow: Ronald Reagan. You read that right. This paradigm of modern conservatism was one of the most important American champions of gun control in recent decades, and so he has become a convenient talking point for liberals who want to argue that even Ronald Reagan favored strict gun laws.

And indeed, he did—all throughout his political career. As president he used executive order to ban the importation of certain shotguns, and later he threw his weight behind the Brady Bill and 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.

As governor of California, Reagan signed the Mulford Act into law in 1967. Written by Republican Assemblyman Don Mulford, the legislation was the most sweeping state edict in all the country, prohibiting the more or less free carrying of firearms in public. It went along with the rest of his heavy-handed entire law-and-order agenda and inspired an avalanche of new gun laws nationwide. . . .

Read more of Gregory’s OpEd on Reagan’s Gun Control policies here.

Tennessee Guns Across America Rally Video – Gun Rights Activist and Author Nikki Goeser Speaks

Tennessee Guns Across America Rally Video – Gun Rights Activist and Author Nikki Goeser Speaks

Nikki is the author of Denied a Chance: How gun control helped a stalker murder my husband.

She is the victim of gun control laws that left her defenseless, allowing a criminal to walk in and shoot her husband to death right in front of her.

Watch and hear why she is now an activist for the Second Amendment.

“How gun control killed my husband” – an interview with Nikki Goeser

This is an excellent interview with Nikki Goeser, author of Denied a Chance: How gun control helped a stalker murder my husband.

Nikki Goeser had a life most people only dream about. She was married to a great guy named Ben, and they were deeply and genuinely in love. Attractive, intelligent, and determined, Nikki graduated from university with a degree in psychology, she worked at a local college by day, and, at night, Nikki and Ben ran a professional Karaoke company that provided entertainment for several of Nashville’s clubs and bars. Then, in one terrible moment on April 2, 2009, her life was changed forever.

Nikki first began to legally carry a gun after the kidnapping and murder of two University of Tennessee students in 2007, but, on that rainy April night two years later, she was forced to lock her gun in the glove compartment of her car due to the Tennessee law that forbade citizens with a carry permit from bringing their weapon into a restaurant or bar. Nikki was forced to watch in horror as a man who had been stalking her pumped six bullets from a .45 caliber pistol into Ben Goeser, ending his life and shattering Nikki’s existence.

Since that terrible day, Nikki has worked tirelessly to eliminate the dangerous no carry zones that protect no one and make it easier for criminals to victimize law abiding citizens. After a prolonged political battle, she was finally successful is getting the law changed in Tennessee, but the victory came with potentially fatal flaw. Restaurant and bar owners have the option of posting a sign making their premises a no carry zone; a move Nikki considers an open, public announcement to criminals that they have free reign to rob and pillage an establishment full of unarmed citizens. . . .

This is an excellent article with a detailed discussion of why gun control doesn’t work, and what we need to defend our 2nd Amendment rights.

Read the complete interview with Nikki Goeser here.

Denied a Chance: How gun control helped a stalker murder my husband by Nicole Goeser

Denied a Chance: How gun control helped a stalker murder my husband by Nicole Goeser is a powerful story of what’s wrong with gun control. Gun control laws in Tennessee forced her to leave her gun in the car, forced her to be defenseless, when a stalker walked in and shot her husband to death right in front of her.

Gun control creates ‘gun free zones’, the favorite place for criminals and psychos to hunt their defenseless victims.

While some who have been victims of criminals who use guns have chosen to advocate for more gun control, Nicole chose to become a 2nd Amendment activist, fighting for the right to keep and bear arms.

Her book, Denied a Chance: How gun control helped a stalker murder my husband , is available on Amazon.