"the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed"

The Second Amendment to the US Constitution



The odds that you can pick ahead of time the ONE out of 33,300 guns will be used to murder someone NEXT YEAR are astronomically low, which is why it disgusts me that the NRA would support ANY type of background check


Since 8 guns are used for self defense for each ONE used for murder, background checks are 8 times more likely to prohibit a gun used for self defense than one used for murder


A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.

--George Washington

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"The high office of the President has been used to foment a plot to destroy the Americans freedom, and before I leave office, I must inform the citizen of this plight."

John F. Kennedy- Columbia University, Nov. 12, 1963

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"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

Thomas Jefferson

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"A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 74% of American Adults continue to believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of an average citizen to own a gun. Only 17% disagree, while nine percent (9%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)"


Priceless: Piers Morgan Shushes John Lott


People living in neighborhoods with low gun ownership like DC, compared to people living in high gun ownership areas like North Dakota, are 9 times more likely to have their car stolen (1,449 vs. 151), 100 times more likely to be robbed (1,107 vs. 11), twice as likely to be raped (43.7 vs. 23.4), 350 times more likely to be murdered (70 vs. 0.2), 9 times more likely to be assaulted (1,442 vs. 166), and 5 times more likely to be burglarized (1,761 vs. 325).

http://www.census.gov/prod/2/gen/96statab/law.pdf  Table No. 312

0.03% to 1% of all guns are used for self defense EACH YEAR

  1. Excellent gun FACTS. http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp

  1. One Million Guns in North Dakota and Two Murders: by Knives

  1. 22,000 Guns in DC and 488 Murders, but two thirds or 325 murders did NOT involve a gun

  1. One Gun of Every 29,521 in the US Was Used Last Year To Murder Someone

  1. 85 Guns of Every 29,521 Were Used for Self Defense


The Utter Futility of "Background Checks"

If you were to just randomly deny just ONE US citizen the right to bear arms, you have one chance out of 40,000 (400,000,000 / 10,000) of predicting ahead of time that this is the gun which will be used to murder someone. But you have one chance out of 5,000 that this is the gun which will be used for SELF DEFENSE (defensive gun use 400,000,000 / 80,000).

If you deny that gun permit based on a history of violence or mental illness, the odds decrease dramatically (one order of magnitude), because 90% of gun murderers have no such history. In fact, a common response by all who know such suspects is "he was such a nice boy" or "we had no idea he would do such a thing". You now have one chance out of 400,000 of picking that one single gun which will be used for murder.

If you just randomly deny TWO US citizens the right to bear arms, you now have one chance out of (40,000 x 40,000) or 1.6 BILLION of picking the right TWO guns which will be used for murder. If you deny TWO guns based on a person's criminal history, you are down to one chance out of 16 BILLION.

If you just randomly deny THREE US citizens the right to bear arms, you now have one chance out of 64 quadrillion of picking the right THREE guns which will be usd for murder. Do you really want to know what the odds are if you use mental illness as a criteria?

Of course all of the above depends on people who are obeying ALL of our twenty two thousand gun control laws. If I were to suddenly jump up and decide to murder someone, you can BYSA that I'm not going to use one of my guns which is in compliance with the 22 THOUSAND gun control laws--I will borrow, buy, or steal a DIFFERENT gun which is not even remotely associated with me. One thought that casually crosses my mind is how many female deputies and policewomen are walking around with guns who look like walking gun racks, and how many judges who seem to be oblivious to this very serious threat to their vey own lives. You would be SHOCKED to learn how many of these female "police officers" guns have been used for mass murder. Voila, you can now multiply the above odds by another three order of magnitude [read: your odds are now less than one chance out of one septillion].


250-350,000 in PRISON JUST for Technical Violations of 22,000 Gun Control Laws



South Africa 50 million x 69/100k = 34,500 murders / 5,950,000 guns [12.7% of the people] = 580 murders per 100,000 guns

Colombia 46.4 million x 61.1/100k = 28,350 murders / 2,200,000 guns [5.9% of the people] = 1,288 murders per 100,000 guns

Thailand x 69.5 million x 9/100k = 6,255 murders / 10,000,000 guns [15.6%] = 77.8 murders per 100,000 guns

Philippines 7,708 murders / 3,900,000 guns [4.6% of the people] = 198 murders per 100,000 guns

DC = 488 murders / 22,000 guns [3.6%] = 2,218 murders per 100,000 guns

North Dakota = 1 murder / 1,100,000 guns [1.8 guns per person] = 0.1 murders per 100,000 guns

Detroit = 438 murders / 20,498 guns = 2,137 murders per 100,000 guns

Saudi Arabia 265 murders / 6,000,000 guns [35%] = 4.4 murders per 100,000 guns

Switzerland 53 murders / 3,400,000 guns [45.7%] = 1.6 murders per 100,000 guns

UAE 39 murders / 1,000,000 guns [22.1%] = 3.9 murders per 100,000 guns

Yemen 990 murders / 10,000,000 guns [54.8%] = 9.9 murders per 100,000 guns

Qatar 2 murders / 520,000 guns [19.2%] = 0.4 murders per 100,000 guns



0.03% to 1% of all guns are used for self defense EACH YEAR! 


"In the 10-year period from November 30, 1998 to December 31, 2008, about 96 million background checks for gun purchases were processed through the federal background check system. Of these, approximately 681,000 or about 1% were denied"


Since then another 63 million background checks have been performed and another 296,470 gun permits have been denied, for a total of 977,470 denied gun permits just since 1998. Ignoring for a moment that the vast majority of those who WERE denied gun permits were able to get guns by other illegal and LEGAL avenues, AND that those who were denied permits may have been precisely the ones who NEEDED those guns for self protection, on AVERAGE 323 to 9,775 of those gun permits which were denied were NOT available for self protection at precisely the time they WERE needed.




606 Accidental Gun Deaths per Year


232 children are killed accidentally each year by 310 million guns = 0.07 child deaths per 100,000 guns

drownings 1.3 per 100,000 population

9,100 gun murders / 310,000,000 guns = 2.9 murders per 100,000 guns

40,000 flu deaths / 310,000,000 people = 12.9 deaths per 100,000 population

32,310 traffic deaths in 2011, of which 80% or 25,848 were killed by sober drivers / 167,694,000 sober drivers = 15.4 per 100,000 sober drivers

35,910 auto deaths / 209,618,000 drivers licenses = 17.1 deaths per 100,000 state issued drivers license

281 AIDS deaths in one of America's AIDS capital, Boston / 625,087 population = 45 AIDS deaths per 100,000 population

365 children are killed each year in 480,000 school buses = 76 deaths per 100,000 school buses

320,000 deaths due to FAT people / 186,000,000 FAT people = 172 deaths per 100,000 FAT people

443,000 smoking related deaths / 90,000,000 smokers = 492 deaths per 100,000 smokers

1,600,000 abortions / 124 million fertile wombs = 1,290 murdered innocent babies per 100,000 fertile wombs

732 homosexual AIDS deaths in DC in 1994 / 6,100 homosexuals = 12,000 AIDS deaths per 100,000 homosexuals

783,936 deaths by medical mistakes [read: iatrogenesis] / 620,000 doctors = 126,441     deaths per 100,000 doctors



Compared to being shot and killed by a gun, a child in Sandy Hook is


6 times more likely to drown
5 times more likely to die in a fire
67 times more likely to be poisoned
80 times more likely to commit suicide
12 times more likely to be murdered
43 times more likely to die from falls
67 times more likely to die in a car accident (excluding school buses)
4 times more likely to die from a botched abortion
14 times more likely to die of diarrhea
equally as likely to die of kidney infection

equally as likely to die of meningitis
64 times more likely to die of respiratory disease
59 times more likely to die of liver disease
100 times more likely to die of the flu
47 times more likely to die of hypertension
50 times more likely to die of Parkinson's disease
1,565 times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease
183 times more likely to die of Alzheimer's disease
120 times more likely to die of diabetes
1,150 times more likely to die of cancer
13 times more likely to die of hepatitis
65 times more likely to die of septicemia
3,379 times more likely to die of iatrogenesis [read: medical mistake]

Table 15







Over the last four decades, if it were possible for gun control laws to have prevented ALL of the gun homicides in the country, we still would have had a murder rate between 2-4 murders per 100,000 population, which is STILL 10-20 TIMES higher than Singapore, the Republic of Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and North Dakota. IF the very strict gun control laws in DC HAD been able to prevent ALL of the 163 murders out of 488 which involved guns, DC STILL would have had 325 murders, a murder rate of 53, which is 267 TIMES higher than ALL of the above.





NCVS = 108,000 DGU's


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention = 498,000 in 1994

Kleck & Gertz = 2,500,000 DGU's in 1995

NSPOF unfiltered = 4.11% = 12,946,500 DGU's/5 years = 2,589,300 in 2012

NSPOF filtered = 1.71% = 5,386,500 DGU's/5 years = 1,077,300 in 2012


Journal of Quantitative Criminology = 989,883 in 2000

Sanity Check, 33% of convicts admit they were deterred by someone with a gun = 46,343,405 DGU's in 2012

Sanity Check, 66% of convicts admit they *know* a convict who was deterred by someone with a gun = 92,686,810 DGU's in 2012

How do we explain the 18 fold discrepancy (2.5 million for a police advocacy group vs. 46.3 million for a sanity check estimate) in the rate of gun usage for self defense? The obvious and admitted bias of the authors of studies like the NSPOF would explain such a large discrepancy, by itself. That, coupled with the tendency of the federal government to under-estimate crime rates as much as they over-estimate economic progress, coupled with political pressure by Democrats to portray minorities in a better light, would be enough to explain the entire discrepancy.

How do we explain the 23 fold discrepancy between the NCVS at only 108,000 DGU's and Kleck & Gertz at 2,500,00 DGU's? The NCVS estimates are ONLY for crimes reported to police. The Bureau of Justice Statistics itself estimates it to be only 1 out of every 12.







Let's examine the following Ruth Bader Ginsburg statement more closely:

"... [A]ccording to the committee, "[f]or every intruder stopped by a homeowner with a firearm, there are 4 gun-related accidents within the home."

In the ENTIRE country, there are a grand total 789 gun deaths, in and OUT of the home. If HALF of those were "in the home", then in the ENTIRE COUNTRY, there are a grand total of 395 accidental gun deaths "IN THE HOME".

Yet SHE expects US to believe that the number of "intruders stopped by a homeowner with a firearm" is ONE FOURTH of that, or a whopping 99 times IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY?

This doesn't even pass the stink test. Even the CDC counts 82,500 acts of self defense with a firearm, which is 835 TIMES Ruth's estimate. And the REAL, most likely number is more than 90 million, which is A MILLION TIMES higher than her estimate.



[upon reflection, we must be more precise in our just condemnation of this IDIOT.  YES, she was referring to all gun accidents, not just gun deaths.  It would be impossible for this *idiot* to know that residents of DC, as DUMB as they might appear to the REST of the world, are THIS much more accidental and suicidal than the rest of the country or world, so we will apply national statistics to DC.


15,968 non-fatal gun accidents per year

851 fatal gun accidents per year

16,819 total gun accidents per year

If we are to believe that we have a supreme court justice who can THINK, then we must believe that SHE thinks that, in the *ENTIRE* country, guns are used only 4,205 times EACH YEAR in self defense.


She has UTTERLY NO source for this, which is why she provided no cite!]





About three-fourths of the victims who used firearms for
self-defense did so during a crime of violence, 1987-92

Average annual number of victimizations
in which victims used firearms to defend
themselves or their property
Attacked Threatened Total offender offender
All crimes 82,500 30,600 51,900
Total violent crime 62,200 25,500 36,700

With injury 12,100 7,300 4,900
Without injury 50,000 18,200 31,800

Theft, burglary, motor vehicle theft 20,300 5,100 15,200






"A 1993 nationwide survey of 4,977 households found that over the previous five years, at least 3.5% of households had members who had used a gun 'for self-protection or for the protection of property at home, work, or elsewhere.' Applied to the U.S. population, this amounts to 1,029,615 such incidents per year. This figure excludes all 'military service, police work, or work as a security guard.'[19]"


2013 Sanity check: 110,000,000 households x 3.5% = 3,850,000 over five years = 770,000 per year









A 1994 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Americans use guns to frighten away intruders who are breaking into their homes about 498,000 times per year.[20] [Editor's note: AND that guns are used for self defense IN the home a total of 2,897,969 each year, and excludes ALL use of guns for self defense OUTSIDE of the home].




"firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives" John Lott






Based on survey data from a 2000 study published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology,[17] U.S. civilians use guns to defend themselves and others from crime at least 989,883 times per year.[18]


Paper: �Measuring Civilian Defensive Firearm Use: A Methodological Experiment.� By David McDowall and others. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, March 2000.












How do we explain the 23 fold discrepancy between the NCVS at only 108,000 DGU's and Kleck & Gertz at 2,500,00 DGU's? The NCVS estimates are ONLY for crimes reported to police. The Bureau of Justice Statistics itself estimates it to be only 1 out of every 12.





One out of every 12 crimes are reported to police.

3,248 per 100,000 population property crimes reported to the police

x 12 = 38,976 per 100,000 population total property crimes

x 315 million population = 122,774,400 total property crimes EACH YEAR

467.2 per 100,000 violent crimes reported to the police

x 12 = 5,606.4 per 100,000 total violent crimes

x 315 million population = 17,660,160 total violent crimes EACH YEAR

140,434,560 TOTAL crimes EACH YEAR

In numerous surveys, inmates claim that two thirds of the inmates they know were frustrated from committing a crime by someone with a gun.



A 1982 survey of male felons in 11 state prisons dispersed across the U.S. found:[21]

� 34% had been �scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim�
� 40% had decided not to commit a crime because they �knew or believed that the victim was carrying a gun�
� 69% personally knew other criminals who had been �scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim�

Book: Armed and Considered Dangerous: A Survey of Felons and Their Firearms (Expanded Edition). By James D. Wright and Peter D. Rossi. Aldine De Gruyter, 1986 (Expanded edition published in 1994). 

140,434,560 TOTAL crimes EACH YEAR x 0.66 =


92,686,810 uses of a gun EACH YEAR for self protection

Is it at all possible that guns are used 92,686,810 times EACH YEAR to prevent a crime, which would mean that guns are used 9,756 TIMES more often for self protection than they are to murder someone, AND that the NCVS study is off by 1,117 TIMES, AND that the filtered report from the police advocacy group is off by ONE HUNDRED TIMES?


It IS hard to imagine: BUT it also hard to imagine what those murder figures would be WITHOUT those guns used for self protection!


Why, this would mean the nation would have a murder rate on par with the nation's Murder Capital of the World capitol );






The relationship between gun ownership and murder rates is not linear, but exponential: that is, as the number of guns per capita reaches zero, the homicide rate increases exponentially. It's only after you understand this, that you can understand why private ownership of almost one million guns in North Dakota led to the nation's lowest homicide rate (0.2 in 1994), and private ownership of only 22,000 guns in DC (where trigger locks reduced their efficacy for self defense to less than ZERO) led to one of the WORLD'S highest murder rates, at 82 per 100,000 population throughout the early 1990's. Extrapolating this exponential curve indicates that we won't reach ZERO murders until we reach 2.8 guns per capita, a three fold increase from the current 0.86 guns per capita.

This equation applies equally well across countries, once we understand that gun ownership numbers are hard to come by in some countries, as well as some cities. For example, the dramatic 37% plunge in the murder rate in DC within only 3 years of the Supreme Court tossing out the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, without there having been a dramatic increase in the number of guns there (on TOP of the fact that the existing 22,000 guns were finally made available for self defense). To fit this exponential curve, we must assume that gun ownership there increased 12 fold, from 0.037 per capita to 0.45.

COULD this have happened without the mainstream mass hysteria media having picked up on it? SURE. They still can't even bear to report the REASON for such a dramatic decrease in the murder rate in our nation's capitol in the first place, so they STILL can't even wrap their heads around why us White racists are screeching so loudly about OUR [not THEIR] Second Amendment rights.

Here are some other examples which fit the curve without any adjustment: the low murder rates in Plano, Tx. and Henderson, NV are explained by their actual rate of gun ownership of 1.12. Santa Ana's relatively high murder rate of 7.4 is explained by it's relatively low rate of gun ownership of .65. DC's record high murder rate of 82 in 1992 is explained by the fact that not even the 22,000 guns there could be used for self defense because of the unconstitutional gun control laws which persisted until 2009. North Dakota's lowest murder rate was .17 (rather than the rounded off 0.2 reported in the Statistical Abstract), which fits perfectly with its official gun owner ship rate of 1.7.

Colombia 0.08 61.1
New Orleans 0.12 51.7
St Louis 0.185 40.3
Detroit 0.19 40
Baltimore 0.21 37.3
Chicago 2012 0.36 22.2
DC 2012 0.45 15
Santa Ana 0.65 7.4
India 0.85 3
Plano, Tx 1.12 1.5
Henderson 1.13 1.49
Saudi Arabia 1.4 0.8
Switzerland 1.5 0.67

Here are some revealing adjustments which must be made internationally and nationally to fit the curve:

Where the official rate of gun ownership for the US is put at 0.9, our extraordinary murder rate indicates that it's actually only 0.74. That can be explained by our record number of gun control laws (22,000 of them), and more than 265,000 men imprisoned JUST for technical violations of those gun laws which were NOT used in a real crime. Once those laws are all tossed out, our murder rate ought to decrease to about 1.0, similar to what happened in DC when it plunged an amazing 94%. India's relatively low murder rate of 3.0 suggests that their rate of gun ownership should be 0.85 rather than only 0.034. Is this possible? Probably not, indicating that India doesn't experience the problems with multiculturalism that we do. Colombia, while it is the country which has one of the highest murder rates, at 61.1, has a lower murder rate than a dozen US cities have experienced. To fit it to the curve, we must INCREASE it's estimated gun ownership rate from 0.059 to 0.08. Is it possible that Colombians have 36% more privately owned firearms than their government estimate? It's PROBABLE.

In order to explain the 38% increase in the murder rate in Chicago from 16.1 to 22.2 in only 3 years [during which time the murder rate in the entire country plunged, and the rate in our nation's capitol plunged 37%], we must assume that efforts by Rahm to REDUCE private ownership of guns was a "success", and that he managed to reduce it from 0.43 to 0.36.


Total Gun Deaths

ChartIn the United States, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2011: 32,1636
2010: 31,6727
2009: 31,347
2008: 31,593
2007: 31,224
2006: 30,896
2005: 30,694
2004: 29,569
2003: 30,136
2002: 30,242
2001: 29,573
2000: 28,663
1999: 28,874

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2011: 10.36
2010: 10.267
2009: 10.22
2008: 10.39
2007: 10.37
2006: 10.35
2005: 10.39
2004: 10.10
2003: 10.39
2002: 10.51
2001: 10.38
2000: 10.19
1999: 10.35

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn the United States, annual homicides by any means total

2011: 15,9536
2010: 16,2597 8
2009: 16,799
2008: 17,826
2007: 18,361
2006: 18,573
2005: 18,124
2004: 17,357
2003: 17,732
2002: 17,638
2001: 20,308
2000: 16,765
1999: 16,8897 9 10
1998: 14,2769 10
1997: 18,20811 10
1996: 19,645
1995: 21,606

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2011: 5.16
2010: 5.277 10
2009: 5.487 8
2008: 5.86
2007: 6.10
2006: 6.22
2005: 6.13
2004: 5.93
2003: 6.11
2002: 6.13
2001: 7.13
2000: 5.96
1999: 6.057 9 10
1998: 5.199 10
1997: 6.710
1996: 7.3
1995: 8.1
1993: 9.9312

Gun Homicides

ChartIn the United States, annual firearm homicides total

2011: 11,1016
2010: 11,0787
2009: 11,4937 10
2008: 12,179
2007: 12,632
2006: 12,791
2005: 12,352
2004: 11,624
2003: 11,920
2002: 11,8297 13
2001: 11,348
2000: 10,8017
1999: 10,8287 9
1998: 9,2579

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2011: 3.66
2010: 3.597
2009: 3.757 8 10
2008: 4.01
2007: 4.19
2006: 4.29
2005: 4.18
2004: 3.97
2003: 4.11
2002: 4.117 13
2001: 3.98
2000: 3.847
1999: 3.887 9
1998: 3.379
1993: 7.0714

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn the United States, annual handgun homicides total

2011: 6,22015 16
2010: 6,11515 17 16
2009: 6,501
2008: 6,800
2007: 7,398
2006: 99717 16
2005: 1,074
2004: 1,011
2003: 1,011
2002: 1,024
2001: 1,014
2000: 1,068
1999: 1,082

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the United States, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2011: 2.0018 16
2010: 1.9818 17 16
2009: 2.12
2008: 2.24
2007: 2.46
2006: 0.317 16
2005: 0.4
2004: 0.3
2003: 0.3
2002: 0.4
2001: 0.4
2000: 0.4
1999: 0.4


Chicago, That Traveling Town


Blaming guns in Chicago for murder, as so many citizens of Illinois do, is even more absurd than blaming windshield wipers or trees for traffic deaths. Except that there's a closer correlation between windshield wipers/trees and traffic deaths than there is between gun control laws and reduced crime. They never seem to accept that they are living in one of the Murder Capitals of the World where two thirds of the murders are committed by everything BUT guns, and one third of them are NEVER solved. The police, instead of solving THOUSANDS of unresolved murders, spend 80% of their time writing traffic tickets. The already existing gun control laws not only FAILED, but they left THOUSANDS without the ability to protect themselves from simple criminals, imprisoned thousands of INNOCENT citizens whose only "crime" was to violate the already complex labyrinth of gun laws, and BANKRUPTED the city.

The REAL criminals, the FEW criminals who need to be LOCKED UP, are the UTTERLY INSANE bureaucrats, elected officials, and police, who have such a lack of common sense (not to mention disdain for the blood spilt by our Founding Fathers when they enshrined the Second Amendment into law) that completely removing them from the landscape MUST cause the land to finally begin to heal. This invidious law cannot possibly solve a single thing. The authors of it CANNOT be sent to education camps or re-education camps because there is NOTING we can do to simply educate such people about SIMPLE things like this. They need to join Sandusky on his special retirement vacation, ALL of them.


Chiguy wrote:


"The odds of someone suffering an aggravated assault are GREATER in Albuquerque*, Anchorage*, Baltimore, Boston*, Buffalo*, Corpus Christi*, Detroit*, Houston*, Kansas City*, Las Vegas*, Memphis, Miami*, Milwaukee*, Minneapolis*, Nashville*, Oakland, Oklahoma City*, Philadelphia*, Sacramento*, St. Louis*, Stockton, Toledo*, Tulsa*, Washington, D.C., and Wichita*, than they are here in Chicago."

It seems like you folks in Chicago are SO used to living with the *world's highest* crime rates, that when you fall to 7th place in the country (as you are in murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults), that you feel like you've accomplished something. But from the perspective of someone in Henderson where everyone has a rifle in his window, being one TENTH as likely as you to be murdered, and 1/7th as likely to be assaulted, raped, or robbed, you've gone BACKWARDS


We are told that the horror in Aurora was caused by a nut who got all his weapons legally. And this is WITH 22,000 gun control laws which NEVER could have identified him in the first place.

Horror in Aurora is proof positive that not a single one of the EXISTING 22,000 gun control laws worked, AND that it's mathematically impossible to design a new one which WILL work.

Of 270,000,000 guns in the country, 269,990,854 of them were NOT used in a homicide last year. There is NO mathematical process by which even ONE of the 0.0034% of all guns which were used in a homicide last year COULD have been identified ahead of time, and the odds of picking even ONE gun out of every 29,521 guns which were used to murder someone are VERY small.

In order for even ONE gun control law to be effective, you MUST prove that it can find at least ONE gun out of 29,521 which you KNOW will be used to murder someone NEXT YEAR. So now you've reduced the murder rate from 5.0 to 4.999677419354839. The odds that you can do that are one out of 29,521.

You want to reduce murders by TWO? Your odds of doing that are [1 in 29,521] x [1 in 25,521], which is one in 871,489,441 and all you would get is a reduction of the murder rate to 4.999354838709677.

Three? The odds of doing THAT are one in 25,727,239,787,761 and ALL you would get is a reduction in the murder rate to 4.999032258064516.


What even the NRA doesn't say (and what they OUGHT to be screaming from the rooftops) is that it's mathematically impossible to determine ahead of time which ONE of our 270 million guns will be used for a murder next year, and even IF you could it would have negligible effect on our murder or crime rates.




To clarify this post, the figure is the murder rate per 100,000 population for the 80 largest American cities. The point is that this year, Chicago will have the 6th highest murder rate in the country at the rate it's going.�

daplumber on Jul 29, 2012 at 18:45:14

�I love the Post. Chicago, with the Toughest Gun Control Laws in the Nation, along with Wash. D.C are rated #5 and #6 in Murder Rate. Do you know that since the Gun Control started in Chicago in 1968, the Murder Rate has risen 156%. Gun Control has been and will continue to be a Failure. Criminals are creatures of opportunity. Illinois is the ONLY State to nopt have Conceal Carry. Illinois is releasing Convicts early and not prosecuting many criminals due to lack of States Attorneys to perform the job! Get your FOID Card applied for and buy a Gun to protect yourself and your Family. When the Home Invader, Rapist, Mugger, Killer is on you, you do not have the luxury of calling 911.�


"What does this have to do with anything? Those are well known facts. OF COURSE a city with the population density of Chicago is going to have a higher crime rate than Lincoln, Henderson, Honolulu, and Chandler! Where did you cherry-pick those towns from? You could have equally referenced Des Moines, Boise, Kennebunkport, and Akron. LOL!!"

What PLANET are you FROM? Population density CAUSES crime? Stick your head out the door. Chicago isn't even close to having a high population density, and this simple reference to Singapore, with a population density 30% higher than Chicago, and a murder rate two orders of magnitude LOWER, by itself proves your thesis completely wrong. Indian cities like Bangalore and Kolkata have population densities five TIMES greater than Chicago and murder rates 1/20th of Chicago. Paris, Athens, Brussels, Barcelona, Monaco, all have population densities ten TIMES greater than Chicago and almost NO crime, relatively. Macau, Seoul, and Taipei have population densities 4 or 5 times higher than Chicago and murder rates LESS than 1.0. Cairo has a population density SIX TIMES greater than Chicago, and a murder rate of 0.3. There are more than 100 cities around the world with MUCH higher population densities whose crime rates are ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE lower than Chicago.

Good news, eh? Neither guns nor population density CAUSE crime. So WHAT does?


I've looked at this closely and can confirm that wealth, poverty, or education have nothing to do with is.  For example, poverty stricken Yemen is second on the list of private firearms ownership, with 54.8% of the citizens having firearms compared to 88.8% in the US.  So it's interesting to note that it also has a lower murder rate than the US, AND that, of the top 75 US cities, only 11 of them had a lower murder rate than Yemen.AND, as you might expect, the murder rate in hyper-gun-control-Chicago is FOUR TIMES HIGHER, in gun depleted DC (less than 4% gun ownership) is SEVEN times higher, EIGHT TIMES higher in Detroit, NINE TIMES higher in Baltimore, ELEVEN TIMES higher in St. Louis, and 15 times higher than New Orleans.  So while we constantly hear so much about what a bunch of terrorists there are in Yemen, there are ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE more terrorists in JUST the top 8 US cities, not even counting crime-ridden Chicago. 


Guns Internationally


At 126 homicides per 100k, South Africa, which also have VERY few guns, 12.7% http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/south-africa  is the only country with a higher homicide rate than Colombia. 51 per 100k of those homicides were NOT by guns, which would mean that *IF* "gun control laws" could somehow eliminate ALL of the gun related homicides, they would STILL have one of the world's highest homicide rates, 5.6 times higher than ours and 255 times higher than the Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and North Dakota.

100% of the homicides in Switzerland, where "the right to private gun ownership is guaranteed by law42", and who at 45.7% ranks third in the world in gun ownership per household, are by firearms. Switzerland also has one of the lowest homicide rates in the world, at 0.67 per 100k.

Japan, where private ownership of guns is outlawed and where less than 0.6% of households have guns, the gun homicide rate, as expected, is VERY low, at 0.02%. BUT, their overall homicide rate of 0.6 is 30 TIMES higher than their gun homicide rate. If "gun control laws" could eliminate all gun related homicides, the homicide rate in Japan would decrease by only 3.3%

In Saudi Arabia, a country with a homicide rate about as low as Switzerland, at 0.8, private ownership of guns is 35%. It's clearly the presence of so many guns which can be used to protect private property and lives which leads to the relatively low murder rates in Switzerland and Saudi Arabia.

The utterly lowest rate of gun ownership is India at 3.4% where you would expect the gun homicide rate to be low, which it is, at 0.5 per 100k. BUT, the overall homicide rate in India is 3.0, which means that 83% of the homicides in India were committed by every weapon BUT guns. *IF* "gun control laws" could completely eliminate all those gun related homicides, the homicide rate in India would STILL be 2.5, which is STILL be 12 TIMES higher than the Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and North Dakota.


269,990,854 of 270,000,000 Private Firearms were NOT Used in a Homicide

The US has 270 million privately held firearms. Of those, last year, 789 of them or 0.00029% of them caused an accidental gun death, and 9,146 or 0.0034% were used in a homicide. This means that 269,999,211 of these guns did NOT cause an accidental death, and 269,990,854 of them were NOT used in a homicide, and 269,999,800 or 0.9999992592592593% of them were not assault weapons which were used to kill anyone or in mass murder. By comparison, the state has issued 209,618,000 drivers licenses which EACH YEAR cause 10,800,100 accidents and 35,910 deaths:

9,935 gun deaths / 270,000,000 = 3.7 deaths per 100,000 guns


200 assault weapons deaths/270,000,000 = 0.07 assault weapon deaths per 100,000 guns

35,910 auto deaths / 209,618,000 drivers license = 17.1 deaths per 100,000 drivers licenses

40% of the homicides in the US are committed by every means BUT guns, so *IF* "gun control laws" could completely eliminate all gun related homicides and if those who were denied guns were unable to commit murder by some other means [which of course is mathematically impossible], the US would STILL have a homicide rate 12 TIMES higher than the Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and North Dakota.


Clearly guns are not the problem.


With One Million Guns in North Dakota, TWO People were Murdered: BY KNIVES


North Dakota, with a population equivalent to Washington, DC, had TWO murders last year [compared to 482 in DC in 1991]. There are 306,735 gun owners in North Dakota compared to only 22,914 in DC.  If each gun owner in North Dakota has three guns, then there are about one million guns there. Yet NONE of the one million guns in North Dakota were used to murder someone, because both murder victims there were STABBED.


Conversely, firearms were used in 161 of the murders in DC AND firearms were NOT used in 321 of those murders, which means you were twice as likely to be murdered in DC by any means BUT guns.

POINT ONE: none of the one million guns in North Dakota were used by criminals, but MANY of them were used BY law-abiding citizen to keep it handy to be used legally for self-defense.

POINT TWO: guns were NOT used in MOST of the murders [two thirds of them] in DC, where you were twice as likely to be murdered in some OTHER way than by a gun [and four HUNDRED times as likely to be murdered as in Singapore].

POINT THREE: the evidence indicates that if DC had had MORE guns, there would have been MORE guns used for self defense, and there would have been FEWER MURDERS.

In order to make a comparison, however, between the use of firearms to murder someone, let's compare the RATE in North Dakota in 2005 [so we don't divide by zero] when ONE gun was used in ONE murder [1 murder / 1,000,000 guns = 0.1 murders per 100,000 guns ] to the RATE in DC [161 gun murders / 22,914 guns = 703 murders per 100,000 guns].   Even if we assume that each gun owner in DC owns three guns, this is still only 68,742 guns, or a rate of 234 murders per gun.

Are guns manufactured or sold in Washington, DC, REALLY 2,340 TIMES more deadly than those in North Dakota? Why? Clearly there's another factor involved, and that factor is NOT guns.


It was a DEMOCRAT politician who actually ADMITTED in the MSM that less than 200 of the 9,146 guns used each year to murder someone were "assault" weapons. And that's WITH more than 22,000 existing gun control laws which clearly CANNOT work. And even IF they could work 100%, that would reduce gun deaths a mere 2.2%.

Which of these 22,000 laws do shooters who use assault weapons actually OBEY? If there were NO gun control laws, is it even possible that there would be FEWER gun deaths by ALL guns?

Wouldn't it be more effective to REPEAL all those gun control laws and replace them with 22,000 liberal control laws? I'd sure feel safer is the Piers Morgan's of the world were all locked up in Alcatraz rather than be allowed to continue to publicly blab their mouths about how stupid our Founding Fathers were to include the right to own firearms in the Second Amendment. Isn't this equivalent to shouting "fire" in a crowded theater: or even WORSE?

Exactly what are the dynamics of strict gun control laws? We don't need to look any further than the windows our congressmen peer out of every day in Washington, DC, many years ranked as the Murder Capital of the World even WITH the strictest gun control laws.

How effective were these laws? We can learn five important lessons from DC's experience (and FAILURE) with strict gun control laws:

1) Even with strict gun control laws and relatively few privately owned firearms, DC STILL had a murder rate 400 TIMES greater than states, cities, and countries with MANY guns and few if any gun control laws.

2) IF all else is equal (which of course it is not in our nation's capitol) the fact that two thirds of these 482 murders involved everything BUT guns is proof positive enough murderers can kill enough people to attain a murder rate of 55 per 100k WITHOUT a single gun.

3) The fact that one third of the murders DID involve guns is proof positive that no type of gun control law can prevent CRIMINALS from getting guns by stealing, finding, buying illegally, or even buying them legally.

4) Immediately AFTER the Supreme Court ruled that DC's gun control laws (which actually PREVENTED these guns from being used effectively for self defense) were unconstitutional, the murder rate dropped 33%.


5)  The biggest factor in the 80% plunge in the murder rate in DC, though, was the plunge in the percent of Blacks, from 82% to "less than 50%" today.

The liberals MUST show us how or where ANY gun control law EVER worked, EVER saved a SINGLE life, or EVER was justified (and I mean justified to such a degree that we should allow ANY infringement of the Second Amendment). It is NOT sufficient that they just whine that we need more gun control laws BECAUSE of Sandy Hook WITHOUT PROOF that ANY will or can or *might* prevent a recurrence: they know this is impossible on its face.

HOW can they PROVE in advance that ANY method (gun registration, medical history, police records, criminal history, felony convictions, etc.) can be SURE that even ONE life will be saved by even ONE gun law? THEY CANNOT.





















Gun Ownership by State


In 2001 the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in North Carolina surveyed 201,881 respondents nationwide, asking them, "Are any firearms now kept in or around your home? Include those kept in a garage, outdoor storage area, car, truck, or other motor vehicle." Here are the results.

Total Number Yes No
Respondents % Respondents %
All Participants 201881 67,786 31.7 134095 68.3
Alabama 2,623 1,294 51.7 1,329 48.3
Alaska 2,716 1,627 57.8 1,089 42.2
Arizona 3,066 989 31.1 2,077 68.9
Arkansas 2,780 1,431 55.3 1,349 44.7
California* 3,897 846 21.3 3,051 78.7
Colorado 1,947 629 34.7 1,318 65.3
Connecticut* 7,449 1,279 16.7 6,170 83.3
Delaware* 3,421 934 25.5 2,487 74.5
The District 1,859 66 3.8 1,793 96.2
Florida* 4,454 1,072 24.5 3,382 75.5
Georgia 4,277 1,745 40.3 2,532 59.7
Hawaii* 4,450 477 8.7 3,973 91.3
Idaho 4,430 2,394 55.3 2,036 44.7
Illinois* 2,103 396 20.2 1,707 79.8
Indiana 3,851 1,390 39.1 2,461 60.9
Iowa* 3,508 1,370 42.8 2,138 57.2
Kansas 4,421 1,715 42.1 2,706 57.9
Kentucky 7,245 3,664 47.7 3,581 52.3
Louisiana 4,800 1,977 44.1 2,823 55.9
Maine 2,326 869 40.5 1,457 59.5
Maryland* 4,271 1,028 21.3 3,243 78.7
Massachusetts* 8,474 934 12.6 7,540 87.4
Michigan 3,653 1,339 38.4 2,314 61.6
Minnesota* 3,837 1,468 41.7 2,369 58.3
Mississippi 2,841 1,481 55.3 1,360 44.7
Missouri 3,981 1,753 41.7 2,228 58.3
Montana 3,066 1,723 57.7 1,343 42.3
Nebraska 3,584 1,342 38.6 2,242 61.4
Nevada* 2,379 887 33.8 1,492 66.2
New Hampshire* 3,863 1,091 30.0 2,772 70.0
New Jersey* 5,901 597 12.3 5,304 87.7
New Mexico 3,439 1,212 34.8 2,227 65.2
New York 3,822 667 18.0 3,155 82.0
North Carolina* 5,906 2,070 41.3 3,836 58.7
North Dakota 2,422 1,158 50.7 1,264 49.3
Ohio 3,288 897 32.4 2,391 67.6
Oklahoma 4,243 1,896 42.9 2,347 57.1
Oregon 2,433 901 39.8 1,532 60.2
Pennsylvania 3,533 1,160 34.7 2,373 65.3
Rhode Island* 4,024 493 12.8 3,531 87.2
South Carolina 3,038 1,273 42.3 1,765 57.7
South Dakota 4,921 2,595 56.6 2,326 43.4
Tennessee 2,774 1,123 43.9 1,651 56.1
Texas* 5,667 2,030 35.9 3,637 64.1
Utah 3,439 1,634 43.9 1,805 56.1
Vermont 4,190 1,639 42.0 2,551 58.0
Virginia* 2,831 967 35.1 1,864 64.9
Washington 4,022 1,244 33.1 2,778 66.9
West Virginia 2,945 1,513 55.4 1,432 44.6
Wisconsin* 3,290 1,307 44.4 1,983 55.6
Wyoming 2,859 1,614 59.7 1,245 40.3
Guam 859 115 14.3 744 85.7
Puerto Rico 4,230 275 6.7 3,955 93.3
Virgin Islands 2,233 196 8.3 2,037 91.7

* These states have Child Access Prevention Laws.
Related story: In Harm's Way: Guns and Kids (Post, May





States with Extremely High Populations of Gun Owners(more than 50%)
bullet1. Wyoming - 59.7%
bullet2. Alaska - 57.8%
bullet3. Montana - 57.7%
bullet4. South Dakota - 56.6%
bullet5. West Virginia - 55.4%
bullet6. Mississippi - 55.3%
bullet6. Idaho - 55.3%
bullet6. Arkansas - 55.3%
bullet9. Alabama - 51.7%
bullet10. North Dakota - 50.7%
States with High Populations of Gun Owners
bullet11. Kentucky - 47.7%
bullet12. Wisconsin - 44.4% (Battleground state. See Wisconsin in 2012 Elections.)
bullet13. Louisiana - 44.1%
bullet14. Utah - 43.9%
bullet14. Tennessee - 43.9%
bullet16. Oklahoma - 42.9%
bullet16. Iowa - 42.9% (Battleground state. See Iowa in 2012 Elections.)
bullet18. South Carolina - 42.3%
bullet19. Kansas - 42.1%
bullet20. Vermont - 42.0%
bullet21. Missouri - 41.7% (Battleground state. See Missouri in 2012 Elections.)
bullet21. Minnesota - 41.7%
bullet23. North Carolina - 41.3% (Battleground state. See North Carolina in 2012 Elections.)
bullet24. Maine - 40.5%
bullet25. Georgia - 40.3%
States with Median Populations of Gun Owners
bullet26. Oregon - 39.8%
bullet27. Indiana - 39.1%
bullet28. Nebraska - 38.6%
bullet29. Michigan - 38.4% (Battleground state. See Michigan in 2012 Elections.)
bullet30. Texas - 35.9%
bullet31. Virginia - 35.1% (Battleground state. See Virginia in 2012 Elections.)
bullet32. New Mexico - 34.8% (Battleground state. See New Mexico in 2012 Elections.)
bullet33. Colorado - 34.7% (Battleground state. See Colorado in 2012 Elections.)
bullet33. Pennsylvania - 34.7% (Battleground state. See Pennsylvania in 2012 Elections.)
bullet35. Nevada - 33.8% (Battleground state. See Nevada in 2012 Elections.)
bullet36. Washington - 33.1%
bullet37. Ohio - 32.4% (Battleground state. See Ohio in 2012 Elections.)
bullet38. Arizona - 31.1% (Battleground state. See Arizona in 2012 Elections.)
bullet39. New Hampshire - 30.0% (Battleground state. See New Hampshire in 2012 Elections.)
States with Below Median Populations of Gun Owners
bullet40. Delaware - 25.5%
bullet41. Florida - 24.5% (Battleground state. See Florida in 2012 Elections.)
bullet42. California - 21.3%
bullet42. Maryland - 21.3%
bullet44. Illinois - 20.2%
bullet45. New York - 18%
bullet46. Connecticut - 16.7%
bullet47. Rhode Island - 12.8%
bullet48. Massachusetts - 12.6%
bullet49. New Jersey - 12.3%
bullet50. Hawaii - 6.7%




Murder Rate per 100,000 Population


1 New Orleans, LA 63.6
2 St. Louis, MO 46.9
3 Baltimore, MD 36.9
4 Detroit, MI 33.8
5 Washington, DC 31.4
6 Chicago, IL 28.8
7 Oakland, CA 28.6
8 Kansas City, MO 25.5
9 Newark, NJ 23.9
10 Cleveland, OH 23.5
11 Pittsburgh, PA 23.2
12 Philadelphia, PA 23.0
13 Cincinnati, OH 21.9
14 Memphis, TN 20.5
15 Atlanta, GA 19.7
16 Mobile, AL \3 16.7
17 Miami, FL 14.7
18 Columbus, OH 14.5
19 Jacksonville, FL 14.3
20 Indianapolis, IN 14.1
21 Buffalo, NY 13.7
22 Dallas, TX 13.3
23 Houston, TX 13.1
24 Tulsa, OK 13.1
25 Nashville, TN 12.6
26 Tucson, AZ 12.3
27 San Francisco, CA 12.3
28 Milwaukee, WI 11.8
29 Louisville Metro, KY 11.3
30 Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD, NC 10.9
31 Phoenix, AZ 10.5
32 Sacramento, CA 10.5
33 Oklahoma City, OK 10.3
34 Boston, MA 10.3
35 Omaha, NE 10.1
36 Los Angeles, CA 10.0
37 Fort Wayne, IN 10.0
38 Minneapolis, MN 9.8
39 Las Vegas MPD, NV 8.9
40 Santa Ana, CA 8.8
41 Raleigh, NC 8.7
42 San Antonio, TX 8.6
43 Long Beach, CA 8.6
44 Fresno, CA 8.4
45 Wichita, KS 8.3�

46 Stockton, CA 8.2
47 Tampa, FL 8.0
48 Bakersfield, CA 7.7
49 Albuquerque, NM 7.2
50 Fort Worth, TX 7.0
51 Denver, CO 6.7
52 Corpus Christi, TX 6.6
53 Glendale, AZ 6.6
54 St. Paul, MN 6.5
55 Riverside, CA 6.3
56 Colorado Springs, CO 6.3
57 New York, NY 6.3
58 Arlington, TX 6.1
59 Aurora, CO 5.7
60 Toledo, OH 5.7
61 Seattle, WA 4.8
62 Portland, OR 4.7
63 San Diego, CA 4.3
64 Lexington, KY 4.3
65 Anchorage, AK 3.6
66 Mesa, AZ 3.5
67 Anaheim, CA 3.3
68 San Jose, CA 3.3
69 Virginia Beach, VA 3.2
70 Austin, TX 3.1
71 El Paso, TX 2.8
72 Plano, TX 2.6
73 Chandler, AZ 2.4
74 Honolulu, HI 2.0
75 Henderson, NV 2.0
76 Lincoln, NE 1.6�




Columbians Have Only 5 Guns Per 100 Residents






Of 23.8 million prosecutions in the world, 14.2 million or 60% of them are in the US




Note to Sheriff John Pelle in Boulder:  I hope you remember when Mike Hingle and I visited your office two years ago to explain how IRS agents were violating we the people's rights and committing criminal acts by seizing property and garnishing wages without a court order.  Thank God these Wyoming Sheriffs now understand that the real law breakers aren't the people in their county - it is the federal agents.  It is totally unAmerican for the government/agents to violate the law in order to 'harm and punish people' without having to prove those people have knowingly, willingly and intentionally violated any law.   

We need to write Sheriff Mattis and thank him and the other co-plaintiffs for standing up for our American birthrights!!!

Janet Lee and Jim Meisinger


GREAT video of  Suzanna Hupt Dressing Down Congress for Gun Control!

Thanks to: sharon voss

The Gun is Civilization

by Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)


Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and


If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either

convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under


of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories,

without exception. Reason or force, that's it.


In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact


persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social


and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.


When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use

reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force.


The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on


footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.


There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad


equations. These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a [armed] mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger's potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat--it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are armed.


People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the

young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a

civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a


living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.


Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal

that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is

fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are

won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.


People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute


force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it

with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.


The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands of an

octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight lifter. It simply wouldn't work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn't both lethal and easily employable.


When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight,

but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means

that I

cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid.. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation...and that's why carrying a gun is a civilized act.


So the greatest civilization is one where all citizens are equally


and can only be persuaded, never forced.


Wyoming sheriffs put Feds in their place.


From: James W. von Brunn

        Here's one the mainstream media isn't going to tell you: County  sheriffs in Wyoming are demanding that federal agents actually abide  by the Constitution, or face arrest. Even better, a U.S. District  Court agreed according to the Keene Free Press:  The court decision was the result of a suit against both the BATF  and the IRS by Mattis and other members of the WyomingSheriff's  Association. The suit in the Wyoming federal court district sought  restoration of the protections Constitution and the Wyoming Constitution.

 Guess what? The District Court ruled in favor of the sheriffs. In  fact, they stated,Wyoming is a sovereign state and the duly elected  sheriff of a county is the highest law enforcement official within a  county and has law enforcement powers exceeding that of any other  state or federal official.' Go back and re-read this quote. The court confirms and asserts that 'the duly elected sheriff of a  county is the highest law enforcement official within a county and  has law enforcement powers EXCEEDING that of any other state OR  federal official.' And you thought the 10th Amendment was dead and  buried � not in Wyoming, not yet.Bighorn County Sheriff Dave Mattis  comments:

 'If a sheriff doesn't want the Feds in his county he has the  constitutional right and power to keep them out, or ask them to  leave, or retain them in custody.' 'I am reacting in response to the actions of federal employees who  have attempted to deprive citizens of my county of their privacy,  their liberty, and their property without regard to constitutional  safeguards. I hope that more sheriffs all across America will join  us in protecting their citizens from the illegal activities of the  IRS, EPA, BATF,FBI, or any other federal agency that is operating  outside the confines of constitutional law. Employees of the IRS and  the EPA are no longer welcome in Bighorn County unless they intend  to operate in conformance to constitutional law.'  The implications  are huge!!!

     But it gets even better. Since the judge stated that the sheriff  'has law enforcement powers EXCEEDING that of any other state OR  federal official,' the Wyoming sheriffs are flexing their muscles.  They are demanding access to all BATF files.  Why? So as to verify that the agency is not violating provisions of Wyoming law that prohibits the registration of firearms or the keeping of a registry  of firearm owners. This would be wrong.


         The sheriffs are also demanding that federal agencies immediately cease the seizure of private property and the impoundment of private  bank accounts without regard to due process in Wyoming state courts.  This case is not just some amusing mountain melodrama. This is a BIG  deal. This case is yet further evidence that the 10th Amendment is  not yet totally dead, or in a complete decay in the United States. It is also significant in that it can, may, and hopefully will be  interpreted to mean that 'political subdivisions of a State are  included within the meaning of the amendment, or that the powers  exercised by a sheriff are an extension of those common law powers  which the 10th Amendment explicitly reserves to the People, if they  are not granted to the federal government or specifically prohibited  to the States.'






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Der gr��te Unsinn, den man in den besetzen Ostgebieten machen k�nnte,
sei der, den unterworfenen V�lkern Waffen zu geben. Die Geschichte
lehre, da� alle Herrenv�lker untergegangen seien, nachdem sie den von
ihnen unterworfenen Volkern Waffen bewilligt hatten.

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the
conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all
conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have
prepared their own downfall by doing so."
-- Adolf Hitler, April 11, 1942

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"... surveys imply that private firearms may be used in self-defense up to two and a half million times each year, with 400,000 of these defenders believing that using the gun 'almost certainly' saved a life", Professor John Lott

(This is 6,849 acts of self defense and 1,096 lives per DAY)

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 BY FAR, the biggest threat to the Second Amendment is not jews, not our wayward politicians, not the out of control news media, not our schools--BUT THE WOMAN VOTER!

Second Amendment?  What's that?

IMAGINE that, in this age of enlightenment, with the internet, and public libraries all OVER the place, with ponderous tv and radio and magazines and newspapers, with the ABILITY to comprehend the Founding Fathers intent with the Second Amendment RIGHT AT THEIR FINGERTIPS, that more women (39%) support even more FAILED "gun control" than oppose it (only 36%).

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Marine Corps General Reinwald was interviewed on the radio the other day and you'll love his reply to the lady who interviewed him concerning guns and Children. Regardless of how you feel about gun laws you gotta love this!!!!

This is one of the best comeback lines of all time. It is a portion of National Public Radio (NPR) interview between a female broadcaster and US Marine Corps General Reinwald who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military installation.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: So, General Reinwald, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?

GENERAL REINWALD: We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery, and shooting.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?

GENERAL REINWALD: I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?

GENERAL REINWALD: I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.

FEMALE INTERVIEWER: But you're equipping them to become violent killers.

GENERAL REINWALD: Well, Ma'am, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you?

The radio went silent and the interview ended. You gotta love the Marines! 


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Before even one gun control law was passed, the homicide rate in the US in 1957 was 4 per 100,000 population, but by 1993, after 22,000 gun control laws had been passed, it had increased 2.3 fold to 9.5.   There were an extra 14,087 homicides in 1993 alone due just to this increased homicide rate.  Had the US homicide rate just remained at its already high level in 1957 (four times higher than it was in 1902), there would have been more than 380,000 fewer homicides since then, which is an average of 17 additional  homicides per gun control law.  If it cannot be proven that other factors caused this skyrocketing crime spree, then we have incontrovertible evidence that each new gun control law was responsible for killing 17 additional American citizens, and that the sponsors of these laws are some of the worst traitors to the United States Constitution in our short history.  Not only are these gun control laws unpopular, expensive, unconstitutional, and dangerous, but they're KILLING Americans at a rate 126 TIMES greater than the Muslim terrorists our government proposes to spend tens of billions of dollars to punish.

Let's save billions of dollars and thousands of American lives by tracking down, investigating, and punishing these traitors to the US Constitution, so that we can discover once and for all why they were so willing and anxious to put so many American lives at risk.  Let's open this issue up to public debate in such a way that we don't ever make such mistakes again.  Let's put the teeth back in the US Constitution by imprisoning those who would overthrow it so readily and easily.

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Who makes up this minority group that opposes the Second Amendment, and why does OUR government ingore we the people in favor of them?


Less than 4% of those polled by BeCounted support gun control and less than 8% believe it is effective.


Only 8% polled by About Today support lawsuits against gun manufacturers.


Only 16% polled by Fox News support a ruling that pilots can't carry guns in the cockpit.


Less than 20% polled by Time Magazine want more gun control laws, and less than 26% think the Brady Bill is a success.


Less than a third of police chiefs polled by CNS News oppose citizens' right to carry concealed guns.


Less than 21% polled by Vote.com favor more gun control laws http://www.vote.com/vResults/index.phtml?cat=4075633  


Only 7% polled by Vote.com oppose concealed carry of handguns in Illinois.


Less than 7% polled by WND agree with Google's policy of restricting advertising for private firearms.


Only 18% polled by Vote.com oppose gun groups showing gun safety videos in public schools.


Half of American women favor stricter laws but know they won't work.


94% want Canada's national firearms registry to be abolished.


176,000 Americans are in prison right now for violating our 22,000 gun control laws.


The Constitutional right to bear arms is threatened by female voters.


Private ownership of firearms prevented Japan from attacking the US.


Pro gun-control articles in the mainstream media exceed anti gun-control articles by 10 to 50 times.


Three quarters of the mainstream media is owned or controlled by Jews.



Countries with stricter gun control laws have suicide rates between 2-3 times higher than the US.


More than 124 million citizens in countries with gun control laws were killed by their own governments in  the 20th century alone, many after Jews succeeded in implementing gun control in those countries.


The child fatality rate of an SMH is 364 times higher than that of a firearm.


School busses are 369 times as dangerous to children than guns.


The US SUICIDE rate increased at the SAME time that 22,000 unconstitutional gun control laws were passed.


The US murder rate almost tripled as the percent of Americans with guns in their homes declined from 49% to 36% http://www.gallup.com/poll/releases/pr990406.asp


Firearm ownership reduces burglaries ten-fold.


Gun control in Australia increased homicides by 3.2%.


The failure of peer review of gun fatalities http://teapot.usask.ca/cdn-firearms/Suter/med-lit.html


Professor John Lott of the University of Chicago proved statistically that private gun ownership prevents crime.


Guns reduce crime.


The real reason for the Second Amendment.


Kids defend themselves with guns.


Prosecutor has no response in debate with John Lott.


Tom Clancy on guns.


Senator Tom McClintock on the vision of our Forefathers and the STUPID Sheila Kuehl.


The CDC finds gun control laws don't work.


Death by government.


How to protect your money.


Links to other gun scholars http://www.gunscholar.org/


FINALLY, Ohio court upholds gun rights.


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The Nineteenth Amendment is a threat to the U. S. Constitution:

From the Gallup Organization http://www.gallup.com/poll/releases/pr990423.asp "Women Particularly Critical of Role of Guns--Women are substantially more likely than men to cite the availability of guns as a significant factor contributing to school shootings. Women are also more likely to express confidence that stricter gun laws for teenagers would be a very effective preventive solution. Only 47% of men, compared to 73% of women, blame gun availability "a great deal" for causing U.S. school shootings like the one in Littleton-a 26-percentage-point difference. Similarly, just 53% of men compared to 70% of women think stricter gun laws would be very effective-a 17-point difference".

Without the female vote, the Constitutional right to bear arms would not be threatened.  Because women are 11% more of the vote than men, 60.7% of the voters would vote to "infringe" on the right to bear arms.  However, it requires support by two thirds of the voters to amend the constitution: 

"The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both houses shall deem it
necessary, shall propose amendments to this constitution, or on the
application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states

By passing a law which INFRINGES on the right to bear arms, without the required amendment to the Constitution necessary to repeal the Second Amendment, Congress is committing treason against the Constitution by violating their following oath http://thomas.loc.gov/


The SPEAKER. Will the Members who were not sworn in on opening day kindly come to the well of the House and take the oath of office at this time.


Messrs. Mollohan, Hoyer, Stark and Gallegly appeared at the bar of the House and took the oath of office , as follows:


Do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office in which you are about to enter. So help you God.


The SPEAKER. Congratulations. You are now Members of the 106th Congress This does not give Congress the authority to react emotionally to the female voter every time there is a national calamity.  It does not give them the authority to abandon the Constitution nor its Amendments.  It does not give them the authority to ignore the basic law of the land.  It does not give them the authority to pass any law at any time.

It gives Congress only the *responsibility* to uphold the EXISTING Constitution OR to ratify it by following a specific easy to understand procedure.

Until Congress removes the Second Amendment from the Constitution, they cannot "infringe" on ownership of "arms" of ANY kind.


Twenty Dumb Things You Must Believe to be a Gun Control Nut

    1. Criminals planning murder will disobey murder laws but will not disobey gun control laws.
    2. Criminals who obey gun control laws won't think about getting guns from their friends.
    3. Criminals who obey gun control laws won't consider stealing guns because robbery is against the law.
    4. Criminals won't dare use guns obtained illegally.
    5. Gun control laws are free.
    6. Gun control laws won't be abused by the world's largest justice/prison system.
    7. Criminals who can't get guns won't use knives instead.
    8. Criminals who can't get guns won't use bombs instead.
    9. Fertilizer used to make much more dangerous bombs can also be outlawed.
    10. Bombs used in place of guns won't kill more people than guns would have.
    11. Reducing our 230 million guns by 99.9% wouldn't leave plenty left over for the 12,000 gun-related murders each year.
    12. Cars don't have an accidental fatality rate 36 times higher than guns.
    13. Cars which aren't constitutionally protected won't be outlawed in the same way as guns were, which were constitutionally protected.
    14. American citizens can entrust with guns the same government which brought us Vietnam and 36 million abortions, which half the American population views as MURDER.
    15. This government won't do to disarmed Americans what numerous other governments around the world did to their 121 million disarmed and now dead citizens.
    16. Guns aren't used to protect 400,000 citizens per year from criminals.
    17. SMH's aren't 364 times more dangerous to children than guns.
    18. SIDs doesn't kill 10x as many children as guns.
    19. Outlawing SMHs isn't a better method of crime prevention.
    20. The government which imposed by force of law 36 million abortions against the will of its people really cares that guns kill 220 children/year.


With 4 million robberies, burglaries, and other personal assaults each year, in a nation with 230 million private firearms, it is not surprising that 10% of these, or 400,000, involved crime victims who used firearms to defend their lives.


a.. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
b.. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
c.. Colt : The original point and click interface.
d.. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
e.. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?
f.. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
g.. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
h.. If you don't know your rights you don't have any.
i.. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
j.. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights  Reserved.
k.. What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand?
l.. The Second Amendment is in place in case they ignore the others.
m.. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
n.. Guns only have two enemies: Rust and Politicians.
o.. Know guns, know peace and safety. No guns, no peace nor safety.
p.. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
q.. 911 - government sponsored Dial a Prayer.
r.. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
s.. Criminals love gun control - it makes their jobs safer.
t.. If Guns cause Crime, then Matches cause Arson.
u.. Only a government that is afraid of it's citizens try
     to control them.
v.. You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.
w.. Enforce the "gun control laws" in place, don't make more.
x.. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.
y.. The American Revolution would never have happened with
     Gun Control.
z. "...a government by the people, for the people..."

From: Swftl@aol.com
Subject: 10 Good Reasons to Ban Guns
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 03:00:11 EDT

>Ten Good Reasons To Ban Guns
>a satire by Bruce Gold
>1.) Guns are used in self-defense over 2 million times a year.
>However, this makes the attempted crime a "non-event," which
>necessarily complicates the Police investigation. Without civilian
>ownership of guns, these Police investigations would not have been
>compromised. Civilians should leave crime prevention to the Police,
>who are properly equipped to investigate following the crime's
>2.) Some .004 % (4/1000 of 1%) of guns are used in crime each year.
>This is way too high. All guns should be banned
>3.) Guns are unnecessary. In 98% of civilian gun defenses, no shot is
>fired. If you are not going to fire a shot, you clearly don't need a
>gun. This proves that the guns are unnecessary. Banning guns will
>prevent these unnecessary defenses.
>4.) Guns cause criminal migration. In tough gun-law Washington, D.C.,
>violent crime rates are very high. This high crime rate is caused by
>the migration of criminals from gun havens like Virginia. This
>migration is caused by the criminal's cowardly avoidance of armed
>householders and concealed-carry civilians. This criminal migration is
>detrimental to helpless unarmed citizens in no-gun areas and must be
>stopped. Guns should be banned everywhere.
>5.) Most gun crimes are committed by inner city gangs and drug
>dealers. These relatively small and geographically restricted groups
>consistently commit the majority of gun crimes, which usually peak as
>turf wars erupt over Drug War changes. The best way to prevent this is
>by denying guns to all law abiding people everywhere.
>6.) No woman needs to protect herself from rape, assault or murder.
>The Police will protect women by investigating the crime after the
>fact. Remember, Police paperwork is all the protection anyone really
>7.) Guns owners are disrespectful of authority. Good citizens should
>completely rely on the authorities. A failure to do so is an
>invariable sign of improper and overly independent attitudes. Failure
>to completely and absolutely trust and depend on the authorities is
>excessive democracy and sends a bad message to children.
>8.) Guns owners engaging in self-defense are taking the law into their
>own hands. This is wrong. Only the Police and Criminals have the right
>to take the law into their own hands. It should be kept out of the
>hands of citizens.
>9.) Children and young people should remain ignorant about guns. Real
>guns and real gun knowledge dissipate the fantasies created by violent
>video games and TV. Ignorance, once lost, can never be restored and
>needs to be protected. Not to mention the lost sales of all the
>violent movies, TV shows, video games, etc!
>10.)Guns reduce people's reliance on the Police and Government. This
>fosters a mistaken belief in "rights". No person has the right to
>question authority. No person should be less than 100% dependent on
>authority. This is fundamental to social order. Banning guns will help
>to establish the Order the authorities want. This is good.
>Gun Control - Simple Solutions for Simple Minds

More Interesting Data on Guns

  1. Ohio State http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/talk-politics-guns/pro-gun-faq/part1/faq.html
  2. Right to Keep and Bear Arms http://freeweb.digiweb.com/pages/RKBA/antirkba.htm


It's questionable that even a 50% reduction in the number of guns, from 230 million to 115 million, is either possible or would have any impact at all on the rate at which children die from guns.  On the other hand, voluminous data shows that eliminating SMHs would both reduce the rate at which children die from 36.4 to 0.62, and reduce the rate at which they die by guns from 5.24 to 0.62.  This would save 9,607 children's lives each year.  The proper method for reducing child deaths, accidental or murder, is to implement laws which reduce the number of SMHs.   Outlawing  guns which are less dangerous and subjecting citizens to egregious acts by government not only violates the Constitution, but it puts American citizens at as serious a risk as the following citizens, who also didn't have guns


The 20th century's top nine megamurderers, as estimated in the book "Death by Government"


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Had it not been for private gun ownership in the US, the Japanese would not have stopped at Pearl Harbor and we would now be trying to speak Japanese to our current jailers.  Even IF the number of children killed by guns could be reduced to zero with a 90% reduction of guns, it is just not worth the risk to citizens who have not amended a Constitution which has served us well for more than 2 centuries.


The National Safety Council reports:


181,700,000 licensed drivers  killed 43,200 fellow citizens in traffic accidents in 1997, a fatality rate of 23.8 fatalities per 100,000 licensed drivers  http://www.nsc.org/lrs/statinfo/af78.htm  


1,500 fellow citizens died last year at the hands of accidents with our 230 million firearms, a fatality rate of 0.65 fatalities per 100,000 firearms http://www.nsc.org/lrs/statinfo/af8.htm#H


220 children below the age of 14 died in firearms accidents.


FARS reports that 344 children died in school bus accidents in 1997 http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov


The accidental death rate of automobiles, which are not constitutionally protected, is 36 times greater than the accidental death rate of guns, which ARE constitutionally protected.


Buses kill 50% more children than guns. The real danger of gun control laws, besides being unconstitutional, besides putting American citizens at risk to "death by government", besides increasing their risk of being maimed or killed by criminals, is that they provide the moral justification for the government to ban automobiles next.

How can we justify a restriction of a constitutionally protected private property when private property which is not constitutionally protected is 36 times more dangerous to human life?

Of course, we cannot.



The degree of restriction on civilian ownership of firearms does not correlate with the suicide rate.


Only by carefully selecting data can that appearance be given.


The Scandinavian Countries all have the same high level of restriction have a suicide rate which varies from 13.3 to 31.6, higher to double that of Australia.


Japan which has practically no privately owned firearms has a suicide rate of 14.3, higher than Australia, Canada or even the USA.


Israel on the other hand where any citizen of good character may be permitted to carry a loaded firearm at all times has a suicide rate of 6.0, half that of Australia.


Switzerland has a standing militia with an automatic weapon in each home, yet has a murder rate half that of the US.

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Country/Level of restriction on civilian ownership of firearms

Suicide Rate

Denmark high


Sweden high


Norway high


Scotland high


England/Wales high


Ireland high


Japan severe


Canada moderate


Australia moderate


USA low


Israel low



   Guns in the Medical Literature,Suter, Med. Ass'n of Georgia, Vol 83, 1994 http://teapot.usask.ca/cdn-firearms/Suter/med-lit.html

Government's phobic preoccupation with firearms is an inadequate and ineffective response to the grave social problem of suicide.

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Still believe in "gun control"?  You won't after you read this


  In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about
 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and
 In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million
 Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and
 Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of
 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were
 rounded up and exterminated.
 China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million
 political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded
 up and exterminated
 Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000
 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded
 up and exterminated.
 Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000
 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and
 Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million
 educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were
 rounded up and exterminated.
 Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century
 because of gun control:  56 million.
 It has now been over 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by
 new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be
 destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers
 more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are
 now in:
 List of 7 items:
 Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent
Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent Australia-wide, armed
robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300
percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in,
the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!
While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in
armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically
upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that
their prey is unarmed.
There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the
ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain
how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and
expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society
of guns The Australian experience and the other historical facts above
prove it.
You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians
disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes,
gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control,
please remind them of this history lesson.
With guns, we are 'citizens'.
Without them, we are 'subjects'.
During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew
most Americans were ARMED!
If you value your freedom, Please spread this anti-gun
control message to all of your friends.



Fact Sheet: Guns Save Lives

Sunday, 28 September 2008 19:00

Fact Sheet: Guns Save Lives

A. Guns save more lives than they take; prevent more injuries than they inflict

* Guns used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year -- or about 6,850 times a day.1 This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives.2
* Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker.3
* As many as 200,000 women use a gun every year to defend themselves against sexual abuse.4
* Even anti-gun Clinton researchers concede that guns are used 1.5 million times annually for self-defense. According to the Clinton Justice Department, there are as many as 1.5 million cases of self-defense every year. The National Institute of Justice published this figure in 1997 as part of "Guns in America" -- a study which was authored by noted anti-gun criminologists Philip Cook and Jens Ludwig.5
* Armed citizens kill more crooks than do the police. Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year (1,527 to 606).6 And readers of Newsweek learned that "only 2 percent of civilian shootings involved an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal. The 'error rate' for the police, however, was 11 percent, more than five times as high."7
* Handguns are the weapon of choice for self-defense. Citizens use handguns to protect themselves over 1.9 million times a year.8 Many of these self-defense handguns could be labeled as "Saturday Night Specials."

B. Concealed carry laws help reduce crime

* Nationwide: one-half million self-defense uses. Every year, as many as one-half million citizens defend themselves with a firearm away from home.9
* Concealed carry laws are dropping crime rates across the country. A comprehensive national study determined in 1996 that violent crime fell after states made it legal to carry concealed firearms. The results of the study showed:
* States which passed concealed carry laws reduced their murder rate by 8.5%, rapes by 5%, aggravated assaults by 7% and robbery by 3%;10 and
* If those states not having concealed carry laws had adopted such laws in 1992, then approximately 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, 60,000 aggravated assaults and over 11,000 robberies would have been avoided yearly.11
* Vermont: one of the safest five states in the country. In Vermont, citizens can carry a firearm without getting permission... without paying a fee... or without going through any kind of government-imposed waiting period. And yet for ten years in a row, Vermont has remained one of the top-five, safest states in the union -- having three times received the "Safest State Award."12
* Florida: concealed carry helps slash the murder rates in the state. In the fifteen years following the passage of Florida's concealed carry law in 1987, over 800,000 permits to carry firearms were issued to people in the state.13 FBI reports show that the homicide rate in Florida, which in 1987 was much higher than the national average, fell 52% during that 15-year period -- thus putting the Florida rate below the national average. 14
* Do firearms carry laws result in chaos? No. Consider the case of Florida. A citizen in the Sunshine State is far more likely to be attacked by an alligator than to be assaulted by a concealed carry holder.
1. During the first fifteen years that the Florida law was in effect, alligator attacks outpaced the number of crimes committed by carry holders by a 229 to 155 margin.
2. And even the 155 "crimes" committed by concealed carry permit holders are somewhat misleading as most of these infractions resulted from Floridians who accidentally carried their firearms into restricted areas, such as an airport.15

C. Criminals avoid armed citizens

* Kennesaw, GA. In 1982, this suburb of Atlanta passed a law requiring heads of households to keep at least one firearm in the house. The residential burglary rate subsequently dropped 89% in Kennesaw, compared to the modest 10.4% drop in Georgia as a whole.16
* Ten years later (1991), the residential burglary rate in Kennesaw was still 72% lower than it had been in 1981, before the law was passed.17
* Nationwide. Statistical comparisons with other countries show that burglars in the United States are far less apt to enter an occupied home than their foreign counterparts who live in countries where fewer civilians own firearms. Consider the following rates showing how often a homeowner is present when a burglar strikes:
* Homeowner occupancy rate in the gun control countries of Great Britain, Canada and Netherlands: 45% (average of the three countries); and,
* Homeowner occupancy rate in the United States: 12.7%.18
Rapes averted when women carry or use firearms for protection
* Orlando, FL. In 1966-67, the media highly publicized a safety course which taught Orlando women how to use guns. The result: Orlando's rape rate dropped 88% in 1967, whereas the rape rate remained constant in the rest of Florida and the nation.19
* Nationwide. In 1979, the Carter Justice Department found that of more than 32,000 attempted rapes, 32% were actually committed. But when a woman was armed with a gun or knife, only 3% of the attempted rapes were actually successful.20
Justice Department study:
* 3/5 of felons polled agreed that "a criminal is not going to mess around with a victim he knows is armed with a gun."21
* 74% of felons polled agreed that "one reason burglars avoid houses when people are at home is that they fear being shot during the crime."22
* 57% of felons polled agreed that "criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police."23

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1 Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz, "Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense With a Gun," 86 The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Northwestern University School of Law, 1 (Fall 1995):164.
Dr. Kleck is a professor in the school of criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He has researched extensively and published several essays on the gun control issue. His book, Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America, has become a widely cited source in the gun control debate. In fact, this book earned Dr. Kleck the prestigious American Society of Criminology Michael J. Hindelang award for 1993. This award is given for the book published in the past two to three years that makes the most outstanding contribution to criminology.
Even those who don't like the conclusions Dr. Kleck reaches, cannot argue with his impeccable research and methodology. In "A Tribute to a View I Have Opposed," Marvin E. Wolfgang writes that, "What troubles me is the article by Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz. The reason I am troubled is that they have provided an almost clear-cut case of methodologically sound research in support of something I have theoretically opposed for years, namely, the use of a gun in defense against a criminal perpetrator.... I have to admit my admiration for the care and caution expressed in this article and this research. Can it be true that about two million instances occur each year in which a gun was used as a defensive measure against crime? It is hard to believe. Yet, it is hard to challenge the data collected. We do not have contrary evidence." Wolfgang, "A Tribute to a View I Have Opposed," The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, at 188.
Wolfgang says there is no "contrary evidence." Indeed, there are more than a dozen national polls -- one of which was conducted by The Los Angeles Times -- that have found figures comparable to the Kleck-Gertz study. Even the Clinton Justice Department (through the National Institute of Justice) found there were as many as 1.5 million defensive users of firearms every year. See National Institute of Justice, "Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms," Research in Brief (May 1997).
As for Dr. Kleck, readers of his materials may be interested to know that he is a member of the ACLU, Amnesty International USA, and Common Cause. He is not and has never been a member of or contributor to any advocacy group on either side of the gun control debate.
2 According to the National Safety Council, the total number of gun deaths (by accidents, suicides and homicides) account for less than 30,000 deaths per year. See Injury Facts, published yearly by the National Safety Council, Itasca, Illinois.
3Kleck and Gertz, "Armed Resistance to Crime," at 173, 185.
4Kleck and Gertz, "Armed Resistance to Crime," at 185.
5 Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig, "Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms," NIJ Research in Brief (May 1997); available at http://www.ncjrs.org/txtfiles/165476.txt on the internet. The finding of 1.5 million yearly self-defense cases did not sit well with the anti-gun bias of the study's authors, who attempted to explain why there could not possibly be one and a half million cases of self-defense every year. Nevertheless, the 1.5 million figure is consistent with a mountain of independent surveys showing similar figures. The sponsors of these studies -- nearly a dozen -- are quite varied, and include anti-gun organizations, news media organizations, governments and commercial polling firms. See also Kleck and Gertz, supra note 1, pp. 182-183.
6Kleck, Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America, (1991):111-116, 148.
7George F. Will, "Are We 'a Nation of Cowards'?," Newsweek (15 November 1993):93.
8Id. at 164, 185.
9Dr. Gary Kleck, interview with J. Neil Schulman, "Q and A: Guns, crime and self-defense," The Orange County Register (19 September 1993). In the interview with Schulman, Dr. Kleck reports on findings from a national survey which he and Dr. Marc Gertz conducted in Spring, 1993 -- a survey which findings were reported in Kleck and Gertz, "Armed Resistance to Crime." br>10 One of the authors of the University of Chicago study reported on the study's findings in John R. Lott, Jr., "More Guns, Less Violent Crime," The Wall Street Journal (28 August 1996). See also John R. Lott, Jr. and David B. Mustard, "Crime, Deterrence, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns," University of Chicago (15 August 1996); and Lott, More Guns, Less Crime (1998, 2000).
11Lott and Mustard, "Crime, Deterrence, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns."
12Kathleen O'Leary Morgan, Scott Morgan and Neal Quitno, "Rankings of States in Most Dangerous/Safest State Awards 1994 to 2003," Morgan Quitno Press (2004) at http://www.statestats.com/dang9403.htm. Morgan Quitno Press is an independent private research and publishing company which was founded in 1989. The company specializes in reference books and monthly reports that compare states and cities in several different subject areas. In the first 10 years in which they published their Safest State Award, Vermont has consistently remained one of the top five safest states.
13Memo by Jim Smith, Secretary of State, Florida Department of State, Division of Licensing, Concealed Weapons/Firearms License Statistical Report (October 1, 2002).
14Florida's murder rate was 11.4 per 100,000 in 1987, but only 5.5 in 2002. Compare Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Crime in the United States," Uniform Crime Reports, (1988): 7, 53; and FBI, (2003):19, 79.
15 John R. Lott, Jr., "Right to carry would disprove horror stories," Kansas City Star, (July 12, 2003).
16Gary Kleck, "Crime Control Through the Private Use of Armed Force," Social Problems 35 (February 1988):15.
17Compare Kleck, "Crime Control," at 15, and Chief Dwaine L. Wilson, City of Kennesaw Police Department, "Month to Month Statistics: 1991." (Residential burglary rates from 1981-1991 are based on statistics for the months of March - October.)
18Kleck, Point Blank, at 140.
19Kleck, "Crime Control," at 13.
20U.S. Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, Rape Victimization in 26 American Cities (1979), p. 31.
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