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people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people
will find a way around the laws."
Plato (429-347 BC)
Even in this "Information Age", I find so many
mistruths, misconceptions and some outright lies concerning the issues of
concealed carry, accidental discharges and the total failures of gun control to
affect the criminal mind and the career criminal's access to guns.
spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom -- they are the pillars of
(1828-1906) Source: Pillars of Society, 1877
There are many issues related to firearms that have a lot of misinformation
written about them in the media and on the Internet. I will try to straighten out
Before I get to the fifteen topics I have listed below, I
have something to say about gun control laws in general. Laws are passed to help control the actions of those who are
willing or inclined to do unethical and immoral things for monetary or personal gain.
The decent, honest, caring and upright citizens need no laws
to make them behave in a civil and courteous manner. The citizen who
conducts his/her life within moral and religious boundaries set forth by the Ten
Commandments of God, needs no law to keep from doing wrong.
"In times of
universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act."
George Orwell [Eric Arthur
Blair] (1903-1950) British author
Since laws are intended to control the misdeeds of the
unscrupulous, why do most gun control laws curtail the ownership, use, carry,
sale and transportation of lawfully owned firearms? Most traditional gun
control laws affect only those who obey the law in the first place. That
is a wrong-headed approach.
The bottom line is the fact that upright and righteous gun
owners don't commit crimes, so why are we subjected to laws that are
designed to control the unscrupulous violent criminal thug? The honest gun
owner needs no such laws and the dishonest violent criminal thug obeys no such laws.
The focus upon violent crime MUST be taken off of the
firearms and onto the violent criminal thug. Laws meant to reduce acts of
violence committed with firearms must specifically punish the criminal for
possessing a gun or using a gun during the commission of their criminal
Furthermore, actual sources of guns that are used during the
commission of a crime should be focused upon, rather than focusing restrictive
legislation upon all gun sales that include the law abiding, upright and honest
citizen. The actual sources of guns that are used during the commission of
a crime are listed below.
envelops itself in mystery, and the mystery in which it is at any time enveloped
is the work of its antagonist, and never of itself."
Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
The average American citizen gets all their firearm knowledge
from the media, the movies and Saturday morning cartoons. These are not
the best sources of truthful and accurate information about firearms.
I get very agitated when the evening news on any major
network, morning talk shows and afternoon talk shows, come out with some off the
wall, left wing bozo as an expert on gun control, who wouldn't know the difference between an
ejector rod and a hammer spur.
Whenever the television shows come out with a gun control
advocate, it is very clear that the person knows nearly nothing about firearms,
how they operate, their capabilities and their limitations and I end up
yelling at the television in frustration.
I have had the distinct displeasure of heated discussion on the topic of gun control and the Second Amendment with opponents who tenaciously refuse to consider facts. These people who insist that guns are always evil and that therefore, gun owners must also be bad people, are simply not worth arguing with.
If one holds unsound and faulty presuppositions with sufficient tenacity, facts will make no difference at all and one will be able to create a world entirely of one's own, totally unrelated to reality and totally unable to be touched by reality.
before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived
notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you
will learn nothing."
Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)
Such a condition (which philosophers call solipsistic, psychiatrists call autistically psychotic and defense lawyers call insanity) is in a way equivalent to death because all connections with the real living world have been severed. If facts make no difference at all to someone because of their strongly held faulty and unsound presuppositions, they might as well cease to exist.
The opinion of any person such as this, is of no value or worth to society.
mortalist enemy unto knowledge, and that which hath done the greatest
execution unto truth, has been a preemptory adhesion unto authority."
Sir Thomas Browne
Source: Religio Medici, 1642
"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open."
Sir James Dewar Scientist (1877-1925)
This is my opportunity to get out the truth.
Bookmarked subjects on this
"It is error
alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826),
US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Source: Notes on the State of Virginia, 1782
"He who does not bellow out the truth when he knows the truth
makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers."
Charles Peguy (1873-1914) French poet, essayist and editor
"Freedom of expression is the well-spring of our civilization...
The history of civilization is in considerable measure the displacement of error which once held sway as official truth
by beliefs which in turn have yielded to other truths. Therefore the liberty of man to search for truth ought not
to be fettered, no matter what orthodoxies he may challenge."
Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Source: Concurring Opinion, Dennis et al. v. U.S. (1951)
There seems to me to be quite a bit of
misinformation about accidental deaths that occur because of the mishandling of
a loaded firearm.
The decline in accidental deaths
related to firearms is truly one of the greatest success stories of all, yet the
Gun accidents have declined 94%, even though the number of firearms in the country has more than
From 1991 to 2011 the negligent handling of a loaded
firearm that resulted in death went from 1,441 in 1991 to just 600 in
2011. That alone is a decline of 58%.
incontrovertible, ignorance can deride it, panic may resent it, malice may
destroy it, but there it is."
Sir Winston Churchill
(1874-1965) Prime Minister of England
The evening news and the newspapers
always sensationalize a tragic accidental death. This sensationalism makes
it seem like unintentional death with a gun is a leading cause of death.
The highest rate of accidental death
involving firearms occurred in the year 1904. FIREARM
ACCIDENTS HAVE DECREASED NINETY FOUR PERCENT (-94%) SINCE THEN.
Since 1930, the United States
population has more than doubled. The number of firearms in
U.S. homes has quintupled. Firearm accidents have DECREASED
IN THIS SAME TIME PERIOD BY EIGHTY PERCENT (-80%).
Currently the rate of accidental deaths
involving firearms is at 0.2 per 100,000 citizens. More children choke to death
on pencils and drown in buckets of water, than die from the mishandling of a
gun. And that's the truth. Like it or not and I'm hoping you're
encouraged by these statistics.
Today, the odds are a million to one, against a child in the
U.S. dying in a firearm accident. The really unfortunate part of this
phenomenal success story is that almost nobody knows about it. Gun accidents can be totally, unequivocally
and absolutely eliminated forever, if only everyone would read the following two
(2) pages and obey everything on them. And that is the truth.
I am a Certified Firearm Instructor and I
wrote everything on this Web site myself. I know of which I speak.
Unlike most of the media talking heads. Please see my two most popular
pages on the subject of gun safety.
"Search for the
truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty."
Anne Louise Germaine de Stael
(1766-1817) French author
There seems to be a commonly held myth
that allowing concealed carry in public is a dangerous policy. This is
indeed not the case at all. In fact, those who choose to lawfully carry a
concealed firearm in public and obtain training and a permit to do so, are
among the most law abiding and honest people I know.
only prevail when victims are ignorant of the facts."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826),
US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US
Many anti-gun advocates erroneously
predicted that allowing law abiding gun owners to freely obtain concealed carry
permits, would lead to gun fights in the streets. They said it would lead
to an escalation of minor arguments into gun fights in our neighborhoods.
The truth is that just the opposite has
happened. Wherever "Shall Issue" concealed carry laws have been
adopted, crime involving firearms has decreased. Sometimes, this decrease
has been dramatic, sometimes the decrease has been slight, but crime has almost never
risen after "Shall Issue" concealed carry laws were adopted.
In the early 1980's only eight of
the fifty U.S. States were shall-issue states. In shall-issue
states, that means that the state will issue a concealed carry permit as
long as training and background checks are completed.
"Shall Issue" concealed
carry, means that the local licensing agency will issue the concealed carry
permit, as long as the applicant does not have any criminal record. 40 of
the 50 states are "Shall Issue" states, 10 states are "May
At least four (4) of the "Shall Issue" states allow concealed carry with only a driver's license that shows your age
of at least 21 years.
I find it interesting to note that
according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports, the states that allow lawful
Citizens to carry concealed are the states with the lowest number of violent
For example, the state of Vermont,
where one only has to have a clean record and be at least 21 years old to carry
a concealed gun, has 22 times fewer incidence of violent crime per 100,000
Citizens than Washington D.C., which has had a total ban on firearms since the
In More Guns, Less Crime (1998), the University of
Chicago’s John Lott examined the impact of concealed carry permits. Using data
from all 3,054 U.S. counties between 1977 and 1992, he found that after
controlling for other factors, concealed handgun laws reduce murder by 8.5
percent, rape by 5 percent and assaults by 7 percent.
thing is to have a soul that loves the truth and harbours it where he
finds it. And another thing: truth requires constant repetition, because
error is being preached about us all the time, and not only by isolated
individuals but by the masses. In the newspapers and encyclopedias, in
schools and universities, everywhere error rides high and basks in the
consciousness of having the majority on its side."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(1749-1832) German writer
There is a pervasive rumor going
around, that gun shows are actually arms bazaars for street thugs. Again,
this is a falsehood that really needs a big dose of truth.
not cease to exist because they are ignored."
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
The truth is so very important to an
issue like this one. There is a wide array of bills that are using up the
valuable time and resources of our Congress and our state legislatures for
These bills seem to be aimed at a long
time goal of anti-gun advocates. Namely banning the sale of all firearms
between law-abiding and honest individuals.
that since the Gun Control Act of 1968, it is illegal for a convicted felon to possess a firearm in
any way whatsoever.
Federal law already
requires background checks on anyone who buys a firearm from dealers at gun
shows. Federal law already imposes a 10-year prison sentence on criminals
who even attempt to buy guns, at gun shows or anywhere else for that matter.
A National Institute of Justice study of convicted felons in
state prisons found that criminals bought firearms at gun shows so rarely that
it was not possible to even report those sales as a separate category.
The U.S. Department of Justice released a study of
18,000 state prison inmates that showed only 0.7% of guns used in
crime were originally purchased at gun shows.
Many of these firearms used in criminal activity, were
bought through a "straw purchase". A "straw purchase"
is where a legal gun buyer illegally acting as a surrogate for the criminal,
purchases a gun for them. This act in itself is unlawful and is punishable
by prison time.
In fact 86.2% of guns used by convicted state inmates were
not even obtained at a retail level, but rather through friends, family and
illegal sources. Only 13.8% of the guns used in crime were bought at all
nationwide retail outlets COMBINED.
Federal law requires that any person who is engaged in
the business of selling firearms, must have a Federal Firearms License (FFL) and
conduct the NICS background checks.
The "unlicensed dealers" at gun shows are normally
those who sell books, clothing, videotapes, knives, holsters and other
Individuals who occasionally sell or trade firearms from
their personal collections, need not be licensed. Neither are they
required to conduct an NICS background check. This is true whether the
sale occurs at home, at a range, gun club or anywhere else.
Occasional and irregular sales of firearms between friends
and family should not be banned or heavily regulated. These types of sales
have been going on since the 1300's.
Felons are already prohibited from possessing firearms.
Burdening the honest and obedient gun owner will not prevent felons from buying
illegal guns. And that's the truth.
who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads
them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to the truth than he
whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors."
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence,
3rd US President
Source: Letter to John Novell, June 11, 1807
There is still quite a bit of
misconception still floating around about stories of guns "going off"
Let me make this truth perfectly clear:
do not fire by themselves!!!
I hope that was clear enough. Guns do not and cannot
simply "go off" by themselves. That is the same as insinuating
that a book of matches caused a building to burn down all by themselves.
It would also be the same thing as putting blame on a pencil for a misspelled
word, or to put the blame for obesity upon silverware.
Guns need human interaction in order to work. Wouldn't
it be nice if the kitchen floor would wax itself, or a load of laundry would
wash and dry itself? The gun will never work without someone firing it.
On the news, I occasionally will see someone charged with a
criminal act, trying to convince the Assistant District Attorney or the jury that the gun
he had in his possession just "went off by itself".
Again, I find myself hollering at the television in
A gun is only a machine that is used to store, aim and launch
ammunition. It launches a small piece of metal (bullet) at very high
speed. The human being interacting with the gun is the one that determines
why, when and where this bullet goes.
Don't "Go Off" During Cleaning
I have heard a few times on television
and in newspapers that after a shooting in a home, the shooter claims that the
gun discharged while he was cleaning it.
Again, let me reiterate what I have
already said. Guns do not fire without first being loaded with ammunition,
all safeties (if they exist) being switched off and the trigger being pulled.
If someone was injured, the gun was also pointed at someone while all these
circumstances occurred at the same time.
The claim that a "gun fired while
I was cleaning it" is total bull crap. What
happened was the trigger was pulled on a loaded gun, with all safeties switched
to 'Fire' and then the firearm was pointed in a
dangerous direction resulting in an injury. If the gun was a
revolver, the situation gets even more unlikely. The cylinder was swung
open and loaded, then closed, then the revolver was pointed in a dangerous
direction and either the hammer was drawn backwards thereby cocking it, or the
trigger was pulled with a double-action trigger pull weight of probably more
than eight pounds.
If that was unintentional and
negligent, it was
performed by the most inept and incompetent firearm owner I have ever
seen. You do not clean a gun by loading it, switching the safety to
'Fire', pointing it in a dangerous direction and then pulling the trigger,
that's called shooting it!!!
The very first step in cleaning a gun
is to open the action. This very first step in cleaning would prevent a
gun from being fired in the first place. Upon the opening of the action, if the gun was
mistakenly left loaded, it would become evident at that point. Then the gun
should be unloaded and the ammunition should be removed from the area before
cleaning begins. Problem solved.
After the action is open, the second
step would be to push a solvent soaked brush down the full length of the
barrel. You cannot do this if the gun is loaded. If the gun is a revolver, the excuse really doesn't hold
water, because the cartridge would be readily visible within the open cylinder.
So, in short, cleaning a firearm while it's loaded is simply not possible.
The excuse that the gun fired
while it was being was cleaned is a total line of BS. The police know this, the
Assistant District Attorneys know this, firearm instructors and gun enthusiasts
know this, but much of the general public does not.
When the news reports that a gun fired
while it was being cleaned, the public at large just swallows that
misrepresentation as the truth.
The truth on this one, is that the
shooter pulled the trigger of a loaded gun and if someone was injured, the gun
was also pointed in a dangerous direction. That's called shooting at
someone with a gun, not cleaning it.
gun cannot fire from being cleaned. And that is the truth.
Wild, Wild West
There is a pervasive misconception
about western and mid-western cities of the late 1800's. This
misconception is widely held and I would like to dispel this rumor right here.
There certainly was a certain degree of
violence among the people living in the West during the later half of the 19th
century, but the majority of these were due to clashes with Indian tribes,
bandit gangs and foreign nations.
From 1870 to 1885, the rates of violent
acts were higher in the major cities of the East than those of the West.
Areas of the Mid-West and West were much safer and much more civilized, in
general than we
For example, in the populated cities of
Virginia City, Nevada, Leadville, Colorado and Dallas, Texas, there were no
recorded homicides at all, despite a high rate of gun ownership.
In these same 15 years (1870 to 1885)
there were an average of three (3)
homicides per year in the major railroad cities of Abilene, Dodge City, Wichita,
Caldwell and Ellsworth.
In fact, Dodge City, Kansas, the
subject of many movie "Westerns" only exceeded five (5) shooting
deaths in a single year (1876).
The misperception that these cities
were seedbeds of hundreds of gun fights a month, comes from people watching too
many movies and too much television.
The truth of the matter is that there
was not very much ordinary street crime in the "Wild, Wild West"
because a high portion of the public at large, freely carried firearms. And
what sane person is going to rob a country store, when the proprietor is
carrying a Colt Single Action Army pistol on his hip?
truth is told.
Terry L. Anderson and P. J. Hill, "An American Experiment in Anarcho-capitalism: The Not So Wild, Wild West," Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. III, No. 1, pp. 9-29.
Robert R. Dykstra, The Cattle Towns (New York: Knopf, 1968), p. 44.
Charles F. Eckhardt, "Debunking the Wild West Fantasy," Guns & Ammo, September 1973, pp. 36-37.
W. Eugene Hollon, Frontier Violence: Another Look (New York: Oxford University Press, 1974).
I realize that this may very well be
pointless to state, but I feel like I must do so anyway.
Gun control laws are observed and
obeyed by gun owners who by their very nature abide by the law. These
lawful firearm owners do not commit any crimes. In fact 99.8% of all
firearms in America are not used to commit any crimes in any given year.
My question to the anti-gun activist
is; if lawful, honest and upright gun owners do not commit any crime, then why
is gun control legislation aimed at law-abiding gun owners? This is a
question we all would like to have answered.
We realize that lawful gun owners don't
commit crime, but what can be done?
Simple answer. Listen up
America. We simply add strict penalties onto a crime wherever a firearm is
present or used. For example. If a career criminal commits a robbery
and has a firearm with him, but does not brandish it, add five (5) years without
parole onto the robbery sentence.
If he brandishes the firearm during the
commission of that robbery, he gets ten (10) years added on to the original
If he fires the gun during the
commission of the robbery, he gets fifteen (15) years of prison time added to
If he injures OR kills somebody during
the commission of that crime with the firearm, he gets twenty (20) years of
prison time added to the sentence.
This added prison time would be
"real time" of course. No "good behavior", no early
release, no parole, no BS. This prison time MUST BE ADDED to the
criminal's sentence if he chooses a firearm to commit a crime with. That
is the ONLY WAY.
Remember one thing, law abiding gun
owners do not commit any crimes. And that's the plain truth.
Human beings have always feared the
unknown. It is a completely natural phenomenon. Fear of the unknown
is one of the foundations of the human psyche that has perpetuated the human
race for quite a while now.
Fear is an understandable emotional
toward an object or a concept that has the potential to be deadly and something
in which one is completely unfamiliar. There's nothing to be ashamed of in
that respect. However, please be aware of the fact that the first guns
appeared before the halfway point of the 12th century.
According to some historians, the first
guns that used gun powder to send projectiles happened during the Siege of
Seville in the year 1247, but it was actually in the 1100's in China when
Chinese fire lances were shortened and improved for firing projectiles. At this writing it's
The first guns were used about eight hundred eighty five (885) years ago, about
the year 1129. When
the gun was first introduced to Europe, the majority of earth's inhabitants would
think the planet was flat as a pancake for another two hundred fifty (250)
years. It's well past time to get over our fear of firearms.
According to other historians,
hand-cannons were first used at the Battle of Ain Jalut in the year
1260. So whether it was the improved Chinese fire lance of the early
1100s, the Siege of Seville in 1247 or Battle
of Ain Jalut in the year 1260, the fact remains that guns are not new.
In fact, the wheel-lock musket was invented around the year 1500 reportedly by
Leonardo Da Vinci himself.
Most people who are not completely
familiar with firearms, get most of their knowledge from television dramas,
movies, the evening news and Saturday morning cartoons. These are not the best sources of
truth concerning firearms.
We have grown up watching cheesy
detective shows on television where the hero fires a .38 special snub-nose
revolver at the bad guy's car and the car explodes and jumps fifteen (15) feet
into the air.
The truth is that the small hole that
the detective's gun would have put in the radiator is quite unimpressive.
So the show's creators plant explosive charges in the vehicle and have the car
hit a ramp at the same time for the dramatic result.
When we grow up watching this farce on
television, it is no wonder that there is a pervasive fear of firearms in
America. This irrational and yet pervasive fear of firearms is so
prevalent that it even has a name. It's called Hoplophobia.
It is a general,
yet irrational fear of guns.
A firearm is simply a device that
stores and discharges a small piece of metal at very high speed. It does
nothing without human interaction. And it will NOT
make a vehicle jump
into the air and explode into a fireball.
What we MUST DO is to replace
fear of firearms with knowledge. Once we are familiar with the true
capabilities of guns along with their limitations and understand how they work,
we can substitute irrational fear with confident knowledge.
If you are one of those people who are
afraid of guns, you too can replace this fear with knowledge. Call your
local gun club and sign up for their next basic gun safety and education
course. The fee is usually less than forty dollars ($40) and some clubs
even will teach you for free, if you become a member.
There has never been an accidental
death at an NRA Basic Firearm Education course. The National Rifle
Association has been teaching firearm safety and marksmanship since
1871 and I have been certified by them to teach those courses.
opinion is that most gun control advocates actually have a senseless fear of
guns. This fear gradually develops into enmity or animosity. This
hatred of guns is the only foundation that gun control activists stand on.
Because they certainly don't stand upon truth or common sense.
Because of the pervasive misinformation
about guns used in crime and guns used for self-defense, I feel I really must
make this point crystal clear.
are used about two hundred fifty eight times (258X) more for defensive purposes, than for
murdering people in the United States.
firearms are used more than five times (5X) more for self-defense than for
committing ANY crime with.
is a pretty well-known fact, that the leftist and elitist media seems quite content to
According to one of the most comprehensive studies done on guns
and crime by the University of Florida in 1993, Americans use firearms approximately
6,000 to 7,000 times per day for
self-defense. That works out to approximately two point two million
(2,200,000) to two and a half million
(2,500,000) defensive uses of firearms per year.
In 2010, there were
14,748 murders, 65.7% of which were committed with firearms. That means
there were 9,689 gun-related murders in the United States in 2010 and 5,059
murders committed with some other method.
Let's analyze the facts:
26.54 murders are
committed with firearms everyday.
6849 times a
day, firearms are used for self-defense.
Firearms are used
258 times more for self-defense than for murder, DO THE MATH
In about 13 or 14 out of 15 instances of
self-defense, the defender's gun is not fired.
confronted with an armed and determined potential victim, the criminal will back
off about 93% of the time. According to most studies done on the subject,
the criminal will retreat in at least 9 out of 10 instances. But don't fool
yourself, today's street savvy punks will smell your fear like a dog and will
attack you, if they feel you are reluctant to fire on them to save yourself or
These self-defense instances include
protection from animal attacks, store robberies, rapes, home invasions and
Americans utilize self-defense with
their firearms about 2.5 million times a year, while murders committed with
exceed 1/258th of that total.
And that is the truth!!!
How about it, ABC, NBC, CBS,
FOX, CNN, let's tell the truth for a change, and not cloak the facts with
emotionalism and elitist "political correctness".
The Second Amendment
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary
to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,
shall not be infringed."
Without much doubt, I think the issue
that needs the most clarification is the original intention and meaning of the
Second Amendment to the United States Constitution which is embodied in the Bill
of Rights. I have a page totally dedicated to straightening you all out on
the Second Amendment, so if you'd like something more on this, see my 2nd
Please feel free to visit my "Links"
page and take a look at all the Second Amendment links I have listed
there. Those sites go much deeper into the Right To Keep And Bear Arms
than I will here.
Quite a few uninformed people think
that the Second Amendment refers to the National Guard's right to have
firearms. This erroneous misconception seems to be prevalent in many
political roundtable talks.
The National Guard was created by the
Militia Act of 1903, this act is also known as the "Dick Act" after
its author. Subsequent national defense acts brought the National Guard
under control of each State and then under control of the Federal Government.
The National Guard was formed 116
years after the Second Amendment was ratified.
The argument from the anti-gun side
that the first part of the Second Amendment refers to the National Guard holds
no water at all. That is because when the Second Amendment was ratified,
the militia of the United States consisted of all able-bodied males between the
ages of 16 and 60. Later on, this was changed to males 18 to 45 years of
The term "well regulated" in the late 1700's meant
that something was in proper working order, something that was calibrated
correctly and something that was functioning as it should. When the term
is applied to the militia of the time, it meant that the militia should be
properly trained, exercise regularly and that they be able to carry out their
tasks in an expedient and efficient manner.
It did not mean
regulation by legislative action.
The term "the right of the people to keep and bear
arms" means just what it says. The term "the people" is
used throughout the founding documents (first, second,
fourth, ninth and tenth amendments in the Bill of Rights) and nowhere does it mean anything other
than the general population of the United States. Allow me to quote:
no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement
of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American. . . . The unlimited power of
the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but,
where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the People."
Tench Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette,
February 20, 1788.
The original intention of the Second Amendment is the single
most important aspect of this argument. Please take a look at the "Quotes"
page to see for yourself, what the Founding Fathers thought and meant when
considering the Second Amendment's meaning.
Another thing that the everyday American does not realize is
that in all of our nation's founding documents, "Powers" or
"Authority" are granted
to States or the Federal Government and "Rights" are always guaranteed
to the general population of the United States.
The Second Amendment was never intended to solely reflect a
State's power to form its own militia, but it was also intended as a
self-imposed restriction upon government. In fact, the entire Bill of
Rights are self-imposed government restrictions.
Yes, you see, the Bill of Rights is
actually a listing of negative liberties. Please allow me to explain
Our Founding Fathers knew all to well,
as we also know today, that government always seeks to gain more control, power
and authority for itself.
They did not trust a powerful central
government that had a limitless degree of control over its Citizens.
hope, therefore, a bill of rights will be formed to guard the people against the
Federal government as they are already guarded against their State governments,
in most instances."
Thomas Jefferson to James Madison,
1788. ME 7:98
The Bill of Rights is actually a
listing of rights that are retained by the people to protect themselves from
their own government. These rights are enumerated in the Bill of Rights in
order to protect the people from a government gone awry. They are
limitations on government power over the people, rather than rights granted to
the people by government. If you don't believe me, start studying real
history and not the revisionist crap that is spewing from current academia who
are more interested in "political correctness" than the truth.
The best that the anti-gun person can come up with in regards
to a Second Amendment argument in their favor is the Miller case of 1939 that
was heard in the United States Supreme Court.
In the Miller case, the defendants Jack Miller and Frank
Layton were not present and neither was their legal counsel. Therefore,
there was no opposing view available for the Supreme Court Justices to review
Using the Miller Case of 1939 as an argument for gun control
is a misinterpretation of the decision itself.
They were charged with violation of the National Firearms Act
of 1934, which is actually a tax law and not a ban on machine guns or short
For more info on Miller, go to my "Second
For research on the Second Amendment, take a look at my "Links"
The 1939 Miller case in whole, is not a case that
supports the views of gun control advocates. However gun control advocates
have taken blurbs from the case and twisted them to their own liking.
Please read the review of the Miller case on my "Second
Amendment" page. If anything, Miller supported the rights
of American citizens to own and carry military firepower.
I would suppose that the central
purpose of laws that regulate the possession, transfer, usage and transportation
of firearms is intended to curtail the use of guns during the commission of
Congressmen and state
continually cite the "availability of firearms" as a "cause"
of crime. And inevitably they propose and pass laws that regulate the
ownership and possession of firearms.
For a moment, let's see things from the
perspective of the criminal mind.
Federal statistics show that 85% of all
violent crime in the United States is committed by only 7% of the criminal
This small 7% segment of the criminal
population is the most hardened, angry, violent and barbaric humans that walk
This 7% component of the criminal
population are ready and willing to commit the most heinous and vicious crimes
known to mankind. They are willing to risk their lives everyday to
perpetrate their own wicked and degenerate brand of violence.
They reportedly commit on average more
than 200 crimes each year, according to statistics I have seen. They
readily commit much more serious crimes than firearm violations and never, ever,
ever concern themselves with dutifully obeying laws that control gun ownership.
Since the Gun Control Act of 1968, it
has been illegal for a convicted felon to be in possession of a firearm, but it
is convicted felons who make up this most violent 7% of the criminal
This most violent segment of criminals
obtain the guns they use to commit crimes with, through family members, friends,
illegal drug transactions, robberies, home invasions, straw purchases and the
black market. Law abiding and honest gun owners are not peddling their
cherished gun collections on every street corner.
All these sources of illegally
purchased firearms exist for the sole purpose of providing guns to
criminals. In the world of the violent criminal, the illegally purchased
gun is a valuable tool that enables them to commit their crimes more
What does all this mean?
It very basically means that gun
control laws have no affect whatsoever on the mind of the violent criminal, when
he/she considers obtaining a firearm to use to commit crimes with.
In fact, common sense dictates that
strict gun control laws and gun bans actually create more black market sources
for firearms than those that would normally exist.
Don't get me too wrong here. I
think that there should be logical and rational laws surrounding firearm
ownership and possession. The laws that I think should be in place consist
of two (2) distinct types.
1.) Point of Sale procedures to
make sure that convicted felons, sexual predators and the mentally incompetent
cannot purchase a firearm at a retail sporting goods store or gun shop.
The National Instant Check System is close to what I have in mind. The
prospective buyer's name and Social Security Number should be checked against a
world-wide criminal database. This Point of Sale instant check must be in
place only because religion and morality has not played a large role in America
for the last 40 years.
2.) The other type of law that
should exist to curtail the use of firearms in crime are the laws that
specifically add additional penalties to a crime if a firearm is in the
The mind of the most violent criminal
segment is not affected by laws that regulate firearms. A criminal who
readily commits violent crime, will ALWAYS be able to get a hold of a firearm,
even during something as Draconian as a total ban on gun ownership.
If you don't believe me, take a quick
look at the illegal drug trade as an example.
Cocaine, heroine, crack and marijuana
are illegal in every corner of the country. But because of the colossal
demand for these illegal drugs, they can be found to some degree in nearly every
city and town in the country.
That is because there are a few million
people who are willing to break the law to obtain them. The very same
principle existed during Prohibition in the 1920's. Alcohol could be
readily obtained because people were demanding it. The same thing exists
in the illegal gun trade.
Therefore, gun control laws affect only
those who obey them. They have had no affect on the criminal mind.
Gun control laws also create illegal black markets for guns where
they don't exist without them.
(1) in every thirty four (34) American adults is either in prison, in jail, on
probation or out on parole. Did you get that, or did you not read it
thoroughly? 1 in every 34 Americans is either in jail, in prison or out on
parole, or currently on probation.
don't have a 'gun problem' in the United States, we have a morality
problem. See my "Share the
Solution" page for more details.
Many of the guns that have been used in crime were provided to the perpetrators by friends and family members.
In fact, the actual number according to the U.S. Department of
Justice is 39.6%.
SaveTheGuns.com believes that there should be much more severe penalties imposed upon people who knowingly provide firearms to criminals.
According to well known statistics, 86.2% of firearms
that were used to commit crime with, were supplied to the criminal illegally, by
friends, family members or illegal sources like robberies or through the drug
If someone knowingly provides a firearm to a criminal who
then commits a crime with it. The penalties for such activities should be
treated very, very seriously.
To the best of my knowledge, providing a firearm to a known
felon does not in itself result in a felony punishable by as many as five (5) or
ten (10) years in prison.
85% of all violent crime is committed by only 7% of the
criminal population, almost all of which are already felons. In fact more
than 89% of adults convicted of murder already had criminal records as adults
and were therefore disallowed from legally owning firearms in the first place.
Increasing the penalty for providing a firearm to a known
felon will reduce the possibility of a known felon obtaining a firearm.
JUST MORE COMMON SENSE FROM
can fight crime where guns are used without diminishing the original intention
of the Second Amendment. I just wish that state legislators and
congressional law makers would listen to us pro-gun people and not just turn us
off, like they have been doing. We know guns, and we have something pithy,
concise and meaningful to say about them and how to diminish their use in
Vs Gun Owners
There has been a very disturbing movement among medical
professionals to advocate the eradication or at least the abridging of the
Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. According to the
following well known statistics, it seems as if the medical industry should take
a closer look in the mirror and then determine who is more dangerous to the
Number of physicians in the US: 700,000.
Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year: 120,000.
Accidental deaths per physician: 0.171
(U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services)
Number of gun owners in the US: 80,000,000.
Number of accidental gun deaths per year (all age groups) 802 (in 2001).
Accidental deaths per gun owner: 0.0000100
Statistically, doctors are thousands of times more dangerous than gun owners.
FACT: Not everyone has a gun, but just about everyone has at least one
Doctor. Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban
doctors quickly before this gets out of hand. Of course I'm not serious,
but the statistics are serious.
Felons Get Guns
Let me make this very misunderstood
point quite clear:
state and federal lawmakers can come up with legislation to charge previously
criminals with a felony with an irrevocable long prison term for even making an attempt to procure a firearm, it
would receive widespread support by the law-abiding gun owning community.
Let me make another point very clear:
that regulate the possession and sale of firearms, only apply to purchases made
at a legal and licensed retail outlet. Can you imagine an illegal drug
dealer asking one of his addicts for his firearm permit, when he tries to buy
drugs with a stolen gun?
How about a gun-running unlicensed and illegal black-market firearm
dealer? Would they provide a means for a comprehensive background check
while making a sale? How absurd!!! All 25,000+ local, state and
federal gun control laws affect only those who obey the law and purchase
firearms through properly licensed retailers or through some other lawful and
Most Second Amendment supporters who
aren't absolutists believe that violent felons, the criminally insane and the
mentally incompetent should not have free and unencumbered access to firearms at
retail. I quite frankly am not a Second Amendment absolutist. I
don't believe that previously convicted felons, career criminals, rapists, thugs
and the mentally incompetent should have free access to firearms at retail.
I have found over my many years of
working to preserve the integrity of the Second Amendment that those who support
gun control legislation are really decent, caring and involved individuals that
want to do something about crime, but in actuality, don't have a single clue
what they're talking about or how to go about it. The misinformation and
sometimes downright lies coming from the anti-gunners greatly influence these
caring people who don't know anything about firearms, lawful gun owners or how
felons actually obtain their firearms.
Most law-abiding gun owners want
something to be done about the violent felon's access to firearms, but at the
same time, we want to be left alone and unaffected. I believe we can divide and conquer gun
control supporters by continually stating the following statistics.
Here's the truth, as plain as I can make it. These statistics come
from the United States Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics.
This study is fifteen pages long and I cannot possibly include all the
different statistics in this one section of this Web page. You simply
wouldn't be interested enough to read it all anyway. So I have
decided to use current inmates in State prisons who are in prison and were in
possession of a firearm during their current offense, who were recidivist
offenders. Unfortunately this particular set of statistics was done for
1997 and is many years old, but it likely has not changed very much.
If you're following along in the study, once again, I'm using Table 9.
Where recidivist convicted criminals actually got
the guns they used to commit a crime with in 1997.
22.8% got the gun from a drug dealer or through 'off the street' sales.
17.9% borrowed or rented the gun from a family member or friend.
13.5% bought or traded the gun from a family member or friend.
10.9% got the gun from a theft or burglary.
8.8% got the gun from a fence or 'black market' source.
7.8% got the gun from a family member or friend through other means not
6.9% of the guns used came from an unknown source.
6.0% got the gun they used fraudulently from a retail store.
3.7% obtained the gun they used fraudulently through a pawnshop.
1.1% got the gun from a flea market, by not informing the seller that
they are prohibited by law from owning one, thereby obtaining ownership
through fraud and fabrication.
0.7% of the offenders, the lowest recorded source in the study, got it
from a gun show. It really makes you think why gun shows are getting so
much unnecessary attention huh?
So to briefly recap the actual sources of firearms that were used during
the commission of a crime by recidivist felons in State prison, 42.4% of them
got their guns off the street or some other illegal source. 39.2% of them
obtained the guns they used from their friends or family members, who
presumably knew they were already felons. 11.4% of the convicted
felons in State prisons bought or traded for the gun they used in some type or
form of retail outlet and the remaining 6.9% were either unknown or did not
comprise a source category that was high enough to be listed.
So let's see here:
42.4% off the street or illegal source, drug trade, burglaries, black
market and theft.
39.2% from family and friends
11.4% fraudulently from some type of retail source
6.9% not listed or unknown (due to some rounding, this comes out to
And That's The Truth!!!
Prevent your guns from being used to
murder someone. Ten point nine percent (10.9%) of firearms used to commit
a crime come from burglaries and thefts from both homes and retailers.
More than 1/10 of all guns used in crime come from burglaries and we should do
everything possible to make certain our firearms do not end up being used to rob
or murder our fellow citizens and neighbors.
So, with these statistics in mind, how can we keep guns from
getting into the hands of criminals who are prone to violent behavior? How
can we curtail the actual sources of crime guns, affect the criminal mind, leave
the honest gun owner out of the loop and support the intention of the Second
A quite simple three-prong effort will suffice nicely.
This effort of mine will leave law abiding gun owners totally out of the loop
and will gain the full support of concerned gun owners and NRA members
1.) Add penalties to a violent crime of
rape, robbery or murder for 5,
10, 15 and 20 years if a gun is present, brandished, fired or used to injure,
respectively during the commission of the violent crime. (who
cares about the resulting prison overcrowding? Not me. Maybe the
ACLU.) Adding specific firearm-related enhancements to a violent crime is
part of the
answer. More often, in reality, the gun charges are dismissed, in order to
obtain an easier criminal conviction.
We clearly need to add at least five (5) years onto a home burglary
charge per firearm if a gun was stolen during the home burglary. Often
you'll hear this type of penalty referred to as a 'firearm enhancement'.
Such firearm enhancements can be the most effective tool in affecting the mind
of the violence-prone felon. Adding a non-negotiable prison term of five
(5) years for each firearm stolen in a theft or burglary will make the thugs
think twice before taking that gun they found in your bedroom.
will use guns less often if just brandishing one, will cost them ten (10) years
of freedom if they choose to commit a violent crime with it. Additionally
criminals will steal firearms from a home less often if taking one unlawfully
from a private residence or gun dealer would add
five (5) years onto a prison sentence for the burglary itself.
Specifically punishing criminals for stealing, possessing, brandishing and
shooting firearms is the right answer. Further burdening the honest gun
owner is never going to accomplish anything.
2.) Add severe penalties to an
individual who knowingly provides a firearm to a known convict. Be them a
friend, acquaintance, family member, neighbor or drug dealer. Remember
that almost 40% of guns used during the commission of crime come from family and
friends according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
penalties should be severe enough that someone would refrain from giving a
firearm to his/her own brother or sister if he/she had been convicted of a crime in the past
and could likely intend on using the gun to commit a crime.
13.5% of the firearms actually used during the commission of
a crime are purchased or traded from a friend or family member of the felon who
is already aware of his status of being a felon. 17.9% of the guns used
during the commission of a violent crime are borrowed or even rented from a
friend or family member who again is aware of him/her being a felon. The
largest source, 22.8%, or more than 1/5th of all guns used during the commission
of a crime, come from drug dealers or totally unregulated on-the-street sales.
These sources need to have the focus and attention of
legislators. They should not be focusing upon firearm possession, sales,
transfers, transportation and carry in general that would include honest,
upstanding and law abiding citizens who have chosen to exercise their
constitutional rights to own and carry arms under the Second Amendment.
Make licensed firearm retailers require and confirm at least two (2) accepted methods
of identification in order the thwart the criminal's attempts at falsifying
documents at the time of sale. There should be no substitute for positive
identification during the purchase of a firearm. The National Instant
Check System (NICS) is used in every state that does not require a permit to
purchase a firearm at retail. So between NICS, some state required permits
to purchase and positive identification of the purchaser, sales to felons at
retail should be nearly eliminated. There are perhaps one percent (1%) or
less of BATFE licensed (FFL) firearm dealers who do not follow firearm sale guidelines
or keep good records of firearm sales. This very small portion of firearm
retailers should be punished appropriately.
A three pronged approach such as this,
that completely leaves the law abiding gun owner alone is best. I have
never been an absolutist in defending the right to keep and bear arms.
It's my opinion that the violent felon, the criminally insane and the mentally
incompetent should not have lawful access to firearms at retail. But
it's also my position that the law abiding, honest and upright firearm owner
should never be harassed or unnecessarily inconvenienced in the name of reducing
acts of violent crime.
Control Doesn't Work
I would like to take the time here in
this section of my Web site to state some real-world statistics that clearly and
unequivocally show evidence that states with strict gun control legislation as a
rule have more violent crime than states with almost no gun control.
After reading the hard evidence that I
have compiled, you will say with absolute certainty that gun control laws are
never obeyed by criminals inclined toward violence.
I have taken the 2001 Uniform Crime
Report published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and have dissected
it. The following statistics clearly show that the states with the highest
number of violent crimes and the highest rates of violent crime per capita are
curiously the states that have strict laws concerning the ownership, use and
transportation of firearms.
The vast majority of murders in the
United States occur during robberies outside the home, where concealed carry
laws would be most effective. Another stat that I find very interesting is
that 85% of all acts of violent crime are committed by only 7% of the criminal
population. A small segment of the criminal population are doing the most
Here are some of the statistics that I found
that fully support my position that gun control laws serve only to burden the law
abiding gun owner and are never obeyed and observed by the most violent among
Of the handful of states that had concealed carry laws prior to 1987, each
and every one of those states are in the bottom 25 states in rates of violent crime.
MOST OF THE CONCEALED CARRY
STATES AS OF THIS WRITING ARE IN THE SAFEST HALF OF ALL OF THE 50 STATES!!!
Of the ten states with the lowest rates of violent crime, only ONE STATE,
Hawaii restricts concealed carry. Of the ten safest states, nine of them
are concealed carry states. How do you like them potatoes????
Of the 25 safest states with the lowest rates of violent
crime, 20 of them or 80% are "shall issue" concealed carry states.
Of the most violent 6 states plus the District of Columbia, that prohibit
concealed carry, they average 601 violent crimes per year, per 100,000 citizens!!!
Of the 7 states that have had "shall issue" concealed carry laws the longest
(prior to 1987), they average only 193 violent crimes, per 100,000 citizens!!!
Pay attention here! 601 crimes
per capita in states that prohibit concealed carry and 193 crimes per capita
in states that have allowed concealed carry the longest.
These truthful and accurate statistics conclusively show that the safest
states are those with the least restrictions on the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The anti-gunner can try to twist facts and color their studies as they will, but these are the facts. Something that
the far left media elite will never let the general public find out about.
Upon final examination of the statistical analysis that I have done, I must say that the top 35 most violent states
read like a "who's who" of states with strict gun control laws. The following listed states are all in the
top 35 states for murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault and are
the most restrictive in terms of gun control laws. If gun control worked
to reduce acts of violent crime, the following fourteen states would be the
lowest in terms of violent crime.
Washington D.C. #1
New Mexico #3
New York #16
New Jersey #25
Rhode Island #33
The five safest states per capita in the United States are:
North Dakota #50
South Dakota #47
New Hampshire #46
Just in case you are a liberal anti-gun blockhead with your
head in the sand, these five safest states in the U.S. have very little gun
control. In fact, in the state of Vermont, one can carry a concealed
firearm in public with a clean record and proof of age. In the state of
Maine, one can carry a handgun openly in an exposed holster on the hip as a
police officer does. Let's see, very little crime and very little gun
control go hand in hand. Of course it's not that simple, but this clearly
shows that restrictive gun control laws do not affect the criminal mind or their
access to firearms.
Bearing these above statistics in mind, one can only come to
the quite logical conclusion that those who are willing or inclined to commit
the most heinous acts known to mankind do not concern themselves with gun
control laws. However, they do not seem to want to be shot by an armed
victim. Hmm imagine that...
HAVE SAID IT BEFORE, BUT IT BEARS REPEATING AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. EACH STATE
DESPERATELY NEEDS TO ENACT HABITUAL OFFENDER LEGISLATION SUCH AS "THREE
STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT". FURTHER RESTRICTIONS ON GUN OWNERSHIP WILL
BE IGNORED BY THE VIOLENT AND OBEYED BY THE LAWFUL. WAKE UP!!!
I'M SICK AND TIRED OF SEEING PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR CRIMES OF
RAPE, ROBBERY AND MURDER WITH TWENTY OR MORE CONVICTIONS!!!! IF THESE
IDIOTS CANNOT CONTROL THEIR OWN ACTIONS, LOCK THEM UP OR SUBJECT THEM TO CAPITAL
MUST FOCUS OUR LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES UPON IMPOSING ADDITIONAL PENALTIES TO A
CRIME IF A GUN WAS POSSESSED, BRANDISHED, FIRED OR USED TO INJURE.
MUST ALSO FOCUS ON CURTAILING THE SOURCES OF FIREARMS ACTUALLY USED DURING THE
COMMISSION OF A CRIME. LAW ABIDING GUN OWNERS ARE NOT POISED ON STREET
CORNERS PEDDLING THEIR CHERISHED COLLECTIONS TO VIOLENT THUGS.
THE MINDSET THAT SAYS THAT RESTRICTIONS UPON FIREARM SALES TO
HONEST CITIZENS WILL REDUCE ACTS OF VIOLENT CRIME IS MISINFORMED AT BEST AND IS
FEEBLE-MINDED IDIOCY AT WORST.
MUST PUNISH CRIMINALS FOR ILLEGALLY OBTAINING FIREARMS IN THE FIRST PLACE.
ADDITIONAL FIVE (5) YEARS IN PRISON PER GUN PLUS A $5,000 FINE FOR ROBBERIES AND BURGLARIES WHERE
GUNS ARE STOLEN IS A GOOD START.
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