October 6, 2011

Armageddon never happened--Media Silence Is Deafening

None of this is surprising. Gun control is never about reducing crime. And the gun-grabbers never even consider taking guns away from criminals first. (Or last, or ever.) They only want to disarm law-abiding citizens. Why? Because they are not the liberals they pretend to be. They are people-of-no-beliefs wearing liberalism as a disguise. To them, belief is a painful irritant, reminding them of something they are missing inside. The armed citizen symbolizes having things you are willing to kill for. here for, symbolizes belief in something bigger than the self.

Media Silence Is Deafening About Important Gun News | Fox News:

Murder and violent crime rates were supposed to soar after the Supreme Court struck down gun control laws in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Politicians predicted disaster. "More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence," Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty warned the day the court made its decision.

Chicago’s Mayor Daley predicted that we would "go back to the Old West, you have a gun and I have a gun and we'll settle it in the streets . . . ."

The New York Times even editorialized this month about the Supreme Court's "unwise" decision that there is a right for people "to keep guns in the home."

But Armageddon never happened. Newly released data for Chicago shows that, as in Washington, murder and gun crime rates didn't rise after the bans were eliminated -- they plummeted. They have fallen much more than the national crime rate.

Not surprisingly, the national media have been completely silent about this news.

One can only imagine the coverage if crime rates had risen. In the first six months of this year, there were 14% fewer murders in Chicago compared to the first six months of last year – back when owning handguns was illegal. It was the largest drop in Chicago’s murder rate since the handgun ban went into effect in 1982.

Meanwhile, the other four most populous cities saw a total drop at the same time of only 6 percent.

Similarly, in the year after the 2008 "Heller" decision, the murder rate fell two-and-a-half times faster in Washington than in the rest of the country.

It also fell more than three as fast as in other cities that are close to Washington's size. And murders in Washington have continued to fall. ...
Posted by John Weidner at October 6, 2011 8:41 AM

I don't get why you call having wrong beliefs as having no beliefs.

Posted by: Gian at October 6, 2011 10:58 PM

Because it's not a belief. It's more like an irrational aversion, disguised as believed-in policy.

Imagine a person who has a fear of heights campaigning to ban airplanes, and to have everyone travel by train. They might clothe this in some environmentalist talk, and you might imagine that they hold "green" beliefs, but they don't.

Posted by: John Weidner at October 7, 2011 7:37 AM

How is he being careful? Gun bans don't keep guns out of the hands of craminils, only out of the hands of law abiding citizens wishing to defend themselves. If a criminal really wants a gun, I doubt they'll risk going to an FFL and trying to do a legit buy, they'll go to their local transferred ownership goods dealer. Here in California they will deny your background check if you don't spell out the full name of your state of birth, I just don't see people making up a false background and walking out with a gun.Funny thing is face to face transfers of Curios Relic (50 years or older, semi-automatic or bolt-action) long guns aren't restricted at all in California. A criminal could illegally acquire a nice M1 Garand in .30-06 for under $1000 without much trouble, but I have to wait 10 days to buy a new .22 plinker that would have trouble on anything bigger than a squirrel. And that seems to work fine, because you don't hear about gangs walking around with WWII military surplus rifles (which fire incredibly powerful rounds compared to popular pistol calibers).

Posted by: Jan at June 9, 2012 7:32 PM

Where I live asking soneome if they own a gun would get a "yes" about as often as asking them if they owned a car. The truth that when secnds count the police are ony minutes away is quite obviouis in rural America.I bought my first pistol a few weeks ago, primarily for home protection and to carry on walks and bicycle rides. You never know what kind of animals my pop out of the woods. Bears and mountain lions have been reported in my county. I've seen a bobcat on my back porch and in my front yard. Plus a wild dog or coyote is always a possibilty.As for doctors, my doctor made enough mistakes in my treatment for me to go elsewhere. Simple stuff like incorrectly running glucose test and such. We could save a lot of lives if doctors policed themselves better.I think I'll use Trey's response if asked. I keep my gun unloaded but the clip and gun within reach of each other.

Posted by: Bruno at June 12, 2012 1:04 AM
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