Boy, 3, among 13 injured in Chicago park shooting – Yahoo News

From the city that brought us hope and change and, even with it’s recent decision to eliminate the city’s firearms registry, still has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, yet another night of violence that curiously doesn’t seem to happen with quite the same frequency in “free states.”  This time, a three-year-old boy is among 13 injured in a shooting at a Chicago park.

Like New York, Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, and even Houston, Chicago has a violence problem.  But Chicago’s issues are demonstrably worse than most and has been in spite of what were some of the most restrictive firearms laws in the country.  They are in fact, the leader in total murders in the United States and there is no sign they are slowing down any time soon. Yet, in spite of overwhelming evidence that their anti-gun policies aren’t helping, we’ll see yet another call for even more gun control.

Democrats throughout the state claim that blood will run in the streets as a result of court rulings and new laws allowing concealed carry and other freedoms.  But here’s a news flash, blood has been running in the streets of Chicago since the 1930s. Banning guns, even the National Firearms Act, attempting to ban/register the “Chicago Typewriter”, didn’t help. Curiously, the surrounding areas, where people can own guns with a great deal more freedom, are actually pretty peaceful. Seems like the old saying that an armed society is a polite society rings true every time.

-Gary

Ex British PM Tony Blair’s daughter held at gunpoint – CNN.com

Ex British PM Tony Blair’s daughter held at gunpoint – CNN.com.

Depending on your perspective, the fact Tony Blair’s daughter was held at gunpoint demonstrates several things. First; it demonstrates that crime and violence know no race, creed, religion, or economic status. Two; given the first, they can occur anywhere, anytime, to anyone. And third; that gun control, even in the United Kingdom represents is an abject failure of public policy.

I meet people from the UK on a fairly regular basis in the US as they often go to gun ranges as a sort of tourist attraction. There aren’t many gun ranges in the UK and the few that exist, are generally only for the rich and well connected. Even then, it’s almost exclusively rifles and shotguns that must be used, maintained, and stored securely AT THE CLUB. Legal possession of firearms in the home in the UK is EXTREMELY rare. The police don’t even carry guns except for specialized units who are only authorized to access or use those guns under very specific conditions. Even then, those units do not regularly carry said guns.  Given all of this, one would think there is zero gun crime in the UK. And yet, we have the headline above…Tony Blair’s daughter, held at gunpoint.

Rewind to yesterday, I watched a recording of CNN’s new iteration of “Crossfire” in which they had yet another debate about gun control. This one sparked by the traged at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. The talking points were predictable, especially the lies/delusional musings of the anti-gunners.  But notably, they had Colin Goddard, Virginia Tech survivor and advocate for the Brady Campaign as well as Mayors Against Illegal Guns facing off against Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America

Newt Gingrich led off the discussion by asking Goddard what law would have prevented the Navy Yard shooting. Goddard immediately deflected and failed to answer the question saying we shouldn’t base our policies on the last mass shooting because, “…those people are already dead.” “We have to do things to prevent the next group of people from getting shot and killed.” What’s important is, “…what measures will stop the most number of dangerous people from easily obtaining firearms in the first place,” he said.

In other words, he didn’t have an answer because the reality is, as even LZ Granderson of CNN pointed out, gun control is not the answer. When Chicago was brought up as an example of a city that until very recently, had a near total ban on all modern long arms and handguns and in which nearly all such guns are illegally purchased, Goddard laid his cards on the table saying, “…all illegal guns began their life as a legal gun…”  He contends that requiring background checks for all sales would cut off the flow of illegal guns.  And that brings us back to the UK.  Surely, an outright ban has cut off the flow of illegal guns…right?

Nope, If Chicago and Washington DC weren’t good enough examples, then few things demonstrate the failures of gun control better than the rise of violent crimes in general, especially those involving firearms, in Great Britain.  Civilian gun ownership, especially in the home, has been all but completely outlawed. As mentioned before, with limited exception, not even the police have or carry guns.  And yet even Tony Blair’s progeny cannot escape the fact that if you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns.

-Gary

Opinion: Gun control is not the answer – CNN.com

Read that headline again. CNN.COM! And it really does read, “Opinion: Gun control is not the answer…”

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
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  • We’re hearing more knee-jerk rhetoric about gun-control measures
  • …the folks spraying our cities with bullets are not NRA members or even legal gun owners…
  • He says there’s not enough information about Navy Yard shootings to figure out solutions
  • More gun-control measures are unrealistic and won’t prevent the carnage, he says
  • Granderson: Many different factors lead to gun violence

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I think the planet’s poles are shifting or something (Geek alert: they really are shifting, it’s normal, and it’s happened before but, that’s another story). But seriously, we had the Colorado recalls last week, an earlier article/blog at ABC-Yahoo News and now this, “Gun control is not the answer” by LZ Granderson of CNN…of all people. Nearly everything I’ve ever read from this man (and CNN in general) led me to believe he and nearly every else at CNN would let the President tea bag then given the chance. That’s not really a joke, I think this guy really would do go for it. All that aside, I have simply discounted all liberals and Democrats as being emotional, anti-gun, illogical, windbags.  Like many others, I usually don’t even look at CNN but, in an effort to know what the enemy is saying about current events, they remain in my news feed. Imagine my surprise then when, “Gun control is not the answer” popped up in the feed and it wasn’t from any of the usual sources. My interest was piqued. I had to follow the link. An admitted liberal who seemingly had nothing but praise for all things liberal was suddenly showing what appeared to be logic and reason. Read it for yourself. You might be surprised.

-Gary

(all photos courtesy of cnn.com)

And the new anti-gun push begins…

091613_otr_timeline_640Before all the facts are in and the details of what really happened are known, predictably, the spin machine is already running. News outlets were quick to seize on yet another opportunity to vilify guns, especially the AR-15 (whether one was actually used or not) and semi-automatic pistols. The anti-gun push has already begun.  Never mind the fact this happened in a city where gun ownership was nearly completely outlawed until 2008 and even since then has been largely impractical. So much so, Emily Miller developed an entire news column, blog, and book on the process of acquiring a firearm in the District. But the reality is, gun control failed here, miserably. It only served to create a target/victim rich environment that ultimately claimed the lives of twelve people and injured at least a dozen others.

mediaguidetofirearmsThis morning, it is clear that the media has no clue what happened. In the firearms community, we all know that few in the media know a shotgun from a rifle and fewer still know an M-16 from an AK-47.  let’s not get into the differences between an M-16 and Ar-15 but, that too is a well known point of confusion and ignorance.  Still, we’ve already seen reports that an AR-15 was involved as well as a Glock.  It’s hell to be black…typically any semi-automatic handgun that is black in color, is a Glock.  Actually, that’s racist and we know “journalists” aren’t racists. The reality is, if it’s a handgun or looks like a handgun…It’s a Glock to the average journalist. Of course, they were also quick to say the guns were legally acquired but, they’ve had to retract/bury that because later, the report was video indicating this all started with a shotgun and that all other firearms taken from dead/injured first-responders. The latest news is that an AR-15 may not have been involved at all. The reality is, we don’t know. None of us outside the actual investigation really knows what happened and it may be weeks or months before we have all the details.

The fact we don’t know will not stop the anti-gun crowd from throwing the first brick and predictably, those of us on the other side of the issue will have to bust open our own bag of rocks. But I submit that a renewed debate serves no purpose other than a political exercise for those interested in playing those games.  The harsh reality is, all it takes is a typical garbage bag to kill and disarm your average sentry or police officer if he’s not expecting it. From there, it would be easy enough to acquire new weapons at the scene.  A goal oriented person is going to do damage no matter what legislation we pass so it would seem then there is little to be accomplished by additional gun control measures unless we’re going to take to disarming everyone, especially, the government and its agents, solely for the purpose of eliminating their weapons as a potential hazard. After all, we certainly don’t want NYPD showing up to save the day…They’ve shot at least 15 innocent bystanders in the 12 months in efforts to subdue a grand total of 3 suspects. Given those odds, I’ll take my chances with the bad guys having guns.

And finally, in the days ahead, we’ll go from interviews with friends and family who are predictably “shocked” and “can’t believe he [the shooter] was capable of such violence…” to finding out the shooter had a wide range of mental health issues that may or may not have been treated but, were still somehow documented. Failing mental health is perhaps the single most common thread among all mass murders and has long been a major problem in this country. Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tuscon, Virginia Tech, the list goes on. Not to mention that fully half or more of all firearm related fatalities are suicides, another symptom of mental illness.  But like petulant children, liberals and the media outlets they control, will insist on vilifying the tool if ever there is a gun involved.

-Gary

At least 10 people injured in shooting at Navy building in Washington | Fox News

Here’s the latest news on the Navy Yard shooting in Washington D.C…Reports vary about how many people are dead. One report said ten were dead, another said ten injured. Some have said multiple shooters while another said a single shooter had been killed. It’s all unknown and unconfirmed to at this time and little if anything can be confirmed. We’ll offer what we can when we can. Predictably, the President and his political hacks are all angling to for the gun-control issue. The liberal media is salivating over the possibility an AR-15 may have been used. But, with something like this happening in a military installation, AR-15/M-16 rifles would be a common sight and may not have been involved other than their use by responding police or the on post security personnel.

Navy Yard Shooting Police Line

Navy Yard Shooting Police Line