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Gun Violence in the USA Has Declined for 20 Years
Written by Gary North on May 9, 2013
Gun violence has been falling in the United States for two decades. Between 1993 and 2010, the gun homicide rate fell by 49%.
The public does not perceive this, thanks to media attention to specific cases of gun violence.
Rates for all categories of violence have fallen. This includes gun violence.
The same study revealed that 56% of those surveyed believe that gun violence is worse today than in 1993. Another 26% think it is about the same. Only 12% think it has declined.
What about mass shootings? These account for 1% of all homicides. But stories about them attract readers.
The public is uninformed. This comes as no surprise.
The media want gun control. This comes as no surprise.
The public likes to read stories about lunatic murderers. This comes as no surprise.
Congress refuses to vote for gun control, because gun owners are well-organized, single-issue voters. This comes as no surprise, but it drives the gun control crowd to despair.
By Corrie MacLaggan and Amanda Orr | Reuters – 13 hrs ago
By Corrie MacLaggan and Amanda Orr
HOUSTON (Reuters) – The National Rifle Association is showcasing women members and emphasizing that increasingly it’s not just men who own firearms and oppose gun-control efforts.
Female membership is up, the nation’s leading advocate for gun ownership says, and its revamped website features profiles of “armed and fabulous” women and describes how women are bringing “new energy” to the NRA.
”This is the National Rifle Association catering to demand,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said. “We’ve seen in the last few years an increase in women buying guns, joining the National Rifle Association, enrolling in personal safety classes and going out and organizing women’s-only hunts.”
A number of the 550 vendors at the 142nd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits this weekend in Houston also have women in mind. Some are selling pink NRA T-shirts, and companies such as Concealed Carrie and Urban Moxy are offering handbags designed for concealed handguns.
Saleswomen for Urban Moxy – which describes itself as “loaded with style” – demonstrate how a gun can slide into a purse’s lockable, neoprene-lined pocket.
The meeting of some 70,000 members comes less than a month after the NRA scored a major victory in Congress when it beat back a proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers.
The proposal, which supporters have vowed to revive, is a key part of President Barack Obama’s gun-control effort sparked by the December school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were killed.
An online Reuters/Ipsos poll released in January showed that 86 percent of Americans surveyed favored expanded background checks of all gun buyers.
A CBS News/New York Times poll released on Wednesday showed that 88 percent of Americans support background checks for all gun buyers and that 59 percent are disappointed or angry about the recent Senate vote on gun legislation.
TAKING AWAY FREEDOMS?
The NRA works assiduously to defend the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that sets out the right to bear arms. NRA member Cindy Chambers of Houston said the background-check proposal targets law-abiding gun owners, not criminals.
“We take our freedoms seriously,” said Chambers, who owns a travel company. “I’m just right of center, but when the government decides to take away freedoms given to us by law, we are re-energized to defend those rights.”
Chambers attended the 7th Annual NRA Women’s Leadership Forum Luncheon & Auction on Friday at River Oaks Country Club.
“It was so empowering today to walk into a room full of an array of women with the same mindset,” said another lunch attendee, Houston culinary instructor Molly Fowler.
There was also an NRA Women New Energy Reception on Friday evening, and the NRA this weekend was offering a three-day pistol instructor training course for women.
The NRA will not say how many of its 5 million members are women. But Arulanandam said the NRA’s women’s-only hunts had grown from only two or three sparsely attended events each year to dozens across the world.
Men typically buy guns for recreational purposes, while women tend to get them for self-protection, then later use them for other purposes, Arulanandam said.
‘FEAR AND PARANOIA’
For Fowler, it was an intruder on her property that prompted her to get a concealed handgun license, she said.
“Owning guns is made into such a heinous, horrible thing, and it’s not,” Fowler said. “My dad had a gun case that wasn’t locked, but we were educated from an early age. We knew they were dangerous, we knew right from wrong, we knew they weren’t toys.”
Kellye Bowman, co-leader of the Houston chapter of Moms Demand Action, a group formed after the Connecticut school shooting to push for gun control, said the NRA was “trying to terrify women with misinformation about crime.”
“They create fear and paranoia,” Bowman said.
This week the NRA Women’s Network announced a new and improved NRA Women website, sponsored by the gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson Corp..
“Our mission is to expose the public to the female face of the NRA,” the group said in a Facebook posting.
In a video on the NRA Women site, champion pistol shooter Julie Golob says she has been sending letters and emails to elected officials to tell them gun owners come from all walks of life.
The video also features advocate Natalie Foster, who says authorities do not understand what it is like to be a woman who needs protection from an abusive ex-spouse.
“I don’t think you can overstate how critical it is for women to get engaged with what’s going on right now,” says Foster, founder of the website Girl’s Guide to Guns.
(Reporting By Corrie MacLaggan and Amanda Orr; Editing by David Bailey and Xavier Briand)
LaPierre: NRA, members will never surrender guns
By JUAN A. LOZANO | Associated Press – 16 hrs ago
NRA Head: Obama Out to Destroy 2nd Amendment
US Gun Lobby Says It’s Fighting a ‘Culture War’
HOUSTON (AP) — The public face of the National Rifle Association implored members Saturday to never give up their weapons in the wake of recent gun control efforts in Congress that he said will “destroy us and every ounce of our freedom.”
“We will never surrender our guns, never,” Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told several thousand people during the organization’s annual member meeting, which is part of the yearly NRA convention being held this weekend in Houston.
A defiant LaPierre said the “political and media elites” have tried to use December’s mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school and other recent ones “to blame us, to shame us, to compromise our freedom for their agenda.”
LaPierre directed much of his criticism at President Barack Obama and his efforts to pass legislation in Congress that would have expanded background checks for gun sales. That bill failed to pass in the Senate last month.
LaPierre said the bill “got the defeat that it deserved.”
“The bill wouldn’t have prevented Newtown or Aurora,” he said, also referencing last year’s shooting at a Colorado theater. “It won’t prevent the next tragedy. None of it has anything to do with keeping our children safer in any school anywhere.”
Gun control supporters have promised to keep pressing the issue and have made significant strides at the state level, including passing new restrictions on firearms in Colorado and Connecticut.
LaPierre implored lawmakers to direct their efforts not at new gun control legislation but to enforcing current federal gun laws and sending to prison violent criminals who break these laws and rebuilding “our broken mental health system.”
“And for God sakes leave the rest of us alone in this country,” he said to loud applause.
More than 70,000 NRA members are expected to attend the three-day convention, which began Friday. Acres of displays of rifles, pistols, swords and hunting gear could be found inside the convention hall.
Friday’s highlight was a 3 ½-hour political rally filled with fiery speeches from state and national conservative leaders, among them Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. They warned attendees that new gun laws are an effort to take away their rights under the Second Amendment.
The presence of protestors has been minimal during the convention. Across the street, the No More Names vigil read the names of gun violence victims since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut. By Saturday afternoon, about 20 protesters were present.
“It’s time to move toward global thinking and global peace and solutions that don’t require guns,” said Tim Campbell, 73, from Houston, who held up a sign that read “No To Arms. No To Force.”
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Selections from an Article by Chuck Baldwin below.
According to TIME magazine, “Rev. Franklin Graham and other leading evangelical figures are publicly backing efforts to require background checks for all gun purchases, providing a shot in the arm to stalled congressional efforts to enact elements of President Barack Obama’s gun control plan.
Posted on May 2, 2013
Not since 1775 has a central government in America attempted to disarm its citizens in the way that President Barack Obama and Senator Dianne Feinstein did recently. King George III attempted to disarm the colonists on April 19, 1775, and that attempt ignited America’s War for Independence. Leading the charge to resist the banning and confiscation of their firearms were colonial pastors such as Jonas Clark. Back then, America’s pastors had a thorough comprehension of the Biblical principles of liberty, including the right to keep and bear arms. They taught their congregations these sacred principles with such zeal and persuasion that the attempt by those British troops to march on Lexington and Concord and seize the colonists’ guns was met with the now famous “shot heard ’round the world.” Ever since that historic event, the people’s right to bear arms has been held sacred by the vast majority of Americans–Christian or otherwise. The right to bear arms was understood to be, not just a right, but a God-ordained duty, a long time before it was ever enshrined in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.
The recent attempt by Barack Obama and Dianne Feinstein to ban semi-automatic rifles, limit magazine capacity, and create universal background checks and gun registration was as close to what old King George attempted to do as this nation has ever seen. Fortunately, public outcry against this egregious gun grab was so unmistakably loud and clear that these gun control bills failed to pass even the Democrat-controlled Senate. Thank God for every person and group around the country that rose up to defeat this piece of modern-day tyranny.
However, if you think that Obama and Feinstein are going to abandon their attempt to outlaw and confiscate your guns, you are sadly mistaken. They will not stop. But the good news is neither will we!
Liberty lovers spoke with their petitions to Congress and with their pocketbooks at gun shops. The backlog for firearms stands at over two million, according to recent reports. Some ten million guns flew off the shelves in the first couple weeks after the proposed gun ban was announced. Ammunition is in such short supply that even .22LR cartridges are as scarce as hen’s teeth. Does anyone believe that the American people are spending all of this money purchasing all of these guns and all of this ammo with the intention that they will turn around a few months later and surrender them to the federal government? HECK NO!
One good thing that the attempted gun ban by Obama and Feinstein accomplished was to alarm and awaken millions of Americans who previously thought, “It can’t happen here.” They thought this issue was settled back in 1775 and 1776. Now they realize that every generation of Americans has to settle this issue for themselves. I don’t think these Americans will fall asleep again on this issue in the foreseeable future.
The one glaring weakness of this modern march on Concord was the lack of pastoral leadership. In short, THERE WASN’T ANY! The vast majority of America’s Christian pastors were absolutely silent. There are simply far too few Jonas Clarks today. In 1775, the vast majority of America’s pastors were outspoken proponents of the right of Christians to resist the tyrant’s attempt to take away their guns, whereas, today, the vast majority of America’s pastors are both utterly passive and indifferent to the threat or are actually complicit with and supportive of the threat.
As a result of this lack of principled leadership from the pulpit, Christians in general seem to share the passiveness and indifference of their pastors. Christians throughout America seem to believe that it somehow honors God to allow the divine right of self-defense to be yanked away from them. They foolishly believe that they have a Christian duty to turn in their guns should the government tell them to do so. The spirit of Jonas Clark and the Minutemen of 1775 was the spirit of Christian resistance. Sadly, this spirit is lacking in the hearts of most of today’s pastors and churchmen. This is the most glaring difference between the attempted gun grab of King George and the attempted gun grab of Barack Obama. Yes, we defeated the Obama/Feinstein gun grab for now, but with very little help from our pastors and churches.
More on this at: http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/home/archives/5618
The gruesome statistics of the abortion mills – over 54 Million babies killed from 1973 to 2008. http://truthvspower.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/obama-to-headline-at-murderers-gala/
Some people just need enough rope…
I had posted this on PAN, April 19, 2012
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WEAPONS OF CHOICE
Gun owner stops home invaders dead
But media coverage quiet on racial, 2nd Amendment overtones
Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.)
When a group of black men were planning a home-invasion robbery in Fayetteville, N.C., on Friday, they stuck to an M.O. that had succeeded all over the country, but made one fatal error: They chose the wrong home.
The residents of the targeted house were home at the time and armed. After what local authorities report as a “gun battle,” two of alleged robbers died.
Most home invasion robberies follow the same script: Find a residence in a nice neighborhood where people do not live too close together. Statistics show potential victims are likely white or Asian, though professional athletes of all races are common targets, too. In this case, police are not identifying the identity of the home owner.
In an increasingly common crime around the country, especially in rural areas near cities, the perpetrators rush in, maybe beat up the occupants, take what they came for and get out. Maybe kill someone. Maybe not.
But this is the most important part of the plan: The potential victims need to be defenseless.
And that is where Xavier White, Dominik Lavon Council, Lamyer Gorminie Campbell and Derek Rashaun Hair went wrong: They chose the wrong house.
Police are not releasing the name of the homeowner who shot and killed two of these men as they broke into his home 3:37 a.m. Friday.
Xavier White reportedly died after crawling to a neighbor’s house a block a way and begging for help. Dominik Lavon Council was reportedly found nine miles away, abandoned on the road with a fatal gunshot wound.
The other two suspects, who initially escaped, were taken into custody Sunday and charged with burglary and assorted offenses. This is not their first brush with the law.
The homeowner was also wounded and has gone into hiding, say local media reports. He is not expected to be charged because North Carolina is considered a strong “castle law” state – where a homeowner is allowed to use deadly force against anyone breaking into his home or even car. He is not required to retreat.
The Fayetteville area was made popular in the movie “Cape Fear,” where a convicted felon terrorized his former lawyer and family for doing a poor job at his trial. One of the perpetrators died at the Cape Fear Valley Hospital.
The incident reflects another example of black mob violence, a pattern documented in the book: “White Girl Bleed a Lot, the return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”
Local media were hesitant to discuss the wider racial and 2nd Amendment issues the attempted robbery presents. The daily paper reported it dutifully, but did not allow comments – as many local media outlets do not when the crime is racially charged.
But at local TV news websites, dozens of comments touted the incident as a win for the Second Amendment in the face of increasing racially-charged crime.
A web visitor identified as Al, for example, told the ABC affiliate, “Four guys break into a house, and two are dead – not bad. Dunno how many shots were fired, but evidently is was more than Biden’s ‘two shots in the air.’ Yet these bozos will tell you, ‘you don’t need more than a 10-round magazine.’ Guess they never heard of flash mobs either. Oh wait, CBS calls them ‘mischievous youths.’”
Over at the local Fox News affiliate, David Hedgecock chimed in: “Perfect example of why we need to preserve and protect our right to bear arms. I hate to think what would have happened if the government had confiscated their gun or guns in this case. It would likely be the homeowner that has assumed room temperature. Right on for the 2nd Amendment.”
This Video from 11-15-2009 on the U.N. Anti-Gun Agenda still applies:
NRA News: UN Doomsday Treaty With Ginny Simone
This disheartening news from NAGR received yesterday… Up til now, Heller had been a “stand up” guy; now nothing more than a Benedict Arnold. Yes, he will hear from me. Now, and in the form of a nice fat PINK SLIP come election day.
Sent this at 0740 PST “X”:
Never thought you’d sell out. I won’t forget this.
It is not the job of a United States Senator to “debate” legislative measures which infringe upon the Constitution.
It is not the job of a United States Senator to craft “fixes” or “compromises” or “grand bargains” on measures which infringe upon the Constitution.
You have an oath to support and defend the Constitution; not choose which parts you will defend, but to defend ALL of it. Any Senator that does not do everything in his or her power to stop this legislative assault on the Second Amendment (S. 649) is in violation of their oath of office! Does thirty pieces of silver ring any bells?
It was the most crucial Congressional vote on your right to keep
and bear arms in twenty years.
Unfortunately, you’ve been
The motion to proceed with Obama’s gun grab passed with the
help of U.S. Senator, Dean Heller.
That’s right — Senator
Dean Heller just VOTED FOR President Obama’s anti-gun agenda — and AGAINST your
Second Amendment rights.
Of the 41 pro-gun Senators we needed to
hold together and stand with Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted
Cruz (R-TX), we got 31.
Had just 10 more Senators voted “nay,” we would
have defeated this anti-gun legislation.
But supposedly “pro-gun”
Senator Heller sold you out for an anti-gun “deal” crafted behind the scenes at
anti-gun Senator Joe Manchin’s black-tie-booze-a-thon on his yacht on the
in Email Featured, JMM articles / by jmmedia / on April 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm
Stop Barack Obama’s Legislative Assault on the Second Amendment (S. 649)
The Second Amendment to the Constitution reads: “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.”
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word “infringe” means: “Act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on.” For those of us who put our pants on one leg at a time, that’s pretty clear cut. The Constitution is not to be limited… or undermined… or encroached upon.
* It is not the job of a United States Senator to “debate” legislative measures which infringe upon the Constitution.
* It is not the job of a United States Senator to craft “fixes” or “compromises” or “grand bargains” on measures which infringe upon the Constitution.
* Put plainly, you have an oath to support and defend the Constitution and any Senator that does not do everything in his or her power to stop this legislative assault on the Second Amendment (S. 649) is in violation of their oath of office!
These educated morons; these equine rectums, these socialist maggots…
What is it about criminals not giving a Flying Fickle Finger (had to hold back somehow) about obeying laws don’t they understand?
Gov. Dannel Malloy is punishing law abiding folks; the new law will impose unconscionable restrictions on ammunition, transfer of guns, from (even) father to son, make felons out of folks who have “high capacity” magazines after 1-1-2014… Watch the crime/murder rate skyrocket.
Second Amendment Crumbling as Gun-Control Victories Spread
5 April 2013 / 186 Comments