For America’s 150 million gun owners, much of our law enforcement community, and many rational people around the world, President Biden’s recent call for more gun control measures to fire swung like the punchline of a bad joke.
Never mind if it came from the party leader who for months watched many American cities burn down and did nothing but signal unspoken approval, hugged the Antifa anarchists and called for the police to be dismantled . The only sure outcome of Biden’s empty gestures is that they will speed up the sale of guns, as will the anti-gun demagoguery of so many Democrats before him. If there’s one thing Democrats lack when it comes to crime solutions, it’s an ounce of credibility.
Biden’s rhetoric is little more than Democratic talking points that never advance the outcome of a safer society because the fundamental problem with the left’s claim that more laws are the answer to the problem is that the criminals don’t obey them in the first place. Failure to follow the laws, after all, is what makes them criminals and, in case this fundamental tenet of the argument is omitted, it bears repeating. Rape, homicide, assault and the like are already illegal, but the left is convinced that the first 20,000 gun laws (literally) in force at the local, state and federal levels must be increased as a single law of more (or a dozen) will make the difference.
Democrats’ latest push for more gun laws risks reducing their party to carnival political barking on the subject as they resort to the tired playbook that looks like this: Homicidal Maniac Kills Innocents Somewhere share in America, the mainstream media is drumming more arms control – demanding that their friends in the Democratic Party do something…whatever– and outraged Democrats stand in front of TV cameras to demand change. The problem, however, is that the proposals they so often present seldom correlate with the root causes of crime and while the Dems peddle snake oil to end crime, most Americans do not. ‘not buy the story.
Take the call for another so-called assault weapons ban. Democrats might earn a minimum of respect if someone thought they could define what an “ assault weapon ” is or distinguish the functional difference between an AR platform pistol and a myriad of other rifles, rifles guns and even handguns used for hunting, recreational shooting. and personal defense. The problem is, they can’t. And never mind that more homicides are committed with knives, fists and clubs than all guns put together. Because demons rely on emotion so often, the tears eventually dry up and all that’s left is the empty promise of solving a problem that they basically don’t understand – or choose not to. We all mourn for the victims and their families, but spitting out hyperbole at the right time is no way to honor them.
While the cosmetics of “ assault weapons ” may make them look like military-grade weaponry, their functionality (and lethality) is no different from that of many traditional shotguns (in many cases they are are much less lethal). In fact, there are millions of AR-type rifles used for hunting, target shooting, and personal defense, and they’re just semi-automatic rifles, which means you have to pull the trigger every time you shoot. want to shoot a bullet. Fully automatic rifles (true weapons of war) have long been banned for civilian use in America. Additionally, of the 40,000 deaths involving firearms in 2019, “ active shooter ” scenarios accounted for well under one percent of fatalities. In contrast, 60% of gun deaths were suicides.
That Democrats are using the moments surrounding the media theater of the massacres to try and advance their gun control agenda – assault gun bans, gun buybacks, etc. – reveals how dishonest they really are about solving the real problem of violence in America.
Instead, the reality of guns and crime in America is very different from the representation of Democrats. Almost all states have now passed some form of law allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms. Based on a comprehensive review of crime in America and the effects of cover-up laws between 1977 and 1996, author John Lott concluded that these laws significantly reduced violent crime. As left-wing opponents were quick to try to discredit the results, criminologist James Q. Wilson wrote in a subsequent Brookings report: “Of the many researchers who received Lott’s data and did their own analysis, most agree with his conclusions.
Democrats would also have you believe that the proliferation of guns in America is leading to ever greater crime. According to the Department of Justice, 59% of Americans believe that homicides with guns are more numerous today than 25 years ago. Yet despite record firearms sales, between 1993 and 2017, firearm homicides fell 24%, unintentional gun deaths fell by 50%, and other gun crimes fell by 50%. fire fell by nearly 80%.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 500,000 and 3 million people a year use a gun for protection. This figure, however, only includes cases that could be uncovered and verified by public sources where no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the gun owner could be confirmed. In reality, this figure is almost certainly much higher as most defensive uses of firearms go unreported to law enforcement, let alone picked up by local or national media. The fact that so many examples of people successfully defending themselves with a gun rarely make headlines – or Democratic talking points – further widens their credibility gap on the subject.
As the recent shooting in Boulder showed us – again – the attempt to create so-called ‘gun-free’ zones by posting signs warning law-abiding citizens that they cannot legally transport to a public facility often results in the opposite result. Such signs, on the contrary, become invitations to monsters who seek to unleash hell. It should be as obvious as a bubble at this point and many argue that companies that insist on disarming law-abiding citizens should be held accountable for the harm they invite. When it comes to criminal behavior, research has shown us that perps are afraid of being shot while committing their crimes – and not so much by cops – but rather by armed citizens. As most cops will tell you, they’re only minutes away when seconds count. Nearly 20 million Americans are licensed to wear concealment, so criminals have every reason to be concerned about a backfire.
With 150 million Americans now owning some 450 million guns, perhaps the media and Democrats might consider stepping forward if you are looking to commit a violent crime, don’t be surprised if you find yourself dead. Rather than focusing on the evil criminal elements in our society, the instinctive reaction of the left is to look to the gun ban instead as if the auto ban is the solution to safe driving. intoxicated.
As Biden and the Dems step up their rhetoric, no doubt poised to pounce on the next shot, nearly 6 million Americans have bought guns since the day of the inauguration. They go to the shooting range, get concealed transport permits, and in so doing, send an undeniable message to politicians around the world: When it comes to protecting themselves and their families, they don’t wait for a government solution. .