MILLER: Gun ownership up, crime down – Washington Times

MILLER: Gun ownership up, crime down – Washington Times.

FBI violent-crime rates show safer nation with more gun owners

By Emily Miller – The Washington Times

Gun-control advocates are noticeably silent when crime rates decline. Their multimillion-dollar lobbying efforts are designed to manufacture mass anxiety that every gun owner is a potential killer. The statistics show otherwise.

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that violent crime decreased 4 percent in 2011. The number of murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults all went down, continuing a pattern.

“This is not a one-year anomaly, but a steady decline in the FBI’s violent-crime rates,” said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the National Rifle Association. “It would be disingenuous for anyone to not credit increased self-defense laws to account for this decline.”

Mr. Arulanandam pointed out that only a handful of states had concealed-carry programs 25 years ago, when the violent-crime rate peaked. Today, 41 states either allow carrying without a permit or have “shall issue” laws that make it easy for just about any noncriminal to get a permit. Illinois and Washington, D.C., are the only places that refuse to recognize the right to bear arms. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence did not respond to requests for comment.

If the gun grabbers were right, we’d be in the middle of a crime wave, considering how many guns are on the streets. “Firearms sales have increased substantially since right after the 2008 election,” said Bill Brassard, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which represents the $4 billion firearms and ammunition industry. “There was a leveling off in 2010, but now we’re seeing a surge again.”

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) serves as one of the best indicators of gun sales because it counts each time someone buys a gun. Checks hit an all-time high of 16.5 million last year. In the first five months of this year, the numbers have gone up 10 percent over the same period last year as Americans rush to the gun store in case President Obama decides to exercise “more flexibility” in restricting guns in a second term.

Gun manufacturing is the one private-sector industry “doing fine” on Mr. Obama’s watch. Sturm, Ruger & Co. sold 1 million firearms in the first quarter of 2012 – an amazing 50 percent increase from the first quarter of 2011. The jump was so steep that the company stopped accepting orders from March to May to catch up with demand for its products.

Last month, Smith & Wesson announced a firearm-order backlog of approximately $439 million by the end of April, up 135 percent from the same quarter in 2011. Sales in that period were up 28 percent from 2011 and 14 percent over its own predictions to investors. NSSF estimates the industry is responsible for approximately 180,000 jobs and has an annual impact on the U.S. economy of $28 billion.

Mr. Obama could honestly take credit for this jobs program, economic boost and the reduction in violent crime that has followed the spike in gun ownership on his watch. Instead, he’s silent about his greatest positive accomplishment.

Emily Miller is a senior editor for the Opinion pages at The Washington Times.

Negroes With Guns – Ann Coulter – Townhall Conservative Columnists

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Negroes With Guns – Ann Coulter – Townhall Conservative Columnists.

Liberals have leapt on the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida to push for the repeal of “stand your ground” laws and to demand tighter gun control. (MSNBC’S Karen Finney blamed “the same people who stymied gun regulation at every point.”)

This would be like demanding more funding for the General Services Administration after seeing how its employees blew taxpayer money on a party weekend in Las Vegas.

We don’t know the facts yet, but let’s assume the conclusion MSNBC is leaping to is accurate: George Zimmerman stalked a small black child and murdered him in cold blood, just because he was black.

If that were true, every black person in America should get a gun and join the National Rifle Association, America’s oldest and most august civil rights organization.

Apparently this has occurred to no one because our excellent public education system ensures that no American under the age of 60 has the slightest notion of this country’s history.

Gun control laws were originally promulgated by Democrats to keep guns out of the hands of blacks. This allowed the Democratic policy of slavery to proceed with fewer bumps and, after the Civil War, allowed the Democratic Ku Klux Klan to menace and murder black Americans with little resistance.

(Contrary to what illiterates believe, the KKK was an outgrowth of the Democratic Party, with overlapping membership rolls. The Klan was to the Democrats what the American Civil Liberties Union is today: Not every Democrat is an ACLU’er, but every ACLU’er is a Democrat. Same with the Klan.)

In 1640, the very first gun control law ever enacted on these shores was passed in Virginia. It provided that blacks — even freemen — could not own guns.

Chief Justice Roger Taney’s infamous opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford circularly argued that blacks could not be citizens because if they were citizens, they would have the right to own guns: “[I]t would give them the full liberty,” he said, “to keep and carry arms wherever they went.”

With logic like that, Republicans eventually had to fight a Civil War to get the Democrats to give up slavery.

Alas, they were Democrats, so they cheated.

After the war, Democratic legislatures enacted “Black Codes,” denying black Americans the right of citizenship — such as the rather crucial one of bearing arms — while other Democrats (sometimes the same Democrats) founded the Ku Klux Klan.

For more than a hundred years, Republicans have aggressively supported arming blacks, so they could defend themselves against Democrats.

The original draft of the Anti-Klan Act of 1871 — passed at the urging of Republican president Ulysses S. Grant — made it a federal felony to “deprive any citizen of the United States of any arms or weapons he may have in his house or possession for the defense of his person, family, or property.” This section was deleted from the final bill only because it was deemed both beyond Congress’ authority and superfluous, inasmuch as the rights of citizenship included the right to bear arms.

Under authority of the Anti-Klan Act, President Grant deployed the U.S. military to destroy the Klan, and pretty nearly completed the job.

But the Klan had a few resurgences in the early and mid-20th century. Curiously, wherever the Klan became a political force, gun control laws would suddenly appear on the books.

This will give you an idea of how gun control laws worked. Following the firebombing of his house in 1956, Dr. Martin Luther King, who was, among other things, a Christian minister, applied for a gun permit, but the Alabama authorities found him unsuitable. A decade later, he won a Nobel Peace Prize.

How’s that “may issue” gun permit policy working for you?

The NRA opposed these discretionary gun permit laws and proceeded to grant NRA charters to blacks who sought to defend themselves from Klan violence — including the great civil rights hero Robert F. Williams.

A World War II Marine veteran, Williams returned home to Monroe, N.C., to find the Klan riding high — beating, lynching and murdering blacks at will. No one would join the NAACP for fear of Klan reprisals. Williams became president of the local chapter and increased membership from six to more than 200.

But it was not until he got a charter from the NRA in 1957 and founded the Black Armed Guard that the Klan got their comeuppance in Monroe.

Williams’ repeated thwarting of violent Klan attacks is described in his stirring book, “Negroes With Guns.” In one crucial battle, the Klan sieged the home of a black physician and his wife, but Williams and his Black Armed Guard stood sentry and repelled the larger, cowardly force. And that was the end of it.

As the Klan found out, it’s not so much fun when the rabbit’s got the gun.

The NRA’s proud history of fighting the Klan has been airbrushed out of the record by those who were complicit with the KKK, Jim Crow and racial terror, to wit: the Democrats.

In the preface to “Negroes With Guns,” Williams writes: “I have asserted the right of Negroes to meet the violence of the Ku Klux Klan by armed self-defense — and have acted on it. It has always been an accepted right of Americans, as the history of our Western states proves, that where the law is unable, or unwilling, to enforce order, the citizens can, and must act in self-defense against lawless violence.”

Contrary to MSNBC hosts, I do not believe the shooting in Florida is evidence of a resurgent KKK. But wherever the truth lies in that case, gun control is always a scheme of the powerful to deprive the powerless of the right to self-defense.

Cato Study Shows Private Gun Ownership Reduces Crime, Saves Lives – Daniel J. Mitchell – Townhall Finance

Cato Study Shows Private Gun Ownership Reduces Crime, Saves Lives – Daniel J. Mitchell – Townhall Finance.

I’ve mentioned before how I’m proud and lucky to work for the Cato Institute, first and foremost because my colleagues are scrupulously non-partisan. We promote the ideals of freedom and liberty and we’ll work with any politician of any party who happens to be on the right side. Likewise, we’ll attack statism, regardless of what political party is in charge.

But I’m also proud to be at Cato because of the high-quality research. The latest example is a study looking at examples of defensive gun use. It’s a fascinating look at real-world anecdotes, augmented by references to other scholarly work.

If you’ve seen the Powerpoint presentation on the Second Amendment that I posted, you’ll understand why I like this new research. Here are some key excerpts.

If policymakers are truly interested in harm reduction, they should pause to consider how many crimes—murders, rapes, assaults, robberies—are thwarted each year by ordinary persons with guns. …This paper uses a collection of news reports of self-defense with guns over an eight-year period to survey the circumstances and outcomes of defensive gun uses in America. …the study by Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz…found that there were somewhere between 830,000 and 2.45 million defensive gun uses per year in the United States. …The National Survey of Private Ownership of Firearms (NSPOF) was performed in 1994. It…found approximately 1.5 million defensive gun uses. …The high-end figures on defensive gun uses may well suffer from exaggeration or outright lies. …Since the survey data has severe limitations with respect to defensive gun uses, collecting accounts of self-defense as they are reported in news outlets may be a better method of assessing the frequency and nature of self-defense with firearms. The data set supporting this paper is derived from a collection of news stories published between October 2003 and November 2011. …after Colorado’s 2003 concealed carry law was enacted, Colorado State University decided to allow concealed carry,while the University of Colorado prohibited firearms. The former observed a rapid decline in reported crimes, while the latter, under the gun ban they claimed was for safety,observed a rapid increase in crime. Crime at the University of Colorado has risen 35 percent since 2004, while crime at Colorado State University has dropped 60 percent in the same time frame. …Many people support gun control regulations because they are convinced that the average citizen is either incapable of using a gun in self-defense or will use the gun in a fit of anger over some petty matter. Those assumptions are false. The evidence on this point has grown so strong that even President Obama has had to chide gun safety advocates to accept the proposition that“almost all gun owners in America are highly responsible.”And, as the scores of incidents described in this study show, gun owners stop a lot of criminal mayhem—attempted murders, rapes, assaults, robberies—every year. …Policymakers interested in harm reduction should thus refrain from treating ordinary gun owners as hoodlums or loose cannons and adopt policies that respect the ownership and carrying of arms by responsible individuals.

By the way, the last sentence is inadequate. Regardless of what policy makers decide, responsible and prudent people should own guns, even if it means breaking the law. Self defense is a fundamental right, whether for the purpose of thwarting crime, fighting oppression, or (as I explain in my appearance on NRA-TV) protecting against societal breakdown.

If you’re a fan of the Second Amendment, let’s close with some great links. Here are some anti-gun control posters that have been very popular (here, hereherehere, and here). Here are some amusing images of t-shirts and bumper stickers on gun control (herehere, and here). And here are three different videos on gun control (herehere, and here). Feel free to share all of these widely.

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Articles: Guns Are Racist: Chicago Politics and Blame-Shifting for Urban Violence – American Thinker

Articles: Guns Are Racist: Chicago Politics and Blame-Shifting for Urban Violence.

By John T. Bennett

Guns are responsible for violence in the same way that pencils are responsible for bad test scores.  Those of us who embrace the notions of character and accountability would say that the person himself is responsible for how he uses his gun.  If an individual or group tends to use guns in a murderous manner, then we point to defects in character and hold those individuals or groups fully accountability for their actions.

However, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has a different idea: he recently asked a church to consider “federal gun laws that facilitate the flow of illegal firearms into our urban centers, across this country, that are killing black and brown children.”  So laws should be blamed, to some significant degree, for minority violence.  This may come as a surprise to those with a more traditional view of free will and human dignity.

McCarthy made his remarks at the St. Sabina Church, with Father Michael Pfleger and the congregation in approval.  It’s always tempting to evade responsibility and blame society for individual failings.  But that temptation carries a serious price, especially when community leaders and public policy strip people of their responsibilities.  Claiming that gun laws cause violence in the black community is a shameful attempt to shift responsibility.

Shifting responsibility is a natural but dangerous reaction to the black crime rate.  Different racial groups experience the problem of gun violence differently: the firearm homicide rate is at 18 per 100,000 members of the population for blacks, and 1.5 per 100,000 for whites, according to the liberal Brady Center.  Even the white rate is over 50% above the gun homicide rate in other Western nations, but the contrast is not nearly as extreme as the contrast among racial gun violence rates in America.

Of course, the culture of any given community will determine its level of violence, with gun laws making a minor difference at best.  The devastating cultural changes impacting society — and the black community in particular — during the 1960s are largely to blame for the violence we see.  Political scientist James Q. Wilson summed up that cultural change perfectly, saying, “[P]eople abandoned the idea that self-control was the standard by which life should be led.”  The current conditions on the South Side and in ghettos around America are a direct result of generation upon generation of excuses — wrapped up in social-science garb, righteous indignation, and racial sensitivity — but excuses all the same.  The young men committing violent crimes today have been steeped in generational irresponsibility, and Chicago’s police superintendant has kept up the flow.

Our urban areas have since the 1960s been awful and desperate places for both the underclass and anyone else unlucky enough to run into the underclass.  This is the downside of diversity and multiculturalism.  Living in a multicultural society creates a conflict for many, especially liberals.  When minorities occasionally fail and wreak havoc, we have a tough choice: do we blame the particular group, or do we blame “society”?  Of course, “society” is shorthand for the society whites have created.  Many people, even nominally educated ones, will jump at the chance to chastise society for the failings of individuals or groups.  That approach offers a cheap sense of moral superiority, wrapped in false compassion, and appeases the neurotic desire to be liked by groups that are not succeeding, which is a hallmark of liberalism.

Pandering is another element of liberalism, and Superintendant McCarthy’s speech certainly had a dash: at one point he said that “everybody’s afraid of race” but that he wasn’t afraid of talking about the subject, as if he were there to say something bold.  How did he show that he wasn’t afraid to talk about race?  By going to a liberal black church and blaming a black social problem on white racism.

McCarthy heaped on, saying that the accessibility of firearms in America is an extension of “government-sponsored racism” that goes back to the days of slavery and Jim Crow.  That’s right: it’s racist that some blacks don’t know how to use guns without slaughtering each other en masse.  The alternative viewpoint is that cultures based in accountability and self-control will thrive in conditions of Second-Amendment freedom, while that same condition of freedom will be difficult for cultures that, say, tend to make excuses for their failings.  The more a group depends on the government, the more that group will define its own agency and free will as being dependent on that government, and the more that group will debase itself while waiting for the government to take responsibility for the group’s own conduct.

But McCarthy had even more to say: there has to be “a recognition of who’s paying the price for gun manufacturers being rich and living in gated communities.”  So top it off with a dash of class envy.  McCarthy and white liberals in general all know that they can make gullible people swallow anything if they mix it in with a bit of class envy.  This is a case in point: McCarthy is claiming that gun manufacturers are rich because black people are killing each other, and government racism made it all possible.  That class envy feeds into a sense of grievance and entitlement, which translates into crime.  Chicago has its head of law enforcement peddling black grievance and class envy.  It’s no wonder black teens are going up to the North Side in mobs to beat and rob whites and Asians.

McCarthy, with his reckless comments, is helping the black community to delude itself and maintain a violent status quo that has existed since the 1960s.  His remarks were despicable, and his ideology is a wretched failure.  Violence will naturally result from the refusal to hold individuals or groups accountable for their actions; that goes for families, communities, and entire societies.

McCarthy would insist that he, and the legal system, will hold violent gun users accountable.  But he and the communities that cheered his excuses are setting up mixed messages for young people: we’re going to hold you totally responsible for the consequences of your actions, even though we hold gun laws responsible for the causation.  So punitive crime control policy meets the welfare state, with the result being that irresponsibility and excuses continue to produce violent behavior and incarceration, and nothing changes.  McCarthy should not be joining in the chorus of excuses that causes the very problems his police force is trying to combat.

John Bennett (M.A., University of Chicago, MAPSS ’07) is a veteran, writer, and law student at Emory University living in Atlanta, GA.