This is a political and controversial topic. Skip it if you cannot handle intellectual debate in a civil manner. – We are hearing from mainstream media that the right wingers’ fears of gun confiscation are unfounded. The mainstream media has for weeks said that could not and would not happen. The proof that gun confiscation is a real threat has come to California. The state legislature has submitted the bills. Read these articles:
- Mercury News: California’s state Senate Democrats roll out big gun control package.
- Sacramento Bee: California Democratic lawmakers unveil gun control legislation.
- San Francisco Chronicle: State lawmakers propose tough gun laws.
There are some things the media is not telling people. Let’s take two of the basic tenants of gun laws. The idea of a 10 round magazine being unnecessary for self defense is common. What people do not consider is that most hand guns have magazines of 10 or more rounds. So, the law effectively makes most hand guns illegal.
The idea that less than 10 rounds should be enough to defend one’s self is bogus. Fernando Aguirre wrote Surviving the Economic Collapse about the 2001 collapse of the government in Argentina. This man has personally experienced the collapse of government along with its loss of law enforcement abilities. He writes about his personal experiences and the crime that has taken over Argentina. To this day Argentina has not recovered and crime is almost as bad there now as things are today in Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis. He believes he would probably not be alive today if he had not been armed with a handgun.
We are seeing city and state governments starting to collapse in America. Detroit is a leading example. The Wall Street Journal reported in October 2012 that 30 cities were likely to soon fail and 13 were failing. (reference) If you live there, you are in trouble. In July the Business Insider was listing cities in financial trouble, most of them in California. (reference) These are all places that will likely be reducing police and fire protection to attempt to balance the budget.
For some reason people think criminals act alone. The stats are they don’t. Especially in areas where law enforcement is overwhelmed. Criminals operate in gangs. It is safer for them. Mr. Aguirre writes on page 158:
“May be a few decades ago you could still argue about it. Today, real-world gunfights dictate a new reality. It’s no longer just one or two shots fired. It can go up to fifty or a hundred rounds exchanged. A lot of lead ends up flying both ways these days during shootings.” A ten round limit is not for your protection.
Take a look at this picture of L.A. police shooting two innocent women. Then think about who is supposedly protecting you. These women did not even fire back. Count the holes in the back of their truck.
These are trained professionals that fired those rounds. Does anyone think a criminal committing a crime is going to only fire 1 or 2 rounds? If you have to defend yourself, are you going to need more than 10 rounds? Absolutely, if you hope to live.
The L.A. Times is reporting that the L.A. officers gave the two women no commands, no instructions and no opportunity to surrender. (reference) Yikes!
All of these proposed gun laws are only going to affect the law abiding. They are not going to stop a shooting like Columbine or Sandy Hook. Sen. Feinstein’s assault weapons ban was in place before the Columbine shooting. It did not help. Disarming law abiding citizens does not help stop the bad or crazy guys.
The Cinemark Theater in Aurora, Colorado was the only one that banned customers from carrying their guns inside. The shooter passed a number of other theatres showing the Batman movie to get to it. The Virginia Tech campus had declared itself gun-free.
The media does not remind people of the shootings that were cut short by law abiding citizens carrying concealed weapons. Think: Clackamas Town Center in Portland about which most mainstream media does not mention Nick Meli. Or the high school shooting in Pearl, Miss. where principal Joel Myrick stopped the shooter. Or the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo. where Jeanne Assam, a volunteer security guard, took out the shooter. A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. Since 1950 almost all mass shooting have been in gun free zones. But, the media is not pointing that out.
Another problem we have is the laws we have now are not being enforced and criminals and crazy people do NOT follow them. So, why does anyone think more laws will help?
Japan is often used as the best example of gun control. A gun or sword cannot be owned by a Japanese citizen. But, it is not so much gun control as it is how the police and culture work. Americans are not like the Japanese. Nor do we have the number of police officers that the Japanese support. The way they operate and the number of them gives the Japanese police an average response time of 5:45 minutes. While in Detroit the response time for a home invasion where you are outside is 4 hours. For a life and death case the response time is much better: 57 minutes, yes fifty-seven. (reference)
From the Detroit Daily: “Justifiable homicide in the city [Detroit] shot up 79 percent in 2011 from the previous year, as citizens in the long-suffering city armed themselves and took matters into their own hands. The local rate of self-defense killings now stands 2,200 percent above the national average. Residents, unable to rely on a dwindling police force to keep them safe, are fighting back against the criminal scourge on their own. And they’re offering no apologies.” (Reference: Detroit Vigilantes)
Another fallacy in crime reporting is the idea of response time. In Detroit 9-1-1 calls are prioritized, when they are even answered. As the number of officers on duty shrinks due to budget cuts something had to be done, so calls are prioritized. Priority 1 calls will involve emergency situations that are still in progress; where a perpetrator is on the scene; where emergency medical service is needed; and where the preservation of evidence is of an urgent nature.
It is only those calls that are used for response time. If your home was robbed in Detroit, you will probably never see an officer and that is NOT factored into response time. Also, expect to be hit again after the insurance replaces your belongings. DO NOT expect help from the police.
The serious fallacy in these numbers comes from the reality of whether you can even call the police. When a bad guy starts to come into your home you have to decide whether to reach for the phone or a gun… or just run and hope you’re not shot in the back. The result is you are most likely to call AFTER the event, so response time simply does not matter.
In prosperous cities that can afford good police protection response time may be 2 to 3 minutes. But, more likely 7 to 10 minutes. As more American cities basically go bankrupt police officers and equipment are cut to reduce the budget. In California we already release jailed criminals to meet court ordered population limits. So, the legal system in California is on the verge of complete overload. This is what happened in Detroit.
Disarming the law abiding citizen is stupid. (Harvard Gun Control Study) Consider. Virginia handgun purchases increased 112% between 2006 and 2011, and violent crimes committed by people using handguns fell by 22%. In 2006 there were 23,431 violent crimes in Virginia, and that dropped to 18,196 in 2011. More guns in the hands of potential victims means less crime.
If you are looking for a good list of gun control facts get this document: Gun Control Fantasy and Facts.
In the US, the approximately 90 million legal owners of guns, owing 300 million firearms; murdered zero people last year (2012).