Assassination Attempt Offers Case Study in Gun Law Madness

Caught on video today, an assassination attempt in Bulgaria serves to highlight the fact that the tighter gun laws being pushed by President Barack Obama will do nothing to improve public safety in the United States.

The video shows a would-be assassin pointing a handgun to the head of Ahmed Dogan, the ethnic Turk leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, as he was delivering a speech in the capital, Sofia.  Fortunately, the would-be assassin’s gun did not fire on the first try, and Dogan was able to strike the gunman before he was able to try again.  Within moments, Dogan was assisted by others in attendance who wrestled the assailant to the ground.

All of the above took place in a country where tight gun laws — like the ones President Obama is pushing — are already in place.

According to a Bulgarian National Radio report three years ago, all Bulgarian citizens of legal age have the right to own firearms if they have not been charged with a crime and are deemed psychologically healthy following thorough background checks.  They are also required to go through gun safety training.

Since the 1990s, when the first private gun shops opened in the country of approximately 7.5 million people, about 350,000 citizens have purchased firearms legally, according to the same report.  Conversely, between 80,000 and 90,000 people own illegal (i.e., unregistered) guns.

”In Bulgaria when a murder happens, the government usually starts to think of a way to make gun control stricter, but criminals use illegal weapons and no matter how you control the legal sale of guns, the number of crimes stays the same,” said Miroslav Piralkov, a gun shop owner in Bulgaria, told BNR.

Though it won’t change the fact that guns do not kill people without fingers to pull the triggers and that anti-gun laws only prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, it will be interesting to see whether or not this would-be assassin was a legal gun owner — or not.

Long live the Second Amendment!

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Anti-Gun Crowd Ignorant of History

Within days of the shooting rampage that left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona’s 8th Congressional District in critical condition, killed six others and wounded 14 more, the usual suspects began coming out of the woodwork with calls to modify gun laws in the United States.  In doing so, they reveal their ignorance about history.

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)

Early this morning, CBS News joined in the fray by following their headline-shaping question — Will Tucson Tragedy Shift Gun Control Debate? — with a story that, among other things, offered readers zingers such as “Arizona has some of the laxest gun laws in the nation” and speculation about the plan of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) to introduce a bill targeting the high-capacity clips allegedly used by Jared Loughner.

A few hours later, The Huffington Post published a story under the headline, World Media Reacts to Giffords Shooting: U.S. Gun Laws Are Nuts (Sorry, you’ll have to find the link yourself).

Apparently, the liberal writers behind articles like the ones above are ignorant of the lessons of history and need to watch the video, Innocents Betrayed.  Produced by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, it offers graphic evidence of how gun control has been a first step to genocide in many nations around the globe.

Watch the trailer for the video (below), then order a copy of the video to share with your liberal pro-gun control friends [Warning: Video contains graphic images].

To order a full-length DVD of the film, click here.

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Stats Reveal Truth: Guns Don’t Cause Crime (Update)

A ten percent drop in murders during the first six months of this year at a time when gun sales were up dramatically is more proof that there is no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, say officials with the Second Amendment Foundation.

The FBI released data Monday that shows murders dropped by 10 percent from the same period in 2008. Meanwhile, according to data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System shows that during the first six months of this year, gun sales were up.

January 2009 background checks rose 28.8 percent over the same month in 2008, February’s NICS checks were up 23.3 percent and in March they were up 29.9 percent over March 2008. The trend continued in April, with NICS checks up 30.3 percent, while May showed a slowdown, up only 15.5 percent, and in June they were up 18.1 percent.

“What this shows,” said Alan Gottlieb, SAF executive vice president, “is that gun prohibitionists are all wrong when they argue that more guns result in more crime. Firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens are no threat to anyone. Perhaps violent criminals were actually discouraged by all of those gun sales earlier this year, because the media made a point of reporting the booming gun market.

“Anti-gunners,” he continued, “have lost another one of their baseless arguments. Millions of Americans bought guns during the first six months of this year, many of them for the first time. Yet with all of those new guns in circulation, coupled with an increased demand for concealed carry licenses around the country, the streets have not been awash in blood, as gun banners repeatedly predict.

“Hard facts trump hot air,” Gottlieb concluded. “These people are consistently wrong about our rights. Millions of people bought guns, especially semiautomatic sport-utility rifles that gun grabbers want to ban because they say people aren’t safe with all of those guns in private hands. Well, the people disagree, and so does the data.”

UPDATE 12/30/09: Listen to me discuss this post and others on WBAL-AM’s The Shari Elliker Show today at 11:15 a.m. Eastern/10:15 a.m. Central.

‘Old Gray Lady’ on Wrong Side Gun of Control

The New York Times appears to be at it again, publishing false information Sunday about gun crimes in the form of an article, The Virginia Tech Betrayal.  Fortunately, the folks at the National Rifle Association are able to correct the record and prove that the clowns at the “newspaper of record” are wrong.

The first two paragraphs of the Times article were filled with hyperbole:

Richmond lawmakers have callously rejected a gun control proposal sought as a memorial to the 32 students slain in the Virginia Tech massacre. Once more, state senators proved more beholden to the gun lobby’s propaganda and campaign money than to public safety.

The measure, sought by Gov. Tim Kaine after the 2007 campus spree, would have reined in the unfettered sales of lethal weaponry — from backwoods to battlefield guns — at weekend “sportsmen’s shows.”

One needs only turn to a post published Nov. 7, 2008, by the NRA Institute for Legislative Action.  Among other things, The Gun Show Myth contains three key facts that render the Times argument moot:

Gun Shows Are Not a Source of “Crime Guns”*

A 2006 FBI study of criminals who attacked law enforcement officers found that within their sample, “None of the [attackers’] rifles, shotguns, or handguns … were obtained from gun shows or related activities.” Ninety-seven percent of guns in the study were obtained illegally, and the assailants interviewed had nothing but contempt for gun laws. As one offender put it, “[T]he 8,000 new gun laws would have made absolutely [no difference], whatsoever, about me getting a gun. … I never went into a gun store or to a gun show or to a pawn shop or anyplace else where firearms are legally bought and sold.”4

A Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report on “Firearms Use by Offenders” found that fewer than 1% of U.S. “crime guns” came from gun shows, with repeat offenders even less likely than first-timers to buy guns from any retail source. This 2001 study was based on interviews with 18,000 state prison inmates and is the largest such study ever conducted by the government.5

Previous federal studies have found few criminals using gun shows. A 2000 BJS study, “Federal Firearms Offenders, 1992-98,” found only 1.7% of federal prison inmates obtained their gun from a gun show.6 Similarly, a 1997 National Institute of Justice study reported less than 2% of criminals’ guns come from gun shows.7

Thanks to their efforts to rescind the Second Amendment of the Constitution and disarm Americans, it’s no wonder that newspapers, including the Times, are dying.

Note: Footnotes 4, 5, 6, 7 are available for review at the end of the NRA ILA post.

Hat tip: Alphecca

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Homicide Stats Don’t Support Gun Ban Scheme

Homicide statistics for 2008 in Seattle do not justify a proposal by anti-gun Mayor Greg Nickels to ban legally-carried handguns from public property, nor his plan to lobby for a change in the state’s preemption law, according to Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Bellevue, Wash.-based Second Amendment Foundation.

Walther P-5 9mm

Walther P-5 9mm

“Less than half of Seattle’s homicides in 2008 involved firearms,” said Gottlieb, “and about one-third were gang-related. Yet Mayor Nickels would have the public believe there is a dire need to violate state statute and the civil rights of law-abiding gun owners, by challenging a state preemption statute that has stood for more than two decades as a model of efficiency and effectiveness that other states have copied.”

Gottlieb noted that Seattle’s 28 homicides pale in comparison to those logged in similar-sized cities, where concealed carry is forbidden:  Milwaukee, Wisc., reported 71 homicides in 2008, and Washington, D.C., posted 186 killings. Only in Seattle may citizens legally carry concealed handguns. In Baltimore, Md., where it is virtually impossible to get a carry license, there were 234 slayings last year.

“The figures from those other cities are staggering,” Gottlieb observed. “Yet in Seattle, where thousands of residents and thousands more visitors from all over the state, come and go legally armed, Nickels claims there is a public safety issue.

“Mayor Nickels is using one isolated non-fatal incident at last year’s Folklife Festival to push an agenda item for Washington CeaseFire,” he suggested. “Perhaps the mayor is trying to deflect public attention from his outrageous failures as a leader, from losing a professional basketball franchise to being unable to replace the aging Viaduct, and finally being forced to flip-flop on such a simple problem as snow removal.

“Nickels is firing blanks,” Gottlieb said. “He should channel his energy to disarming gangs and locking up their members, not harassing law-abiding citizens.”

The Second Amendment Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 600,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

Writer Says ‘Something Monumentally Large Afoot’

“There is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis,” reads a comment published today at PatDollard.com. “Yes these exist, but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus.”

Perhaps, like more and more Americans, I’m a bit paranoid.  Regardless, I think there is much to be said for the content of the aforementioned comment which is fast making the rounds today.  Further, I expect that it will be recorded as one of the blogosphere’s best comments ever — if, in fact, someone actually records such things.  But I digress.  Please read the full length of the comment — accompanied by my graphics — and, if you are so inclined, follow the author’s first-paragraph instructions:

Friends,

Will you please take the time to read this, and if you think it worthwhile, pass it along to your email list, and ask them to read it? Even if they voted, with all good intentions, for Mr. Obama?

I am a student of history. Professionally. I have written 15 books in six languages, and have studied it all my life. I think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes these exist, but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus.

Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about ten – fifteen years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two.

We demand and then codify into law the requirement that our banks make massive loans to people we know they can never pay back? Why?

We learn just days ago that the Federal Reserve, which has little or no real oversight by anyone, has “loaned” two trillion dollars (that is $2,000,000,000,000) over the past few months, but will not tell us to whom or why or disclose the terms. That is our money. Yours and mine. And that is three times the 700B we all argued about so strenuously just this past September. Who has this money? Why do they have it? Why are the terms unavailable to us? Who asked for it? Who authorized it? I thought this was a government of “we the people,” who loaned our powers to our elected leaders. Apparently not.

We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why?

We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?

We have now established the precedent of protesting every close election (now violently in California over a proposition that is so controversial that it wants marriage to remain between one man and one woman. Did you ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago?). We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life, and then mainstream Marxist groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana republic. To what purpose?

Now our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are in free fall, major industries are failing, our banking system is on the verge of collapse, social security is nearly bankrupt, as is medicare and our entire government, our education system is worse than a joke (I teach college and know precisely what I am talking about)–the list is staggering in its length, breadth, and depth. It is potentially 1929 x ten. And we are at war with an enemy we cannot name for fear of offending people of the same religion, who cannot wait to slit the throats of your children if they have the opportunity to do so.

And now we have elected a man no one knows anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big as Wasilla, Alaska. All of his associations and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen fields of employment, and everything we learn about him, drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary (Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders? No? Oh of course. The media would never play that for you over and over and then demand he answer it. Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe is more important.)

Mr. Obama’s winning platform can be boiled down to one word: change.

Why?

I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now.

This man campaigned on bringing people together, something he has never, ever done in his professional life. In my assessment, Obama will divide us along philosophical lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces into a new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming. And when it comes, you will never see the same nation again.

And that is only the beginning.

And I thought I would never be able to experience what the ordinary, moral German felt in the mid-1930s. In those times, the savior was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from the streets, about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What they did know was that he was associated with groups that shouted, shoved, and pushed around people with whom they disagreed; he edged his way onto the political stage through great oratory and promises. Economic times were tough, people were losing jobs, and he was a great speaker. And he smiled and waved a lot. And people, even newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his “brown shirts” would bully them into submission. And then, he was duly elected to office, a full-throttled economic crisis at hand [the Great Depression]. Slowly but surely he seized the controls of government power, department by department, person by person, bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The kids joined a Youth Movement in his name, where they were taught what to think. How did he get the people on his side? He did it promising jobs to the jobless, money to the moneyless, and goodies for the military-industrial complex. He did it by indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control, health care for all, better wages, better jobs, and promising to re-instill pride once again in the country, across Europe, and across the world.

He did it with a compliant media–did you know that? And he did this all in the name of justice and . . . change. And the people surely got what they voted for.

(Look it up if you think I am exaggerating.)

Read your history books. Many people objected in 1933 and were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and made fun of. When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930s while seated in the House of Lords in England (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker. He was right, though.

Don’t forget that Germany was the most educated, cultured country in Europe. It was full of music, art, museums, hospitals, laboratories, and universities. And in less than six years–a shorter time span than just two terms of the U. S. presidency–it was rounding up its own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning children against parents, and neighbors against neighbors. All with the best of intentions, of course. The road to Hell is paved with them.

As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions, I have a choice: I can either believe what the objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe what history is shouting to me from across the chasm of seven decades; or I can hope I am wrong by closing my eyes, having another latte, and ignoring what is transpiring around me.

Some people scoff at me, others laugh, or think I am foolish, naive, or both. Perhaps I am. But I have never been afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what I believe–and why I believe it.

I pray I am wrong. I do not think I am.

Best regards

tps

Click here to read the post within  which the comment above appeared today.

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Hat tip: Pam Geller at Atlas Shrugs

Editor’s Note: I contacted Pat Dollard for assistance in contacting “tps” and left a comment below the aforementioned post, hoping “tps” will see it and respond to me.   I hope to be able to interview “tps” soon and publish more about him in this space.  Stay tuned.

See also: Unanswered: ‘Is Barack Obama the Anti-Christ?’

See also: Is Establishment of One World Religion in Works?

Biden Fails in Effort to Pander to Gun Owners

Using a tone MSNBC described as “folksy,” Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden tried to convince rural Virginians the other day that he’s a devoted gun owner who will not allow presidential nominee Barack Obama to “fool with my Beretta.”  He failed.

“Senator Biden must think America’s gun owners are dumber than rocks,” said Alan Gottlieb, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms chairman. “Here is a man who has supported every restrictive gun control and gun ban law that ever landed on his desk, suddenly telling Virginia residents that he’s a gun owner, and very pro-gun.

“Biden tried to sound folksy in Virginia, talking about his ‘little over and under’ Beretta,” Gottlieb noted. “Senator, it’s not your Beretta that concerns American gun owners, but their own Colts, Smith & Wessons, Kimbers, Winchesters, Marlins, Remingtons, Mossbergs, Springfields, Kahrs and Brownings.

“If Biden really does own an over-and-under Beretta, has he fired it lately,” Gottlieb wondered. “What model is it, what’s it chambered for, and where is it? Why does he think that’s a more worthy gun to own than, say, an AR-15, or a Benelli semi-auto? What makes a Beretta shotgun more deserving of protection against Draconian legislation than a .45-caliber Model 1911, a .357 Magnum Ruger Blackhawk, a .50-caliber Thompson/Center or a .22-caliber Colt Diamondback? Would Joe Biden know the difference between any of these guns if he saw one?

“Joe Biden has spent the last three decades on Capitol Hill voting not merely against guns, but against the law-abiding American citizens who own these guns,” Gottlieb continued. “He has voted against their civil rights, and against their traditional values, and now he is running as second fiddle to a Chicago suburbanite who has dismissed such citizens as bitter, and clinging to their guns and religion.

“And now we are supposed to believe that Joe Biden is a gun-toting defender of the Second Amendment, after years of trying to dismantle it,” Gottlieb concluded. “This guy has spent a career in Washington, D.C., assaulting the civil rights of gun owners. Now he’s insulting their intelligence.”