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Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 18 Jul 2014 05:40 am

From the Burlington Free Press:

Guns accounted for more deaths in Vermont in 2011 than motor vehicle accidents, a first-time occurrence that national gun control groups say is proof stricter laws regulating gun purchase and ownership are needed.

According to a study released this week by the Violence Policy Center in Washington D.C., Vermont had 78 gun deaths in 2011, compared to 54 fatal car accidents as reported by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

Except that all but four of those deaths were suicides. Now, I’m not “pro-suicide” by any means, but it’s a conscious decision by someone to take their own life — not an engagement in a criminal enterprise. Further, what kinds of gun control could prevent using them to kill themselves? Background checks? Limits on magazine capacity? An “assault weapons” ban? Even a “safe storage law” would be useless if it’s the gun owner shooting himself.

The real question to ask is, why are there so many suicides? Death by suicide is rising in almost all states. It could be the recession the country has experienced. So many people have simply given up looking for work. They lose their homes. That can cause family pressures or divorce, which leads to other mental stress issues. Drug use (both legal and illegal) is way up. There is, indeed, ample evidence that many prescription anti-depressants have the opposite effect, or cause psychosis. Banning guns won’t keep people from finding easy ways to kill themselves, nor will it solve the real problem, which is depression in so many people.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 18 Jul 2014 05:13 am

…But that doesn’t stop them from being against them.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 14 Jul 2014 05:43 am

Because the look of the thing is everything:

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is once again calling for legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

[ . . . ]

Quinn is specifically pushing for the passage of the Illinois Public Safety Act.

Under that proposed act, holders of Firearms Owners Identification Cards who now own assault weapons would be able to keep them. But they wouldn’t be allowed to transfer or sell them – except to a family member.

And, by implication, this would require registering them.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 14 Jul 2014 05:39 am

It’s just as simple as that:

As I see it, the only solution is outlawing guns. When will we see the elephant in the room? Oh yes, there’ll be a hue and cry from the gun industry about the need to make guns so civilians can exercise their “right” to buy and own a gun.

But what about the right of the citizen to feel safe in her home, in other buildings, on the street, at work? All our levels of government seems unable to protect this right.

The guns out there now should be melted down and remade into bicycles, pots, pans, kitchen utensils, shovels, rakes, hoes, and other manual tools.

You forgot plowshares.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 11 Jul 2014 02:23 am

From the Colorado Observer:

In what may come as a surprise to residents of Colorado Springs and Pueblo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t think those cities have roads.

Bloomberg told Rolling Stone that he was “sorry” about the recalls of two state senators last year over the Democratic state legislature’s gun-control laws, but added that their districts were so “rural” that, “I don’t think there’s roads.”

Hey, Mike? They even have indoor plumbing these days.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 06 Jul 2014 10:55 pm

Well, he did promise to spend $50 million dollars to try to defeat pro-Constitution candidates. From the Washington Post:

The gun-control group founded by former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will begin surveying all federal candidates in the 2014 midterm elections on gun issues Monday as it tries to become a political counterweight to the National Rifle Association.

This is the first big step by Bloomberg — who has committed to spending $50 million of his personal fortune this year to build a national grass-roots movement that will pressure lawmakers to pass more restrictive gun laws — to devise a political strategy heading into the November elections.

Bloomberg’s group, Everytown for Gun Safety, is asking all Senate and House incumbents and candidates to complete a 10-part questionnaire stating publicly where they stand on issues such as expanding background checks for gun buyers, limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines and toughening gun-trafficking statutes.

You can find the survey here though it’s a “slide show” so you have to answer each question to see the next one.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 28 Jun 2014 04:20 am

As if you needed yet another reason to switch search engines. From Breitbart:

Beginning in September, Google plans to block firearm, ammunition, and gun accessory ads.

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Included in the dangerous products for which ads will be blocked are “Guns & Parts.” This covers “functional devices that appear to discharge a projectile at high velocity, whether for sport, self-defense, or combat.”

Also included is a ban on ads for “any part or component that’s necessary to the function of a gun or intended for attachment to a gun.” This covers “gun scopes, ammunition, ammunition clips or belts.”

They’re also blocking ads for tobacco products, pot, illegal drugs, etc. You can see the whole list here.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 26 Jun 2014 07:07 am

From a letter to the Asbury Park Press:

There should be a law requiring every household with a gun (no matter what kind) to post a sign in a window or on the front lawn warning that there are firearms in that home. We post signs for security, letting thieves know there is an alarm and cameras there if they attempt a break-in.

The biggest reason for this advertisement is to let a neighbor know there are guns next door. If a neighbor knows this, then they wouldn’t let a 6-year-old play with a 4-year-old, who can take an unattended gun by mistake and kill another child.

I can think of several reasons why this is wrong, including some that would backfire on the neighbor.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 20 Jun 2014 02:48 am

Somehow, I missed this admission in the Wall Street Journal the other day:

Now Mr. Glaze, 43 years old, has stepped away from the fight. Friday marked his last day working for Mr. Bloomberg’s organization, now called Everytown for Gun Safety, after three and a half years as executive director.

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And Mr. Glaze said the movement hasn’t solved one of its signature problems: Many mass shootings wouldn’t have been stopped by tighter regulations proposed by gun-control advocates, even if they might have prevented other gun crimes.

Much more at the link. Of course, it’s the (rarer than the MSM makes it out to be) “mass shootings” that the media and pandering politicians focus on, rather than where the real high-death-toll numbers are coming from: The street gangs. And, no gun control law is going to prevent that. The public has no stomach for criminal control.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 16 Jun 2014 10:15 pm

These anti-gun groups always claim that all they want are “reasonable” or “Sensible” gun laws. They lie:

In an article published Sunday in the Sacramento Bee, Josh Sugarmann, a/k/a the Violence Policy Center (VPC), essentially proposed banning all semi-automatic firearms that use detachable magazines, regardless of their external features or the capacity of their magazines. Hoping to alarm gullible readers, Sugarmann claimed that detachable-magazine semi-automatics are “unprecedented” in America, despite the fact that they have been popular in our country for more than a century.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 16 Jun 2014 03:51 am

From a local letter to the editor:

I certainly hope that the Legislature is more receptive this year to some changes in Vermont’s lax gun laws. It seems that almost every day we read of some atrocity with weapons. It is just a matter of time until it happens in Vermont, and I, for one, would like to be proactive and stop it before it starts. In the 16 states where background checks are required on all handgun sales, 38 percent fewer women are shot to death by an intimate partner, firearm suicides drop by 49 percent, gun trafficking is 48 percent lower, and 39 percent fewer law enforcement officers are shot to death.

No source is given for the clearly bogus statistics, but I’m willing to bet they come from an anti-gun group’s fundraising letter.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 13 Jun 2014 03:32 am

A rally for gun control … in New York City:

Two groups funded in part by billionaire ex-Mayor Mike Bloomberg are set to rally for gun-law reforms outside City Hall on Saturday.

In the wake of a series of high-profile shootings, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and its umbrella organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, will cross the Brooklyn Bridge during a second annual march to end gun violence.

Talk about playing to a tough audience!

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 03 Jun 2014 12:33 am

How the heck did I miss this editorial when I had actually purchased* the dead-tree paper? From the Union Leader:

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, Democrat of New Hampshire’s 2nd District, wants to ban some guns, possibly including handguns. She doesn’t know which guns, or how they might differ from the guns she doesn’t want to ban, but by golly she knows they should be banned.

On Thursday Kuster’s office issued a press release in which she said this: “In the wake of the horrific shooting that took place near UC Santa Barbara’s campus, we must reopen our conversation about what we can do to keep our schools and our communities safe.” Describing herself as “a firm believer in our nation’s Second Amendment rights,” she said we need a new approach that, among other things, “rids our streets of military assault weapons.”

More at the link.

*For those who don’t know, I’m a compulsive newspaper reader. I also try to support papers sold on the newsstand as much as possible — maybe to assuage my guilty conscious for quoting and linking to them here. I pass on the Valley News, though, since they’ve decided that only liberal thoughts and ideas count and to hell with conservative readers.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 31 May 2014 11:16 pm

State Sen. Ernst is vying for the Republican nomination to run for Senator. Let’s hope she wins. From the Quad City Times:

In answer to a viewer question about a string of high-profile shootings and an Ernst ad that shows her with a gun at a firing range, the state senator referred to the California attack and said she would stand firm for the 2nd Amendment.

“Just because of a horrible, horrible tragedy, I don’t believe we should be infringing on people’s 2nd Amendment rights,” she said.

[ . . . ]

On Friday, Pia Carusone, senior adviser at Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun violence prevention group founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot by a constituent in 2011, called for an apology.

“The extreme views of politicians like Joni Ernst are an insult to all Second Amendment supporters and those Americans who cherish the rights and traditions of responsible gun ownership,” she said.

[ . . . ]

In an emailed statement from the campaign Friday, Ernst said: “As I have said repeatedly, this was a terrible tragedy. It is reprehensible to me that the Democrats are trying to play gotcha politics with a tragedy like this. It’s shameful and I won’t stand for it.”

But, that’s all Democrats have; gotcha politics, the politics of outrage, and when they have no serious answer to policy arguments, they simply shout, “racism!”

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 28 May 2014 10:25 pm

I think the AmmoLand headline says it all:

Rep Peter King Wants Background Checks Because CA Gunman Passed Background Checks

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 28 May 2014 10:18 pm

Any way that they can:

Democrats may offer gun-related amendments to an annual spending bill under consideration in the U.S. House this week. The push comes following the latest mass shooting by a California college student.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the second ranking Democrat in the House, acknowledged the effort is unlikely to be successful. “I continue to not have high expectations based on past performance,” he said.

But, he’ll showboat it anyway.

Gun Control Crowd and CrimeJeff Soyer on 25 May 2014 02:13 am

The mutant’s family is blaming the gun. The father of one of the victims is blaming the NRA. Both support more gun control. Just one thing:

During a May 24 press conference on Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree in California, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the guns Rodgers possessed “were legally purchased,” which means he went through a background check, and that he used 10-round magazines.

Brown’s exact words:

“Three 9 mm semi-automatic handguns were recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. Two of these were Sig Sauer 226 model handguns and the remaining one was a Glock 34 long slide… We have determined that all three of the weapons were legally purchased from federally licensed firearms dealers and they were all registered to the suspect.”

By the way, limiting magazine capacity doesn’t do anything; cops found 41 loaded 10-round magazines in Rodger’s car.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 21 May 2014 02:54 am

From the Westfield Republican (NY):

A company acted negligently in selling the weapon used in a Christmas Eve shooting that left two New York volunteer firefighters dead, a lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges.

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The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says in the lawsuit filed on behalf of the four shooting victims that Gander Mountain should have realized Nguyen was making a “straw purchase” for Spengler. Spengler accompanied her into the store to buy multiple firearms with cash, all indicators of a possible straw purchase, the suit says.

Maybe Gander Mountain’s extra sensory perception was a little off that day.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 20 May 2014 04:48 am

From Time:

After a pro-gun group flashed assault rifles and other weapons in a Dallas Chipotle last weekend, the burrito chain decided to take action

Chipotle is requesting that all non-law enforcement customers refrain from bringing guns into their stores amid pressure from a mothers’ group calling for complete ban on guns in stores.

I’m not even sure what a ‘chipotle’ is.

Gun Control CrowdJeff Soyer on 20 May 2014 04:40 am

Anyway they can:

The lawsuit, by the Washington-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and a local chapter of the Million Mom March accuses the state Attorney General’s Office of failing to comply with the 2002 law regarding personalized handguns, often called smart guns.

Under the law, three years after smart guns become available anywhere in the country, all guns sold in New Jersey will have to use the technology. The law also requires the attorney general to submit a report to the governor and the Legislature every six months on the availability of smart guns.

The basis of the lawsuit (according to the article) is that gun stores in CA and MD received “smart guns”… Which they never did sell due to an outcry by gun owners. I’m confused because that only just happened in the last couple of months, not three-years-ago. Oh well, maybe someone with more knowledge of the NJ statute can explain it to me.

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