The State Of Policing The U.K.

The Daily Mail has a telling report on the sad state of the underfunded and desperately shorthanded British police.

Briefly quoting the Daily Mail report linked above:

A businessman who dialled 999 as masked raiders ransacked his shop was astonished when a lone police community support officer on a bicycle turned up ten minutes later.

The gang, believed to be armed, were still at the children’s clothing boutique when Sam Islam rang.

The U.K’s financial problems only exacerbate the problem. At best, one Officer on duty for every 700 people will only cut the crime rates by a fifth, while England and Wales has six times the U.S. rate.

The U.K.’s real problem is their insistence that self defense with a gun or a knife is a cause of crime. The result of that fallacy can be seen in the chart below, which plots the increase in the U.K.’s violent crime rates after the almost complete gun ban following the Dunblane School Massacre:


Not enough officers and not enough cells make matters that much worse. But the real problem is that violent British criminals have no fear of the public and even less far of the police.


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Why Do Americans Buy Multiple Guns?

The short answer to that is “because they want them, tut that is not generally the case.

For one thing, guns make good investments, with far greater price stability than commodities such as gold. A Colt Government model purchased for $87.00 fifty years ago, and kept in its original box, is worth close to $800 today. And you can do much better than that if you are careful about which make and model you choose to invest in.

Someone stopped by searching for “why buy more than one gun a month.”

I presume the search was related to Kali’s “One gun a month” law the anti-gun, and therefore pro-crime, legislature is working on.

While there are many reasons, including purchase of a collection the principal reason is for gifts. Guns have always been highly desirable gifts, and purchasing a gun for wife, a gun for son, a gun for daughter and a gun for self is quite common.

And on Christmas morn, Pop can smile broadly and say “Now we won’t have to share a gun when we go to the range.”

And of curse, collectors frequently buy matched pairs, consecutive serial numbers, “left and rights” or some part of a collection that particularly interests them.

But investment comprises only a small part of the market for guns. Collector purchases are much more common.

Speaking personally, my last “multiple purchase” was a consecutive serial numbered pair of pre-1968 PPK’s, NIB, and evidently unfired. As they remain after more than 40 years.

Far more multiple purchases are made for gifts. A friend’s triplet daughters received identical Browning handguns on their 15th birthday. As did his wife a few days later.

So there are a few of the reason’s people make multiple gun purchases.

And, despite much propaganda, very few with crime on their minds buy a gun from a dealer, leaving a paper trail from the gun maker to their front door.

Study after study finds the same thing. Criminals obtain guns from “friends and relatives” who are also working criminals. They are cheap, they can be disposed of without a qualm, and the paper trail ends with the legitimate purchaser.

So those are just two of many reasons to buy more than one gun at a time. But lawful purchasers, who pay retail prices, are not the problem.

Considering “one crime per criminal victimization, legitimate gun purchasers for fr less than six percent of firearm facilitated criminal victimizations.


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Guns Are Civilization: 1010 Years Of Murder

vasegun How long people have had guns is in doubt. When I was a sprout, the sotry went that a monk, using a Chinese fireworks formula, invented the first gun around 1,000 AD. Lately, the most common estimate has been the late 13th Century, probably about 1360. The who and what is irrelevant, except to point out that the first “gonnes” were little more than metal vases. In fact, the first name for a gun was “vase.”

At first, even these extremely primitive weapons were expensive, and attached to a stick that went under the arm, more feared for the noise than the danger of being shot. Of course, human ingenuity being what it is, that situation did not last long. The price of a gun began to come down almost immediately, wooden stocks against the shoulder instead of sticks under the arm, much better sights, and suddenly the gun became an effective meat getter as well as somewhat effective battlefield weapon.

snaphaunce By 1450 guns were affordable by wealthy merchants, and by 1500 even a wealthy peasant could afford a gun.

By 1500 even a wealthy peasant could afford guns, and hunting became popular with those in the middle classes of Renaissance society. But two very interesting things happened. Hunters quickly found over-hunting depleted game – so laws encouraging “cropping” wild game numbers to maintain those populations at the maximum safe carrying capacity of the range became common.

The second was the sharp decline in the murder and violent crime rates as guns became more accessible to the common folk. The chart below shows the maximum and minimum European murder rates as guns became generally affordable:


England’s murder rate, which generally ran close to 50 murders per 100,000 population when John Plantagenet became King John “Lackland,” in 1166, before guns, ascended the throne, sank to just 0.7, 7/10ths of a murder per 100,000 population, when Queen Victoria took the throne in 1837.

When Victoria’s reign began, on Englishman if two was armed. By the end of her reign, one Englishman in four carried – and the police sometimes borrowed guns from passersby.

On the continent, the situation was much the same. Before guns, knife and club wielding criminals, often members of the army, had their own way with the people.

Yet those States with relaxed gun laws, France for one, had murder and violent crime rates hardly higher than England. Yet States like the Austro-Hungarian Empire, with relatively restrictive gun laws, had very much higher murder and violent crime rates.

In a very real sense, the gun, which “renders the weakest woman the equal of the strongest man” is civilization. where guns are common, a citizen can sleep soundly, confident that he or she will not be molested. Where guns are banned, even the strongest locks are insufficient to insure personal safety.

Since a civilized society is in fact a safe society, a heavily armed society is a civilized society.


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How Many Americans Have A License To Carry?

With numbers current to January 16, 2016; there were approximately 12,800,000 valid Concealed W Carry Weapons (CCW) permits, sometimes called Licenses to Carry or LTC’s.

It should be kept in mind that some jurisdictions refuse to provide the number of licenses issued or the number of licenses still valid. Given that, the 12,800,000 total may be as much as 1,700,000 short of the actual total.

It should also be kept in mind that many States allow open carry without a permit, and a number of States, including Arizona, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming allow concealed carry without a permit for in state carry.

All in all, well over twenty million adult Americans could legally carry, either openly or concealed at this time.


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“How Are Guns Sold?” Gun Sales And Purchases

Someone left a contact comment asking for information on how guns are sold. That will necessarily involve a few words about why guns are purchased, as well.

So, to begin, a gun is, as Chief Inspector Colin Greenwood commented to a Parliamentary committee, a gun is a tool, as much as a hammer or a saw is a tool. Like a hammer, it has a definite purpose, and is usually purchased for that purpose.

ar15 A farmer may or rancher very well go to a gun dealers, purchase a Sport Utility Rifle to exterminate “varmints” preying on his livestock. A suburbanite may be a hunter, out after a hunting rifle, or a duck gun, while a city dweller may want a handgun for self defense.

Or, almost as commonly these days, the prospective buyer may be a gun collector, looking for that ultra-rare “last piece to fill out the collection.” Or, quite likely, a person searching for a gift for a spouse or child.

In any case, the search for a gun generally starts at a gun dealers, where he can look over the guns on hand for suitability to purpose and for fit Once the choice is made, the purchaser must fill out an ATF Form 4473, show a government issued photo ID, and pass an FBI NICS “instant background check.” When all the dots are dotted and the approvals are given, money is exchanged and the buyer is on his way.

The routine is precisely the same for any purchase from a gun dealer, either at the dealers “brick and mortar” place of business, or at a gun show. If you buy a gun from a dealer, you must do all of those things, whether you fill out the form leaning on the dealer’s counter or sitting at a card table at the dealers gun show display.

Sometimes, however, no suitable gun is available. Many of us will turn to the internet, and select a gun from an internet web page. The drill is essentially the same, starting with a trip to a dealers to make arrangements for the dealer to “handle the paperwork.”

Once you have a Federally licensed gun dealer who is willing, for a fee, to handle the transaction, the prospective gun owner searches out one of the “gun auction” websites. Choose a gun, buy it, transfer funds to seller, go to your local dealer and get him to FAX a copy of his dealers license to the seller, and the seller will then ship the gun to the receiving dealer.

From that point, the drill is exactly the same as an over the counter purchase. Fill out the 4473, prove who you are, undergo a criminal background check, pay the dealer completing the transaction and take your gun home.

And finally, there is that much misunderstood “individual purchase,” which supposed provides millions and billions of free guns to the criminal underworld.

An individual seeking to sell a gun generally is well acquainted with the buyer. They are likely to share some aspect of the shooting hobby, such as collecting antique cap and ball revolvers, see each other frequently, and often travel to collectors meet’s or gun shows together.

However, assuming someone who has no friends at all who wishes to sell a gun, the sale usually starts with a trip to an internet gun auction to see what that gun in that condition is selling for now.

Once the current value is determined, and a few bucks added, an advertisement is placed. When a buyer calls the number or responds to the blind box, an appointment to meed is made, the gun examined, perhaps a bit of haggling goes on, and perhaps a deal is made.

The seller gets retail price, or close to retail price, and the buyer often collects a gun that is not available from any other source.

Finally, there are the actual underworld sales, where stolen “street guns” change hands. I am told that the usual drill is ether a sale from “friends or relatives” who are, like the buyers, known criminals. The buyer hits up a street corner drug dealer, asks about a gun, and is given a price. If money changes hands, the buyer is told to look behind the Wag-a-Bag dumpster in two hours. Tow hours later, the buyer looks wherever the gun was to b hidden, retrieves his gun, and goes on his way.

Those are the ways guns are bought and sold in America. There is remarkably little trade between the legal and the criminal side of gun purchases, simply because a gun with a value of $600 or more sells on the street for less than $150.

Given the price differential, and the ease with which someone who has just walked out of prison can obtain a street gun, it is no wonder that recent surveys find that only a fraction of one percent of prisoners convicted of a gun facilitated crime have ever attempted to purchase a gun from a legitimate source.

So there should be only one more thing to mention. Gift and inheritances. Up until now, the ATF has effectively presumed that a parent would not buy a gun for a jailbird, or leave a gun to someone who would misuse it. That assumption has proven accurate, as the tiny percentage of heirs and recipients who criminally muses a gun bears witness.


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How The Left Sells Gun Control

I suppose we all know how things are sold. The pitchman on the tube with his slick speil promising wonders for less money and a line of gab much like this…

“SPARKleen does everything. It gets your clothes clearer, your whites whiter, colors brighter, washes out odors and softens fabrics and all that in cold water. You can also use SPARKleen to do your dishes, and it is so mild you can bathe the baby in it. SPARKleen gives you cleaner clothes, cleaner dishes; longer lasting suds; a brighter smile; less engine wear; longer lasting relief; and all this for less money than you pay for the proprietary store brands of detergent. Ask for it by name, SPARKleen, the wonder soap, in flakes or bar at your favorite store.”

It is easy to promise miracles, wonders and marvels. Currently the gun control propagandists speil talks about our soaring crime rate and how it is necessary that we have new gun laws to reduce the number of children murdered every hour. But those promises have been made thousands of times before.

But for all the thousands of times those promises have been made, they have never been fulfilled. Not even once. For the most part, those responsible for enforcing the wonderful new law do not even try to use it to prevent crime, only to entrap citizens minding their own business.

So the “benefits” are largely fictional, like the hugely successful and extremely funny campaigns for JAPP candy bars. Humor always helps when you have only sugar and chocolate to sell.

But there is third and far more sinister selling technique we also see ever day. Selling fear. I have seen an equipment salesman tell a foreman he would be fired if he did not make sure the equipment the salesman was demonstrating did not perform as advertised.

I have seen people replace perfectly good roofs that probably had another twenty years of service, just because a salesman convinced them they had “loose shingles.” And I have seen tires with only a few thousand miles replaced because a salesman told them those tires had been recalled.

Selling products through fear is usually dishonest. Selling concepts through fear is more often than not nothing more than naked propaganda.

As Gene E. Franchini, retired Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, said “Fear is the most debilitating of all human emotions. A fearful person will do anything, say anything, accept anything, reject anything, if it makes him feel more secure for his own or his family’s security and safety, whether it actually accomplishes it or not.”

“(Fear)works like a charm. A fearful people are the easiest to govern. Their freedom and liberty can be taken away, and they can be convinced to believe that it was done for their own good – to give them security. People can even be convinced to give up their liberty – voluntarily.”

Gun control groups, starting in 1968 with Senator John Glenn’s “People For a Sane Firearms Policy” first tried to sell Americans on the benefits of gun control in Europe, and especially in “crime free England.” Publication of Chief Inspector Colin Greenwood’s 1971 “Gun Control In England And Wales” put an end to that fiction, but gun control advocates always have some new chimera to chase.

John Glenn’s People For a Sane Firearms Policy” quickly joined with other “Handgun Control,Inc.” And benefit based selling gave way to fear based selling. The pro-crime media were more than happy to print bogus statistics, such as “A child dies every 30 minutes in homes where there are guns.” “50 Children a day die in firearms accidents;” “A child is shot to death every 40 seconds:” and the propaganda line I personally find the most outrageous of all, “Four American children under 65 are shot to death every hour.”

While most of these claims came during Nelson Shield’s time at HCI’s helm, the claims Sarah Brady makes today are only slightly less outrageous. If you would believe the HGI pro-crime propaganda, you must believe guns get up in the middle of the night to kill their owners.

For the record, the 2008 Statistical Abstract of the United States lists a total of 74 accidental firearms deaths for children under 15. That is one one every 118 hours, or one every five days. There were another 203 fatalities among young adults between 15 and 24. And as an aside, many coroners and medical examiners are reluctant to classify suicides as such, out of concern for survivors feelings. So in all probability even those numbers are probably high.

The bottom line is pretty simple. Gun control advocates cannot hold up a single restrictive gun law that has cut crime, made anyone safer, or stopped political assassinations. cessful example. Since they have no successes to boast of, they must sell fear. And they are not at all reluctant to inflate or invent statistics with which to impress the impressionable.

That sort of propagandizing was Dr. Goebbels specialty. It is both dishonest and reprehensible – but there are some who will believe anything. And some whose fear of their neighbors is so great they will use baseless propaganda to disarm them.


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Thinking Of Buying A Gun? Good

By definition, a polite human society is an armed society. Millions of Americans are interested in buying a gun, and people come by searching for what kind of gun to buy.

I don’t know! It depends on what you want to do with it.

The gun you need for an elephant hunt is much different that the one you need to pot rats in your alley.

Lately, the most common answer is to respond to an emergency. With all the problems we had after Katrina that is understandable.

A rifle or shotgun is the cat’s meow after a hurricane, while you are a settin’ and a rocking and encouraging looters on their way. For that duty, very little beats a good pump shotgun. Or a really evil looking black rifle.

But when need to get up and get around hits, long guns are mighty unhandy for a quick trip to to the Hiway Robbery for batteries or ice. And they are not all that convenient for most other emergency uses, either.

Long guns are especially unhandy when you are loading fresh supplies in your car’s trunk – and a critter with a steak knife and a grin comes around the front of your car. You have less than two seconds to react before you join your ancestors.

Even with the extra speed fright gives you, long guns are slow to get into action. At seven yards or less the one hand gun is your personal life preserver.

So my first pointer on handguns is pretty simple. If you feel that you may leave your own property during an emergency, go to the the appropriate place and get a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit. Now, before you need it.

You aren’t likely to be troubled for it during a genuine emergency – but you really should get accustomed to day to day carry during a non-crisis. And that requires a CCW.

Next, you need a life preserver that feels comfortable to your hand. If it’s not comfortable, you probably will not practice loading and handling the piece – so you are much more likely to be the loser in a serious predatory attack.

What kind should you get? That depends on you. Semi-automatic pistols require some strength to operate. Can you “rack” the slide to load and empty the chamber? If it is difficult, you are likely to remove the magazine but fail to empty the chamber, leaving you with a very dangerous one shot pistol.

Even worse, some guns will let you shoot the magazine dry and quit with the slide closed. If you cannot work the slide, you will be unable to reload, leaving you with a clumsy lump of metal in your hand.

Hold the grip in your shooting hand, right for righties, with your trigger finger down the side of the frame. See if you can push the slide all the way back with your other hand. Without placing your hand over the ejection port of the piece. You will need to do that both to load and to unload the pistol, so if that is difficult for you, give that pistol a pass.

Another consideration is the size of your hand. The semi-auto’s slide is sharp and comes back with authority – and tiny semi-autos and large hands are not a compatible combination. Slide bite will give you a pain in the web of your hand every time.

What about the little semi-autos with “tip up barrels?” It’s true that the tip up barrel makes loading easier – but the only ones I have found are in .22 and .25 caliber. They still have a reciprocating slide that can bite even normal size hands, and the sub .30 calibers are a little small, even for threatening someone.

PERSONALLY, If I were buying my first pistol I would look for a medium caliber that had a grip that fits my hand but not so small the slide would cut my hand when I fire it, and that locked the slide back when the magazine is empty. But there are other opinions, just as there are also revolvers to consider.

As an aside, several people I know keep their semi-auto unloaded with the slide locked back by their bedside. The loaded magazine is on top of the valance, out of sight of children. A well practiced “grab the mag, stuff it in, and release the slide lock” is their two second emergency drill. Yes, their “early warning system” is a yappy dog in the house.

Double action revolvers are usually much easier for beginners to operate. Swing the cylinder out, load it, swing it back in, pull the trigger, the hammer comes back – BANG! Swing the cylinder out, empty it, look to see all the holes are empty, swing the cylinder back in, and practice your gun handling in perfect safety.

As long as the cylinder is empty the revolver cannot fire, and as long as the hammer is down the revolver should be safe unless you cock it or pull the trigger. So the double action revolver is probably the simplest and safest for most of us.

Single Action revolvers? Are fine for the Miniver Cheevy’s who feel they should’a charged San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt. While some SA revolvers have a transfer bar action and are safe with a full cylinder, many “cowboy guns” MUST be carried with the hammer down on an empty cylinder. Either way, a SA revolver that MUST be manually cocked before every shot is not something I would recommend for an ordinary person.

New or used? As long as it is mechanically reliable, one major point is in favor of used. Older guns do not have the “lock” feature that may disable a handgun when you most need to use it. Many who chose new disable the lock with a drop of RED Loctite. Good insurance.

How about carry? Many men carry “naked” in their pocket, exposing their life preserver to the usual dirt and trash a man picks up. A good pocket holster will keep things clean, and expedite matters when push comes to shove.

But I prefer belt carry, either inside or outside the belt. Since I am large and lumpy, inside belt carry of even the 3″ barreled Smith and Wesson Model 58 is not conspicuous as long as I wear a coat, and my favorite Remington 51 is all but invisible inside my waistband.

Some think the ladies have it easy, just drop it in their purse. I don’t, since a woman and her purse can be separated – and a loose gun is often hard to separate from the other stuff. While specially made purses with gun pockets are available, it’s my personal opinion that a discreet pocket or belt holster is better for both men and women. There are some that make the largest life preserver “disappear” even while wearing light summer clothes. Of course – the weight remains. The flat semi-auto carries 8 to 16 cartridges, and is normally a bit easier to carry concealed. But getting the first round in the chamber can be difficult during a clip change, and getting the safety off can be a problem unless you practice regularly.

The bulgy revolver holds only six (less commonly, 5 or 7) cartridges, but the safety issue should not arise. And revolvers can also be carried out of sight and out of mind.

Since you do NOT want to participate in a war six shots is NOT a major disadvantage. The sight of a gun in an intended victim’s hand will turn most predators into outbound missiles. There are several rather comical surveillance videos on the web of out of shape perp’s making sub 30 second 300 yard dashes with the thought of hot lead for incentive. Does it always work? No.

But unless you are a street cop, you should not meet a coked up crazy who will not turn tail at the first sign of unexpected resistance. Few handguns are sufficient for that sort, so if someone breaks in your house, try to go to a long gun. Buckshot leaves an oozy corpse, but that is what a housebreaker has asked for.

For normal use one shot at not much more than arms length should promptly and properly puncture perps who do not promptly pass from your personal space. Period.

And if you are in so much trouble that you need more than six shots – you will most likely run out of time before you empty the cylinder, so you will need prayer much worse than a big magazine.

What caliber? Well, the size of the cartridge is a fairly reliable indicator of power, and the larger and more powerful cartridges need larger, heavier, and harder to conceal guns. The more powerful the cartridge, the more kick and the more live fire practice you need for proper control. And many casual shooters do not tolerate recoil well. Men more so than women, if my experience is any guide.

Gun sales clerks seem to have a thing about bigger being better. I have already mentioned the .22 and .25 as unsuitable for emergency situations. If that’s what you have, so be it. but if possible, a larger caliber is like a larger insurance policy. You have it when you need it.
For my nickel, it’s much better to have a mid-power cartridge in a handy package such as a 380 ACP, 38 Special, 9 MM Luger, or .40 S&W that YOU can handle comfortably instead of the higher power .45 ACP’s and .41 Magnums that I prefer. And that a lot of gun salesmen will push, whether you can handle it or not.

The hairsplitters will differ, but I would put the .380 as the minimum self defense cartridge, while the .357 Magnum loaded with .38 Specials, the 9mm, and .40 S&W are a step up, and are all in the same medium power range. I consider the .357 Magnum, .44 Special, and the .45 ACP to be “high medium” in power, and really need to be worked up to rather than a beginners first life preserver.

I would make sure I was comfortable with a “big gun” before I went to the Magnum cartridges; the .357, .41, .44 or larger. (Yes, I own and shoot several .44 Magnums. It’s a fine cartridge for hunting, but the guns that take it are far too heavy for day wear. While my light and compact Remington 51 in 380 is not a hunting gun, but it has given a trio of would be perps cause for a hasty departure.)

Any of the mid power cartridges will give an ordinary criminal predator enough fear to make them go away. And loaded with quality ammunition (Hornaday’s XTP and FTX bullets are highly regarded for the .380 and 38 Special) even a single hit will be enough to stop almost anything smaller than Blalock’s bull. The larger calibers do drastically increase a predators departure speed, though.

So other than stressing personal comfort, careful quality selection, and your ability to load and manipulate your personal defense weapon, I cannot advise you further.

Those are matters to take up with the most experienced clerk at your favorite gun dealers, and your pocketbook.


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Trump Says Concealed Carry Is A Right: Is It?

The media is absolutely shocked that Candidate for President Donald Trump says “concealed carry is a right.

Of course, Billionaire Donald Trump holds one of the few Concealed Weapons permits issued to a resident of New York City. And, reputedly, carries. Which could possibly influence his position on concealed carry.

But before I talk about whether or not concealed carry is a right, let me say a few words about the effects of concealed carry. The graphic below, taken from the shows the effect of “Must Issue” Licenses to carry concealed weapons.

Violent Crime Rates Crashed As Gun Sales Boomed!

Violent Crime Rates Crashed As Gun Sales Boomed!

As long as the “Must Issue” CCW bills were signed into law fairly regularly, violent crime rates went down rather spectacularly. When resistance the States, like Illinois, that did not allow Concealed Carry stiffened, the rate of decline sowed.

Still, between 1993 and 2014, overall violent crime rates dropped by almost 80 percent. Almost entirely due to the increasing number of Americans who could and did defend themselves against criminal predation.

But there is another form of open or concealed carry called “Constitutional Carry” or sometimes “Carrying as a Right.” Carry any way you want, with few exceptions anywhere you want, and good health to you.

Constitutional Carry’s record is not as clear as Concealed Carry – until you look a little deeper. Vermont has always had enviably low violent crime and murder rates, and Vermont has been a Constitutional Carry state since it became a state.

Other States have had Constitutional Carry for a relatively brief period of time, and show positive benefits from abolishing all laws regulating how you carry your defensive weapon.

Arizona has had a tremendous influx of immigrants who were criminals in their own country, and came here to follow their trade. While Arizona’s Constitutional Carry law is relativeliy new, one thing is clear.

Despite the influx of often very violent illegals, crime and the homicide rates were down. No, opponents claims of blood flowing gutter deep in Arizona’s streets have not come true.

Instead, Constitutional Carry seems to be a major factor in keeping what increases in crime and murder rates to a minimum.

It should be clear that Concealed Carry, with a history of an almost 80 percent decline in violent crime and murder rates, is a good thing.

It should also be clear that Carry as a Right, the sort of carry any way you want but carry Donald Trump is talking about is at the very worst not a bad thing.

So I must agree with both the Founders, who set no limits on what “weapons charged with (gun) powder or on how they might be carried; and with Donald Trump.

Concealed Carry is a good thing, with or without the need for a permit. A permit that amounts to a tax on the exercise of a Constitutional Right.

I will have more on Constitutional Carry here when more data is released. So come back often.


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If Things Seem A Bit Slow Over Here, The 2014 Data Is On Hold

The purpose of A Polite Society is to present current, fully linked data with which to fight the battle against those who would ban guns – and send violence rates sky high.

While the banners are fond of ten year old data, only the very latest data, fully linked, will do for Polite Society.

So we are in a bit of a hiatus, waiting for current data to be released. In the meantime has full texts of representative gun bills, statistics, the latest on what politicians and their complicit media have said, and so on.

Click on over, and visit often – because it will not be long before the new data arrives.


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How Did The Shooting Community Become Crime Fighters?

One of the regular trolls at Extranos Alley, who is apparently afraid to debate the issue, wants to know wh the NRA got in the crime fighting business.

The way things usually happened, the shooting community backed into it.

I have never talked to Marion Hammer, but I suspect the lady started the ball rolling with her campaign to bring “must issue concealed carry to Florida.” In the mid-1980’s Florida’s roadside comfort stations and rest areas were a no-mans land in which you forfeited your life when you drove in. As I recall a 1987 press report listed 24 northern tourists who had been murdered in rest areas in that year alone.

Mrs. Hammer managed to get CCW approved by the Legislature and signed into law. A few weeks later, one of the first to legally carry drove into a rest area and was attacked by one of the “Your money and your life set.” And won the shootout. Preying on tourists promptly went out of style in Florida; and people like me started pointing to Florida’s success as a model to copy. With good success, since all 50 States have some form of Concealed Carry.

1973 to 2009 DOJ Crime Survey The graphic on the right was originally published in the 2009 National Crime Victimization Survey.Click on the graphic for a clearer view.

The graphic shows there were 4,200,000 violent crimes in the United States when only a few States allowed concealed carry. As more States joined Florida, the number of violent crimes dripped to only 1,250,0000 by 2009. Another indication of how effective our program of expanding gun rights has been comes from the FBI Uniform Crime report for 1993 and 2013.

In 1993, the FBI’s Uniform Crime report counted 758,000 gun related crimes reported to the police. By 2013, the FBI counted only 290,000 gun related crimes reported to the police. That is a 61 percent decline in gun related crime in 20 years – during a period when reports of gun related crime went from 39 percent to more than 95 percent.

The graphic belwo, taken from the Bureau of Justice Statistics 2014 Criminal Victimization Survey shows what relaxing gun laws has done to violent crime rates over a 21 year period:


Our efforts to discourage Americans from adopting a criminal lifestyle have been quite successful, resulting in violent crime and murder rates far below those of most of the developed world.

One need not be a mathematical genius to see that the “must issue” Concealed Carry laws begun by Marion Hammer have contributed enormously to the relative safety Americans enjoy. The shooting community, all 240 million of us, did that.

We are the ones who showed up at hearings, armed with facts and figures to get must issue concealed carry the norm for America. Yes, the National Rifle Association beat the drums, provided support, and took the criticism. But by and large, those of us who live here and are sick and tired of crime did the grunt work.

Now, our next job is to get the holdout and reversionary States forced to comply with our society’s norm – and actually allow concealed carry.