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.



Guns And Public Safety

I hear the recent FOX News report ‘Packing Heat In Detroit’ has been linked more than 500 times.

1973 to 2009 DOJ Crime Survey From my standpoint, that is a good thing. While Detroit is an extreme case, the FOX report coearo6 demonstrates the need for an armed citizenry. I could insert any of a number if the latest official charts or tables show what happens when the people are legally armed, but this chart gives a more comprehensive overview:

This chart and the latest National Crime Victimization Survey tell us the overall number of violent crime as fallen from 4,200,000 in 1992 to just 290,520,000 2913. Neither the chart nor the CVS will tell you why.

The all important why is citizens with guns. A lot of guns. More than 170 million new guns and 30 million used guns since 1 January 1993. (ATF and FBI data.)

Obviously, the number of violent crimes picked up by the Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Victimization Survey fell sharply as States relaxed gun laws, discontinued State permits to buy or possess a gun, and made life far more dangerous for criminals.But that is not all of the story.

The lighter blue line tells us the percentage of criminal victimization’s reported to the police increased sharply, resulting in a narrowing of the gap between violent victimization’s and the number reported.

Which led to another interesting side effect. With more complete reporting police started discovering more violent crimes. The red line shows by the last years of the 20th Century, police were making more arrests for violent crimes than were reported to the police. Which is a good thing indeed.

And finally, the maroon bottom line tells us that while the incidence of violent crime has fallen from 4,200,000 crimes to just 290,520 in 2014, the number of arrests made of violent crimes has increased as armed citizens are more willing to report crimes and testify against criminals.

So the Chief’s advice; “Get a gun and get a permit and help your police” is obviously precisely what happens when a population is allowed to arm itself and keep its own streets clean.

So kudos to the Chief and thanks to FOX News for what may become the most linked newspaper report of the year, if not of the Internet age.



“Percentage Of Gun Crimes Committed with With Legal Or Illegal Guns? “

Someone came by searching for “what percentage of crimes committed with illegal and legal guns.”

In reality, very few guns are illegal, and fewer should be. Up until a few years ago, the military styled Sport Utility Rifle, often called “Modern Sporting Rifles,” like this one, were perfectly legal everywhere:


Unfortunately, a gun control propagandist working for a an almost moribund gun ban group started a campaign to ban them, calling them “assault weapons,” and claiming they were only made to kill. And in reality, these rifles are favorites with police SWAT teams, who use them to kill more than forty wanted men a year.

Civilians sometimes use Sport Utility Rifles to murder, but the numbers are very small, with the normal statistical variation called noise predominating. One year, the total hit thirty, of almost 12,000 gun related murders, the next year the total was down to a dozen. So you really cannot give either a hard and fast number of crimes committed with military styled Sport Utility or “Modern Sporting” rifles where they are banned. Including SWAT Team killings, a long term average of 100 crimes out of 290,000 gun related crimes a year would probably be high.

Turning to the percentage of crimes committed with other types of guns that are legal. And that will require a bit of discussion before I give the number, simply because after all the propaganda the true number seems absurdly low. Something that will surprise those who believe propaganda to the effect there were millions and millions of gun related crimes every day, the true number is a letdown for many.

To begin with the very latest information available, the 2013 National Criminal victimization Survey , Table 2, shows there were 290,620 gun related Criminal victimization, in 2013.

We know there were just 8,454 gun related murders in 2013, and approximately 32,000 “wounding s serious enough to result in an overnight stay in a hospital.” Altogether, some 41,000 of the 290,620 gun related crimes were related to “assault with a firearm.”

While a very high percentage of murders are never “solved by arrest,” police statisticians estimate that 72 percent of all shootings and gun related murders are committed by individuals with whom the victim was either a partner or a rival in some criminal enterprise.

So approximately 30,700 murders and woundings are committed by convicted felons who cannot legally possess a gun, almost certainly using a stolen gun trafficked by those engaged in the drug trade.

Of those, several studies have shown that approximately 6 percent of those assaults were committed by persons who could legally buy and possess a gun, and who presumably used a lawfully purchased gun to murder, assault, or to rob someone.

So approximately six percent of crimes are committed by individuals who can lawfully posses a gun – while slightly less than 94 percent of gun related crimes are committed by individuals who cannot lawfully touch a gun.

Which is as close as I can come to the sense of the original search; given the small number of guns that are actually illegal, and the only slightly larger percentage of crimes committed by persons who can legally purchase and possess a gun.


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Comparing LEO Gunfire Deaths And Gun Control Drives

A Huffington Post advocacy claim that privately owned guns endanger police officers lives reminded me of something I had intended to look into for at least twenty years, and had not done so.

The graphic immediately below tracks the number of police officers deaths from 1960 to 2014. There is a very close correlation between just one factor, and an increase in the number of Law Enforcement Officewrs shot to death in the line of duty. Can you look at the graphic below and identify the common factor?


Well, how about a memory jogging hint?

The gun control drive that culminated in the Gun Control Act of 1968 was the most expensive in history. In mid-2015 dollars the air time and column inches would cost more than three billion dollars.In 1965 dollars, the cost of space alone was just under $485,000,00.

Here is the result of that campaign, and other far less effective gun control-gun ban campaigns since. Each of them has driven the homicide rate up, and each has been accompanied by an increase in the number of law officers murdered in the line of duty:


Of course, there are more correlations. Watch for the expanded version of this post, with more complete details on the link between LEO’s Line of Duty deaths and gun control laws and gun control drives. That should be shortly after the 2014 Uniform Crime Report and Crime Victimization Surveys are released.


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A Brief History Of Gun Control

It appears the very first gun law was a total ban inside the city walls imposed by Duke Eberhard I in 1495. An accidental discharge “marred the appearance” of one of a favorite couturier and all guns were promptly banned. Given that guns were rare and expensive, far beyond the means of the honest burghers of Wurttemburg, the Ducal edict came, and a few years later went, with no noticeable effect on on the the citizens.

As guns became more affordable, guns of all types became more affordable, and more taxable. Or, as Sir William Blackstone observed of British gun laws, restrictions on guns were more to quiet the fears of Parliament than to make anyone safer.

Since all levels of royalty, from a “hedge prince” that rules a few dozen tribesmen to a Napoleon, many laws were imposed to restrict gun possession to what the British would call the gentry , the squires, nobility, and public officials.

While there has been an enormous variety of gun laws, they all have one thing in common. They fail utterly to reduce crime, make anyone safer, or to do anything a reasonable person would call good.

Even the rare successes from restrictive gun laws are failures, enabling such catastrophes as the Armenian genocide, the Holodomor, the Holocaust, Pol Pot’s murder camps, the Rwandan genocide and on and on, in a near endless list of bloody tragedies enabled by gun control.

It has been 520 years since Duke Eberhardt sihned the first gun control law. In that time, more than 57,100 restrictive gun laws have been put in place, an average of 110 a year, have been put in place.

They cover the spectrum from total prohibitions to a few pennies a year of tax. Yet they all have one thing in common. They have failed. Failed to make anyone safer, failed to reduce crime, failed to help make a more orderly society, and failed in any way you care to name.

The probability that the next restrictive gun law failing to to do anything good are enormous.

So why would anyone want a law that has failed thousands of times. Or a law whose only discernible benefit has been to expedite mass murder by the state?

No sane person would want such laws, surly. So they must be insane.


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What Are The Most Important Gun Control Fallacies?

Someone dropped by searching for “gun control fallicy.”

At one time or another I have seen all the common fallacies used to promote gun control or gun bans. The most common has been “reasoning from premises,” or “circular reasoning.” In the case of gun control some media outlet says “Guns cause crime and gun controls have a proven record of eliminating crime so guns must be regulated. That would not have succeeded in the 1920’s, when schools still taught fallacies as part of mathematics, but logical fallacies seem to be a dead issue these days.

Once a victim of this sort of facticide is convinced that gun control has a record pf reducing crime, it is very difficult to disabuse them of the lie.

Belief in circular reasoning is usually accompanied by a pair of associated fallacies. The first is “the fallacy of arguing from authority.” That is, a gun ban group says gun control is good*, and thousands will accept the “voice of authority” as truth. Again, once one of the gun ban groups has been accepted as authority it is very difficult to change the victim’s mind.

The third most common fallacy I see is “The fallacy of denial of authority.” It is quite common to refer a victim of a fallacy of the facts, even when you refer them to an official source. They will tell you, youth in honesty and sincerity, that you are making up data contrary to their fixes belief instead of thinking that it is not possible for you, a citizen, to put numbers on the FBI webpage.

Almost as commonly, I see the ad hominem fallacy, a personal attack on the messenger bearing facts and figures to prove an anti-gun argument wrong. These attacks are usually profane, and contrary to the stated standards of the site where they are posted. Such people generally lack the wit to discover contrary data on their own, and the vocabulary to express their dismay at having their errors exposed.

Those are the four most common fallacies I see. For those who would like to check out other fallacies, let me recommend the Nizkor Project’s excellent list and explanation of common fallacies.


* At this point the typical editor or jabbering head will continue with “and the NRA is determined to keep guns on our streets so their members can kill people.”

Common substitutions for NRA are “National Rifle Association,” “gun nuts,” “criminals” and shooters.


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