Gun  Control  Failures


Time to talk about gun free zones.  In other mass shootings, the shooters' motivations have varied, from racism to religion to anti-religion.  There has not been a single common theme, except for one.  In almost all mass shooting situations, particularly at schools, the common theme is a gun-free zone, with the shooter being the only one armed person in the building for minutes or longer.  And in each case, the shooter couldn't care less about the gun-free nature of the building, and if anything, was drawn to such a location.  Gun-free zones presume the good intentions of those entering the zone.  And the overwhelming majority have such good intentions.  But for those who have bad intentions, gun-free zones turn schools and other locations into shooting galleries.  The good people are unarmed, the evil person is armed.

"No Firearms Allowed" Sign Fired After Failing To Stop Mass Shooting.  "Notice," the "no firearms allowed" sign at the front door of the Cameo night club in Cincinnati (OH), has been terminated after once again failing to stop armed criminals from simply walking right in and opening fire.

Chicago too lax on gun crimes, city's judicial system a 'joke,' critics say.  Chicago's historic crime wave has been blamed on gangs, guns and drugs.  But now, harsh critics are taking it a step further — pointing the finger at the city's judicial system and accusing it of being soft on criminals who keep pulling the trigger.  "The Cook County court system, largest in the country, is traditionally very, very soft on most gun charges," said Jim Warren, a policy and politics columnist for U.S. News & World Report.  Warren called Chicago's judicial system a "joke."  In 2016, 762 people were murdered in Chicago.  More than 4,000 people were shot.  Police recovered more than 5,000 guns from the streets.  Yet, federal prosecutors tried just 123 gun cases last year.

More guns could mean safer citizens, advocates argue.  Because criminals are going to break the law regardless, they argue, the solution to less gun violence is more guns — and fewer restrictions — for "law-abiding" residents, who might then deter potential shooters or intervene and stop them from doing more harm.  "Here we go again.  Another gun-free zone.  Another place where a shooter can take lives and cause injury, and there's nobody there armed to protect anybody or to stop the shooter," said Marion Hammer, the NRA's long-time Tallahassee lobbyist.

Oops. Bloomberg's $20M gun control bid in Nevada has fallen apart.  It was almost the perfect plan.  And if it weren't for [...] the FBI, Michael Bloomberg might have gotten away with it.  By all accounts, the billionaire dropped at least $20M through his various anti-Second Amendment groups in an effort to get Ballot Question 1 passed in Nevada.  The proposal would require virtually all private transfers of gun ownership to be contingent on an FBI background check.  And on election day, the measure passed.  Great news for gun grabbers, right?  Well... it was.  That is to say, things were looking good until the FBI came along and said they wouldn't be participating in the program.

Have Chicago politicians gone 'fetal'?  How bad is the bloody violence in Chicago, where more than 700 people have been murdered so far this year and thousands have been shot in the street gang wars?  The gangs keep shooting, the survivors mourn, police morale is down, anti-police sentiment is up and the mayor says some cops have gone fetal.  And the politicians do nothing in the bloody city.  Street gang violence in Chicago is as bad, if not worse, than the record-setting death years of the 1990s.

Ammo Control Had Failed New Jersey, So Of Course They Want More Of It.  New Jersey Democrats [...] think you're too incompetent to pump your own gas.  They want to mandate that all gun buys have smart guns... though they don't exist in any viable form.  They demand that you use FMJ or round nose lead bullets for self-defense, because they're not bright enough to understand that jacketed hollowpoint bullets are the worldwide standard because they're both more effective in stopping bad guys and reducing over-penetration risks to those downrange.  Now they're compounding their ammo foolishness (again) by noting that the previous ammo law didn't stop bad guys from shooting one another and law-abiding citizens, so they need to make the law even more restrictive for people who aren't the problem.

Lawmaker: Gun free zones kill people, warns of war on cops.  An unexpected shootout over guns erupted in a House hearing on terrorism Wednesday [9/21/2016], prompting a pro-gun lawmaker to mock ineffective anti-gun laws and call for an end to gun free zones because they have become shooting galleries.  "We cannot rely on the federal government and this big bureaucracy to continue to try keep us safe.  We've got to revert back, I believe, to the individuals, the law-abiding citizens in this country.  We've got to look at the gun laws that are out there now that prohibit law abiding citizens from being able to carry firearms in areas where they could protect themselves," demanded Rep.  Jeff Duncan.

Tim Schmidt:  Concealed Carry Has 'Powerful Deterrent Effect' Against Crime and Domestic Terror Attacks.  Tim Schmidt, president and founder of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, was a guest on Tuesday's [9/20/2016] Breitbart News Daily to talk about the weekend's terror attacks.  As SiriusXM host Alex Marlow noted, they were further examples of the jihadist strategy of hitting "soft targets" or "anti-gun safe spaces" featuring large numbers of unarmed victims.  "The bottom line is that gun-free zones, they simply do not work," said Schmidt.  "Criminals pay no attention to these gun-free zones.  Ultimately, what happens is that only law-abiding citizens pay attention to them, so what you have, in essence, is a whole bunch of soft targets."

Crossroads Mall is a Gun Free, Weapons Free Zone.  The mass stabbings that occurred at the Crossroads Center (Crossroads Mall) in St.  Cloud occurred in a gun free, weapon free zone.  It appears that the armed citizen who stopped the attack was not allowed to legally be armed in the mall.  The armed citizen was an off duty officer from another jurisdiction.

Nine Myths Of Gun Control.  For over twenty years it has been illegal for teens to buy guns and, despite such gun control, the African American teenage male homicide rate in Washington, DC is 227 per 100,000 — 20 times the US average!  The US group for whom legal gun ownership has the highest prevalence, middle-aged white men, has a homicide rate of less than 7 per 100,000 — about half of the US average.  If the "guns-cause-violence" theory is correct why does Virginia, the alleged "easy purchase" source of all those illegal Washington, DC guns, have a murder rate of 9.3 per 100,000, one-ninth of DC's overall homicide rate of 80.6?  Why are homicide rates lowest in states with loose gun control and highest in states and the district with draconian gun controls and bans?

Nearly 100 people shot in Chicago in less than a week.  Nearly 100 people have been shot in Chicago in less than a week, pushing the number of shooting victims so far this year to more than 2,500 — about 800 more than this time last year, according to data kept by the Tribune.  Between last Friday afternoon and early Thursday [8/11/2016], at least 99 people were shot in the city, 24 of them fatally.  At least nine people were killed on Monday alone, the deadliest day in Chicago in 13 years, according to [Chicago] Tribune data. [...] The number of shooting victims in Chicago stood at 2,514 Thursday morning.  At this time last year, 1,725 people had been shot.  The city has not seen this level of gun violence since the 1990s, a trend the Police Department has blamed on lax gun laws and feuding gang factions.

The Editor says...
Go try to buy a gun in Chicago and see if they have "lax gun laws."

Chicago: 'Deadliest July in 10 Years' for Gun Control Haven.  July 2016 was the "deadliest July in 10 years" for heavily gun-controlled Chicago:  Sixty-five individuals were shot and killed.  Moreover, according to the Chicago Tribune, such death figures do not set a new record — they simply tie a record set in 2006, when 65 individuals were killed in the month of July.  This brings Chicago's homicide total to "nearly 400" for the first seven months of 2016 alone.  The number of homicides for the whole year of 2015 was 490.  Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson tried to abate the feeding frenzy on the July death numbers by pointing out that they are at least better than the numbers for June, "when 72 homicides were reported."

33 Shot In One Day In Chicago Is New Record.  With 55 shootings and five deaths, the weekend in Chicago was particularly bloody, so much so that Sunday [7/17/2016] marked itself as having the most shootings in a single day in over a year.  Sunday that brought out the worst gunfire, with a whopping 33 shootings and five more deaths.  The bloody weekend raises the odious totals to 2,218 citizens shot this year thus far, with 330 shot and killed.

More than 2,200 people shot in Chicago this year, 21 of them kids 13 and under.  At least 14 people were shot in Chicago over 10 hours Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday, pushing the number of gun victims in the city this year to more than 2,200, including at least 21 children 13 and younger.

5 Times The Government Cure Was Worse Than The Disease.  [#4] Democrats in congress proposed a federal gun buy back last December and its not surprising that they haven't learned from previous buy backs in D.C. and across California.  These programs just don't work.  When Oakland police offered $250 for any firearm, the prize money quickly ran out.  Despite their lack of funds they continued to accept guns and offered IOU's in lieu of cash.  According to empirical evidence these buybacks are ineffectual because they attract mainly non-offenders looking to make a buck or criminals with worn out guns.  In turn, the money they receive is used to purchase higher quality firearms.

With All The Restrictions — How Was A DNC Staffer Gunned Down In D.C.?  [Scroll down]  So with all the restrictions, background checks, etc., how on Earth was Mr. Rich gunned down?  The same way thousands of others in major cities are killed — by criminals.  Criminals don't obey the law.  That's what makes them criminals.  They don't subject themselves to background checks or ammo clip restrictions.  They don't care if they are within 1000 feet of a school.  Only the law-abiding are negatively affected by these silly feel-good laws.  But this will make no difference to D.C. gun-grabbers.

The Day the Gun Free Zone Signs Came Down.  The Tennessee Legislature sent SB1736 (HB2033) to Governor Bill Haslam (R) on April 21, 2016.  Governor Haslam signed it on 27 April, 2016.  It goes into effect today, 1 July, 2016.  Most places will start taking down their "No Guns" signs as of today.  SB1736, now Pub. Ch. 947 does this without stepping on private property rights.  It does so by making property owners or property managers responsible for a legal gun carrier's defense if they take positive action to disarm legal gun carriers and the gun carrier(s) suffer harm as a result.

Obama Gun Control doesn't work: 3 children among at least 60 shot over holiday weekend in Obama's hometown of Chicago.  Gun control is a favorite topic of Democrats to divert attention from real issues such as Islamic terrorism.  But, in the real world of the city of Chicago with the toughest gun control laws in the country, people are shot in droves day in day out.  Gun homicides are up an astounding 50%.  And the national media doesn't report any of this strictly for political reasons.

Maybe they should pass more gun control laws!
Bloody Fourth of July:  16 shot in 10 incidents across New York City.  Sixteen people were shot in 10 separate incidents — seven of which happened in Brooklyn — in a bloody Fourth of July night across the city.  All of the victims are in non-life-threatening condition, cops said.

Man, those guns are mean!
Chicago struck by spike in deadly gun violence.  The city of Chicago is dealing with a major spike in gun violence.  Ten people were shot overnight Friday [7/1/2016].  Last month, 72 people were shot to death.  There have already been 350 homicides in Chicago this year, outpacing the total for the same period in 2015.  The city may even surpass 600 murders for the first time in more than a decade.

New law makes gun-free businesses susceptible to lawsuits.  A new law concerning liability for gun-free businesses has gone into effect.  It's been amended from the original version.  SB 1746 originally stated that gun-free businesses could be held liable if a person with a permit is harmed while inside their business.  That person would have to make a case that the incident may have not been as severe if they had a gun to protect themselves.

Chicago Records 306 Homicides This Year, With 13 Deaths Over the Father's Day Weekend.  On Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported on a grim statistic following the weekend celebration of Father's Day — 306 homicides this year in the city, including 55 people shot — 13 fatally — from Friday afternoon through early Monday morning [6/20/2016].  "So far this year, close to 1,800 people have been shot across the city and more than 200 of those wounded have died from their wounds, according to records kept by the Chicago Tribune," the paper reported on its website on Tuesday.  "A total of 306 people have been killed this year, by shooting, stabbing or other means."

The Illogical As The Most Logical.  Those wounded and murdered in the Orlando nightclub were unarmed.  Had they been armed, one of them might have been able to stop the attack before significant loss of life.  Had all of them been armed, there may not have been an attack at all, because shooters like Omar are looking for just such places where weapons are not going to be brought to bear to stop them.  That is the common denominator to all of these mass shootings, it always takes place where guns are prohibited, yet it is the possession of such arms that is always called into question when such an attack takes place.  This is a classic example of the illogical being passed off as the most logical.

Vox Quietly Reveals:  Democrat-Run Blue States Have About 50% More Mass Shootings Than Red States.  And what are Democrat-run states?  They're the ones with the most gun restrictions.

Progressive Outlet Accidentally Proves Blue States Have 42 Percent More Mass Shootings.  Blue states have 42 percent more mass shootings than red states after adjusting for population, according to data published by Vox, a progressive media outlet, and examined by The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Vox published its data after the Orlando terror attack last Sunday, and it suggests that blue states, which tend to have extremely strict gun laws, are ironically much more likely to have mass shootings than red states with less strict gun laws.

56 Shot, 13 Killed During Father's Day Weekend in Chicago.  Another holiday brought another slaughter of innocents in heavily gun-controlled Chicago.  Fifty-six people were shot during Father's Day weekend, and 13 of those shooting victims died.  According to the Chicago Tribune, "The city recorded its 300th homicide this weekend and went on to record six others over a 60-hour period that saw 56 people shot, 13 fatally, from Friday afternoon through early Monday morning."  From Friday into Saturday alone, five people were killed and another nine were wounded.

The Audacity of Dopes.  The president insisted on Tuesday [6/14/2016] that "across our government at every level — federal, state and local, military and civilian — we are doing everything in our power to stop these kinds of attacks," noting that "these lone actors or small cells of terrorists are very hard to detect and very hard to prevent."  But Americans repeatedly saw something and said something.  The government did next to nothing.  A gun store worker suspicious of Mateen's request for body armor and ammunition contacted the FBI weeks ago.  Co-workers freaked out by boasts of his connections to terrorists contacted the FBI.  Public school classmates shocked by the 9/11 attacks became doubly shocked at Mateen's boisterous in-class cheers during the event's live broadcast.  Not only did the government not stop him, the government gave him a job, and not only did they give him a job but they gave him a job with a badge and later let him guard a courthouse with a gun.

10 Cases Proving Trump Right:  Armed Citizens Could've Stopped Terrorist.  Because for some reason the legacy media, liberals and President Obama want you to think you are the problem, and you being able to protect yourself is the problem, the media is offering up a shocked response to Trump's comment that if any of the Orlando Pulse club goers had been armed, they would have been able to take down the terrorist.  Yes, that would have been a good thing, and many gays and lesbians seem to think so too, as the Pink Pistols, an LGBT gun owners club is finding out.  Their membership soared after the Orlando terror attack.

Why the Orlando Victims were Defenseless.  In a stunning example of both cluelessness and callousness, President Obama arrived in Orlando to tell the families of the dead and wounded that self-defense was not an option for their loved ones.  The Islamist terrorist killer, Omar Mateen had time to methodically search for victims, stream his atrocity on Facebook, and make 16 phone calls.  It was time enough, including between reloads, for someone with a Glock to blow his head off.  Yet President Obama wants only predators to have guns.

Gun laws don't deter terrorists.  Radical Islamic terrorists are not deterred by gun control laws.  The San Bernardino terrorist attack wasn't stopped by California's so-called "assault weapons" ban.  The gun ban in Brussels didn't prevent the terrorist attack there.  And France's strict gun control didn't stop the two attacks in Paris, committed with fully-automatic rifles and grenades.

Who to Scapegoat?  Guns or Muslims?  Democrats go after gun owners the way Trump targets Muslims.  Clinton pronounced Monday [6/13/2016] as "not a day for politics."  Then she called for a ban on "assault weapons."  The Orlando shooter did use an AR-15 rifle, but, as gun owners have convinced me, a ban on one weapon only steers gun aficionados to weapons with similar firepower.  Calls for such bans do not hinder criminals and do radicalize resourceful gun enthusiasts.  Congratulations go to Clinton.  She just sold thousands of AR-15s.  Clinton made another suggestion:  "If the FBI is watching you for suspected terrorist links, you shouldn't be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked."  Problem:  Such a law would not have prevented the Orlando shooter from purchasing guns.

A Weekend in Chicago:  Where Gunfire Is a Terrifying Norm.  From Friday evening to the end of Monday, 64 people will have been shot in this city of 2.7 million, six of them fatally.  In a population made up of nearly equal numbers of whites, blacks and Hispanics, 52 of the shooting victims are black, 11 Hispanic and one white.  Eight are women, the rest men.  Some 12 people are shot in cars, 11 along city sidewalks, and at least four on home porches.  It is a level of violence that has become the terrifying norm, particularly in predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods on the South and West Sides.  With far fewer residents, Chicago has more homicides than Los Angeles or New York.

8 Killed, 36 Injured in Weekend of Gun Violence in Chicago Overshadowed by Orlando Shooting.  At least 8 people were killed and 36 others were wounded in a string of shootings across Chicago over the weekend, police told ABC News today [6/13/2016].  The violence erupted between 8 p.m.  Friday and 6 a.m.  Monday.  Among those shot was a 5-year-old girl, a Chicago Police Department spokesperson said.

What Law — Specifically — Would Have Prevented Yesterday's UCLA Shooting?  Yesterday, at UCLA, a Ph.D. student shot his professor dead.  Not too long afterwards, he turned the gun on himself.  As soon as the story hit the news, the usual suspects began cranking themselves up.  Americans, they said, need to "do something."  It was time, they argued, for "more laws."  And the NRA? It was, of course, to blame.  Forgive me for being a broken record, but I have some questions in response to these reactions:  Namely, "what something?"; "which laws?"; and "what, specifically, did the NRA do wrong here?" Rolled into one, these congeal into a single, simple inquiry:  "What law — specifically — would have prevented yesterday's shooting?"

Chicago Sets Grisly Record with Memorial Day Weekend Violence.  There were so many shootings in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend that the media tracking the violence had a hard time keeping up.  When the final tally was published by the Chicago Tribune, the grisly totals were 69 people shot, with six of them dying from their wounds.  This reflects a 50-percent increase in shootings this year compared to last year and is being blamed, predictably, on "proliferation of guns" and "gang conflicts" by the Chicago Police Department. [...] So far this year, Chicagoans have suffered at least 250 homicides (compared to 167 a year ago at this time) and 1,500 shootings.  At that rate, those numbers will easily eclipse the numbers from last year, estimated to reach 3,000 shootings and 500 deaths.

Chicago's Invisible Shooters Wreak Havoc.  Abe Simmons sat down on a bus bench at the corner of Chicago and Leclaire late Saturday, watching as police worked one of dozens of shooting scenes that played out across the city over the holiday weekend.  Chicago's ghost shooters — charged in only 26 percent of the city's homicides last year — wreaked havoc on summer's unofficial kickoff weekend, a three day period that saw at least 36 shot and four killed by Sunday morning [5/29/2016], according to the Chicago Tribune.  There have been more than 1,400 shootings and nearly 300 homicides in 2016 so far.

Chicago: 8 dead, 41 wounded in Mother's Day weekend shootings.  Eight people — including a 16-year-old boy — were killed and at least 39 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago over Mother's Day weekend.

If Gun Control Works in Europe, Where Do Terrorists Get their Weapons?  Earlier this year, I argued that it was unfair and immoral to deny European Jews from being able to protect themselves with firearms.  They get targeted by terrorists and other thugs who can strike at any time, often with suicidal intent, and even the most effective law enforcement can't be in all places at all times. [...] Bad guys obviously aren't concerned about obeying laws, so gun control simply makes it difficult for honest people to possess firearms.  But terrorists get the weapons they want.  That's true in France.  It was true in the United Kingdom when the IRA was active.  And it was true when the Black September terrorists attacked during the Munich Olympics in 1972.  But what about the argument that more guns mean more violence?

Student Gunned Down During Robbery Near "Gun Free" Campus In New Jersey.  [Joseph] Micalizzi is the second college student shot to death in less than a month in Newark.  Shani Patel was killed in an off-campus apartment in early April.  The ownership of firearms for self-defense is perversely over-regulated in New Jersey, and concealed carry is almost non-existent, and it's fair to say that the men who robbed and murdered Micazelli had every reason to feel confident that he would be an unarmed victim.

Police Admit Gun Buyback Doesn't Bring in the "Ones Causing Problems".  Leave it to Chicago to throw good money at bad ideas in an attempt to end their city's violent gun crime.  But rather than going after criminals committing gun crimes, they're appealing to citizens to turn in their unused and wanted firearms.  More than 250 guns were turned into Chicago police at St.  Sabina Church on Saturday.  Police say the gun buyback may have taken hundreds of guns off the streets, but admit they "aren't the ones causing problems."

You know the case for background checks is weak if...  [Scroll down]  A lot of people like to point to the UK's lower homicide rate and fewer guns and attribute this to strict gun control laws.  Many cite this as proof that gun control reduces homicides.  But there is a problem.  The UK had an even lower homicide rate before the country banned handguns.  After the ban, homicide rates rose by 50 percent over for the next 8 years.  The point is that homicide or suicide rates can differ for lots of reasons that have nothing to do with gun control, and that simply looking across countries or states is often quite misleading.  The most accurate option is to see how a place's crime rates change after new laws go into effect and then compare that change with the changes that occurred in places where the laws didn't change.

Muslim Immigrants Turn Germany Into an Active War-Zone (Video).  Firearms are not permitted in Germany, although, as you will see for yourself... these laws do not apply to the criminal element. [Video clip]

Chicago's Homicide Rate Has Exploded This Year.  Chicago's homicide numbers this year are the worst they has been since the 1990's.  Data recorded by the Chicago Police Department and The Chicago Tribune show that there have been at least 102 homicides this year, 95 of them murders.  The incredible murder rate is the highest for this time of year in Chicago since 1997.  This time in 2015, there had only been 52 homicides, almost half the current total.

The Left's Problem with Nature and Logic.  [Scroll down]  With the exception of the shooting of Gabby Giffords in Tucson, Ariz. in 2011, "every public shooting since at least since 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns."  And still, the zealots on the left continue to offer the same, tired bromides — that we must create more, not fewer, gunfree zones to stop mass shootings.

Homicides in Chicago this year double same period last year.  Four homicides over the weekend and two more Monday morning [2/22/2016] pushed Chicago's homicide count so far this year to double the same period last year.  The city has recorded at least 95 homicides since the first of the year, compared to 47 last year, according to data kept by the [Chicago] Tribune.  The city has also more than doubled the amount of people shot — about 420 this year compared to 193 last year.

ISIS Affiliate Targeted Gun-Free Zone.  NRA has been criticized by our opponents for contending that those seeking to wreak mass violence on innocents choose their targets based on the likelihood that they will meet armed resistance, and that armed citizens could assist in halting this type of violent attack.  As part of their efforts, gun control activists and their allies in the media have frequently lampooned NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre's astute remarks that "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."  The bankruptcy of this anti-gun position was exposed late last week when details from an FBI terrorism investigation revealed that an alleged ISIS supporter chose the target for a planned terrorist attack because it was a gun-free zone.

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Mass Shooters Prefer Gun-Free Zones.  An analysis of mass shootings in the United States since the year 2002 shows that gun wielding mass killers are more likely to strike where the Second Amendment right to bear arms has been supplanted by "gun-free zone" ordinances; be they federal, local, or specified by the owner of the property.  The Stanford University Libraries' dataset of mass shootings ("Stanford Mass Shootings in America, courtesy of the Stanford Geospatial Center and Stanford Libraries") was analyzed for mass shootings over the past 14 years.


Arm Parisians Instead.  Since March 2012 there have been 7 terrorist attacks in France involving illegal guns plus 8 more attacks using knives and guns, killing a total of 162 people and injuring 414.  As Adam Taylor writing for the Washington Post noted a day after the recent Paris massacres, France has some of the strictest gun laws in Europe, yet "(d)espite these strict laws, France is awash in guns." [...] Every gun control advocate bears within him or her three competing yet irreconcilable facts:  Government prohibition is no guarantee of elimination — as verified by the presence of prostitutes and heroin in society.  All citizens do not follow the law.  The police/military cannot be everywhere in a free society.  As a result of these facts people who follow the law and are made defenseless by the Law end up shot point blank at a rock concert in Paris where the attackers know they won't face resistance.

This is why progressives never stop trying to destroy the Second Amendment.  The recent massacres in Oregon and California bring home again the realization that misused power yields tragic results. [...] The result, in those cases, was the ability of the perpetrators to be reasonably sure they would be operating in a so-called gun free zone.  Here in the United States over the last two decades, politicians have misused their legislative power to carve out these gun free zones.  They have used their power to say to the good citizens of their communities, "You can't bring your firearm here," and good citizens either stay away, or when they enter these criminal empowerment zones they are required by law to leave their guns behind.

Chiraq man murdered despite being on school Safe Passage route.  With great fanfare last fall Chicago Public Schools rolled out Safe Passage route so students could walk to school with adult monitors without being worried about gang violence.  Someone on the on the West Side didn't heed the bright yellow signs this morning [1/4/2015].

Expanded background checks wouldn't have stopped recent gunmen, study finds.  Expanding gun background checks to include all sales — the crux of President Obama's new executive gun control push — would not have stopped the firearms from reaching the hands of recent mass shooters, according to studies and experts who have looked at the issue.  From the 2012 Newtown school shooting that reignited the gun debate to last month's terrorist shooting in California, the firearms used were purchased from licensed dealers by individuals who all passed background checks.

The 15 Best Quotes From CPAC 2015.  [#2] "If gun free zones save lives, why doesn't Obama just declare Iraq, Syria & Afghanistan one big gun free zone?" — Wayne LaPierre

'Common-sense' gun safety is a scam.  Two days after the massacre in San Bernardino, Marco Rubio said something that most gun-control supporters probably thought was outrageous.  The Florida senator, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, told CBS News "none of the major shootings that have occurred in this country over the last few months or years" would have been prevented by the gun laws proposed in response to them.  Last week, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler, asked to investigate Rubio's statement by a colleague who thought "it was almost certainly incorrect," discovered that Rubio was right.  The implication, which Kessler was too polite to spell out, is that activists and politicians who push legislative responses to mass shootings are either fooling themselves or trying to fool us.  The latter seems more likely.

San Bernardino was Garland Without Guns.  The similarities between the jihad attack on our American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) free speech event last May in Garland, Texas and the San Bernardino jihad slaughter are both striking and unnerving.  Both events — our Muhammad Cartoon Contest and the San Bernardino Christmas party — offended Muslims.  Both events violated the sharia:  one was an art exhibit with depictions of Muhammad in art and literature over the past 1400 years, and the other celebrated a Christian holiday.  Both deeply offensive to Muslims.

Here Are All The Gun Laws That Didn't Stop The San Bernardino Shooters.  As the left continues to move in lockstep in their calls for more gun control in the wake of the San Bernardino attack, it's important to note that there were already multiple gun laws in place in the state that failed to stop the shooters.  Here's the list. [...]

End the Islamist Epidemic in America.  All decent people feel sorrow and righteous fury about the latest slaughter of innocents, in California.  Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are searching for motivations, including the vital question of how the murders might have been prevented through improved gun laws.  That is right and proper.  But new gun legislation does not matter to the dead in California, nor did it in Chattanooga, Boston, Garland, Fort Hood, New York City and far too many other places. [...]

Gun Violence Erupts in a State of Gun Control.  There are two kinds of Americans.  One sees a mass shooting — such as the recent killings in San Bernardino, California, and Colorado Springs, Colorado — and automatically thinks other people should not be able to buy or own guns or own some kinds of guns.  The other learns of a mass shooting and takes comfort in the Second Amendment's right to bear arms.

California's strict gun laws failed to stop mass shooting.  The deadly shooting in San Bernardino happened in a state with some of the nation's toughest gun laws:  California bars assault weapons, blocks the sale of large-capacity magazines and requires universal background checks for all gun purchases.

Guns: Time to Call the Liberal Bluff?  Last week the left attacked Republican leaders who stayed silent about the shooting at the Planned Parenthood abattoir in Colorado Springs, but yesterday, as Scott notes below, the left attacked Republicans who expressed condolences and prayers for the victims of the San Bernardino shooting.  But the indecency of the left is only exceeded by their hypocrisy and insincerity.  Hillary called for "action" on guns in her tweet yesterday.  Okay:  what action?  Has she proposed "action" that would have prevented yesterday's shooting?  California already has in place all of the "background check" laws and bans on "assault weapons" that Hillary called for last week.  This is all posing and posturing, but sufficient for leftists to get through another day with their presumed moral superiority intact.

California Already Has Obama's Fantasy Gun Control Utopia.  For months and repeatedly after national atrocities involving the use of a firearm to kill innocent people, President Obama has called for "common-sense" gun control measures.  His White House has repeatedly put out the talking point that universal background checks are necessary to prevent future violence.  The terror attack in San Bernardino is no different.  Hours before we even knew who the suspects were, President Obama called for new gun control measures.

2703 Shootings, 440 Deaths Year-To-Date In Heavily Gun-Controlled Chicago.  As of November 23, there had been 2703 shootings which resulted in 440 deaths year-to date in heavily gun-controlled Chicago. [...] It is interesting to note that regardless of the failure of the "violence tax," the Seattle City Council adopted a similar tax on August 10.  As with Chicago, gun crime in Democrat-run Seattle is raging.

DC Police Chief who approves almost no concealed carry permits wants armed citizens to take action.  Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier was on 60 Minutes this week talking about mass shootings, law enforcement response times and the duties or abilities of citizens in such scenarios.  One of her comments caught a lot of attention from those familiar with her official office policies.

North Carolina voluntary gun surrender event produces big results.  A staple among the more "reasonable" gun control advocates in America is the voluntary gun turn-in or buy-back program. [...] A staple among the more "reasonable" gun control advocates in America is the voluntary gun turn-in or buy-back program.  And while some offers of this type promise cash or gift certificates in exchange for the surrendered firearms, this one was based on nothing more than the good will of the people.  No money was offered and participants were given the chance to sign a "pledge of non-violence" for the future.  So how did that turn out?  If you read the coverage from this Time Warner Cable News Network report it was a smashing success.

Self-Defenseless.  What might have happened if a few of the 1,500 concert attendees in Paris' Bataclan theater had guns?  The terrorists had time to kill, reload and kill again.  The police unit didn't come for more than a half hour.  If a few people in the theater were armed, might they have killed the killers?

Paris attacks highlight France's gun control problems.  The arsenal of weapons deployed by the eight attackers who terrorised Paris on Friday night underlined France's gun control problems and raised the spectre of further attacks.  The country has extremely strict weapons laws, but Europe's open borders and growing trade in illegal weapons means assault rifles are relatively easy to come by on the black market.  They feature regularly in gang warfare and were used by both the Charlie Hebdo killers and an extremist who targeted a Jewish school and paratroopers in 2012 shootings around Toulouse in the south of the country.

Why Only Fools Listen to Obama.  If only France had rigid gun control, yesterday's bloodbath in Paris could have been avoided.  Oh wait, France is run by moonbats and does have rigid gun control.  That's why no one was in a position to fight back against the Muslims.

The Evil of Gun-free Zones.  One thing worse than supporting bad policy is knowingly supporting bad policy.  Worse still is knowingly supporting bad policy and shielding yourself from its destructive effects — while visiting that policy on children.  There has been much debate recently surrounding so-called "gun-free zones," places such as schools, where law-abiding people won't carry guns.  But really, there should be no debate.  This is because it's plain that even the zones' defenders — liberals — don't really believe they're a good idea.

Donald Trump to packed house in Knoxville: 'Guns could have prevented Paris attacks'.  Trump's early comments were against President Obama's release of five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay last week and that Friday's attacks in Paris could have been prevented if citizens had guns.  "If you had 25 people in there that had guns, it would have been a totally different story.  It would have been the Shootout at the OK Corral, and there would have been death, but it could have been their death," Trump said.

Donald Trump says tough gun control laws in Paris contributed to tragedy.  Donald Trump says the tough gun control laws in Paris contributed to the high death toll during a series of terrorist attacks on Friday.  The attacks, he added, also reveal the danger in allowing Syrian refugees into the country.  "You can say what you want, but if they had guns — if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry — it would have been a much, much different situation," Trump said to cheers during a political rally at an arena in southeast Texas on Saturday afternoon [11/14/2015].

Maryland scraps gun "fingerprint" database after 15 failed years.  Millions of dollars later, Maryland has officially decided that its 15-year effort to store and catalog the "fingerprints" of thousands of handguns was a failure.  Since 2000, the state required that gun manufacturers fire every handgun to be sold here and send the spent bullet casing to authorities.  The idea was to build a database of "ballistic fingerprints" to help solve future crimes.  But the system — plagued by technological problems — never solved a single case.  Now the hundreds of thousands of accumulated casings could be sold for scrap.

Moms unite against gun-free zones.  Yes, by all means, we need to discuss the current lack of adequate treatments for mental health.  There are obviously major issues that need to be addressed in that area of health care.  But until that complicated subject is honestly addressed and corrected, there is one sure-fire, no-fail way to keep our kids safe:  No Gun-Free Zones.  Looking at every mass shooting on record, since 2009, one thing is clear:  Gun-free zones don't protect, they endanger.  The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) released a report in 2014 showing that 92 percent of mass public shootings between January 2009 and July 2014 took place in gun-free zones.

Study: Psychiatric Drugs Linked to Violent Crime.  The gun control crowd makes a point of the fact that there are an estimated 300 million guns in the United States and claims that the increase in guns is responsible for the increase in mass killings.  This, of course, ignores the fact that most — in fact the vast majority — of those guns are never used in a crime.  It also ignores the fact that the vast majority of mass killings take place in "Gun-Free" areas such as schools, malls, theaters, and churches, where law-abiding, peace-loving, citizens are compelled to disarm, preventing many of them from stopping more of these killings.  To continue this mantra, the gun control crowd will now also have to ignore the data on the effects of psychiatric drugs related to violent crime.

Washington Post: "Democratic Candidates Vowed To Toughen Restrictions On Gun Owners".  Democrats want to toughen control on all gun owners, something we've known for years, but never ends up in print.  Virtually every piece of legislation Democrats push and every talking point that passes their lips is about restricting the law abiding gun owners, rather than going after the criminals.  How has gun control worked in Democratic Party cities like Baltimore, Detroit, Camden, and Chicago, among others?

Since 2009, 92 Percent of Mass Shootings Have Occurred in Gun-Free Zones.  The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) recently released a report that indicates that since January of 2009 to July 2014 92% of all mass shootings in the US occurred in gun-free zones.  The CPRC report was released to combat the liars over at Everytown for Gun Safety, a Michael Bloomberg, communist gun grabbing organization.  According to Everytown, who pushed a gun safety study claiming that only 14% of mass shootings took place in gun-free zones, 86% of mass shootings have occurred in places where guns are allowed.  In its presentation, the CPRC report, put out by John R. Lott, Jr. and Rebekah C. Riley, claim, "Everytown's recent analysis of mass shootings is riddled with errors.

Gun Control Works: Chicago Has the Deadliest Murder Month in 13 Years.  This is why you can't fix gun violence as long as the Democratic Party is in power.  The Democratic Party isn't just a pro-crime party, it's a party of criminals.  It's their own political foot soldiers who are doing the killing.

Australia's 1996 Gun Confiscation Didn't Work — And it Wouldn't Work in America.  [Scroll down]  "Australia" is Obama's preferred euphemism for that most cherished of gun-control ideals:  mass confiscation of the citizenry's weapons. [...] But the Australian 1996 National Agreement on Firearms was not a benign set of commonsense gun-control rules:  It was a gun-confiscation program rushed through the Australian parliament just twelve days after a 28-year-old man killed 35 people with a semi-automatic rifle in the Tasmanian city of Port Arthur.

Dear 'Gun Free Zone' Campus Wizards: Nine Kids Died Because Of Your Stupid Policy.  I know this will be too difficult for your typical abecedarian leftist to grasp but ... If there had been a good guy with a gun on campus, who was trained, licensed and allowed to carry, he could have sent that murderous spawn of Satan to an early hell where he could slow roast for all eternity.  Boom.  Problem solved.  Unfortunately, there was no concealed weapon in the possession of a concerned citizen to stop this demonic dipstick because guns are disallowed on that campus.

Today's Soft-On-Crime, Anti-Cop, Democratic Party.  [Scroll down]  Fact is, over the last year, ten large U.S. cities have experienced a sobering rise in murder rates.  To no surprise, all but one are run by Democrat mayors.  Milwaukee saw a 76-percent increase in murder rates.  St. Louis followed with 60-percent, Baltimore, 56 percent, Washington, 44 percent, New Orleans, 22 percent, Chicago, 20 percent, Kansas City, 20 percent, Dallas, 17 percent, New York, 9 percent, and Philadelphia 4 percent.  Chicago's had at least 2,300 shootings this year with more than 50 on the September 26 weekend and at least 45 the weekend prior.

Jihadist Shooter Kills Two in "Gun-Free" Australia.  After the shooting in Oregon this weekend, an angry Obama took to the airwaves and insisted that he would openly politicize gun control.  The president cited Australia, a country with extremely strict gun control as a model.  Would you believe bad guys can get guns even there? [...] At the time of this writing, none of the major news outlets have posted anything about this on their official YouTube channels.

Oregon state had recently tightened gun laws.  Oregon, the location of the latest deadly US mass shooting, had recently strengthened its gun sale laws, like many Democrat-leaning states frustrated over political inaction at the federal level.  The US state is above average in terms of gun regulation, according to Laura Cutilletta, a senior attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a leading advocacy group in California.  Local elected officials this year made universal background checks mandatory before the sale of any firearm in Oregon, one of 18 out of 50 states to do so.

First Report on Oregon Shooter's Guns: Legally Obtained.  President Obama swiftly reacted to yesterday's horrific mass murder in Oregon with a sad, frustrated certainty that (unnamed and undetailed) common sense gun safety laws could have prevented this, and could prevent future tragedies like this. [...] It bears, sadly, repeating that the enormous staggering overwhelming majority of gun owners never commit such crimes with them.

You and your party are responsible, Mr. President.  [Scroll down]  In his parting shot, President Obama promised us that each and every time there is a mass shooting, he will be there to remind us of his position.  His final words were correct.  President Obama will indeed remind us.  He will remind us that liberals, currently following his lead, own a big part of the responsibility for the high casualty count in these shootings.  He will remind us that "gun-free" zones ensure that murderers, whether psychopaths or Muslim extremists (I know, redundant), look for what is known as a "target-rich environment" upon which to inflict their horror.  He will remind us that gun-free zones provide just such environment.  He will remind us that federal and local laws preclude, under threat of felony incarceration, the ability of law-abiding citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights to stop cold the second and/or subsequent shots of mass murderers, psychopaths, or jihadis returning from Syria.

14 shot in 15 hours in Chicago; Rahm says guns are the problem.  Welcome to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Wild, Wild West show in Chicago, where bullets fly thicker than fleas around a stray dog.  Yesterday [9/298/2015], the city saw a spasm of violence rare even for Chicago; 14 people were shot in 15 hours, including 6 dead.  As is his wont, Rahmbo blamed the "poor values" of gangbangers and wants tougher penalties for gun crimes.

Chicago's Problem With Gun Violence.  The city has endured 2,300 shootings so far this year — an average of more than eight per day and 400 more shootings than at this point last year.  And, America's third-largest city continues to contend with a 21 percent increase in homicides.

Shocking study: criminals generally don't buy guns legally at gun shops.  Every time there is a mass shooting or any other criminal event involving guns there is a chorus of voices imploring us to think about the children and pass new background check laws or other restrictions on the purchase of firearms.  It's a touching story and one which gets the media all up in high dudgeon as they beseech us to help stop the violence.  So how much of an impact will these laws have in terms of keeping the guns out of the hands of the bad guys?

Study Learns Chicago Criminals Don't Buy Their Guns Legally.  The study examined and interviewed inmates in Chicago's Cook County Jail who are either facing current gun charges, or have a background consisting of firearms related convictions.  The study learned that virtually zero criminals have ever used the internet or gun shows, because that method is easily traceable.  It's much safer for a criminal to acquire firearms on the streets where they're harder to keep track of, and that's most criminals method of choice.

Mental Health and the 2nd Amendment.  Despite the undeniable mental issues affecting black, gay Democrat Vester Flanagan, who was not sporting a Confederate flag before he shot and killed his two former KDBJ coworkers, reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward, the fact is that he passed a background check and legally possessed the Glock handgun he used.  As much as we all want to prevent the mentally unstable from possessing firearms, the fact is that there was nothing in Flanagan's background to prevent him from legally owning a firearm.

ATF Confirms Virginia Gunman Vester Flanagan Bought His Firearm 'Legally'.  On August 26 Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) spokesman Thomas Faison confirmed that Virginia gunman Vester Lee Flanagan bought his gun "weeks ago" and that "he apparently passed a background check" to get the gun.  The gun was a Glock 19 9mm.  According to ABC News, Faison said Flanagan bough the gun "legally."  And BuzzFeed reports that Faison said the ATF had recovered the weapon today [8/26/2015].

More about Vester Lee Flanagan II a/k/a Bryce Williams.

Uniformed Officer Booted From Chuck E Cheese Over Duty Handgun.  The comments to the article seem split between being outraged that the store's on-duty staff and manager were ignorant of both state law and the chain's own policies, and regular folks who are outraged that the chain bans citizens from providing for their own self-defense.  Chuck E Cheese locations have been the scene of everything from attempted assassinations to assaults to a mass murder, attempted rapes, and massive brawls.  Clearly, the chain's policy of denying citizens the right to self-defense inside their establishments isn't working.

Kentucky Chuck E. Cheese refuses to serve police officer with firearm.  A Kentucky Chuck E. Cheese appears to have taken the kid-friendly chain's "no guns" policy too far, refusing to serve a police officer who entered the restaurant with a firearm.  The gun-toting officer encountered the problem at the Chuck E. Cheese in the Greenwood Mall in the city of Bowling Green, prompting outrage from some people, including a sheriff from a neighboring jurisdiction, WBKO-TV reported Friday [8/21/2015].

Study Claims Private Gun Ownership Endangers Police.  [W]hile suggesting states with high gun ownership are more dangerous for cops, the [American Journal of Public Health] did not differentiate between those who killed officers with guns that were legally obtained versus those who shot officers with guns that were stolen or otherwise obtained.  For example, when Officers Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate were shot and killed in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on May 9, 2015, two of the suspected gunmen were felons — completely barred from gun possession.  They faced 100 percent gun control.  Nonetheless, they figured out a way to obtain guns.

Members of the Military Have a Right to Effective Self-Defense.  Since 2008, at least 34 service-members and civilians have died in multiple-casualty shootings at military facilities.  Dozens more have been injured. Fort Hood, Little Rock, the Washington Navy Yard, Fort Hood again, and Chattanooga — the names are sadly familiar, with at least three attackers apparently sharing jihadist motivations.  Reading the accounts of these attacks, they tend to share the same, terrible storylines.  In each case there's a deadly lag between the time of the attack and the first police response; in each case trained (but unarmed) warriors either desperately try to scramble to safety or throw themselves at attackers in suicidal, hopeless charges.  In only one instance — at Chattanooga — is there evidence that a service-member fired shots in self-defense, and in that case he may have actually defied Department of Defense directives to attempt to save his own life and the lives of others.

Gun-free zones are killing us .  Hours before the latest shooting at a movie theater in Louisiana, President Obama lamented what he regards as his greatest failure as president — his inability to pass gun control measures.  In an interview with the BBC, he complained that we are "the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun safety laws." [...] Obama offers no explanation for why the worst mass shooting during his presidency occurred in Europe, not in the US.  Nor did he explain why many European countries have a higher frequency of attacks and a higher death rate from mass public shootings.  Not once during his interview with the BBC does he explain how his gun control proposals would have stopped any of the attacks he has spoken so passionately about.

Surprise! There's Been Another Mass Shooting In A Gun-Free Zone.  A mentally ill gunman killed two and injured at least seven more people before taking his own life at a crowded movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, late Thursday night [7/23/2015].  As seems to always happen within minutes of these types of shootings being reported, the gun control crowd immediately moved to politicize the incident: [...]

Even Barney Fife had one bullet.
The Few, the Proud, the Unarmed.  Ever get the feeling that you went to sleep one night and awakened to find somebody stole your country and replaced it with an insane asylum?  We trust our warriors with weapons in foreign countries but not on their home turf?  This is what's flying over the D.C. cuckoo's nest.  Imagine that you're being held hostage by the "Death to America" Islamic Republic of Iran.  Your president negotiates a nuclear "agreement" with the regime, but he's too needy and impotent to secure your release as part of the agreement.  Is there any message that would bring more joy to your heart than:  "The Marines have landed?"  They'd be packing heat, unlike the unarmed victims at Chattanooga, Fort Hood, the DC Navy Yard, and Little Rock — United States of America.

Gun Control: The Killer's Best Friend.  Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez is suspected of murdering four unarmed Marines in Chattanooga and wounding others.  As I write this, we still don't know how Abdulazeez obtained his gun or what his motivations were — though, we can take an educated guess on the latter.  What we do know is that Abdulazeez shot his victims in a "gun-free zone," which is a useful illustration of the absurdity of gun-control laws:  we constrain conscientious Americans but offer free rein to killers.  In this case, even our best trained warriors were helpless.

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Guns Don't Kill People: Gun-Free Zones Kill People.  Those signs at the Naval reserve center and the armed forces recruitment station are the greatest outrage of the Chattanooga jihad story.  Or rather, they should be, but — given the universal government and media devotion to "gun-free zones" — they won't receive enough attention to dial up public opinion to the point of outrage.


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'Gun Free Zone' Sign Spotted At Chattanooga Shooting Site.
Looks like this "gun free zone" sign didn't work all that well.


The unbelievable reasons why the Pentagon wants soldiers disarmed on bases.  Last year, radical Muslim Nidal Hasan murdered 13 unarmed American soldiers and wounded 30 others.  Thank you, George H.W. Bush!  Yesterday, radical Muslim Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez murdered four unarmed American soldiers.  Thank you, George H.W. Bush!  Yes, it [is] former President Bush whom we must thank for this, for it was he who put into place a regulation stating that American soldiers off the frontlines, for the most part, must be unarmed.  (Clinton perpetuated it, but Bush started it.)  That makes them sitting ducks for a single radical Muslim with a gun, who can casually go and shoot one soldier at a time, knowing they can't fire back.

Gun free zones are really just sitting duck zones for radical Islamists.  Why do we trust American soldiers with tanks, trucks, bullets, and bombs on the battlefield, but when these same soldiers are home on a military base, sidearms are just 'too dangerous'?  Why have we allowed liberals to transform American military bases into 'gun-free zones,' or as I call them, 'sitting-duck zones'?  American soldiers are the most highly-trained people in our country to handle firearms, and it's ridiculous to make them 'check their weapons at the door'.

Juan Williams: 'I Am Baffled' By Push To Arm Marines In Recruiting Centers.  On July 17 — the day after Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez allegedly opened fire on a recruiting center and then a reserve center, gunning down four US Marines — Fox News' Juan Williams said he is "baffled" by the push to end gun free zones in military recruiting centers.  He said the center which was targeted is in a "strip mall" and that changing the gun-free policy would mean people would be walking around with guns, which could lead to "workplace violence."  He also suggested it could create a situation where a simple "dispute in the parking lot" could escalate into armed confrontation.

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Obviously Juan Williams is completely terrified of guns, has no experience with guns, and doesn't understand what it's like to live in a peaceful city.  His assumption that guns naturally lead to "workplace violence" indicates that he doesn't know much about self-control.  Why don't karate experts beat up their neighbors and co-workers when disputes arise?  Because they exhibit self-control.  Similarly, people who carry concealed weapons know that the consequences of their actions can be permanent, which makes it especially important to refrain from action unless it's unavoidable.  In the Chattanooga case, there was indeed "workplace violence," from which the Marines were unable to defend themselves.

Abbott orders Texas National Guard to carry guns at military facilities.  Gov. Greg Abbott says he is reluctantly asking Texas Military Forces to arm soldiers at their home bases after Thursday's attacks at military sites in Tennessee that killed four Marines and one sailor.  Abbott said in a release Saturday [7/18/2015] that he will authorize Adjutant General John Nichols of the Texas National Guard to arm National Guard personnel at military facilities across Texas.  Abbott's move followed shootings on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Gun Control: The Killer's Best Friend.  Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez is suspected of murdering four unarmed Marines in Chattanooga and wounding others.  As I write this, we still don't know how Abdulazeez obtained his gun or what his motivations were — though, we can take an educated guess on the latter.  What we do know is that Abdulazeez shot his victims in a "gun-free zone," which is a useful illustration of the absurdity of gun-control laws:  we constrain conscientious Americans but offer free rein to killers.  In this case, even our best trained warriors were helpless.  Surely, we are in for a new round of emotional pleas for more gun-control laws.

Chattanooga shooting proves it's time to arm our Armed Forces.  It turns out that at least one of the two military facilities attacked in Chattanooga, Tennessee — was a gun-free zone.  If you looked closely crime scene photographs[,] you can see the sign[,] plastered on the front of a bullet-riddled window.  Four Marines were slaughtered — a fifth wounded — along with a Chattanooga police officer.  Authorities say the gunman, identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, was killed in a shoot-out.

Why should we make it easy for killers to attack our military?  Thursday [7/16/2015] saw yet another tragic attack in a gun-free zone.  Four Marines were murdered.  Others were injured.  Watching the coverage on television Thursday, it was hard to ignore the gun-free zone sign on the front door of the recruiting station.  It was surrounded by bullet holes.

FBI: Breakdown in background check system allowed Dylann Roof to buy gun.  Dylann Roof, who is accused of killing nine people at a church in South Carolina three weeks ago, was able to purchase the gun used in the attack only because of lapses in the FBI's background-check system, FBI Director James B. Comey said Friday [7/10/2015]. [...] The breakdown was a result of errors not only by the FBI but also apparently by local law enforcement, and Comey said he has ordered a 30-day review to examine the procedures that led to the failure and to see if the process can be tightened.  The errors came to light as investigators examined a gun purchase Roof made two months before the shooting.

Background Check Flaw Let Dylann Roof Buy Gun, F.B.I. Says.  The man accused of killing nine people in a historically black church in South Carolina last month should not have been able to buy the gun he used in the attack, the F.B.I. said Friday [7/10/2015], in what was the latest acknowledgment of flaws in the national background check system.  A loophole in the system and an error by the F.B.I. allowed the man, Dylann Roof, to buy the .45-caliber handgun despite having previously admitted to drug possession, officials said.  Mr. Roof first tried to buy the gun on April 11, from a dealer in South Carolina.  The F.B.I., which conducts background checks for gun sales, did not give the dealer approval to proceed with the purchase because the bureau needed to do more investigating about Mr. Roof's s criminal history.

Donald Trump: Abolish Gun Free Zones On Military Bases.  Donald Trump says that if elected president, he will abolish the gun free zones currently imposed on U.S. troops by "[mandating] that soldiers remain armed and on alert at our military bases."  In an interview with Ammoland he said:  "President Clinton never should have passed a ban on soldiers being able to protect themselves on bases.  America's Armed Forces will be armed."

Chicago Has Had More Than 12,000 Shootings Since 2010.  When Marshall Hawkins walks around his neighborhood, he carefully picks a route based on the places where people haven't been shot.  "If there are flowers on the block, you can go there," the 38-year-old said.  "If there's been police tape or gunshots, you avoid it."

Chicago's Strict Gun Laws Show Promise, Only 64 People Shot Over July 4th Weekend.  The grand total has arrived.  The libtard response will no doubt be yet more gun control laws that won't work. [...] For the record, our guns did not get up of their own volition and shoot anyone all weekend.

Confederate Flag Kills Ten in Chicago... Oh, Wait!  If President Obama had a son, he might look like Amari Brown, the little boy killed by a bullet intended for his gang-banger father on the streets of President Obama's Chicago in yet another bloody Windy City weekend.  As the Chicago Tribune reported, over the Fourth of July weekend, Amari Brown was one of the ten that were killed among 55 that were shot, none attributed to Confederate flag loyalists.

82 shot, 15 dead in Chicago this weekend: where's Sharpton and Deray?  More than 80 people were shot, 15 of them fatally, across Chicago over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Friend Says Roof Settled for Church Because it was a Gun Free Zone.  Gun free zones are not safe, end of story.  Please pass this on to the gun control nut jobs out there.

Charleston Killer Chose Church As Target Because It Was a "Gun Free Zone".  A black friend of the mass murderer who attacked Emanuel AME Zion Church claims that the church was a secondary target, chosen because it did not have security. [...] 92-percent of mass killers intentionally chose so-called "gun free zones" where they thought they could kill a large number of people before being contested by armed guards, police, or concealed carriers.

So What Do Liberals Actually Want To Do About Guns?  Earlier this year, Dylann Roof was arrested and charged for felony possession of the prescription-only drug Suboxone.  His case is still pending.  Federal law prohibits people with pending felony charges from obtaining firearms.  Yet, here's how a glaringly misleading Washington Post headline characterizes this federal prohibition:  "The legal loophole that allowed Dylann Roof to get a gun."  The piece, you may not be surprised, doesn't offer a single "legal loophole" that allowed Dylann Roof to obtain a gun.  It only offers up examples of laws that Roof ignored.

Gun-free zones [are] an easy target for killers.  The horrible tragedy last night that left nine people dead at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., probably could have been avoided.  Like so many other attacks, the massacre took place in a gun-free zone, a place where the general public was banned from having guns.  The gun-free zone obviously didn't stop the killer from bringing a gun into the church.  Indeed, the circumstantial evidence is strong that these killers don't attack randomly; they keep picking the few gun-free zones to do virtually all their attacks. [...] Time after time, we see that these killers tell us they pick soft targets.  With just two exceptions, from at least 1950, all the mass public shootings have occurred in these gun-free zones.

Carol Bowne Needlessly Dead Thanks to New Jersey and Chris Christie's Unconstitutional Gun Laws.  Carol Bowne is dead.  The petite hairdresser was murdered by her ex-boyfriend[,] and by the state of New Jersey.  Bowne had received threats from her ex-boyfriend.  She did everything a law-abiding citizen could do in New Jersey.  She obtained a protective order.  She installed security cameras inside and outside her home.  Sadly, the restraining orders and cameras are only useful for collecting evidence and bringing charges against an assailant after she was attacked.  These measures didn't matter.

The Deadly Consequences of Draconian Gun Laws.  Carol Bowne is dead — murdered in cold blood on her own property by a violent criminal who would not be restrained by good intentions.  But there is no smoking gun, because she lived and died in New Jersey.  Bowne was a 39-year-old hairdresser from Berlin Township who had become increasingly nervous about her ex-boyfriend.  Convinced that he intended to do her physical harm, she took out a restraining order, had security cameras installed at her home, and purchased an alarm system.  She also hoped to buy a firearm for her defense.  On April 21 of this year, she began the glacial process of obtaining a New Jersey permit to purchase a gun.  She never heard back.  She never will.

New Jersey Woman Stabbed to Death by Ex While Waiting for Gun Permit.  A New Jersey woman was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on Wednesday [6/3/2015] as she waited for approval from the state to buy a handgun.  In addition to obtaining a restraining order against her ex, Michael Eitel, and installing security cameras in her home, Carol Bowne had applied for a permit to purchase a handgun on April 21.  Police told the (New Jersey) Courier-Post that she had inquired about the application as recently as Monday.  "We did not get the fingerprint information yet," Berlin Township Police Chief Leonard Check told the paper.  Unlike most states, New Jersey's restrictive gun laws require a permit to purchase a handgun.  The permit process can take several months to complete.

Phoenix protests Islamism.  [Scroll down]  Contrast this with leftist-run Maryland, which in the same extensive survey ranked nearly last — 44th out of 50 — in its Second Amendment support.  The reasons?  The Old Line State unconstitutionally burdens its citizens to obtain a license to own a gun, requires them to be registered in a government database, and makes obtaining a carry permit difficult to the point that they are rarely issued.  The Baltimore protests-turned-riots earlier this year showed some of the implications of these unconstitutional add-ons: shop owners couldn't defend themselves against the mobs, and peaceful protesters ended up at the mercy of the criminal gangs.

Gun Control Killed Ana Charle.  Don't count on the gun controllers to express any guilt over the death of Ana Charle, the director of a homeless shelter in the Bronx.  But the fact is that gun control is partly responsible for the death of the 42-year old woman.  Last month, a former resident of the shelter stalked and kidnapped Charle.  After the man forced her to undress in her car, she was able to escape and began running away naked.  Her abductor, also naked, began chasing after her and then shot her dead.  An autopsy is being performed to determine whether Charle was raped.  Of course, Charle was not armed.  New York City has strict gun-control laws.  If she had been armed, she would be subject to a felony conviction and a long term in jail.  There are not many people who want to take that kind of chance by illegally carrying a weapon.

Giffords' Husband Failed Same Background Checks Her Attacker Passed.  Breitbart News reported that Gabby Giffords renewed her push for background checks to require purchasers at gun shows to pass the same background check her attacker, Jared Loughner, passed.  Some media outlets and gun control advocated responded to the report by claiming Loughner's successful passage of a background check simply proves the background check system isn't sufficient.  But those making this argument miss a very important point:  Namely, that Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, was turned away twice on gun purchases in 2013 because of certain requirements and stipulations of the current background check system.

Comforting: Mall of America Protected from Jihadist Terror Attack by Sternly Worded Gun-Free Zone Signs.  England is notorious for the number of radicalized Muslim immigrants that are in the country, as is Minneapolis, Minnesota, where a large population of Somali Muslims has been imported and resettled by the American government.  Edmonton, Canada, also has a significant population of Somali Muslim immigrants from which jihadis are being recruited.

Thomas Massie: Gun-Free School Zones Make People Less Safe.  The aptly named Safe Schools Act repeals the unconstitutional "Safe and Gun-Free Schools Act," which, by ensuring that schools are "gun-free" zones, endangers schoolchildren.

Trump: Paris Proves 'When Guns Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Guns'.  In the wake of the January 7 armed terrorist attack in Paris, real estate tycoon and social commentator Donald Trump said the attack proved the truth of the maxim, "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."  Breitbart News previously reported that three men armed with AK-47s charged into Charlie Hebdo headquarters on January 7 and opened fire, killing 12 persons — including two police officers.  They wounded up to 11 more.

Eugene Robinson: France attack might have been worse here, because guns.  [I]n France, despite tight gun control, the terrorists had automatic weapons.

A D.C. Holiday: Shooting Spree, Slashing Rampage in the Land the 2nd Amendment Forgot.  Over the past week, D.C. has seen 15 people shot in at least a dozen different incidents.  More than half of them were killed.  All of this is actually really odd, considering that guns are outlawed here.  The only way to legally obtain a gun is to take courses that are not offered and submit to background checks that are not made.  Then you can purchase a gun from a licensed D.C. gun dealer that does not exist.  Then you have to go down to the police station to be fingerprinted like some kind of criminal.

Helter Skelter amid a perfect storm.  The bold execution of two uniformed officers sitting in a police car in broad daylight, in a city that has one of the most oppressive gun control laws in the nation, is destined to quickly become one of a series of seminal events in our nation's history.

NAACP: NY Cop Shootings "Show Need For Gun Control".  On December 20 the NAACP Legal Fund issued a press release saying the execution of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos show "the need for sensible gun control."  According to the release, we need also "need to thoughtfully address untreated mental illness."

The Editor says...
New York already has tough "gun control" laws, and they obviously aren't idiot-proof.

This is what happens in a city with the toughest gun-control laws in the country:
15 shot in NYC within 8 hours, 2 dead.  Fifteen people were shot in a rash of violence in New York City.  The violence left two people dead and 13 others injured within a span of just 8 hours.

Philadelphia Breach Raises Fresh Questions About Security in Federal Buildings.  A disgruntled ex-cop carrying a loaded gun bypassed metal detectors at a federal building in Philadelphia and entered the FBI's office there this week after flashing a fake police badge and his inactive ID card, according to sources and court records obtained by ABC News.  The FBI ultimately took the man's gun after becoming suspicious, but "he could've shot up half the office by that point," as one law enforcement expert put it after reading the court records.

Psychiatrist uses his own gun to shoot patient who killed caseworker in front of him.  A Pennsylvania doctor is being hailed a hero today after he seriously injured a patient who went on a shooting spree in his office.  Dr. Lee Silverman, a psychiatrist, told police that the patient, identified as Richard Plotts, fatally shot a caseworker at their hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with him and wounded him, a prosecutor said Thursday night [7/24/2014]. [...] Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said that 'without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives.' [...] Silverman was armed, apparently against hospital policy.

The Editor says...
If Doctor Silverman had obeyed the "gun free zone" rules, he would be dead today, and many others would likely be dead, too.

Police praise 'heroic' doctor and caseworker stopped psychiatric patient.  Medical staff who helped stop a gunman from killing more people at a Pennsylvania hospital on Thursday [7/24/2014] have been been hailed as heroes.  Dr Lee Silverman, who police say may have been the intended target, and caseworker John D'Alonzo, were able to quickly stop Richard Plotts after he shot dead their co-worker.  The 49-year-old, who has a history of mental illness, was attempting to reload his gun when Silverman fired several shots, and D'Alonzo wrestled him to the ground. [...] Hospital policy bars anyone except on-duty law enforcement officers from carrying weapons on campus, a Mercy Health System spokeswoman said.

Two Robberies at Target Since Chain Asked Law-Abiding Citizens to Shop Unarmed.  On July 2 Breitbart News reported that interim Target CEO John Mulligan "respectfully" asked law-abiding citizens not to bring their guns in Target stores.  Since then, Gainesville, Georgia, police have arrested three over a Target parking lot robbery and are looking for another man who punched a woman and stole her Mercedes at a Decatur, Georgia, Target as well.

Fourth of July weekend toll: 82 shot, 14 of them fatally, in Chicago.  Responding officers kept cutting each other off on their radios as they reported other gunfire in the area late Sunday night and early Monday morning.  Then the heavy equipment rolled in:  A helicopter and SUVs packed with lockers of rifles.  SWAT teams in green coveralls patrolled the streets with uniformed officers.  It was just one of dozens of shooting scenes across Chicago over the long Fourth of July weekend.  In all, at least 82 people were shot, 14 of them fatally, since Thursday afternoon when two woman were shot as they sat outside a two-flat within a block of Garfield Park.

At Least 20 Shot in Chicago Since Fourth of July Evening.  At least 20 people have been wounded in shootings across the city since the evening of Fourth of July.  The shootings include an incident in which police shot and killed a suspected gang member in Portage Park and an incident in West Englewood in which suburban teenagers riding in a car may have been mistaken as gang members.  Additionally, there was a Mayfair shooting in which a bullet fell on a man's head during what may have been a July 4th celebration.

The Editor says...
Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country.  Therefore it is impossible to get shot in Chicago, except by the police.  We can only assume that the incidents reported above must not have happened.

Target Joins the Anti-Gun Movement.  Target Corporation made the announcement on Wednesday [7/2/2014] that they have acquiesced to the Bloomberg fanatics who believe no one should be armed while shopping. [...] Their decision is absurd.  It's pretty well documented that "gun free" zones tend to advertise a victim-rich environment to would-be criminals.  Jack in the Box learned this the hard way when armed robbers took advantage of newly disarmed customers, mere days after the company declared their new anti-gun policy.  And, if you really need proof of failure, just look at America's favorite gun-free zone:  Chicago.

Twenty Seven Shot Over the Weekend in Gun Free Chicago.  Of course, Chicago isn't totally gun free.  The criminals still have plenty of them and a few law abiding citizens have managed to get a small quantity.  But 27 people were shot over the Father's Day weekend.  Two of them were fatal.  The number may turn out to be even higher.  Twenty seven is just what was reported as of this morning [6/16/2014].

Obama, Media Mislead on Gun Crime Statistics in U.S., Australia.  The Troutdale, Oregon, shooting on June 10 gave both the president and the liberal media another opportunity to rehash old arguments and repeat old lies about the need for more gun control in the United States.  When Jared Padgett entered a boys' locker room at Reynolds High School on June 10, he murdered a classmate before being confronted by armed officers.  Following that confrontation, Padgett took his own life.  The fact that he stole the weapons from his family home, defeating various security measures, meant that he also defeated any background check measures that were in place to prevent such a shooting from occurring.

Report: Far More People Killed In Chicago Than In All Mass Shootings Combined.  While announcing that they would not longer give killers the opportunity at glory that comes from having their names mentioned and their photographs aired on television, Sun News also address the extremely low rate of "mass shootings" in America compared to the excruciatingly high rate of murder in gun-controlled Chicago.  According to the Sun News, mass shootings around the world — including the U.S. — are so rare that news agencies make a mistake by seizing on them.

Police didn't search database showing Calif. shooter had bought guns.  With the toughest gun-control regulations in the country, California has a unique, centralized database of gun purchases that law enforcement can easily search.  It offers precious intelligence about a suspect or other people officers may encounter when responding to a call.  But this rare advantage wasn't enough to help authorities head off the May 23 rampage in Santa Barbara that claimed six victims.

The Arms Struggle in Chicago.  The city of Chicago, bedeviled by street gang violence, refuses to give in to ever more restrictive court rulings against enactment of sensible gun safety laws.  The Supreme Court's misguided 2010 decision ended the nearly 30-year-long ban on handguns in Chicago.  In January, a federal judge ruled that the city's ban on retail gun shops was unconstitutional. Instead of rolling over, Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded this week with some reasonable proposals designed to pass constitutional muster while upholding the city's basic obligation to protect citizens.  This time, zoning regulations would be used to limit gun shops to less than 1 percent of the city's geographic area, with tight auditing of the shops, sales limited to one handgun per customer per month, a 72-hour waiting period to buy handguns and the simple videotaping of gun sales to deter buyers from using false identification.

Since the current laws work so well...
Mayor of Chicago Seeks to Further Tighten Gun Laws.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel outlined a plan on Wednesday [5/28/2014] to make Chicago's gun laws, already some of the strictest in the country, even tougher.  Calling gun violence Chicago's "most urgent problem," Mr. Emanuel, who has said the issue is one of his administration's top priorities, introduced a proposal to the City Council that would impose tighter restrictions on gun retailers and buyers.  Under the proposal, all gun sales would be videotaped, an effort to deter buyers from using false identification.  Gun buyers could make only one purchase each month, and gun shops would not be allowed within 500 feet of schools or parks.

Robbers ignore sign, rob 'gun-free' restaurant at gunpoint.  Why not make a sign that says 'robbers welcome'?  [Video clip]

NC Restaurant With "No Weapons" Sign Robbed at Gunpoint.  What groups like Everytown for Gun Safety or Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America seem to have an issue grasping is that criminals have no respect for the law by nature of being criminals.  Criminals aren't going to be stopped by a "no guns allowed" sign.  If somebody is going to rob or shoot up a Chipotle, for instance, they're not going to care that they cannot (or have been politely asked not to) bring a gun onto the premises.  Criminals are not going to submit to background checks.  They'll use straw purchases or just buy a gun from an illegal source.  All these policies and laws do is make it harder for legal gun owners to protect themselves.

Bulletproof Subways A Sign Of Violent Times?  The store was clean and looked just like any other well-run Subway restaurant, except for the bullet-proof protection for the employees and lack of a bathroom for customers.  In fact, a few patrons asked for hand sanitizer because they couldn't wash their hands.

Before 1993, there were no mass shootings on U.S. military bases.  In 1993, most soldiers were stripped of their right to carry a weapon onto United States military bases, effectively turning them into gun free zones.  While the directive was composed under big government progressive George H.W. Bush, it was implemented shortly after big government progressive Bill Clinton assumed office.

Gun Control States Have Much Higher Gun Murder Rates.  ["]Given that the average gun-related murder rate over the period in question was 3.44, the results of the present study indicate that states with more restrictive CCW laws had gun-related murder rates that were 10% higher.  In addition, the Federal assault weapons ban is significant and positive, indicating that murder rates were 19.3% higher when the Federal ban was in effect.  These results corroborate the findings of Lott and Mustard (1997).["]

NYT: Fort Hood does virtually nothing to stop people from bringing guns onto the base.  So it's like every other "gun-free zone," basically.  Anyone who can be trusted with a weapon can't have one, and anyone who can't be trusted will have little trouble ignoring the rule.

Fort Hood carries on after another rampage.  The post is a major economic driver for the area, especially when it's a pay week like this one.  Car dealerships, pawn stores and barbershops ring the base.  [Terry] Johnson, 41, a car salesman, said some high-ranking officers have told him they felt safer deployed in combat zones than they did on their own post.

The Editor says...
Stuff like this doesn't happen in Israel, because all their soldiers have guns at all times, and there are no "gun-free zones."

Sowing the seeds of disaster for the sake of political correctness:
Kroger Grocery Chain Disarming Its Security Guards.  The Kroger grocery store chain "is in the process of transitioning to unarmed security guards across the company."  According to 10TV in Columbus, Ohio, "Kroger said armed guards will remain in some of its locations," but it is not saying where.  U.S. Protection Service is the company that provides security for Kroger.  The service recently sent a letter to its employees informing them that "effective March 29, its guards will be 'completely unarmed — no weapons, no handcuffs, no chemical repellant, no baton, etc.'"

The Editor says...
If you're shopping for groceries, and somebody comes in to rob the store and everybody in it, would you prefer the assistance of an armed guard or a greeter?

How gun control helped a stalker kill my husband.  In April 2009, my husband was shot six times in front of me in the middle of a busy restaurant by a man who was stalking me.  I have a permit to carry a handgun but because of the law at that time in my home state of Tennessee, I had to leave the gun that I normally carried for self defense, locked in my car that night.

Collectors work crowds at gun buyback events for rare finds.  [Schuyler] Taylor, a 24-year-old gun enthusiast, is one of a growing number of collectors who has been showing up at the events, where towns, police departments, churches and nonprofits offer money or gift cards for old guns.  The events have been held all over the country, credited by some for getting weapons off the streets and ridiculed by others for paying money for rusting junk.  But collectors have taken notice that some of the guns, which are typically destroyed, are worth far more than they fetch at buyback events.

DC Saw Nearly 1400 Armed Robberies in 2013. How Can This Be?  Washington DC has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, even after the Heller decision.  So how can it be that the city of just 632,000 saw nearly 1,400 armed robberies last year?  I mean, don't the robbers know about all that gun control on the books?

Good news from Chicago: Only 413 murdered Americans this year.  Good news from Chicago: The catastrophic murder rate in the Democratic-controlled city was slightly less catastrophic in 2013 than in 2012.  Only 413 Americans were shot, stabbed or bludgeoned to death in the city, where all 50 aldermen are Democrats.  Most of the victims in the blue-voting city were African-Americans or Hispanic, and very few were white.  Still, the city's Democratic leaders cautiously cheered the deaths of the 413 Americans, more than one victim per day, which included one young woman who marched in President Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration parade.

Obama's home town by the numbers.  Chicago, which has some of the toughest gun control laws in America, had a rough November.  Despite the cold weather, it was a popular month for shooting.

Mother of Sandy Hook Victim: Background Checks Wouldn't Have Prevented Tragedy.  Nicole Hockley, whose child was tragically murdered at Sandy Hook last year, said that background checks would not have prevented shooter Adam Lanza from getting the guns he used to carry out the atrocities.  She also stated that the 911 tapes from that day should not be released.

The hypocrisy of gun controllers and the fallout.  The truth is there are only consequences [for violating the D.C. gun laws] when you are only a citizen, but politicians and connected individuals get special treatment.  On two separate occasions both Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Meet the Press host David Gregory knowingly broke DC gun laws in order to prove a point.  Much like [Adam] Kokesh broke the law to make a point.  Yet, while Kokesh faces more than 5 years in prison, neither Feinstein or Gregory faced ANY type of punishment.

Arm The TSA? I thought we were trying to get guns OUT of the hands of criminals.  With the recent targeting and shooting of TSA personnel in Los Angeles there has been some discussion that the TSA should be an armed government agency. [...] Why would the TSA need to be armed?  For all intents and purposes, airports are gun free zones.  People travelling with their firearm must have it unloaded and locked in a case.  And no firearm can be present in the secured part of the airport which officially begins in the line of the security checkpoint.  So, if the gun free zone that gun controllers champion really work, then TSA agents don't need to be armed to defend themselves [...]

Gun free zone fails again.  Richard Shoop, 20, of Washington Township NJ entered the mall, armed with a sporting rifle that he stole from his brother, apparently with the intent to commit suicide either by killing himself or via suicide by cop.  He had ample time and opportunity to shoot innocent bystanders but did not.  While the people of the mall are extremely lucky that Shoop's main agenda was to harm himself alone, a note was recovered at his house, one cannot disregard yet another stunning failure of gun control and so called "gun free" zones in doing anything to actually stop this sort of thing.

Gun Free Zones are Designed to Spread, Like Smallpox.  The ugly truth is that gun free zones are not about irrational dreams of safety.  They are about power and control.  The irrational spouting about safety is just a way to get emotional support from those who do not think about the issue.  Gun free zones are just another incremental way to move toward total control.

Illinois State Police releases official 'no weapons' sign for businesses.  With some businesses eager to let people know guns aren't welcome, the Illinois State Police on Friday released the official sign to indicate a concealed carry ban.  Businesses can download the state-approved sign for banning concealed carry on the Illinois State Police Web site.

The Editor says...
Obviously, a sign like this is an invitation to armed robbery.

Making Sense of Insane Military Base Security.  Once again, a U.S. military base has suffered a security breach.  Whether it's at Fort Hood or at the Washington Navy Yard, or elsewhere, family members and the soldiers themselves should never have to endure the fear of not being safe on a U.S. military post.  Yet President Obama eulogized the twelve victims by calling for more gun control.

Liberalism and Mass Shootings.  According to John Lott, Jr. every last mass killing since the 1950s has occurred in a "gun-free zone."  The Navy Yard massacre is only the latest.  In an early example of using the military to pioneer obnoxious social doctrines, Bill Clinton signed a bill in March 1993 rendering military bases "gun free."  As with similar civilian venues, this action in effect put up a sign saying, "Come on in and Kill People."  Major Nidal Hasan and now Aaron Alexis have taken advantage of this offer, along with Jared Loughner, James Holmes, Adam Lanza, and Cho Seung-hui.

On guns, why won't Obama lead?  Where gun violence is up in recent months, it's in gun-free towns like Chicago and New York.  And whether it's the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Aurora, Colo. movie theater, the Washington Navy Yard or earlier, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood or Columbine High School, it's clear that gun-free zones don't prevent the mentally unstable from wreaking havoc on innocent victims.  In the case of Aaron Alexis, he bought a shotgun legally and then reportedly stole handguns inside the facility to perpetrate his crimes.  The laws of the facility — and the District of Columbia — didn't stop him.

Another Massacre in Another Gun-Free Zone.  [A]n unprecedented thirteen separate cases of mass murder have taken place on U.S. soil since Barack Obama was sworn into office on January 20, 2009.  127 killed and 124 injured, all of them innocent Americans randomly targeted for death and all of them targeted in "gun-free" zones.  Three occurred on "gun-free" school campuses.  Four occurred on public grounds in largely "gun-free" zones, in states or cities with our nation's strictest gun laws.  Three occurred in the work place, also "gun-free" zones, and two occurred in "gun-free" zones on Military bases.  One occurred at a "gun-free" place of worship.  None of the shooters were "right-wing extremists" or Tea Party types.

You Don't Need Permission from the State to Carry a Gun.  Over the years more and more citizens have been conditioned to think guns are scary.  Thus the "Gun Free Zone" was established.  Yet economist John Lott found that "every public shooting since at least 1950 in the United States in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns."

Is it a gun problem?
A Gun in Your Hand is Still the Best Protection.  On November 11, 2009, in the week following the killings at Fort Hood — still labeled workplace violence, not a terrorist attack — a Washington Times editorial noted that "Among President Clinton's first acts upon taking office in 1993 was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases.  In March 1993, the Army imposed regulations military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection."  It makes you wonder why we refer to our military as "armed forces."

Gun Control? Obama's Chicago New U.S. Murder Capital.  President Obama doesn't often mention his hometown when he talks about gun control.  Then he'd have to explain, in arguably the most gun-restricted big city in America in the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms, why Chicago is now officially the murder capital of the United States.

Same Lies, Different Day.  In some locales, commonsense measures to protect vulnerable children, including armed guards, faculty and staff in schools, have replaced the tacit invitation to violence in schools which once proudly proclaimed themselves "gun free zones."  Somehow, violent and mentally-ill attackers did not recognize that status as a deterrent.

FBI: Chicago passes New York as murder capital of U.S.  The city of Chicago registered more homicides than any city in the nation in 2012, surpassing even New York — despite the fact that the Second City has only one third as many residents as the Big Apple.  In new crime statistics released Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, up sharply from the 431 recorded in 2011.  New York reported 419 murders last year, compared with 515 in 2011.

Defenselessly 'sheltered' as anti-gun fortress is breached.  As any decent American knows, there is no feeling more powerless than to realize that a couple of mass murderers are loose in your neighborhood and you are denied the right to keep a gun to defend yourself, your family or your home.  A sickening knot tightens in your gut. [...] Then came the latest Orwellian phrase in the "homeland security" lexicon:  "Shelter in place!"  So, not only are you not allowed to defend yourself against mass murderers, you are not supposed to run from them, either.  This, my fellow countrymen, is pure insanity.

Washington Navy Yard Already Suffers the Restrictions That Gun Control Advocates Favor.  [Scroll down]  But the unhappy truth is that the scene of the crime, the Washington Navy Yard, is subject to many of the restrictions that gun control advocates favor.  And the perpetrator, Aaron Alexis, had passed a background check for a security clearance.  Unfortunately, laws and databases don't create magic forcefields against criminal intent.

Navy Yard Shooting Another Clinton Gun-Free Zone Fail.  As the usual suspects call for stricter gun control, the fact remains that a gunman with two prior gun-crime arrests entered a secure military facility with a stolen ID and found no one able to shoot back.  It was Fort Hood all over again.  Aaron Alexis, a gunman whose prior behavioral warning signs were ignored, opens fire in an installation belonging to the most powerful military on Earth and those who protect our nation and design our weapons are not allowed to have a weapon to defend themselves.

'If We Had the Ammunition, We Could've Cleared that Building,' Son at Navy Yard Told Dad.  The Navy Yard shooting brings up the legitimate issue of carrying — and using — firearms on military installations.  Back in 1993, the Clinton administration virtually declared military establishments "gun-free zones."  As a result, the policy banned "military personnel from carrying their own personal firearms and mandates that 'a credible and specific threat against [Department of the Army] personnel [exist] in that region" before military personnel 'may be authorized to carry firearms for personal protection."

Gun Free Zones And The Disregard For Human Life.  I recently heard an interview with the base commander at the Navy Yard in Washington speak to the issue of how it feels to be defenseless in the face of an active shooter.  What bothered me most was the cavalier way in which he approached the subject.  Twelve people perished today, not including the shooter, and the sad part is that it didn't have to happen.

Flashback: US Military Bases are 'Gun Free Zones' Because Democrats Decreed Them To Be.  After Nidal Hasan killed 13 and wounded more than 30 in November 2009, John R. Lott wrote about one of the craziest policies to come out of the Clinton era:  making military bases "gun free zones."  Yes, that's correct.  In 1993, President Bill Clinton decreed that US military personnel were to surrender the Second Amendment rights that they swear an oath to support and defend.

How many must die in gun free zones before we learn?  The Navy's arsenal could wipe most nations off the face of the earth.  It was the Navy that killed Osama Bin Laden.  So why was one of our most important Naval facilities so vulnerable?  It is because it was made a gun free zone.  Like Washington D.C., one of the crime capitols of America, the Washington Navy Yard was a gun free zone.  Translation:  It was a target rich environment.

This isn't about guns, it's about the random evil of angry men.  Washington DC actually has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, which have done surprisingly little to bring the city's murder rate down and nothing to prevent yesterday's nightmare.  While locals are limited in their freedom to defend themselves, criminals simply buy guns out of state and do whatever they want with them illegally within DC.  In other words, the only way to strictly enforce Washington's authoritarian gun laws would be for them to become federal policy — and that isn't going to happen.

Rahm Emanuel's Gun Free Zones.  With its record-breaking number of 500 homicides in 2012, 435 of which were by gun shot, and 318 homicides thus far in 2013, 264 shot and killed, 1,363 shot and wounded, Chicago is clearly one of the best places in America to be if you have the desire to get shot.  Entire websites are dedicated to tracking the numbers shot and killed or wounded weekly in the Windy City.  Measured on a daily, weekly even annual basis, the number of people number shot and killed in Chicago eclipses those of gunshot casualties by U.S. service members in Afghanistan.

Eight Killed, More than 25 Shot in Chicago Holiday Weekend Bloodbath.  At least eight people are dead and more than 25 others were wounded in shootings over Labor Day weekend in Rahm Emanuel's Chicago. [...] At lease one shooting occurred in one of the city's newly created "Safe Passage" routes, designated to provide a gun-free zone for Chicago students to get to school.  In the midst of Chicago's bloody holiday, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy continued to tout the city's overall decline in murders from 2012 and push for "stronger gun laws."

The Editor says...
Nobody guarantees the "safe passage" routes to be safe on a long holiday weekend when the schools are closed.  On the other hand, nobody with any sense believes that more gun restrictions will have any effect, since it's apparently very easy for criminals to find guns.  People who are intent on homicide don't care about gun laws.  Neither do people who have been to prison already and didn't find prison life all that rough.

'Safe Passage' Signs Are a Signal That Chicago Has Surrendered.  Yellow is the hue of both completely justifiable caution and abject surrender in the "Safe Passage" signs posted three to a block on the 53 routes that Chicago officials have mapped out in preparation for the new school year.  Vests of the same color and same dual significance will be worn by 600 unarmed civilian sentinels posted along what the police have determined to be the most secure routes for youngsters from 49 newly closed elementary schools to walk to farther flung "welcoming" schools [...]

Remember, "Safe Passage" is just a motto, not a guarantee.
5 shot, 1 fatally, in Uptown, 'There was blood everywhere'.  [Scroll down]  Police say the shooting was sparked by a conflict between two gangs in that section of Uptown, and patrols have been watching for any retaliation.  The shooting occurred along a Safe Passage route mapped by Chicago Public Schools for the coming year.

L.A., Chicago Rank 1 and 2 for Gun Murders; N.O. Has Highest Rate.  The Los Angeles and Chicago metropolitan areas had the most gun murders among the nation's fifty most-populous metropolitan areas in 2009 and 2010 (the latest years for which data is available), according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  During those two years, 1,141 people were gunned to death in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and 1,139 were gunned to death in the Chicago metropolitan area.  The New York metropolitan area ranked third with 1,101 gun homicides.

The Editor says...
I read a lot of news articles, and this is the first time I've ever seen a firearm-related homicide described as someone having been "gunned to death."

Four Children Gunned Down in Chicago During Zimmerman Trial.  In the 20-day period of the George Zimmerman trial, four minors — three teens and a five-year-old boy — were gunned down in Chicago, according to Homicide Watch Chicago, a Chicago Sun-Times publication, which details every murder that takes place in the city.

Never confuse motion with action.  This won't help anything, but at least they're doing something.
City Council strengthens assault weapons ban, imposes higher fines for gun crimes nears schools.  With no illusions about the impact on gun violence, the City Council on Wednesday [7/17/2013] jumped through a fast-closing window to strengthen Chicago's assault weapons ban and imposed sharply higher fines for gun crimes near schools and along "Safe Passage" routes.

'Cairo On The Lake' Meets Concealed Carry In Illinois.  Illinois has become the last state in the union to allow citizens their full Second Amendment rights, and officials in the murder capital of America worry about the consequences of citizens defending themselves.  Illinois' legislature on Tuesday [7/9/2013] voted to let gun owners carry concealed weapons.  The action followed a violent and bloody Fourth of July weekend in President Obama's hometown during which 74 people were shot and 12 were killed.

Dante's 'Chicago'.  Sunday morning's Chicago Tribune went to bed a full day before reporters could complete their lengthy computer spreadsheet of Independence Day weekend gun casualties:  more than 70 people shot, 11 of them fatally, from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday evening [7/7/2013].  Two other murders — a stabbing and a beating — pushed the city's homicide toll to 13.

The echo of gunfire.  Six months into the year, more than 1,000 people have been wounded or killed by gunfire in Chicago.  And this is an improvement.

What Happens When You Ban Handguns? You Get Chicago.  96% of Chicago's murders are committed with weapons that have been banned since the 1980s.

There's a shooting every six hours in America's gun control utopia.  America's urban gun control utopia, Chicago, is a bastion of strict gun control laws.  So far this year, the city is averaging a shooting every 6 hours and roughly a homicide a day.  And the weather hasn't even warmed up to 80 degrees yet!  Does this sound like a place you should be visiting from business or pleasure?  Not if you're a reasonable person who makes prudent choices with regard to your personal safety.

Fact-Free Crusades.  Amid all the heated, emotional advocacy of gun control, have you ever heard even one person present convincing hard evidence that tighter gun control laws have in fact reduced murders?  Think about all the states, communities within states, as well as foreign countries, that have either tight gun control laws or loose or non-existent gun control laws.  With so many variations and so many sources of evidence available, surely there would be some compelling evidence somewhere if tighter gun control laws actually reduced the murder rate.

Gun control at work: 4 dead, 21 wounded in Chicago over the weekend.  Because if there's one thing that gun control does well, it's keep guns out of the hands of criminals. [...] It's hard to imagine how the city's gun laws could be any stricter short of outright banning and confiscation.  Piling one ineffective law on top of the next is not going to deal with the problem.

Sheriff slaying suspect was barred from owning gun.  A prosecutor says a suspect in the fatal shooting of a West Virginia sheriff was legally prohibited from possessing [a gun].

If laws alone were effective in regulating criminal behavior, prisons would be empty.
Why isn't human nature ever considered when it comes to gun laws?  Today, the Democratic governors of Connecticut and Maryland, who must be seen to be doing something important about gun violence, are congratulating themselves for passing some of the "toughest" gun laws in the nation.  These states already have tough gun laws, which in the case of the Newtown shooting last December did not deter Adam Lanza from grabbing his mother's legal weapons, murdering her and then killing 26 people, most of them children.  Tough gun laws in Maryland have not deterred the mentally ill or criminally minded intent on getting guns, especially in Baltimore and Prince George's County, where reports of gun crimes often lead each night's local newscast.

Liberal States Look To Tax Guns And Ammunition.  Would you be surprised that Illinois, which contains the murder capital of the US (Chicago) despite draconian and oppressive gun laws aimed at law abiding citizens, is leading the way?

Some examples of the impact of gun bans on murder rates.  These figures are from the third edition of More Guns, Less Crime from the University of Chicago Press (2010).

Florida's Campus Gun Ban Didn't Save UCF From Planned Gun and IED Attack.  Early today a student at University of Central Florida committed suicide after pulling a gun on another student.  When police arrived, they found that he had put together improvised explosive devices, and had a plan to attack the students at UCF.  He had multiple weapons and 200 rounds of ammunition.  So why didn't Florida's ban on guns on campus keep this crazed maniac from owning guns?

Disarming the law-abiding is not sound gun control.  [Scroll down]  For example, the Governor has proposed banning the simple possession of a firearm within 300 feet of a school.  Such a law is meaningless to criminals who are likely prohibited under state and federal law from possessing a firearm in any location.  The true impact of the school zone law proposed by Markell and Biden will be felt by law-abiding citizens, for whom every trip to the range or the hunting field would be akin to running blindfolded through a legal minefield.

Delaware Shooting Illustrates Meaningless of Gun Control Laws.  Instead of spending millions of dollars to promote an agenda that will be as successful at stopping gun violence as the legendary Washington, D.C. and Chicago, gun ban failures, politicians need to stop pandering and concentrate on actually protecting people in ways that are meaningful to addressing the problem, not meaningful to hyperventilating campaign contributors and low-information voters.

Cultural Deviancy, Not Guns.  Last year, Chicago had 512 homicides; Detroit had 411; Philadelphia had 331; and Baltimore had 215.  Those cities are joined by other dangerous cities — such as St. Louis, Memphis, Tenn., Flint, Mich., and Camden, N.J. — and they also lead the nation in shootings, assaults, rapes and robberies.  Both the populations of those cities and their crime victims are predominantly black.  Each year, more than 7,000 blacks are murdered.  Close to 100 percent of the time, the murderer is another black person.

The Root Cause of Gun Violence.  [T]he monthly Chicago tragedy just further illustrates the fallacy of the assault weapons ban that Obama is promoting nationally to counter gun violence, and the limits of government power.  Not only do these monthly massacres continue in the face of the strictest gun control laws in the country.  But the murders Chicago is suffering are gang-related violence.  All the guns used by gangs are already held in violation of the law.  But that is not stopping the monthly [equivalents of] Newtown massacres in Chicago.  Nothing Obama is proposing will have any effect on these gangs.  They have no respect for the law whatever it is.

Gun crime on the rise in Mass. since 1998 firearms law.  Murders, aggravated assaults, and robberies involving guns have risen dramatically in Massachusetts since the state passed a comprehensive package of gun laws in 1998, the Boston Globe reports.

Seattle PD's Gun Buy Back Program Gets Turned into a Gun Show.  You know those idiotic gun buyback programs that a lot of police departments are sponsoring around the country?  The ones where the police will give you a $100 gift card or grocery card if you'll voluntarily turn in your guns (no questions asked as to where you got it)? [...] As it turns out a whole bunch of the guns that some of these idiots are looking to hand over for a mere $100 grocery card are often worth much, much more than that.  So, [some] guys set up an impromptu "Gun Show" across the street from the buyback and started outbidding the cops.

So much crime, Chicago cops can't respond to 9-1-1 calls.  Chicago's orgy of criminal violence is so bad that Chicago's leaders have given notice that Chicago Police will not respond to burglaries or car thefts any longer.  Anyone want to hazard a guess what's going to happen in the real world?  Do you think criminals are going to take advantage of that?

David Axelrod Attributes Chicago Murder Rate to Lax Gun-Control Laws in 'Surrounding Areas'.  As President Obama prepares to stump for gun-control legislation in Minneapolis today, David Axelrod offered him a helping hand on morning television.  In doing so, Axelrod attributed the murder rate in the city of Chicago, which is subject to some of the most stringent gun-control regulations in the nation, to the lack of such laws in surrounding areas.

Most Shooters In Chicago Don't Face Charges.  It's getting easier to get away with shooting people in Chicago.  Last year, gunmen who shot and wounded someone got away without criminal charges 94 percent of the time, according to a DNAinfo.com Chicago analysis of police data.  That's even worse than 2011, when 91.5 percent of shooters escaped charges, according to the data.

Why isn't gun control working in Chicago?  Despite the media's intense attention to mass shootings, homicides, violent crime and gun deaths are all decreasing nationally, according to the latest FBI statistics.  But not in Chicago.  So what is causing the unacceptable wave of gun violence in Chicago?  It's not because of lenient gun control laws.  Chicago has the strongest gun control regime in the nation.  Both assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are completely banned in the city.  And up until the 2010 Supreme Court decision that legalized them, handguns were banned too.

Even the New York Times admits...
Strict Gun Laws in Chicago Can't Stem Fatal Shots.  Not a single gun shop can be found in this city because they are outlawed.  Handguns were banned in Chicago for decades, too, until 2010, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that was going too far, leading city leaders to settle for restrictions some describe as the closest they could get legally to a ban without a ban.  Despite a continuing legal fight, Illinois remains the only state in the nation with no provision to let private citizens carry guns in public.

States' crime rates show scant linkage to gun laws.  President Obama has called for stricter federal gun laws to combat recent shooting rampages, but a review of recent state laws by The Washington Times shows no discernible correlation between stricter rules and lower gun-crime rates in the states.  States that ranked high in terms of making records available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System also tended to have tighter gun laws — but their gun-crime rates ranged widely.  The same was true for states that ranked poorly on disclosure and were deemed to have much less stringent gun-possession laws.

Of the nearly 520 murders committed in Chicago in 2012, none were committed with so-called "assault weapons."
Rahm Goes Fascist on Firearms.  Fascism is a system by which enterprise remains owned privately but is marshalled by the power of the state to serve its ends.  Fascists use the state's power to suppress opposition.  Take a look at what Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to do to the firearms industry.

Gun control is about control, not guns.  [Scroll down]  The only "reasonable" thing we can do is put an end to so-called gun-free zones, which are really just victim zones.  How many more times must we read about people in gun-free zones cowering in corners waiting to be massacred like sheep?  If first-grade teacher Victoria Soto had a gun, she would be a hero for a different reason.  And a whole lot of children would still be alive today.  What an odd world in which we live.  We are willing to protect our money with guns, but not our precious children.

Bill Introduced To Repeal 'Gun-Free School Zones Act' Because Deadly Mass Shootings Up Five-Fold Under It.  Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) has introduced a bill to repeal the "Gun-Free School Zones Act" of 1990 (updated in 1995) on the grounds that mass shootings at schools have increased five-fold since its passage.  The "Safe Schools Act of 2013" (H.R.35), co-sponsored by Rep Broun, Paul C. [sic] [GA-10] notes that the 1990 "gun-free" law has made schools unsafe because "shooters now know that they can victimize American school campuses with no fear that victims will be armed."  Stockman's bill notes that there have been 10 school shootings killing at least four people each in the 22 years since the "gun-free" bill passed — compared to only two in the 22 years before passage.

Do Gun Control Laws Control Guns?  If, as gun control advocates claim, gun control laws really do control guns and save lives, there is nothing to prevent repealing the Second Amendment, any more than there was anything to prevent repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that created Prohibition.  But, if the hard facts show that gun control laws do not actually control guns, but instead lead to more armed robberies and higher murder rates after law-abiding citizens are disarmed, then gun control laws would be a bad idea, even if there were no Second Amendment and no National Rifle Association.

You Never See Mass Shootings At Gun Shows, Tea Party Rallies, Or NRA Meetings.  There is a common thread clearly able to be seen here.  These sorts of criminals and nutjobs who like to commit mass murder are picking places that liberals have deemed, arbitrarily of course, to be safe.  You know, like Gun Free School Zones?

Chicago Thugs Celebrate Obama's New Gun Laws By Shooting Woman on Bus.  The report says police are looking for three men.  No descriptions of the suspects, of course.  We doubt they are law-abiding gun owners or members of the NRA.

New York Passed a Gun Control Law So They Could See What Was in It.  Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo rushed to sign sweeping and extremely restrictive gun control legislation into law.  Negotiations were made behind closed doors in the middle of the night, debate was rushed, public input was ignored and the votes were taken.  The legislation that was passed only allows New York residents to carry seven bullets in a maximum ten round magazine at a time and requires gun registration.  The problem?  Cuomo didn't read the bill and failed to notice legislators forgot to exempt law enforcement.

New York forgot to exempt cops from its new ban on high-capacity magazines.  Action had to be taken, and it had to be taken quickly to impress a left that's grown suspicious of [Governor Cuomo] lately.  Result:  For the moment, it's illegal for cops to carry magazines with more than seven bullets in New York State.

Gun Violence is Not a Republican Problem, It's a Democratic Problem.  67% of firearm murders took place in the country's 50 largest metro areas.  The 62 cities in those metro areas have a firearm murder rate of 9.7, more than twice the national average.  Among teenagers the firearm murder rate is 14.6 or almost three times the national average.  Those are the crowded cities of Obamerica.  Those are the places with the most restrictive gun control laws and the highest crime rates.  And many of them have been run by Democrats and their political machines for almost as long as they have been broken.

A Gun Ban That Misfired.  The D.C. gun ban, enacted in 1976, prohibited anyone other than law-enforcement officers from carrying a firearm in the city.  Residents were even barred from keeping guns in their homes for self-defense.  Some in Washington who owned firearms before the ban were allowed to keep them as long as the weapons were disassembled or trigger-locked at all times.  According to the law, trigger locks could not be removed for self-defense even if the owner was being robbed at gunpoint.

Gun buybacks don't reduce gun violence, either.  Buybacks are even less effective than more gun control.  Why?  For the same reason gun control doesn't work — buybacks deal mostly with law-abiding citizens, not criminals.

Rahm Emanuel Out of Excuses for Chicago's Murder Rate.  In 2012, Chicago recorded 505 murders.  That may not sound all that bad, since in some years in the past two decades the city had over 900 murders (1991, 1992, and 1994).  But it looks like a terribly high number when compared to New York (which recorded 414 murders in 2012) or any of the other ten largest cities in America, because Chicago is not only the murder capital of America in terms of experiencing the most murders.  It also has, by far, the highest murder rate among America's ten largest cities.

Americans, never give up your guns.  These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains:  the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions. [...] In all cases where guns are banned, gun crime continues and often increases.  As for maniacs, be it nuts with cars (NYC, Chapel Hill NC), swords (Japan), knives (China) or home made bombs (everywhere), insane people strike.  They throw acid (Pakistan, UK), they throw fire bombs (France), they attack.  What is worse, is, that the best way to stop a maniac is not psychology or jail or "talking to them", it is a bullet in the head.

Tucson Gun Turn in — First Hand Account.  As I walked the line for the next two hours, I saw very few guns that had any value in excess of the value of the $50 gift card being offered.  Quite frankly, most of the guns were rusted, inoperable junk.  I saw only three firearms that I would value in excess $400, two S&W revolvers and a single 4" blue Colt Python.  Most of the guns worth anything were comprised of .22 rifles, and all of those were of nominal value.

20 Ways America Has Begun to Reap What It Has Sown.  [#13]  We create gun free zones; then we're surprised when crazy people with guns go there to kill people because they know no one will be armed.

Dear Mr. Security Agent,  [Scroll down]  Consider this: the average number of victims per incident when the shooter is stopped by an armed civilian:  three.  The average number of victims when the shooter is stopped by a policeman:  fourteen.  Why?  Because when every second is a matter of life and death, the police are still minutes away.  Think about those numbers.  Eleven people die needlessly if the shooting takes place in a "victim disarmament zone," where legal firearms are prohibited.  This is why deranged shooters head for schools, malls, and theaters, where signs forthrightly proclaim that guns are forbidden.

Chicago has tough gun laws, but leads nation in gun violence.  Last year, the city hit 506 homicides, and this year, killings again are stacking up at a rate faster than one a day.

500 Murders In Chicago Show Gun Bans Don't Work.  The mayor of what is at once America's most gun-controlled city and its murder capital wants an assault weapons ban like the one he pushed in 1994.  Except it didn't work then, and it won't work now.

Why Can't Schools Secure Themselves?  Schools in particular have been singled out as a place without the ability to defend against violence.  The law has been challenged and revised and debated ever since, but the bottom line stands.  Have school shootings declined?  Most major shootings now occur in gun-free zones, and nearly twice as many since the act passed than in the 20 years prior.

Despite Gun Control, Dutch Shooting Rampages Becoming Common.  Two men were shot dead in Amsterdam after a shooting spree involving automatic weapon fire. [...] This shooting occurred ten days after another shooting spree that left two men dead.  The Netherlands has restrictive gun laws and the automatic weapons used in the December 29, 2012 incident were outlawed and unavailable to law-abiding citizens.

Never Let a Crisis go to Waste.  The Sandy Hook tragedy presents yet the latest example of the liberal political strategist's adage "Never let a crisis go to waste."  This slaughter of young children occurred in a "gun free zone," not merely under the jurisdiction of a ban on "assault rifles."  The result was that there existed no means of self-defense.  Perhaps this a reason why such vulnerable targets are chosen.

'Gun Control Fails,' Say Statistics from Gun-Control Advocates.  I personally believed in civilian disarmament until an acquaintance in law enforcement challenged my gun-banner's assumptions with questions and points I could not rebut.  This began a research journey limited only by my decision to exclude any data cited by the NRA.  At the time, I was convinced only caring people like the Brady Campaign would present the truth.  Surprisingly (to me, at the time), I found no dataset proving civilian disarmament made anybody safer.

Happy New Year! Chicago Murder Tally Hits 500 for 2012.  Yes, but at least they have very strict gun control laws in Chicago that keep weapons out of the hands of criminals.

A long list of school shootings unaffected by the assault weapons ban:
The Assault Weapons Ban Didn't Work Then and It Won't Work Now.  Senator Dianne Feinstein is queuing up come January 2013 to retable — yet again — an Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) in order to "severely mitigate the possibilities of another Sandy Hook atrocity."  Great idea, Dianne, as the first AWB that Clinton signed into law worked wonders in schools from 1994-2004.  It was awesome.  It panned out wonderfully aside from the following [...]

The Epic Failures of Strict Gun Control Laws.  Out of the many homicide statistics that anti-gun proponents would show us as evidence for the need for "strict" and "common sense" gun control, they fail to acknowledge that most all of these killings are committed by people with illegal guns.  Gun control does not work for criminals because they never cared about gun laws in the first place.

Grim milestone: Chicago hits 500 homicides.  Here's your gun control failure of the year.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Bradys were unavailable for comment.

How Gun Control Kills.  Gun control deters violent crime about as well as the death penalty.  Worse, stricter gun control is the surest way to insure that virtually every would-be shooter is successful.  Two days after the Sandy Hook Elementary rampage, a gunman in San Antonio, Texas attempted to open fire on a movie crowd watching "The Hobbit."  Luckily, the man's gun jammed.  Even more luckily, there was an off-duty police officer who stopped that man with one bullet.

Two Cautionary Tales of Gun Control.  We aren't alone in facing this problem.  Great Britain and Australia, for example, suffered mass shootings in the 1980s and 1990s.  Both countries had very stringent gun laws when they occurred.  Nevertheless, both decided that even stricter control of guns was the answer. [...] The results have not been what proponents of the act wanted.  Within a decade of the handgun ban and the confiscation of handguns from registered owners, crime with handguns had doubled according to British government crime reports.

NRA Chief's School Security Ideas Worth Consideration.  [Wayne] LaPierre couldn't be more right when he points out that "Politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones.  They issue press releases bragging about them.  They post signs advertising them.  And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk."  He pointed out that banks, airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses, stadiums, the president, and members of Congress are all protected by armed security.

Make Newtown the last town.  Beware the person who says to you, "You don't need a gun."  That kind of person will get you killed.  Nothing proves this more than the terrible event of Friday last at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Connecticut.  Children and adults alike had their lives tragically cut short by a shooter in a gun-free zone.

NY Gunman Who Shot Firemen was Already Barred from Owning Guns.  While liberals on Twitter pointed at the shooting of four firefighters in upstate New York as evidence that more gun control is necessary, NBC News reports that the gunman, one William Spengler, was already banned from owning guns.  Spengler served 17 years in prison for killing his grandmother with a hammer in 1980.

440+ School Age Children Shot in Gun-Controlled Chicago.  Chicago has been a shining city on a hill for gun-grabbers for decades.  In fact, so extreme is the gun control in the Windy City that prior to the 2010 Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. Chicago, you couldn't even have a gun in your own house with which to defend yourself or your family. [...] Yet the truth is more than 440 school-age children have been shot in Chicago in 2012.

The facts, worldwide, do not validate the case for gun control.  Most Americans may not be aware of it, but attacks on children and teenagers are nowadays as prevalent in China — a country where ordinary citizens are not allowed to own firearms, even selectively — as in the United States. [...] Norway is another democratic country with restrictive gun regulations.  That did not prevent Anders Behring Breivik from randomly shooting students on Utoya island near Oslo in 2011, and killing 69 of them.

The Assault Weapons Ban: How Silly Was It?  Revisiting the comically incompetent law which President Obama wishes to reinstate.

What Happened When Guns Were Banned in Australia:  After Australia banned and confiscated guns from their citizens, promising them safety in return for their weapons, violent crime dramatically increased:
Armed robbery +69%
Assault with guns +28%
Gun murders +19%
Home invasions +21%

Gun Free Zones.  By making schools a "gun free zone", you automatically disarm all law abiding citizens at those locations.  This is tantamount to placing a sign on the front of the building inviting criminals and mentally deranged persons to come shoot up the place.  "Come on in.  We're all unarmed, by law.  We won't interfere with your mayhem."

County Police Chief Recommends Arming School Personnel.  St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says it is time to talk about arming civilian school personnel following Friday's massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, comparing it to arming airline pilots after September 11, 2001.

Gun Restrictions Leave People Vulnerable and Helpless .  With just one single exception, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the United States in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.  This isn't random.  If it were, 98 or 99 percent of the attacks would occur in areas where people are allowed to carry concealed handguns for protection.  Yet, all these attacks are squeezed into the tiny areas where guns are banned.

446 school age children shot in Chicago so far this year with strongest gun laws in country — media silent.  The cesspool known as Chicago probably has the toughest gun laws in the country, yet despite all the shootings, murders, and bloodshed, you never hear a peep about this from the corrupt state run media.  In Chicago, there have been 446 school age children shot in leftist utopia run by Rahm Emanuel and that produced Obama, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, etc.  62 school aged children have actually been killed by crazed nuts in Chicago so far this year with almost two weeks to go.  So why isn't this news worthy?

Disastrous Gun Law Sparked School Shootings .  During the height of gun control fever during the first Bush Presidency, the Congress passed the Gun Free School Zones act of 1990.  It was designed to make it impossible for ordinary people to carry guns most places, because it forbid the carrying of guns within a thousand feet of a school.  If you overlap the 1000 foot gun free zones that surround schools in most cities and towns, no one can go about their daily business without intersecting one of these zones at some time.  The Gun Free School Zone act was quickly challenged in the courts, and found to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court under the interstate commerce clause, in U.S. v. Lopez, 1995.

Time for Schools to be Gun-free Free.  If there's anything the Newtown massacre has proven, it's that school zones billed as "gun-free" cannot be guaranteed to thus be.  They're only virtually certain to be good-guy-gun-free.  And it's time for this symbolism-over-substance policy to end.

The Only Way to Stop School Shootings.  Suppose that [Senator Dianne] Feinstein had somehow been able to make all magazines larger than 10 rounds disappear overnight.  Mass murderer Adam Lanza would have had to switch magazines more frequently but, as he was the only armed person present in the school, he could have done that at his leisure.

School Security, Not Disarming, Should Be Debated.  Disarming our citizenry won't protect schools; it didn't, for instance, stop 52 public school students from being fatally shot during the 2009-11 school years in heavily gun-controlled Chicago.

Media Ignore Shootings in Chicago.  My guess is that the media's lack of interest in Chicago's ongoing murder spree has a lot to do with the lack of political upside in reporting on the story.  Because what's happening in Chicago can't in any way be blamed on Republicans, conservative ideas, or a lack of left-wing ideas, the media would prefer to pretend the murders aren't happening.  You see, the media can't blame the murders on a lack of gun control, because Chicago has the toughest gun control laws in the country.

Until We All Understand Police Limitations, Some Will Put Faith in Gun Control.  [Scroll down slowly]  The police are by and large practical people.  They do their best to do what works, because anything else can cost lives.  They know that gun-free school zones are actually "victim disarmament zones," areas killers can attack with the assurance no one will be able to resist them.  They know people planning the mass murder of children will not be deterred by any law restricting guns.  They also know guns aren't the only means of causing harm, as was the case recently in Casper, WY, where a teacher was murdered by his son, who fired an arrow into his head and ultimately killed him by stabbing him with a knife.  A knife the son then used to kill himself.

Gun Control Laws Don't Work.  [Scroll down]  We have crossed a line in America where violence is no longer a rare event.  It should be expected.  Why?  Decades of declining moral values, increasing violence in movies, television, music and video games, the increasing removal of religion, and the crumbling family unit.

Invincible Ignorance.  Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of "gun control" advocates?  The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns.  They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available.  If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive.

DC area murders

Gun Crime Soars in England Where Guns Are Banned.  [Scroll down]  For further reference, it is important to keep in mind that Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington are all located in Virginia, a state that allows concealed carry of handguns with a permit.  The chart above shows these areas have always had the lowest crime rates compared to Washington D.C. and Maryland where concealed carry is either banned or extremely difficult to do lawfully.

Lesson Of Sandy Hook, Clackamas — Ban Gun-Free Zones.  In the target-rich environment of the Clackamas Town Center two weeks before Christmas, the shooter managed to kill only two people before killing himself.  A far worse tragedy was prevented when he was confronted by a hero named Nick Meli.  As the shooter was having difficulty with his weapon, Meli pulled his and took aim, reluctant to fire lest an innocent bystander be hit.  But he didn't have to pull the trigger:  The shooter fled when confronted, ending his own life before it could be done for him.  We will never know how many lives were saved by an armed citizen that day.

And yet...
No Co-Sponsors for Bill to Repeal 1990 Gun-Free Zone Act.  In the wake of the of the horrific Sandy Hook School massacre, questions are arising about the effectiveness of the 1990 Gun Free School Zones Act (GFSZA). [...] Despite claiming success as a result of the legislation's enactment in 1991, the NCPC does not mention students and faculty across the country who have been slaughtered in various shootings on school grounds.

The Wages Of Gun Control.  Gun control laws — as well as "gun free zones" — do nothing more than disarm the law abiding, with of course disastrous effect when a gun is needed for defense of self and others.

Guns Save Lives.  Gun laws are laws against self-defense.  Criminals have the initiative.  They choose the time, place and manner of their crimes, and they tend to make choices that maximize their own, not their victims', success.  So criminals don't attack people they know are armed, and anyone thinking of committing mass murder is likely to be attracted to a gun-free zone, such as schools and malls.

10 people shot on Friday in Chicago, the city with the strictest gun control laws.  In August 2012, 13 people were shot in 30 minutes in Chicago.  Now, you might think that Chicago has some of the most permissive gun control laws in the country — especially if you were a leftist.  But that's not the case. Chicago is run by an anti-gun radical named Rahm Emmanuel, and they basically have a de facto ban on guns in the entire city.  So how is banning guns working for them?

Chicago Shootings Spike 49% In November Despite Strict Gun Laws.  There were 192 shootings in Chicago throughout the month of November — a 49 percent increase from a year earlier — according to police records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.  In November of 2011, Chicago recorded 129 shootings compared to the 192 shootings this November.  Police records also reveal that shootings increased more than 11 percent in the first 11 months of 2012 compared with a year earlier.

Gun-free zones provide false sense of security.  If there's someone present with a gun when a mass shooting begins, the shooter is likely to be shot himself.  And, in fact, many mass shootings — from the high school shooting by Luke Woodham in Pearl, Miss., to the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo., where an armed volunteer shot the attacker — have been terminated when someone retrieved a gun from a car or elsewhere and confronted the shooter.  Policies making areas "gun free" provide a sense of safety to those who engage in magical thinking, but in practice, of course, killers aren't stopped by gun-free zones.  As always, it's the honest people — the very ones you want to be armed — who tend to obey the law.

It's Time to End Gun-Free Zones.  At home I own several firearms, and frankly, anyone forcing entry to my home would have a very short life expectancy.  However, each day I have to send my children off to a place where the only protection they have is the ideology of wishful thinking.

Progressive Policies Are to Blame for the Mass Shooting in Sandy Hook.  [Scroll down]  What is clear, is that decades of failed liberal policy have made it difficult to force people with severe mental diseases to be treated or institutionalized.  And, then we are all shocked when these same dysfunctional individuals go on a shooting rampage like we witnessed today [12/14/2012] in Newtown.

Libertarian Party: Repeal Law Designating Schools as 'Gun-Free Zones'.  "We've created a 'gun-free zone,' a killing zone, for the sickest criminals on the face of the Earth," said R. Lee Wrights, vice-chair of the Libertarian Party.  "We've given them an open killing field, and we've made the children of this country the victims."  Wrights argued that the presence of guns on campus would be a strong deterrent:  "They're not going to walk into a police station, and why not?  Because that's where the guns are," he said.

Another Mass Murder in Gun Free Zone.  This tragedy happened despite the school district implementing new a "new safety policy designed to prevent situations such as what happened on Friday."  These new protocols included:
  •   Locking exterior doors during the day.
  •   Visitors required to ring the doorbell and register at the office.
  •   Photo ID required if staff didn't recognize you.
There was no provision for training and arming teachers and qualified parents.  This was wishful thinking, assuming that everybody was "nice" and that an insane person bent on publicity would behave by the rules.  As with nearly all mass murders, this occurred in a gun-free zone.  The shooter was breaking the law as soon as he carried a firearm onto school property.

Chicago Shootings Spike 49% In November Despite Strict Gun Laws.  There were 192 shootings in Chicago throughout the month of November — a 49 percent increase from a year earlier — according to police records obtained by the Chicago Tribune. [...] [Mayor Rahm] Emanuel's intentions are no doubt well intentioned, but like many cities with strict gun laws, the disarming of law-abiding citizens doesn't remove guns from the hands of those who wish to do harm.

Gun Control In Action: 3 Killed by a Knife-Wielding Attacker on a 'Gun-Free' Campus.  An attack on Friday [11/30/2012] at a college in Wyoming left three people dead, including the alleged attacker.  The assailant used a bow and arrow and a knife and, despite the "gun-free campus" policy, was still, nonetheless, able to kill.  How many more people have to die before society can just accept that this world is filled with dangerous people and that guns, when placed in the proper hands of responsible citizens, can greatly aid in the decline of senseless mayhem?

Gun crimes don't happen because of 'weak' laws.  By combining data from the Census Bureau and the FBI, we see that in states with the death penalty for murder, the murder rate in 2010 was 25 percent higher than in non-death-penalty states.  According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, California, where in April a man in Oakland shot 10 innocent people in a college classroom, ranks among the states with the strictest gun laws.  Likewise, New York and New Jersey have some of the strictest gun laws in the nation but have a higher murder rate than Ohio and Virginia, where gun laws are among the weakest.  The states with the lowest murder rates are Vermont and New Hampshire.  Those two states rank among the ones with the weakest gun laws.

Profiles in cowardice: the 2012 Obama platform.  President Obama is running from a crime scene. [...] When he was a candidate and lawmaker from Southside Chicago, Barack Obama endorsed a complete ban on handgun ownership.  He also voted to ban most commonly owned rifles and shotguns, and even voted against legal protections for people who used firearms to defend themselves or their families from deadly attacks.  Despite a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared Chicago's gun ban unconstitutional, the city's stifling restrictions on gun ownership make it nearly impossible for law-abiding citizens to use a firearm for self-defense.  So far this year, 369 people have been murdered in Chicago despite the city's draconian gun control laws.

Why are Gun Ownership Numbers in U.S. Highest since 1993?  The notion that one can keep criminals from acquiring firearms is idiotic.  In cities like Chicago with laws that all but deny gun ownership, the murder rate is off the charts.  By June, 228 residents of Chicago had been killed, compared to 44 troops in Afghanistan's combat zones.

Congratulations to Mayor Rahm Emanuel for Chicago's successful gun control policies: only 19 shot in 18 hours yesterday!  Well done, Mayor Tu-Tu:  your continued support of draconian and unconstitutional gun control measures is working! [...] Curious how the cities that are most restrictive when it comes to law-abiding citizens possessing firearms to protect themselves and their loved ones are also the cities that are awash in violent crime.

CNN Reports 8 Shot in NYC, Overlooks 19 Shot in Chicago.  This means Chicago is at approximately 37 shooting deaths for the month of August alone.  And the city is still on track for 500 gun related deaths this calendar year.  Is there any chance CNN might see a pattern here?  Might they not recognize that the Chicago example utterly destroys the claim that gun control saves lives?

Fanning the flames of left-wing violence.  To borrow from President Obama's Black Nationalist mentor, Jeremiah Wright, the Southern Poverty Law Center's hate-baiting chickens "have come home to roost."  The hard-left group has become everything it presumes to expose.  On Wednesday, homosexual activist Floyd Corkins entered the Washington-based Family Research Council (FRC) armed with a gun and a backpack full of ammunition. [...] The only thing standing between Corkins and mass murder was FRC facilities manager and security specialist Leo Johnson.  As Corkins shouted disapproval for FRC's "politics," he shot Johnson who, despite a severely wounded arm, managed to tackle Corkins and disarm him (of course, this is all impossible as it's illegal in Washington, D.C., to carry a concealed weapon).

Chicago has had tough gun control laws for decades.
The Deadliest Global City.  Among what are considered Alpha world cities, Chicago has the highest murder rate — higher even than the Third World metropolises of Mexico City and Sao Paolo.

The Right To Shoot Back: Another "Gun-Free-Zone" Fail.  Colorado is a concealed-carry state, as a noted film critic points out, but so was Virginia when a college campus there was racked by violence.  Like the school, the theater chain was also "gun-free."

From Aurora to Chicago.  If more gun control is all it takes to prevent tragedies, then Chicago ought to be the safest city in the United States as it has had the strictest municipal gun laws in the country for the past thirty years.  Yet slightly more than halfway through 2012, more than 200 people have been killed in Chicago by gunfire. [...] If the massacre in Colorado deserves a public conversation, then surely so does the ongoing violence in Chicago.  Yet liberals aren't so eager to have a public conversation about the fiefdom run by former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.


        "After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it."
William S. Burroughs               


This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart

Record low support for gun control.  The jump in support for handguns shows what an utter failure the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has been.  Handgun use is up, yet gun homicides are down, contrary to what the Brady Campaign has preached for a quarter-century.  The Supreme Court ruling in the Heller case which struck down D.C.'s virtual gun ban (followed by the McDonald case which did the same thing in Chicago) reflected not only the Constitution but public opinion.

Good thing they have tough gun laws.  New York City has the most restrictive gun law in the nation.  One needs the permission of government to own even a shotgun. ... With such restrictions placed on gun ownership, it should be unimaginable and impossible for 46 people to be shot within 48 hours in New York City.  And yet that is exactly what happened this weekend.

Should We Ban Farm Tools?  [Scroll down]  We just passed the one year anniversary of when Anders Brevik killed 77 people in Norway — the vast majority with his firearm — in the country that has what may be the strictest gun control laws in the Western world.  What was Hollywood's response then? [...] In fact, Chicago's violent crime rates went through the floor when the Supreme Court removed a handgun ban.  There are plenty of statistics to support the fact that more concealed weapons generally lead to less crime.  It's just common sense.  If gun ownership becomes illegal, the bad guys will continue to buy guns illegally (as they do now), and the good guys will not have that self-defense option available to them.

Five Rights the Left Doesn't Want You to Have.  The left really hates guns — especially when law-abiding citizens own them.  The far left thinks people who use guns are mostly redneck, oftentimes violent, and supremely ignorant of what it takes to create a happy society.  If they had their way, all guns would be banned and violence would forever cease to exist in our great country.  Why, look at Chicago where a ban on handguns was on the books for nearly 30 years.  They've had no problems — except for the rampant killings by criminals with access to guns.  Other than that, the ban has worked great!

Illusion of Safety:  The False Promise of Gun-Free Zones.  Mandating college campuses be gun-free zones provides as much safety as holding your hands over your eyes.  Danger is either there or it's not.  Holding your hands over your eyes so you can't see danger has nothing to do with whether danger is approaching. … How could a fatal shooting happen in a place where guns are not allowed?  The answer:  Gun-free zones don't make college students or their campuses safe.

Here's more proof that 'disarmed' and 'victim' are synonymous.  It's one thing to be homicidal and suicidal, but it's quite another to consider that one's murderous intent could be brought to an untimely halt through the immediate application of superior firepower.  However, there are places that draw these people like magnets, and they, too, are easy to locate:  They are the places where the possession of firearms is forbidden, and that fact is widely advertised.  Some of these places even go so far as to publicly display their vulnerability to mass murder through the posting of signs that say "No Guns Permitted" or "Gun-Free Zone."

Going postal in gun-free zones.  It should be no surprise that evil strikes in areas of least resistance.  People intent on committing mass murder seek a high level of certainty that they will not face immediate armed confrontation.

Gun Control Linked to Milwaukee Crime Spike, Group Says.  A recent crime spike in the city of Milwaukee is an example of how gun-control laws can lead to more crime, according to a group that advocates for gun ownership.

Gun Control Disarmed Sean Taylor.  There are some lessons that we should learn from the murder of the Washington Redskins football star Sean Taylor.  Taylor was gunned down in his Miami house.  It did not have to be.  Taylor, by submitting to a bad law, brought a knife to a gun fight.  To be precise, Taylor was trying to defend himself, his fiancé and their child with a machete.  Why would he have not had a gun?

Skewed views of crime:  Self-defense against criminals is anathema to the left in both Britain and the United States.  But in Britain the left has greater predominance.  Britons who have caught burglars in their homes and held them at gunpoint until the police arrived have found themselves charged with a crime — even when using only a toy gun.  Given the prevailing view in the British criminal justice system that burglary is a "minor" offense and the fierce hostility to guns, even toy guns, the homeowner is far likelier than is the burglar to end up behind bars.

Gov. Should Compensate Crime Victims, Says Gun Rights Group.  Wisconsin's Democratic governor should reimburse victims of recent armed robberies in the state because its citizens are not permitted to carry concealed weapons and protect themselves when confronted by criminals, a gun rights group said.  It's "time for politicians to pay the price for their decisions," said Joe Waldron, executive director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), pointing to Gov. Jim Doyle's opposition to concealed carry laws.

 Excellent!   Paul Harvey on Guns:  In 1929 the Soviet Union established gun control.  From 1929 to 1953, approximately 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.  In 1911, Turkey established gun control.  From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.  China established gun control in 1935.  From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.  [The list goes on and on.]

The Tragic Results of Gun Control:  A look at history will show us that gun control does not benefit ordinary citizens.  In fact it makes them far more likely to fall victim to violent crime.  After a thorough investigation of the history of gun control, any logical-thinking person can only come to one conclusion — gun control advocates are either ignorant or they are evil.

Gun free in D.C.:  This is life in "gun free" Washington, D.C.  No one is safe.  Marion Barry's a victim of a home invasion.  Supreme Court Justice David Souter was assaulted while jogging last year.  Teresa Heinz was mugged outside her Georgetown home.  Wanda Alston, the head of the mayor's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Affairs was murdered in a home invasion robbery.  You are not safe in Washington, D.C.  No one is.

Fables, Myths & Other Tall Tales:  Washington, D.C.'s ban on handgun sales took effect in 1977 and by the 1990s the city's murder rate had tripled.  During the years following the ban, most murders — and all firearm murders — in the city were committed with handguns.  Chicago imposed handgun registration in 1968, and murders with handguns continued to rise.  Its registration system in place, Chicago imposed a D.C.-style handgun ban in 1982, and over the next decade the annual number of handgun-related murders doubled.  [This list also goes on and on.]

Guns Banned in Britain; Crime Soars:  During the first two years after the ban went into effect, the criminal use of guns in street crimes soared 40 percent.

Knife crime rockets in UK.  Knifepoint robberies have doubled in the last two years according to a report. ... The figures mean on average in the last year there have been 175 knife robberies per day on the streets of England and Wales.

The fruits of gun control:  There are 164 muggings a day in London.

The Gun control Experiment - Two More Data Points:  Two seemingly unrelated recent events have highlighted fundamental flaws in the basic model of gun control.  They involve the national gun registry in Canada and a small gun shop in Tacoma, Washington.



Three Reports from Australia

The first two give details about a gun buy-back program, saying it hasn't helped at all.  The third article say exactly the opposite.  I'll leave it up to you to sort it out.

Buyback has no effect on murder rate.  Half a billion dollars spent buying back hundreds of thousands of guns after the Port Arthur massacre had no effect on the homicide rate, says a study published in an influential British journal.

Gun Buyback is not Helping.  Half a billion dollars spent buying back hundreds of thousands of guns after the Port Arthur massacre — a 1996 killing spree that claimed 35 lives and caused 37 serious injuries in Tasmania, Australia — had no effect on the homicide rate, says a study published in an influential British journal.

Gun deaths in rapid decline since buyback.  The risk of dying by gunshot has dropped dramatically since the gun buyback scheme was introduced after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, a new report says.  Dr. Philip Alpers, a University of Sydney academic who helped write the report, said the buyback saw the number of gun deaths a year fall from an average of 521 to 289, "suggesting that the removal of more than 700,000 guns was associated with a faster declining rate of gun suicide and gun homicide".



Everyone is checked for guns — except known terrorists!  Database used on law-abiding Americans while al-Qaida and other enemies get a free ride.  Even the names of suspected al-Qaida cell members in the U.S. would not show up in a background check by a gun store.

More Gun Control, Please!  Why does Washington, D.C., a district whose laws make it illegal to buy, possess, transport or acquire a handgun, experience the highest per capita murder rates in the nation?

More gun control, please -- Part II:  Why do the media refer to the "epidemic" of school shootings?  In fact, the number of rampage killings since the mid-1970s has not been on an upward trend.  Why did many in the media fail to report that, in at least three school shootings, Edinboro, Pa., Appalachian Law School and Pearl, Miss., someone used a firearm to halt the shooting?

NY Jury Rules Gun Industry Not Cause of Minority Violence.  After five days of deliberation, a jury in Brooklyn, N.Y., found on Wednesday [05/14/2003] that 45 gun makers and distributors were not to blame for rising violence in minority communities.

Racist Rampage in N.Y. Bar Shows "Failure of Gun Control":  A weekend shooting rampage at a bar and restaurant on Manhattan's East Side is a clear demonstration that New York's gun control laws have failed to protect the public, says a gun rights group.

How Many Gun Laws Are There? Study Disputes 20,000 Number.  Why pass more gun laws, when there are 20,000 of them on the books that should be enforced?  Many gun owners use that argument in the effort to stop gun-control groups from infringing on their Second Amendment rights.

None Dare Call it a "Hate Crime":  A heavily armed black man allegedly shot three people and tried to set patrons at a Manhattan bar on fire Sunday [6/17/2002] before being wounded by officers and arrested in what police said was a racially motivated attack.

Echoes of "Fahrenheit 451" Haunt England:  Laws against self-defense have sent to jail Englishmen who would have been hailed as crime-fighting heroes in America.  Years of expenditures and sacrifice have simply created the world's safest working conditions for criminals.  Instead of repealing the counterproductive laws, English politicians prefer to pile on more laws outlawing knives, air guns and toys.  Their utter faith in government and their complete ignorance of human nature is stunning.

Part 1 of 2: Guns and Violence:  Did you know that a person's chances of being mugged in London are six times higher than in New York City?  Did you know that assault, robbery and burglary rates are far higher in England than in the United States?

Part 2 of 2: How the British Maximize Crime:  Blaming violence on guns and fanning hysteria over accidental deaths to children from firearms are staples of anti-gun propaganda.  Media help gun-control zealots spread false information that gun ownership and self-defense are certain paths to injury and death.

Tough Gun Laws Fail to Halt German Columbine:  Germany has some of the toughest gun control laws in the world, but that didn't stop a gunman from opening fire [4/26/2002] in an Erfurt school, killing 18 people and wounding six.  How could this have happened in a country where private gun ownership has been virtually outlawed?

Anti-gun Crackdown Didn't Lower Crime:  Higher licensing fees, mandatory background checks and a crackdown on part-time gun dealers, all changes that went into effect in the mid-1990s, had little to do with America's drop in violent crime in the years that followed, according to a new study from a criminologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gun Control Misfires in Europe:  European gun laws have everything American gun control proponents advocate.  Yet, the three very worst public shootings in the last year all occurred in Europe.  Indeed around the world, from Australia to England, countries that have recently strengthened gun control laws with the promise of lowering crime have instead seen violent crime soar.

Britain, Australia top U.S. in violent crime Rates Down Under increase despite strict gun-control measures.

UK ban on handguns has not lowered gun crime figures.

Gun laws offer no protection.

Impact of the Brady Act on Homicide and Suicide Rates:  After the act took effect, and with almost no prosecutions for felonious attempts to obtain guns, President Clinton claimed that the law worked and should be expanded to cover gun shows, where he mistakenly thought the NRA had said criminals got their guns.  Actually, the same survey found that less than 0.5% of criminals obtained guns from gun shows.

Crime keeps Cincinnati reeling:  During the first five months of the year [2002], there were 30 homicides in Cincinnati, up from 17 in the same period of 2001.  Rapes were up 36.7%, and the number of armed robberies soared as well.

Study says Guns are No Safer When Locked Up:  Trigger locks and gun safes don't reduce the number of gun accidents, and they actually put gun owners and their families in greater danger, a new report says.

Gun Control Makes Cities Dangerous Places to Live:  Crime statistics released Monday by the FBI suggest strongly that tough gun control laws do little to curb violent crime.  Interestingly enough, cities having strict gun control laws saw their respective crime rates jump well in excess of the national average.

Wake Up, Maryland:  In Vermont, where citizens can legally carry a concealed firearm without a permit, the murder rate is half that of New Jersey's.  The District of Columbia has been waiting 25 years for its complete handgun ban to reduce crime, but it hasn't happened yet.  England has waited five years for its handgun prohibition to work, but crime has gone up, not down.

Britain, Australia top U.S. in violent crime:  Rates Down Under increase despite [or because of] strict gun-control measures.

"Gun Control" Failures:  The federal Gun Control Act was imposed in 1968, yet violent crime increased until 1991.  Washington, D.C., banned handguns in 1976 and by 1991 its homicide rate had tripled, while the U.S. rate had risen only 12%.  Chicago, the only other city to ban handguns, has had more murders than any city for the last two years.  Despite having some of the most restrictive gun laws, Maryland's robbery rate remains highest among the states, and Baltimore's murder rate has nearly overtaken D.C.'s.

Australia's Gun Control Failures:  It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed, a program costing the government more than $500 million.  The results are in:  Homicides are up 3.2 percent.  Assaults are up 8.6 percent.  Armed robberies are up 44 percent.

Response to the article, "Realistic solutions to gun violence":  Gun prohibition heaven, Massachusetts, has five times the violence of gun prohibition hell, Vermont, where just anybody can carry a hidden handgun to protect themselves.

A sterling exampleIf you are looking at England as a model of gun control, says Kevin Baker, you'd best look elsewhere.  There's plenty that the anti-gun nuts aren't telling you.

Lessons From Columbine High:  Enough is enough.  Enough of lies, fallacies, and manipulative clichés.  Enough of scapegoating and distractions.  We cannot hope to put an end to the carnage wrought by the Dylan Klebolds and Eric Harrises in our communities by following the diversionary lead of Rosie, Bill and Hillary, and HCI propagandists.  You do not need to be a "gun nut" to recognize the Big Lie that undergirds the foundational premise of their arguments:  that it is the prevalence of guns in America and the ease of access to firearms that is responsible for the lethal violence afflicting our society.



        "The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that is good."
— George Washington            


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