From the NRA Institute for Legislative Action:
We have seen a generation of gun-grabbers rise and fall. The new generation of gun-grabbers are pushing for the same tired and baseless policies that won’t so much as inconvenience criminals. We understand the emotional response to violence and the desire to “do something.”
But that “something” has to be the right thing, a policy that will be effective on the target population and is backed by sound evidence. To design a policy that will stop criminals from getting guns, the first step should be to find out where criminals get guns.
Fortunately, the Bureau of Justice Statistics within the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice just this week released a report that provides this very information. The report is the “Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016” and its findings are quite clear.
Gun control laws affect only law abiding citizens. Gun control laws have no effect on gun violence because the laws are not effective against the sort or people who commit gun violence. All the sources for a criminal to get a gun are already illegal under state and federal laws. These laws carry stiff penalties. Criminals don’t care and they have no concern over violating the laws against every possible manner in which they obtain firearms.
Here is something to think about. Say we found a way to disarm criminals. We have not found it and probably won’t ever find it, but just assume we do and the criminals all lose every venue they have for getting a gun. What will happen then? Only law abiding citizens will have guns in that scenario.
You know what will happen. Criminals will get bold and start targeting legal gun owners to steal their guns. But won’t a legal gun owner just defend himself with his gun? Sure, if the attack is just one or two attackers. A single criminal without gun would probably hesitate to attack a citizen with a gun. So they would likely resort to disparity of force. The single gun owner would be attacked by a mob. It would be a sudden attack meant to surprise the legal gun owner and subdue him before he could react.
So there you have it. Gun control does not inconvenience criminals. Gun control not only does not inconvenience criminals, it actually gives aid and comfort to maniacs and active shooters who seek out gun-free zones in which to carry out their carnage. And even if it did the criminals would still find a way to get guns.
Does anyone think it would ever be possible to disarm all law abiding Americans so that criminals would not any source for guns? No, there are about 400 millions guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens and there is no way the government is ever going to get them. Australia tried that and they probably got less than one-third of legal guns. There has been no reduction in criminal violence in Australia.
Even were it possible for all gun to suddenly disappear, would that mean less violence. No, it could mean more violence because the strong would rule the weak. Before gun powder was discovered was the world a peaceful place. Certainly not. It was rather a very violent world in which weaker and older people lived at the mercy of younger and stronger people. Knives existed before guns and were and remain formidable weapons.
It’s time to admit that gun control mainly is a psychic high for liberals who hate gun owners. Allowing mentally twisted people to assuage their hatred of their fellow citizens who lawfully own guns is not a legitimate government function.
OK, after all the ugliness of Democrats trying to disarm peaceful people and make them vulnerable to criminal attack, let’s look at something beautiful. It’s the product of a skilled artist named John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) and its called “Canny Glasgow.” It’s uncanny how this master painter created a night street scene and handles light with perfection.
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