Gun-Banning U.S. Conference of Mayors Attacks National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity

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Gun-Banning U.S. Conference of Mayors Attacks National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- The U.S. Conference of Mayors met for their 85th Annual Meeting from June 23-26 in sunny Miami Beach, Fla.  Continuing a tradition almost as old as the meeting, the assembled mayors schemed on how to prevent the American people from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.

As one might expect, the resolution was long on rhetoric and short on facts. According to the preamble to the resolution, National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity legislation is “dangerous,” and is “completely antithetical to all of the efforts to reduce and prevent gun violence.” More broadly, the mayors contend that “gun laws play a significant role… in the rapid decline of violent crime.” The resolution was immediately applauded by former-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety.This year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio put forward a resolution expressing the USCM’s opposition to National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity legislation. The resolution was adopted, with only Mayor Billy Hewes of Gulfport, Miss. and Mayor Kyle Moore of Quincy, Ill. registering their opposition.

For 30 years, whenever Right-to-Carry legislation has been proposed in a new state, anti-gun activists have made hyperbolic predictions about the “carnage” that would result. None of these predictions have ever materialized. From the advent of the modern Right-to-Carry law in Florida in 1987 to today, the country has gone from having 10 Right-to-Carry states to 42 and permit reciprocity has improved. In that time period (to 2015) the violent crime rate decreased nearly 40 percent while the murder rate fell 41 percent.

A simple glance at the FBI’s violent crime statistics shows Right-to-Carry opponents’ fears have not come true. However, most of the academic research on Right-to-Carry laws has also shown that these laws either lessen or have no effect on crime rates.

Moreover, Right-to-Carry permit holders have proven themselves to be among the nation’s most law-abiding demographics. Right-to-Carry permit revocation data from Florida and Texas has repeatedly shown that permit holders are more law-abiding than the general public.

As to USCM’s sweeping contention about the general efficacy of gun laws, the evidence does not support their claim. A 2013 memo from the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice surveyed research on several types of gun controls popular with anti-gun activists, including so-called “universal” background checks, buybacks, magazine restrictions, and semi-auto bans. The NIJ argued that such controls were largely ineffective unless paired with further severe controls, such as confiscation. Similarly, a 2004 review of gun control by the National Academy of Sciences does not support USCM’s wild conclusions.

A History of Distortions and Support for Radical Gun Control

The sort of haphazard anti-gun rhetoric USCM adopted in Miami is nothing new for the organization. For nearly 50 years, USCM has advocated for the most radical forms of gun control.

In June 1972, USCM adopted a policy resolution on handgun control that called for the abolition of private handgun ownership. The resolution stated,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors takes a position of leadership and urges national legislation against the manufacture, importation, sale, and private possession of handguns, except for use by law enforcement personnel, military and sportsmen clubs;

Further, the resolution called on members to “educate the American public to the dangerous and appalling realities resulting from the private possession of handguns.” Not content to only target handguns, the policy also demanded legislation that “shall provide for the registration of all firearms.”

Like the latest USCM gun control resolution, a misleading preamble accompanied the 1972 policy statement. Despite the passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968 only four years earlier (which outlined most of the current categories of persons prohibited from possessing firearms), the preamble charged, “gun dealers today sell to the mentally ill, criminals, dope addicts, convicted felons, juveniles….” It also contended that “handguns are not generally used for sporting or recreational purposes, and such purposes do not require keeping handguns in private homes.”

[To see the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 1972 Policy Statement on Handgun Control, click here]

Anti Gun Mayor Tom Bradley
Anti Gun Mayor Tom Bradley

In the 1970s, the USCM held multiple national forums on handgun control and launched the Handgun Control Project, which was bankrolled by the George Gund Foundation and served to advance USCM’s gun control efforts. The project produced anti-gun books, pamphlets, and a gun control newsletter titled “Targeting in on Handgun Control.” The project also provided support to gun control activists. At their 1979 National Conference on Handgun Violence, USCM voted to create the National Alliance for Handgun Control Organizations in order to better coordinate state and local anti-gun efforts.

In this capacity USCM actively supported state and municipal efforts to ban handguns. In 1976 Massachusetts held a referendum on whether to ban handguns in the state. The measure was defeated by a margin of 2 to 1, but the U.S. Conference of Mayors published a book lionizing the anti-gun movement’s efforts in the state, titled, “People v. Handguns: The Campaign to Ban Handguns in Massachusetts.”

USCM was also a staunch advocate for Washington, D.C.’s unconstitutional handgun ban, which was passed in 1976. Following the enactment of the ban, USCM produced an analysis that purported to show the benefits of the new law. A subsequent review of USCM’s work conducted by the Congressional Research Service found “substantial evidence that the study is flawed by an inappropriate model,” and challenged its conclusions. USCM’s study was little more than anti-gun propaganda, as CRS explained, “Although the Firearms Control Act may have affected the crime rate in the District of Columbia, it is our judgment, based on the information at hand, that the study fails to establish such a relationship.”

In 1977, USCM published a book titled, “Organizing for Handgun Control: A Citizen’s Manual.” As the title suggests, the book was a how-to guide for those seeking to further the group’s anti-handgun agenda. In it, the organization took the position that the Second Amendment offered no protection to American gun owners, stating, “The amendment neither guarantees nor denies the right of individual citizens to carry guns or keep guns in their homes.” Reiterating this point, the same book accuses NRA of being “the leading self-appointed guardian of citizens’ mythical Constitutional right ‘to keep and bear arms.’”

Further, a 1975 USCM document accused gun rights supporters of “distorting” the facts about the Second Amendment. A 1979 USCM publication told readers, “A constitutional right to bear arms does not exist,” and noted, “the Second Amendment is an anachronism today.”

Of course, subsequent legal scholarship would refute USCM’s inaccurate position, as would the United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago.

Another constant theme USCM’s 1970s propaganda was their contention that an increase in the number of handguns in private hands would necessarily result in greater violence. For instance, in a 1977 publication, the organization contended,

The dramatic increase in handgun homicides, robberies, assaults, suicide, and accidents can be traced to an equally alarming increase in the volume of handguns distributed to the civilian market. If the present rate of increase is allowed to continue, there will be over 100 million handguns in American homes by the year 2000. It is unlikely that future generations of Americans will be able to manage a safe and harmonious society with such a volume of killing power so readily available.

U.S. Conference of Mayors wants to Ban Guns
U.S. Conference of Mayors wants to Ban Guns

Experience has proven this prediction demonstrably false.

Americans now own roughly 150 million handguns, and the U.S. continues to manufacture or import 6-7 million new handguns each year. FBI data shows that from 1977 to 2015 the violent crime rate has decreased by nearly 22 percent and the murder rate has fallen by 44 percent. Americans now live in a safer and more harmonious society than in 1977.

USCM’s Handgun Control Project was formally terminated at the end of 1981. However, despite the elimination of their formal anti-gun initiative, USCM has continued their attacks on the Second Amendment.

In the 1990’s USCM supported Bill Clinton’s gun control efforts and move to bankrupt the gun industry through frivolous litigation.

In 1994, USCM supported Clinton’s ban on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms. In 2004, after government-mandated research showed that the ban did not impact crime, USCM called for an extending the ban. In 2013, when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sought to enact a more onerous version of the 1994 ban, USCM supported her legislation.

Still holding onto their antiquated Second Amendment theories when Heller reached the Supreme Court in 2008, USCM joined with Legal Community Against Gun Violence (now Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence) in a friend of the court brief that argued in favor of upholding Washington, D.C.’s unconstitutional handgun ban.

In addition to the passage of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity, this year’s USCM meeting also featured a speech by Michael Bloomberg, where he announced that he would be giving $200 million of his vast fortune to a new city-focused policy initiative. According to the New York Times, the Bloomberg initiative “would serve in part as an extension of his advocacy for national policies that address climate change, gun violence, public health and immigration.”

It is yet unclear how Bloomberg’s new city initiative and USCM’s work on gun control might evolve. However, given the scale of Bloomberg’s new project, his friendly relationship with USCM, and USCM’s recent attack on National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity, Gun rights supporters should do all they can to inform others of this anti-gun group’s lengthy history of distortion, failed predictions, and support for the most radical forms of gun control.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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Mister Dillon, Mister Dillon, the outlaws are going to attack the stage, steal the gold and rape and murder all the passengers. What should we do?”
“Take away the guns from the passengers to avoid violence!” said Marshall Dillon.

Obviously a stupid thing to say yet that is what these mayors are saying. By the same logic take away the guns from teh police and military and there will be world peace.

Of course there were no murders, rapes, or tyranny before guns were invented.

Captain America
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Captain America

wOW! Of every 8 seconds a handgun is produced in the usLet’s work on cutting that in half! And in the time it took to read the propaganda poster only one was sold that really does need to be worked on and doubled or tripled!! Of course it’s dangerous that’s why every police officer and serviceman carry a gun or two or more! ,For dealing with a violent criminal or a terrorist. I wouldn’t have it any other way!!

bill
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bill

Primary these Mayors! There is demonstrable proof “more Guns Less Crime”. It works EVERY time it’s tried. Ever wonder why those Antifa assholes never try their shit in a Shall Issue state? They don’t like getting their asses shot off!

Michael D. Jevnager
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Michael D. Jevnager

Bill, You have it SO RIGHT AMIGO. That trash stays where it is safe. Buy another gun, I am going to, and ammo if it is a new to me caliber.

tomcat
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tomcat

Get a list of these posers and vote their dirty a** out of office and run them out of town on a rail. Oh, they have protection.

Silence Dogood
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Silence Dogood

Should be accurately renamed as the: U.S. Conference of “Blue City” Mayors

fishunter
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fishunter

You may as-well add Socialist/Communist Mayors. Those that want to confiscate our guns are following the same dictates as those leaders. Any Mayor who is following Bloomberg and the others (all seem from crime ridden cities) are essentially anti-American and fall into the category of Communists.

John W. H.
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John W. H.

Should be ” us communist mayors “

idadho
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idadho

A simple analysis of the party affiliations of these participating mayors would be interesting. I doubt many are republicans. They want to maintain control of the people and oppress their rights.

PASTORGLOCK
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PASTORGLOCK

Hey bloomberg F**k you and your worthless buddies! You’re a disgrace to the greatness of AMERICA. LAND OF THE FREE! You have no right to tell me a Law abiding NON felon citizen of America how to defend my family & myself. I will use ANY tool necessary to protect me & mine from the criminals you & buddies protect with your early release or non jail sentences. Its a sad day when hard working law abiding citizens have to suffer while the criminals you protect and defend thrive. Maybe one day someone will high five your forehead hard enough… Read more »

BillyBob Texas
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BillyBob Texas

HERE’s the FINAL SOLUTION – LOW COST. GUARANTEED TO WORK. GUARANTEED TO SAVE MONEY:

Take away ALL the armed bodyguards of the Mayor’s and their staffs. ALL.

This $hit would get changed TOMORROW!!

MR. CHARLES
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MR. CHARLES

BillyBob Texas: You forgot somebody – The City & County Council members, State Legislators and Governors, Federal Judges, Representatives and Senators, Federal Police Officers (All kinds), Federal Cabinet Officers, Directors of all Federal Agencies. That should be enough.
Actors and actresses, Liberal Media Reporters, Leaders of Political Parties, and PAC groups. These could be thrown in as well.

fishunter
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fishunter

Congress seems to believe that they belong to a “self-protected” group by claiming they need concealed carry in DC. I believe they do, but so does every other law-abiding citizen. It would be interesting to have your state Congressman/Congresswoman stand beside you and say that they warrant the right to carry, but that you do not! Perhaps all of us, at our next local meeting should pose this question to the ones asking for your vote. Since I live in Colorado and Tipton is in my county, I would like to personally pose this question to him. Hey Scott, how… Read more »

Bill Kane
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Bill Kane

This is just one more example of why this country is where it is. We elect idiots to public office and problems do not get solved. Who’s fault is it? If you are thinking yours and mine you might be on the right path.

John Pahl
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John Pahl

When are you elected dirt bags going to get your head out of it and realize that the criminal does not follow the letter of the law and you leave the average citizen no way to protect himself. You worthless elected officals have your own body guards and what does the average citizen have? NOTHING….

David Telliho
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David Telliho

To the editor ; You may forward my comment to the Mayors anti-gun conference. I encourage all gun owners to resist and carry your weapon regardless of what these mayors say. RESIST ! For myself, I will carry my weapon where-ever and when ever I deem necessary. No gang of wanna be tyrants will force me to bow to them.

Vanns40
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Vanns40

@David Telliho: No, don’t forward anything. YOU call the NRA and your Congressmen and demand that National Reciprocity be passed this year or there will be no more monetary support to either and they’ll have a tough time getting your vote in 2018. They’re sitting on the fence, on their butts, letting this Bill be stalled in both Houses. Accept no excuses, tell them to pass it this year.

David Telliho
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David Telliho

I agree. My disgust and anger came out. You, of course are right. I`ve even basically said the same ting to others who got over emotional over this issue. I think sometimes our well fed and well paid politicians would be perfectly content with a total gun ban. Very few would stand up for us. Money, power,and their re-election is what motivates the majority. That`s why I would like to tell them where to shove their desires,and at the very least urge them to poo-poo in their hat&pull it down over their ears. I`ve little to -0 respect for these… Read more »

MBH
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MBH

They want Sanctuary Cities where illegals, thugs, dope dealers, rapist and criminals of all kinds are protected, but the law biding citizen is not. Why is that?

Robert J.Lucas
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Robert J.Lucas

Because they are on the take.

Robert J. Lucas
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Robert J. Lucas

See the pattern here? Are the mayor’s that are against CC interstate reciprocity on the take from various organizations funded by George Soros?

fishunter
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fishunter

This is a real possibility. Reportedly, Soros is placing $200 million into anti-gun agendas.