by Alan J Chwick & Joanne D Eisen
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- There is a generational amnesia that we must overcome. For example, if one was born too late to remember the multiple affairs of John F. Kennedy (JFK), one must study history to know about them, and that they took place in the White House, during his presidency.
So, if one discusses today's national politics and hears an accusation that President Trump is an abomination because he had an active sex life before he took office and one does not know about JFK, or for that matter, Bill Clinton, one would lose the argument because of ignorance. Not because of merit.
Today, the ignorant anti-gun mob appear to be even more insane than ever, and it is up to the Second Amendment grassroots folks, like us, to educate the ignorant – both friends and foes.
We note obstructionists threatening the lives of conservative politicians. Their hostility can quickly dissolve into violence, and that possibility is something we must be prepared for, though we wish to avoid it.
We note the constant filthy mouth of David Hogg attempting to extort Publix Markets. The likelihood is that Mr. Hogg will be alive long after President Trump is dead. We must train the less informed among us to become our most knowledgeable. One learns while one teaches. Don't be afraid to read something ten times, or to ask for help.
Let's look to the past for some help, and let us concentrate now on those biased researchers who try to find negative data about civilian gun possession. These researchers and writers could find no benefits to gun possession, but neither could they find violence reducing laws. And we know they would have if they could have! It's just that the Black Market always keeps getting in the way of the promised peaceful society.
The following articles are here for example:
- In 2000, Jens Ludwig and Philip Cook examined the results of the 1994 Brady Act background check. Their objective was to find a reduction in homicide and suicide rates. They could not.
They concluded, “implementation of the Brady Act appears to have been associated with reductions in the firearm suicide rate for persons aged 55 years or older but not with reductions in homicide rates or overall suicide rates.”
- In 2003, the Centers For Disease Control, philosophical firearms banners, published a report online “evaluating the effectiveness of strategies for preventing violence.” They evaluated rifle bans, waiting periods, “shall Issue” carry laws, and other restrictive gun laws.
And they were forced to conclude, “The Task Force found insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any firearms laws or combination of laws reviewed on violent outcomes.” The Table at the end specifies “insufficient evidence to determine effectiveness.”
We should remember that these folks would lie if they could get away with it. We should accept their findings! Restrictive gun laws do not work as promised by our power-crazed politicians and by ignorants like David Hogg.
- In 2005, the National Research Council published a book Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review (The book is available online). Their committee did not “credibly demonstrate a causal relationship between the ownership of firearms and the causes or prevention of criminal violence or suicide.”
They examined laws designed to reduce access to criminals and unqualified persons and found that pro and con arguments were based on speculation, not evidence. They write, “It is simply not known whether it is possible too shut down illegal pipelines of guns to criminals nor the costs of doing so.” That's cleaned up scientific jargon that means the black market trumps all the laws they can think of, short of repealing the Second Amendment.
They could not find evidence that the 1994 federal assault weapons ban was effective. While they found that some restrictive laws reduced gun suicide, “findings regarding overall suicide rates have been less consistent.” Here, they disguised the information that one does not need a gun to commit suicide. Something the Japanese already knew.
- Recently, in October of 2017, Philip Cook and Harold Pollack published “Reducing Access to Guns by Violent Offenders.” still searching for ways to circumvent the Black Market and prevent criminal access to weapons, they appear to be descending into a kind of academic insanity, with no way out except to cave to the data.
They can't figure out how to control the black market, but they won't give up the attempt. They are stymied by problems with police-community relations and the Second Amendment.
They complain, “It is intrinsically difficult to prevent disqualified people from obtaining the guns they want when most Americans are entitled to possess all they want.”
So that, “in a sense the greater threat to public safety comes from the fact that these guns form a reservoir that supplies guns to future delinquents, gang members, convicted felons, and other offenders.”
Are we getting blamed again? Did we just go back in time, folks?
Cause that is where criminologists began decades ago, before the data gave us hard facts and answers.
This is where the international anti-gun community, the United Nations, and the world, is now, too. And it is why THEY are desperate to create the Arms Trade Treaty (a.k.a. ATT).
[NOTE: For more information, on the Global War On Guns, visit the websites “The Global War on Guns” and “Drs. Paul Gallant & Joanne Eisen PUBLICATIONS.” There you will find information back to the 1990s.]
Clyde Haberman assumes that the victory of pro-regulation forces lies in getting the law passed and implemented, whichever law it may be. He does not seem concerned with the outcome, only with the victory and the many false promises, in which he has faith.
This is what the new generation of firearm owner will face – the knowledge, or lack thereof, of researches like Cook, and his ilk, and the blind ignorance of David Hogg, and his handlers/backers.
Without knowing the answers of the past, our NEW GUN GENERATION will not be able to protect our Second Amendment from these rabid critters.
About the Authors:
Alan J Chwick has been involved with firearms much of his life and is the Retired Managing Coach of the Freeport NY Junior (Marksmanship) Club, Division of the Freeport NY Revolver & Rifle Association, Freeport, NY. He has escaped from New York State to South Carolina and is an SC FFL (www.Everything22andMore.com). – [email protected] | TWITTER: @iNCNF
Joanne D Eisen, DDS (Ret.) practiced dentistry on Long Island, NY. She has collaborated and written on firearm politics for the past 30+ years. She has also escaped from New York State but to Virginia. – [email protected]