Gun Grabbers Try Misleading Us, But America is Not Buying It: Winning the Arms Race

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USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Gun control did not become politically acceptable until the Gun Control Act of 1968 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The law's primary focus was to regulate commerce in firearms by prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers, and importers.

Today's gun control advocates have gone much further, calling for an outright ban of what they call assault rifles such as the AR-15.

By the way, AR stands for ArmaLite Rifle, which is manufactured by Colt Manufacturing Co. As for being a military assault weapon, our soldiers would be laughed off the battlefield carrying AR-15s.

Let's look at some FBI statistics on homicide and then you can decide how many homicides would be prevented by a ban on rifles. The FBI lists murder victims by weapon from 2014 to 2018 in their 2018 report on Crime in the United States. It turns out that slightly over 2% (297) out of a total of 14,123 homicides were committed with rifles. A total of 1,515 or 11% of homicides were committed by knives. Four hundred and forty-three people were murdered with a hammer, club or some other bludgeoning instrument. Six hundred seventy-two people were murdered by a hand, foot or fist. Handguns accounted for the most murders — 6,603.

What these statistics point out clearly is that the so-called assault weapons ban and mandatory buyback plan that 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke and others call for, will do little or nothing to bring down homicides. More homicides could be prevented by advocating for knife control, hammer control, and feet and fist control.

Gun controllers' belief that “easy” gun availability is our problem ignores U.S. history. Guns were far more readily available yesteryear. One could mail order a gun from Sears or walk into a hardware store or a pawn shop to make a purchase.

1901 Sears Mail-Order Catalog for Guns
1901 Sears Mail-Order Catalog for Guns

With truly easy gun availability throughout our history, there was nowhere near the mayhem and mass murder that we see today. Here's my question to all those who want restrictions placed on gun sales: Were the firearms of yesteryear better behaved than those same firearms are today? That's really a silly question; guns are inanimate objects and have no capacity to act. Our problem is a widespread decline in moral values that has nothing to do with guns. That decline includes disrespect for those in authority, disrespect for oneself, little accountability for anti-social behavior and a scuttling of religious teachings that reinforce moral values.

Let's examine some elements of this decline.

If any American who passed away before 1960 were to return to today's America, they would not believe the kind of personal behavior acceptable today. They wouldn't believe that youngsters could get away with cursing at and assaulting teachers. They wouldn't believe that cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis and Baltimore hire hundreds of school police officers and that in some schools, students must go through metal detectors. During my own primary and secondary schooling in Philadelphia, from 1942 to 1954, the only time we saw a policeman in school was during an assembly period where we had to listen to a boring lecture from Officer Friendly on safety. Our ancestors also wouldn't believe that we're now debating whether teachers should be armed.

Americans who call for stricter and stricter gun control know that getting rid of rifles will do little or nothing for the nation's homicide rate. Their calls for more restrictive gun laws are part of a larger strategy to outlaw gun ownership altogether. You have to wonder what these people have in store for us when they've eliminated our means to defend ourselves.
Venezuela dictator Nicolas Maduro banned private gun ownership in 2012. The result is that Venezuelans had no way to protect themselves from criminals and government troops who preyed upon them.

After Fidel Castro's demand for gun confiscation, he said, “Armas para que?” (“Guns, for what?”) Cubans later found out.


Walter E.Williams
Walter E. Williams

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

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buzzy
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buzzy

Excellent article well written and to the point !

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

This IDIOT does not comprehend the meanings of the words that he spews forth. “REFORM” = TO MAKE BETTER. The only way to make gun REFORM is to REMOVE the over 25,000 INFRINGEMENT LAWS that are being applied to LEGAL LAW ABIDING American CIVILIANS – – “under the color of law”.

AnotherLEO
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AnotherLEO

While I certainly dont mean this as a derogatory or racist remark, but as an African American I’m suprised that you did not mention the Democrats implementation of Jim Crow laws as early as 1865….. used to keep african americans enslaved and defenseless… now they are essentially trying to pass Jim Crow-type laws to enslave contributory americans… why be held accountable to the people when you can rule them??! That has ALWAYS been the Democrats way… America is in DESPERATE NEED OF A HISTORY LESSON!!
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.history.com/.amp/topics/early-20th-century-us/jim-crow-laws

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

@AnoterLEO; REAL history is not being TAUGHT. It is gleaned over. Teachers today are required to be Scientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, Family counselors, Arbitrators, Nurses, Doctors, and also BABY SITTERS. With doing all these activities FAMILIES USED TO PERFORM, there is VERY LITTLE TIME FOR TEACHING TRUTH and REAL HISTORY. OH! I almost forgot, Teachers are FORCED to follow time-line procedures by the communistic controlling EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS in class which do not allow TIME to get the children REALLY involved in the studies!

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

As far as I can remember ALL the presidential communist candidates ALL agreed to take our arms. NONE of them defended the 2A or the constitution. If, in fact, Beto is a felon that is the least of his and their problems. What they are proposing is treasonous. They are actively saying IN PUBLIC they will disavow their oath of office should they become president. Treason carries with it the death penalty although I would add a public tarring and feathering prior to sentence being carried out. With the trust of politicians, judges and enforcement being at an all time… Read more »

Makasoul
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Makasoul

Should try to confiscate arms? They already do, what do you think goverment lists are for? They already have all gun owners on thier 2nd class citizen watch list, then if you go to some states like New York, they physically have taken guns from people. One guy they messed his name up with some one else and took all his guns. A man went to a doctor asked for some temporary help with sleeping and they took his pistol. Your alittle late, the time to talk about it was 30 years ago, now it’s to late, and by the… Read more »

Circle8
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Circle8

Another well written article by Dr. Williams. Speaking of O’Rourke is his hatred for guns caused by his inability to own one. I read where he was arrested for Burglary and other crimes therefore is a felon and prohibited from owning or to be around any firearm. I wish someone who can or has actual information on this clown to verify if he is in fact a felon. I read this on the net and we all know the net is like the democrat party, totally unreliable for the truth.

AnotherLEO
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AnotherLEO

He is not a felon. He was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and he was arrested for Burglary. He blew more than 3 times the legal limit in the DUI case… but like the burglary case, he bought his way out of a conviction.
Funny thing… guy cant follow rules in place due to 10,874 DUI deaths… instead he wants to make 130,000,000 people felons to (allegedly) address the 297 rifle related deaths in the same span of time. He is a maggot..

jmb1911
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jmb1911

Mr. Williams, Thank you for the this very well written and informative article. You hit the nail on the hard!!!!!!!! Robert Francis O’ Rourke , aka Beto let the cat out of the bag with what the Socialist/ Communist/ Dems actually want to do. As pro gun / pro 2A we all know that an AR 15 isn’t used by the military and M4 or M16 is used. A bullet regardless of caliber and depending where it hits the human body can cause a lot of serious damage. That is known. O’Rourke and the other anti gun Democratic presidential candidates… Read more »

Shall-Not-Be-Infringed
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Shall-Not-Be-Infringed

Another point that I’d like to make is that We The People didn’t start having these problems UNTIL Constitutionally perverse ‘gun control’ laws. It is my contention that the vast majority of shootings occur only BECAUSE of Constitutionally perverse ‘gun control’ already perpetrated. An armed people are a free and safe people. Disarmed people are nothing more than slaves.

AggregatVier
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AggregatVier

I see the gun control laws as a reaction to the failed social engineering experiments of socialists/progressives. The experiments are a disaster and gun control is an attempt to hide that.

Makasoul
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Makasoul

You arent going back far enough. First enacted in 1934, this federal law regulates fully automatic weapons, suppressors, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, and destructive devices such as bombs or grenades. You think that the modern gun control wasnt gonna happen after that ha. Just shows how stupid we americans are. Of course that was after the bankers took control, which was like taking candy from fat babies. I guess let me put it to you this way, your legal garbage hunting rifle, compared to what the goverment has, is like my .22 bolt action pellet gun compared to your ar… Read more »

Shall-Not-Be-Infringed
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Shall-Not-Be-Infringed

What about the fact that not only were our governments never delegated any Constitutional authority to enact ‘gun control’ laws. But that they were expressly Constitutionally forbidden from doing any such thing?

Ed
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Ed

Based on the 2nd Amendment, our government is prohibited from enacting gun laws. As your name expresses, our right shall not be infringed. This is a civil right recognized by our founders and important enough to set to writing as an amendment to the constitution. The state governments have no “right” to restrict gun ownership. The 10th Amendment recognizes that anything not covered (delegated) by the constitution and bill of rights to the Federal Government is reserved to the states or the people. The right to keep and bear arms is not reserved to the state. The Second Amendment supersedes… Read more »

Makasoul
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Makasoul

I definitely do, it’s way to late to get out of the rabbit hole anyways. The time to start battling the goverment was back in the 20s and 30s, before they put this in. First enacted in 1934, this federal law regulates fully automatic weapons, suppressors, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, and destructive devices such as bombs or grenades. Fighting over the privilege to own a hunting rifle now is a joke lol. They put every one who owns guns on a list, and google, facebook, and the rest have thier name, number, location, and serial number lol. It’s over we… Read more »

ChiptheBarber
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ChiptheBarber

My first assertion is, that this man should have been president a couple of decades ago. Furthermore, with over a couple of hundred million guns and literally tens of millions of AR’s, AK’s, etc., if guns were the problem, we would all be slipping and falling in blood every day, everywhere we go. There is, however, a problem. It is deep, it is systemic, it is being/was/has been cultivated intentionally in this country over the decades and continues at, currently, an exponential rate. It is not racism, white supremacy—for crying out loud-how many of you have ever even met ONE… Read more »

Old Ch.E.
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Old Ch.E.

So right Walter, a direct result of the dems aka. government of the era invading our schools to indoctrinate students and teachers.

RevJ
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RevJ

Related statistics: Since 1968 (50+ years), slightly more than 1,200 people have been murdered in mass killings in the US. The mass murderers who get coverage for their dastardly deeds all seem to be armed with AR or AK platforms and only those rifles, hence the blatantly ignorant call for their confiscation even though the 99%+ who own them will never use them for nefarious purposes. In 2018 alone just under 70,000 people died of drug overdoses. Which poses a greater danger: illegal drug usage or the AR? BTW, the worst mass killing in US history was an arson fire… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Except that over 80% of the “mass killings” are by handguns, not rifles and shotguns, and not specifically, AR-15 platform rifles and AKs. One issue raised recently in regard to mass killings, if more people are shot and killed in one 24-hour period by numerous killers, in one city, is that not mass killing? That would be like stating the Germans didn’t have mass killings when they lined-up a group of people at the edge of a ditch and had many soldiers shoot those victims, since each soldier might not have shot more than a couple victims each.

Tionico
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Tionico

Yup. Texas Tower, Luby’s Cafe, Columbine, Virgina Tech, FOrt Hood one and two, Sandy Hook (yes, the medical examiner as he exited the scene for the first time after inspecting it declared that “the victims I saw were shot at close range wiht a handgun”), DC Navy Yard (shotgun used to “pick up” handgun, the murder weapon), the recent Virgina Beach government buldling, Arizona parking lot shooting (commonly known as the Giffords shooting but SHE was collateral damage), Lakewood Washington police officer massacre, ,m Tacoma Mall, the FLorida nightclub shooting, fairly recent, that I can quickly call to mind, were… Read more »

Idaho Bob
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Idaho Bob

“They wouldn’t believe that youngsters could get away with cursing at and assaulting teachers”, nor would they believe that the paddle has been removed from the home and the schoolhouse.

Rock
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Rock

Couldn’t have written it better myself, Mr. Williams… 100% correct !

RoyD
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RoyD

Once again Dr. Williams is clear, concise, and on point.

ras52
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ras52

Thank you Mr. Williams. That is so true. Moral values in the USA are declining!

Tionico
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Tionico

What else could possibly have followed the kicking out of God and His Book from our gummit skewlz?