Inconvenient Truths About Guns and Gun Control

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam nra-ila image

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Politicians and journalists often portray fiction as fact. It is easy to be opinionated, but hard to be informed. This came to mind as I listened to Virginia Democrats tell us we’d be safer if we were disarmed. What is the truth about gun-control laws? What politicians say a law will do might have nothing to do with what the law actually does. Lives are at stake when gun-control laws fail. Saying that the next gun-control law is necessary to stop violent crime admits that the 23 thousand firearms regulations already on the books didn’t work as advertised. It is a rare politician who admits how limited the government really is when it comes to public safety.

Fortunately, we’ve lived with firearms for several hundred years. We know some things that work. Here are a few inconvenient truths I’ve found after a few decades of study.

Inconvenient Truth: Most gun-related deaths are suicides, not murders. Unfortunately, restrictions on firearms have not reduced the rate of suicide. Fortunately, informed gun owners are reaching out to other gun owners who are dealing with mental illness. Mental health treatment works. We’re changing the gun culture for the better, no thanks to the politicians.

Inconvenient Truth: Most murders with a firearm in the United States are committed by members of criminal gangs. The police know who most of these murderers are. Gun-control laws that restrict the actions of honest gun owners have not changed the actions of known criminals. Most of the young people shot with guns are gang members who were shot by other gang members. Unfortunately, some of the victims are also innocent bystanders or victims of crime. Disarming the innocent victims doesn’t stop the criminals.

Inconvenient Truth: Background checks don’t reduce the rate of violent crime. Criminals don’t buy their guns at gun shops or gun shows. Criminals get their guns the same way they get their drugs; they get them illegally from other criminals. (By the way, there is no gun-show loophole. Every law that applies outside a gun show also applies inside a gun show.)

Inconvenient Truth: Honest gun owners do not cause crime. In fact, licensed concealed carry holders are both more law-abiding and more accurate with their guns than the police. Civilians with a permit to carry a gun in public are the most law-abiding group that sociologists can find.

Inconvenient Truth: Civilian gun ownership is the most cost-effective way to reduce violent crime.

Inconvenient Truth: Owning a gun does not make you more likely to be a victim of violent crime. It is true that people who live in high-crime areas are more likely to want a firearm for personal protection. People tend to be more sensitive about personal safety when someone they know have been victims of violent crime. Gun ownership is often a response to criminal violence rather than the cause of it.

Inconvenient Truth: Criminals don’t often take a person’s gun and hurt them with it. There are more examples of victims disarming criminals than criminals disarming victims.

Inconvenient Truth:  A sexual assault almost never becomes rape if the victim is armed. The armed victim is such an uninviting target that the attacker usually runs away once he sees that the victim is armed.

Inconvenient Truth: Criminals don’t fight fair. There are usually several criminals attacking a single victim. We civilians are the first victims of crime. Police are our backup and usually arrive after the fight is over.

Here is one last inconvenient truth: Politicians often exempt themselves from the laws they pass. Some politicians own guns. They must think guns are useful. Some politicians have armed security. They must think guns make them safer. If politicians don’t live by the gun regulations they want for us, then the politicians don’t believe in gun control.

I agree with what these gun-control politicians do even if I disagree with what they say, and that is the truth.

The world isn’t safe. If you don’t believe me, then ask a policeman who deals with criminals every day. The policeman wants a firearm because he lives in a dangerous world. Unfortunately, the average criminal will victimize over 20 civilians before the policeman catches him. That is why you and I need a firearm too. We have to protect ourself and our loved ones until the police arrive, and we only call the police after we’ve been attacked. There is no doubt that self-defense is inconvenient, but I’d rather be inconvenienced now than be a helpless victim later. To make matters worse, you don’t get to pick when you might be attacked. ;-(


About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article is here. Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

 

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Si se predetermining ! = Troll

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Si se puede!
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Virginia has long been the undisputed supply of illegal assault firearms, flooding the streets of NYC, Baltimore and Boston! Virginia has finally turned blue with new dynamic leaders who are committed the removing every full semiautomatic assault firearm in the state. Virginians who want to keep their full semiautomatic firearms have the freedom to move to another state. If they want to stay, they will need to turn them in or drill holes/ cut the receivers as to ATF specifications to deem inoperable. At our last election, the will of the people in Virginia have spoken! Turn em in or… Read more »

Patriot-556
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Did you just say “full semiautomatic assault firearm”? “Illegal assault firearms”? You fools have NO CLUE wtf you’re talking about. GTFO of here with that democRAT propaganda. Yeah, these are the informed voters that we want in charge of lawmaking… Oh lawdy, please don’t take muh rifles massa. You clowns are in for a rude awakening if you think ANY self respecting 2A supporters are going to comply with these unconstitutional, BS laws. Assuming gov blackface signs them in. The right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. I hope for your sake you have… Read more »

TheRevelator
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@Patriot-556
Me thinks SiSe(my, sounds like “sissy” don’t it) wont be one of the ones knocking on doors telling Mr and Mrs America to disarm.

I wonder how he will react when Law Enforcement wont do it, when the Virginia National Guard moves en bloc to file in behind their fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers in those sanctuary countries, and all those muzzles are pointed right at his little forehead telling him to go home and leave them alone.

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@USA
Not even concerned with Barrack or Trump on this. The comment was on Virginia, 5.56’s response was on Virginia, so I kept my reply to him focused on Virginia.

Trump and Obama mean nothing. Ten, twenty years from now when both of them are nothing more than history the same people like Si Se will still be angry and wanting to exert control over free citizens. In otherwords, their tampons being twisted have nothing to do with a figurehead.

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One alternative being considered to possible keeping your assault firearm may be possible by copying Canada’s “safe storage” solution. Canadians store their battlefield weapons at a government sanctioned gun club. They can go shoot it every day if they wish, but they lock it up safely and store inside the Gun clubs vault before leaving. This has been a “win win” for Canadian gun owners. They can keep their assault firearm, shoot it anytime and the streets of Toronto and Montreal remain some of the safest in the world. This model would work well for Virginia. Eventually, even our police… Read more »

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

SSP, Oh Puhleese, no, you can’t. You obviously aren’t from VA. If you were you’d know that the People haven’t spoken and that Va doesn’t supply those guns, that was disproven a long time ago. The VA people made the same mistake a lot of Germans made, they figured that it couldn’t happen HERE, and didn’t vote against the carpet bagger money from NY. Judging from the “facts” you spewed and the handle, I’m guessing you’re from one of the Democrat rat-hole cites, most likely a CA or TX one. It’s also obvious that you never passed a civics class… Read more »

Wild Bill
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@DiF, No puede, then no payday. He is our guest troll of the day. Just making outrageous statements to pad his post Christmas and New Year’s paychecks.

gunnerdd517
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male bovine fecal matter. I WILL NOT COMPLY !

RoyD
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RoyD

Why is it that the word “quisling” pops to mind?

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

SSP, thanks, now I need a new keyboard and shirt as well as more coffee. You need some fully semi-automatic meds. Who is writing your stuff? They need a raise or maybe a job with SNL…birds of a feather and all.

gunnerdd517
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i expect,if nerdtham gets his way, other socialist governors will do the same. if it comes to my state, I WILL NOT COMPLY !

Stripeseven
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Stripeseven

“We remind gun-hating zealots everywhere that this is still the United States, not a police state, and constitutional rights are not subject to popularity contests.” Alan M. Gottlieb

jukk0u
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I like the theatrics. (and I get what you are doing) This exactly encapsulates the thought processes of anti’s. The most important statement: ” This is what happens when you don’t vote.”

Si se puede!
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Si se puede!

Year Total Registered Percentage Change from Previous Year Total Voting Turnout (% Voting of Total Registered) Voting Absentee (Included in Total Voting)
2018 5,666,962 3.31% 3,374,382 59.5% 337,315
2017 5,489,530 -0.73% 2,612,309 47.6%

tetejaun
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Sometimes, we allow our best to be ignored.

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CourageousLion
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Inconvenient Truth: Honest gun owners do not cause crime. In fact, licensed concealed carry holders are both more law-abiding and more accurate with their guns than the police. Civilians (i.e. SLAVES) with a permit to carry a gun in public are the most law-abiding group that sociologists can find. So civilians without a permit to carry a gun are somehow less law abiding then those who do? Not really. They are simply less slave like. I carried for years in places that the “law” said I couldn’t and in some places it was considered a felony by the psychopathic control… Read more »

tetejaun
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tetejaun

So true. My wife was a Deputy Sheriff who could max her qualification score. Max was 300, most Deputies shot around 130 to 150. Just enough to get by. The city police have even lower qualification scores. My wife was their top competitor on the Sheriff’s Office Gold Team. Of ALL the people who know virtually nothing about firearms and how to use them, police rank at the top of that class. I agree. I carry regardless what the sign says. But, I carry a small handgun well concealed, not like a guy I just saw in Sportsman’s Warehouse carrying… Read more »

Doszap
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Dig this.( Is he and the Dems in cahoots?,he and Bloomie and Northam are on the phone daily….POT CALLS KETTLE BLACK

Deplorable Bill
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Yep, there WILL BE A GUN BEHIND EVERY BLADE OF GRASS. Yamamoto recognized this as armed as we were back then. With 79 years of firearm production and ownership, it would be a wise thing for any nation to consider before attempting an attack on the U.S. Apparently, there are those in office who would sell out their nation for power, authority and money. Most but not all of these people are socialist, communists, demoncrapic, left leaning rinos. They are not trying to confiscate firearms for OUR safety. It was not so long ago when a huge shipment of POWDERED… Read more »

JPM
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Sums it up well and was penned over 200 years ago.

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Stripeseven
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“Malfeasance in Office” or “Official Misconduct”, is to knowingly and willfully being involved in an unlawful act, while in an official capacity.The Bill of Rights expressly prohibits depriving people of fundamental rights…….Can you say “Recall Election”? Sure you can…

Wild Bill
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@S, Does Va have a recall statute?

Ryben Flynn
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Yes and No. State officials can be subject to recall, but the Governor must be impeached. Figure the odds now that the Dims are in control. From Ballotpedia dot org. Code § 24.2-233 states that “Upon petition, a circuit court may remove from office any elected officer or officer who has been appointed to fill an elective office, residing within the jurisdiction of the court.”[2] The Virginia Law Review in 1975, the year the recall statutes were enacted, noted of the law, “A single Code article now governs the removal of state and local officers, both elected and appointed, except… Read more »

Vern
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Vern

Maybe it is time for the people of Virginia to demand impeachment of the governor, it would make the rest of the so-called law makers take notice.

Dave in Fairfax
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Vern, Yer not listen’n, son. The law’s ambiguous, the guy who decides is in the bag and the Lt Gov is as well. The courts aren’t going to hear a case that isn’t placed. There’s a recall petition, but despite the signers’ efforts, it isn’t going anywhere. This is a guy who was going to be tossed for his behavior along with his X.O. until the Dems realized that it would put a Republican in charge. Then they decided that all is forgiven and went back to taking his money. Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution… Read more »

Vern
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Vern

Violent revolution is the goal of the left, it is what they are told to do in the manifesto. The violence is for the sole purpose of bringing total fear of the government. I am listening and seeing, one petition is nothing, but when they keep coming they will get the attention of ALL of the people. That is what the left do not want, the attention of, ALL, the PEOPLE.

Arny
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Arny

VA residents need to start somewhere. Tie up the court systems & their time. If they are in court they won’t be passing any new laws.

Core
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Core

Impeach this SOB before he turns his guns on his own citizens!

ras52
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ras52

Rob Morse, thanks for a great post.

Arizona
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Another inconvenient truth about gun control: the majority of the laws proposed and already in place that restrict firearm access, ownership, transportation and use are entirely unconstitutional, as determined by previous Supreme Court cases. Politicians, legislators, “journalists” and judges on lesser courts and even the current Supreme Court don’t care, though. They pretend these illegal restrictions have the full force of law behind them. And they will use that faulty determination to send you to jail.

Darkman
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From the Illinois State Police: For what it’s worth. DAVENPORT, Iowa. (KWQC) – With the recent legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois, many firearm owners have come to TV6 with questions: The Illinois State Police have clarified that they will not revoke your FOID (Firearm’s Owner’s Identification) Card solely for the reason of using recreational cannabis. However, someone who “is addicted to” or is “a habitual user of narcotics” is not allowed to possess or use a firearm. If it is demonstrated that someone is a habitual user or is addicted to cannabis, ISP will revoke a FOID card. Illinois… Read more »

jack mac
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Darkman: I am apposed to substance abuse. We should all be apposed to laws used as a pretense to increase our legalized prohibited underclass of free citizens. These pretense are also greatly increasing. A misdemeanor assault on a member of household used to not be one, but now is and ex-post facto. The first DUI or public intoxication can be such a pretense and ex-post facto. The anti-right to firearms acts are not the only acts of oppression of freedom. Even the laws relaxing drug enforcement have loop-holes big enough to pull the unsuspecting through to the prohibited class. Almost… Read more »

tetejaun
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tetejaun

‘Gun control’ is about controlling the PEOPLE.
An un-armed people are sheep and slaves. The government and their proxies can murder, rob and rape at will and you can do nothing. YOU AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW MUST VOTE REPUBLICAN! Only 43% of Republicans voted in 2016. Only 37% voted in 2018. So, AT LEAST 57% of Republicans STAYED HOME. Just too much effort to keep the murderous communist democrats at bay?

Climate change is all about the communist democrats amassing power and controlling everyone and everything.
Democrats are totalitarians. Ask Seth Rich.

Vern
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Vern

Climate changers don’t seek to change the climate, they only seek to change the ownership of POWER and MONEY to themselves. Once that happens, they won’t care about the climate, they can’t change it anyway and they know it.

Vern
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Vern

Those entities have a small part in what is coming, the prophecy of these days we see in reality actually started on May 14, 1948. This generation is the one Jesus spoke of in Matt. 24 when He said “this generation shall not pass till all these things come to pass.
Israel turns 72 this year, the time frame of a “generation.”

Mack
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Mack

Inconvenient Truth: Governor Northam could not care less about Public Safety. He now endorses making Virginia a Marijuana Sanctuary State. From the Newport News Daily Press: ============================ “Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says it’s time to decriminalize marijuana possession” Virginians shouldn’t risk jail for having small amounts of marijuana in their pockets, or go through life with a felony record that keeps them out of many jobs for stealing a cellphone, Gov. Ralph Northam says. He’s proposing a series of criminal law reforms he says will temper the state’s tough penalties for violating the laws with a little bit of mercy… Read more »

tetejaun
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tetejaun

Well, in Russia, they ply their slaves with Vodka. In the U.S., they will keep the populace doped up and dumbed-down and the communist democrat take over will be a breeze.

ras52
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ras52

Mack, you are right about Northam. He wants to reward criminals and punish honest folks. He is pandering for votes for demoncrats also.

Vern
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Vern

The left is all about victimizing, if they can totally disarm the law-abiding, the left can totally victimize to redistribute wealth to the top tier of criminals. (politicians)