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The Bleeding Obvious

January 3rd, 2014 - 11:25 am
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File this under Least Surprising News Story of the Week. A new study finds:

The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).

That would be our own John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime, a book that to the Left is utterly counter-intuitive, given their upside-down worldview, but which makes perfect sense to what we used to call Real Americans. For, as president Obama likes to say, make no mistake: the push for “gun control” in this country has almost nothing to do with safety (something every responsible gun owner is entirely in favor of) and everything to do with the Left’s innately fascist impulses. Restrict it! Ban it! Outlaw it! These people never stop, they never sleep, they never quit, even in the face of all the evidence.

Mass shootings like the ones that have occurred in recent years in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., have tripled in recent years, according to a study set to be published next week for the FBI.

Researchers looked at active shootings in public settings where the primary motive appeared to be mass murder and at least one victim was unrelated to the shooter, according to Yahoo News, which obtained the report.

The study, to be published next week in the “FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin,” a training publication for those in the criminal justice profession, was written by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University.

An argument for more “gun control,” right? Not at all:

Almost half of the active shootings are over before additional help can arrive, the study said, and potential victims actually stopped the attacker in 17 such cases.

“This tells us that citizens and bystanders have a very real and active role in stopping these events,” Terry Nichols, a former police officer and an assistance director at ALERRT, told Yahoo News. “If we can properly prepare and educate civilians, maybe we can get to where 90 percent are stopped by civilians long before the police arrive.”

When victims fight back — especially if they’re armed — the attacker instantly loses interest in killing helpless innocents and immediately begins thinking of ways to protect himself; even when he eventually takes the coward’s way out, which so many of them do, their first instinct upon taking return fire is to flee. 

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As I've said in other instances, the first responder in any dire situation is the one undergoing the adversity. The police, the firefighters, the EMTs are, at best, second or third responders. Let's put things in the correct order.

A society that does not allow you to defend yourself properly is a society intent on subjugating you.
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"everything to do with the Left’s innately fascist impulses"

Too mild.

It has everything to do with the Left's totalitarian determination to disarm the public in order to neuter our ability to oppose them.

Throughout history, the peasants were never allowed to have weapons that could be used to overthrow their masters; for obvious reasons. The Left just wants to return to the good old days. Everything else they say about it is ObamaSpeak.
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Average number of victims when an active shooter is stopped by police: over ten. Average number of victims when he is stopped by a civilian: two. Why? The civilian was already right there, and cops take an average of about ten minutes to arrive. That's why active shooters almost always go to "gun free" disarmed victim zones.
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It may seem counterintuitive, but police are not obliged to put themselves in mortal danger via wading into a shoot 'em up situation. Average response time aside, the most reliable and effective method of stopping a madman is an ordinary armed citizen who knows how to handle a firearm.
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Most non-politician liberals think they are doing good and want to do good. They just don't think hard enough and give in to knee-jerk reactions based on feelings. Any stupid suggestion, if it feels like it might do something about some problem, they want to implement now—never mind they have little knowledge about the issue or the history of the problem. That's why it is easy to sway them into voting a certain way after a tragedy. So they end up being dupes and tools of manipulative, power grabbing politicians or hoplophobic politicians. The mass shootings have generally been a result of failure to discern psychological problems and provide adequate care, not that millions and millions of law abiding citizens have and can buy more guns.
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We should never refer only to man's natural right to life or only to man's natural right to self-defense – we should always refer to the individual's natural right to life and self-defense – the two natural rights are inseparable and are thus one natural human right. Our Declaration of Independence makes it clear that all individuals naturally possess a God-given right to life and liberty, and it follows that without our natural right to freely act in self-defense, i.e.: without our natural right to liberty, human life is vulnerable to the tyrannical actions of evil people.

"He that in the state of society would take away the freedom belonging to those of that society or commonwealth [freedom to keep and bear arms in self-defense] must be supposed to design to take away from them everything else, and so be looked on as in a state of war." John Locke

Freedom to act in self-defense is simply an aspect of rightful human liberty, and is a pre-requisite for maintaining our preservation in life. As John Locke pointed out, freedom is the picket fence guarding our very lives.

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Good start to article, damn stooopid finish.

Lucifer = "light bearer" - yeah, let's go back to the stone age superstitions.
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I'll believe this Lib gun control BS, when they start putting "This Is A Gun Free Zone" signs on their front lawns!
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They do: "Armed Response" means the bad guys have at least 20 minutes to break into your house and kill your family.
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and now top cop in Detroit is telling us that more guns for citizens equate to less crime.

funny how the liberal BS, that touchy feely BS, when it runs into the real world is proven to be just that--touch feely BS crap.
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Linked above at the words "perfect sense."
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People who advocate "gun control" ultimately end up advocating total gun bans. This has nothing to do with saving lives; it is an attempt to establish the totalitarian society favored by the Left.
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Good article, but nothing new, at least to sane folks.
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Every mass shooting has ended when the shooter is confronted by armed force. Whether that is by law enforcement or armed citizens, the killing ends. The shooter may surrender, be shot dead, or kill himself, but inevitably armed force stops the attack.
Gun free zones simply provide a malicious shooter a target rich environment free from opposition.
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We are blessed as Americans. We are among the few countries on earth where We the People still value and have preserved our GOD given rights. Protecting ourselves, those we love, our property and our communities from harm and ALL attempts to 'control' us by the 'we know what's best for you' crowd is paramount to maintaining our independence and freedom. Our firearms, which are prolific and 'behind every blade of grass', are our most important tools for this righteous duty. Thank GOD.
Our forefathers were wise enough to see into our futures. They put it all down on paper. The Constitution and Bill of Rights affirm and assure our GOD-given rights. Our responsibilities and duties to our Blessed Republic are clear. We owe those 'hard' and good men AND all of those who have fought and died preserving those RIGHTS, a debt of gratitude. We should always be ready to protect these RIGHTS and resist any who even entertain the idea of 'changing' these truths. They are, after all, self-evident. GOD bless America.
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Prove God, then prove rights.

I'll get some popcorn and wait for you.
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Your personal beliefs in God or no God, are meaningless politically...the Historic record of the birth of this Nation is clear...It was formed upon the principal that there IS a God, and it is HE who our Rights come from.

Great that you dont believe in God....but thats not the way we were founded, and its not the guiding principals behind the Bill of Rights...which is the only "contract" between myself and other men I am beholden to agree to
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God,cannot be observed directly with human eyes, so God's existence cannot be scientifically proven. On the other hand, it cannot be proven that the universe is eternal and therefore un-created, which is the only other alternative, since a self-created universe violates the law of conservation of energy. Like God, the origin of an eternal un-created universe cannot be observed since nobody was or could have been there to observe the beginning of a universe with no beginning. So, prove that the universe is eternal (which cannot be done as I've explained - an impossible task - which would be the same as proving the absence of God the Creator), and then get back to me.

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"On the other hand, it cannot be proven that the universe is eternal and therefore un-created,"

Actually, formal logic proves that the ONLY possibility is that the universe is temporal and created by a creator that is uncreated and eternal.

If this is not true then all the laws of logic are false.
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