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Matt Vespa


May 7, 2013 - 9:24 am

As New England liberals have a conniption over the NRA’s Annual Meeting, they say that the Second Amendment rights organization is becoming a “paramilitary” group, and that their resolve to institute more gun control has been strengthened.  The only problem is that the Department of Justice reported today that gun violence is down.

Yet, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both Democrats from Connecticut, can say these things because they’re safe in the relative confines of a liberal state.  Yet, Sen. Murphy also had this comparison for those who support the Bill of Rights.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) on states nullifying federal gun laws: I mean, let’s look at the context of nullification. Nullification was last used by Southern states to try to eviscerate Civil Rights legislation, to try to prevent states from basically enforcing desegregation and frankly, I think history will look back on this round of nullification as kindly as it did on the last round.

It is laughable also because it is a total bastardization of the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment is not an absolute right, not a God given right, always had conditions upon it like the First Amendment has. The idea that the Second Amendment was put in there in order to allow citizens to fight their government is insane.

If that was the case, we wouldn’t have also included treason in the United States Constitution. We basically said if you take arms up against the government, we’re going to knock your block off. And that’s what the early presidents ended up doing in Shays’ Rebellion and the Whiskey Rebellion. The Second Amendment is not designed to allow the citizenry to arm itself against the government and nullification is another example of states not really understanding the true nature of that amendment.

So, before we get on with this history lesson, let’s look at what the Washington Post reported today on this issue of guns – and gun violence.

Gun violence has dropped dramatically nationwide over the past two decades, but nearly three-quarters of all homicides are still committed with a firearm, the Justice Department said in a report released Tuesday.

The report, by the department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, painted an encouraging picture of long-term trends at a time of divisive political debate over guns and legislation to regulate them. Firearms-related homicides declined 39 percent between 1993 and 2011, the report said, while nonfatal firearms crimes fell 69 percent during that period.


Overall, the Justice Department report said, firearm-related homicides dropped from 18,253 homicides in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011, while nonfatal firearm crimes declined from 1.5 million in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011. The drop extended to schools: Homicides at schools declined from an average of 29 per year in the 1990s to an average of 20 per year in the 2000s.

Although the rate of firearms homicides for African Americans declined by 51 percent over the past two decades, that rate was still 14.6 per 100,000 people in 2010 — compared to 1.9 for whites.

Well, you saw that black to white crime juxtapostion coming from the Post, but it still dropped by 51%.  All of these figures are positive, and it wasn’t because the U.S. adopted more gun control.

Matt Vespa is a web editor at and occasional writer for Hot Air, RedState, and Townhall Magazine.

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Senator Murphy needs to study history a little better. Nullification was used quite often prior to the Civil War by Northern states like his to avoid paying certain tariffs or for things like the Mexican War, etc. Nullification became tainted by the slavery issue at the time of the Civil War, done mostly by the ancestors of the modern Democrat Party. By the same token, it was Democrats who fought tooth and nail against Civil Rights legislation. Even LBJ fought hard against it, until he made his run for President, stole a Republican-written bill, slapped his name on it and rammed it through Congress.

As for why gun violence is down that is simple. The bad guys know citizens are arming up. They know attacking homes isn't exactly safe anymore, especially not in rational jurisdictions which support self-defense. Now, crime rates are going down in NYC, too, but that is because officials are cooking the books to artificially lower crime rates.
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"...but nearly three-quarters of all homicides are still committed with a firearm, the Justice Department said in a report released Tuesday."

Amazing that the DOJ (and the WaPo with their paraphrasing) are channeling a 40-year-old line from Gloria Stivic:

Gloria : Daddy, did you know that sixty percent of the people murdered in this country in the last ten years were killed by handguns?

Archie : Would it make you feel any better, little girl, if they was pushed out of windows?

Norman Lear, in his infinite wisdom, was trying to show Archie as the fool. But his analysis was actually quite trenchant; dead is dead no matter how attained. And, if Gloria's numbers were right in 1972, that means all forms of homocide moved in sync with each other. I.E. "gun violence" is really inseparable from an overall problem of violent criminal activity. Amazing how the same nonsense-as-common-sense is just as easily uttered today.
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This guy needs a history lesson...
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The nullification crisis occurred in 1832 and had nothing to do with desegregation--slavery still had 30+ years left. It involved a dispute over a federal tariff.
I don't suppose historical facts are relevant, though.
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"I don't suppose historical facts are relevant, though."

Not as far as the Donkeycrats are concerned.
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