Posted by: reformedmusings | January 3, 2013

Putting modern sporting rifles (AR-15 types) in perspective

So, Feinstein wants to take yet another step towards producing a cowered, helpless populace by taking away our “evil” black rifles. Well, the expired 1993 ban did not reduce crime, largely because these expensive rifles are rarely used in crimes. David Kopel has a great page of resources on the subject.

Further, AWR Hawkins wrote a great piece on weapons used in crimes based on FBI statistics. Looking at both 2005-2009 and 2011 crime data, more people are murdered with hammers/clubs or hands/feet than by rifles of all types. In 2011, only 323 folks were murdered with rifles of all types, of which modern sporting rifles are a tiny percentage (around 1%), while 496 were killed with blunt objects and a whopping 726 by hands/feet.

If that’s not enough, 1694 were murdered with sharp implements, statistically mostly kitchen knives. So, we’d save way more lives by banning hammers, clubs, hands, feet, and kitchen knives than modern sporting rifles. Of course, British doctors want to do exactly that – ban kitchen knives. As we all know by now, since banning most firearms, the UK has become the most violent country in Europe.

The problem is that most Americans never learned basic logic or risk assessment. We act on our emotions rather than our brains, and are horribly susceptible to emotional lies from the progressive left. 20 dead children in Newtown is certainly a tragedy, but what about the 25 children killed by our government at Waco? Governments collectively murdered 262 million of their own citizens in the 20th century. Again, that’s why the 2nd Amendment applies even more so today than at our founding. Yet now, a piece of hardware used in less than 0.2% of all violent crimes in the U.S. but critical to our future freedom will be banned as part of an overall agenda to leave Americans helpless to resist the progressives’ leftist agenda. In the whole history of the world, that has never turned out well.

I’ve quoted our Founding Fathers on the 2nd Amendment, but they would be the first to say that they merely learned from history. They weren’t the only ones. Stanislav Mishin offer his perspective from Russia in his article Americans never give up your guns in none other than Pravda – the official Russian paper. He tells how, just like Obama and Feinstein here in our day, the communists used lies to disarm the people:

Moscow fell, for example, not from a lack of weapons to defend it, but from the lieing guile of the Reds. Ten thousand Reds took Moscow and were opposed only by some few hundreds of officer cadets and their instructors. Even then the battle was fierce and losses high. However, in the city alone, at that time, lived over 30,000 military officers (both active and retired), all with their own issued weapons and ammunition, plus tens of thousands of other citizens who were armed. The Soviets promised to leave them all alone if they did not intervene. They did not and for that were asked afterwards to come register themselves and their weapons: where they were promptly shot.

The post-disarming followed the inevitable historical pattern:

Of course being savages, murderers and liars does not mean being stupid and the Reds learned from their Civil War experience. One of the first things they did was to disarm the population. From that point, mass repression, mass arrests, mass deportations, mass murder, mass starvation were all a safe game for the powers that were. The worst they had to fear was a pitchfork in the guts or a knife in the back or the occasional hunting rifle. Not much for soldiers.

Amazing that Russians today understand what Obama, Biden, Feinstien, Bloomberg, et al, don’t about the root of freedom. On the other hand, maybe they do. This has nothing to do with children, but everything to do with power.

Wade Burleson wrote an interesting piece, The Need to Know Nuremberg: Hobby Lobby, Oliver Stone and the Orwellian United States Government. While some may think that Burleson is reading too much into the current erosion of our civil rights, the Germans thought the same thing in 1934, the Russians in 1917, the Chinese in 1949, and on and on. The Founders gave us the 2nd Amendment to ensure these things would never happen here, because they knew we could fall into tyranny within a generation or two. Again, look to Waco, Ruby Ridge, etc. Once the 2nd Amendment goes, the rest will fall shortly behind it, just as in Animal Farm, Orwell’s metaphoric comment on the Russian Revolution.

For instance, nutcase David Kaul wants to torture Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, declare the NRA with over 2 million members a terrorist organization, and murder gun owners who don’t comply with Kaul’s tyranny. None other than the Des Moines Tribune printed his sick manifesto. Yet although Kaul clearly and publicly threatened specific government leaders and law-abiding gun owners, I’ll bet that he never sees a day in jail. Imagine if you or I did that.

We already have Feinstein on record as wanting to totally disarming the little people:

Meanwhile, she and other anti-liberty politicians either carry guns themselves or hire bodyguards with guns. It’s only the little people like you and me that cannot be trusted with firearms. And I thought that America got rid of the kings and queens a couple of hundred years ago. Apparently not.

The same is true in Hollywood. A bunch of Hollywood morons who make their money off of incredibly violent movies made a video in favor of gun control. Talk about the height of hypocrisy! Fortunately, others used that video and interspersed it with violent scenes from their movies. I don’t link to it because of the language on the page, but Greg Gutfeld did a great job of putting the situation into perspective.

So, use your head. Look at history. Evaluate the real risks involved, not the emotional garbage. Rather than outlaw hammers, clubs, hands, feet, and kitchen knives, let’s deal with the evil psychopaths while providing every American, in and out of school, the ability to put down rabid dogs on the spot.



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