I’m still hammered for time, so this will be a quick compilation of stuff.
For those that think the anti-liberty crowd won’t take our freedoms away at their whim, their leading voice clearly states the government has the right to infringe on our freedoms. Not only can, but should infringe. Bloomberg:
Already, government agencies under Obama are joining the war against gun owners. We’re seeing the first major moves in Missouri, where the DHS is working with the Missouri Department of Revenue to install hardware and software to collect private information on citizens. They are using RealID as their crowbar. Providentially, the Lt Governor and county prosecutor filed suit to stop the effort and were granted a temporary restraining order for now. It’s an interesting story.
But, if you think that’s bad, the ATF wants to build a database of personal information, including assets, relatives, and associates:
The document says that the system will be utilized by staff “to provide rapid searches on various entities for example; names, telephone numbers, utility data and reverse phone look-ups, as a means to assist with investigations, and background research on people, assets and businesses.”
This is all about control, not gun control. If it was really about gun violence or gun control, then why are the Obama administration and places like Chicago, LA, and NYC with onerous gun control the worst at prosecuting federal gun crimes:
The districts that contain Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City ranked last in terms of federal gun law enforcement in 2012, according to a new report from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks federal data.
The people with the most anti-gun laws and want even tighter new laws are last in enforcing their existing laws. Interesting, eh?
Another oft-repeated lie is that 40% of guns are sold or exchanged without background checks. From where does that assertion come? From a very small, flawed study done with data from 1991-1994, before background checks were required! Dr. John Lott, Jr., has a great analysis of the study. Amongst the other faults in that old study, they counted all transfers of any kind, not just sales, and again, before the Brady background checks started later in 1994.
Counting only guns that were sold gives a very different perspective, with only 14 percent not actually going through federally licensed dealers. But even that is much too high as there were biases in the survey. For example, two-thirds of federally licensed dealers at the time were so-called “kitchen table” dealers who sold gun out of their homes and most buyers surveyed were likely unaware these individuals were indeed licensed.
Obama touts his 40% lie virtually every day, and sometimes multiple times a day. Obama and his fellow socialists live by the old Big Lie theory: If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.
Last, but not least, Stranger took a hard looks at British homicide data. Piers Morgan and others like to tout the idea that England is so much safer than the U.S. I’ve written before about the U.K. being the most violent country in the E.U. But the real story of homicide rates is quite different than presented by gun grabbers:
As a result, murders that have not been solved are not included. If indications in the Telegraph are correct, that would substantially reduce the homicide rate in itself. Murders that have resulted in an arrest but no conviction are not counted. Convictions that have not been appealed are apparently not counted. And the number of minorities reported as murder victims is far below either the demographics or of reason.
The results of Stranger’s analysis of the difference in definitions and reportings of homicide between the U.S. and the U.K.?
If everything is taken into account, England most probably has a murder rate close to 6 per 100,000. Or more.
Hardly the peaceful paradise that Obama, Bloomberg, and Morgan would have you believe.
Don’t believe the lies. Do the research. Then fight for your liberties. Make it count for your children and grandchildren.