Posted by: reformedmusings | October 24, 2015

Obamerica, Gun-free kill zones, and Gun violence

Once again, an evil predator has killed innocents, this time on a university in Oregon that prohibited guns on campus. Such events are impossible, aren’t they? I mean, no guns allowed, so no such murders are possible, right? Or rather, as usual, gun-free zones provide opposition-free ranges for evil, predatory cowards to kill without having to worry about anyone shooting back.

As usual, Obama had to politicize this terrible tragedy, calling out Australia as a great example of how the government saved its subjects from gun violence. Really? First, Gun Owners of America provided an excellent rebuttal to Obama’s political nonsense. A must read for anyone interested in the truth. Bottom line is that Obama’s speech was full of oft-repeated lies and errors.

Second, places like Australia and England who have passed draconian gun control share two characteristics: 1) no constitutional right for its subjects to bear arms without infringement; and 2) they have experienced dramatic rises in violent crime. From the Free Republic’s excellent piece on Australia’s crime situation:

Moreover, Australia and America both experienced similar decreases in murder rates: Between 1995 and 2007, Australia saw a 31.9% decrease; without a gun ban, America’s rate dropped 31.7%.

Now for the rest of the story

During the same time period, all other violent crime indices increased in Australia: assault rose 49.2% and robbery 6.2%. Sexual assault–Australia’s equivalent term for rape–increased 29.9%. Overall, Australia’s violent crime rate rose 42.2%. At the same time, U.S. violent crime decreased 31.8%: rape dropped 19.2%; robbery decreased 33.2%; aggravated assault dropped 32.2%. Australian women are now raped over three times as often as American women…

I might also note that during the period in question, American gun ownership rose dramatically. Obama is either ignorant or intentionally lying, but he has no problem displaying his ignorance and lies for the world to see on TV.

What about England? I’ve written before how they are now in the most violent country in the Europe, much worse than the U.S. Worse even than South Africa. Interestingly, Canada has twice the violent crime rate at the U.S., despite their universal gun registration scheme. Where guns are withheld from the population, the strong run over the weak and vulnerable with impunity. Gangs freely victimize individuals and couples. Is that the model Obama and Hillary Clinton wants to emulate? The answer according to them is a resounding “yes.” Obama and Clinton have lots of company in Hollywood as well. Apparently the left has no regard for the Constitution and civil rights except when it suits them personally. They forget the words of one of their past icons, John F. Kennedy:

The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.

Kinda sounds like our Declaration of Independence.

America’s violence problem isn’t guns, it’s the violent, predatory animals created by failed leftist social policies that have devastated families and communities. Those are the sections of the country we call Obamerica. While crime has dropped steadily in the overall country since the 1970’s with the rise in gun ownership, violent crime continues to thrive in Obamerica.

Alan Korwin wrote an excellent piece back around 2008 on this issue. The statistics are beyond compelling. As Korwin points out:

The real blame is hidden, because the truth is so painful.
Crime is not spread across the streets of America.
Crime, and crime using guns, happens in isolated areas
for well known reasons the media and politicians hide from you.

Later in the piece, Korwin names a predominant culprit:

Many of these aren’t “gun deaths” at all, they are “war deaths.”
It’s the endless fruitless government-run War On Some Drugs.
It’s a declared war. Combatants in the war are killing each other.

I’ve written about Dr. Andrew Papachristos work in applying network analysis to shootings in Chicago and Boston. He found that the victims were predictable – tragic but not random. Korwin looked at the data from Baltimore and Chicago, not for individuals but rather neighborhoods. But the two works agree because individuals tend to hang out in particular neighborhoods. I went to the Baltimore Sun’s interactive website and updated the analysis to 2015. There was no change from Korwin’s look at 2007’s data. You can play with the data yourself. Shootings by violent predators outside of Obamerica remain rare, while they remain all too common in Obamerica.

In light of these giant fails, only a complete fool thinks that removing any kind of firearm from law-abiding citizens will have any suppressing effect at all on violent crime. That’s like solving drunk driving by taking cars away from everyone, even those who never drive drunk. Further, the use of modern sporting rifles in violent crime is incredibly rare. I’ve shown before that you are more likely to be killed with blunt objects or fists/feet than by a rifle of any kind. Yet, the lies about and bans of modern sporting rifles continue to be spread. It’s crazy, or dishonest – take your pick.

So, the staff at encourages a follow-up strategy for when the rare tragedy strikes and the left starts tossing out their lies like pixie dust. They encourage gun owners to stand up and fight back with the truth. They cite a number of underlying issues that rarely come to the fore, including the ill-conceived war on drugs, the resultant militarization of the police, gun-free zones, and the media making the psychopaths famous by plastering their names, pictures, and sick manifestos all over front pages, Internet sites, and the TV. We need to fight back, otherwise the lies will prevail. That’s the nature of human beings – we fall for the loudest and most repeated lies.

As I’ve said before, if Obama and Clinton want a world without firearms, we already know what that looks like. We should prefer the 2nd Amendment approach:

A firearm is the great equalizer

A firearm is the great equalizer

Write blog posts, talk with your friends, write letters to the editor and to your senators and representatives in D.C., your state and local legislatures, governors, etc. Don’t let the liar hijack the narrative. Only a good guy/gal with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun.

While you are at it, vote to kick out the bums who created the welfare society of Obamerica that destroys families and values drug dealing over hard, honest work. More on that in future posts.

Now, get busy writing.



  1. Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:

  2. […] Obama’s post-killing speech was full of lies. Worse shootings happen in many other countries. America doesn’t even rate in the top 10 for violent crime in the industrialized world. John Lott has a number of great articles on this topic. Very strict gun control didn’t save […]

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