Gun Control – Do Facts Matter To Politicians & Judges?
The people with the greatest need for self-protection are denied the tools they need to keep their family safe. That is the real face of gun-control, but that isn’t what we were sold by politicians. That isn’t what judges tell us. We’re told that disarming you and leaving guns in the hands of criminals is acceptable as long as politicians meant well. Do facts matter anymore?
You’re welcome to your own opinion, but let’s look at what we know. We were told that gun-control saves lives, but that isn’t what we see. Sociologists and criminologists published a report in the Annals of Epidemiology They said mandatory background checks and firearms prohibition for misdemeanor crimes failed to lower gun homicide and suicide in California. No other state does gun-control as much and as hard as California, and gun-control isn’t disarming the criminals.
California has an “A” rating from the Giffords gun-control group. California is rated the first in the nation for gun control.
The homicide rate in California increased by 18 percent from 2014 to 2016. Rather than saving lives, disarming honest people with gun-control is getting us killed.
More of us want a firearm to protect ourselves and our families from crime. My friends in law enforcement told me I should learn to use a gun and carry it. In contrast, anti-rights politicians say civilians don’t know how to defend themselves. An article published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons came to a very different conclusion.
They looked at violent crime and murder in every state over the last 30 years. Concealed carry and constitutional carry laws did not lead to an increase in murder or other violent crimes.
That is consistent with other information we’ve collected. Some states provide data on people who have a concealed carry permit and are then convicted of a violent crime. From what we can tell, people who get their concealed carry license are unusual. They are the most law-abiding and non-violent segment of our society. Concealed carriers are among the most law-abiding and non-violent group of people on the planet.
Why are anti-gun politicians against you having a permit to carry given that you are so extraordinarily law-abiding?
If gun-control isn’t taking guns from criminals, then who are we disarming? Women and minorities are the most likely to be denied concealed carry permits. That data is from Los Angeles County, and LA is known as a multicultural melting pot. When your sheriff has a choice of who to arm, he chooses his friends. That means politicians and judges get their permits, but you don’t.
Gun-control laws limit who may be armed. They also limit when and where people may have a personal firearm. Honest gun owners follow those laws. Criminals don’t, and almost all mass murders happen in gun-free zones where the victims are disarmed. If facts matter, then why do gun-control politicians want more gun-free zones?
Gun-control politicians pass more laws because they want us disarmed. Gun prohibition only applies to the little people like us, not to politicians, judges, and law enforcement. Gun-control laws have exceptions for the elites. These elite members of our society also have armed men guarding them.
Those are the facts that matter. That is why politicians, sheriffs, and judges won’t end gun control. Don’t expect our laws to change until gun laws apply to all of us, everywhere, and all the time.
About Rob Morse
The original article is here. Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.
Article posted with permission from Rob Morse