The Firearms Statistics That Gun Control Advocates Don’t Want to See
To accompany TheBlaze’s coverage of the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston, we figured it could be helpful to share some gun statistics pointed out to us by some of the NRA Convention attendees. Forget the talking points used by both sides in the gun control debate; we’re going to be talking about verified statistics.
Gun control advocates be advised, these are not the statistics you are looking for.
According to data from the FBI’s uniform crime reports, California had the highest number of gun murders in 2011 with 1,220 — which makes up 68 percent of all murders in the state that year and equates to 3.25 murders per 100,000 people.
The irony of such a grisly distinction is evident when you look at which state was named the state with the strongest gun control laws in 2011 by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. You guessed it — it was California.
“What is very unusual is that California also has a program by which we can remove guns, recover guns from people who have a gun and then subsequently become prohibited or dangerous,” Brady Campaign spokeswoman Amanda Wilcox said at the time.
It should be noted, though, that California is also one of the biggest states in the country, with a population of about about 37 million. Therefore, it might make sense that it would have a high number of murders but its murder rate is still high as gun control has had a seemingly inconsequential impact. In comparison, Texas has a population of about 25.6 million and saw 699 total gun murders in 2011 — nearly half that of California — and a firearms murder rate of 2.91 per 100,000.
In 2011, Utah, the state that the Brady Campaign determined had the least gun control, experienced just 26 gun murders and a firearms murder rate of 0.97. Utah has a population 2.8 million.
At the National Rifle Association‘s convention in Houston, TX, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre announced that the NRA has now grown to an unprecedented 5 million active members. He concluded his speech with the theme of all the NRA officers, vowing, “From liberty’s defense, we will never back down. We will never surrender. We will always stand. We will always fight.”
Well over 70,000 members of the NRA are assembled in Houston, Texas for its 142nd Annual Meeting—projected to break the all-time record for the nation’s oldest and largest Constitutional rights organization. The convention houses over 300,000 square feet of exhibits (mostly firearms and accessories), seminars on various topics including women’s and children’s safety, and formal speeches from national political leaders and the NRA’s leadership. The central focus on the annual convention—as always—is protecting the Constitution’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
NRA members for working together to generate Obama’s humiliating loss, saying, “Apparently, there’s nothing the president will not do to get something—anything—through Congress to advance his agenda to destroy the Second Amendment. Nothing. So far, thanks to you and millions of Americans like you, that’s exactly what President Obama has gotten—absolutely nothing!”
NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN THE NRA..
HiViz Shooting Systems, a gun-parts manufacturer in Fort Collins, Colo., will move its operations up the road to Laramie, Wyo., making good on its threat to pull up its Colorado roots after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law several controversial gun control measures earlier this year.
Of the businesses planning to leave the state for the same reason, HiViz is the first to announce its new home.
“The decision to relocate the company was difficult, and choosing the proper location was essential to our continued growth within the industry,” said president and CEO Phillip Howe in a press release. “We look forward to settling into our new home in the firearm friendly state of Wyoming.”
Wyoming was chosen not just for its gun-friendly atmosphere, but also its tax advantages and because Laramie is less than an hour from its current location, allowing existing employees the option of commuting.
Construction on HiViz’s new headquarters is expected to start operations this summer.
The most high profile of the companies defecting from Colorado is Magpul Industries, which makes 30-round rifle magazines in small-town Erie, Colo.
One of the bills Hickenlooper signed bans magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition. The new law goes into effect July 1.
Magpul is expected to announce the location of its new headquarters after the National Rifle Association meeting this weekend in Houston. Wherever its new home, it’s already in operation: The company wrote on its Facebook page this week that gun sights and standard 30-round magazines (called PMAGs) are now being manufactured outside Colorado for the first time.
Magpul employs about 200 people and has been courted by Texas, Wyoming, South Carolina and Utah, to name just a few states eager for its business. Texas Gov. Rick Perry even made a personal appeal to the company.
Everyone knows Gov. Perry is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. But who knew that he was such a good shot?
Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke Friday at the Nation Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston, Texas.
But before he took the stage, NRA organizers debuted the following video of the governor in rare form
here..[via the Washington Examiner]:
Rick Perry’s super bad ass NRA gun intro video
Final Thought: Everyone knows Gov. Perry is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. But who knew that he was such a good shot?
Also, good call on the Ted Nugent background music. Rifles and “Stranglehold.”
“I have never once arrested a member of the NRA”
I am a police officer in a large agency in Florida. I have served on the streets of this city for 16 years and have seen more than my share of “Gun Violence,” with several occasions where the bullets were intended for my head.
If a liberal read that, they would assume I am for total gun control. In reality, I – like most police officers in the country, am firmly against the joke and lie that liberals try to play off as a “means to make society safer.”
I have never once arrested a member of the NRA. I know you know this, but good people don’t use guns to victimize others. Good people use guns to protect themselves and others from the criminals who in most cases, get let off the hook by liberal judges and a liberal “Protect the defendants rights” mindset.
Gun control never works and never will, unless the politicians true purpose is to turn the citizens of a country into subjects of
Nugent – “If you want to stop gun trafficking, arrest Eric Holder!”
Is gun control common-sense regulation or a tyrannical overstep of government bounds? It’s a question that rages today in the wake of mass shootings at places like Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. But it’s not a new question, as a glance at American history will prove.
The battle centers over the wording of the Second Amendment to the Constitution — “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” — and what it might mean in a modern world with deadlier weapons than those borne by the Founding Fathers. Read on for a brief history of how America’s gun laws have evolved.
1. First ban
Prior to the 1920s, there was little talk of gun control except at a state level, and many of those laws were aimed at keeping weapons out of the hands of African-Americans in southern states rather than regulating firearms more generally. In 1927, though, Congress reacted to the mob violence of Prohibition with the first federal gun restriction ever. The law banned the mail-order sale of handguns or any other concealable firearm. [7 Great Congressional Dramas]
Likewise, it was mobsters (and their predilection for “Tommy Gun” or Thompson submachine gun) who inspired Congress’ second act of gun control, the National Firearms Act of 1934. This act taxed firearms under 18 inches (46 centimeters) in length and required registration of those same guns — a restriction later declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1968, because it might require gun owners to self-incriminate if they attempted to register a weapon illegal in their home state, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The registration requirement was removed from later versions of the law.
2. Gun control goes big …
Violence again served as an impetus for legislation in the 1960s, when the gun assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., prompted Congress to pass the Gun Control Act of 1968.
The Act restricted the sale of firearms to certain groups, such as convicted criminals, anyone ever committed to a mental institution and anyone ever convicted of domestic violence. It also required licensing of firearms dealers, amid other interstate commerce restrictions.
At the signing of the bill, then-President Lyndon B. Johnson said, “Today we begin to disarm the criminal and the careless and the insane. All of our people who are deeply concerned in this country about law and order should hail this day.”
However, Johnson also lamented that the bill did not include a national system of registration and licensing for firearms.
“If guns are to be kept out of the hands of the criminal, out of the hands of the insane, and out of the hands of the irresponsible, then we just must have licensing,” he said. “If the criminal with a gun is to be tracked down quickly, then we must have registration in this country.”
3. … But faces backlash
Not everyone agreed with Johnson. The 1968 Gun Control Act broadened the powers of the ATF and raised the ire of the the National Rifle Association (NRA), which in the 1970s became more hard-line about gun rights. In 1979, the NRA’s new lobbying branch, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, drafted legislation to loosen the 1968 law, according to the group’s website. On May 19, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed an amended version of this first draft into law.
The Firearm Owners’ Protection Act rolled back many of the penalties in the 1968 law and banned any federal agency from keeping a registry of guns and their owners. [Guns in the U.S. (Infographic)]
MORE . . .
- 5 Milestones in Gun Control History (livescience.com)
- The NRA once supported gun control (salon.com)
- The Suprising Unknown History of the NRA (alternet.org)
- NRA was pro-gun control when it came to Black Panthers (thegrio.com)
- Obama’s secret plan to reclassify your guns (wnd.com)
Here is another example of liberal Hollywood hypocrisy. These commies beg for gun control while using guns, death, blood and violence to earn their millions. Hypocrites.
Commies feigning outrage and getting a conscience … that is, until they need to earn their next paycheck.
- Gun Rights Advocates Blast Back at Hypocrisy of Anti-Gun Hollywood Stars in New Video (foxnewsinsider.com)
- Hollywood Hypocrisy Called Out In New Video Calling For Enhanced Gun Control (americanlivewire.com)
- Exposing Liberal Gun Control Hypocrisy (Video) (rubinoworld.com)
- Hannity Panel Blasts Hollywood Hypocrisy: Celebrities Decry Gun Violence, But Star In Violent Movies (mediaite.com)
- Video mocking celebrity gun control PSA takes off (cbsnews.com)
Today, the same elite media who no doubt send their own kids to private schools that employ armed security, just can’t stop howling ridicule at the NRA‘s idea to give every student in America those same protections. Because the NRA’s idea is so appealing, as I write this, the media’s going overboard, mocking it as bizarre, crazy, and out of touch.
This is how the media works to silence and vilify the opposition and to ensure that only their ideas control The Narrative. The media doesn’t care about securing our schools; they only care about coming after our guns and handing Obama another political win.
The media also doesn’t care how wildly hypocritical they look.
In their zeal to rampage this left-wing agenda, the media has apparently forgotten that back in 2000, on the one-year anniversary of the Columbine shooting (which occurred with an assault weapons ban in place), President Clinton requested $60 million in federal money to fund a fifth round of funding for a program called “COPS in School,” a program that does exactly what the NRA is proposing and the media is currently in overdrive mocking:
Clinton also unveiled the $60-million fifth round of funding for “COPS in School,” a Justice Department program that helps pay the costs of placing police officers in schools to help make them safer for students and teachers. The money will be used to provide 452 officers in schools in more than 220 communities.
“Already, it has placed 2,200 officers in more than 1,000 communities across our nation, where they are heightening school safety as well as coaching sports and acting as mentors and mediators for kids in need,” Clinton said.
The media is not only so driven to ensure Sandy Hook is used to win this round on gun control that they’ve become morally blinded to what really needs to be done to immediately secure our schools; they’ve lost their grip historically and politically.
Think about it: The media is entering a new year attempting to convince parents that their children will be less safe with a policeman in their school.
Off the rails doesn’t even begin to describe it.