Bloomberg's Tour of Lies

In February 2010, Michael Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns began a bus tour across the country. Aimed at supposedly educating Americans to the problem of guns, the tour of lies presents a one-sided view of the issue.

For example, the mobile billboard projects the message that “34 Americans are murdered with guns every day.” That statistic ignores, however, the much larger number of times Americans use guns in self-defense. Even anti-gun researchers -- paid by the Clinton administration -- conceded that guns are used 1.5 million times annually for self-defense (or over 4,000 times a day). (1)

The Bloomberg’s Tour of Lies started in New York City at Times Square and is now making its way across the country. GOA will follow the tour and set the record straight at every stop along the way.

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Bloomberg's Tour

As the "Tour of Lies" Rolls On ...

Bloomberg champions anti-gun sheriff who denied carry permits for mere traffic fines.

Gun Owners of America is following the Bloomberg Tour of Lies across the country and blowing the cover off misstatements the “tour guides” are posting on the Internet. The Tour is named after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who wants to impose radical restrictions upon Second Amendment rights.

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Steady Decline in Major Crime Baffles Experts

Editor's Note: The New York Times reports that crime is decreasing throughout the country, except in New York City where the rates continue to rise. Hmm, maybe Mayor Michael Bloomberg should spend more time in his own city fixing his problems at home, rather than traveling around the country calling for more gun control -- which doesn't seem to be containing crime in the Big Apple

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Footnotes
1 - Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig, “Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms,” NIJ Research in Brief (May 1997); available at http://www.ncjrs.org/txtfiles/165476.txt.
2 - “New York City sees 532 murders in 2010, up from the previous year,” Associated Press (January 03, 2011).
3 - “The Rudy Record: Crime Reduction,” (November 27, 2006) at http://giulianiblog.blogspot.com/2006/11/rudy-record-crime-reduction.html.
4 - Ibid.
5 - Kathleen O’Leary Morgan, Scott Morgan and Rachel Boba, 2010 City Crime Rate Rankings at http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2010/City_crime_rate_2010-2011_hightolow.pdf.
6 - FBI’s Crime in the United States for 2009 at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr.
7 - John R. Lott, Jr. and Maxim C. Lott, “Guns Don’t Kill People, Philadelphia Does,” (July 18, 2007) at LewRockwell.com.
8 - FBI’s Crime in the United States for 2009 at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr.
9 - FBI’s Crime in the United States for 2003 (the year prior to the passage of the Ohio carry law) and 2009 at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr.
10 - “Guns needed to stop Chicago murders,” The Washington Times (May 6, 2010).
11 - Ibid.
12 - Of the 458 homicides in Chicago in 2009, 374 were committed by firearms -- a clear indication that the ban was not working. Brian Schneider, “The costs of a bullet start mounting the moment the trigger is pulled,” Medill Reports Chicago (February 10, 2010) at http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=156166.
13 - John Lott, “Illinois Gun Info Plan is Misguided and Dangerous,” FoxNews.com (March 3, 2011).
14 - Kathleen O’Leary Morgan, Scott Morgan and Rachel Boba, “Rank Order -- Metro Area,” City Crime Rankings (2010-2011): Crime in Metropolitan America, CQ Press, p. 41.
15 - FBI’s Crime in the United States for 2009 at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr.
16 - According to the figures listed in FBI’s Crime in the United States for 2009, Milwaukee’s murder rate is 11.9; El Paso’s is 1.94. Ibid.
17 - “We're No. 1: Safest big city in America,” El Paso Times (November 26, 2010) at www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_16711366
18 - Will Rose, the student “rapper,” does not say in what city the robbery took place.
19 - FBI’s Crime in the United States for 2002 (the year prior to the passage of Minnesota’s carry law) and 2009 at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr.
20 - George Washington’s full quote: “A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.” George Washington’s First Annual Message to Congress (January 8, 1790) at http://www.teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=324
21 - Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776), I. T. Jefferson, Papers 344 (J. Boyd ed. 1950), cited in Stephen P. Halbrook, That Every Man Be Armed (1984), p. 64.
22 - Thomas Jefferson, writing to his teenaged nephew, at http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/let31.asp
23 - President Theodore Roosevelt, “Eighth Annual Message (1908),” quoted in Gleaves Whitney, ed., American presidents: farewell messages to the nation, 1796-2001 (2003), p. 327.
24 - Abraham Lincoln, April 4, 1861 at http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/1inaug.htm
25 - Tom Mauser lost a son at Columbine in 1999; Omar Samaha lost a sister at Virginia Tech in 2007.
26 - John R. Lott, Jr. and William M. Landes, “Multiple Victim Public Shootings, Bombings, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handgun Laws: Contrasting Private and Public Law Enforcement,” John M. Olin Law & Economics Working Paper No. 73 (April 1999) at: http://papers.ssrn.com/paper.taf?abstract_id=161637
27 - The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, June 30, 2007.
28 - KPTV FOX 12, Portland, Oregon, November 27, 2009.
29 - Interview with California rape victim in DVD produced by Larry Elder, Michael & Me (Maiden Voyage Productions, 2004).
30 - Gordon Dillow, “Electronic monitor let O.C. rapist roam free,” Orange County Register (October 27, 2002).
31 - Jonathan T. Lovitt, “Survival for the armed,” USA Today (May 4, 1992).
32 - Paul Wagner, “DC Murder Rate Lowest in 45 Years: Murders in the District are down 25 percent,” MyFoxDC.com, (December 28, 2009).
33 - Sharyl Attkisson, “Gunrunning scandal uncovered at the ATF: Program aimed at stopping the flow of weapons from the US to Mexico may have allegedly had the opposite effect,” CBS News (February 23, 2011); and William La Jeunesse, “Obama Administration Under Mounting Pressure for Botched Gun Trafficking Investigation,” Fox News (March 28, 2011).
34 - FBI's Crime in the United States for 1994 (the year prior to the passage of the Texas carry law) and 2009 at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr.
35 -Mayor John F. Cook, "El Paso, Texas -- The Safest City in the United States for Cities over 500,000 in Population," at http://www.elpasotexas.gov/police/_documents/press/El%20Paso,%20Texas%20-%20Lowest%20Crime%20Rate%20Cities%20over%20500,000.pdf
36 - Howard Nemerov, "Concealed Handguns: Danger or Asset to Texas?" at http://www.prattontexas.com/documents/Texas%20CHL%20Study.pdf
37 - Scott Parks, "Charges Against Texans with Gun Permits Rise; Law's supporters, foes disagree on figures' meaning," Dallas Morning News (December 23, 1997).
38 - Kathleen O'Leary Morgan, Scott Morgan and Rachel Boba, 2010 City Crime Rate Rankings at http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2010/City_crime_rate_2010-2011_hightolow.pdf.
39 - John R. Lott, Jr. "Defenseless Decision: Why Were Guns Taken From Law-abiding Citizens in New Orleans?" (March 22, 2006) at: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/22/opinion/main1430218.shtml
40 - Noted firearms attorney Stephen Halbrook visited New Orleans in 2006 with two other attorneys. They found the confiscated firearms stored in a trailer and rusting badly. Barbara Baird and Gordon Hutchinson, "The Shame of New Orleans," America's 1st Freedom (August 2007), p. 28.
41 - Compare New Orleans' 2004 murder rate at FBI's Crime in the United States, with Kathleen O'Leary Morgan, Scott Morgan and Rachel Boba, 2010 City Crime Rate Rankings at http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2010/City_crime_rate_2010-2011_hightolow.pdf .
42 - Compare the FBI's Crime in the United States for 1987 (p. 53 of the Uniform Crime Reports) and 2007 at: http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2007/data/table_05.html .
43 - See http://gunowners.org/sk0304.htm and http://johnrlott.tripod.com/postsbyday/3-5-04.html .
44 - See FBI's Crime in the United States for 2002 and 2008 at: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2002/02sec2.pdf and http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2008/data/table_09_co.html
45 - See the FBI's Crime in the United States for 2006-2009. NOTE: In 2007, there was one murder by a gun, but it was not related to concealed carry on campus. An inmate who was being treated at the University of Utah Medical Center grabbed the gun of a corrections officer and used it to kill the officer. See the story at: http://www.thehighroad.org/archive/index.php/t-284898.html
46 - See "Common Arguments" at http://www.concealedcampus.org/common_arguments.php .