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A Tale of Two Shootings, and Why Gun Control is Killing Us

 

In the wake of Thursday night’s Louisiana shooting, the media has made much ado about the President’s “prediction” that law gun control laws would lead to more shootings.

But the reality is that strict gun control laws made Thursday night’s shooting at the Lafayette Grand Theater possible.

While facts are still pouring in, here’s what we already know:

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Gun production has doubled under Obama

Gun production has more than doubled over the course of the Obama administration, according to a new report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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GOA's Larry Pratt is the Second Most Powerful Gun Rights Activist
-- The 100 most influential pro-gun rights advocates

Newsmax is out with our list of 2015's 100 Most Influential Pro-Gun Rights Advocates.

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Leading gun-rights group calls background checks ‘utter failure’

That Dylann Roof was able to purchase a firearm despite a drug arrest comes as evidence that background checks have been an “utter failure,” says a leading gun-rights group.

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GOA Responds to the FBI Director on Background Checks

The FBI Director today said a flaw in the NICS system allowed Dylann Roof to successfully pass a background check before purchasing the gun he used to kill nine people at the Charleston A.M.E. church.

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Self-Defense Corner

  • Clerk Fights Back
  • Constitutional Carrier
  • Nude Homeowner
  • CCW in Action!
  • Mass Killing Stopped

Houston Store Clerk Fights Back, Killing Two Of Three Armed Robbers

The news reporter for this station summed up gun ownership for self-defense in her opening segment; “Those who work here were prepared because they know what it’s like to be victims.”

Well, almost. It’s good to be armed before knowing what it’s like to be a victim, but you get the idea.

Robbed just 12 days earlier, the workers at the Super K store in Houston were prepared for trouble this time around.

When three armed men stormed into the store, they went to the register and pistol-whipped an employee. One of the armed men waited by the door to hold it open. The owner’s brother was on break, but still in the store, when the robbery was happening.

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Constitutional Carrier Thwarts Robbery In Topeka Less Than Two Weeks After New Gun Law Is Signed

It’s amazing what armed citizens can do to help preserve the peace when government gets out of the way, and allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback just signed a bill legalizing so-called “constitutional carry”—allowing citizens to exercise their right to carry a firearm for self-defense without permits—less than two weeks ago.

It has already proven instrumental to thwarting a robbery.

24 year old Joey Tapley was a key witness in Friday’s armed robbery for weapons inside the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Topeka.

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A Burglar Broke Into a Texas Man’s Home. What He Saw Next Had Him Screaming an Apology and Jumping Through the Window.

Sleeping naked could be the latest innovation in home security, provided you’re imposing enough to scare would-be burglars out of their wits.

A Georgetown, Texas man said that he was awoken Wednesday night by a flashlight moving outside his bedroom door, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

He checked on his sleeping wife, grabbed his 9mm handgun and went to investigate — stark naked.

“I have a tattoo of the grim reaper, my hair is sticking up all crazy and I’m naked,” said the homeowner, who asked that his name be withheld for safety reasons. “I’m not sure if [the burglar] was more afraid of me or the gun.”

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[VIDEO] Off-Duty Cop Takes Out Thug With Incredible Shot During Pharmacy Robbery

Two armed robbers picked the wrong pharmacy to knock off in São Paulo.

According to a video uploaded to Liveleaks, the man in a leather jacket is a warrant officer in the São Paulo Metropolitan Police.  From start of the robbery to the time the second robber beat feet, this off-duty police officer was a smooth operator every step of the way!

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Man shot, killed after breaking into ex-lover's home in Upper Marlboro, Md.

A man was shot and killed during a home invasion in Upper Marlboro, Maryland early Monday morning.

Police were called for a report of a home invasion at a house inside of a gated community in the 6100 block of Blue Sage Lane around 2:40 a.m.
Sources tell ABC 7's Brad Bell that the deceased was previously in a relationship with the homeowner and called the homeowner the night before threatening to come to the house and “kill everybody inside".

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Friendly Fire: If McCain's Going To Claim He's A Conservative On Guns, Then He's Got Some Explaining To Do
by John R. Lott, Jr.
as seen in National Review Online

With presidential primaries just over two-and-a-half years away, John McCain is moving back towards Republican conservatives. On some issues, from campaign finance to illegal immigration to global warming, he isn't even trying to convince conservatives that he agrees with them. But he realizes he can't oppose them on everything. So, on other important issues, such as taxes, abortion, and guns, he's brandishing his conservative credentials.

It is quite a contrast to his 2000 presidential campaign, when he openly criticized and needled conservatives. [Recently], he even gave a graduation talk at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University (though, for balance, he will also [addressed] graduates at New York City's very left-wing New School).

Reporters speculated on Meet the Press that McCain wants to make amends with conservatives well before he officially announces his candidacy for president next year. So can he convince people he is still sufficiently conservative?

Let's consider just one of these issues: McCain's claimed pro-gun record. This was true a decade ago, but since then, on issues such as regulating gun shows, banning less expensive guns and so-called assault weapons, and requiring gunlocks, McCain has supported central portions of the gun-control agenda. Indeed, in a couple cases, McCain authored the proposed legislation himself.

McCain's gun show regulations, instead of simply requiring background checks on sales at gun shows, would make it extremely difficult for gun shows even to function. A special license would be required to operate gun shows. Licenses could be denied without the federal government even having to give a reason, and no time limits would be placed on how long the government had to make its decisions.

While gun-control groups have tried for years to register the names of gun owners, McCain's legislation helps accomplish this by effectively requiring the registration of all people who attend a gun show. Gun show operators would even face criminal penalties and imprisonment if any unregistered attendees were to trade a gun after the show if the gun were discussed in any way during the show. The only option to operators would thus be to register everyone.

McCain acknowledges that these regulations could be abused, but, according to him, the goals are too important to compromise, and McCain assures us that we should trust the regulators. Yet, it was not so long ago that the Clinton administration constantly halted gun sales nationwide as background checks broke down and kept records long after the law explicitly allowed.

Most troubling are McCain's extreme measures for what is essentially a non-existent problem. The Bureau of Justice Statistics under Clinton conducted a survey of 18,000 state prison inmates in 1997 -- the largest survey of inmates ever conducted. Less than one percent of inmates (0.7 percent) who had a gun obtained it from a gun show. The vast majority of criminals -- 40 percent -- say they got their guns either from friends or family, and 39 percent got it on the street or from other illegal sources.

Of course, like with many gun-control regulations, this call for more regulations rests on distortions. Despite the "gun show loophole" term used by McCain and others, there are no special exemptions for buying a gun at a gun show. Dealers must perform the same background checks as in a store. What gun-control groups refer to is the non- regulated private transfer of guns. Eighteen states regulate the private transfer of handguns, with some having regulations going back more than several decades. However, not surprisingly, just as with the semi-automatic gun bans, there is not a single academic study showing that these regulations reduce any type of violent crime.

McCain has also done advertisements on behalf of Americans for Gun Safety, a gun-control organization that supports licensing and registering every gun owner in the United States. He has used the ads to greatly exaggerate the risks of children getting access to guns in the home -- a claim that is based upon a questionable survey -- and asked that people lock up guns. With the threats he claims existed, few would know that in 2002, for example, the number of children under 10 who died from accidental gun shots was 20, and the number of children under 15 was 56. Obviously, one death is too many, but McCain has launched no similar campaign against other much more dangerous items in people's homes.

No mention was ever made by McCain about using guns for self-defense or that gunlocks might make it difficult to stop intruders who break into your home. And research indicates that McCain's push for gunlocks is far more likely to lead to more deaths than it saves.

Unfortunately, these are not the only misleading advertisements that McCain has made for Americans for Gun Safety. As David Kopel has pointed out, McCain has also made misleading advertisements on an array of other issues, such as the Brady Law and gun shows.

McCain has helped protect guns owners, such as supporting legislation to protect gun makers from reckless lawsuits, but for McCain to argue this week that he is reliably pro-gun relies on conservatives having very short memories. Possibly the threat of Hillary Clinton being president will convince conservatives to vote for McCain, should he win the nomination. But unless he denounces his past positions, it won't be because they believe he is a "pro-gun" conservative.

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John R. Lott Jr. is the author of More Guns, Less Crime and The Bias Against Guns.
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