Archive for June, 2010

Gun Owners, beware Obama and the UN Small Arms Treaty

Posted in gun rights, Politics on June 4, 2010 by blog648

It’s an end run around the Second Amendment.

In an online column at Andrew Brietbart’s Big Government website, John Lott warns that American gun owners shouldn’t get too comfortable with the fact that gun control nannies seem to have very little influence in the political arena right now. The situation could be temporary, because Obama has made no secret of his support for the UN and their Small Arms Treaty.

Political scientist Rudy Rummel estimates that 262 million people were murdered by their own government during the last century -– that is 2.6 million per year. This includes genocide, the murder of people for political reasons, and mass murder. Even if all 300,000 deaths from armed conflicts can be blamed on the small arms trade, an obviously false claim, people have much more to worry about from their governments. Adding the U.N.’s estimated deaths from gun suicides, homicides, and accidents still provides a number that is only a ninth as large.

Second, the treaty is a backdoor way to get more gun control laws adopted in the US. “After the treaty is approved and it comes into force, you will find out that it has this implication or that implication and it requires the Congress to adopt some measure that restricts ownership of firearms,” Former UN Ambassador John Bolton warns. “The [Obama] administration knows it cannot obtain this kind of legislation purely in a domestic context. … They will use an international agreement as an excuse to get domestically what they couldn’t otherwise.”

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…gun bans also produce another problem: increased murder rates. UN gun control advocates don’t want to acknowledge that everyplace in the world that we have crime data for has seen that gun bans result in higher murder rates. Americans have seen the increase in murder rates in DC and Chicago after their bans, and the sudden 25 percent drop in DC’s murder rates last year after their ban was removed. But as recent research shows, gun bans have consistently lead to higher murder rates around the world. Even island nations, who can’t blame some neighbors for their supply of guns, have seen increases in violent crime rates.

The Small Arms Treaty is just a back door way for the Obama administration trying to force through gun control regulations. With the huge standing ovation that House and Senate Democrats recently gave Mexican President Calderon for his advocacy of a new so-called “Assault Weapons Ban,” Americans who care about self-defense have been put on notice. The threats to gun ownership are as real as ever.

Read the whole column here.

Armed Public = Safer Public Indicated by FBI Crime Stats

Posted in gun rights, Politics on June 4, 2010 by blog648

According to data released by the FBI, Americans have been buying more guns, while the rate of serious, violent crime has declined, which has gun control advocates flummoxed. :0

According to an online column at Pajamas Media by Howard Nemerov, law abiding American citizens, particularly women, have been arming themselves and obtaining concealed carry permits in increasing numbers. Gun control nannies all across the country predicted a catastrophic upswing in violent crime, claiming that making guns more readily available to the public couldn’t possibly result in anything other than our streets running red with innocent blood. Oddly enough, no such crime wave has occurred.

“Data from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation show that America has been on a firearms buying spree since the end of 2005. Meanwhile, the FBI recently released preliminary 2009 crime data indicating that violent crime has been dropping at an accelerating rate since the end of 2006.”

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“After the Virginia Tech shooting, Katie Couric interviewed Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Said Helmke:

‘While it is ‘people who kill people,’ they do so more often, and more successfully because we make it so easy to get such lethal weapons [guns].’

It’s true that NICS data show how easy it is for Americans to buy guns, but FBI crime data shows that law-abiding gun owners are not the problem.”

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“Since 2005, there has been a 25% increase in justifiable homicides by private citizens, 31% more by citizens with handguns. (Justifiable homicides result when citizens stop felonious attacks against themselves or another person, killing the attacker.)

While few defensive gun uses result in the attacker’s death, justifiable homicide data serve as an indicator of how more citizens are choosing self-defense over victimhood.

News items abound where armed citizens successfully defended themselves. A perusal of The Armed Citizen contains a generous sampling of successful self-defense articles going back to November 2003, and Keep and Bear Arms usually posts a number of stories each day.

More guns. More gun owners. More law-abiding citizens carrying handguns in public. More caution amongst violent predators?”

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“Organizations like the Brady Campaign and Violence Policy Center like to blame the “gun lobby’s undue influence” on policy makers for their difficulty in passing “sensible gun laws” that “the public supports.”

The numbers speak louder than anti-rights rhetoric: more guns, less crime.”

If you’re interested, you can read the whole article at Pajamas Media here.

 

We Con the World

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 by blog648

Obama’s ‘Chicago Way’ plunders the private sector

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized on June 2, 2010 by blog648

by Michael Barone

Senior Political Analyst
June 2, 2010

 

An interesting thing about Barack Obama is that he chose, on two occasions, to live in Chicago — even though he didn’t grow up there, had no family ties there, never went to school there.

It was a curious choice. Chicago has a civic culture all its own and one that is particularly insular. Family ties and personal connections are hugely important. Professionals who have lived and worked there for a quarter-century are brusquely reminded, “You’re not from here.”

Nonetheless Obama moved upward in the Chicago civic firmament with apparent ease. The community organizer joined the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s church in search of street credibility in the heavily black South Side. The adjunct law teacher made friends around the University of Chicago from libertarian academics to radical organizer William Ayers. The young state senator designed a new district that included the Loop and the rich folk on the Near North Side.

Obama could not have risen so far so fast without a profound understanding of the Chicago Way. And he has brought the Chicago Way to the White House.

Read the whole article in the Washington Examiner online.