Gallup’s annual Crime Poll, conducted Oct. 7-10, found a record-low 44% of Americans say laws governing the sale of firearms should be made more strict, while 42% say gun laws should be kept as they are now. The most significant differences in support for stricter gun laws are along political lines. More than 6 in 10 Democrats and liberals favor stricter gun laws–compared with 31% and 26% among conservatives and Republicans, respectively.
By Steven L. Doran
The snub-nose .38 revolver has really taken a beating over the last several years. In fact a lot of people who criticize the gun have never taken the time to even shoot one, or have only fired a few rounds. I have heard story after story about what a piece of junk they are and how they do not compare to any semi-auto on the market. Read more
Washington, DC — Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,074,757 checks in August 2009, a 12.3 percent increase from the 956,872 reported in August 2008.
So far that is roughly 9,076,205 gun bought this year! The total is probably more as NICS background checks may cover the purchase of more than one gun at a time.
This latest jump in background checks show that Americans are solidly in-favor of keeping firearms and clearly shows that proponents claiming the USA wants more gun control are blatantly wrong.
Gun Owners Say No to Gun Control with their Wallets
The increased trend of Americans buying firearms at a record pace was once thought to be a one time fluke caused by fears of the new Obama administration expressed lust for more gun control. But now 10 months in and the wrongly named “fear buying” has now become the norm and keep purchasing firearms by the millions every month with no sign of slowing down.
The bulk of the buying has been concentrated on the following types of guns or calibers:
• Semi Auto Handguns
• Ar15s and all variants of the Black Rifle
• .50 Caliber
1.17 Guns for Each Person
Conservative estimates of legally owned guns in the USA put the number at 355,029,250 million guns in the USA. That is 1.17 guns for everyone in the USA.
Crime Rates Falling
There has been no increase in crime, murder rates have fallen across most of the US. This is directly in contrast to what the national media and gun control supporters are reporting. Gun owners are clearly the majority
BELLEVUE, WA – A new Rasmussen poll reveals American citizens believe gun sales are up over the past several months because of widespread fears that the government will tighten restrictions on gun ownership. Read more
By Steven L. Doran
As a former director of public safety, I will let you in on a little secret. Police respond to crimes that have already been committed or that are in the process of being committed. They do not prevent crime. Read more
By Steven L. Doran
Rwanda thinks it has solved all of its problem because of its for its efforts in combating small arms trafficking. One Rwandan official said: “As a country we suffered in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi partly because of small arms and light weapons, that is why Rwanda is now at the forefront of the fight, and I hope other countries can learn from what we are doing.” Read more
Thursday, June 04, 2009
CONWAY, Ark. — A Muslim convert accused of fatally shooting an Army private and wounding another had previously been arrested on a weapons charge in Tennessee, but that charge eventually was dropped. Read more
Brady Campaign Praises Sotomayor’s History of Gun Control
By Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court appears to be a positive one for those committed to reducing gun violence in this country. Judge Sotomayor’s legal opinions have shown a strong respect for precedent in upholding federal and state gun laws, while her background and experience promise to bring a real world, personal understanding of the effects of gun violence that will be welcome on our nation’s highest Court.
Respect for precedent and understanding the importance of strong gun laws in the real world will be especially important as the Supreme Court is likely to face gun lobby efforts to expand the Court’s recent Second Amendment ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller into an unbridled right to any gun, any place, any time. Her experience prosecuting perpetrators of gun crimes in New York City added to her appreciation for the real-world life and death consequences of any efforts to roll back gun laws that protect all Americans.
As a judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Sotomayor has shown a respect for precedent that has narrowly interpreted the Second Amendment, a far contrast to the activist majority in the Heller case, which sidestepped seventy year old precedent in finding a new individual right to have handguns in the home. Judge Sotomayor has consistently rejected challenges to gun laws that protect our communities from gun violence.
Based on her background, her experience, and her strong record of upholding lifesaving gun laws, we are pleased with Judge Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court and look forward to hearing and evaluating her testimony during her Senate confirmation hearings.