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Fact – Gun Control Does Not Make Americans Safer – Liberty However: Does

 

The left continues to spout off about how “People Don’t Kill People! Guns Kill People!” and of course they fail to see the lack of logic and common sense in that statement. Only a person who lives in a fantasy world would say that an inanimate object has the ability to go around killing people.

The fact of the matter remains however that “People Kill People” regardless of what someone may feel. The best part about this absolute fact is the data that backs it up! For instance, I have multiple guns in my home, none of which are locked up, no trigger locks, or even tied down anywhere! They have yet to kill another human being! Shocker!

Sarcasm aside, there have been countless attacks recently that have killed dozens of people and injured even more, that have had nothing to do with a gun whatsoever! The knife attacks in Japan, Canada, here in the States, and even one in China today where a man climbed into a kindergarten center and started stabbing people!

Did I forget to mention the other alternative methods that are currently being used by terrorists? Vehicles ring a bell for anyone? That’s right folks! They are using TRUCKS to mow people over! No gun needed! Don’t even get me started on the most obvious method of terror; explosives!

But, I digress!

According to the National Safety Council – Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year — or about 6,850 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives.

Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker.

As many as 200,000 women use a gun every year to defend themselves against sexual abuse

Even anti-gun Clinton researchers back in the 90s conceded that guns were used 1.5 million times annually for self-defense. According to the Clinton Justice Department, there are as many as 1.5 million cases of self-defense every year. The National Institute of Justice published this figure in 1997 as part of “Guns in America” — a study which was authored by noted anti-gun criminologists Philip Cook and Jens Ludwig. Just say’n!

Armed citizens kill more crooks than do the police. Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year. Not to mention, readers of Newsweek learned that “only 2 percent of civilian shootings involved an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal. The ‘error rate’ for the police, however, was 11 percent, more than five times as high.”

Don’t believe it? Here is just ONE example out of millions! A simple YouTube search will show you thousands upon thousands more!

What about states that have more guns out in the open vs those that do not?

“It is important to note that in the states that allow open carry, violent crime was 23 percent lower, the murder rate was 5 percent lower, the aggravated assault rate was 23 percent lower and robbery rates were 36 percent lower.”

What this eludes to is the theory that ” more guns equals less crime!” Can this be substantiated? Sure can!

Since 2007, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared from 4.6 million to over 12.8 million, and murder rates have fallen from 5.6 killings per 100,000 people to just 4.2, about a 25 percent drop, according to the report from the Crime Prevention Research Center.

And the number of permits issued is increasing faster every year. Over 1.7 million new permits were issued last year — a 15.4 percent increase over 2013, the largest such single-year jump ever, according to the report from the center led by President John R. Lott and research director John E. Whitley.

Between 1999 and 2007 the number of permits increased by about 240,000 per year. But in the next four years, during Mr. Obama’s first term in the White House, the number of new permits issued jumped to 850,000 per year. From 2011 to 2013, the number increased by 1.5 million, rising to 1.7 million last year, according to the report.

The report found that women and minority populations are getting more permits than white men, the most commonly stereotyped gun owners.

Since 2007 permits for women have increased by 270 percent and for men by 156 percent.

Although white males are still the largest concealed carry permit-holding group, the number of permits obtained by blacks accelerated the most, with Asians and American Indians following in second.

Between 2012 and 2014 the number of black permit holders increased from 10,389 to 17,594, according to the report.

Black females were the fastest-growing concealed handgun permit group, increasing 3.44 times faster than white females.

“The stereotype of the gun owner being a middle-aged male white guy from the South is simply not correct anymore,” Mr. Keene said.

Gun rights advocates say that the uptick can be attributed to more minority populations and women in urban areas seeking to protect themselves from violent criminals.

“It puts the lie to the myth promulgated by anti-gun individuals that somehow more law-abiding citizens carrying guns will lead to more crime. In fact, quite the opposite is the case,” said Larry Keene, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. “More law-abiding citizens own firearms for self-protection, and crime continues to decline.”

NCIS background checks increased from 11.2 million to 21 million between 2007 and 2014, according to the report, and the sale of guns has skyrocketed over the last two years. About 14 million guns were sold between 2008 and 2011, while over 20 million were sold between 2012 and 2013, and about a quarter were sold to first-time buyers.

“The facts are every time guns have been allowed, concealed-carry has been allowed, the crime rate has gone down.”

–Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), on “Fox News Sunday,” Dec. 16, 2012

Now that we have covered the sheer numbers of guns purchased, concealed carry permits issued, and violent crime rates dropping, how about we take a moment to cover the Constitution?

Contrary to what Liberals would like their sheeple to believe, the founding fathers were very clear on the intent of the 2nd Amendment.

The Second Amendment:

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.

The original intent and purpose of the Second Amendment was to preserve and guarantee, not grant, the pre-existing right of individuals to keep and bear arms. Although the amendment emphasizes the need for a militia, membership in any militia, let alone a well-regulated one, was not intended to serve as a prerequisite for exercising the right to keep arms.

The Second Amendment preserves and guarantees an individual right for a collective purpose. That does not transform the right into a “collective right.” The militia clause was a declaration of purpose, and preserving the people’s right to keep and bear arms was the method the framers chose to, in-part, ensure the continuation of a well-regulated militia.

There is no contrary evidence from the writings of the Founding Fathers, early American legal commentators, or pre-twentieth century Supreme Court decisions, indicating that the Second Amendment was intended to apply solely to active militia members.

Now, many Liberals disagree with this sentiment like Hillary Clinton for example as you can see below.

“I’m going to speak out, I’m going to do everything I can to rally people against this pernicious, corrupting influence of the NRA and we’re going to do whatever we can,” she said.

But, what is the most troubling, is that she said something completely absurd which garnered a big reaction from the crowd.

“The idea that you can have an open carry permit with an AK-47 over your shoulder walking up and down the aisles of a supermarket is just despicable,” she said

This just goes to show that Liberals are completely void of Common Sense and 9 times out of 10 have no idea what they are talking about.

Let me ask you this, do you think that supermarket will be robbed with that guy walking down the aisle with an “AK-47” slung on his shoulder? I think not!

Common Sense AND our history dictates that mass shootings and the majority of murders happen in places that either guns are not allowed whatsoever like a school, church, movie theater, or night club; or in places that are extremely restrictive like Chicago.

This is a fact that cannot be disproved by the left. Sure, they will continue to try to yell louder and continue to confuse the person they are attempting to “debate”. But the facts, data, and most importantly; common sense will beat them every single time.

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