Why Gun Control Is A False Promise

April 17, 2014

How Statistics Can Lie, Especially When Used To Rip Away Your Rights To Self-Protection

It is deceptively simple to lie using generalized or averaged statistics. You can basically find any information you need to support your case. But on further examination statistics can backfire and absolutely destroy your case. In debate we call that a slam dunk just like in basketball or in the law.

Proponents of “gun control” couch their argument in the idea that the United States is patently unsafe due to the large number of gun owners. They claim that these gun owners are irresponsible and could snap at any moment and kill people. 80 to 100 million gun owners have not snapped. Ever. Nor will they any time soon.

The facts belie these “statistical” observations leftists hope to use to disarm Americans.

  1. The United States has half the world’s small arms held by less than 5% of the world’s population. Given that potential nightmare scenario you would think we would top the list of murderous nations.
  2. We almost DO top the list! We are FOURTH highest for murder rates among all nations in the world! Scary, isn’t it? Why you could be gunned down anywhere by any one of those 100 million small arms held by Americans.
  3. There is a problem with the statistics. Yes. We are fourth, when you average all the cities and regions of the United States. When you remove just FOUR cities, Detroit, Chicago, Washington D.C. and New Orleans, our nation actually drops to the bottom and is one of the safest in the world. We rank about 189 of 192 nations. Most gun murders take place in those cities annually.
  4. Please consider the unifying factors that make those four particular cities very, very unsafe. They all have one thing in common. Did you guess it already? Gun control. Chicago, Washington and until very recently when the police chief told people to protect themselves, Detroit, have the strictest gun control laws in the nation, in the world.
  5. Recently in Washington, D.C. a man was sent to prison for possessing a decorative spent (empty) cartridge in his car, that was incapable of being used in any manner other than as a keychain. Yet Washington, D.C. is vying for top slot as the murder capital.

A reasonable person would say, let’s remove all gun control laws from those cities and allow people to protect themselves. Wouldn’t crime drop? Yes. It would. In fact, if you review the individual statistics from the FBI, unaveraged, for every major city in America and other regions you will find that the more armed the populace the LOWER the crime rate for any crime, but especially note the reduction of violent crime including home invasions.

One might ask why? Because if you attempt to enter a store to randomly shoot people to rob the store and all of the customers have concealed weapons, what are your chances of getting out alive? Very low. And that concept keeps the criminal element from harming we innocent civilians. If you want to see effective gun control, take the guns away from the criminals.

The gun control advocates that want to take our second amendment right away don’t really care if you can protect yourself. Which brings us to the recent news from Nevada. The second amendment of the Constitution does not exist to protect your right to self-defense just against criminals, it also allows you to stand up to our government, when the government spins out of control and goes insane. For example, you drive home one day and find 200 heavily armed tactical snipers have surrounded your home and keep you in their sights ready to execute a kill shot every minute of the day. That doesn’t sound creepy at all does it? Honestly, I don’t know anyone who would not be set on edge by that scenario. That is simple overkill. It is intimidation. Our Federal government has gone over the deep end.

Apparently, the TSA, IRS, USPS, FDA, NOAH, NASA, DEA, DOE, USDA, BLM, and a whole lot of other Federal agencies are now armed to the teeth with billions of bullets. I guess their primary mission of helping Americans has turned into one of making sure we loyal Americans allow them to take from us whatever they want without resistance.

Our own government fears us now. While they read your email, listen to your phone calls, and examine your every movement. Is that what you think America should be? Fear is what gun control is all about. Historically, wherever gun control and its next step, confiscation, has been employed, Stalinst Russia, Nazi Germany, Maoist China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, among other places, hundreds of millions of innocents have been exterminated because they could not defend themselves – against their own government.

Slaves and descendents of American slaves were also once forbidden from owning guns. And they witnessed their homes, fields, barns and families burned alive, because they couldn’t defend themselves. African-Americans should be the group screaming the loudest in defense of maintaining their God given right to self-protection. Yet many seem perfectly willing to let the government “protect them”, even though the same government at one time murdered them, supported murder of them, and encoded laws to sterilize them, and destroy their lives. Oh, and these laws were all written by Democrats. If I were black, I don’t think I would be so quick to give up my right to self-protection. When seconds count, the police are only a few minutes away.

So, given the choice between risking mass extermination at the hands of an out of control government or giving up my ability to defend against crime, and allowing my neighbors, who are really nice, responsible people, to keep their second amendment rights and own guns without restriction, I’ll take the latter. Keep your guns. Keep them safe. Keep your family safe. And don’t let any legislator ever tell you giving them up is “for your own good”. Wiser men than us have been fooled by that cry before.

Protecting your life and liberty is my first job as your Senator. Everything else is secondary.

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