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|07-20-2010, 06:47 PM||#1|
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Brady states MORE dangerous.
This isn't really new news to all of us, but I thought it was pretty interesting none the less.
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States with Stricter Gun Control Laws Are Less Safe
The Brady Campaign persists with its rhetoric that “reasonable restrictions” of the Second Amendment make society safer.
July 19, 2010 - by Howard Nemerov
During a recent John Stossel show on gun control, Brady Campaign Vice President Dennis Henigan presented his case for “reasonable” gun control laws.
Henigan cited last year’s murder of four police officers in Lakewood, Washington, as proof that mass murders occur in non-gun free zones. One incident in the face of a majority of active shootings occurring in gun-free zones isn’t evidence of a trend, especially since that particular tragedy was the result of a justice system failure to keep a violent felon in prison. The justice system presumes future innocence even when cases like this indicate otherwise.
On the other hand, Henigan’s idea of justice for law-abiding gun owners is the presumption of guilt until they prove innocence by getting investigated by police prior to buying guns (licensing) and then keeping tabs on the suspected gun owner/criminal by maintaining a list of guns owned (registration).
Henigan considers all this “reasonable.”
He also called Washington, D.C., a “city” in order to invalidate crime comparisons between D.C. and the 50 states. However, in 2007, D.C. Mayor Fenty stated during his inauguration:
Together, we pledge, steadfastly, that our goal is to become the 51st State. None of us can, or should, rest easy until we all have the opportunity to participate fully in our great democracy.Via their duly elected representative, D.C. residents declared their desire to be recognized as a state. In keeping with democratic (small d) values, it’s reasonable to compare D.C. to other states.
In 2008, D.C. had 3.2 and 5.9 times the violent crime and murder rates, respectively, of the rest of America.
Also, D.C. has a larger population than Wyoming, which has the highest gun ownership rate, plus below-average murder and violent crime rates. Anti-rights groups commonly trim the national dataset in order to create numbers supporting their rhetoric.
Henigan also declared that it’s “absolutely false” that the Brady Campaign is trying to take away Americans’ right to own guns. But the following data indicate it’s his assertion that’s “absolutely false.”
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is “operated by state health departments in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” a department in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). BRFSS state-level gun ownership surveys for 2001 and 2002 are available online. (Includes D.C.)
Beginning in 2001, the Brady Campaign published annual “report cards” grading states on their gun control laws. Brady’s “A” states had the most gun control, while “F” states had the least.
After collating Brady grades with the BRFSS data, interesting correlations appear:
Despite Henigan’s denial, his “reasonable gun restrictions” correlate with reduced gun ownership.
After collating gun ownership rates with FBI violent crime rates, other interesting correlations appear:
Ownership 2001 2002 Ave. Grade
FBI Rates Ave. Grade
FBI Rates Violence Murder Violence Murder Under 30% B+ 610.0 7.6 B+ 599.7 8.2 30-40% D+ 424.5 4.9 D+ 422.4 5.0 40-50% D+ 410.7 4.9 D+ 406.5 4.8 Over 50% D- 319.6 4.2 D- 314.8 3.9 Brady’s “reasonable” gun control correlates with reduced gun ownership and higher rates of overall violence and murder.
Collating gun ownership rates with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) homicide data underscores the above conclusions:
Ownership 2001 2002 Total Firearm Non-FA Total Firearm Non-FA Under 30% 9.32 4.90 4.42 8.09 5.61 2.47 30-40% 5.52 3.31 2.20 5.47 3.46 2.01 40-50% 5.63 3.58 2.04 5.24 3.49 1.75 Over 50% 5.12 3.22 1.90 5.22 3.18 2.04 (Note: the CDC collects information from death certificates, while the FBI collects data from law enforcement agencies.)
The Brady Campaign “opposes state laws or a national law” legalizing shall-issue concealed carry laws — or “right-to-carry” laws (RTC) — where law enforcement must issue a license unless there’s evidence that the applicant is a criminal or a danger to himself or others.
According to Brady rhetoric, RTC states should be more dangerous. But actual FBI and CDC data prove otherwise.
2001 2002 Ave. Grade
PGO FBI Rates Ave. Grade
PGO FBI Rates Violence Murder Violence Murder RTC D 43.0% 404.4 5.0 D 44.7% 398.7 4.8 Non-RTC B- 26.8% 509.4 6.1 B- 27.8% 503.5 6.6
2001 2002 Ave. Grade
PGO CDC Homicide Ave. Grade
PGO CDC Homicide Firearm Non-FA Firearm Non-FA RTC D 43.0% 3.60 2.15 D 44.7% 3.59 1.91 Non-RTC B- 26.8% 4.00 3.40 B- 27.8% 4.48 2.25 Brady’s McDonald brief claimed that “an increase in gun prevalence causes an intensification of criminal violence — a shift toward greater lethality, and hence, greater harm to the community.”
Brady argued for “reasonable” Second Amendment restrictions that should be addressed “in the political arena, without courts second-guessing reasoned legislative judgments.”
Curiously, this same argument was one of the motives for the Fourteenth Amendment: to protect against legislative attempts to curtail citizens’ basic rights. Since American gun control includes a history of legislative attempts to oppress American citizens of African descent, Brady’s “reasonable” argument merits further attention.
When Brady’s grades were collated with CDC firearm and non-firearm homicide rates for Americans of African descent:
Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.
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Did you read todays GOOD shooting?
Last edited by Marlin T; 07-20-2010 at 06:50 PM..
|07-20-2010, 09:41 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Re: Brady states MORE dangerous.
when criminals know there is little risk to themselves they commit crimes , when they KNOW that their intended victims are armed they WILL look for a easier target
so put a sign out on your lawn giving the address of the anti gun crusaders in your area so the criminals KNOW where to go