When Democrats pushed gun control in the wake of the March 30, 1981 attempt on President Ronald Reagan’s life, Reagan responded by pointing out that the “more than 20,000 gun controls” then on the books proved powerless to keep John Hinckley Jr. from possessing a gun.
Reagan’s point was clear–if 20,000 laws had not worked, what could Democrats really hope by increasing the number to 20,001? -AWR Hawkins
A 2007 study in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy entitled “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?” looked at firearms prevalence and violence in countries around the world. The authors found that gun bans are ineffective because they do not affect the socio-cultural and economic factors that are the real determinants of violent crime rates. -Patrick Tyrrell
Chicago has an “assault weapons” ban, a “violence tax,” burdensome laws on handgun ownership and possession–and 862 shooting victims between January 1 and April 14 of this year. Breitbart News previously reported that homicides in Chicago were up 100 percent January 1 to February 22, 2016, compared to the same time frame in 2015. -AWR Hawkins
Liberal, Guns, Incompetence, Funny, Narrative, Oops, Regulation
The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings, who police say engaged in a gun battle with officers early Friday after a frenzied manhunt, were not licensed to own guns in the towns where they lived, authorities said on Sunday. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed in the shootout with police, would have been required to apply for a gun license with the local police department where he lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts. But there is no record of him having done so, according to Cambridge Police Department spokesman Dan Riviello.
Democrat, Liberal, Government, Guns, Character, Fascism, Bigbrother, Constitution
Two days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms and feeding devices, Democrats in the Oregon House introduced just that... HB 3200 not only bans most modern guns and magazines, it allows warrantless searches of your home, requires background checks and registration for a firearm you already own and as-of-yet undefined storage requirements.
Democrat, Liberal, Guns, Obama
Do you support state legislation to: a. ban manufacture, sale and possession of hanguns? Barack Obama: Yes. b. ban assault weapons? Barack Obama: Yes. c. mandatory waiting periods and background checks? Barack Obama: Yes.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Crime, Character, Oops, Theft
According to a Colorado Bureau of Investigations report obtained by Media Trackers, State Representative Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) was arrested in 1976 on a charge of larceny and again in 1991 on a charge of shoplifting. Rep. Fields has sponsored multiple gun control bills currently under debate in the Colorado Legislature, including legislation to ban on magazines with the capacity to hold more that 15 rounds, criminalize the private sale or transfer of a firearm without a background check,ban on concealed carry permits on the college campuses, and increase background check fees.
Scott Harshbarger, the state's Democratic attorney general, agreed: "This vote is a victory for common sense and for the protection of our children and our neighborhoods." One of the state's leading anti-gun activists, John Rosenthal of Stop Handgun Violence, joined the applause. "The new gun law," he predicted, "will certainly prevent future gun violence and countless grief." It didn't... Since 1998, gun crime in Massachusetts has gotten worse, not better. Instead of "lead[ing] the way in cracking down on gun violence," the state has seen gun violence shoot up. In 2011, Massachusetts recorded 122 murders committed with firearms, the Boston Globe reported this month – "a striking increase from the 65 in 1998." ... Don't hold your breath waiting for gun-control activists to admit they were wrong. -Jeff Jacoby
Democrat, Liberal, Government, Guns, Brilliance, Constitution
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on Wednesday afternoon urged people to turn in their guns, arguing it would be an appropriate response to last week’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. “I would personally just say to those who are listening, maybe you want to turn in your guns.”
Guns, Racism, Press, Regulation
In 1911, the same year The New York Times noted a disturbing fondness for handguns among "low-browed foreigners," New York passed the Sullivan Law, which required handgun owners to obtain police permits. The law gave local authorities a great deal of discretion to prevent "undesirables" from legally owning handguns.
Government, Guns, Oops, Communism, Murder
Chinese communist government Xinhua News: Innocent blood demands no delay for U.S. gun control... Obama said of the latest tragedy the country had "been through this too many times," and it was time to put aside political differences and "take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this." Some people have noticed Obama's tougher tone this time, compared to the Colorado shooting, when he called for "prayer and reflection." Action speaks louder than words. If Obama wants to take practical measures to control guns, he has to make preparation for a protracted war and considerable political cost. ...So the Chinese communist government, which murdered tens of millions of its own citizens not that long ago, wants gun control in the US. Ummm... NO. Many thanks to the Chinese communist government for weighing in. -Randy Breitbart
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Guns, Oops, Justice, Law
Sarah Brady, Chair of the gun-ban lobby formerly known as HCI, may be in a little trouble with the law. And the reason why is quite surprising. According to the March 22 issue of the Daily News (N.Y.), Brady may have violated the type of gun-control law she and her organization regularly advocate.
My name is Manuel Martinez. Born in Cuba. American Citizen for more than 40 years. I oppose any manipulation, any regulation or disruption of the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States... I’ve been through it. I’ve been there. You people don’t know what freedom is because you never lost it. You haven’t been tortured. You haven’t been [sic] assassinations, you haven’t been mothers begging for the life of their son not to be killed because the only reason is they wanted to be free. And they killed the mothers and they killed the son... -Testimony in Oregon State Senate, April 5, 2013
Democrat, Liberal, Guns, Character, Degeneracy
Irate with a reporter's question on the effectiveness of the city's handgun ban, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley offered to give a first-hand lesson following the shooting of an off-duty police officer. "Oh, it's been very effective," Daley said, according to MyFoxChicago.com. "If I put this up your butt, you'll find out how effective it is. If I put a round up your … you'll know."
Democrat, Government, Guns
During the meeting, President Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, "to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda," she said. "I just want you to know that we are working on it," Brady recalled the president telling them. "We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar."
Chief Justice Roger Taney’s infamous opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford circularly argued that blacks could not be citizens because if they were citizens, they would have the right to own guns: "[I]t would give them the full liberty," he said, "to keep and carry arms wherever they went."