Saturday, January 23, 2016

Canadian Tragedy and Why Laws Don't Protect Anyone!

Canada just had a shooting tragedy. Our prayers are with those who lost friends or family. You may, or may not, hear American politicians talk about more gun laws in the U.S. Often they don't let a tragedy go by without using it for their agenda.
The next step for Canadian gun laws is basically confiscation. There is little else that has not already been done. Even confiscation will not work. The National Rifle Association (NRA) would have you believe that guns stop murders. The gun control lobby would have you believe that gun control reduces murders. They are both wrong.
Gun bans have always had the same effect: none. They do not create a sustained period of increased murders, nor do they reduce the rate of homicides. They do slow down GUN violence, not violence. They slow down GUN homicide, not homicide. Makes sense doesn't it?
The pro-gun crowd is screaming that gun bans cause crime. At least this is grounded in reality. Typically, there is a spike in murders immediately after a ban, but it is short lived.
Gun control is designed to stop people from killing each other, at least that’s what we are always told. Let’s take a look at the data:
United Kingdom: The UK banned handguns in 1996. From 1990 until the ban was enacted, the homicide rate fluctuated between 10.9 and 13 homicides per million. After the ban was enacted, homicides trended up until they reached a peak of 18.0 in 2003. Since 2003, which incidentally was about the time the British government flooded the country with 20,000 more cops, the homicide rate has fallen to 11.1 in 2010. In other words, the 15-year experiment in a handgun ban has achieved absolutely nothing.
Ireland: Ireland banned firearms in 1972. Ireland’s murder rate was fairly static going all the way back to 1945. In that period, it fluctuated between 0.1 and 0.6 per 100,000 people. Immediately after the ban, the murder rate shot up to 1.6 per 100,000 people in 1975. It then dropped back down to 0.4. It has trended up, reaching 1.4 in 2007.
Australia: Australia enacted its gun ban in 1996. Murders have run flat, seeing only a small spike after the ban and then returning almost immediately to preban numbers. It is currently trending down, but is within the fluctuations exhibited in other nations.
Plain and simple. Gun control has no significant impact on murder rates. Removing firearms does not typically create massive lawlessness. It is a moot point. These figures aren’t a secret. Why would the governments of these nations want a disarmed populace? Russia recently relaxed its firearms laws. For the first time in recent memory, a Russian citizen can carry a firearm. The prohibited items speak volumes about what a government’s motive behind disarming the population is. Russia has allowed "smoothbore long barrelled guns, pistols, revolvers, and other firearms, as well as Tasers, and devices equipped with teargas.” That’s almost everything, what is still banned? Rifles. So the Russian government has made it clear that the real objective is to remove rifles from civilian hands. The reasoning is pretty clear: you need rifles to overthrow a government.
We have a society that panders to the basest desires and instincts. One of those is violence. We live in a society where women are given dirty looks for breastfeeding in a restaurant, while over their heads on the wall-mounted television plays a movie that graphically depicts someone being tortured to death. We are desensitized to violence, and we have a generation of people that do not have the coping skills necessary to deal with reality.
If you want to change violence and murder, change hearts and minds. Change people. Those guns won't revolt and start killing on their own.
Australia seems to be the model according to current politicians. Australia do not view guns as this God given right. America came to be through the use of guns. Our Constitution points out that right.
If we want to do something that "makes sense", then let's do it. But what has been done in the past, and by other countries, does not work.
A "gun free zone" is just a free fire zone. Don't we deserve to have our guns and safety too? Haven't people fought and died for that?
My home and property is not a free fire zone. It is a return fire zone. What is yours?

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