Saturday, December 22, 2012

Guns Are Not The Problem ...and the concealed carry permit

Note:There are four postings here including the videos at the bottom of this page.

1.  The following from NewsMax
The Ignorance of Gun Control Zealots
by Thomas Sowell

Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of "gun control" advocates?
The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available.
If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive.
Places and times with the strongest gun control laws have often been places and times with high murder rates. Washington, D.C., is a classic example, but just one among many.
When it comes to the rate of gun ownership, that is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, but the murder rate is higher in urban areas. The rate of gun ownership is higher among whites than among blacks, but the murder rate is higher among blacks. For the country as a whole, hand gun ownership doubled in the late 20th century, while the murder rate went down.
The few counter-examples offered by gun control zealots do not stand up under scrutiny. Perhaps their strongest talking point is that Britain has stronger gun control laws than the United States and lower murder rates.
But, if you look back through history, you will find that Britain has had a lower murder rate than the United States for more than two centuries — and, for most of that time, the British had no more stringent gun control laws than the United States. Indeed, neither country had stringent gun control for most of that time.
In the middle of the 20th century, you could buy a shotgun in London with no questions asked. New York, which at that time had had the stringent Sullivan Law restricting gun ownership since 1911, still had several times the gun murder rate of London, as well as several times the London murder rate with other weapons.
Neither guns nor gun control was the reason for the difference in murder rates. People were the difference.
Yet many of the most zealous advocates of gun control laws, on both sides of the Atlantic, have also been advocates of leniency toward criminals.
In Britain, such people have been so successful that legal gun ownership has been reduced almost to the vanishing point, while even most convicted felons in Britain are not put behind bars. The crime rate, including the rate of crimes committed with guns, is far higher in Britain now than it was back in the days when there were few restrictions on Britons buying firearms.
In 1954, there were only a dozen armed robberies in London but, by the 1990s— after decades of ever-tightening gun ownership restrictions — there were more than a hundred times as many armed robberies.
Gun control zealots' choice of Britain for comparison with the United States has been wholly tendentious, not only because it ignored the history of the two countries, but also because it ignored other countries with stronger gun control laws than the United States, such as Russia, Brazil, and Mexico. All of these countries have higher murder rates than the United States.
You could compare other sets of countries and get similar results. Gun ownership has been three times as high in Switzerland as in Germany, but the Swiss have had lower murder rates. Other countries with high rates of gun ownership and low murder rates include Israel, New Zealand, and Finland.
Guns are not the problem. People are the problem — including people who are determined to push gun control laws, either in ignorance of the facts or in defiance of the facts.
There is innocent ignorance and there is invincible, dogmatic, and self-righteous ignorance. Every tragic mass shooting seems to bring out examples of both among gun control advocates.
Some years back, there was a professor whose advocacy of gun control led him to produce a "study" that became so discredited that he resigned from his university. This column predicted at the time that this discredited study would continue to be cited by gun control advocates. But I had no idea that this would happen the very next week in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

2.  The following from Exchange Gold
Speaker Boehner Can Stop Sen. Feinstein’s Gun Ban in Its Tracks
Since the horrific crime in Connecticut took place on Dec. 14, Democrats have paraded their plans for banning various categories of guns and gun shows across the national stage. Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) seems sure of herself, as do her two recent converts, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Warner (D-VA).
However, we must remember that none of this is a done deal -- it's not even close -- and that Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) can stop these gun grabs in their tracks when the legislation reaches the House.
And Boehner needs to know that that's what conservatives expect him to do.
The time for going along to get along has long past, because Democrats have proven willing to go along only with that which includes doing away with our constitutionally protected freedoms.
Other members of the GOP House leadership also need to know that this is what conservatives expect.
Even as I type this post, a friend who happens to be a military officer is emailing me from Utah to say there is widespread panic in that state as they anticipate the proposed bans. But we don't need to panic. Rather, we need to be diligent by holding our respective House Members' feet to fire (and Speaker Boehner's feet as well).
Republicans can stop this push as soon as it reaches the House.
There is a Congressional election in less than two years, and we each need to make it clear that conservatives will not be voting for any House member who lacks the courage to support the constitution at such a time as this.
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3Texas town allows teachers to carry concealed guns
HARROLD, Texas (AP) — In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school — mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons.
In remote Harrold, the nearest sheriff's office is 30 minutes away, and people tend to know — and trust — one another. So the school board voted to let teachers bring guns to school.
"We don't have money for a security guard, but this is a better solution," Superintendent David Thweatt said. "A shooter could take out a guard or officer with a visible, holstered weapon, but our teachers have master's degrees, are older and have had extensive training. And their guns are hidden. We can protect our children."
In the awful aftermath of last week's Connecticut elementary school shooting, lawmakers in a growing number of states — including Oklahoma, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota and Oregon — have said they will consider laws allowing teachers and school administrators to carry firearms at school.
Texas law bans guns in schools unless the school has given written authorization. Arizona and six other states have similar laws with exceptions for people who have licenses to carry concealed weapons.
Harrold's school board voted unanimously in 2007 to allow employees to carry weapons. After obtaining a state concealed-weapons permit, each employee who wants to carry a weapon must be approved by the board based on his or her personality and reaction to a crisis, Thweatt said.
Employees also must undergo training in crisis intervention and hostage situations. And they must use bullets that minimize the risk of ricochet, similar to those carried by air marshals on planes.
CaRae Reinisch, who lives in the nearby community of Elliott, said she took her children out of a larger school and enrolled them in Harrold two years ago, partly because she felt they would be safer in a building with armed teachers.
"I think it's a great idea for trained teachers to carry weapons," Reinisch said. "But I hate that it has come to this."
The superintendent won't disclose how many of the school's 50 employees carry weapons, saying that revealing that number might jeopardize school security.
The school, about 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth near the Oklahoma border, has 103 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Most of them rarely think about who is carrying a gun.
"This is the first time in a long time that I've thought about it," said Matt Templeton, the principal's 17-year-old son. "And that's because of what happened" in Connecticut.
Thweatt said other Texas schools allow teachers to carry weapons, but he would not reveal their locations, saying they are afraid of negative publicity.
The Texas Education Agency said it had not heard of any other schools with such a policy. And the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence did not know of any other districts nationwide that allow school employees to carry concealed handguns.
But that may change soon.
Oklahoma state Rep. Mark McCullough said he is working on a bill that would allow teachers and administrators to receive firearms training through the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, which would authorize them to carry weapons at school and at school events. Other states are proposing or considering similar measures.
However, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder this week vetoed legislation that would have allowed concealed weapons in schools, churches and day care centers, saying he seeks a more "thoughtful review" that includes school emergency policies and mental health-related issues.
In Texas, guns have an honored place in the state's culture, and politicians often describe owning a gun as essential to being Texan. At the state Capitol, concealed handgun license holders are allowed to skip the metal detectors that scan visitors.
Gov. Rick Perry has indicated he would prefer to give gun owners the widest possible latitude. Just days after the Connecticut attack, Perry said permit holders should be able to carry concealed weapons in any public place.
Last year, many Texas lawmakers supported a plan to give college students and professors with concealed handgun licenses the right to carry guns on campus, but the measure failed.
Opponents insist that having more people armed at a school, especially teachers or administrators who aren't trained to deal with crime on a daily basis, could lead to more injuries and deaths. They point to an August shooting outside the Empire State Building, where police killed a laid-off clothing designer after he fatally shot his former colleague. Nine bystanders were wounded by police gunfire, ricochets and fragments.
"You are going to put teachers, people teaching 6-year-olds in a school, and expect them to respond to an active-shooter situation?" said Ladd Everitt, a spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, who called the idea of arming teachers "madness."
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner said she would not have felt better if teachers at her children's Seattle school had been armed during a May shooting at a nearby cafe. A gunman killed four people at the cafe and another woman during a carjacking before killing himself. The school went on lockdown as a precaution.
"It would be highly concerning to me to know that guns were around my kids each and every day. ... Increasing our arms is not the answer," said Rowe-Finkbeiner, co-founder and CEO of
Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign, said focusing on arming teachers distracts from the "real things" that could help prevent a school shooting "and at worse it furthers a dangerous conversation that only talks about guns as protection without a discussion about the serious risks they present."
As the debate continues, Harrold's school plans to leave its policy unchanged.
"Nothing is 100 percent at all. ... But hope makes for a terrible plan, hoping that (a tragedy) won't happen," Thweatt said. "My question is: What have you done about it? How have you planned?"
Associated Press writers Juan A. Lozano in Houston and Nomaan Merchant in Dallas contributed to this report.
Don't Mess With Texas
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4.  The following from Bonzer Wolf
Feinstein Blocking National Concealed Carry Reciprocity
Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:35AM by Bonzer Wolf
Feinstein/gun collage by N. Hooben
One of the most radical left wing hypocrites in the country, Senator Diane Feinstein of California is blocking a vote on both bills that would require states to honor valid concealed carry gun permits from the other states.

Feinstein is a member of the ruling elite, who obtained a California concealed carry firearms license, while working relentlessly, to keep “peons” from all over the United States from carrying handguns.

Both reciprocity bills pending in the Senate were introduced by Democrats. Feinstein like Obama, is a member of the liberal fascist wing that controls the Democrat Party.
States are already required to recognize concealed carry of current and qualified retired law enforcement officers under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA).
LEO’s are citizens who serve the public. They are issued firearms primarily to protect themselves while carrying out there duties and responsibilities. Retired law enforcement officers are citizens with no law enforcement authority.
If a citizen is issued a driver’s license in his home state, all states are required to recognize the valid permit. Concealed carry licences/permits should not be treated any differently. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to know and adhere to the laws of the states where he operates a vehicle (laws vary from state to state). The same would apply to a concealed carry license under the proposed legislation.
Motor vehicle operators kill many thousands more people than concealed weapons permit holders in the United States.
Feinstein cited the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager killed in Florida, as one of the reasons she was applying the legislative brakes.
“In recent weeks, our nation has witnessed tragic gun violence in Sanford, Florida and in Oakland, California, which is only a short drive from my home. Notably, George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, had been issued a concealed carry permit under Florida law, even though he had previously been subject to a court order for domestic abuse of his ex-fiancée. Congress should heed the warnings of law enforcement and not force states to recognize the permits issued to individuals by other states.”
What law enforcement agencies are issuing a warning? Fascist Feinstein cites a restraining order that was issue without a hearing and is routine in most divorce cases in this country. Such restraining orders are a violation of due process and once lifted can not and should not be used to block Second Amendment civil rights.
The National Rifle Association said it would not be deterred in efforts to pass reciprocity legislation.
“We have to work harder to get 60 votes, and we’re prepared to do that,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said, referring to the number of senators needed to end a filibuster.
Contact your Senators TODAY to urge them to co-sponsor National Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation pending in the Senate.
Feinstein was first elected as senator in 1992 to fill a 2-year vacancy. She was reelected in 1994, 2000 and 2006, and is running in 2012 for reelection to the U.S. Senate. Feinstein is widely viewed as one of the most far left, gun hating Senators even though she was able to obtain a rare California concealed carry permit due to her status as a member of the ruling class.
She is one of the most dangerous liberals in America, a hypocrite who knows no bounds and intends ban guns except for the privileged members of the ruling class. Feinstein is famous for authoring and “championing” the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, which prohibited the manufacture and sale of 19 types of assault firearms.
Feinstein, a San Francisco resident and former mayor, is the most staunch gun control radical in the Senate. Despite her stance, in the 1970s, she obtained a concealed firearms carry permit, and carried a handgun in California. At the time, her permit was the only such permit issued in San Francisco. This hypocrite is the female verison of Barack Hussein Obama. Voters who support these statist, liberal fascists are engaging in the most heinous of subversive anti-American activity.
Banning guns remains a priority with Democrats and the liberal main stream media. Feinstein tells CBS 60 Minutes that she will not bring up gun ban now. She’s obviously waiting for the re-election of gun banner, Barack Hussein Obama of Illinois, the only state in the country with a 100% ban on concealed gun carry.


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