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Dear CNN: The CDC Conducted A Study About Defensive vs Offensive Gun Use – We Dare You To Report On It


The Left tells us that the ‘good guy with a gun’ is a myth. The right says it isn’t. The CDC has a study they’ve been sitting on for decades. Does that have anything to do with why we know just about everything there is to know about the story about the school where 17 were shot dead (Marjory Douglas), but most Americans couldn’t name the town where that Texas Church that was shot up without asking Google?

In Sutherland Springs (did you still remember?) there were 26 fatalities, men, women and children. Besides the dead, 20 were injured. But even though that event had greater casualties than the high school, with victims every bit as ‘innocent’ and ‘unsuspecting’ we don’t talk about that one much, do we? Was it because it didn’t generate any useful activists? Or could it have something to do with the fact that the bad guy was brought down by a good guy with a gun?

It was a former NRA instructor wielding an AR-15 no less? He might have acted even sooner, but he had to retrieve it from his gun safe, first. (Being the responsible firearm owner that he was.)

That’s exactly the story we never hear splashed all over national news. The only time an AR-15 is ever really mentioned is when it is held by a villain — despite the fact that most murders involve a handgun, not a rifle. Rifles are further down the list of ‘murder weapons’ than hammers, bats, fists or feet.

So, is there any truth to the ‘good guy with a gun’ argument for gun ownership? 

The CDC actually conducted a massive study on the defensive use of firearms decades ago, and for some reason, they never publicized the findings.

The study has resurfaced.

Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck conducted the most thorough previously known survey data on the question in the 1990s. His study, which has been harshly disputed in pro-gun-control quarters, indicated that there were more than 2.2 million such defensive uses of guns (DGUs) in America a year.

Now Kleck has unearthed some lost CDC survey data on the question. The CDC essentially confirmed Kleck’s results. But Kleck didn’t know about that until now, because the CDC never reported what it found. [ephasis added]

Kleck’s new paper—”What Do CDC’s Surveys Say About the Frequency of Defensive Gun Uses?”**—finds that the agency had asked about DGUs in its Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

Those polls, Kleck writes,

are high-quality telephone surveys of enormous probability samples of U.S. adults, asking about a wide range of health-related topics. Those that addressed DGU asked more people about this topic than any other surveys conducted before or since. For example, the 1996 survey asked the DGU question of 5,484 people. The next-largest number questioned about DGU was 4,977 by Kleck and Gertz (1995), and sample sizes were much smaller in all the rest of surveys on the topic (Kleck 2001).

Kleck was impressed with how well the survey worded its question: “During the last 12 months, have you confronted another person with a firearm, even if you did not fire it, to protect yourself, your property, or someone else?” Respondents were told to leave out incidents from occupations, like policing, where using firearms is part of the job. Kleck is impressed with how the question excludes animals but includes DGUs outside the home as well as within it.

Kleck is less impressed with the fact that the question was only asked of people who admitted to owning guns in their home earlier in the survey, and that they asked no follow-up questions regarding the specific nature of the DGU incident.
Source: Reason

What’s the whittled down finding of the study?

Setting aside any professional use of a firearm (for example, law enforcement) those who have used a gun (whether fired or not) to protect themselves, their property, or another person have outnumbered those who have used a weapon in the commission of an offense by a wide margin.

The final adjusted prevalence of 1.24% therefore implies that in an average year during 1996–1998, 2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self-defense. This estimate, based on an enormous sample of 12,870 cases (unweighted) in a nationally representative sample, strongly confirms the 2.5 million past-12-months estimate obtained Kleck and Gertz (1995)….CDC’s results, then, imply that guns were used defensively by victims about 3.6 times as often as they were used offensively by criminals.
Source: Reason

From another ‘Reason‘ article, this one dated 2015, Kleck was cited again:

Kleck points out this only means that about 1 percent of guns in the U.S. are thus used annually. In Armed, Kleck discusses a number of later surveys on DGUs, including one from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1994, that at least roughly back up his original estimates. He sums up that “there are now at least nineteen professional surveys, seventeen of them national in scope, that indicate huge numbers of defensive gun uses in the U.S.” 

Maybe that so-called ‘myth’ of the good guy with a gun isn’t such a myth after all.

For those who wonder exactly how purely scientific CDC researchers are likely to be about issues of gun violence that implicate policy, Kleck notes that “CDC never reported the results of those surveys, does not report on their website any estimates of DGU frequency, and does not even acknowledge that they ever asked about the topic in any of their surveys.”
Source: Reason

Well, if you don’t like those findings, we could always run the study again.

5 Reasons We Know They Are Coming For Our Guns


Reported by Tim Brown

There are at least five reasons we know that the push is not for “common sense” gun laws, as anti-Constitutionalists and emotionally controlled high school student proclaim, but is for total gun confiscation.

In a recent article by Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project in which she pointed out many of the students marching for gun rights apparently didn’t have much of a problem with an increased police state.  Yes, that’s not a typo.  These were student marching FOR the rights of gun owners, but also promoting the increase of police officers, which is a growth of government.

For more on that topic, I’d refer you to the articles by Rutherford Institute attorney John Whitehead of an excellent article by Daniel Greenfield titled Our State of Police.

At the end of Blevins’ article, she also posted a brief video on five reasons we should consider that the current anti-Second Amendment activists are not seeking more gun control laws, but are, in fact, promoting gun confiscation and a total ban on arms in the united States.

Here’s the video.


The video is mixed with the rhetoric of David Hogg’s cult group of useful idiots at the DC March for Our Lives and various interviews in which they are telling America exactly what their handlers want them to say, as well as movie clips that mock their stupid statements and lies.  Remember, these are kids that have been given scripts to present to the media and cannot actually engage in debate with someone who holds a pro-Constitution, pro-Second Amendment position, which is opposite of their own.

However, the words they are presenting are those of the Communists in our country along with the media’s own efforts to disarm the American public while ignoring the law and history.

The 5 reason we know they are coming for our guns are:

  1. The March for Our Lives’ kids really do want to ban guns.

  2. The media has one unified message: The repeal of the 2nd Amendment

  3. The media’s propaganda seems to be working.

  4. The March for Our Lives is not a grassroots movement.  It is funded with dark money.

  5. Draconian gun control legislation is sweeping the nation.

While the leaders of the movement claim that the “don’t want to ban guns” and just want sensible gun laws, that has all changed to calling for Nazi-style gun confiscation and bans.  Many, even professed Constitutionalists and conservatives, were just fine with raising the age to purchase rifles and banning bump stocks, the kids are telling you when you give in to that, they’re going to take a lot more because you allowed them to set a precedence, an unconstitutional precedence at that.

The answers these kids give to what should be done concerning gun owner rights is the typical anti-American, Communist lines of “ban assault rifles,” “citizens don’t need ‘weapons of war'” and other common phrases by the same handlers that are feeding them the scripted lines.  I mean seriously, does anyone think these kids even know what a semi-automatic rifle is?  Probably not.  do they even know that AR-15s are not used in actual combat in the military when engaged in war?  Probably not.

Whether or not you believe the kids want to ban guns or not, despite them coming right out and saying it, is irrelevant because this is the narrative that the corporate CIA-controlled media is peddling to the dumbed down American population.

In fact, it’s so clear that the media is both pushing for a repeal of the Second Amendment by presenting former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ call for a repeal and both by trying to soften the blow by allowing Communists like Chris Cuomo, a man who doesn’t believe rights come from our Creator but from government, to openly say no one is calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment.  Cuomo’s own network reported on Justice Stevens’ calls for such a repeal.

And while you listen to some of the useful idiot airheads spewing this garbage in the video above and in the daily news cycle, the reality is that should that time ever come, they will be the first to have their rights stripped and not be able to speak out against anything and if they do, they’ll be summarily shot dead.  Oh, the irony, and it’s simply because they have not learned from history.  Primarily, they haven’t learned from their forefathers nor the last century in which governments disarmed their people only to come in later and murder them by the hundreds of millions.

If you are one that doesn’t believe the media’s propaganda is working in conjunction with an illegal and corrupt public school system that has dumbed down the up and coming generation to the point that they have no idea what the founding fathers of our country even meant when they wrote the Second Amendment, where rights come from as described in the Declaration of Indpendence or anything else in the Constitution, then you should consider that people actually applaud when a Democrat candidate for sheriff in North Carolina actually uttered that it was OK to pry the guns from the cold dead hands of gun owners, and by that, the implication was to kill them to confiscate their arms.

But it’s not just people running for office. A new Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday found that two-thirds of American voters support stricter gun laws, reaching the highest level in the poll’s history.  Take a look at that polling and see how things have changed drastically in the past 20 years.  Fortunately, we are not a democracy that is ruled by the emotions of a childish mob, but a republic under the rule of law.

The March for Our Lives is a sideshow of WWE.  Like its counterpart of politicians in DC, March for Our Lives is not born of genuine concern, but rather an agenda, and as with every anti-gun cry, it’s funded by the usual suspects.  People like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros are behind the money that supports the movement.  Ironically, baby murderers Planned Parenthood, an organization that actually murders children unlike the National Rifle Association, also throws in some of Americans’ tax dollars that it is unconstitutionally given by your corrupt representatives, including President Donald Trump.

As an “astroturfed” movement, March for Our Lives is meant to appear as a grassroots movement, but it’s all funded and orchestrated by outsiders.  The march in DC really was going nowhere.  It garnered just over 200,000 people and that included media and the whining children.

Additionally, Nazi-style gun laws are being promoted, even here in the deep South where I live by such people as Democrat Georgia Rep. Erica Thomas, who supported legislation to seize and take possession of semi-automatic guns, high capacity magazines and ammunition and yet, she says she doesn’t want to do it by force.  Talk about Orwellian doublespeak!

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  We’re seeing another assault weapons ban being formed in DC, and around the country cities and states (New Jersey, Delaware, Vermont, Oregon and Florida) are banning bump stocks even though people can bump fire without a bump stock and pushing for more unconstitutional gun laws!  It’s going to get worse too.  And you believed President Trump when he told you that your Second Amendment rights were no longer under attack.  He’s been aiding in the attack!

There were some good comments in the final 40 seconds.  Kyle Kushuv, who is a Florida student and has been reasoned and rational voice in the  conversation, pointed out the irony of the failures of government, even in the Parkland shooting, and yet, says it is utterly ironic that people want to trust that same government, even more, when it comes to the rights of gun owners.  He’s right on!

We must continue to expose their lies and hypocrisy in order to win the day, and we must be very vocal about it!

Today’s Politically INCORRECT Cartoon by A.F. Branco


Generation Tide Pod

Liberals give a lot of credit to the Tide pod generation as they speak out on gun control and open borders, but do they all deserve that much credit?

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“March For Our Lives” doesn’t seem to care about all the lives saved by people owning Guns. It doesn’t fit their repeal the 2nd Amendment agenda.

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Gun Rights Actually Are a Civil Rights Issue


Modern protests demanding more gun control have been likened to the civil rights movement, but civil rights and gun rights often have gone together in American history. (Photo: David Tulis/UPI/Newscom)

“Young people said, ‘We will not tolerate what our ancestors have tolerated. We’ve had enough and we’re willing to fight for it and we’re willing to march in the streets for it and, if necessary, die for it,’” TV personality Oprah said in comparing the student marches to civil rights demonstrations.

One writer in The New Yorker wrote of the pro-gun control March for Our Lives protest: “The Parkland students seem to instinctively understand that their fight not only crosses racial and class lines but also exists on a historical continuum, as an extension of the civil-rights movement.”

Another recent article in The Washington Post, headlined “Gun rights are about keeping white men on top,” even tried to connect American gun culture and support for gun rights to racism.

However, the author’s historical argument, whether intentionally or not, actually reveals that it is gun control, not gun rights, that generally has been used for the purposes of white supremacy. Gun rights and civil rights, historically, have gone hand in hand.

In a recent interview on “The View,” former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice highlighted the importance of preserving the Second Amendment as an individual right, in some cases the last line of defense in protecting life and liberty.

“Let me tell you why I’m a defender of the Second Amendment,” Rice said on the show. “I was a little girl growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, in the late ‘50s, early ‘60s. There was no way that Bull Connor and the Birmingham police were going to protect you.”

“I’m sure if Bull Connor had known where those guns were, he would have rounded them up,” she said. “So I don’t favor some things like gun registration.”

‘The Work of the Abolitionists Is Not Finished’

In the aftermath of the Civil War, a ferocious battle emerged over how to preserve both federalism and the individual rights of citizens in the states. Gun rights, in some cases, were the only safeguard of liberty and personal safety.

Some of the first states to pass highly restrictive gun control legislation were, in fact, in the Reconstruction-era South. They implemented so-called “black codes” to restrict the rights of former slaves, including the right to bear arms.

One 1866 Alabama law baldly stated that “it shall not be lawful for any freedman, mulatto, or free person of color in this state, to own firearms, or carry about his person a pistol or other deadly weapon.”

The law also made it illegal “to sell, give, or lend firearms or ammunition of any description whatever, to any freedman, free negro, or mulatto.”

Famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass warned about these abuses and said “the work of the abolitionists is not finished” until the Second Amendment and others rights could be protected. This provoked a federal response, according to historian Stephen P. Halbrook. Congress passed the Freedmen’s Bureau Act of July 1866, which guaranteed to other men “any of the civil rights or immunities belonging to white persons, including the right to … inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property, and to have full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of person and estate, including the constitutional right of bearing arms.”

President Andrew Johnson vetoed this legislation, but he was overridden by Congress.

These battles over the protection of individual rights culminated in the passage of the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment was designed to prevent states from violating the Bill of Rights, which at the time applied only to the federal government. However, even after the passage of the 14th Amendment, racial conflict and battles over gun rights continued for generations.

As Rice explained, individual firearm ownership was often the only protection black Americans had under some legal authorities that did little to protect them.

As Ida B. Wells, one of the founders of the NAACP and an early civil rights leader, wrote in 1892, a year in which an extraordinary number of brutal lynchings took place: “The only times an Afro-American who was assaulted got away has been when he had a gun and used it in self-defense.”

“The lesson this teaches and which every Afro-American should ponder well,” Wells continued, “is that a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give.”

An Inalienable Right

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas noted this history in his concurring opinion in the Chicago v. McDonald case in which the court ruled that Otis McDonald, a black Army veteran, had been deprived of his Second Amendment rights by the city of Chicago.

Thomas wrote about how the infamous Dred Scott decision before the Civil War was meant to strip black Americans of citizenship and “the constitutionally enumerated rights of ‘the full liberty of speech’ and the right ‘to keep and carry arms.’”

After the war, former Confederate states attempted to curtail firearm ownership for black citizens, and mob and militia violence against those citizens often went unchecked by local authorities.

“Without federal enforcement of the inalienable right to keep and bear arms, these militias and mobs were tragically successful in waging a campaign of terror against the very people the 14th Amendment had just made citizens,” Thomas wrote.

Thomas concluded that in the opinion of the Founders and authors of the 14th Amendment, “the right to keep and bear arms was essential to the preservation of liberty.”

As Thomas, Douglass, Rice, and others so clearly articulated, gun rights—not gun control—have been an essential buttress to civil rights.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Jarrett Stepman is an editor and commentary writer for The Daily Signal and co-host of “The Right Side of History” podcast. Send an email to Jarrett.

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Iowa Legislators Move to Protect Gun Owners by Amending State Constitution


Reported By Chris Agee | March 27, 2018 at 1:43pm

URL of the original posting site: https://www.westernjournal.com/iowa-legislators-move-to-protect-gun-owners-by-amending-state-constitution/

While last month’s school shooting in Florida led to new gun laws in that state and a renewed nationwide push for gun control, lawmakers in another state recently took the opposite approach.

According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa state legislators pushed through a resolution earlier this month that supporters hope will result in a ballot measure allowing citizens to vote for a “right to bear arms” to be added to the Iowa Constitution.

Lawmakers in the state House and Senate voiced their opinions on the resolution during periods of intense debate prior to votes by both chambers to advance the legislation.  According to the language included in the resolution, the state “affirms and recognizes” the constitutional right to bear arms.

In emphasizing the position that this right “shall not be infringed,” Iowa could become the fourth state to impose “strict scrutiny” on any and all effort to restrict gun ownership. That phrase caused much of the consternation among opponents of the measure, with several Democrats suggesting a new amendment could present additional hurdles in efforts to require permits or improve background checks.

A GOP backer in the Senate, however, said it is up to the voters to determine if the amendment goes too far.

“I trust the Iowa voter,” said state Sen. Brad Zaun. “They are going to tell us if they don’t like the language in front of us. They are going to tell us how important their Second Amendment rights are.”

As Democrat state Sen. Tony Bisignano said, the fear among some opponents is that supporters are looking at the Second Amendment in absolute terms and without critical context.

“Can you envision what arms will look like in 150 years?” he asked. “What we have today for arms is beyond their imagination.” 

One Democrat critic called his Republican colleagues “tone deaf” in pushing a resolution he said made it seem as though they were preparing for a “zombie apocalypse.”

State Sen. Matt McCoy said that lawmakers “haven’t even figured out how to secure our school buildings yet” and should not be pursuing constitutional amendments further expanding gun rights.

A Republican counterpart, however, seemed to link demographics to gun violence rather than access to firearms.

“In the big majority of counties around the United States, there are no murders, or maybe one in a given year,” said state Sen. Julian Garrett. “It is only in concentrated areas where we have these murders.” 

In the case multiple school shootings, however, including the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland County, killers have attacked in typically safe communities.

A joint resolution to advance the amendment process passed by a vote of 54 to 42 in the House before advancing to the Senate, where it passed 34 to 15.

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