Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Thursday, April 06, 2006

How Many Times Do I have to REPEAT Myself?.

Via Joe Huffman comes this inane imbecilic piece from the inappropriately named "Gun Guys" web page, Our Country's Crazy Concealed Carry Laws. It's pretty much boilerplate anti-concealed carry diatribe, and we get the standard money-quote:
Here’s the two things you need to know about concealed weapons: first off, they're dangerous. More guns means more violence, no matter what.

Let me repeat myself. One. More. Time.

Here's the U.S. murder rate from 1900 through 2002:

The decline has continued through 2005.

Here's the non-fatal firearms crime stats from 1993 through 2004:

Here's the simple and aggravated assault rates from 1973 through 2004:

According to this Clinton-era Whitehouse press release:
Handguns Account for Nearly Half of All New Gun Sales – About 2 Million Per Year. Fifty years ago, handguns represented only one out of every 10 new gun sales. Now they account for more than four out of 10.
And - one more time - here's the map of the U.S. showing the progress of "shall-issue" concealed-carry laws:

Now, since 1986 we've added at least 20 MILLION handguns and probably 40 million shotguns and rifles (literally millions of them so-called "semi-automatic assault weapons") to the total in private hands. We've gone from eight "shall-issue," 17 "no-issue" and 24 "may-issue" states (and one unrestricted) to 37 "shall-issue," 9 "may-issue" and 2 "no-issue" states, with TWO unrestricted.

But you want me to believe that "More guns means more violence, no matter what."

You, too, are cordially invited to eat my shorts. "Straight shooter" my ass.

UPDATE: Mike Lief posts a link to this piece, and draws this comment:
I question the veracity of your source.
from "Sbarro."

He questions the Bureau of Justice Statistics and Bill Clinton's White House? Who does he trust??

And why didn't he raise his objections here?

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