"What about the use of firearms of self-protection? Again there is no clear-cut answer. Each year, 2.5 million times, victims use guns for defensive purposes, a number that is not surprising considering about one-third of U.S. Households contain guns. Gary Kleck has estimated that armed victims kill between 1,500 and 2,800 potential felons each year and wound between 8,700 and 16,000. Kleck’s research shows, ironically, that by fighting back victims kill far more criminals than the estimated 250 to 1,000 killed annually by police. Kleck has found that the risk of collateral injury is relatively rare and that potential victims should be encouraged to fight back. In a recent study conducted with colleague Jongyeon Tark, Kleck reviewed more than 27,000 contact crime incidents and found that when compared to nonresistance, self-protection significantly reduced the likelihood of property loss and injury and that most forceful tactics, including resistance with a gun, appear to have the strongest affects in reducing the risk of injury. Importantly, the research indicated that resistance did not contribute to injury in any meaningful way. The conclusion: it is better to fight than flee."
Criminology: Theories, Patterns & Typologies 11th Edition.
Well, I thought this was some information you all should read.
The end game for the gun control lobby is complete and total gun confiscation.
It’s a process. The will try to implement an assault weapons ban, mandatory background checks for all transfers. The next step would limitations on magazines and mandatory registration of all firearms. Then you would have mandatory mental health checks, evaluations etc. There will be regulation after regulation. They will try to get their foot in the door anyway they can and this process will take many years before it can be completed but the end goal is confiscation of all firearms.
That is why we must vigorously oppose any attempts to curtail the 2nd Amendment in anyway and we must be proponents of expanding gun rights whenever we can. There can be no compromise.
Domenico Calcagno, head of the Administration of Vatican Patrimony, owns at least 13 guns, Italian media reported, including a Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum and a Turkish Hatsan shotgun.
I’m surprised the Vatican does not have a shooting range.
NEW YORK (AP) â An appeals court says it’s constitutional for New York City to charge a much higher application fee for a handgun permit than elsewhere in the state. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled on Tuesday. It rejected a lawsuit brought by guns rights advocates including the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and the Second Amendment Foundation. They sued in 2011, saying a $340 handgun license fee every three years is unconstitutional. That compares to a fee of $3 to $10 elsewhere in the state.
Well this is a great way to keep guns out of the hands of poor people.
That handgun license costs more than some pistols.
A preliminary analysis of the list of shooting victims New York Mayor Michael Bloombergs group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is reading at rallies for new gun control laws finds that one in 12 are crime suspects killed by police or armed citizens acting in self-defense. The review of 617 killings found that 50 were suspects.
"They also said the focus shouldn’t be on the circumstances of the shootings, but the numbers, according to Buzzfeed."
Not the circumstances of the shooting?
So cops who shoot people that are attempting to kill others are contributing to gun violence?
No, the headline isn’t a joke. At an event Tuesday supporting Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” movement, gun control advocates read the names of those “killed with guns” since the Dec. 14 mass shooting in Newtown — and the group’s list of victims included Boston bomber…
What the hell is wrong with these people?
I do not patronize businesses that ban open carry or concealed carry. If they choose to do so that is their right but I will simply take my money elsewhere.
Personally I feel safer with a private citizen in the possession of a firearm than the police.
Because the police will just start firing on innocent people if they think they have a suspect:
"The attack on the women’s pickup truck wasn’t the only mistaken police shooting that morning in Torrance. Moments later, nearby local police opened fire on a pickup truck driven by a surfer heading to the beach."
You know one of the things I don’t like to see when people talk about gun control is how everyone always wants to throw the “mentally ill” under the bus. The argument is usually driven as “we need to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.” Unfortunately this is an extremely broad term. Who is mentally ill and who is not? Is it anyone who has seen a psychiatrist or just someone who suffers from a certain disorder? How do lawmakers categorize this?
A majority of these people who the media refers to as mentally ill have never committed any crime and they lead quiet lives and go about their day just like regular citizens do. They aren’t a danger to themselves or others. My real dad is sick and he’s never hurt anyone. I know several people with some issues and they are no more dangerous than anyone else I know. They are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and friends. They just have an extra burden to bear.
So you know personally I think we shouldn’t put everyone who has the unfortunate burden of having a “mental illness” in the same category and treat them like 2nd class citizens when the risk factor is so small. I think it is severely unjust to put all these people in one category and attach a stigma to them.
If you don’t like the 2nd Amendment then you can just get the hell out.
My ancestors didn’t shoot at Redcoats just for the hell of it.
ATLANTA (AP) — A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said.
Multiple shots were fired in the courtyard of Price Middle School just south of downtown about 1:50 p.m. and the one boy was hit, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. In the aftermath, a teacher received minor cuts, he said.
The wounded boy was taken “alert, conscious and breathing” to Grady Memorial Hospital, said police spokesman Carlos Campos. Grady Heath System Spokeswoman Denise Simpson said the teen had been discharged from the hospital Thursday night. Campos said charges against the shooter were pending.
Police swarmed the school of about 400 students after reports of the shooting while a crowd of anxious parents gathered in the streets, awaiting word on their children. Students were kept at the locked-down school for more than two hours before being dismissed.
Investigators believe the shooting was not random and that something occurred between the two students that may have led to it.
Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis said the school does have metal detectors.
“The obvious question is how did this get past a metal detector?” Davis asked about the gun. “That’s something we do not know yet.”
The armed resource officer who took the gun away was off-duty and at the school, but police didn’t release details on him or whether he is regularly at Price. Since 20 children and six adults were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December, calls for armed officers in every school have resonated across the country.
Gun free zones are a joke.