Via The Blaze:
The gun control debate is often highly-emotional, with both sides throwing out statistics in an effort to sway Americans to either side of the aisle. Since the Sandy Hook shooting last month, CNN’s Piers Morgan has emerged as a vocal proponent for increased gun control laws. This week, after Morgan’s very public, on-air spat with radio host Alex Jones, Ben Swann, a local Fox anchor for WXIX-TV in Cincinnati, offered up a fascinating fact-check of some of the stats that the British CNN host has been using. Morgan will surely find the results unpalatable.
Here’s a graphic provided by the Daily Mail from July of 2009 showing the stats cited by Swann:
It’s true that the United States has a higher intentional homicide rate: 4.2 per 100,000 in 2010, according to the UN crime statistics, a fact Charles Krauthammer argues gun rights advocates should be honest about. He argues that Obama’s gun control efforts will not have any effect, and that’s the real tragedy, here.
If we had an honest debate, the gun owners would admit that yes, of course, guns contribute to homicide – the rate in Britain where they don’t have any is 10 times as much as here, (actually it’s about 3 times as much) Japan had 11 homicides, last year – that’s a weekend in Chicago. BUT – where we’re different is we have a 200 year history and culture of gun ownership and we have a 2nd Amendment. And we have a system that believes the rights in the 2nd Amendment predate the Republic. And the point of having a government, as in the declaration, is to secure the rights. In Britain, you have no such rights, the government will control gun ownership – so unless you’re willing to confiscate, which would be unconstitutional and would cause an insurrection in this country….these things are not going to have an effect, except at the margins – and that’s the tragedy.
A must read – Gosar makes the case that it is unquestionably the latter. (Duh)
The President needs to take a step back.
Via Washington Examiner:
Wyoming lawmakers have proposed a new bill that, if passed, would nullify any federal restrictions on guns, threatening to jail federal agents attempting to confiscate guns, ammunition magazines or ammunition.
The bill – HB0104 – states that “any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on firearms in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming.”
The hot new video at MRCTV.org is 1995 footage of Attorney General Eric Holder, when he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In his remarks before the Woman’s National Democratic Club, broadcast by CSPAN 2, Holder said people should be ashamed to own guns, just the way that cigarette smokes now “cower outside of buildings” to smoke.
“What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes. You know, when I was growing up, people smoked all the time. Both my parents did. But over time, we changed the way that people thought about smoking, so now we have people who cower outside of buildings and kind of smoke in private and don’t want to admit it.” Laughter followed.
Via Geo – this guy’s even better….
I don’t know who this guy is, but he should be making himself available to debate Piers Morgan as soon as it can be arranged. Of course, Piers prefers clownish carnival barkers like Alex Jones and Jesse Ventura.
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers