Skip to comments.Ban Handguns Now (VPC launches new web site)
Posted on 03/29/2002 9:06:25 PM PST by Drew68
VPC Launches New Web Site, www.banhandgunsnow.org, in Conjunction With Release of Paperback Edition of Latest Book, Every Handgun Is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns
WASHINGTON, DCIn conjunction with release of the paperback edition of its most recent book, Every Handgun is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns (The New Press, 2001), the Violence Policy Center (VPC) today launched a new citizen-action web site, www.banhandgunsnow.org. Each year handguns claim more than 20,000 American lives in suicides, homicides, and unintentional shootings. The unique qualities that make handguns ideally suited for violent death and injuryconcealability coupled with lethalityare illustrated daily in American homes and as far away as the Paris suburbs, where yesterday eight were killed and 19 wounded by a French citizen wielding a legally possessed handgun.
Josh Sugarmann, VPC executive director and author of the book, states, "The single bloody thread that runs through our nation's gun death and injury crisis is the easy accessibility we allow our citizens to the most lethal categories of firearms, with handguns at the top of the list. After each horrific shooting a predictable pattern emerges, we quickly look for a loophole to be plugged, a limited law that could be better enforced, or other `common sense' solutions, while never stepping back to look at the big picture: the free flow of gunsand in particular handgunsin our nation. America's gun violence problem will not be solved by licensing and registration, trigger locks, or lamentations over the evil in men's hearts. Tragic shootings are America's future until we eliminate handguns, the tools that make such violence possible."
The new VPC web sitewhich contains studies, analyses, survey data, and useful linkswill be updated continuously. Banhandgunsnow.org is launched with the recognition that more than 30 percent of the American public supports a ban on handguns, with this number rising to as high as 50 percent in the wake of horrific shootings like 1999's Columbine massacre. Adds Sugarmann, "Our goal is simple: to engage and activate dedicated gun control supporters. Banhandgunsnow.org will give voice to gun control advocates who have grown weary of limited half-measures that may offend few, but fail to accomplish much."
Every Handgun is Aimed at You: The Case For Banning Handguns covers a wide range of issues in 10 chapters, including: An Introduction to Handguns; The History of Handguns; Handguns and Suicide; Handguns and Self-Defense; Handguns and Crime; Handguns and Women; Handguns and Youth; Handguns and Minorities; Handguns in Public; and, The Case for Banning Handguns. The book is available at bookstores nationwide.
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Well, we agree there. Bravo on the no licensing and registration! And the lamentations don't work, you gotta keep evil ones in jail, whether you lament evil or not.
Not the ones I'm holding.
Anybody know how many lives are SAVED by handguns each year?
I don't the VPC's book will have a very long chapter dedicated to that subject.
When the guns are gone, will they put a hold on axes, knives, hammers, garrottes, etc. Maybe even a hold on terrorist flown airplanes, eh the constitution!? Get my drift?
I mean, come on, ol' Josh Sugarmann and Sarah Brady wouldn't lie, would they?
But when I saw this --especially the title of the web site, I thought, "Finally! These SOBs come clean and admit their true agenda." Of course, we knew all along that this was their goal, but many Americans were saying that nothing was wrong with automobile-like registration.
This is going to hurt the VPC bad! Their agenda is clearly laid out for all to see. The NRA couldn't have asked for a better Easter basket of goodies.
Nope. But they're going to soon wish it was.
I'll wager six months from now, the VPC does a major backpedal on this. With funds all but depleted, they'll announce that "we didn't really mean ban all handguns. Really, we didn't! It was just a figure of speech. Please believe us and fill our coffers. Pleaseeee...
Are you sure? I was under the impression that they had tempered their message to the "reasonable licensing and registration" song and dance.
Aren't they in cahoots with Brady now?
BTW Who funds these SOB's ?
Stay safe !
Meanwhile EVERY life saved by a handgun is a legitimate stat, and from my reading, there's a LOT more than 20,000 a year.
BOTTOM LINE...Banning handguns would cause more deaths than it saved.
Brady Campaign - Formerly HCI. Pete Shields called for a ban a long time ago. They currently deny publically that they want a total ban. They do want a ban on 'assault weapons', 'saturday night specials' and want att generals to have total control over them, and to sue the gun manufacturers.........everything but. They were NOT renamed from the coalition to ban handgunes. That is CSGV. That doesn't mean they don't want one though.....
Actually, I'll buy this figure. Of course, I'd say about 18,000 of these are gang-banging thugs shooting each other and gang-banging thugs getting shot by the police, thus not really causing me to lose sleep in anguish over the "gun-epidemic" in America.
Josh Sugarmann, VPC executive director and author of the book, states, "The single bloody thread that runs through our nation's car death and injury crisis is the easy accessibility we allow our citizens to the most lethal categories of machinery, with automobieles at the top of the list. After each horrific wreck a predictable pattern emerges, we quickly look for a loophole to be plugged, a limited law that could be better enforced, or other `common sense' solutions, while never stepping back to look at the big picture: the free flow of motor vehiclesand in particular carsin our nation. America's car violence problem will not be solved by licensing and registration, the Club, or lamentations over the evil of alcohol. Tragic wrecks are America's future until we eliminate cars, the tools that make such violence possible."
The new VPC web sitewhich contains studies, analyses, survey data, and useful linkswill be updated continuously. Bancarsnow.org is launched with the recognition that more than 30 percent of the American public supports a ban on cars, with this number rising to as high as 50 percent in the wake of horrific wrecks. Adds Sugarmann, "Our goal is simple: to engage and activate dedicated vehicle control supporters. Bancarsnow.org will give voice to vehicle control advocates who have grown weary of limited half-measures that may offend few, but fail to accomplish much."
Every Car is Aimed at You: The Case For Banning Cars covers a wide range of issues in 10 chapters, including: An Introduction to Cars; The History of Cars; Cars and Suicide; Cars and Self-Defense; Cars and Crime; Cars and Women drivers; Cars and Youth; Cars and Minorities; Cars in Public; and, The Case for Banning Cars. The book is available at bookstores nationwide.
Actually a better remedy is to hide them. Grab one copy and stash it spine-out in the cooking section, another in the gardening section and so on. Then when someone comes in looking for it, the retailer will punch it up on his computer and see that he has 8 copies available but can't seem to find any of them. Thus the book doesn't get sold and it is unlikely he will order more copies. Do this in the library as well.
The liberals have been doing this to conservative titles forever --especially in college libraries. It is dirty but effective. We need to play just as dirty.
Stay safe !
I don't know if they have a round limit over in France but I would assume this guy had to reload anywhere from 2 to 6 times for 27 shots (assuming 100% hit rate). Imagine if just one of those French victims had been armed.
Yep, pretty brazen and out in the open now. Time to start calling them liars every time they say it isn't about taking your guns...the proof is now in the open.
Sheesh. They wouldn't lie. They have just come to a new realization. They have grown. (Barfing)
Felons are not going to obey the law. They will be armed regardless of the law. That's what criminals do - they break the law, they commit crime. Gun control laws only serve to prevent the law abiding citizens the opportunity to defend themselves.
I noticed that. They list it under "Pro-Gun Special Interests." Lovely. Then they list a bunch of physician groups under "Organizations Working to Reduce Firearms Violence."
Nice play on words.
Josh Sugarfag ("Man" doesn't belong in his name) is a punk.
IIRC, about half of the total is suicides. I don't have the source in front of me, I'll post it later if I get the chance.
You could be right, but if we've got 10,000 people a year shooting themselves, then we've got a real problem on our hands and it ain't guns.
Once again the numbers escape me, but "gunless" societies such as Japan have much, much higher suicide rate than the US.
I guess if people want to off themselves, they'll find a way to do it.
Yep, but when did logic and facts ever mean anything to the "Ban Handguns Now" crowd?
They don't want to stop suicides, only gun suicides. You can tell that I'm correct because if they cared about nongun suicides, they would have cited the number. But they didn't.
And I'm sure a lot of those deaths are gangland deaths, where they wouldn't obey the ban anyway.
...Where there are already gun bans anyway, and even though many perpetrators are under 18 and therefore already are under a ban that is presently in effect.
Meanwhile EVERY life saved by a handgun is a legitimate stat, and from my reading, there's a LOT more than 20,000 a year. ... BOTTOM LINE...Banning handguns would cause more deaths than it saved.
Hey! What do you want from these people? They're the Violence Policy Center - do you actually think they seek nonviolence?
The 1991 Tennessee Recidivism Report studied nearly 4,000 early released felons who went out and committed 1,469 new crimes, including 22 homicides within two years. The State is just as responsible for those 22 people being murdered as are those early released felons who killed them.
A 1991 parole and probation report from the US Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 45% of State prisoners were persons who, at the time they committed their offense, were under conditional supervision in the community--either on probation or on parole. Probation and Parole Violators in State Prison, 1991: Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991 Click Here
Based on the offense that brought them to prison, the 162,000 probation violators committed at least 6,400 murders, 7,400 rapes, 10,400 assaults, and 17,000 robberies while under supervision in the community an average of 17 months.
Based on the offense that brought parolees back to prison, these 156,000 offenders committed at least 6,800 murders, 5,500 rapes, 8,800 assaults, and 22,500 robberies while under supervision in the community an average of 13 months.
Thats 13,200 homicides, 12,900 rapes, 19,200 assaults, and 39,500 robberies for a total of 84,800 violent crimes that would NOT have been committed if these UNREGISTERED, UNLICENSED GOVERNMENT SUPERVISED felons had been in prison where they belonged.
Kind of dwarfs the 10 "kids" a day stat they like to throw around, especially when you figure out who most of the kids really are.
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