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  • Gun violence in Virginia falls, firearms sales up

    12/18/2012 6:10:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Daily Press ^ | 11/24/2012
    RICHMOND — Gun-related violence has fallen steadily since 2006 in Virginia despite record firearm sales, according to a university professor's analysis. Virginia Commonwealth University professor Thomas R. Baker compared state crime data from 2006 through 2011 with gun-dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Baker's analysis shows the number of gun purchases soared 73 percent in the six-year period, while gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent. Baker, who specializes in research methods and criminology theory, said the comparison seems to contradict the premise that more guns lead to more crime in Virginia. Andrew Goddard, president of the Virginia Center...
  • America Doesn’t Need Gun Control, It Needs Lunatic Control

    12/18/2012 5:52:29 AM PST · by expat1000 · 75 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    Here are some excerpts from a compelling piece written just this year. Madness, Deinstitutionalization & Murder (hat tip I Own the World.) For those of us who came of age in the 1970s, one of the most shocking aspects of the last three decades was the rise of mass public shootings: people who went into public places and murdered complete strangers. Such crimes had taken place before, such as the Texas Tower murders by Charles Whitman in 1966,1 but their rarity meant that they were shocking. Something changed in the 1980s: these senseless mass murders started to happen with...
  • Chuck Todd : If your kid’s playing “Halo” for 3 hours a night, make sure he doesn’t have a problem

    12/18/2012 5:33:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite, I like this clip because it captures the essence of the Do Something gun-control impulse, even though Todd's not talking about guns. The "Halo" games have sold 50 million copies worldwide. Microsoft estimates that people collectively have spent five billion hours playing them. Violent crime has been declining for 40 years and mass shootings are no more common now than they used to be. I'd bet that, if anything, video games reduce violent crime by providing an innocuous outlet for thrill-seeking. But who cares? The point of Do Something isn't to craft a policy response carefully tailored to...
  • Banning ‘Assault Weapons’ Is Not the Answer (Well-intentioned, but ineffective)

    12/18/2012 5:27:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/18/2012 | The Editors
    In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, numerous Democrats have called for legislation banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Unfortunately, such bans are empty gestures, certain to offend many law-abiding citizens but highly unlikely to reduce gun violence. Simply put, so-called “assault weapons” are nowhere near the root of the American violence problem. According to FBI data, of the two-thirds of murders that involve firearms, about 69 percent involve handguns rather than rifles or shotguns of any kind. Most estimates place the contribution of assault weapons to gun crime at around 1 or 2 percent. These numbers...
  • Obama’s money misunderstanding: Raising revenue by raising taxes doesn’t work

    12/18/2012 5:25:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/18/2012 | Richard Rahn
    In times past, political leaders would lay out their domestic and foreign policies in clear, coherent terms. President Obama talks about getting our fiscal house in order but fails to propose any meaningful spending cuts. His proposals to increase the tax rate on the top 2 percent of taxpayers would fund the government for eight days, assuming no behavioral change by those whose feathers are being plucked. In the real world, we know people will spend a great deal of time and effort to avoid paying high marginal tax rates. In high tax states such as California and New York,...
  • Jim DeMint Issues Statement On Tim Scott Appointment to Senate

    12/18/2012 5:20:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    FitsNews ^ | 12/18/2012
    Columbia, S.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), who is leaving the Senate in early January to lead the Heritage Foundation, made the following statement regarding the announcement by Governor Nikki Haley (R-South Carolina) that Rep. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) would serve as his replacement. ___________________________ “Governor Haley has made a great choice for South Carolina and the nation,” said Senator DeMint. “Tim Scott is a principled leader and will make an outstanding senator for the people of the South Carolina and an important voice for conservatives across the nation. I’ve known Tim for years and am confident...
  • Reviving a Gun Law That Didn't Work

    12/18/2012 5:17:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    On Friday, a heavily armed young man walked into a Connecticut elementary school and murdered 20 first-graders and six adults before he killed himself. Even in a country inured to gun violence, this crime is too heinous to contemplate. Now the question is: Does Washington pass a bad law just to do something, anything, even something that doesn't enhance public safety? I write this as a former assault-weapons ban supporter, who observed that the 1994 federal assault-weapons ban, which expired in 2004, didn't reduce gun violence in America. Nor, apparently, did Connecticut's assault-weapons ban, passed in 1993 and still in...
  • Invincible Ignorance

    12/18/2012 5:08:57 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12/18/12 | Thomas Sowell
    Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of "gun control" advocates? The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available. If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive. Places and times with the strongest gun control laws have often been...
  • Texas Democratic Party leader, blogger calls for shooting NRA members

    12/18/2012 5:03:55 AM PST · by harpu · 67 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 12/17/12 | Joe Newby
    Texas Democrat issued tweet calling for NRA members to be shot "Can we now shoot the #NRA and everyone who defends them?" he tweeted.
  • CHANGE OF HEART: Conservative Joe Scarborough stuns with call for gun control (Barf Alert)

    12/18/2012 4:57:15 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 33 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Kristen A. Lee
    Joe Scarborough, the Republican congressman turned MSNBC host, stunned viewers on Monday with a wrenching 10-minute monologue confessing to a change of heart on gun control following the devastating massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Suspends Sales Of Semi-Automatic Rifles

    12/18/2012 4:56:56 AM PST · by John W · 127 replies
    FOX 17 ^ | December 18, 2012 | Robb Westaby
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (CNN) – Dick’s Sporting Goods, one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world, says it has removed all guns from its store nearest to Newtown, Connecticut, and is suspending the sale of certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles from its chains nationwide. The move was made out of respect for the victims and families of last week’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting “during this time of national mourning,” the store said in a statement Tuesday morning. “We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by this terrible tragedy,” the statement said. It was unclear how...
  • Fail. Less Than 200 Anti-Gun Leftists Turn Out for March on NRA Headquarters in Washington DC

    12/18/2012 4:53:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 17 December, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Only 200 liberals marched to the NRA headquarters in Washington DC today. The Huffington Post reported: Organizers estimated that around 200 people participated in the protest on Monday, including some political staffers who worked nearby and took some personal time to show their support for gun control.
  • Explaining Evil

    12/18/2012 4:49:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    Trying to explain an evil act like the one that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is on a par with explaining how the universe was formed. The natural human reaction after extending sympathy and prayers for the victims and their families is to ask what actions might have been taken to prevent the massacre. More gun laws? Connecticut already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Those laws did not prevent a man with evil intent from carrying out his heinous act. Some will blame TV and video...
  • Newtown, Connecticut: There Is No "Why"

    12/18/2012 4:44:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Neil Boortz
    The first I heard of the horrific shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton was from the security guard at the gate returning to my home in Naples. He was in shock, and you could see that he had been crying. I headed to my condo and turned on the TV … and still have trouble believing what I saw --- what had happened. By now all of us – even those who are glued to soap operas and entertainment news shows 24/7 – know the story, so there’s no need to go over the hideous details...
  • Newtown, Connecticut: There Is No "Why"

    12/18/2012 4:42:11 AM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-18-2012 | Neal Boortz
    The first I heard of the horrific shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton was from the security guard at the gate returning to my home in Naples. He was in shock, and you could see that he had been crying. I headed to my condo and turned on the TV … and still have trouble believing what I saw --- what had happened. By now all of us – even those who are glued to soap operas and entertainment news shows 24/7 – know the story, so there’s no need to go over the hideous details again....
  • Worst School Massacre in U.S. history: Not a Shooting

    12/18/2012 4:40:54 AM PST · by Cocoa2012 · 11 replies
    The Family Security Foundation ^ | 12-18-2012 | MILTON WOLF, M.D.
    The mainstream media uses the term "school shootings" because it fits nicely into their narrative that guns The mainstream media uses the term "school shootings" because it fits nicely into their narrative that guns are to blame and therefore law-abiding citizens should be disarmed. But by limiting their discussion only to shootings, they ignore the worst school massacre in U.S. history which wasn't a shooting at all. Virginia Tech, 2007: 33 dead. Newtown, Connecticut, 2012: 28 dead. University of Texas, 1966: 16 dead. Columbine, Colorado, 1999: 15 dead. This is Bath Township, Michigan, 1927:  45 dead and not a single...
  • Hillary Clinton Recovering at Home, Reviewing Benghazi Report

    12/18/2012 4:29:52 AM PST · by bryan999 · 33 replies
    "The investigation, conducted by an appointed Accountability Review Board, was ordered by Clinton in October. Nuland told reporters today that the board has completed its work. She said Secretary Clinton received the report on Monday and is reviewing it at home."
  • Entertainment Control

    12/18/2012 4:23:03 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Mona Charen
    In the wake of past mass shootings, when the "national conversation" has focused exclusively on guns, I have argued that our appallingly inadequate mental health system was a better subject of reform. At least half of the shooters in the rampage killings that are ripping our hearts out are young men with serious mental illnesses, and our system has neither the legal nor the financial resources to get them the treatment and/or restraint that they, and we, desperately need. This time, mental health reform has received passing mention, along with the usual pleas for gun control, better security at schools,...
  • Grassley, Reid, Manchin: Let's debate gun violence (Here we go again!)

    12/18/2012 4:23:02 AM PST · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/18/2012 | ap
    Even as most Republicans played it safe and initially said little about the politically treacherous issue of gun control, a senior GOP senator has called for a study of both gun violence and mental health issues. Sen. Charles Grassley made his suggestion as formerly pro-gun Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday it's now time to place gun control on the table.
  • Perry: Let teachers carry guns in wake of massacre(TX)

    12/18/2012 4:21:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    theeagle.com ^ | 18 December, 2012 | AP
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicated Monday that he supported allowing teachers and administrators to carry concealed handguns in response to the Connecticut school massacre that left 20 children dead.