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The Left’s War On Guns Becomes A War On Women (Part II)

Rod Thomson

Yesterday we explained how women are being left vulnerable and unable to obtain any defensive measures to protect themselves in leftist-run cities. It is almost impossible to get even something as inherently defensive as pepper spray, to say nothing of guns, forcing some women to turn to wasp spray canisters for self-defense.

Today we turn to how even the basic Second Amendment rights of women (and men) are so roadblocked as to create a de facto ban on gun ownership in some cities. So no guns and no other defensive tools are available to women in these cities.

It’s essentially impossible to get a gun in New York City. Not technically, of course, because that would violate the Second Amendment. Just in practice.

The story of Jon Corbett trying to get a gun permit in 2015-2016 explains it perfectly. Fortunately, Corbett documents his long travails beautifully. And he is additionally a great example because he is not at all the redneck ye-haw sterotype the media and leftists like to portray as gun nuts. He is a blue-haired civils rights activist who spends time in some tough neighborhood around sometimes angry people and wanted to have a gun for self-defense.   

Here’s a condensed version of Corbett’s journey to get a gun permit by someone who is not powerful and politically connected. It’s so tragic, it’s almost funny. Almost.

I could not apply [at first] because I didn’t have an ID card issued by the New York DMV. Apparently a Florida driver’s license, a social security card, and a U.S. passport were insufficient to prove who I am…

He started over after getting a New York ID and dutifully followed all of the procedures, even as they stretched on in a vast expanse before him. The initial application included:

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…1 three-page application, 1 letter of necessity, 1 letter explaining any checkboxes you may have checked that need explanation (Ever had a speeding ticket? That needs to be explained!), 1 letter from your roommate approving of your license or an affidavit that you have no roommate (My 2nd Amendment rights are contingent on my roommate’s permission?), 1 affidavit from someone willing to take possession of my guns if I die, 2 photos, 1 New York ID, 1 U.S. passport, 1 social security card, and $429.75. Oh, and a copy of my business tax return. Business tax return? In order to apply to carry a firearm in New York City, you must provide a business reason…

This seems blatantly unconstitutional. Needing guns for business has nothing to do with the Second Amendment and is not the purpose. Further, his question is a great one: His Second Amendment rights require his roommate’s permission? How would that be constitutional?

…The application also asks a lot of extremely personal and seemingly irrelevant questions.  Have you ever been fired from a job? Taken a sedative medication or pain killer (you’re checking yes if you’ve ever had surgery)? Testified before Congress? The NYPD wants to know.  If your answer to any of the above is yes, add that to your explanation form next to your speeding ticket explanation. After everything is paid for, fingerprints are taken (included in that $429.75 fee, which, by the way, is non-refundable if you are denied a license, and lasts for only 2 years assuming you do)…

So Corbett has done everything required up to this point, which is fairly onerous and intrusive. But it turns out the onerous intrusiveness is only just beginning. After filing the application with all of the answers, he is sent a reply from the NYPD requiring 25 more documents.

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These include:

  • Three letters of recommendation from people who have known you for at least five years, but are not family members, notarized and signed by those people;
  • Original court records for any of those speeding tickets you listed on your application;
  • A letter from your personal doctor describing your mental illness (funny, since I checked “no” on the “is a doctor treating you for a mental illness” box on the app);
  • Six months of bank withdrawal slips;
  • Pictures of your business, inside and out;
  • A whole lot of tax records.

By this point, it has pretty much turned into a part-time job applying for a gun permit in New York City. But he soldiers on and provides all 25 new documents, signed and notarized as required. But after all of this, he still has not completed his application process.

Corbett now needs to call a specific police officer. One guy — one guy who apparently does not want to be reached. Corbett leaves 10 messages over seven days (all of which he painstakingly documents) and never reaches the officer or gets a call back. He emails and gets nothing. He faxes and gets nothing. Finally, he actually physically travels down to 1 Police Plaza to try to find the officer. Still no luck.

So he used social media. He posted on Twitter and tagged the NYPD’s twitter account and he got considerable Twitterverse response. Perhaps not coincidentally, the officer suddenly emailed him back and they got together. Corbett says this meeting was friendly and the officer helpful, but he doubted Corbett’s permit would get approval from higher ups.

Sure enough, three weeks later, he received a “Notice of Disapproval” because the NYPD higher ups (whoever they were) decided his reason wasn’t good enough. He pursued an administrative appeal and was quickly denied.

At this point, Corbett filed suit against New York City for violating his Second Amendment rights. The city filed for a motion to summarily dismiss, and the New York judge approval the dismissal. But he appealed (because obviously Corbett is a dog at a root and good for him.) The New York Appellate Court heard his case but was hostile to it from the beginning. They, too, dismissed his case last month. Corbett is planning to appeal to the New York Supreme Court and if he loses, start over again in the federal courts.

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There have been some separate appellate court rulings on this “need” portion of New York’s law. One upholding it, two ruling against it. But what is clear is that even if that is overturned, NYC and other anti-weapon leftist-run cities intend to make obtaining a gun all but impossible for any regular citizens — including women.

And that, combined with NYC’s and others near-ban on defensive tools down to pepper spray is leaving women increasingly vulnerable to male predators.

And that’s where the left’s war on guns has become its war on women.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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The Left’s War On Guns Becomes A War On Women

Rod Thomson

New York City and other leftist cities and states are making it almost impossible for a woman to purchase even the most minimal of defensive measures — leaving them exposed and at the mercy of violent, stronger male criminals with no way to even the odds.

This may not be the intent, but the recoiling of leftists at allowing Americans to own anything that might resemble a weapon is creating the perverse result that women have a hard time finding any defensive tools.

This is where the nonsense notion of keeping all “weaponry” out of the hands of law-abiding citizens has gone — and it is led there by the overwrought reactions to guns.

A friend whose daughter recently graduated from college in New York and moved into the City, realized she was not in a very good neighborhood. She wanted to find some way of protecting herself, so she tried to order online some mace or pepper spray — anything of that nature — and was told they cannot deliver to New York City. Mace is illegal period. Pepper spray is not totally illegal, but New York makes such items very difficult to get through myriad regulations.

There are few things as inherently defensive in nature as pepper spray. Yet it turns out there are several states that have the same types of laws in place, including Illinois, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and New Jersey. This list also includes cities such as Baltimore, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia — all of which have high rates of violent crimes being committed by men and yet leave their women in challenging situations to protect themselves.

Because again, pepper spray is not only inherently defensive, it is largely purchased and carried by women for self-defense. And yet the loudest paragons of the #MeToo movement put up major roadblocks for women to obtain such basic self-defense.

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So this talented, pretty young woman moving to NYC is completely at the mercy of men (armed or not) bent on evil, and on the response time of police — once they are called. Like so many other women in all these cities and states, she too easily can find herself at the mercy of powerful criminals, and her own government deprives her of the reasonable ability to defend herself.

There are many examples of vulnerable women in these cities turning to wasp spray and other items for defense, despite the bulky size of those canisters. That’s how desperate they are to be able to defend themselves. Of course by reporting this, places like New York may decide that only licensed pest control professionals can buy and operate wasp spray.

Even if you grant the best of intentions by the Democratic lawmakers running these states and cities, it’s almost as though they purposely ignore the most obvious weapon most men have on women: superior size and strength. If every weapon of every kind were magically removed from planet, most men would still have the ability to physically take advantage of most women at any time.

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The leftist retort to this is the police. Well that thin blue line that stands between the bad guys and the rest of us is imperative and most of them do yeoman’s work. But they are definitionally not for individual self-defense unless there is a cop for each person. They are by necessity reactive. It’s what 911 is for. You call, they respond.

So the police cannot be the self-defense that women need, meaning most women are left defenseless in these cities and states.

The equalizers for women have always been weapons, from guns to mace to pepper spray. Yet these equalizers are either banned or made very difficult to obtain.

These items are not protected by the Second Amendment, so they can be — constitutionally, if foolishly — banned or made very difficult to obtain. Guns cannot be banned. But they can be made so difficult to obtain that they are practically speaking banned — for law-abiding residents.

That will be Part II: One man’s ultimately fruitless journey into the endless bowels of obtaining a gun permit in New York City.

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The Real Costs Of Florida’s Hasty Parkland Legislation Are Coming Out

Rod Thomson

This is the price of letting the mob, even one led by sympathetic teens, rule over sound principles: the loss of Constitutional rights and wrecked budgets.

After the deadly shooting of 17 people at a Parkland, Florida high school earlier this year that resulted in huge protests fronted by students of the school, the GOP-dominated Florida Legislature caved to the emotional mob and passed laws violative of Americans’ Second Amendment rights while causing havoc with the budgets of every School District and Sheriff’s Office in the state.

It’s the dirty little secret largely being ignored. This was not a well-thought-through, studied, principled piece of legislation. And it was not necessary. It would not have prevented Parkland.

Most of the news coverage focused on guns, guns, guns. The media narrative was all zeroed in on how much would the Republican Florida Legislature go against the wishes of the NRA in a pro-gun state. Quite a bit it turns out, particularly when activists bring uninformed teens into the chambers for gimmicky procedural votes specifically designed to elicit an emotional response.

The portion of the law most people know about is the one restricting gun ownership for those under 21 and requiring a three-day waiting period to buy all guns. So you can be in the military and go to war, you can be in law enforcement and engage bad guys, you can enter into contracts, you can drive trucks, you can get married and start a family — but you cannot do what the Constitution of the United States expressly protects your right to do: own a gun.

“This bill punishes law-abiding gun owners for the criminal acts of a deranged individual,” said the NRA-ILA’s executive director Chris Cox. The NRA is suing on Constitutional grounds, which will cost plenty of money, as they have a strong case are not apt to back down.

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The second part of the Parkland legislation news coverage was over whether “we should arm teachers” — as the media framed the verbiage. This provision allows districts to voluntarily create a program where educators can volunteer to be trained on an ongoing basis and then allowed to carry a weapon on campus to defend students and others. Of course, this was roundly opposed by the guns, guns, guns crowd and it appears only a handful of rural school districts will opt in to the program.

But given very little coverage was the requirement to beef up law enforcement at the schools by requiring a school resource officer in every Florida school that did not opt for allowing school personnel to conceal carry. This is a generally popular response, despite the total collapse of law enforcement in Broward County at Parkland — where there was a school resource officer who stayed outside during the slaughter.

This is an extraordinarily expensive provision given the size of Florida as the nation’s third largest state.

There are 4,000 public schools in Florida. Law enforcement figures each school resource officer costs about $100,000 in salary, benefits, supplies and general overhead. So putting one at every school represents a $400 million endeavor statewide, towards which the state only committed $100 million. This is an ongoing, $300 million expense, every year.

And there’s the rub. The Legislature responded to the Parkland tragedy and difficult environment with not only a bad law, but one that shoves its badness down to the local level for payment.

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This has created a mini crisis among school districts, sheriff departments and the counties that fund them around the state. An average-sized school district in Florida (they are all countywide) would need to find $3 million to $5 million to accomplish this task. The big districts would need much more.

Again. Every year. While safe schools are felt to be an urgent need, what this means is taking funding from elsewhere in the operating budget — the largest single cost of which are teachers. So districts are hoping that local sheriffs will either cover all or part of the costs. But sheriffs have their own budget constraints and resource demands, including the desire of the population not inside a school building to be safe.

So this hasty legislation has pitted school districts against sheriffs when those relations were traditionally quite strong and cooperative.

Worse, it may prove impossible to even meet outside the financial constraints. Most sheriff departments have openings they cannot fill because there are not enough qualified applicants. Florida’s economy is so strong and unemployment so low (3.7 percent) that neither sheriff departments or private security companies can maintain full strength, and they are competing with each other for the few candidates that come available.

The guardian program could solve this, as it is much less expensive to train school personnel and they are already on campus, but professional school administrators prevent most from even considering it.

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The Legislature’s action means finding thousands of new sheriff deputies to be trained as school resources officers; or reducing the number of deputies patrolling the streets, making the rest of the community potentially less safe — including students when they are not in school.

This damaging legislation should never have been rammed through so quickly, despite the unconscionable way anti-gun activists marshalled and organized sympathetic students for their cause.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Indifference To Dramatic Parkland Changes Out The Left’s Real Goals

Rod Thomson

Rush Limbaugh raised an interesting question on his show recently. Considering all of the school safety measures, mental health spending and gun restrictions passed by the Florida Legislature in the wake of the Parkland shootings, why are the students still protesting?

It’s a reasonable question. And there is one, overriding answer, and it includes the sweeping changes made by a deep red Florida Legislature over vehement NRA opposition, the minimal Democratic support for even those changes, and the relative indifference of the demonstrators and their handlers to those changes.

First, let’s have a quick look at the laws the Florida Legislature passed just a few weeks after Parkland. They are pretty extensive and far-reaching considering how pro-gun the state has been and how short the timeframe for action was.

Perhaps the biggest and most controversial change was raising the minimum age to purchase a gun from 18 to 21. This makes no sense considering the age to drive a car is 16, join the military and go to war is 18, and so on. Those arguments have been well-made by plenty of commentators. But the reality is that this was a huge concession by a very gun-friendly, GOP supermajority Legislature. But the gun-control crowd didn’t even pause in rhetoric or frenzy.

The state passed a three-day waiting period to buy most guns. This is onerous and would not have stopped any of the mass shootings. It’s a sop to the protesters at the expense of law-abiding Americans.

Banning bump stocks passed easily. There’s just not much support for them as they essentially make semi-automatics fully automatic.

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Beyond gun control, legislators included millions of dollars to improve school security and train and arm school employees. The state allotted nearly $100 million to improve school security and $67 million to pay for a new law enforcement program that would allow school districts to voluntarily train and arm employees who do not exclusively teach in the classroom. The “school marshals,” as they are called, must pass 132 hours of law enforcement training, along with a background check and additional “diversity” training.

The legislation allotted another $200 million or more to patch up weaknesses in the mental health system, which is an obvious need, but that was a chunk of unexpected spending.

One of the biggest needs at Parkland was for government, including the Broward County Sheriff Department, to do its job. On that point, a small amount of extra funding was passed to investigate law enforcement failures.

And state law enforcement was given extra power to temporarily remove weapons from people deemed to be at risk, and created a new judicial process to review removing guns and ammunition long term from people deemed a threat to themselves or others.

That is a whole lot of movement, money and restricted rights on a whole lot of fronts from a very red Legislature. It seems like a huge success for the Parkland student demonstrators and their national liberal activist handlers.

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And yet, it’s almost as if Florida did absolutely nothing. The protests rolled on. The attacks on Republicans are unabated. If anything, the rhetoric is even higher.

And so Limbaugh’s question.

The answer goes directly to the hijacking of the tragedy that took place within literal hours of the killings, when anti-gun, anti-Trump and anti-GOP activists quickly began marshalling their forces to take full advantage of the crisis — following the advice of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who suggested that Democrats should never let a crisis go to waste.

And the hijacking went like this: Give lip service to everything else but guns; Focus on guns with a passion and demonize the NRA and NRA supporters into the bogeyman. Side play: Attack all Republicans along the same lines.

The scandalous collapse of government institutions that led directly to Parkland was quickly shelved. The actual evil murderer was ignored. The policies that enable the attack between the Broward schools and sheriff, were dusted away. All the things that could have actually prevented this — the stated goal of protesters — were ignored with the help of an all-too-willing media in order to put all of the spotlight on guns.

So why not take the wins in the legislation? Even boast about them?

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Because those weren’t the goal. The changes made were a piffle. There are a lot of Democrats and activist leftists who despise guns, along with many things traditionally American. Their goal, it seems even more clear, is to eliminate the Second Amendment (as former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens recently wrote to considerable acclamation) or emasculating it to the point of being worthless both as a check on government and personal self defense.

Consider that the sweeping changes pass the Florida Senate with only three Democrats joining 17 Republicans to vote yes. Why? Democrats in both houses opposed all of the rest of the things in the bill that they wanted because it lacked an assault-weapons ban (read: semi-automatic weapons ban) and armed school personnel.

They don’t want guns in the hands of private citizens. But they do want them in the hands of government. (Note the photo with this story includes a banner from with the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice on it, a radical leftist group.)

There’s no other way to read both the hijacking of the shooting, the minimal Democratic support for the major changes the Florida Legislature made and the relative indifference of protesters to those changes.

Their goal is the elimination of virtually all guns in the hands of private Americans.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Why I Finally Joined The NRA

Rod Thomson

I’ve never been interested in guns. I grew up with guns. I went hunting. I own a gun. But I have no real interest in them as many of my friends and family do, who will talk my ears off about guns in much the same way many talk about cars or fishing or football.

I’ve never been a member of the NRA. Never sent them a dime. When I was a lonely conservative in a sea of liberals while working at daily newspapers in the ’80s and ’90s, I had an NRA bumper sticker posted in my cubicle for everyone to see. But that was just to drive my colleagues bananas, which it did along with the Ten Commandments plaque.

However, I’ve long understood the Second Amendment. It is clear it was the Second to buttress the First when there were eight other slots for it in the Bill of Rights. The framers considered the right to bear arms as both the natural right of humans for self defense and as a last line of defense against a government intent on destroying the rights enumerated in the First Amendment and the rest of the Constitution. A well-armed citizenry is very difficult for a tyrannical government to subjugate.

The National Rifle Association is the nation’s preeminent defender of the Second Amendment. I sometimes have thought they were too rigid in their slippery slope concept, but generally supported what they did. I just never joined.

I can’t really explain why. It’s certainly not any antipathy towards guns. It’s not any misunderstanding that the Second Amendment is about hunting. Perhaps, it was partially as a single-income family with eight children — I’m a lifelong tightwad. But really, 20 years ago, surrounded by newsroom liberals and fighting those battles on every issue, perhaps even I didn’t want to be painted as an “extremist” on just one issue.

All that has changed.

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Watching the now abusive nature of the militant and dangerous part of the left in this country, willing to use emotionally traumatized teens to further their autocratic government agenda to weaken this indispensable American right, it’s become clear that the NRA, and as importantly, its membership, is a bulwark against the further diminution of American civil liberties.

This is a straightforward response to the wild and irresponsible reactionary Left since the Parkland shootings. From the vicious attacks on NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch at the CNN “townhall” and afterwards, to the abusive use of emotional teens to pursue a radical leftist agenda by professional activist organizations such as the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter, to the Democrats smelling another opportunity to regain power — their issue du jour —  I realized that the NRA has become one of the indispensable front lines of defense for Americans and our ultimate ability to defend ourselves against attackers and our rights against a coercive government.

The NRA’s actions are about more than just gun rights. They are about the rest of the Constitution, too. They suffer the slings and arrows and absorb the blows that the Progressive Left and their propagandists in the traditional media would otherwise be aiming at individual, traditional Americans.

They form a front line of defense and they can rally a deep reservoir of traditionalist Americans like few other groups. While their focus is Second Amendment, their impact is much broader and far reaching.

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At its core, the NRA is a civil rights organization. Sure, the media and rest of the Left will scoff at that. But then they consider Al Sharpton and the Southern Poverty Law Center civil rights leaders. So they obviously don’t understand actual civil rights. But that is exactly the role the NRA is now playing in our country: Defender of American civil rights. And it may be one of the most indispensible such organizations out there because of its focus on the amendment that acts as a fists-up defense of all the others.

So if the NRA has been defending the Right that is the last-line defense for all other Rights — which is essentially what the NRA has been doing for the past 100 years, but much more so in recent decades — then the reality is that their only real extremism is in defense of liberty. And as Barry Goldwater said: “Moderation in the protection of liberty is no virtue; extremism in the defense of freedom is no vice.”

What’s may be most meaningful about the NRA is that, unlike many leftist groups funded by the likes of George Soros, its strength is not in its money, whether through campaign contributions or other promotions. The NRA has donated less than $4 million to congressional races in the past 20 years. That is essentially a rounding error in the total amount spent on congressional races in that time. Even the liberal Vox has figured this out and reported it honestly when talking about the donations to Sen. John Cornyn, who is one of the top recipients with $30,000 since 2002:

“But it was a drop in his much bigger ocean of donations. In 2014 he raised $14 million, including $57,000 from Exxon alone. The NRA was nowhere near his top 15 biggest donor contributors. All of the money the NRA has given Cornyn for more than a decade might pay for about 1 percent of his fundraising for one election cycle — and Cornyn is one of the biggest recipients of NRA cash in Congress.

No. It’s strength is in its people, in the millions of members that it bands together to protect this essential right that the framers raised up to second in line. These members vote in high numbers and they vote heavily on this issue. That is where the NRA’s power comes from — the power of democracy in action by an activated electorate.

But knowing all this, I still had not joined. Until now. Watching the now abusive nature of the militant and dangerous left in this country, willing to use emotionally traumatized teens to further their autocratic government agenda to weaken this indispensable American right, it’s become clear that the NRA, and as importantly, its membership, is a bulwark against the further diminution of American civil liberties.

And for that great and noble cause, today I’ve joined the NRA.

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3 Data Points That Crush The Gun Control March

Rod Thomson

As we head into another energy-draining, media-drenched, wrong-headed protest by angry liberals in this weekend’s highly publicized anti-gun march in Washington, responding to the salvos of misinformation becomes a real challenge.

Those who understand and appreciate the Second Amendment and the Constitution — which does not include large numbers of protesters — should be armed with a few basic facts that really do make the entire anti-gun histrionics case go ker-splat!

These are important because whether it is the school kids or the activists or the media, the people driving this narrative are rarely if ever confronted with contextual facts. They shake their heads and wag their fingers in circular agreement chambers at the rubes who like guns, turn the NRA into Satan and claim what a fine job they are doing. But they are provably wrong.

So here’s a quick aide of three well-documented facts to share with friends and family if the discussion turns to the march and the latest wave of anti-gun rights theater.

ACTIVIST CHARGE: More guns means more gun violence and gun death. We must reduce guns to reduce gun violence. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote: “Fewer Guns = Fewer Deaths.” Dylan Scott at Vox wrote: “More guns tend to breed more violence — whether accidental or intentional.” These come from the more level heads in the anti-gun debate, much more tame and unemotional than the thousands of protesters that will be stomping about Washington.

ACTUAL DATA: The opposite may actually be true, or at least there is no national data correlation supporting their assertions. As the American Enterprise Institute chart below shows, the number of guns per American increased dramatically from 1993 to 2013. At the exact same time, the gun homicide rate dropped dramatically. So gun ownership increased 65 percent over 20 years nationally, while gun murders in the same 20 years fell by almost 50 percent. The march and the media are wrong.

CONCLUSION: Fewer guns does not mean lower crime. 

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ACTIVIST CHARGE: We have the most mass shootings because of our antiquated gun culture. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, speaking on the Senate floor after the Parkland shootings: “This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America.” Previously, President Obama had said: “…this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”

ACTUAL DATA: A study by the Crime Prevention Research Center completed in 2015 of mass-shootings around the world for the previous six-year period shows the U.S. not only doesn’t lead the world in mass shootings, it’s not even in the top 10 among advanced nations.

Norway is No. 1, but that is an outlier because the country with a tiny population had the terrible mass shooting of 77 people in 2011. No. 2 is Serbia, then France, Macedonia, Albania, Slovakia, Finland, Belgium, and the Czech Republic. Then comes the U.S., at a rate of less than one-third that of France when it comes to mass shootings per capita.

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As all of these European countries (often cited as the exemplars for the United States) either have strict laws on guns or ban them outright. They also have far fewer guns per capita. There would seem to be no correlation again between the availability of guns and mass shootings. This doesn’t even consider Third World nations. The march and the media are wrong.

CONCLUSION: Mass shootings in the United States are not high compared to many European nations.

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ACTIVIST CHARGE: More gun control laws reduce violence. A Los Angeles Times editorial argued: “The best data are clear: More guns mean more carnage, and stronger gun laws save lives.”

ACTUAL DATA: The actual research shows that more than 50 percent of all U.S. murders occur in 2 percent of American counties. Murder is shockingly concentrated in major cities that have very tight gun laws and, importantly, very low legal gun ownership. Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C. are among them. Conversely, in suburban and rural areas across the country where gun laws are more lax and legal gun ownership is high, there are low murder rates.

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This is not necessarily a causal relationship. More guns may not cause fewer crimes based on these numbers. Other research has shown a similar corollary affect. However, it shows the opposite is certainly untrue. This is furthered by a famous chart comparing Chicago and Houston demographics, gun laws and crime rates. It is included below and further also shows no correlation between gun control and lower murder rates. The opposite could be argued. The march and the media are wrong.

CONCLUSION: Tighter gun laws and fewer legal gun owners does not reduce the murder rate.

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These three data points make the factually irrefutable case that the problem is not the availability guns. It’s who is using them, and where.

(Note: A bonus fourth data point: Since 1950, more than 98 percent of public mass shootings in America have taken place in “gun-free zones.” So, also not a solution.)

These three points are worth remembering and sharing with friends and family as the march dominates news and a lot of social media this weekend.

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3 Irrefutable Truths The Walkout Kids Need To Hear, And Don’t

Rod Thomson

It’s time to speak out some hard truths to the children participating in the so-called “student-led” national walkout and the broader “school safety” movement.

Let’s call it speaking truth to power, because there are some very powerful forces blocking most of these young people from hearing these truths — the traditional media, Hollywood and the rest of the culture movers, Democratic leaders, most school leaders and the big activist organizations using the children as pawns for their own agenda.

First, despite all the hot air from the above groups of people, all Americans agree on a few things.

First, students are fearful. Well rightly so, the world is a dangerous place. Second, they want to be in a safe school. Also rightly so.

But what if they were told they already were in a safe place? In their schools. This is where they need some educating in a way they will not get from a fawning media, from manipulative activist organizations such as the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter or, alas, from too many of their schools.

Apologies ahead of time for those who do not want facts to mess with your feelings and political agenda, but here are some truths based in fact that could change the whole discussion — if they ever got past the kids’ gatekeepers.

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TRUTH 1: You’re not in imminent danger in your schools. It feels like it because of the overwhelming media coverage suggesting it, and irresponsible adults twaddling on about how school kids “risk their lives” every day just by showing up at school. But actually they do not. These adults should get an “F.”

The lifetime odds of an American dying in a mass shooting committed in any location is 1 in 11,125 (more on this inflated number in a moment). This is just a fraction of the odds of dying other ways. Dying of accidental drug overdose is 1 in 86; dying from riding in a vehicle (not motorcycle) is 1 in 491; dying from drowning is 1 in 1,133; dying from being assaulted with a sharp object, usually a knife, is 1 in 2,517; dying from choking on food is 1 in 3,461; dying from bicycling is 1 in 4,030.

Let’s do the math a little more. A student is 129 times more likely to die from a drug overdose than of a mass shooting of any kind; nearly 23 times more likely to die from riding in a car than a mass shooting; 10 times more likely to drown; more than four times more likely to die from knife assault and nearly three times more likely to die riding a bike.

All of these are a long ways from dying of mass shootings. But that mass shooting number includes not just non-school mass shootings, but all shootings of more than three fatalities — including gang shootings, which is actually the largest element.

The reality is that criminal victimization in American schools has completely collapsed along with the sharp decline in the crime rate. American classrooms are safer today than at any time in modern history.

So yes, being fearful is understandable. Stay away from drugs! But being fearful of mass shootings actually is not. Being fearful in school actually is not. According to the facts.

TRUTH 2: Immediately following the Parkland shooting, the media and the progressive organizations seeking to use the tragedy trafficked in the claim that there had been 18 school shootings in the U.S. in the first 45 days of 2018. ABC News, Politico, TIME, CNBC and other national media reported this as fact, despite being provided by a very biased anti-gun organization called Everytown for Gun Safety. The organization is quoted regularly.

But Politifact, Snopes and others have totally debunked the claim as untrue. Everytown’s numbers include accidental discharges, suicides, college sorority disputes and so on. In fact, if you look at Everytown’s own chart breaking down the 18 shootings, very few even had an injury. Obviously the number is cooked to make it look much worse. But it is now alive forever in social media and many students buy it.

Researchers at Northeastern University report there have been a total of eight mass shootings (killing more than three people) at K-through-12 schools in the United States in the past 22 years. Further, the number of fatal shootings in American schools over the past 20 years has plummeted.

Schools are actually relatively safe.

TRUTH 3: Outlawing certain types of guns or magazines simply won’t make schools significantly safer in any respect.

Despite all of the red-meat language about “assault rifles”, no one of a serious nature is pushing for the banning of all semi-automatic weapons, which is what would be required by taking this route. Why? Semi-automatics are guns that automatically chamber the next round each time after the trigger is pulled and the gun fires. So this actually includes old western revolvers. What is left is single-shot rifles, shotguns that are not semi-automatic and single shot handguns. These require loading each bullet.

Such laws would mean probably hundreds of millions of guns being confiscated, or at least none allowed to be sold but still owned by Americans.

There are more than 300 million guns in private Americans’ hands in the United States. The majority, it appears, are semi-automatics. There are no overall statistics on types of guns in the U.S., but the most popular rifle purchases are the AR styles, and the most popular handgun purchases are semi-automatics.

Limiting the size of magazines is a marginal impact at best because reloading a clip takes literally seconds.

So what are the “assault weapons” bans being talked about? Generally, guns that look like an AR-15. But a WWII M-1 would also count. Perhaps any semi-automatic .22 would count. And that’s the rub. It’s not practical, even if it were Constitutional.

So this is all just talk for politics and power.

The truth is that Americans have always owned a lot of guns. It’s part of our history and heritage. But mass killings are a relatively new phenomenon. Even when machine guns were legal to own, the only “mass shootings” were gang-related and usually during Prohibition. No one at all was shooting schools, or movie houses or government buildings. Want to get to the core issue? Find out what has changed in our culture.

All of this points to one, simple, overarching truth: Guns are not the problem.

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Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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Beware The Siren Call of Government Control On Gun Sales

By KrisAnne Hall, JD

With major retailers such as Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods among others deciding to not selling semi-automatic rifles to people under 21 years old, many people are citing federal anti-discrimination laws as a way to stop these businesses from doing so.

Small government Americans ought to be very cautious about jumping on this bandwagon of government control.  

It’s not an issue of the Second Amendment. It’s not a matter of whether we think that is a good idea or not. True freedom requires the allowance for good and bad ideas.

Liberty minded people should be opposed to any and all levels of government telling private business owners how to conduct their business; to whom they can or cannot sell their wares. This is exactly how we get ridiculous government intrusions like forcing cake bakers and photographers to do things contrary to their personal principles and religious freedoms — rather than allowing the free-market to reward or punish. 

All private businesses should have the right to conduct business as they desire; they are private entities, not government agents. If some private business wants to refuse to serve me because of my race, gender, sexual orientation, or even the color of my hair; then individually and collectively you and I can take our patronage elsewhere.

Better yet, we can create an alternative — adversity promotes progress and innovation. To use the force of government to require a private business to conform to my personal desires or principles is definitely a form of fascism and tyranny. 

In a free society it must be up to the free market to reward or punish a private business for good or bad decisions, not government. Any time government takes the role of the free market, the people cannot be free.

KrisAnne Hall is a former biochemist, Russian linguist for the US Army, and former prosecutor for the State of Florida. KrisAnne also practiced First Amendment Law for a prominent Florida non-profit Law firm. KrisAnne now travels the country teaching the foundational principles of Liberty and our Constitutional Republic. KrisAnne is the author of 6 books on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, she also has an internationally popular radio and television show and her books and classes have been featured on C-SPAN TV. KrisAnne can be found at www.KrisAnneHall.com.


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The Solution To Many Mass Shootings…And Homelessness

Rod Thomson

Some of the highest profile ills poisoning American society have the same root cause: closing state mental institutions in favor of out-patient community health centers — not shocking to many people, this is rooted in “reforms” that began in the 1960s.

The state mental institutions certainly had some real problems. But perhaps the biggest public blot against them was the popular book, play and later movie One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest — all of which were quality entertainment. But they were not real. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest was not a documentary, nor were the dozens of movies following that depicted mental institutions as horror houses with depraved wardens.

Unfortunately, it’s possible that, combined with President Kennedy’s mentally ill sister, Congress decided to make permanent national policy based on fiction. It wouldn’t be the first time. And it’s not surprising that it turned out badly.

The politicized closing of state mental institutions in favor of out-patient community health centers in the 1960s has had unforeseen and tragic consequences across a range of American society — but not least of which on the stubborn homeless problem and on mass shootings. Many people in both of these categories would have been lodged in state mental institutions previous to the “reforms” of the 1960s — possibly including the Parkland shooter, and shooters at Sandy Hook, U.S. Naval Yards, Aurora, Colorado and others, along with perhaps half of the homeless people on American streets today.

Author and research director for the Minnesota Department of Corrections Grant Duwe, and Michael Rocque, a professor of sociology at Bates College write in the Los Angeles Times: “There is a clear relationship between mental illness and mass public shootings.”

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They write: “At the broadest level, peer-reviewed research has shown that individuals with major mental disorders (those that substantially interfere with life activities) are more likely to commit violent acts, especially if they abuse drugs. When we focus more narrowly on mass public shootings…we see a relatively high rate of mental illness.”

Their research puts it at 69 percent of mass killings. Mother Jones also put the rate at 61 percent of known and potential mental illness among mass shooters when the magazine examined 62 cases in 2012.

Unfortunately, any link between mental illness and mass killings, is immediately attacked by NPR, the New York Times, Time, the Atlantic, PBS — you get the idea. That is done because it is seen by those gun-control advocates as being a diversion. But it’s not.

But it is just historical fact that the state mental hospitals closed and that caused a cascading effect. Homelessness is maybe the biggest, but there is no denying that the deinstitutionalization has impacted mass killings in the United States, also.

 

The impact of closing mental hospitals

This impact is spelled out in the meticulously researched 2013 book American Psychosis: How The Federal Government Destroyed The Mental Illness Treatment System by the esteemed psychiatrist and schizophrenia researcher E. Fuller Torrey.

Relying on a deep trough of data and citations, Fuller Torrey argues that transferring responsibility for serious mental illnesses from state to the federal government destroyed the mental illness treatment system. This deinstitutionalization precipitated a disastrous change in how the mentally ill continue to be treated today.

Fuller Torrey does not dispute that the state mental hospital system had serious flaws. But he said it was a system to be fixed, rather than jettisoned. Because for too many of the seriously mentally ill, it was replaced with nothing. Part of the failing of the plan in the first place, beyond poor conception, was that none of the experts the federal government called in to create this change had any experience with mental hospitals. Again, all well cited.

Fuller Torrey writes that: “Unfortunately, the mental health centers legislation passed by Congress was fatally flawed. It encouraged the closing of state mental hospitals without any realistic plan regarding what would happen to the discharged patients, especially those who refused to take medication they needed to remain well. It included no plan for the future funding of the mental health centers. It focused resources on prevention when nobody understood enough about mental illnesses to know how to prevent them.”

His work on this topic has been difficult to dispute.

Elin Weiss writes of Fuller Torrey’s research in Metapsychology Online: “It also makes it difficult to argue with Fuller Torrey because the reader is almost overwhelmed by evidence of how the shift in responsibility has damaged the care of individuals with mental illness.”

 

Why they were closed

This is both interesting and telling of how things happen when the federal government has too much power.

In 1963 President John F. Kennedy spoke to Congress on “Mental Illness and Mental Retardation.” He proposed a new program where the federal government would create hundreds of community health centers to ultimately replace old, dated state mental institutions.

This was all very personal for Kennedy as he had a younger sister who was put in a state mental institution and the family was very upset over it. So, the federal government spent about $20 billion — a lot of money, but even more then — and created some 800 community health centers in the following decade.

At the same time, the number of patients in the state mental hospitals fell from 500,000 to 130,000. But there was a big problem.

These local, federally funded community mental health centers were not taking in the serious cases of mental illness being discharged from the shuttered state mental institutions. Instead, they took the easier cases of people, often those who had not been in the state mental institutions, and cared for them while taking the federal reimbursements.

What happened to more serious and too often dangerous people that had been discharged? Not coincidentally, right around this time America began experiencing its homeless problem, something that grew up precisely at the same time all of the state mental institutions were closed down.

With the advent of Supplemental Security Income, and Medicaid and Medicare, essentially all of the funding for the mentally ill is now through the federal government, at an annual cost of more than $100 billion. That means the distant, inefficient, sometimes corrupt gargantuan government in Washington runs mental health in every corner of the nation. No wonder there are so many problems with the system.

It’s not like there weren’t real and true problems with state mental hospitals. But instead of improving those conditions and creating institutions where the mentally ill could thrive under conditions of conscientious care, they were closed down and what was supposed to replace them did not. Further, in following years laws were passed making it more difficult to commit people who were a threat to themselves and sometimes others.

There was and is apparently no long-term, systemic method and place to commit people who really are not capable of living on their own. So they end up on the streets or in prison. This has now been going on for generations of mentally ill.

Because of the lack of any good way to institutionalize the chronically and dangerously mentally ill, there was no place to put the Parkland shooter or previous mass shooters — or perhaps future mass shooters.

This can be fixed. But it would require real leadership in Congress and at the state level to change laws. An honest and fair media would help, but that seems lost.

Congress could decentralize mental health care, return to allowing states to run modernized mental health institutions and provide guarded authority with reviews to institutionalize those who are a threat to themselves and others. This is a discussion that should take place totally separate from gun control, because it affects other parts of society.


Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.

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Florida Shooting Shows Government Cannot Protect Americans

Rod Thomson

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting and the wave of well-organized and financed protests using emotionally traumatized students, the Florida Legislature is set to vote on a range of legal responses — including a series of gun restrictions.

This, from a state that has some of the strongest Second Amendment protections in the union, should cause some real alarm. The pressure on legislators up for re-election in November is immense, from the demonstrators, anti-gun activists, their media allies, and the public consuming it all. But it is totally and purposely misdirected.

The real blame in this atrocity — after the deranged shooter himself, never forget that — is the total collapse of the governmental institutions charged with protecting the defenseless students collected into an unprotected public school.

Let’s recap how the Parkland shooting has played out politically. Because make no mistake, it is now all political in Florida and nationally, and it is driven by the activist left and the media pursuing their anti-gun agendas — and not by the facts as they are being revealed.

The FBI failed twice to take any steps when informed about the Parkland shooter being a threat to do exactly this, by his own family members. This is hardly the worst, as the FBI gets a lot of bum tips, but it is still a failure.

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Worse, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office failed to take any steps when called to his home 39 times, including for violent and threatening behavior, and being told he had guns. That is an extraordinary number of red flags missed or blown off by local law enforcement. The FBI and the Sheriff not only did nothing, but apparently they did not communicate with each other with this information.

Worse yet, the sheriff’s deputy assigned to the school did nothing, standing outside with his gun while the killer roamed the halls killing defenseless people.

And then very worst of all, when three more Broward deputies showed up, all of them stayed outside while the monster continued killing inside. They did nothing until Coral Springs police arrived on the scene, at which point the killer had stopped and was slipping away.

With four deputies all doing this, it is clear it was not cowardice. There are just too many good cops for that to be the case. They were almost assuredly following some sort of policy by the uber-incompetent and morally dubious Broward County Sheriff, a Democrat with a history of corruption charges.

The collapse of law enforcement and school security in the Parkland shooting (such as cameras being on a 20-minute delay, not a live feed, sowing more confusion) is perhaps the worst in modern American history. This shooting was eminently preventable, and should never have happened. The systemic collapse on the part of multiple government organizations failed the students, their families, friends and community.

And it will again.

But the entire media and political focus is on the weapon the killer used. It’s not the killer, not the FBI, not the deputies, not the school. It’s the weapon.

None of these protests are about the utter failure of the law enforcement community in Broward County. That’s because there is an agenda, using impressionable, traumatized youth. What there is not with any of these well-orchestrated protests is any effort to look at cause-and-effect solutions in this shooting. They are staring us in the face, but being ignored for the ongoing anti-gun political agenda.

And finally, the pursuit of gun bans and even gun confiscation, as has been suggested repeatedly in the wake of Parkland — using dubious example of Australia as the success of gun confiscation — means Americans would have to simply trust their defense to the same law enforcement and government systems that failed Parkland students so badly. Even in the best of times, police or deputies are several minutes away from a murderous rampage — or a home invasion. In the worst times, apparently they wait until the murder spree has ended.

Compare and contrast Parkland to the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting last year where a civilian heard the attack, got his semi-automatic rifle and took down the mass killer at the church before cops could get to the scene. What was the gun he used to stop the slaughter? An AR-15, the exact type of weapon that is being aimed at for banning by activists and Democrats.

As the protests and politics continues to play out, remember where the real blame lies — after the evil shooter — when you hear all the calls for gun regulations. And ask how you will defend yourself once all our non-musket guns are confiscated. Because that is the only end-game for the anti-gun activists, protestations to the side.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.


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