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In the middle of all the noise from totalitarian government employees and lamestream media is the latest effort at restricting gun ownership. They never lose sight of their goal to have exclusive rights to lethal force.

This argument has been won repeatedly by logic and data, but will never go away as long as there are people who lust for power, and never-ending increases in their power. They are hollow-shelled bullies. Bullies understand force. Nothing else. When met with anything remotely approaching equal force, they are cowards.

We must never let them catch us napping.

Amidst all the gun control yammering are three essays worth reading. I will give you excerpts and links to them.

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Looking at the “gun violence” problem



US Population (2016): 322,762,018
Percent that are gun murderers: 0.0032%
That’s 32 ten-thousandths of 1 percent.

Estimates of American gun owners vary by significantly large amounts. The lowest I have seen is 55 million, or roughly 17% of the general population. The highest is 120 million, or approximately 37%.

Therefore, murderers are 0.0085 to 0.0186% of all gun owners. 85 ten-thousandths of 1 percent to 186 ten-thousandths of 1 percent. The greater estimate is represented graphically:

We have no idea, given the lack of data, of the average number of guns used by murderers. We know it ranges from 1 to 24, but those 10,228 individual shooters could have used any number in that range. For this discussion, I’ll make the probably outrageous assumption that the average is as high as 12, midway in the range (my gut feel is that average is closer to 1.1 per shooter).

So… 10,228 shooters time 12 guns, gives a hypothetical number of “murder guns” of 122,736 (gut feel would be 11,250).

I guesstimated gun owner numbers. Firearms estimates are just as vague. Recent lowball estimates are around 265 million. Others put it well over 300 million. Or over 400 million. The highest estimate I’ve encountered is 750 million.

122,736 murder weapons would be 0.0463% (less than 5 hundredths of a percent) of the low estimate. Or 0.0307% (a hair over 3 hundredths of a single percent) of the 400 million estimate.

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The NRA leadership sold their souls to the DC devil decades ago. While they keep deceiving themselves they are welcome partners in the Potomac Swamp, they knowingly or foolishly are gun grabber co-conspirators, but also useful patsies and favorite whipping boys.

However, as straw man and proxies for millions of honorable gun owners, they do need defense. Thus I share the following.

Members Of The NRA?


The left is using the tragedy in Sutherland Springs to demonize the NRA. Personally, I am so sick and tired of these relentless attacks, and I am proud to stand with the NRA, the Gun Owners Of America and every other organization that is working hard to defend our 2nd Amendment rights. As you will see below, it was actually the intervention of an NRA instructor named Stephen Willeford that saved countless lives in Sutherland Springs. And would you like to know how many mass shooters have been members of the NRA?

The answer is zero…

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I am only sharing a fraction of the following article. You really ought to click on the linked headline to see the entirety.

Dear “Common Sense Gun Safety” Advocate,

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Do tell us exactly what you intend; preferably by providing the text of law you propose. Be prepared to address the following points:

If your rationale for a law refers to semiautomatic firearms as “military-grade,” “military-style,” or “weapons of war,” identify the nation which uses semiautomatic rifles as standard issue to regular troops.

If your rationale is based on “90% or (whatever number you like today) of Americans want,” please show where that number was proven in an actual referendum.

If your rationale references “militia,” please know what the militia is, and the legal differences between the militia, national guard, and standing army.

If your rational includes “if it saves a single child/person,” explain why the converse — if it results in a single innocent’s harm — does not count.

If you are banning and/or confiscating any firearms, explain how you will locate the items when you don’t even know how many there are.

If you are licensing gun owners, explain how you will identify them when you don’t know to the nearest ten million how many of them are out there.

If your law purports to address “gun violence,” explain why it would be imposed on the 99.9814% of gun owners who aren’t the problem.