Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A study by the Department of Justice’s research wing, the National Institute of Justice, has the feds admitting that so-called “assault weapons” are not a major contributor to gun crime.
The study also concluded those weapons are not a major factor in deaths caused by firearms, nor would an “assault weapons” ban be effective.
“The existing stock of assault weapons is large, undercutting the effectiveness of bans with exemptions,” it said. “Therefore a complete elimination of assault weapons would not have a large impact on gun homicides.”
The report finds no significant link between “assault weapons” and murders.
“Since assault weapons are not a major contributor to U.S. gun homicides and the existing stock of guns is large, an assault weapon ban is unlikely to have an impact on gun violence,” the report said.
The document, titled “Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies,” also sees no epidemic of mass shootings.
“Fatalities from mass shootings (those with 4 or more victims in a particular place and time) account on average for 35 fatalities per year,” the report said.
The report advises a more comprehensive approach.
Read the story in “Shooting Back” The Right and Duty of Self-Defense,” about how a massacre was stopped by a man and his gun.
“Policies that address the larger firearm homicide issue will have a far greater impact even if they do not address the particular issues of mass shootings,” the report said.
The study also found a number of reasons why gun buybacks are ineffective as generally implemented: “1. The buybacks are too small to have an impact. 2. The guns turned in are at low risk of ever being used in a crime. 3. Replacement guns are easily acquired. Unless these three points are overcome, a gun buyback cannot be effective.”
The report, by Greg Ridgeway, deputy director, said restricting large capacity magazines has a “great potential to reduce lethality,” but that would require a massive reduction in the supply.
“In order to have an impact, large capacity magazine regulation needs to sharply curtail their availability to include restrictions on importation, manufacture, sale, and possession. An exemption for previously owned magazines would nearly eliminate any impact. The program would need to be coupled with an extensive buyback of existing large capacity magazines. With an exemption the impact of the restrictions would only be felt when the magazines degrade or when they no longer are compatible with guns in circulation. This would take decades to realize.”
The report undermines most of the talking points by the Obama administration in its pursuit of more limits on guns, ammunition and accessories.
The administration’s campaign was launched following the Newtown, Conn., massacre that killed 20 students and six adults.
The report noted that a 2000 study by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms revealed that 47 percent of crime guns are obtained through a straw purchase, and another 26 percent are stolen.
“These figures indicate informal transfers dominate the crime gun market. A perfect universal background check system can address the gun shows and might deter many unregulated private sellers. However this does not address the largest sources (straw purchase and theft), which would most likely become larger if background checks at gun shows and private sellers were addressed.”
Saying "Guns kill People" makes as much sense as "Cars kill People", "Irons burn People", "Knives kill People", or "Electricity kills People". Water kills people, too, right??
To prove my point, I suggest you go out to your garage, look at your car, and see if it kills you. Or go to your iron, look at it and wait for IT to burn you. Open your knives drawer, and see if they all fly out to kill or cut you. Turn on your light switch, and see if the electricity jumps out to fry you. Or how about turning on your faucet or take a shower and see if you are still alive.
My point is that HUMAN ERROR kills people. None of the above has any power over us in the least until we do something stupid like drive drunk and crash our car into an innocent tree, touch the hot plate on our irons once we have turned them on, become careless while we are using our knives to cut veggies or meat, don't pay attention to our electrical set ups, or jump headlong into a lake knowing we don't know how to swim, and then blaming the water for drowning us.
In short, we need to take personal responsibility and accountability.
If we let the Feds erode our Constitutional Rights on the 2nd Amendment, we open the door for ALL of our rights to be dissolved.
In my own state of Washington, Dems promoted a bill that takes away our 4th Amendment Rights by allowing police officers to enter our home once a year and search to see if we are storing our guns properly. Once the press found out about it, they (the authors of the bill) said they "should have read the bill more carefully". What????????? THEY WROTE THE DAMNED THING AND DIDN'T KNOW THAT WAS IN IT??????
Ah, the Politicians. We need to watch them very closely, America. Very closely. AND to stand up to their insanity.
Be afraid, America. Be very afraid!!!