gun control

The meaning of “Australia” [Updated With Chart: How Successful Was Australia?]

Featured image In his rush to capitalize on the mass shooting deaths in Roseburg, Oregon, last week, President Obama made a statement including this observation: We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it. What does this »

Modest Proposals On Gun Violence

Featured image White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked several questions about gun control during his press briefing today. Breitbart summarizes his responses, which were more of the same: endless references to “common sense” reforms which are never specified. Earnest wants to keep firearms out of the hands of “criminals and others who shouldn’t have them”; so do we all, but how? To state the blindingly obvious, mass murder is, and always »

Obama and the Democrats Shamefully Smear Jeb Bush

Featured image Yesterday the Democrats, always eager to find distractions from their failed domestic and foreign policies, seized on the Oregon shootings as an excuse to change the subject. In particular, they used that terrible crime to smear Jeb Bush. According to the Democrats, Bush blew off the Oregon shootings by saying “stuff happens.” The Democrats, as one, picked up on the meme. This tweet came from Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: A message for »

Politicize this

Featured image Early Thursday evening, before the dead had been counted, before their bodies were cold, before the relevant facts were known, President Obama chose to make a characteristically obnoxious statement on the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon (video below, text here). Obama’s remarks are deserving of the derision that John heaped on them in “Obama: Never let a mass shooting go to waste.” Why would Obama speak before »

Bipartisan sentencing reform proposal would free gun-carrying felons

Featured image As John noted, President Obama barely waited for the blood to dry in Oregon before seizing on the mass shooting at a community college to call for “common sense gun safety laws.” Ironically, at just about the same time a bipartisan group of Senators was introducing criminal sentencing reform legislation that would cause the release from jail of criminals who carried guns while committing drug felonies. As Bill Otis explains, »

Obama and Guns: Then and Now

Featured image John has already noted Obama’s demagoguery about guns yesterday, where Obama praised the Australian decision 10 years ago to confiscate all guns. (Question: how is that the proposal to deport 11 million illegal aliens is said to be impossible, but confiscation over 300 million guns isn’t? I’m sure the drug gangs will be the first to comply with such a program.) Here’s Obama in 2008: “I just want to be »

Obama: Never Let a Mass Shooting Go To Waste!

Featured image Earlier today, a 26-year-old man named Chris Mercer murdered 10 people at a community college in Oregon. At this moment, little is known about Mercer or his motives. (No doubt he had grievances.) Three handguns and a rifle reportedly were recovered at the site, but we don’t know whether he obtained those firearms legally or illegally. At this point, it is hard to say anything intelligent about the shootings except »

“Truth”: Not the Only Bad News From Toronto

Featured image Scott wrote here about the absurd movie Truth, which tries to sell the idea that the Mary Mapes/Dan Rather fantasy about George W. Bush was real after all. Truth premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last night. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the only bad news to come out of the film festival. There is also this: Jessica Chastain is taking on gun control in a new political thriller, thanks to EuropaCorp »

Why More Gun Control Laws Won’t Help

Featured image Via InstaPundit, an interesting study published in Preventive Medicine that confirms something I have written repeatedly: criminals do not acquire their guns legally. This is important because, in response to high-profile shootings, gun control advocates always recur to a few longstanding proposals–none of which have anything to do with actually reducing the rate of gun violence. A favorite liberal chestnut is “universal background checks.” Background checks already must be run »

Who’s to Blame For Murders of Virginia Journalists? Congress!

Featured image That’s what Democratic Senator Chris Murphy says: I think change is going to happen. I just don’t think that democracy can work with when you have 90 percent of the American public that want changes in our gun laws and Congress not responding. This is sheer fantasy. In fact, only a minority of Americans want stricter gun laws. A majority want either to keep gun laws as they are, or »

Dylann Roof and Vester Flanagan: Compare and Contrast

Featured image We now know that Vester Flanagan was a sort of mirror image of Dylann Roof: black instead of white, gay instead of straight, but like Roof a nut with a cause. Like Roof, Flanagan’s cause was race. Flanagan was race-obsessed and, like Roof, wanted to incite a race war. I agree with Hugh Hewitt that it is a mistake to pay attention to “manifestos” left behind by insane killers. It »

The Facts Don’t Matter, the Answer Is Always Gun Control

Featured image The White House didn’t wait an hour before using the murders committed by Vester Flanagan in Virginia as an excuse to push for gun control. Josh Earnest began his press conference with this soliloquy: The precise details of that incident continue to be under investigation. At the time Earnest was speaking, little was known about the murderer, and nothing about how he acquired the firearm used to commit the murders. »

On Firearms, Reporting Obscures the Truth

Featured image There is no subject on which reporting is so consistently poor as firearms. Most reporters are anti-gun; as a result, even when reporting is not overtly biased it is generally so murky as to obscure rather than reveal basic facts. A case in point is this Minneapolis Star Tribune story with the ambiguous headline: “As gun-carrying permits reach historic levels in Minnesota, related crimes remain in check.” Which I guess »

Hard Data on Mass Shooting Incidents

Featured image About two weeks ago, the Congressional Research Service published a paper titled “Mass Murder with Firearms: Incidents and Victims, 1999-2013.” The primary author is William Krouse, a specialist in domestic security and crime policy. The CRS paper defines three kinds of “mass shootings”: * “mass public shooting” means a multiple homicide incident in which four or more victims are murdered with firearms—not including the offender(s)—within one event, and at least »

Background Check System Failed In Lafayette Murders

Featured image John Russell Houser, the “drifter” who murdered two and wounded several more in a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, was crazy as a loon. That isn’t unusual in such cases, but what is unusual is that Houser was involuntarily committed to a mental institution in 2008. That fact should have prevented him from buying the gun that he used to commit murder, but the federal government’s NICS system failed. The »

The Futility of Gun-Free Zones, In One Picture

Featured image If you haven’t already seen it, this photo of the Marine facility in Chattanooga after it was shot up by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez tells you all you need to know about gun-free zones: Here in Minnesota, the legislature liberalized carry laws a decade or more ago. In response, most businesses–many in a fit of huffy self-righteousness–posted “guns prohibited” signs in accordance with the new law. Over the years those signs »

Reckon with this

Featured image After Dylann Roof murdered nine pastors and churchgoers in the course of Bible study in Charleston, President Obama couldn’t wait to use the occasion for his narrow political purposes. “Let’s be clear,” he said with urgency in his voice. “At some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence … doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. »