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Now, coming to us under the headers of “catastrophic stupidity” and “being this stupid should be physically painful” is Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who is imploring local businesses to fight crime by posting “Gun Free Zone” signs.
Seriously, Seattle – what the fuck? You actually elected this idiot?
Put yourself in the mind of a criminal, contemplating armed robbery and possibly murder. Consider that he already knows he faces severe penalties if caught and convicted. That hasn’t deterred him. The one thing that might deter him, or at least give him pause, is the though of encountering an armed citizen (more on that in a minute) while in the course of his crime.
Now, place this criminal in front of a business with a large sign, prominently proclaiming it to be a self-defense-free zone. Does anyone with enough intelligence to pound sand actually think the thug will look at the sign, shake his head, and move on?
Or, more likely, will he smile and head on in?
See, True Believers, the thing about criminals – the basic, defining thing about criminals – is that they A) don’t obey laws, and 2) don’t give a damn about other people’s rights – to property or otherwise. They do understand the possibility of someone responding with like force, and the prospect of an armed citizen is about sixty light-years past a “Gun-Free Zone” sign in effectiveness when it comes to making a potential robber think twice.
Now, while we’re on the topic: The CDC recently did some study on the topic of firearms, and their findings aren’t lending gun-control advocates any comfort. Excerpt:
Kill innocents in a school or theater in large numbers, and the media will fixate on the tragedy while Democrats wail about America’s “gun culture.”
Shoot a minority who’s wearing a hoodie and the left twists the story into something it isn’t while the media turn the shooter into a “white” man, though he, too, is a minority — and an Obama supporter with a mixed ethnic background.
It was under these raw and highly charged circumstances that President Obama asked the CDC in January to perform the study. He was surely looking to manufacture a crisis that he could take advantage of.
What that study revealed, though, does not fit in with the media-Democrat message.
“Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals,” says the report, which was completed in June and ignored in the mainstream press.
The study, which was farmed out by the CDC to the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, also revealed that while there were “about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008,” the estimated number of defensive uses of guns ranges “from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year.“
Did you all get that? Defensive use of firearms ranges from almost twice to about ten times as frequent as the criminal use of firearms in violent crime.
And as I’ve said a thousand times or more, in every state that passed liberalized concealed-carry laws, opponents wailed about the “blood running in the streets,” “shootouts over parking spaces” and “return to the Wild West” (we should be so lucky; crime rates in the Old West were actually pretty mild) and in every state that passed those laws, none of those things have ever happened.
The article linked above also presents these tidbits:
Here are a few more salient points from the study:
• “Whether gun restrictions reduce firearm-related violence is an unresolved issue.”
• “Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.”
• One “body of research” (Kleck and Gertz, 1995) cited by the study found “estimated annual gun use for self-defense” to be “up to 2.5 million incidents, suggesting that self-defense can be an important crime deterrent.”
• “There is empirical evidence that gun turn-in programs are ineffective.”
Seattle Mayor McGinn was not available for comment – probably busy trying to learn to tie his shoes.