Thursday, December 27, 2012

Second Amendment - #4394 - Neil Snyder: The Left's Alinsky Tactics in the Gun Debate, American Thinker (2) Charts of the Day: Gun Violence in America Declining Over Last 20 Years - Hot Air

Neil Snyder: The Left's Alinsky Tactics in the Gun Debate - American Thinker -  In a blog for today's American Thinker, Joseph Smith says that National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre is getting the "Alinsky Treatment" from leftists in the media and elsewhere. He's correct because as he said, they are attempting to freeze him as a/the target, personalize the gun issue, and demonize him for defending our right to bear arms--a right that's guaranteed by our Constitution. CNN's Piers Morgan tried to do the same thing to Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt. On his show, Morgan said that Pratt was "unbelievably stupid" and "dangerous." He even said, "You shame your country." If you haven't seen the interview, you should watch it because Morgan looked and sounded like a crazed lunatic and Pratt was the voice of sanity and reason. I have appeared as a guest on Pratt's radio show, "Gun Owners News Hour," several times. A few weeks ago, I was a guest on his show to talk about a book that I wrote titled Falsely Accused. In the book, I present the facts of a case suggesting that our constitutional rights are under attack even from law enforcement officials who would deny vehemently that they are opposed to gun ownership by private citizens, but their actions give them away. Larry has never failed to be a gentleman and a well-informed host. That's more than I can say for Piers Morgan. Read more.......

Charts of the Day: Gun Violence in America Declining Over Last 20 Years - Hot Air - I’ll apologize in advance for not recalling who sent me the links to the National Institute of Justice and Bureau of Justice Statistics, both official government sites for crime-related data. Both have information which should be considered in the rush to legislate after the horrific mass murder in Newtown. The NIJ, using data from the BJS, charts the use of various weapons types in homicides over a 30-year period — and clearly, the use of guns had a peak, but it dissipated almost 20 years ago: Homicides committed with firearms peaked in 1993 at 17,075, after which the figure steadily fell, leveling off in 1999 at 10,117. Gun-related homicides have increased slightly each year since 2002. Firearms play a significant role in homicides by circumstance, but the circumstances involved show that it’s rare for otherwise law-abiding citizens to be involved in a gun-related homicide. More than 90% of all gang-related homicides involve gun use, for instance, while the rate of felony homicides involving guns have risen to nearly 80%. The rate of firearm use in homicides from personal arguments has declined slightly over the last thirty years, even as gun sales have increased, showing that there is no causation or even correlation to support the idea that guns escalate arguments. Read more.........

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