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Guns Don’t Kill People, Gun Control Does
Over the past two decades, the number of gun-related crimes in the U.S. has dropped dramatically, while the number of guns bought and sold has increased.

http://thefederalist.com/2018/05/23/guns-dont-kill-people-gun-bans/

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FBI: More People Killed with Knives, Hammers & Clubs Each Year Than Rifles

https://dailycaller.com/2018/02/19/knives-gun-control-fbi-statistics/
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http://nation.foxnews.com/gun-rights/2013/01/03/fbi-more-people-killed-hammers-clubs-each-year-rifle

[As always, ASND simply asks, “Where, then, are all the liberals screaming and clamoring for bans on knives, hammers and clubs?]

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U.S. Department Of Justice Report:
Guns Carried During Crimes Most Frequently Obtained Illegally

https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/emily-ward/doj-report-guns-carried-during-crimes-most-frequently-obtained-street-or

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The 2019 Colorado high school murderers used illegally possessed handguns — again — that one must be 21 to purchase or carry.
Liberals, please explain how making already-illegal gun possession illegal-er will ever change anything.

https://twitter.com/DLoesch/status/1126202063694831619

TheoryOfDuh

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The United States is 3rd in murders throughout the world.
But if you remove
1) Chicago
2) Detroit
3) Washington DC
4) St Louis and
5) New Orleans
the United States is then
189th (out of 193) countries in the entire world.
All 5 cities have STRICT Gun Control Laws.

https://twitter.com/RyanAFournier/status/974458374845853696

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America Doesn’t Have a Gun Violence Epidemic – Democrat-Run Cities Do
“Accidental gun deaths have decreased over the last decade… 824 total accidental gun deaths in 1999; 489 in 2015…
[T]wo out of three of the annual total of 37,353 gun deaths, nationwide, are from suicide… [and] 2 million [gun] purchases were denied, since 1993 [from background checks]
[W]hat the NRA has spent in the last two decades on all political activity is a pittance compared to what other organizations in unrelated industries spent in 2016 alone.”

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/12/deconstructing_the_antigun_cult.html

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Democrats Announce All Future Candidates Will Forego Armed Security To Protest Gun Violence

https://babylonbee.com/news/democrats-announce-all-2020-candidates-will-forego-armed-security-to-protest-gun-violence

[Once again, ASND reminds readers that satire, done well, is both tragically sad and painfully funny because it reveals grotesque, willful ignorance through humor.]

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[W]hy do heartland states [in the U.S.] with the highest levels of gun ownership have some of the lowest murder rates in the U.S.?

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/04/why_it_is_misleading_to_compare_the_us_murder_rate_with_that_of_western_europe.html

CarsKillPeople

[ASND thanks Wintery Knight for that image.]

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Why Carrying A Gun Is Almost Always An Act Of Love

http://thefederalist.com/2018/12/20/carrying-gun-can-act-love/

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We Don’t Need Red Flag Laws, We Need More Good Americans To Get Guns And Protect Themselves And Their Communities

https://thefederalist.com/2019/08/08/dont-need-red-flag-laws-need-good-americans-get-guns/

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Gun Myths Regarding Accidents:
Accidental gun fatalities are a serious problem
Handguns are unsafe and cause accidents
Innocent bystanders are often killed by guns
Citizens are too incompetent to use guns for protection
Gun accidents are flooding emergency rooms
“Junk” guns are dangerous and should be banned
Guns should be made to conform to product liability laws

http://www.gunfacts.info/gun-control-myths/accidental-deaths/

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A car is more likely to kill you — or anyone else in the U.S. — than a gun.
But 99.4% of car deaths are accidental.
98.5% of gun deaths are intentional.
And 64% of gun fatalities are suicides.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/02/12/which-is-more-likely-to-kill-car-or-gun.html

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“[T]he simple statistical approach so commonly used [by liberals] to ascertain the “cause” of gun deaths [presumably gun ownership] is [categorically and statistically] inadequate.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/02/fun_with_statistics_and_the_gun_control_debate.html

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I used to think gun control was the answer.  My research told me otherwise.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/i-used-to-think-gun-control-was-the-answer-my-research-told-me-otherwise/2017/10/03/d33edca6-a851-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html

[Amazingly, the far-left Washington Post published that well-referenced Op-Ed.]

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Gun Ownership vs. Gun Violence

“[Even t]he Washington Post explains that there is no direct relation between the number of firearms in circulation and the number of ordinary gun-related murders. Most Americans incorrectly think gun-murder rates have gotten worse [as the number of guns owned has increased], not better…  To be explicit:  This  is  wrong .  Data from the FBI breaks out reported murders by type of weapon, showing a drop in the raw count of firearm murders since a peak in 1993…  But remember, too… the number of murders as a function of the population.  In that regard, the drop is even steeper.  In 1994, the FBI data suggest a rate of about 6.2 firearm murders per 100,000 people.  In 2017, the rate was 3.38 murders, [just slightly] up from the 2014 low in which the rate was less than half of that in 1994.’

https://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/mass-killings-vs-mass-shootings/

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America Is Awash In Guns, And Crime Is At Record Lows
For the average American alive today the odds of being murdered have never been lower — even though Americans possess millions more firearms.

http://thefederalist.com/2016/06/22/america-is-awash-in-guns-and-crime-is-at-record-lows/

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GunOwnershipVsGunViolence

http://www.aei.org/publication/chart-of-the-day-more-guns-less-gun-violence-between-1993-and-2013/

[Not surprisingly, the New York Times made a laughably, but predictably biased attempt at debunking that graph shortly after it was first published by the AEI.                                   The intentionally false, diversionary claims made in that attempt are detailed  here .]

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A 2012 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report shows that while gun ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009, crime fell–and fell sharply.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2013/12/04/congressional-research-service-more-guns-less-crime/

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Gun-Homicide Rate Decreased as Gun Ownership Increased

https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/cnsnewscom-staff/more-guns-less-gun-violence-between-1993-and-2013

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… the majority of Americans believe that gun violence is proliferating when it is in fact dropping.

https://www.nationalreview.com/blog/corner/obama-praises-australias-gun-confiscation-charles-c-w-cooke/

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We’ve had a massive decline in gun violence in the United States
Why?  Not one of the reasons has anything to do with gun control.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/03/weve-had-a-massive-decline-in-gun-violence-in-the-united-states-heres-why/?utm_term=.951f32b74602

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Think ‘Gun Violence’ Is On the Rise in the U.S.?  Think Again

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2015/12/6/think-gun-violence-is-on-the-rise-in-the-u-s-think-again

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Don’t Tell the Left: More Guns Means Fewer Homicides

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/10/dont_tell_the_left_more_guns_fewer_homicides.html

[The only error in that article is in that headline.  ASND exists precisely because there are, in fact, a very rare few on the Left who see truth for the first time from independent sources (they will never be provided any truth — about anything — from their own sources) and stand aghast and dumbfounded at the intentionality of deceit from their peers.  When that happens — and it occasionally does — the scales fall from their eyes and their lives begin anew as informed citizens rather than indoctrinated minions.  I know.  Nobody Important went through the exact same process several decades ago and have been immeasurably blessed to have been instrumental in the conversion from deceitful slavery to truthful liberation for many dozens (perhaps hundreds, now, through this Web site) of grateful brothers and sisters. Do not tell      the Left?  Wrong.  Dead wrong.  Tell the Left.  And then, on rare but amazingly wonderful occasions, watch them walk from darkness into light.]

GunControlToLiberals

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam confessed to 762 high school seniors visiting Radford University that none of his gun control proposals would have prevented the tragic murders in Virginia Beach.

https://thefederalist.com/2019/07/09/virginia-governor-admits-gun-control-proposals-wouldnt-prevented-shootings/

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Gun-Free Zones:

[See, also, the Gun Free Zones section on  this page .]

[G]un control groups… say [things like], ‘gun-free zones have helped make K–12 schools even safer, significantly reducing gun violence in these places‘… [and] there is no evidence that shooters target [gun-free] areas.‘  But none of these anti-gun organizations offers solid and transparent empirical research to support their claims.  Meanwhile, there [are] plenty of empirical data that prove how dangerous gun-free zones actually are.  The Crime Prevention and Research Center also has examined mass shootings and found that ‘between 1950 and 2018, 97.8 percent of all mass public shooting occurred in gun-free zones‘… [As well,] students having become 9 times more likely to be killed and almost 3 times more likely to be injured at school by gunfire in an active and mass shooter situation since the passage of the Gun-Free School Zones Act.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/06/students_deaths_in_active_shooter_situations_more_than_nine_times_as_likely_since_gunfree_zones_.html

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Washington Post: Gun Violence Declining, Except in Gun-Free Zones

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/12/04/washington-post-gun-violence-declining-except-gun-free-zones/

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97.8% of violent gun attacks since 1950 have occurred in gun-free zones

https://crimeresearch.org/2018/06/more-misleading-information-from-bloombergs-everytown-for-gun-safety-on-guns-analysis-of-recent-mass-shootings/

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Q: How’s that gun-free zone working out for Starbucks?
A: It’s not.  At all.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/12/hows_that_gun-free_zone_working_out_for_starbucks.html

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Eight Provable Facts Regarding Gun Violence in America:

1. Violent crime is down and has been on the decline for decades.
2. The principal public safety concerns with respect to guns are suicides and illegally owned handguns, not mass shootings.
3. A small number of factors significantly increase the likelihood that a person will be a victim of a gun-related homicide.
4. Gun-related murders are carried out by a predictable pool of people.
5. Higher rates of gun ownership are not associated with higher rates of violent crime.
6. There is no clear relationship between strict gun control legislation and homicide or violent crime rates.
7. Legally owned firearms are used for lawful purposes much more often than they are used to commit crimes or suicide.
8. Concealed carry permit holders are not the problem, but they may be part of the solution.

https://www.heritage.org/firearms/report/fact-sheet-gun-violence

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Teacher shot after Baltimore school board votes against arming school security officers

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/02/teacher_shot_after_baltimore_school_board_votes_against_arming_school_security_officers.html

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Gun Control vs. Logic:

There’s No Such Thing As ‘Common Sense’ Gun Control
Ignorance of guns and a desire to ban them seem to be directly related

http://thefederalist.com/2016/08/19/this-video-shows-why-theres-no-such-thing-as-common-sense-gun-control/

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[Liberals’] rationale for gun control is diametrically opposed to the arguments they typically present for policies concerning provocative social issues…  Liberal ‘logic’ has always been that the law can’t control human behavior; people are going to do what they’re going to do whether it’s legal or not.  That sort of ‘they’re going to do it anyway’ reasoning is what the left uses to justify legalizing marijuana, providing welfare to able-bodied individuals who refuse to work, and decriminalizing the millions of intruders who slipped across the border into America illegally…  In other words, liberals believe that if an individual wants to do something bad enough, nothing will stop him.  With that in mind, left-leaning Democrats have successfully advanced a progressive agenda by promoting ‘safe’ promiscuity, ‘safe’ debauchery, ‘safe’ illegal immigration, and ‘safe’ eradication of human life…  Yet when it comes to the Second Amendment, leftist logic controverts what progressives espouse for most social policies…  The anti-gun left [also] zealously argues that if the government places restrictions on an established constitutional right [i.e. firearm ownership], corrupt individuals like Devin Kelley will magically choose to tell the truth on background checks…  [Obviously, however, t]his sort of ‘thinking’ [flies in the face of reality].  Either it’s human nature to seek out illicit means to fulfill an illegal desire, or laws are successful at stopping nefarious behavior.  Liberals can’t have it both ways.  If leftists believe that women will seek out illegal abortions, then why don’t leftists believe that shooters with ill intent will seek out illegal guns?…  Either way, if liberals eventually succeed at manipulating Americans into rejecting the Second Amendment, those determined to do damage will undoubtedly ignore any formal decree and procure “back-alley” guns.  Evil perpetrators may even venture south to acquire weapons bestowed on drug cartels via the largesse of former attorney general Eric Holder and his gun-running cohort, Obama.  However, if smuggling fails to deliver, and back-alley gun deals don’t work out, the Devin Kelleys of the world can fulfill liberal predictions and abort their victims with wire hangers.  If hangers are in short supply, the depraved can smother country music concertgoers with government-issued condoms or skewer ordinary Americans with hypodermic needles provided by liberals who – except for when it comes to firearms – understand that laws have never stopped evil people from doing evil things.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/11/a_liberal_gun_paradox.html

[BTW, after reading the citations above (and, we hope, below as well), if anyone remains unconvinced of the inanity and stupidity of liberals vis-a-vis gun control, check this out.]

Progressives Demand Gun Control After Knife Attack At Ohio State University

http://thefederalist.com/2016/11/28/progressives-demand-gun-control-knife-attack-ohio-state-university/

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Democrats Announce All Future Political Candidates Will Forego Armed Security
To Protest Gun Violence

http://babylonbee.com/news/democrats-announce-all-2020-candidates-will-forego-armed-security-to-protest-gun-violence/

[Not.  That would be consistent with their long-held position on gun control.]

[And yes, for those who do not know The Babylon Bee, that “article” was satirical.]

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Takes Part in Anti-Gun Die-In Protest –
Surrounded by Armed Guards

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/03/new-york-governor-andrew-cuomo-takes-part-anti-gun-die-protest-surrounded-armed-guards/

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Gun-toting cops protect exploited student gun protesters

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/03/guntoting_cops_protect_exploited_student_gun_protesters.html

[Yep.  Consistency (the opposite of hypocrisy).  Very “liberal.”]

GunsFault

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Gun control advocates hide behind the rhetoric of ‘common-sense gun laws,’ but sometimes the mask sometimes slips off and their real goal is revealed.

http://thefederalist.com/2018/05/08/proof-left-really-want-abolish-legal-gun-ownership/

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The Nazi Weapons Law of 1938 was the blueprint for the U.S. Gun Control Act of 1968

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/04/chipping_away_at_the_second_amendment.html

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Hitler’s Nazis Supported Gun Control, Abortion, And Speech Codes.
That Agenda Describes The Modern Left
At every level, the beliefs and goals of the white supremacist, alt-right, Nazi movement directly oppose conservatism.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/08/21/nazis-support-abortion-gun-control-speech-codes-describes-left/

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No, Government Isn’t ‘Banned’ From Studying Gun Violence
Gun control advocates want to lift the ban on politically motivated gun research because they’re interested in politically motivated research.

http://thefederalist.com/2018/03/09/no-government-isnt-banned-from-studying-gun-violence/

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Fewer guns or more gun control laws do not equal less murder.
The worst three percent of [gun murder] counties [in the U.S. produce] almost 60 percent of the murders.  Almost all of these counties are in large urban areas, where Democrats [and therefore ‘gun control’ laws] rule.
Additionally… the overall murder rate for the top 101 [counties] of highest and lowest rates of gun ownership is virtually identical.
At the state level… the numbers reveal the same: there’s no correlation between the presence of guns and the rate of murder.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/03/guns_men_and_murder_the_data.html

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Chicago Murder Rate Reveals False Narrative on Strict Gun “Control” Laws
Chicago has the highest gun murder rate and the strictest gun “control” laws

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/03/28/chicago-murder-rate-sky-high-despite-strict-gun-control-laws

LikeChicago

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Background Checks:

House Democrats are, once again, attempting to pass a bill requiring so-calleduniversal background checksat the federal level, which would effectively outlaw private sales throughout the country.
Here Are The Top 9 Reasons This Latest Gun Control Bill Is A Terrible Idea
1. Gun Dealers Already Conduct Background Checks
2. In-State Commerce Is — Contstitutionally — a States’ Rights Issue
3. Demands For New Gun Control Are An Admission That Gun Control Doesn’t Work
4. There Is No ‘Gun-Show Loophole’
5. There Is No ‘Online Gun Sales Loophole’
6. Universal Background Checks Won’t Stop Criminals From Getting Guns
7. Background Checks Haven’t Stopped And Won’t Stop Mass Shootings
8. Universal Background Checks Are Exceedingly Burdensome
9. This Creates a De Facto Federal Gun Registry, Just Like The Nazis, Soviet Communists and Current  Venezuelan Socialists  Have

http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/25/top-9-reasons-house-democrats-latest-gun-control-bill-terrible-idea/

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Even Liberal Vox Admits Universal Background Checks Won’t Solve Gun Violence

https://stream.org/liberal-vox-admits-universal-background-checks-wont-solve-gun-violence/

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Mandatory background checks prior to gun purchases in California had no impact         on gun deaths

https://mobile.wnd.com/2018/12/foundation-uncovers-report-that-defies-anti-gun-agenda/

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The number one solution that Democrats go to all the time are the background checks on private transfers of guns.  If that type of law had been in effect, it wouldn’t have stopped any mass public shooting this century or even years before that.  And yet [Democrats] keep pushing it.

http://mobile.wnd.com/2018/03/these-17-million-americans-can-stop-mass-shootings/

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Universal Background Checks: Shouldn’t We Review the Statistics?

https://pjmedia.com/blog/universal-background-checks-shouldnt-we-review-the-statistics/?singlepage=true

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I used to think gun control was the answer.  My research told me otherwise.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/i-used-to-think-gun-control-was-the-answer-my-research-told-me-otherwise/2017/10/03/d33edca6-a851-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html

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The Congressional Baseball Shooting Only Proves We Need *Less* Gun Control

http://thefederalist.com/2017/06/14/alexandria-shooting-proves-need-less-gun-control/

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Why ‘Gun Control’ Will Never Prevent, Or Likely Even Reduce, Mass Killings
    Mass killings are very rare, accounting for only 0.2 percent of homicides every year and approximately 1 percent of homicide victims.
    Only 12 percent of mass killings are mass public shootings. Most mass killings are familicides (murders of family members or intimate partners) and felony-related killings (such as robberies gone awry or gang-related ‘turf battles’).
    Although there has been a slight increase in the frequency of mass public shootings over the past few years, the rates are still similar to what the United States experienced in the 1980s and early 1990s.
    Over 90 percent of public mass shootings take place in ‘gun-free zones’ where civilians are not permitted to carry firearms.
    A complete ban on “assault weapons” will save very few lives: Six out of every 10 mass public shootings are carried out by handguns alone, while only one in 10 is committed with a rifle alone.
    The average age of mass public shooters is 34, which means that increasing the minimum age for purchasing firearms would not target the main perpetrators of mass public shootings.
    Few mass public shooters have used “high-capacity magazines,” and there is no evidence that the lethality of their attacks would have been affected by delays of two to four seconds to switch magazines. In fact, some of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history were carried out with “low-capacity” weapons:
    The Virginia Tech shooter killed 32 and injured 17 with two handguns, one of which had a 10-round magazine and the other a 15-round magazine. He simply brought 19 extra magazines.
    Twenty-three people were killed and another 20 injured in a Killeen, Texas, cafeteria by a man with two 9mm handguns, capable of maximums of 15-round and 17-round magazines, respectively.
    A mentally disturbed man armed with two handguns and a shotgun shot and killed 21 people in a San Ysidro McDonald’s and injured another 19. The handguns utilized 13-round and 20-round magazines, and the shotgun had a five-round capacity.
60 percent of mass public shooters had been diagnosed with a mental disorder or had demonstrated signs of serious mental illness prior to the attack.
    A large body of research shows a statistical link between mass public killings and serious untreated psychiatric illness.
    The United States does not have an extraordinary problem with mass public shootings compared to other developed countries.
    After adjusting for population differences, many other developed countries have worse problems with mass public shootings than the United States has.
    There were 27 percent more casualties per capita from mass public shootings in the European Union than in the U.S. from 2009 to 2015.
    Mass killers often find ways to kill even without firearms [see examples in article].
In other countries, bombings, mass stabbings, and car attacks frequently kill more people than even the deadliest mass shootings in the United States [see examples in article].

https://www.dailysignal.com//print?post_id=400248

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In an average year 4 to 5 times more people are knifed to death… 30 times more people are killed by drunken drivers… and 200 times more die from drug overdoses than are killed with [so-called] ‘assault’ rifles.
More people are killed every year with blunt objects, or are simply beaten to death, than are murdered using [so-called] ‘assault’ rifles.
Only about 3-4% of murders using firearms (out of about 11,000 annually) in the US involve rifles
The average number of people killed per year in all types of public mass shootings (3+ killed, not including shooter) over the last 38 years was 25.  The average number of people killed at schools in mass (3+ killed) school shootings, adult and child, over the same 38-year period was 4 per year.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/03/some_thoughts_on_banning_assault_rifles.html

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4 Reasons The Federal Congress Doesn’t ‘Act’ on Gun Violence
The reality is Congress isn’t, and can’t be, responsible for anyone’s personal safety.

https://stream.org/4-reasons-congress-doesnt-act-gun-violence/

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Gun Control Across The World Only Leads To Acid, Knifings, And Bombings

http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/21/gun-control-across-world-leads-acid-knifings-bombings/

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Gun control for teenagers?  Hardly.  Teenagers need cell phone control.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/03/gun_control_nope_teenagers_need_cell_phone_control.html

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If we banned every private firearm in America, they would reach back to that traitor and murderer Timothy McVeigh.  He used a fertilizer bomb [and a rented truck].  If we banned all fertilizer, then degenerates who craved fame would use pressure cookers.  You know, like the Muslim refugees who blew up the Boston Marathon.  Evil will find a way.  It always does…  Why is it, do you think, that Muslim colonists feel free to maul, rape, and assault women in Norway, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, and Britain? They know perfectly well that none of the helpless natives in the area will be armed or could resist them…  Stripping the population of the means to protect itself renders them helpless before the barbarians whom our [elected liberal politicians] keep inviting in.  In America, that would mean not just jihadis, but members of the drug cartels that control our southern border.  Their native land, Mexico, has draconian gun control.  How’s that working out for them?…  [Liberals] want to preen as promoting ‘high-minded’… policies that impair the nation’s safety.  They also want protection, so many of them have their own private or government security.  But the citizenry as a whole must be kept defanged and helpless, dependent on faraway riot police to come and collect the corpses…  It’s telling that in America, after the Civil War, one of the key goals of the Ku Klux Klan was to use gun control laws to disarm black citizens.

https://stream.org/school-shootings-gun-rights-and-the-imitation-of-evil/

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[E]qual citizenship has frequently been denied to black Americans through the use of gun control laws.  Such laws were used to keep firearms out of the hands of African-Americans — to deny their very equality as human beings — from the earliest colonial days through the end of Jim Crow in 1965…  [E]ven today, blacks continue to suffer disproportionate harm from gun control laws, as major cities deny legal firearms to the residents of high-crime urban neighborhoods…  Blacks are eight times more likely to be victims of homicide and two and one-half times more likely to be rape victims.  For robbery, the black victimization rate is three times that for whites…  Reducing gun ownership among law-abiding citizens may significantly reduce the proven deterrent effect of widespread civilian gun ownership on criminals, particularly in regard to such crimes as residential burglaries and commercial robberies.  Of course, this effect will be most widely felt among the poor and minority citizens who live in crime-ridden areas without adequate police protection…  A look at crime statistics confirms [the] contention that widespread civilian ownership of firearms has a deterrent effect on criminals.  Washington, D.C., a majority black city formerly known as the murder capital of the U.S., has enjoyed plummeting crime rates following the Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller decision, which found that the Second Amendment establishes an individual right to keep and bear arms exclusive of participation in a militia…  Many black political leaders need to rethink their opposition to the Second Amendment.  By supporting government infringement of the right to bear arms, they are not only violating the Constitution, they are robbing their fellow blacks of the ability to defend themselves, and relegating them to second-class citizenship.

https://www.theacru.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Truth-About-Gun-Control.pdf

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There just is no correlation between gun ownership and murder rates

https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/dec/18/great-gun-control-fallacy-thomas-sowell

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Myths About Gun Control

http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/st176.pdf

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The ‘40 Percent’ Myth

http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/338735

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Black males have the highest death rate among U.S. teenagers.
Homicide is the leading cause of death for black male teenagers.
The deaths of these black males are usually caused by other black males using           illegally obtained guns.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/03/mindless_march_for_our_lives_gun_control_kids_have_bigger_worries_than_guns.html

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After Parkland, FL massacre, the Left want to disarm ‘gun-clingers’ yet ignores gun violence in black community

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/02/after_parkland_massacre_the_left_wants_to_disarm_gunclingers_yet_ignores_gun_violence_in_black_community.html

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6 *More* Reasons Why Conservatives Aren’t Changing Sides On Gun Control

http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/06/6-reasons-right-wing-friend-isnt-coming-side-gun-control/

[Yet, there are reasoned, evidence-based changes that should be made.]

A Gun-Control Measure Conservatives Should Consider: GVROs

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/02/gun-control-republicans-consider-grvo/

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California gun sales jump; gun injuries, deaths fall

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/27/5079151/california-gun-sales-increase.html

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Amid California’s strict gun laws, a massacre

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/05/us/california-gun-laws-san-bernardino/index.html

and…

ATF Says Weapons Used in San Bernardino Shooting Were Illegal in California

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2015/12/4/atf-says-weapons-used-in-san-bernardino-shooting-were-illegal-in-california

and…

Post-San Bernardino, Democrat Gun-Control Dishonesty Reads Loud and Clear

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/12/postsan_bernardino_democrat_guncontrol_dishonesty_reads_loud_and_clear.html

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False Anti-Gun Narrative Continues to Develop Against Laser Sights

https://thewashingtonstandard.com/anti-gun-narrative-continues-to-develop-against-laser-sights/

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The NRA:

The NRA Makes a Wise, Principled Decision to Support Gun-Violence Restraining Orders

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/03/nra-gun-violence-restraining-order-support-good-move/amp/m

and…

The NRA contributed $1.1 million to candidates in the 2016 election cycle.
By comparison, one million dollars just isn’t that much money.

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/02/parkland_shooting_questions_that_the_left_cant_answer.html

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Among state and federal prison inmates convicted of using a firearm, less than 2 percent used a military-style semi-automatic.

… &

… studies show guns stop more crime than they cause…

… &

The best empirical research on the matter finds that, where gun ownership levels are highest, in fact, homicide rates are far lower.

… &

Somewhere around 0.8 to 2.0 million violent crimes are deterred each year because of gun ownership and use by civilians.  In addition, another 1.5 to 2.5 million crimes are stopped by armed civilians.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/09/gun-owners-warn-new-laws-would-hurt-ability-to-fight-crime/

[The only error in that article was the claim that semi-automatic firearms are military-style“.  That is patently false (see ASND’s  “Assault” Rifles  page. ]

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America Doesn’t Have a Gun Problem, It Has a Gang Problem

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/america-doesnt-have-a-gun-problem-it-has-a-gang-problem/print/

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Gun controllers want you to believe a suppressor [a.k.a. silencer] can… make criminals more lethal.  Nothing could be further from the truth…  Suppressors aren’t cheap, they aren’t easy to conceal, and it’s really difficult to find guns that can even accept them.  When you know these facts, you can understand why suppressors are never used by criminals.  They’re just not worth the cost or the hassle.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/09/progressives-dont-understand-how-gun-silencers-work-here-are-some-facts-to-help-them/

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Liberal Dilemma: When Gun Rights Meet Victim Groups

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/01/liberal_dilemma_when_gun_rights_meet_victim_groups.html

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Ex-Burglars Say Newspaper’s Gun Map Would’ve Made the Job Easier, Safer

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/04/ex-burglars-say-newspapers-gun-map-wouldve-made-job-easier-safer/

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The Second Amendment:

MSNBC Accidentally Makes Case for 2nd Amendment During Report on Venezuela

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/pj-gladnick/2019/04/30/msnbc-accidentally-makes-case-2nd-amendment-during-report-venezuela

[MSNBC most  certainly  wouldn’t have done so intentionally.]

GunControl

“… gun-control efforts, while noble, would only have a modest impact on the rate of gun violence in America.  Why?  Because it’s too late.  There are an estimated 280 million to 300 million guns in private hands in America — many legally owned, many not.  Each year, more than 4 million new guns enter the market…  America’s level of gun ownership means that even if the Supreme Court — which ruled in 2008 that the Second Amendment gives citizens the individual right to own firearms, as gun advocates have long insisted — suddenly reversed itself and ruled that the individual ownership of handguns was illegal, there would be no practical way for a democratic country to locate and seize those guns.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/12/the-case-for-more-guns-and-more-gun-control/309161/?single_page=true

and…

The Second Amendment is Not about Hunting

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/01/the_second_amendment_is_not_about_hunting_1.html

2ndAmendmentSatire

[ASND thanks The Babylon Bee for that image.]

and…

The Role of the Militia in the Development of the Englishman’s Right to be Armed — Clarifying the Legacy

http://www.constitution.org/2ll/schol/jfp5ch04.htm

and…

How The Second Amendment Prevents Tyranny

http://thefederalist.com/2018/03/22/how-the-second-amendment-prevents-tyranny/

and…

Why We Need the Second Amendment Now More than Ever

https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/need-second-amendment-ever/

and…

Even The Far-Left Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals Says Open-Carrying A Gun                    Is A Constitutional Right

http://thefederalist.com/2018/07/24/liberal-ninth-circuit-says-open-carrying-gun-constitutional-right/

and…

Second Amendment Foundation
Journal on Firearms & Public Policy: Table of Contents

https://www.saf.org/new-jfpp-table/

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Peer-Reviewed Sociological Gun Research:

… according to The Journal of the American Medical Association:Our analyses provide no evidence that implementation of the Brady Act was associated with a reduction in homicide rates. … We find no differences in homicide or firearm homicide rates to adult victims in the 32 states directly subject to the Brady Act provisions compared with the remaining control states…. [A] CDC report said,Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.‘  … Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.

https://www.investors.com/politics/columnists/how-many-lives-are-saved-by-guns-and-why-dont-gun-controllers-care/

and…

One may infer from [the U.N.’s global homicide vs. gun ownership] data that homicide, including massacres, is not a matter of hardware but rather of software: weapons are not conducive to violence; what makes them dangerous is a violence-oriented culture.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/gun-control-its-the-software-stupid-not-the-hardware/?print=1

and…

During 2000–2002… an independent nonfederal task force conducted a systematic review of scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of firearms laws in preventing violence, including violent crimes, suicide, and unintentional injury…  The Task Force found insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws or combinations of laws reviewed on violent outcomes.

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5214a2.htm

and… [several years later]

Based on identified studies reviewed in this report, the evidence is insufficient to determine whether the United States firearms laws affect violence.

https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/Abstract.aspx?id=209529

Yet…

Liberal Academics Continue Assault on Pro-Gun Research

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/liberal-academics-continue-assault-pro-gun-research

and…

Despite the [Liberal] Rhetoric, Research Shows Decline in Gun Culture, Gun Violence

http://www.christianpost.com/news/despite-the-rhetoric-research-shows-decline-in-gun-culture-gun-violence-78738/print.html

and…

… tens of thousands of crimes are prevented each year by ordinary citizens with guns.

http://www.cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/WP-Tough-Targets.pdf

… &

The purpose of this map is to draw more attention to this aspect of the firearms policy debate.

http://www.cato.org/guns-and-self-defense/

and…

California gun sales jump; gun injuries, deaths fall

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/27/5079151/california-gun-sales-increase.html

[Those data, btw, were published by the state Attorney General’s office, the most  left wing  AG office in the U.S.]

and…

‘Gun Control Fails,’ Say Statistics from … Gun-Control Advocates

http://pjmedia.com/blog/gun-control-fails-say-statistics-from-gun-control-advocates/?print=1

and…

… correlations [between more guns and more death & fewer guns and less death] are not observed when a large number of nations are compared across the world.

http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf

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[There were] twice as many robberies [in D.C.] at gunpoint than at this time last year.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/19/violent-crime-dc-surges-2012/

[Wait a minute.  W.D.C. Has the strictest “gun control” laws in the country.  What ‘s wrong with this picture?]

Newly released data for Chicago shows that, as in Washington, murder and gun crime rates didn’t rise after the bans were eliminated — they plummeted.  They have fallen much more than the national crime rate.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/09/30/media-silence-is-deafening-about-important-gun-news/

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The “March For Our Lives” (3/24/18):

The Incoherent ‘March for Our Lives’

https://pjmedia.com/trending/the-incoherent-march-for-our-lives/

and…

March For Our Lives Crowd Count Well Below Expected And Initial Reports

http://dailycaller.com/2018/03/25/report-march-for-our-lives-crowd-count-low/

[Despite…]

MTV, Hollywood “stars” including Oprah Winfrey paid for busloads of young people to anti-gun violence march

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/380052-mtv-teams-up-with-naacp-celebrities-to-send-busloads-of-young-people

and..

Who’s Really Behind March for Our Lives?
A professional class of leftist political activists

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/269649/whos-really-behind-march-our-lives-daniel-greenfield

[While we’re on this subject…]

‘March For Our Lives’ Now Operating Under Dark Money Nonprofit Advocacy Group

http://freebeacon.com/issues/march-lives-now-operating-dark-money-nonprofit-advocacy-group/

… &

Why did sponsors of ‘March for our lives’ spend so much money to hide their identities

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/03/why_did_sponsors_of_march_for_our_lives_spend_so_much_money_to_hide_their_identities.html

and…

[T]he Nuremberg Rallies [were] held annually by the Nazi Party for a period of fifteen years in the 1920s and 1930s.  The rallies were mass events, attended by hundreds of thousands.  Children – the Hitler Youth – were prominently featured, along with stagecraft and pageantry.  The purpose of the rallies was to whip the masses into an emotional fervor while Hitler denounced the Jews.  It worked.  And something similar is happening in the recent spate of children’s anti-gun marches, typified by the “March for Our Lives” just concluded in Washington, D.C…  Oddly enough, they don’t seem too concerned about the 64,000 annual deaths from overdoses, the 6,000-12,000 annual AIDS deaths, or 37,000 deaths in car crashes.  The ‘March for Our Lives’ is exposed as ridiculous, over-the-top hysteria when you logically look at the statistics of what is actually more likely to kill them… in the U.K. since 1970, we find that 390 people have been killed with bombs and only 34 with handguns and ‘assault rifles.’  Yet they [Britain] banned the guns.  Fancy that.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/03/mass_hysteria_and_the_antigun_marches.html

and…

Singer Who Survived Bataclan, Spain Massacre Condemns Gun Control March

http://thefederalist.com/2018/03/26/bataclan-survivor-jesse-hughes-condemns-gun-control-march/

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Change in Justifiable Homicides Per Million: 2001 – 2005 & 2006 – 2010

http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/4/5/1333636517549/Justifiable-homicides-cha-001.jpg

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This is the city with one of the most restrictive gun control programs in the country.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/05/10_dead_more_than_40_shootings_in_chicago_over_holiday_weekend.html

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This is not a one-year anomaly, but a steady decline in the FBI’s violent-crime rates.  It would be disingenuous for anyone to not credit increased self-defense laws to account for this decline.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/18/gun-ownership-up-crime-down/

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Georgia Town Mandating Gun Ownership Had Only One Murder in Six Years

https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/georgia-town-mandating-gun-ownership-has-had-only-one-murder-past-six-years

———————-

Klein didn’t perform an objective analysis of all the data; his ‘research’ is an op/ed.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/ezra-kleins-facts-about-guns-tell-slanted-story/?print=1

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Armed bystander stops stabbing outside school

http://www.woai.com/mostpopular/story/Armed-bystander-stops-stabbing-outside-school/6zTYMpy8pUOeyrbElEBOTQ.cspx

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The truth about Costas, Belcher and guns

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/12/03/truth-about-costas-belcher-and-guns/

———————-

… between 2009 and 2011, gun ownership among Democrats increased by 33% compared to less than 4% for Republicans.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/12/people_are_buying_guns_and_ammunition_for_a_reason.html

and…

Baltimore Woman Says She’ll Use Gun Buyback Cash to Pay for an Even Bigger Gun

https://reason.com/blog/2018/12/19/baltimores-gun-buyback-program-is-insane

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Confiscation:

California Confiscated 2,290 Guns In 2018
But Of Course, That Failed To Stop Criminals With Guns

https://freedomoutpost.com/this-state-confiscated-2290-guns-in-2018-but-that-failed-to-stop-criminals-with-guns/

and…

Democrat gun-confiscator tacitly admits gun control wouldn’t work

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/05/dem_gun_confiscator_tacitly_admits_gun_control_wouldnt_work.html

[Here’s just one of several reasons why…]

Maryland Gun Owners To Gun Grabbing Legislators: We Won’t Comply!

https://freedomoutpost.com/maryland-gun-owners-to-gun-grabbing-legislators-we-wont-comply/

and…

… the Obama administration… consider[ed] a ‘national database’ of all firearms in the United States to track the movement and sale of weapons.’ If such a database [ever] comes to fruition the database will lead to confiscation.

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/registration-will-lead-to-confiscation/

[ASND is not sure how Mr. Lilley knows that for sure, but he does provide a reasonable example why he thinks he knows it for sure.]

and…

Innocents Betrayed – Genocide By Gun Control – True History of Gun Confiscation

http://libertycrier.com/front-page/innocents-betrayed-genocide-by-gun-control-true-history-of-gun-confiscation/?utm_source=The+Liberty+Crier&utm_campaign=bc918dc2ad-The_Liberty_Crier_Daily_News_1_12_2013&utm_medium=email

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The Truth About Law Enforcement & Gun Violence Prevention

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/the-truth-about-law-enforcement-gun-violence-prevention/print/

———————-

Weighing the Gun Control Argument

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/02/weighing_the_gun_control_argument.html

———————-

Felons for Gun Control

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/02/felons_for_gun_control.html

———————-

Tell Everyone That Your House Is Completely Unprotected

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt1Zy_ASNyA&feature=youtu.be

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Does ‘Gun Show Loophole’ Actually Result in Gun Crime?

http://pjmedia.com/blog/does-gun-show-loophole-actually-result-in-gun-crime/?print=1

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Gun Problem?  2013 Had Fewest Police Deaths by Firearms since 1887

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Police-Deaths-fewest-since/2013/12/30/id/544380

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Detroit police chief James Craig says more citizens should be armed

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/03/detroit-police-chief-james-craig-says-more-citizens-should-be-armed/?intcmp=latestnews

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… states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states.  It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level.  These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13504851.2013.854294#.UsiJibTl7o_

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Yes, Liberals, The First Amendment Protects Digital, 3-D Printed Firearm Blueprints

http://thefederalist.com/2018/08/01/yes-washington-first-amendment-even-protects-firearm-blueprints/

… &

The liberal fearmongering over ‘downloadable firearms’ has little to do with reality.

http://thefederalist.com/2018/08/01/lets-debunk-misleading-panic-3-d-guns/

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Where Gun Controllers Control Legislation:

Eliminating DC’s Handgun Ban Did Not Lead To More Homicides, Report Says
Many gun control advocates had predicted D.C. residents would be less safe

http://dailysignal.com/2017/04/18/eliminating-dcs-handgun-ban-had-no-effect-on-homicides-report-says/

and…

Four years after sweeping gun control laws were passed in Maryland, Baltimore homicides on pace for all time high.

https://twitter.com/CamEdwards/status/870696563772751875

and…

Seattle Gun Tax Another Gun Control Failure

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/06/seattle_gun_tax_another_gun_control_failure.html

and…

1 million NJ gun owners refuse to obey unconstitutional multi-round magazine ban

https://mobile.wnd.com/2018/12/1-million-gun-owners-refuse-to-obey-ban/

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Barack Obama:

[CNN failed to identify t]he obvious cause for the increase in murders during the last years of the Obama administration… the Black Lives Matter movement, which was enthusiastically endorsed by the [Obama] White House.  It led to numerous unfair attacks on law enforcement, which in turn caused officers to police less aggressively.  When police officers are afraid to do their jobs for fear of career-ending charges of racism, criminals prosper.  Baltimore is the most notorious example, but the same phenomenon has happened in other cities where law enforcement has been besieged by the Left.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/07/homicide-rate-is-rising-do-tell.php

and…

School Obama’s Daughters Attend Has 11 Armed Guards

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/23/School-Obama-s-Daughters-Attend-Has-11-Armed-Guards-Not-Counting-Secret-Service

and…

“… the Obama administration is considering a ‘national database’ of all firearms in the United States to ‘track the movement and sale of weapons.’  If such a database comes to fruition the database will lead to confiscation.”

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/registration-will-lead-to-confiscation/

[ASND is not sure how Mr. Lilley knows that for sure, but he does provide a reasonable example why he thinks he knows it for sure.]

and…

Obama ‘rules’ would suspend 2nd Amendment even for ‘outpatient’                              mental health treatment

http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/see-a-shrink-lose-your-gun/print/

and…

The most frequently used assault weapons in the U.S. are not only legal, you pay many of the people who use them (via taxes) to commit their murders.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=452478154818204&set=a.152089084857114.37654.146273698771986&type=1&ref=nf

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