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Gun control does not reduce gun violence

Obama makes gun gesture1

Here’s what happened when Venezuela imposed gun control laws

By Simon Black, financial analyst-adviser and founder of
October 8, 2015

I just got back from Caracas, Venezuela, a city so dangerous that every time I left my hotel, the staff would warn me against even going outside.

It’s an incredibly difficult reality to reconcile. People hate the fact that they may get robbed or killed just steps from their front door when they leave the house every morning.

And nobody wants that.

After all, everyone wants to be safe. Even wild animals seek out safety in nature.

A few years ago, in response to national outcry, the government of Venezuela took steps to fix this problem.

There was too much death, too much crime. So they imposed strict gun control laws to stop the murderers and thieves.

The end result? Violent crime actually increased. And Caracas is now one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

But across the Andes is another city that used to be one of the most dangerous in the world– Bogota.

Years ago, Bogota led the region in murder. And they imposed their own strict gun control laws trying to clean up the streets.

It worked. Bogota became safer. There was less murder. Less crime. Less violence.

But how could the same policy engineer completely different results in two cities?

This disparity becomes even more vexing when we look at other countries.

Honduras and Brazil both have very high homicide rates. Yet Brazil has highly restrictive gun laws, while Honduras has fairly lax gun laws.

Pakistan has some of the loosest gun laws in the world. Chile’s are fairly restrictive. Yet both have low homicide rates.

Bosnia has a very liberal gun laws. Belgium has very restrictive laws. Yet their homicide rates are similar.

Luxembourg has few privately-owned guns per capita, yet its murder rate is much higher than Germany’s, which has over twice as many.

Hawaii and Vermont have polar opposite gun laws yet nearly the same homicide rate.

Maryland and Virginia have vastly different gun laws, yet almost identical rates of gun-related deaths.

The numbers are all over the board.

Staunch advocates for gun control tend to think that more regulations and fewer guns make us safer.

Those who oppose gun control tend to think that more guns and fewer regulations make us safer.

But the data doesn’t support either assertion, meaning there must be other factors at work.

(By the way, the National Academy of Science and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention came up with the exact same conclusion– the numbers don’t support either assertion.)

But it’s impossible to even begin to analyze until we admit what the real concern is. After all, we’re not really talking about gun violence.

Obama with toy gun, 6-16-2013

Gun violence has been occurring for years, predominantly in poor neighborhoods across the country. 75% of gun-related violence takes place in just 5% of US zip codes.

But no one really cares about that.

As long as gun violence stays localized to black people, Mexicans, and other ethnic minorities in poor neighborhoods, it’s considered ‘crime’ and never makes the news.

It’s not until some lunatic shoots up a predominantly white, middle class neighborhood that CNN covers it, and Hollywood celebrities air public service announcements telling us that ‘we’ have to do something.

That response is an emotional one. Let’s get rational.

These incidents are undoubtedly tragedies. But if the goal really is to save lives, and you start with a flawed premise that it is the government’s responsibility to protect people, consider that every piece of legislation incurs a rather significant cost.

There’s the cost of lobbying… campaigning… plus the actual costs incurred in implementing and enforcing a gun control program.

How much is that? Billions? Tens of billions? Hundreds of billions? I mean, we’re talking about politicians who spent $2 billion on the Obamacare website.

Also consider that the United States government doesn’t exactly have limitless resources.

Based on its own financial statements, the US government is in the hole by more than $60 TRILLION, and they run a half-trillion dollar budget deficit each year.

These guys are broke, which means they have to choose wisely.

So again, if the goal is to save lives (and if you really believe this is the government’s responsibility), the cold, hard truth is that you have to make rational decisions to get the highest return on investment, i.e. the most lives saved per dollar spent.

The President of the United States proudly told the nation last week that his government had spent $1 trillion protecting Americans against terrorists.

That’s a pretty amazing figure given how low the odds are of dying in a terror attack.

Hell, it’s more likely that you’d be shot by a police officer, or get killed in a US drone strike while visiting a hospital in Pakistan.

(By any independent count, Mr. Obama has killed more innocent civilians than all the crazed lunatics put together. Perhaps he needs to control some of his own guns.)

The government’s own numbers tell us that 3.8 people per 100,000 in the US die each year from non-suicide gun violence. Terror-related deaths are effectively 0.0.

Meanwhile, 11.6 per 100,000 die in traffic related deaths. A whopping 169.8 people per 100,000 die from heart disease.

If you’re going to spend scarce resources (time, energy, and money that you don’t have) to save lives, doesn’t it make sense to tackle a bigger problem that’s easier to solve, and where the solution is actually supported by the data?

Obama makes gun gesture


Man destroys his firearms after Oregon mass shooting; “ashamed” it took him so long

Now the criminals know who to target.

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott bears responsibility

Daily Mail: A gun lover who has lost two members of his family to shootings has destroyed his own weapon after the deadly rampage carried out by Chris Harper-Mercer, which left nine dead.

Steve Elliott, from Merced in California, posted an emotional blog post on Facebook about how he had used an angle grinder to break up his handgun and admitted that he was left ‘ashamed’ it took this latest gun atrocity for him to act.

Elliot, who is in his 50s and who has owned a gun since he was 12-years old, had previously been by his own admission a vocal supporter of the Second Amendment, but has now changed his mind after last week’s mass shooting.

In the post, Mr Elliott said he bought his first gun, a Browning 12-gauge shotgun, when he was 12. He wrote: ‘In the years before I could legally drive, I’d tie the Browning across the handlebars of my bike and ride to the fields outside town to hunt. ‘I’ve owned several guns since, and own a handgun now. I bought that gun to keep my family safe, and lock it up to keep them safe from it.’

He then explained how his grandmother shot and killed herself with a gun and a few years ago his father shot and almost killed himself with one. His step-brother died in a murder suicide with a gun and the husband of one of his sister’s co-workers was killed in a mass shooting.

He wrote: ‘None of that happened with my gun, of course, but after every new mass shooting, I’m reminded that I bear a portion of the responsibility for our nation’s gun violence.  There are too many guns to do anything about it, the gun lobby says. Regulations are a slippery slope that only limit the rights of responsible gun owners, they say.”

My gun is being used to argue against common-sense laws and policies that could reduce gun violence in America, arguments I find unconscionable.  That’s what being a responsible gun owner means today – I’m responsible. I’ve been uneasy about that for a while now, and ashamed to admit it’s taken two more mass shootings for me to do anything about it.”

‘That ended today. Today I disassembled my handgun, a 9mm Ruger, clamped the pieces in a vice and cut them in half with an angle grinder. I’m sending the proper paperwork into the state to report it destroyed. None of us individually can stop gun violence in America, but as a responsible gun owner, I will no longer be used as a justification for doing nothing about it. Today I did what I could. Today there is #onegunless.”

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Read the rest here.


T-Mobile data breach alert!

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T-Mobile data breach

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Protesters rally against guns on campus bill near UCF


Central Florida Future: “Live by the Gun, Die by the Gun.” “No Guns on Campus.” “Zero Guns = Zero Gun Deaths.” “Guns Ruin Lives.” These words were seen on signs held at the corner of University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail at 5 p.m. Friday during a “No Open Carry” rally.

Diane Rambo, the organizer of the rally, sent emails Thursday to spread awareness of the protest near University of Central Florida (UCF). “I organized this, calling our friends who have been touched by so many horrible events on college campuses,” Diane said in an email. “Our son graduated from UCF. Our neighbors go to UCF. It is our college, our people.

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We do not need to create opportunities for terrible events. We want a peaceful campus for all.”

Dexter Rambo, Diane’s husband and co-organizer of the rally, said the main goal was to protest against the possible passing of the Florida bill in the legislature that aims to arm people with guns on campus. “We don’t want the bill passed because we don’t want the same sort of thing to happen here that happened in Oregon,” Dexter said.

People driving by the small rally honked in approval as Dexter held a sign that read, “Live by the Gun, Die by the Gun.” After about half an hour, more protesters began to arrive to show their concern for the passing of the Florida bill.

With fliers that read, “Say No to Campus Carry,” Aurora Cox showed up to the busy street corner to share additional information and help Dexter protest. Cox’s daughter is a UCF graduate, and she said if UCF was a school with open carry when her daughter was a student, she wouldn’t have let her attend. “I just don’t buy into ‘more guns make us safe,’” Cox said. “It’s just not the kind of world that I want to live in.”

A few minutes later, protester Lorraine Tuliano arrived with blank posters and markers in hand. Tuliano said her concern about the bill raises even more worry for her son who will be going to UCF when he graduates from Valencia College. If the bill were to pass, she said she thinks UCF would be a very scary place. “We have police officers on campus who are trained; they’re professionals. I think we ought to leave policing to them, not to the students,” she said.

Lorraine Tuliano

Lorraine Tuliano

As a UCF engineering graduate, she said something must be done to prevent this bill from passing. “More guns in more places is not the answer,” Tuliano said. “Everybody’s a good guy until they’re a bad guy.”

h/t Weasel Zippers


Obama regime’s FBI-ATF issue safety alert to Philadelphia schools for today, Oct. 5

Four days after a lone gunman singled out Christians for slaughter on a college campus in Roseburg, Oregon, the FBI and the ATF issued an alert to all Philadelphia area colleges and universities to be on the alert for violence today, October 5, after a threat of violence was made in social media.

NBC Philadelphia reports that the FBI released the following statement:

Out of an abundance of caution, the FBI Philadelphia Field Office notified local colleges and universities of a social media posting which threatened violence at a Philadelphia-area college or university for Monday, October 5. 

No specific college or university was identified in the posting. We encourage students, faculty, and employees at area colleges and universities to follow the guidance of their campus security officials.

The FBI will continue to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to investigate threats of violence, and, as always, we ask the public to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

Officials have not revealed where they found the threat. However, several reports have mentioned a post on the popular imageboard website 4chan in which a user writes:

On October 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM CT, a fellow robot will take up arms against a university near Philadelphia. His cries will be heard, his victims will cower in fear, and the strength of the Union will decay a little more.

Below is the actual message posted on 4chan, calling on all “robots” to join the “Beta Rebellion”:

↓Click image below to enlarge↓

warning of violence against Philadelphia schools on 4chan

Bi-racial Oregon shooter Chris Harper-Mercer, who wrote he would be “welcomed in Hell and embraced by the devil,” reportedly had also posted a warning of impending violence on the same 4chan website.

Another alert sent to Temple University students and faculty provided more details on the Philadelphia threat. A Temple University official wrote:

Temple University, along with other colleges and universities in our region, has learned from the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) that a threat of violence has been made online against ‘a university near Philadelphia. This posting states an action could take place at 1 p.m. central (2 p.m. eastern) Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.

Temple University, Drexel University and Villanova University have all notified their students, faculty and staff of the alert. Their respective campus police  are coordinating with Philadelphia and nearby police.

Drexel University plans on increasing patrols on campus Monday. Drexel students are urged to call Drexel Public Safety at 215-895-2222 or 911 if they noticed any suspicious activity, person or package.

Villanova students are urged to be aware of your surroundings and to report any suspicious activity or behavior to the Department of Public Safety at 610-519-4444.

H/t James Tracy

The pace is quickening. Can you feel it?

I expect Obama and the Left to use this purported threat of violence against Philadelphia as one more piece of ammunition in their call for gun control.  (See DCG’s “Obama goes beyond mere gun control, hints at confiscation“)


Sandy Hook: The girl who doesn’t exist and her parents’ $0 home

About 3 months ago, I did a post on a curious couple named Joseph and Lynn Wasik who were interviewed by the media in the days immediately after the alleged massacre on Dec. 14, 2012 of 20 children and 6 adults by alleged lone gunman Adam Lanza at the Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) in Newtown, Connecticut.

Although the Wasiks were not victims — their daughter, Alexis, not being one of Lanza’s victims — they readily made themselves available to the media, including this interview with Fox News on Dec. 16, 2012.

What caught my attention was how, during the entire 12-minute interview, Joseph kept his left hand at his daughter’s throat, undeterred by Alexis’ repeated attempts to free herself from his suffocating hold.


Each time Alexis moved his hand away from her throat, Joseph not only moved his hand back, he clasped his left hand with his right hand to better control Alexis, while the mother, Lynn, reinforced her husband’s grip by putting her hand on her husband’s left arm, thereby increasing the weight of Joseph’s hand against the girl’s throat.


Something very wrong was going on.

This is a follow-up on that post.

To begin, Email Finder says Joseph Wasik, born in 1969, age 46, who lives at 80 Engleside Terrace, Sandy Hook, CT 06482, has 5 relatives (Lisa J Bishop, Kristin Harlow Gingras, Lynn Marie Ingrassia, Michael J Ingrassia, Michael Andrew Ingrassia), none of whom is Alexis Wasik.

I then searched for “Lynn Wasik, Connecticut” on VerifyPast. It says she’s 44 years old; has lived at 80 Engleside Ter. since 2007; and has one relative: Joseph Wasik. No mention of Alexis.

Next, I conducted a search for “Alexis Wasik,” using three people search engines:

  1. I searched for the birth records of “Alexis Wasik” of Connecticut in VerifyPast. Result: No records.
  2. I searched for “Alexis Wasik” in The only result is an Alexia Wasik, who was born in Ohio.
  3. I searched for Alexis Wasik, female, born in Connecticut, whose parents are Joseph and Lynn Wasik in There were 25 results, none of which is Alexis Wasik. Most of the 25 are not even people whose last name is Wasik. When I modified the search to include the address “80 Engleside Terrace, Sandy Hook,” there were 10 results, only 5 of which were relevant (the other 5 results were of people whose last names weren’t Wasik.) The 5 relevant results are:
    1. Morgan Alexis Wasik, born on Jan 9, 1998 in Clark, Nevada, which would make this Wasik 14 years old at the time of the Sandy Hook shooting, which means this is not the Alexis Wasik in the Fox News video because she was identified as a third-grader, which means she was about 9 years old.
    2. The other 4 results were of U.S. School Yearbooks and U.S. Phone and Address Directories of an “Alexis Wasik” whose residence is in Michigan.

When I searched for “Joseph Wasik, Connecticut” in VerifyPast, his addresses previous to the present one in Sandy Hook included POB 6076, Rutland, VT 05702; 222 Bradley Ave., Waterbury, CT 06708, and 650 Mix Ave., Hamden, CT 06514.

So I searched for “Alexis Wasik” in “Vermont” on VerifyPast, but was told, once again, “no records”. I then expanded the search for Alexis Wasik to nationwide on VerifyPast. There are 4 records of “Alexis Wasik,” all of whom are in Michigan; one of whom is 86 years old.

In other words, according to 4 people search engines, Alexis Wasik, the daughter of Joseph and Lynn Wasik, does not exist.

There are some who claim that genealogy websites like do not publish personal information, such as birth records, of minors.

That is not true. Not only is there no disclaimer on to that effect, I was able to find personal data, specifically the SSDI (Social Security Death Index), of Lanza’s alleged child victims on precisely those genealogy websites, even though those children were first-graders — about 3 years younger than Alexis Wasik. See “Dec. 14 was date of death for every Sandy Hook massacre victim, except Adam Lanza“.

The last search I conducted was for the Wasiks’ home in Vision Government Solutions’ data base. The result:

Owner(s): Lynn Ingrassia and Joseph Wasik
Sale price: $0
Sale date: 12/25/09

Here’s a screen shot I took of the search result, showing the date and time when I took the screen shot (click image below to enlarge):

Joseph Wasik home on Vision Government Solutions

In other words, the Wasiks acquired their home for $0, just like the homes of 17 Sandy Hook victims, and those of the three selectmen (who make up Newtown’s governing body) and of non-victims Gene Rosen and the Phelps (who had made themselves readily available for TV interviews about the massacre) — all of which also had a sale price of $0 and a sale date of 12/25/09. (See “The strange purchase date and price of Sandy Hook homes“)

For links to all the posts FOTM has published on Sandy Hook, go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.

Update (Oct. 5, 2015 – A):

FOTM reader Jan found a birth announcement in The (Danbury, CT) News-Times of May 27, 2004:


KELLEHER – A daughter, Shannon Theresa, to Thomas and Patricia Kelleher of Cornfield Ridge, Newtown, May 15, 2004. WASIK – A daughter, Alexis Marie, to Joseph and Lynn Wasik of 80 Engleside Terrace, Sandy Hook, May 15, 2004. GREENWICH HOSPITAL ANASTACIO – A daughter, Abigail Olivia, to Stacey and Felipe Anastacio of Carmel, NY., May 2, 2004. FOSS – A daughter, Ava Belle, to Mr. and Mrs. Cody Foss of Sandy Hook, May 9, 2004.

Given this birth announcement, I wonder why the genealogy and people-search websites don’t have a listing for Alexis Wasik?

Of course, anyone can put a birth announcement in a newspaper, which was what Obama’s maternal grandparents did — an announcement of Barack Obama’s birth on August 4, 1961, published on page B-6 of the Honolulu Advertiser of August 13, 1961. I have personally seen the announcement on a microfilm in a major U.S. university library. But as we all know, the newspaper announcement of his birth is not a birth certificate certifying that Obama was born in Honolulu. What Obama proffered to be an image of his birth certificate has been determined by document forensics experts to be a fake.

UPDATE (Oct. 5, 2015 – B):

FOTM reader Crom found another page of New-Times birth announcements, listing three May 2004 births at Danbury Hospital, none of which is Alexis Wasik, whose birth was on May 15, 2004, according to the previous birth announcement (see above under “Update Oct. 5, 2015 – A). Below are the May 2004 births according to this page:


SCHULTZ – A son, Mason James, to Brian Schultz and Nina Setaro of Washington, May 7, 2004. COLE – A son, Javan James, to Tim and Melanie Cole of Summit Street, Danbury, May 17, 2004. HECK – A daughter, Madison Kathleen, to Michael and Jacqueline Heck of East Liberty Street, Danbury, May 21, 2004.

Alexis Wasik’s birth on May 15, 2004, should be between Mason James Schultz’s (on May 7, 2004) and Javan James Cole’s (on May 17, 2004). But it isn’t.

Why the discrepancy between the two sets of birth announcements?


Obama goes beyond mere gun control, hints at confiscation

He did promise fundamental transformation.


Breitbart: When President Obama spoke in reaction to the heinous October 1 attack on Umpqua Community College, he went beyond his usual calls for more gun control and suggested instead that America consider following the path blazed by Australia and Great Britain.

In the mid-1990s Australia and Great Britain both instituted what were virtually complete bans on firearm possession.

Obama referenced the bans thus:

“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.

And Obama is not the only one who suggested taking a gun-free approach to American life. The anti-Second Amendment message was also pushed by Slate, Vox, and Dan Savage.

For example, on October 1 Slate ran a story reminding readers that Australia enacted their gun ban in response to an attack on April 28, 1996, wherein a gunman “opened fire on tourists in a seaside resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania.” Thirty-five were killed and 23 others wounded in the attack. Twelve days later Australia’s government banned guns, period.

On October 2 Vox explained that Australia “confiscated 650,000 guns” via a “mandatory gun buyback” program which forced gun owners to hand their firearms over for destruction. Vox claims the result was that “murders and suicides plummeted’ and suggested such a path might be an option for America following “the murder of at least 10 people at Umpqua Community College.”

Vox did not mention that “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” began plummeting in America in the mid-1990s as well. But in America, the decrease in violent crime did not correlate with a gun ban but with a rapid expansion in the number of guns privately owned. The Congressional Research Service reported that the number of privately owned firearms in America went from 192 million in 1994 to 310 million privately owned firearms in 2009. Subsequently, the “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate fell from 6.6 per 100,000 in 1993 to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000 and finally to 3.2 per 100,000 in 2011.

But none of this made any difference to Dan Savage, who responded to the attack on Umpqua Community College by calling for the Second Amendment’s repeal. Savage tweeted, “Fk the NRA, fk the gun nuts, f**k the Second Amendment — better yet, repeal the Second Amendment.

Shannon Watts, mouthpiece for Moms Demand Action, tweeted this yesterday: “The father of the gunman who killed 9 in #UCCShooting said this about his son’s actions today on @CNN. #gunsense (with the statement below).

ucc shooter dad response

I have two words for these people:

molon labe