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Gun control does not reduce gun violence

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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


California’s culture of death: 2 in 3 voters favor euthanasia

assisted suicideLast Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed ABX2-15, the End of Life Option Act, thereby making lawful “physician-assisted suicide” — the politically-palatable name for euthanasia. (See “California legalizes euthanasia“)

A day after euthanasia became legal, KPBS reports that a group called Seniors Against Suicide (SAS) filed papers to place a referendum to repeal the law on next year’s ballot. SAS has only 90 days to collect the signatures of 365,880 registered voters.

The referendum effort faces steep obstacles, if we go by the results of the latest Field Poll.

Released a day after Brown signed ABX2-15 into law, the statewide poll of 1,002 registered voters found broad voter support for the End of Life Option Act:

  • 2 in 3 voters in the poll (65%) favor the new law; only 27% are opposed.
  • Support is broad-based, spanning nearly all major subgroups of the state’s voting population:
    • Groups giving the law the strongest support – 70% or more in favor – are liberals, Democrats, non-partisan Independents, white non-Hispanics, those with no religious preference, and non-Christian religions.
    • Majorities of Protestants, Catholics, and registered Republicans also support the new euthanasia law.
  • Political conservatives and born-again Christians are least likely to support the bill.
  • 71% of those polled favor a more generic question about euthanasia — allowing terminally ill patients the right to ask for and
    get life-ending medication.

The Netherlands and Belgium show how physician-assisted suicide can be and is being abused, resulting in doctors killing people who are not terminally-ill, including the elderly, the young, the mentally ill, and babies. See:

See also “Why you should be concerned that the largest U.S. nursing association endorses socialist Bernie Sanders for President” (Hint: Sanders is pro-euthanasia.)


Right-wing media calls a minority woman a “monkey”

Just kidding. It was a tolerant and compassionate left wing rag.

michelle malkin

Salon: The number of dead and injured at Umpqua Community College in Oregon is unconfirmed as I write this on Thursday afternoon. Early reports said as many as 20 people were killed, but that has since been revised down to 10, with another 10 or so injured. As always happens in a chaotic news event like a mass shooting, it will take some time to sort it all out.

Often in the wake of an act like Thursday’s, I have suggested that the anti-gun control crowd have the decency to shut the fuck up for a day or two. That is because for all the caterwauling of gun control advocates, it seems clear to me that they have lost the fight. Contrary to the right-wing paranoia, the Second Amendment is in no danger of being repealed. It is nearly impossible to push even the mildest gun control measures through legislatures at either the federal or state level. The Senate took months to confirm our current surgeon general because he’d had the temerity to suggest research on the causes of gun violence might help us find solutions to reduce it. Gun nuts: You’ve won! It’s all over but the shooting shouting!

But no. The news barely broke before conservatives were all hands on deck to find scapegoats and spout the usual litany of talking points. You couldn’t throw a rock without hitting a #tcot saying the aftermath of the shooting is too soon to talk about gun control measures because that would be “politicizing” a tragedy. Presumably the special snowflakes of the anti-gun control crowd will tell the rest of society when they have mourned enough so that their delicate constitutions might permit us to have such a conversation.

National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke was quick to blame the media and second the idea that reporting on shootings leads to copycats. Right-wing rage monkey Michelle Malkin suggested gun control advocates refrain from commenting on breaking news of shootings, for reasons that elude all reasonable explanation. Does she think we’re going to find out the shooter used a marshmallow gun or actually stabbed all his victims with a grapefruit spoon?

BuzzFeed writer Joel Anderson tweeted a perfectly anodyne, if sarcastic, observation about the availability of guns in America. For this, a conservative writer for the Washington Free Beacon went after him and brought along so many conservatives that Anderson seems to have briefly deactivated his account. Perhaps he was remembering what happened to another BuzzFeed writer who had the gall to comment on Twitter about another shooting in July and was immediately slapped down by the conservative thought police.

Read the rest of their dribble here.

Remember, you’re dealing with this:

liberal brain

h/t Twitchy


Oregon shooter singled out Christians for slaughter

Yesterday, a lone gunman killed 9 and wounded 7 people in Umpqua Community College (UCC), a picturesque campus in Roseburg, Oregon. In a shootout with police, the shooter himself was killed. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, however, said 13 people died.

Here’s what we are told about the massacre thus far:

1. The killer singled out Christians

Stacy Boylen, whose daughter was one of the wounded, told CNN that the gunman started “asking people one by one what their religion was. ‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and if you’re a Christian stand up. And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them.”

A twitter user named @bodhilooney tweeted that according to her grandmother, who was at the scene of the carnage, if victims said they were Christian “then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs.”

Student Kort­ney Moore, 18, said she saw the teacher of her Writing 115 class get shot in the head at the college’s Snyder Hall before the gunman started asking people to state their religion and opening fire.

The killer’s disdain for religion was evident in an online profile, in which he became a member of a “doesn’t like organized religion” group on an Internet dating site.

2. The killer

Myspace Chris Harper-Mercer, 26 gunman in the Umpqua Community College in Oregon

His name is Chris Harper-Mercer, 26. He carried 3 pistols and a rifle.

It is believed Harper-Mercer was the anonymous poster on the chat forum, 4chan, who wrote this ominous comment the night before: “Some of you guys are alright. Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest. happening thread will be posted tomorrow morning. so long space robots.”

Reportedly, other posters on 4chan cheered him on.

Harper-Mercer’s online profiles indicate he had a fascination with the terror tactics of the Irish Republican Army, and bought Nazi memorabilia. In a blog post, he wrote this about Vester Lee Flanagan, who murdered a Virginia newswoman and cameraman live on air: “Seems like the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”

Update: Harper-Mercer described his ethnicity as “Mixed Race”; his religion as “Not Religious, Not Religious, but Spiritual”; his ideal woman as “Pagan, Wiccan, Not Religious, but Spiritual” with “vampire, piercings, psychic, tattoos”; his hobbies as including “Killing Zombies”; and his favorite food as “Always Dieting, BRAINS!”. He had “connections” with two people, one of whom is a Muslim named Mahmoud Ali Ehsani who says he loves Allah and the Quran, and has a many photos of Muslim terrorists.

Update (Oct. 5): Harper-Mercer is bi-racial (his father a “white” Brit; his mother is black). Harper-Mercer appeared to have been a devil-worshipper: he once wrote he would be “welcomed in Hell and embraced by the devil”.

3. The gun-free college has only one unarmed guard

Joe Olson, a former president of Umpqua Community College, said that it has only one unarmed security officer and that the community decided against armed guards last year.

4. Obama immediately called for gun control

When news came about the shooting, despite the fact that reports that UCC is a gun-free zone and had only one unarmed guard, Obama immediately and illogically called again for gun control, bemoaning that America is “the only advanced country on earth [that] sees these kind of mass shooting every few months.”

Sources: New York Post; CNN


Someone really should ask the POS in the White House about Chicago — a gun-control city where every weekend is marked by multiple gun shootings and carnage.

Chicago is the poster child for how gun control does NOTHING to stop gun violence, as chronicled every week by our DCG. See her latest post, “Gun control, Chicago style: More Than 50 People Shot for the Second Weekend in a Row in Chicago.”


Crime Stoppers Cops & Robbers 5K Pursuit!

I’m sure #BlackLivesMatter will deem this as raaaaacist.

light the night against crime

I heard an ad for this on the radio and decided to check it out. Apparently this event is happening in San Diego and  Wichita Falls this year. It appears it has taken place at other cities in the past.


From the Wichita Falls web site:

“Mark your calendars for October 3, 2015.   It’s time for the Cops and Robbers 5K pursuit in downtown Wichita Falls. Come dressed as a Cop or Robber and enjoy the excitement and the thrill of the chase.  This is a fun event for all!! “

You know if anyone dresses like these people, the #BlackLivesMatter crowd will have a fit.

Darren Wilson

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Ferguson robber

Ferguson robber


Gun control, Chicago style: More Than 50 People Shot for the Second Weekend in a Row in Chicago

Chicago has a serious problem and Rahm is finally waking up? He obviously hasn’t read the news for the past year or so.

Yahoo: Four people were killed and 52 wounded during shootings across Chicago over the weekend. After multiple weekends in a row of increased violence in the cityChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is urging a fresh and more proactive approach to gun control. The latest incidents, including the murder of a pregnant mother, come on the heels of two weekends in a row with more than 50 shootings in Chicago.

At least 2,300 people have been shot in Chicago this year alone, according to the Chicago Tribune. According to their analysis, that’s roughly 400 more incidents than during the same period in 2014. Homicides are currently up 21 percent in 2015, with the past two weekends pointing to a noticeable increase in gun-related violence.

“Wherever you live, you should be able to get out of your car and go to your home,” Emanuel told reporters on Tuesday after receiving news of the increased violence continuing on Monday evening, leaving six dead and at least eight injured. “You can say this happened in the neighborhood of the Back of the Yards, but everybody (who) woke up this morning, or heard it last night, felt a pain of anguish, and it’s time that our criminal justice system and the laws as it relates to access to guns and the penalties for using ’em reflect the values of the people of the city of Chicago.”

See also:


Azealia Banks: ‘Whiteness May Be a Mental Illness’

Keep in mind, this comes from a woman who said, “I hate everything about this country!”

The lovely Ms. Banks

The lovely Ms. Banks This may or may not be related to the recent trouble Azealia Banks encountered on a flight earlier from NYC to LAX, but the singer has been blowing up Twitter with several disparaging comments about whiteness.

In case you missed it, Banks flew to Los Angeles early Tuesday morning and, upon trying to scoot past a French couple who were unloading their luggage from the overhead compartments in front of her, she allegedly got into an altercation with the man. Things took a turn for the worse when Banks allegedly called a Delta flight attendant who intervened a homophobic slur. She later took to Twitter to shut down the backlash.

azealia-banksBanks took to Twitter again, talking peripherally about the Black Lives Matter movement. She mentioned how tired she was of hearing white people say that all lives matter (a common counter to the Black Lives Matter movement). From there, she began spiraling off into a series of other tweets about whiteness and reptilian brain theories.

Of course, there were responses. Banks defended her claims, telling followers, “I beg you guys to please unfollow me. This is my Twitter and I will post what I want my followers to see. If you don’t like it PLEASE LEAVE.” In a tweet a few seconds later, she wrote, “I’m really really not interested in the [“All Lives Matter”] bulls— and I honestly don’t want to hear what any of you haters have to say.”


Here are a few of her tweets.

“Why do white folk have to be soooooo disappointing al the time? If I hear another white person say all lives matter”

Whiteness may be a mental Illness. the general disregard for other people’s struggle that white folk generally have is not of this earth”

“And if all the pharmaceutical companies have a pill for every emotional disorder why don’t they invent something to cure whiteness?”

Why have they not invented a pill to save the planet from whiteness? There has to be someway to affect that reptilian cortex and fix it.”

“The peoples of the world are drowning in white language, white culture, white religions, white ideals. Who is gonna save us from it?”

I’m thinking this girl has some anger issues. She also tweeted the following:

Gay white men don’t support anyone gay but themselves and I’m sick of the bullshit. Leave me out of it.”

“I don’t wanna come to ur glaad, to ur logo, to nothing GAY. Especially when all YALL think bisexuality is fake anyway. FOH”

“Because it’s not really LGBT. It’s fucking GGGG and I’m sick of gay white men having control of the LGBT conversation.”

“Gay male misogyny has driven me to my breaking point. I no longer want to be associated with anything LGBT.”

She must be such a blast at parties.