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Gun Control - a study in the doctrine of unintended consequences

Annette 2011/01/18 22:07:06
In light of the most recent act of unnecessary and unjustifiable murder
rampage by the Tucson shooter, and the subsequent upsurge of demand by some misguided individuals for
stricter gun controls, I thought it necessary to write the following
report on gun control legislation and how it has worked in the past:



Most gun control legislation hinders our Constitutional rights and
promotes crime because it is aimed at the wrong people. There is a
growing concern across America regarding the legislation of firearms.
Members of Congress have gone to great lengths to investigate an ever
increasing rise in crime and how to stop it. Gun control has been
widely tried with varying degrees of success. Newspaper and magazine
articles have reported on the success or failure of current laws on the
possession of firearms. The statistics speak loudly for themselves. Gun
laws today are aimed at the wrong segment of society. Rather than
helping the average American feel safer in his own home, th laws have
managed to promote crime.



Only one city in America, Roseburg, OR has successfully enacted
legislation that had made a difference in decreasing crime within the
community. According to the Star Telegram, "Roseburg became the only
city to enact a law requiring each of its home-owning citizens to own a
gun. Further, the use of the gun was condoned as a matter of
self-defense of one's own domain." Interestingly enough, the crime rate
in Roseburg decreased by 32 per cent within a year after enacting the
legislation. The difference this law has had on the small community of
Oregon has given rise to many questions about decisions made in other
cities wherein the possession of firearms is restricted or controlled by
laws and law enforcement agencies.



Strict control of possession of firearms by the citizens of the
community of Boston created the following situation. The World Press
stated, "New legislation in Boston, MA has made the 'Saturday Night
Special' an easy object for any crook to own, but has virtually taken
the ownership of a gun out of the hands of the average citizen." In
that article it tells the story of a man who tried to buy a .38
revolver, more commonly known as a 'Saturday Night Special'. After
waiting the 10-day waiting period now required by the city of Boston,
the man was told it would be another 30 days before he could legally
obtain the gun because of a special hold authorities had on issuing
permits for this type of gun.



An altogether different set of circumstances were found to be true with
two black men who had been arrested for aggravated assault in Boston.
According to the police files, the men "had arranged for the purchase
of" exactly the same kind of gun, and had "obtained a 'Saturday Night
Special' within 48 hours of parole." It took 40 days for the honest
citizen to own a gun, but less than two days for a pair of criminals to
find the same type of revolver and have it in their possession.



Perhaps the most widely publicized gun control law on record is the
legislation enacted by the city of Morton Grove, IL. No one is allowed
to own a gun within the city limits unless it is an antique and
registered with the Sheriff's department. "Burglaries in the city of
Morton Grove increased over 23 per cent for the first year and have
continued to mount." according to the Field and Stream magazine. This
is a drastic contrast tot he decreased crime rate of Roseburg, OR.



In a congressional investigation conducted by Ted Kennedy, firearms -
law authority, Don B. Kates, Jr., testified, "According to available
manufacturing and import figures since 1989, America has between 55 and
60 million handguns. Even taking the lower figure, less than one out of
every 6,000 handguns is used in homicide and less than one out of every
400 is used in any kind of violent crime. (Note that murderers may,
and robbers generally will use the same weapon on several different
offenses.)" Mr. Kates went on to state that, "...we already have 20,000
Federal, state and local 'gun control' laws that are effective to the
very limited extent that any anti-gun law can control the kinds of
people who misuse weapons."



Chip Elliott wrote in Esquire Magazine on the uspurge of crime in San
Francisco, "In the spring of 1976, we were living in the San Francisco
bay area. Our friends, Boris and Ute -- a Yugoslav sculptor and a
German painter -- had just bought a house on Venice, and we quickly
rented a house nearby on Electric Avenue.... But it quickly became
apparent that all was not as it seemed on Venice." He goes on to tell
of a neighborhood shooting, a robbery two blocks from where they lived, a
fatal stabbing, a rape, and several assault incidents. "We bought a
new revolver, a .38 Special Smith and Wesson, and had the hand-grips
filed down so my wife could hold it easily. The two weeks while we
waited for the permit to go through were the most terrifying of my
life."



While over 20,000 laws have been enacted to help decrease the crimes
committed with the use of hand guns, the facts and figures still attest
to the fact that crime rates are rising at alarming speed. The laws
have simply not met the challege before us. Outdoor Life Magazine
writes, "Here we have Morton Grove and by now, probably several dozen
similarly righteous hamlets (to say nothing of San Francisco, Chicago
and New York); and states such as New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey
and others sure to come; all eager to finess tough problems like crime
with easy 'solutions' such as keeping firearms out of the hands of
honest people."



In an article entitled "The Press Takes A Second Look At Gun Control" it
states, "The major media are beginning to reprt the views of the
pro-gun faction -- a major shift from their usual anti-gun coverage. And
we say it's about time!" At that point in time the press was taking a
second look at their coverage of anti-gun legislation, and they had
taken a positive step forward in addressing the opposite side of that
coin.



Until recently, the press had remained somewhat mute on the subject, but
since the new President, Barack Obama, has come on the scene; that
shift has once again taken a drastic step in the wrong direction, both
blaming 'political' and highly regarded members of the 'conservative
community' for inciting such actions with incendiary speech, i.e. speech
that is not politically correct according to the current administration
and the mainstream media news reporters (if one can even call them
'news' reporters.)



Rather than legislation that takes a negative stand on trying to solve
the rising crime rates nationwide, we need to take positive steps
forward in addressing the problems at hand. Our Constitutional right as
stated in the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution reads in part: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free
State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be
infringed."



The intent of this Amendment is made more clearly stated with the following quotes:

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole
body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when
young, how to use them."
(Richard Henry Lee, Virginia delegate to the
Continental Congress, initiator of the Declaration of Independence, and member
of the first Senate, which passed the Bill of Rights.)
The "whole body of the Militia" means the whole body of the people!



"The great object is that every man be armed . . . Everyone who is
able may have a gun."
(Patrick Henry, in the Virginia Convention on
the ratification of the Constitution.)




"The advantage of being armed . . . the Americans possess over the
people of all other nations
{is this}. . . Notwithstanding the military establishments
in the several Kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public
resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with
arms."
(James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, in his Federalist
Paper No. 46.)




Our average, law-abiding citizen is directly affected by the current
laws regulating the ownership of firearms. Most laws today are sadly
misdirected and misguided. There has been error made on the part of many
local authorities who believe stricter gun control works. Through the
press and misinformation voters have been duped into believing the
legislation will help. This type of useless legislation needs to be
reevaluated. Far from helping the typical man-on-the-street, the laws
have restricted him so severely in some instances that he cannot even
own a gun with which to protect himself.



Laws do often inhibit the activities of the law-abiding rather than the
criminal. This has been especially true of our gun rules. Crime has
continued to increase despite the attempts made to curb ownership of
firearms. As citizens of the United States, we are entitled through the
sanctity of the Constitution of the United States of America to carry a
firearm for our own protection.



If laws are to be used to control criminal activity, then they should be
directed at the criminal and not at the average man-on-the-street. As
it currently stands, our gun control legislation limits our
Constitutional right to own a weapon: it encourages -- even helps
promote crime, and is grossly negligent in its aim. Rather than helping
the innocent individual, it hinders and restricts his inherent freedom,
and places him in jeopardy as a prime target for criminals.

The city of Roseburg, OR stands as the ONLY city to make a practical and workable law that actually addresses the subject of diminishing crime as figures have indicated above. As a nation the "whole body of the people" are to "always" have the right by the Constitution to keep and bare arms.
by: Annette Akerman
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  • kfallslady 2011/01/27 03:23:53
    kfallslady
    never have a regestered gun, and if you so the wrong wanting ti get the lube them up and put them in the ground
  • Annette kfallslady 2011/02/01 04:14:08
    Annette
    ??? Whatever you said makes no sense at all.
  • kfallslady Annette 2011/02/02 02:29:15
    kfallslady
    +1
    oh really, the government wants all unregestered gun taken a way. so that the thiefs and drugs can come in. so if you shoot one of the son of a bitchs they have a record. my dad many yrs ago, never register a gun and don't have tatoo's
  • Annette kfallslady 2011/02/02 02:35:59
    Annette
    +1
    I know exactly what the govt wants, and it is totally unconstitutional and against anything I stand for, that's for sure. My comment above was because of this:
    "and if you so the wrong wanting ti get the lube them up " Can you tell me what you were trying to say?
  • kfallslady Annette 2011/02/02 02:40:45
    kfallslady
    +2
    my dad said to lube your guns up and put them in a box or garbage bag and bury in the gorund, that way that dont rust
  • Annette kfallslady 2011/02/02 02:42:17
    Annette
    +1
    And he was right!
  • kfallslady Annette 2011/02/02 02:43:31
    kfallslady
    +2
    ok we are on the same page yipee!
  • Annette kfallslady 2011/05/07 20:50:40
    Annette
    +1
    I like your dad's thinking.
  • Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA 2011/01/27 00:12:15
    Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    For when they shall say, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them... and they shall not escape.

    — I Thessalonians 5:4

    Let history be your guide:

    http://reformed-theology.org/...
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2011/01/26 01:37:56
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +2
    Gun control only makes sure that weapons are in the wrong hands. I am Totally against it!
  • Annette doofieg... 2011/01/26 01:38:42
    Annette
    +2
    So am I, doofiegirl.
  • doofieg... Annette 2011/01/26 01:46:35
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +1
    I wouldn't mind assault rifles etc being banned from citizens, but I think it unrealistic, and it would never fly.
  • Annette doofieg... 2011/01/26 01:53:04
    Annette
    +2
    I'd love an assault rifle, personally.
  • DJL doofieg... 2011/01/26 23:32:25
    DJL
    +2
    What good does a ban on assault rifles do to stop crime? How many criminals carry them?
  • Annette DJL 2011/01/27 03:17:03
    Annette
    Most of them get their hands on a small hand gun before they ever find access to assault rifles or the like.
  • Defend ... DJL 2011/05/07 20:44:41
    Defend Western Civlization
    +1
    Assault Rifle is a made up holly wood elitist liberal word.
  • Annette Defend ... 2011/05/07 20:52:10
    Annette
    ROFLMAO - Oh YES it most definitely is. My kitchen fork is an assault weapon too - wonder what Hollywoodenheads can do with that one!
  • Defend ... Annette 2011/05/07 20:54:54
    Defend Western Civlization
    But that fork made rosie o donnel and michael moore fat LOL
  • JZee doofieg... 2011/01/31 16:49:55
    JZee
    +2
    Why is that?
  • Defend ... doofieg... 2011/05/07 20:44:08
    Defend Western Civlization
    +2
    Assault Rifle what is that??? define Assault Rifle without using google
  • doofieg... Defend ... 2011/05/07 20:58:30
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +1
    Sorry! I Raved you and didn't mean too! My bad! assault weapon
    .
    An infantry weapon, such as an assault rifle, designed for individual use.
  • Defend ... doofieg... 2011/05/07 21:00:32
    Defend Western Civlization
    +1
    Name an assault rifle off the top of your head with no searching of the net and the Ar-15 does not count neither does Knock off Ak-47s
  • Annette doofieg... 2011/05/07 21:10:28
    Annette
    +1
    Doofiegirl, do you own a gun of any kind? This is a trick question being posed by Defend Wester. I'd ignore it if I were you. I don't even know what I should know about guns despite the fact that I do own them, and I have shot some very high powered guns in the past.
    However, I know what I need to know about what I own. And any weapon, military or otherwise, is an assault weapon, including a fork! It can be just as lethal as any gun if you know how to use it.
  • doofieg... Annette 2011/05/07 21:19:49 (edited)
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +1
    I have a 357, a 30/30 a 38, and a 22 long barrel I also have a double barrel shotgun..Actually, two belong to my son, but they Are in my house.. And before this malady hit a couple of months ago, I shot expert. My aim is non too steady right now, so I'd choose the shot gun if I needed to shot somebody.
  • Annette doofieg... 2011/05/07 21:24:38
    Annette
    Oh yes, my dear - they leave BIG holes! Good choice. Glad to hear you're prepared as well. God bless, sweetie, and you just stay on the mend because we'd love to have you back all in good order.
  • digitalDave 2011/01/26 01:31:34
    digitalDave
    +1
    They tried to eliminate online purchases. But it got put down, thank goodness.
  • C. C. Rider 2011/01/21 12:26:24
    C. C. Rider
    Annie get your gun, could you please provide a link to your false story ...so we can just cut to the chase here that it does not exist at all. That the article "City in Oregon Safer with gun Ownership" by S. Rice was never written for the Star Telegram. Thanks, oh and PLEASE aim higher for integrity.....
  • Annette C. C. R... 2011/01/24 02:27:49
    Annette
    +1
    Really - funny I got every bit of what I posted FROM THE SOURCE.
  • C. C. R... Annette 2011/01/24 18:30:55
    C. C. Rider
    Does the "source" come to you from a big bright light in the sky? Bronco Fan has outed you as not having the facts and his sources are more true then yours. Sorry kid, that is how the facts crumble under you.
  • Annette C. C. R... 2011/01/24 19:01:42
    Annette
    +1
    Nope, CCR - You're both just too lazy to do the work I did to get it., and therefore in your small mind that equates to my facts crumbling. Wrong-O!
  • Annette C. C. R... 2011/01/24 02:48:47
    Annette
    Try getting off your dead butt and go to the library and physically look these things up! It just so happens I did exactly that, because these agencies were not even thinking about using on line anything for backup. I looked at lots of microfilm copies. So stuff that in your pipe and smoke it!

    1) Esxquire Magazine "The Case for Guns" by C. Elliott, 99:4-26-28, Je. '83
    2) Outdoor Life, "The Next Time People Knock Hand Guns, Tell Them To Read This Story" by C. Elliott 169:60 Ja. '82
    3) Field and Stream, "Firearms Safety Depends On You - Make No Mistake About It" by C. Elliott 86:49 Ma. '81
    4) U.S. News and World Report, "Fed Up Shopkeepers Strap On Their Guns" by J.L. Galloway 95:30-I Aug 22, '83
    5) Commonwealth Magazine, "Why Gun Control Won't Work" by D.B. Gates Jr., 108, 136-38, Mar. 13, '81
    6) Field and Stream Magazine, "Guns VS Crime" by E.M. Kennedy, 85, 10-14, Aug. '80
    7) Field and Stream Magazine, "Endangered Tradition" by E.B. Mann, 82:76 Je. '82
    8) New Republic, "Crime's Ammunition" by E.B. Mann, 88:8 Mar. 7, '83
    9) Mechanics Illustrated, "The Last Resort (Home Protection)" by D.E. Petzal, 79:80 Je. '83
    10) World Press, "Gun Law Paradox" by C. Reed R28:41, Je. '81
    11) Star Telegram, "City in Oregon Safer With Gun Ownership", by S. Rice, Ft. Worth Tx, Mar. 9, '82
    12) Outdoor L...



    Try getting off your dead butt and go to the library and physically look these things up! It just so happens I did exactly that, because these agencies were not even thinking about using on line anything for backup. I looked at lots of microfilm copies. So stuff that in your pipe and smoke it!

    1) Esxquire Magazine "The Case for Guns" by C. Elliott, 99:4-26-28, Je. '83
    2) Outdoor Life, "The Next Time People Knock Hand Guns, Tell Them To Read This Story" by C. Elliott 169:60 Ja. '82
    3) Field and Stream, "Firearms Safety Depends On You - Make No Mistake About It" by C. Elliott 86:49 Ma. '81
    4) U.S. News and World Report, "Fed Up Shopkeepers Strap On Their Guns" by J.L. Galloway 95:30-I Aug 22, '83
    5) Commonwealth Magazine, "Why Gun Control Won't Work" by D.B. Gates Jr., 108, 136-38, Mar. 13, '81
    6) Field and Stream Magazine, "Guns VS Crime" by E.M. Kennedy, 85, 10-14, Aug. '80
    7) Field and Stream Magazine, "Endangered Tradition" by E.B. Mann, 82:76 Je. '82
    8) New Republic, "Crime's Ammunition" by E.B. Mann, 88:8 Mar. 7, '83
    9) Mechanics Illustrated, "The Last Resort (Home Protection)" by D.E. Petzal, 79:80 Je. '83
    10) World Press, "Gun Law Paradox" by C. Reed R28:41, Je. '81
    11) Star Telegram, "City in Oregon Safer With Gun Ownership", by S. Rice, Ft. Worth Tx, Mar. 9, '82
    12) Outdoor Life, ""Curse of Morton Grove", by R. Starnes, 169:12, Je. '82
    Newsweek, " A Town on the Edge of Fear" by S. Strasser, 103:27 Je. '82
    13) Outdoor Life, "The Press Takes a Second Look At Gun Control", 172:39-40 Oct. '83
    14) United States Constitution, Art. II
    You can tell your friend BroncoFan to stuff Sgt. Dunbar where the sun don't shine and if he ever claims I have made this up, I would personally like to meet him! This is called research and I have quoted from the various articles - if you or he has a problem with that, you can contact these references and argue it out with them.
    (more)
  • SmittenKitten 2011/01/20 22:41:14
  • Annette Smitten... 2011/01/24 02:30:26
    Annette
    That is not my problem, since I was in the library in Texas when I got the information from the source. You figure it out, because I did the leg work. Try to find an article in the NY Times from the same time period, and you will play hell doing it because they were not on computers then.
  • Smitten... Annette 2011/01/24 05:18:17
  • Annette Smitten... 2011/01/24 11:37:29 (edited)
    Annette
    It could be confirmed if anyone of the lazy left could get off their dead butts and go to the library and do the research I did to obtain it in the first place. You have my bibliography - deal with it. It is real, genuine, and factual. I don't care what you can't find on the Internet - you can't find half the things on the Internet these days that are truth anyway because so much has been jacked around to match political correctness and to rewrite history.
    I gave you 14 different sources for my work. And as for the piece nobody seems to be able to find from the Star Telegram - I have news for you - I found that information while living in Dallas, TX and it was part of a thesis paper I was required to write. Now if the Star Telegram personnel TODAY can't find it, they aren't even bothering to look. The piece was written March 9, 1982.
    Did you ask the person if they were around in 1982?
    Further, let me explain something. I used legitimate sources for all the work I did on that paper - period. End of discussion. If you or some bozo at the Star Telegram won't or can't look it up to find it NOW, that is not my problem. You have my sources and they are legitimate. If they were not, I would be worried - as it stands, they are legit, so deal with it.
    Edited for spelling.
  • JZee Smitten... 2011/01/31 16:48:46
    JZee
    +2
    I really don't care if its confirmed or not. If you come into my house uninvited, you will be shot as many times as I have rounds in my gun. Pretty simple Simon to me.
  • Smitten... JZee 2011/01/31 18:30:25
  • Annette Smitten... 2011/01/31 18:51:21
    Annette
    Too lazy to go look it up the hard way, huh? It takes hours to dig though microfilm - lazy butt!
  • Smitten... Annette 2011/01/31 21:37:32
  • Annette Smitten... 2011/02/01 04:16:11
    Annette
    The information is correct and the dates and places I got it from are equally correct - if you bother to go looking for it. Make all the phone calls you want to, until you actually do the work, you won't find what you're looking for - because so much of the news has been taken down since this administration in particular has come on the scene.
    Go to library, lazy.
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