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Media Using Boston Bombers to Revive Gun Control Debate

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Well, that didn’t take long. The media is already pointing out that the Tsarnaev brothers, who are suspected of planting the bombs at the Boston Marathon and getting involved with a shootout with police, were not licensed to own firearms:

The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings, who police say engaged in a gun battle with officers early Friday after a frenzied manhunt, were not licensed to own guns in the towns where they lived, authorities said on Sunday.

In the confrontation with police on the streets of a Boston suburb, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were armed with handguns, at least one rifle and several explosive devices, authorities say.

But neither brother appears to have been legally entitled to own or carry firearms where they lived, a fact that may add to the national debate over current gun laws. Last week, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill to expand background checks on gun purchases, legislation that opponents argued would do nothing to stop criminals from buying guns illegally.

Let’s hold on just a second here. The Tsarnaev bothers didn’t legally obtain the firearms used during a shootout with police in a state with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. For example, Massachusetts has banned so-called “assault weapons” and has limited magazines to 10 rounds (similar proposals failed last week in the United States Senate). Massachusetts also prohibits anyone under the 21-years-old from owning a handgun. Dzhokhar, who was apprehended on Friday evening, was 19.

Biden: Proposed Gun Control Regulations Only the Beginning

During a conference call organized by the anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Vice President Joe Biden said that the proposed gun laws in the United States Senate, which includes universal background checks, are just the beginning of the White House’s push for tighter gun control measures:

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday the expected upcoming Senate votes on gun control are only the beginning of the White House’s fight.

The fate of gun control legislation is unclear. A vote on a Senate bill, including expanded background checks and harsher penalties for gun trafficking, is expected next month.

The White House also has been pushing for limits on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, but those provisions won’t be part of the Senate bill. Instead they are to be offered as amendments, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says they don’t have enough support to pass.

“That doesn’t mean this is the end of the process. This is the beginning of the process,” Biden said during a conference call organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns pushing for the gun control measures.

Did Dianne Feinstein Lie About Guns?

Dianne Feinstein

You get it, right? Dianne Feinstein doesn’t like guns.  I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say, “Yes Dianne, we get it.”  Feinstein has a history with guns.  You see, she became mayor of San Francisco when Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were murdered by city supervisor Dan White.  This is a point that Feinstein uses to leverage her position on guns into being somehow more moral than that of gun rights advocates.

Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz asked her if she would be as quick to circumvent the First and Fourth Amendments as she is to gut the Second.  Her response [emphasis added]:

“I’m not a sixth grader,” said responded. “Senator, I’ve been on this committee for 20 years. I was a mayor for nine years. I walked in, I saw people shot. I’ve looked at bodies that have been shot with these weapons. I’ve seen the bullets that implode. In Sandy Hook, youngsters were dismembered. Look, there are other weapons.”

“I’ve been up — I’m not a lawyer, but after 20 years I’ve been up close and personal to the Constitution. I have great respect for it. This doesn’t mean that weapons of war and the Heller decision clearly points out three exceptions, two of which are pertinent here.”

Feinstein is saying that she saw Milk and Moscone’s bodies, and that is at least half true.  She is the one who discovered Milk’s body, and she might have seen Moscone’s.  However, she goes on to imply that they were killed with “these weapons”, which is complete bull. Dan White, who murdered Milk and Moscone, used a revolver, the one weapon type that Feinstein is doing nothing about.

Feinstein introduces assault weapon ban bill

Dianne Feinstein

We all knew it was coming.  Well, it’s here.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) continues her jihad against so-called “assault weapons” by introducing the bill she warned the world was coming earlier today.

The bill, as ugly as we expected, seeks to ban scores of firearms including all types of AK and AR pattern rifles.  A number of shotguns and pistols are also including in that list.  Of course, Feinstein and her fellow gun jihadists believe they’re fighting the good fight:

During the press event at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, the Democrats described these firearms as “dangerous military-style assault weapons.” The bill would also ban high-capacity ammunition feeding devices that can hold more than 10 rounds.

Feinstein said the country’s “weak” gun laws allow massacres like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occur.

“Getting this bill signed into law will be an uphill battle, and I recognize that — but it’s a battle worth having,” Feinstein said in literature handed to reporters at the Thursday event.

Feinstein is right that it’ll be an uphill battle for the bill.  However, Feinstein has to know just how little of a chance this bill has.

The bill will also essentially turn all currently possessed firearms into Class III weapons.  That is the same classification of guns as fully automatic machine guns.  Now, this will mean that those AK and AR pattern rifles are about to soar in value should a bill like this actually pass.

Obama introduces executive orders that wouldn’t have stopped Sandy Hook

Barack Obama

Flanked by children during a press conference earlier today, President Barack Obama introduced a series of executive orders — completely bypassing Congress — that he says will reduce gun violence in the United States:

President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced what he called a “common sense measures” plan to reduce gun violence, including legislation for a universal background check and new bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

He also initiated 23 executive actions aimed at improving background checks, school security and mental health care, in an effort to go around Congress wherever possible.

“I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality,” Obama said in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, joined by survivors of gun violence and several children who had written to him after the December shooting in Newtown, Conn. “If there’s even one thing that we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we have an obligation to try. And I’m going to do my part.”

President Obama also on Congress to pass other measures, including the assault weapons ban and limited magazines to 10 rounds. All of the measures — executive orders and the legislation that will be introduced in Congress — have been outlined in a document from the White House, which you can read here.

Feinstein’s bill: What it looks like

Both sides of the debate on so-called “assault weapons” have been in high gear lately.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) had already declared her intention to introduce a new assault weapon ban before the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School thrust guns into the national spotlight.  However, most debate was really centered around the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban because all we had was Feinstein’s statements.  There wasn’t an actual bill to speak of.

Well, now thanks to Sen. Feinstein’s website, we know what the bill will look like.

Rolling Stone wants gun-grabbers to “politicize disaster” to push for more restrictive gun control laws

The anti-gun crowd is still searching for ways to force gun control laws down Americans’ throats, and Rolling Stone columnist Tim Dickinson has stepped in to offer them several ideas on how to do so.

Dickinson says that gun-grabbers need to prepare for a “generation-long battle” and that they need to “think federally” but “act locally,” but he also shameless encourages gun control activists to exploit tragedies (emphasis added):

This isn’t complicated: Making a political issue of the tiny coffins of dead children in the wake of a school shooting isn’t just a thing that helps pass strong gun-control, it’s practically the only thing in the last quarter century that’s moved the needle on anti-gun-violence laws. Recall that the catalyst for the 1994 assault weapons ban was a 1989 school shooting in Stockton, California, that killed five kids and wounded 29 other children.

It’s not distasteful to act in the name of victims of gun violence. What’s distasteful to squander the burning anger and intense political focus that such senseless bloodshed inspires. There’s nothing dishonorable in taking the swift and necessary action to prevent other children from being massacred by an idiot with a war rifle.

Tim Dickinson is a pretty terrible person.

But, to his point, gun control advocates are already doing this. There are a number of examples of the anti-gun crowd using the Sandy Hook tragedy to pass more onerous restrictions on gun ownership, even in the face of declining gun homicide statistics.

Georgia mayor blasts Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group

David Lockhart and Truett Cathy

Pictured: Mayor David Lockhart and Chick-fil-a founder Truett Cathy

Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is working to recruit new members after suffering nearly two-dozen losses in municipal elections across the country last year.

Among those who have received a membership solicitation is David Lockhart, mayor of Forest Park, a small Georgia city just south of Atlanta.

In the email solicitation, Cyrus Garrett, coalition coordinator for the anti-gun group, stated that its “members are united in their belief that support for the Second Amendment goes hand-in hand with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous people.”

Mayors Against Illegal Guns promised Lockhart “a national voice on this issue and others,” adding that it will also give him “an opportunity to meet and learn from other mayors and policymakers.”

Lockhart, who was elected last year, was unimpressed. The Forest Park mayor didn’t just decline the invitation, he ripped the anti-gun group and its founder.

“I do not support your efforts. I oppose efforts to require private sellers with minimal sales (non-dealers) to perform background checks,” Lockhart wrote to Mayors Against Illegal Guns. “I am proud that gun shows are regularly conducted in Forest Park.”

Study: Assault weapons not used in most mass shootings, background checks largely ineffective

After the tragic December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook, lawmakers in Washington and state legislatures scrambled to enact onerous new gun control laws. Among the many policies pushed was a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” which targeted certain types of semi-automatic rifles because of their cosmetics.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), for example, pushed renewal of the federal Assault Weapons Ban last year, despite the fact that the policy wouldn’t have an impact on gun violence, according to a January 2013 memo from the National Institute for Justice — the research arm of the Department of Justice. The Senate, however, overwhelmingly rejected the measure.

Despite the bias against this type of rifle, a recently released study authored by James Alan Fox, a criminology professor at Northeastern University, and Monica J. DeLateur explains that handguns are used in most mass shootings.

The study — Mass Shootings in America: Moving Beyond Newtown — debunks various myths about mass shootings, disputing that assault weapons are used in this type of tragic incident. The authors also take aim at claims that mass shootings are on the rise and that mass murders snap before they commit these horrible acts.

Study: Concealed carry leads to fewer murders

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The gun control crowd has tried, endlessly, to exploit tragedies to make a push for new or expanded anti-gun laws. But the narrative that these devout advocates try to paint often falls flat.

For example, gun control activists will tell us that gun violence is an epidemic for which the only cure is more onerous gun laws. But this defies reality. After all, the gun homicide and non-fatal gun violence rates have dropped by 49% and 75% since 1993.

This same crowd will tell us that gun ownership should be discouraged, even though Centers for Disease Control study confirmed that “[s]elf-defense can be an important crime deterrent” and pointed to other research that has found “consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims.”

Another frequent claim is that concealed carry laws will turn society into a Hollywood depiction of the Wild West. But a new study by Mark Gius, an economist at Quinnipiac University, found that the states with concealed carry laws had lower murder rates than states that restrict the practice.

“Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects,” wrote Gius in the abstract, “the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states.”

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