The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38) will be up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, December 6. Please contact your U.S. Representative TODAY and ask him/her to vote for H.R. 38!
Your fundamental right to keep and bear arms should not end at the state line. This bill would ensure that law-abiding citizens do not lose the ability to protect themselves when they travel from state to state. And it would ensure that anti-gun jurisdictions do not harass travelers for exercising their constitutional rights.
H.R. 38 DOES NOT:
Allow prohibited persons to carry firearms;
Create a federal licensing or registration system;
Establish national standards for concealed carry; or
Override state laws governing the time, place and manner of carrying concealed.
Again, please IMMEDIATELY contact your U.S. Representative at (202) 224-3121 and via email, and urge him/her to vote for H.R. 38 on Wednesday, December 6!
MOBILE, Alabama — The Republican National Committee (RNC) is now again backing Judge Roy Moore, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama. The RNC’s decision to now publicly support Moore again comes in the wake of President Donald Trump’s wholehearted endorsement of Moore on Monday morning.
The real problem with guns in America today is not the guns. It is the irrational social policies that foster dependence, drugs, and crime. If there is one single social characteristic that has been most eroded in my lifetime it is that of personal responsibility. Proponents of big government and gun control have two messages they repeat endlessly: “It is not your fault,” and “We will take care of you.”
If you want to see how well they will take care of you if you give them responsibility for your life then visit one of the four cities in the table below. They had the distinction of having the highest homicide rates in America in 2016:
These four cities rank right up there with some of the most violent (top 50) cities in the world. All of these cities have several things in common. First they have been run by Democrats for decades. Secondly they have large populations of blacks who are the most adversely affected by the welfare state and gun control.
“The black family survived centuries of slavery and generations of Jim Crow, but it has disintegrated in the wake of the liberals’ expansion of the welfare state.”
“Cities with some of the tightest gun control laws in the nation have murder rates far above the national average.”
“Although gun control is not usually considered a racial issue, a wholly disproportionate number of Americans killed by guns are black. But here, as elsewhere, liberals’ devotion to their ideology greatly exceeds their concern about what actually happens to flesh and blood human beings as a result of their ideology.”
Someone said that, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.” Democrats are masters of doing the same thing over and over again and being surprised that nothing much changes (unless it is for the worse).
In the final analysis gun control is trying to treat the symptoms of the disease while ignoring the cause. Lots of Americans not living in the welfare state in America own lots of guns and do not kill each other at the high rates we see in these cities run by Democrats. If guns were the cause then Texas would be a bloodbath from one side to the other.
Those who oppose private ownership of guns often repeat the mantra that “guns are only designed to kill!” The fundamental fact they always ignore is that design and purpose are not necessarily the same thing.
A thing can be designed for one thing, but it may be intended for purposes that are diametrically opposed to its design. Consider nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. They are obviously designed to kill millions of people and create enormous destruction on population centers.
In my lifetime the designers of nuclear weapons in the United States intended to create objects that could kill millions, but the purpose behind that design was not to kill, but to deter the murderously criminal Soviet Union which had as its goal the enslavement of the entire human race. That is not an exaggeration.
The Soviet Union is gone now, but the existence of totalitarian regimes with nuclear weapons is still a reality we cannot ignore.
So it is with many guns. They are designed to kill, but the purpose of the vast majority of people who buy them for defensive purposes is to deter killers and criminals who live in our midst. In essence these gun-owners bought guns designed to kill for the purpose of saving life, not taking it.
There is scientific evidence to back up this claim. Dr. Gary Kleck became famous for his research into the defensive use of guns in the U.S. The important takeaways from that research are:
The vast majority of incidents are never reported to the police.
The incidence of defensive use of firearms is much higher than official crime statistics indicate.
Gun owners rarely need to fire their weapon.
Almost always just showing the bad guy you have gun will do the trick. The bad guy will almost always go somewhere else. Criminals prefer victims who don’t shoot back! If one accepts that the real purpose of an object is what it is primarily used for, then the clear purpose of gun ownership for many is not to take life, but to save life.
Another point that many Americans really don’t seem to get is that the police are not their personal bodyguards. Jeffrey Snyder put this very well in his now classic article, A Nation of Cowards:
“Do You Feel Lucky?”
“In 1991, when then-Attorney General Richard Thornburgh released the FBI’s annual crime statistics, he noted that it is now more likely that a person will be the victim of a violent crime than that he will be in an auto accident. Despite this, most people readily believe that the existence of the police relieves them of the responsibility to take full measures to protect themselves. The police, however, are not personal bodyguards. Rather, they act as a general deterrent to crime, both by their presence and by apprehending criminals after the fact. As numerous courts have held, they have no legal obligation to protect anyone in particular. You cannot sue them for failing to prevent you from being the victim of a crime.“
“Insofar as the police deter by their presence, they are very, very good. Criminals take great pains not to commit a crime in front of them. Unfortunately, the corollary is that you can pretty much bet your life (and you are) that they won’t be there at the moment you actually need them.“
The violent crime rate started rising in the 1960s, peaked in the 1990s and until recently had fallen back to levels comparable to the 1960s. However in the last couple years that trend has reversed and all indications are that we will see that rate continue to go up in the immediate future.
As an American you have a non-trivial chance of being a victim of violent crime in your lifetime. How you plan to deal with that reality says a lot about who you are. Jeffrey Snyder also covered that in A Nation of Cowards:
““Cowardice” and “self-respect” have largely disappeared from public discourse. In their place we are offered “self-esteem” as the bellwether of success and a proxy for dignity. “Self-respect” implies that one recognizes standards, and judges oneself worthy by the degree to which one lives up to them. “Self-esteem” simply means that one feels good about oneself. “Dignity” used to refer to the self-mastery and fortitude with which a person conducted himself in the face of life’s vicissitudes and the boorish behavior of others. Now, judging by campus speech codes, dignity requires that we never encounter a discouraging word and that others be coerced into acting respectfully, evidently on the assumption that we are powerless to prevent our degradation if exposed to the demeaning behavior of others. These are signposts proclaiming the insubstantiality of our character, the hollowness of our souls.”
A lot of people have strong opinions on the issue of guns and using guns in self defense. I recommend reading Snyder’s article from start to finish. It is a classic.
The trend in America for well over a quarter century is the liberalization of laws allowing private citizens to carry concealed handguns in public. There are millions of responsible citizens who do so today. The predicted blood bath from many never happened. That is not an opinion, it is a fact.