About that so-called ban on gun research

Victim-disarming gun controllers like to claim that Congress banned gun research by the CDC back in 1996.

Those of us living in this universe know that’s a lie. Research was never banned. What was banned was anti-gun activism, using governmen t funds to promote unconstitutional gun people control. The funds they lost were the reasearch funds the CDC diverted from research to gun control promotion. Immorally and possibly illegally.

Government-funded “gun violence” research marched on. The NIH, just for one example, rather routinely funds gun research to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year; some years a lot more.

But about CDC research that the anti-rights crowd would have you believe ended 22 years ago…

What Do CDC’s Surveys Say About the Frequency of Defensive Gun Uses?
In 1996, 1997, and 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted large-scale national surveys asking about defensive gun use (DGU). They never released the findings, or even acknowledged they had studied the topic. I obtained the unpublished raw data and computed the prevalence of DGU. CDC’s findings indicated that an average of 2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self-defense in each of the years from 1996 through 1998 – almost exactly confirming the estimate for 1992 of Kleck and Gertz (1995). Possible reasons for CDC’s suppression of these findings are discussed.

Just in case any of my readers are public school victims, 1997 and 1998 are after 1996. And in the paper you’ll find cites for year 2000 gun research funded by the CDC.

The CDC didn’t end research. They just ended publication when the results didn’t fit the “guns are bad and no one uses them defensively so ban ’em” narrative.

Even better, their research validated Kleck’s earlier work on defensive gun use numbers. That was really inconvenient.

“2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self-defense in each of the years from 1996 through 1998.”

The CDC knew. And suppressed the data.

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Biased? We’re not biased.

Deputies: 30 rounds fired from AR-15 in deadly Florida home invasion
Three men say they were asleep inside a mobile home in Glen St. Mary about 4 a.m. Sunday when they heard a voice outside yell “Sheriff’s Office!” before the front door burst open.

Shocking. Clearly ARs — and those nasty high capacity magazines — have no…

umm

The victims told deputies they acted in self-defense when they turned their guns on the intruders, with one of them estimating he fired over 30 rounds from an AR-15 before the threat was over.

Yep. Six (6, seis, sechs, 0110) paragraphs down, you finally learn that the defenders used the AR. The defenders had to fire 30 rounds from the AR alone (no count given for the guy with the pistol).

The war is over.

I used to refer to stuff as dumber than a box of rocks

No more.

Yes, it was pretty stupid when the one Pennsylvania school district decided to arm teachers with a box of rocks. But Millcreek School District is going to “arm” its teachers with baseball bats.

Pardon me: Little Louisville Sluggers.

Locked up sluggers.

“Stop! Or I shall unlock this safe box!”

“Stop! Or I shall… ding you.”

“Stop!…”

-bang-

Oh well.

Dear Bog, they found something dumber’n a box of rocks. What the… the… frack is wrong with Pennsylvania? Is it the water? Proximity to DC? Alien mind control rays?

Of course, we can’t “arm” teachers with evil guns, because they don’t have the same training as cops.

1. No sane person on the RKBA side is talking about “arming” teachers with guns. We’re talking about allowing people who’ve already met the requirements to be armed in public continue to do so in public schools.

2. The firearms training requirements for teachers and cops differ for the same reason that driving requirements differ: Teachers aren’t cops. They aren’t supposed to go out hunting for a shooter with the intent of engaging her. We simply expect them to defend themselves — and the children entrusted to them already — if the shooter comes for them. You want to know how that works? Check out the 16-17 million licensed concealed carriers who also aren’t hunting down bad guys like a bad cop show.

If 16-17 million CCW folks were doing that, you’d have noticed the spike of millions of shooting deaths already. (On the other hand, crime rates would immediately plummet due to a severe lack of criminals.)

Tell ya what: New Law: No person shall bring an automobile onto school property unless they have successfully completed the federal Law Enforcement Driver Instructor Training Program, or equivalent; 10 days of classroom and behind the wheel training in pursuit, emergency vehicle operation, and all the rest. Never mind that teachers aren’t supposed to jump in their cars and pursue shooters and execute controlled rams to drive them off the road.

Fuck it. Dumbasses want all concealed carriers to meet police standards, so in the spirit of “let’s legislate guns like cars,” everyone has to go to FLETC before they can get a driver’s license.

3. Why the hell are parents putting their kids into classrooms run by teachers whom they think will kill their children if given half a chance?

Staring into the abyss

From The Zelman Partisans:

Losing the War?
I read a lot of RKBA news. Seriously: A lot. (And that matters, as you’ll see.)

One theme that started popping up last week is the idea that RKBA advocates are somehow losing the culture war.

If you read the national news (or watch television, or get your news from mainstream web sites), that’s an easy conclusion to reach. So long as you don’t look too closely.

As I said, I read a lot of news. I must, to put together the weekly TZP news summary. Besides my casual browsing, I use several pre-built news searches on a variety of terms. The terms were selected to produce headlines from various points of view.

Probably 90% of the actual results reflect only one point of view; that RKBA is losing. You see it in “news” reports and Letters to the Editor (LtE) alike. You see it in polls and surveys.

And it’s BS.

READ THE WHOLE THING

And this is how we end up with folks who give up the fight, and simply wait for the revolution in which they hope to kill their enemies.

Fun With Biased Media

I have a new column up at The Zelman Partisans, regarding the anti-RKBA “gatekeepers” at our newspapers. Tribune & Georgian Publisher Jill Helton is well past doubling — even tripling — down, and is into full ‘You can’t say that’ mode.

Fun With Biased Media
Last week, a Letter to the Editor ran in a local Georgia weekly newspaper. It was the usual pro-gun control drivel, written by a but-owner who really should have known better. “But” then, so should the paper, if informing the public — rather than imposing their own bias — was their goal.

Victim disarmers have local papers (not all, thank G-d), major metropolitan papers, television, Internet sites, search engines…

And they’re still afraid to give us, armed with facts, a voice. Because an informed populace is one that would toss their “buts” out into the cold.

Read the whole thing. Long, since I include whole emails, but amusing and informative.

That’s a real blow to the Democrats

Man Shot Dead After Trying To Rob Gun Owner Identified As Treamel Gray, 23
A man with a concealed-carry license shot and killed an armed robber Wednesday night in Grand Boulevard, police said.
[…]
Treamel Gray, 23, one of the alleged robbers, was shot in his head. Gray, of south suburban Flossmoor, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Now Gray’s only going to be able to vote once in Chicago this November.