Show you how the left and their worshiped leaders always find a tragedy to manipulate for their cause, all this gun control as many conservatives know is not NEW! The underlying causes are not NEW to what happened in Newtown Ct. The method, the motivation and that they don’t address the true cause for the effect that affects everyone is not NEW! Change isn’t a verb to them by action it’s a damn noun to buy votes! Democrats never have a plan for a real change, so what they do try to change are the fundamental rights which this nation was built upon! Those same rights that allow them to even speak in such a treasonous matter towards their own constitution!
I am basically writing this brief to share the writings of a professor and expert criminologist that I have the utmost respect for his writings and views on gun ownership. You may also be surprised to know it has been confirmed through his own words that he is a democrat and belongs to several liberal groups such as the ACLU and Amnesty International. Dr. Kleck grew up in Lombard Illinois, a state that I grew up in and now live in, also one of the strictest gun law states in the Nation and has some serious high crime in its largest city, Chicago.
This report is from 1991 by Dr. Gary Kleck a criminologist that has testified before Congress and State legislators on gun control. The Supreme Court used his research in the landmark case of the District of Columbia v Heller decision which struck down the D.C. handgun ban and upheld the Second Amendment to the Constitution. (1)
“Gun control is a very minor, though not entirely irrelevant, part of the solution to the violence problem, just as guns are of only very minor significance as a cause of the problem. The U.S. has more violence than other nations for reasons unrelated to its extraordinarily high gun ownership. Fixating on guns seems to be, for many people, a fetish which allows them to ignore the more intransigent causes of American violence, including its dying cities, inequality, deteriorating family structure, and the all pervasive economic and social consequences of a history of slavery and racism. And just as gun control serves this purpose for liberals, equally useless “get tough” proposals, like longer prison terms, mandatory sentencing, and more use of the death penalty serve the purpose for conservatives. All parties to the crime debate would do well to give more concentrated attention to more difficult, but far more relevant, issues like how to generate more good-paying jobs for the underclass which is at the heart of the violence problem.”~Gary Kleck/Criminologist, author and advocate.
Here too are some other of Dr. Kleck’s findings during later studies:
- For every use of a gun to commit a crime, there are three-to-four cases of guns being used in self-defense of a crime.
- Assault and robbery rates are lower when victims are armed with a gun.
- A gun is used in self-defense to protect its owner from crime 2.5 million times per year, an average of once every 13 seconds.
- Fifteen percent of the gun defenders interviewed believed someone would have died if they had not been armed. If true, that’s an average of one life saved due to firearm self-defense every 1.3 minutes.
In nearly 75% of the cases, the victim did not know his attackers. In nearly 50% of the cases, he faced at least two attackers and in nearly 25% of the cases, there were three or more attackers. A quarter of the incidents of self-defense occurred away from the home. (2)
An opposing view criminologist Marvin Wolfgang even had this to say about Gary Kleck’s study:
“What troubles me is the article by Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz. The reason I am troubled is that they have provided an almost clear-cut case of methodologically sound research in support of something I have theoretically opposed for years, namely, the use of a gun in defense against a criminal perpetrator…I do not like their conclusions that having a gun can be useful, but I cannot fault their methodology.”(3)
I have added the link to Dr. Gary Kleck’s Summary titled, “Guns and Violence, a summary field”, as well as a link to his book. I believe that Dr. Kleck’s summary and ability in the field says it all, much more accurate and substantiated than I could ever write and let his work stand on its on. I hope you find the chance to read his book titled, ‘Point Blank:Guns and Violence In America’, and look at the information in the link which is full of statistics and wonderful summaries on the benefit of legal law-abiding citizens being able to arm and protect themselves. His study has been challenged a few times and even then he has been able to academically defend his study.
I pray that 2013 leaves us, Americans, with our second amendment rights as originally written. I do know now is the time for not a call to arms, but to arm our voices and petitions to bear the right to arms!
In this video interview by Alex Holzbach, Dr. Kleck speaks of how the pro-gun control advocates can twist data and present it in their favor and why banning guns on campus is wrong.