Monday, August 15, 2016

Newly published 'White Paper' on Gun Control Issues

I have recently published a ‘White Paper’ titled Common Sense Gun Control – Issues and Answers. This controversial subject has been in the media recently with a great deal of misinformation. This is my effort to present honest facts and realities and to tell the truth on the issues. It is available, free for all to read, on my webpage at RogerFulton.com under Other Books. The URL for that page is:
Scroll down to the end of that page.
If you have any interest in the subject, please take a moment to review it. Then send the information or forward this message to anyone you think may be interested in the subject.  

A ‘White Paper’ is an authoritative report that informs readers about a complex issue that helps them to understand an issue and make rational decisions from that information. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mass Shootings - Nothing New - Evil is Evil! 1966

Americans have short memories! Mass shootings have always occurred. It's just that communications are much better today and we have instant coverage.Here is the excerpt from the Texas Tower Shooter more than 50 years ago.it was a lot worse than any of the recent carnage incidents of today, with a lot less firepower on his side. You can't prevent "evil" with more laws.
! On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower with three rifles, two pistols, and a sawed-off shotgun. The 25-year-old architectural engineering major and ex-Marine—who had previously complained of searing headaches and depression—had already murdered his mother, Margaret, and his wife, Kathy, earlier that morning. He fired his first shots just before noon, aiming with chilling precision at pedestrians below. “The crime scene spanned the length of five city blocks . . . and covered the nerve center of what was then a relatively small, quiet college town,” noted executive editor Pamela Colloff in her 2006 oral history of the shootings. “Hundreds of students, professors, tourists, and store clerks witnessed the 96-minute killing spree as they crouched behind trees, hid under desks, took cover in stairwells, or, if they had been hit, played dead.”
At the time, there was no precedent for such a tragedy. Whitman “introduced the nation to the idea of mass murder in a public space,” wrote Colloff. By the time he was gunned down by an Austin police officer early that afternoon, he had shot 43 people, thirteen of whom died. 1966:
50 years ago! Evil is evil! It is what it is!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CDC Statistics on the Use of Guns

Somebody has compiled these statistics.  I cannot verify them. But they are consistent with my research and findings, over the last 30 years.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Guns and Illegal Drugs

It's taught in a Policing 101 class - "Where you find illegal drugs, you find guns."
And the guns you find are not from legal sources. Quite the contrary. They are stolen guns bought on the black market. Or guns from "straw purchasers" who are legal but then sell their legally purchased guns to drug dealers and convicted felons on the street.
And it makes sense from the drug dealer's perspective. He/She is dealing with desperate people who are addicted to drugs. And they are in competition with other drug dealers for supply and clients. If someone tries to "rip them off" they need a means to protect their illegal operation. And that is those illegal guns!
After all, they can't call the police for protection or to report a robbery.
Recently the Federal government has announced that they are going to release thousands of what they call "non-violent" drug offenders from Federal prisons. How naive do you have to be to do that? Where are those generally unskilled, uneducated prisoners going to go? They are going back to their old neighborhoods, to their old cronies who were in the same industry, and go back to their old ways of dealing drugs. Make no mistake, these are not wayward college students who got caught with a joint of marijuana. These are often hardened criminals and gang members who were caught with lots of drugs! And now, from their time in prison, they have made even better "contacts" in the crime world.
And the illegal guns and violence will follow. From my more than 40 years in the law enforcement profession, I can guarantee that most of those "non-violent" drug offenders will be back in the prison system in very short order. For the Federal government to release them back into society today is a huge mistake and will result in serious problems in both our inner cities and our suburbs as they spread their drug culture until they get caught and sentenced once again.
  

Sunday, January 3, 2016

An Example of Not Enforcing Existing Gun Control Laws



When this crossed our computer we thought, "This has got be biased and exaggerated". So we checked it out and found an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper verifying it. We reprinted it below. And you wonder why there is a gun problem in this country? It's because when our existing laws are violated, we don't do anything about it! 

Judge repeats gun rights slogan during sentencing for illegal buys

In giving probation with no jail time to a Milwaukee man charged with 55 counts of buying firearms with fake identification and dealing them without a license, a federal judge delivered a message:
"People kill people," U.S. District Rudolph Randa said, echoing a common gun rights slogan. "Guns don't kill people."
Dontray Mills, 24, purchased a total of 27 firearms, mostly handguns, between December 2012 and April 2014 and pleaded guilty to one of the charges on April 22, 2014, after an ATF investigation. As a result of the conviction, Mills will never again be able to buy firearms legally.
On Wednesday, he was sentenced. As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors agreed with the one year of probation.
Randa said he recognized the seriousness of the offense and acknowledged the problem of guns winding up in the hands of people who use them to commit violence.
But Mills, Randa said, did not come across as a typical defendant because of his good behavior since the charges and his life ambitions, which include becoming a rap musician. While on bail, Mills twice traveled to Los Angeles to work on a film and to pursue his musical aspirations.
Randa said he had seen plenty of people facing similar charges who bought firearms for friends and then took no responsibility for their actions. Mills, he said, has accepted responsibility.
Mills purchased the firearms, usually at a Gander Mountain or Mills Fleet Farm store, with an identification that had an address that was different from his own. He tearfully told the court Wednesday he was "unaware of how serious" his offense was.
On April 11, 2014, Mills was at a Mills Fleet Farm in Germantown and filled out ATF Form 4473 to purchase a gun from the store, which he could pick up two days later. Shortly after he went to West Bend and purchased a firearm there, too.
On that same day, law enforcement officers, who had received a tip about Mills' activities about a week earlier, went to the address he had been using to purchase the firearms in the 6100 block of N. 35th St in Milwaukee and interviewed a resident of the house.
Mills had listed the address in his purchases, but the resident said nobody had permission to use her address and nobody was renting a room. The family — which included a man, woman and two minor children — had no idea their address had been used by someone else to register to buy guns.
Mills was taken into custody and released on bail. While on bail, he traveled to California to work on a film and to pursue his aspirations of becoming a rap artist.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

William Shakespeare and Gun Control Laws

According to William Shakespeare, "In jest, there is truth". And since we have been talking about criminals, by definition, ignoring gun control laws, here is a tidbit we found to emphasize the point with a bit of humor. Source unknown.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

"Back Door" Gun Control Efforts

Some jurisdictions in the United States, realizing that they continually lose outright gun bans as being unconstitutional, have tried to pass "back door" legislation to get around those Constitutional challenges. They have tried to ban certain "classes" of weapons such as weapons classified as "assault weapons" that have certain legislatively defined characteristics such as folding stocks or muzzle flash suppressors. And those have had limited success depending on the jurisdiction and the courts covering those jurisdictions. When one city outlawed "gun dealerships" within the city limits, the Supreme Court determined that that was effectively denying its law abiding citizens access to firearms they were entitled to under the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. Other "back door" attempts at gun control legislation have included local registration, ammunition registries, excessive pistol permit application fees and even "gun buyback" programs have been aimed at limiting guns in the hands of local citizens. Do any of them work? We have already established in previous postings that gun control laws are outright ignored by criminals, diluted by prosecutors and judges and that some honest "law abiding" citizens feel that they have been legislatively "deprived of their right to defend themselves and their families" just as they were by the Sullivan Laws of New York back in 1913. If "gun control" was the solution to eliminating crime in the United States, I would have advocated it throughout my 40 year criminal justice career and would have been a hero writing about it.