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.        

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How many guns are in private hands in the U.S.?

As of June 14, 2013 gun ownership numbers from the Pew Research Center were published in an online article by Drew DeSilver. "Gun ownership is one of the hardest things for researchers to pin down", he wrote. But the estimates of the number of firearms in civilian hands in the United States is estimated at between 270 million and 310 million. THAT's a lot of guns! And those are the numbers that people admit to having. That doesn't include the unlawfully owned guns in the possession of gang members, drug dealers and convicted felons.
So where are all of these guns and who owns them? Answer: Nobody knows, not the researchers, not the police and not the Federal government. Gun owners are very hesitant to let anyone know they have guns in their homes or places of business. They fear that thugs will try to break in and steal them if they know where they are. And they fear that the police or other government agencies will "target" them for special treatment by anti-gun politicians or agencies.
Anti-gun entities want all guns removed from private hands. Pro-gun entities say that it is a 2nd Amendment right for citizens to own guns, for personal protection or for any other reason. Who is right? Or is the best answer somewhere in the middle?  We will continue to explore in future postings.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Are You Politically Incorrect?

Back in the 1990's we had an article published titled, Are You Politically Incorrect? Within that article we included the research of F.C. Miller, the Editor of Informed Source Newsletter, a newsletter for professional security people in both the public and private sectors. Here are the details of her research.
[In 1911, Turkey forced gun control on its citizens. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million "politically incorrect" Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were systematically rounded up and exterminated.
In 1929, the Soviet Union forced gun control on its citizens. From 1929 to 1953, some 20 million "politically incorrect" citizens, unable to defend themselves, were systematically rounded up and exterminated.
In the late 1930's Germany forced gun control on its citizens. From 1938 to 1945, more than 6 million, "politically incorrect" Jews and others were systematically rounded up and, unable to defend themselves, were exterminated in what is today known as "The Holocaust."]
Informed Source Newsletter continued on with similar "gun control" accounts from a variety of other countries around the world. The results were always the same; first "registration" then "confiscation", and then the "elimination" of their own, "politically incorrect" citizens.
So where do you stand in America today? Are you "politically correct' or "politically incorrect"? And ask yourself, "When will YOUR "political status" change? And what will you do about it if it does?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Politics and Gun Control Laws

Since the 1700's governments in America have passed laws to control who could have guns in the various colonies and states. The British wanted to limit the guns in Colonists' hands for fear of them taking up arms against their English governors. Plantation owners wanted laws to keep guns out of the hands of their slaves, lest they rise up against them. When the Sullivan Laws of New York were passed in the early 1900's they were immediately used for political purposes. If you were in the wrong political party for your area, you could not obtain a permit for a handgun. Even as recently as the 1990's, and maybe even today, if you are affiliated with the wrong political party for your county in New York your application for a pistol permit may be "delayed" or outright denied by the county sheriff or judge. This type of action or inaction by local authorities pales in the face of the bigger issues. Some politicians and special interest groups want to ban ALL guns in the United States, or at least require them all to be registered, citing crime statistics. Opponents say that "registration is the first step toward confiscation" and they may be right. As recently as December 2012, New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo stated in a radio interview with WGDM - AM radio in Albany, NY "Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option - keep your gun but permit it."
So are his options viable and appropriate for the safety of New York's neighborhoods and communities?  Or is he, as some of his opponents have voiced, "a treasonous tyrant who is out of control?"
We will explore the history of similar registration and confiscation schemes from around the world in our next entry.