Media offers “helpful” suggestions for next gun-control actions

posted at 6:51 pm on January 7, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

And by “helpful,” I mostly mean insane. The ephemeral nature of Barack Obama’s “actions” this week on gun control seems to have belatedly sunk into the national-media psyche, but common sense still appears in short supply. For instance, the Baltimore Sun’s Tricia Bishop wants the government to create a searchable online database so that parents can know which homes have firearms, in case their kids want to go play (via Twitchy):

I’m less afraid of the criminals wielding guns in Baltimore, I declared as we discussed the issue, than I am by those permitted gun owners. I know how to stay out of the line of Baltimore’s illegal gunfire; I have the luxury of being white and middle class in a largely segregated city that reserves most of its shootings for poor, black neighborhoods overtaken by “the game.” The closest I typically get to the action is feeling the chest-thumping vibrations of the Foxtrot police helicopter flying overhead in pursuit of someone who might be a few streets over, but might as well be a world away. But I don’t know where the legal gun owners are or how to ensure that their children, no matter how well versed in respecting firearms, won’t one day introduce that weapon to my daughter.

And so, as President Barack Obama announced plans this week to tighten background checks for gun buyers and increase gun tracking and research, I thought, that’s all well and good, but how about adding something immediately useful: a gun owner registry available to the public online — something like those for sex offenders. I’m not equating gun owners with predatory perverts, but the model is helpful here; I want a searchable database I can consult to find out whether my kid can have a play date at your house.

Well, here’s a thought that seems to have eluded this Responsible Parent: Why not ask? Or does Helicopter Mom just let her kids play in other people’s houses without at least first engaging with the parents? Our house is past the age of play dates, except for our granddaughters, and their parents are already well aware of my status and the care I take in maintaining it. Just asking the parents first might put Bishop’s mind at ease, or at the very least will warn the others about Bishop’s priorities.

That would certainly work better than forcing thousands of law-abiding gun owners in her community to make their status public along with their address, turning the website into a targeting system for criminals who want to steal firearms. Oh, didn’t Bishop think of that? She probably also doesn’t realize that it will allow criminals to ascertain which homes do not have the means for effective self-defense, as Ed Driscoll points out. I wonder what that would do to her “luxury of being white and middle class” neighborhood. One thing’s for sure: it would bring that Foxtrot police helicopter closer more often than she likes.

At least former Consumer Product Safety Commission chair Ann Brown doesn’t want to expose the personal data of gun owners to anyone who might wish them harm. Instead, the former bureaucrat wants more regulation on bullets. Brown laments that Congress stopped the CPSC from arrogating that power in the 1970s, and wants Congress to reverse itself now:

In 1974, the CPSC’s first chairman made clear his belief that the agency could probably regulate ammunition, and a court agreed — whereupon a frightened Congress passed laws making it impossible even to try. Now is the time for the president to begin pushing to correct that mistake.

Do I say this swayed by all the horrific mass shootings we have seen in the past few years? Only in part. These are the tragic, visible tip of an iceberg. While mass shootings attract headlines and our grief, bigger problems with guns often go unnoticed: the hundreds killed annually in intimate-partner violence; those killed by kids too young to know what pulling a trigger can do; the 21,000 Americans who commit suicide with a firearm each year.

I admire the president for doing what he did this week. But the chance of achieving even a small reduction in this carnage through executive action is, well, small. And the chance of getting more effective gun-control measures through Congress this year is about zero.

Was Congress “frightened” in 1974? Doubtful. They were probably more annoyed that bureaucrats would attempt an end-around an explicit constitutional liberty by attempting to expand their jurisdiction without a clear mandate from the legislative branch.

So how would an “ammunition control” work? Brown explains:

That is the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Under Republican and Democratic presidents, the commission has worked with manufacturers to create flexible guidelines for all kinds of hazardous products. It didn’t ban cribs, walkers, toasters — or paint. It worked out ways to address what made them dangerous — and saved children in the process.

The same flexible approach can work with ammunition. When someone who may be dangerous is prevented from buying ammunition, any gun he has hidden becomes like a car without gas: a useless hunk of metal.

There are many ways to move ahead. We could license ammunition purchases like drivers, ban online purchases and mandate background checks for buyers.

If that sounds familiar, it should. It’s exactly what we do with firearms now. Clearly that has solved the problem of humans using tools for violent ends, yes? No? You don’t say. Besides, the CPSC most certainly does ban certain kinds of cribs, toasters, and paint, but it doesn’t regulate how much of an approved product people can buy. The FDA and DEA actually does do that with cold medicines like Sudafed to prevent the operation of meth labs. How well has that worked out? You don’t say.

Finally, my colleague Damon Linker at The Week wants to concentrate only on mass shootings with his policy recommendation. Unlike many on the Left, Linker thinks an “assault weapons” ban is pointless, but he wants to do something else with those weapons — force them to be stored at approved ranges at all times:

Leave single shot rifles alone. Leave most handguns alone. Leave laws on background checks and waiting periods alone. Instead, focus only on assault weapons. Define them to include all automatic and semi-automatic rifles, as well as high-capacity magazines that increase the number of bullets that can be fired by rifles and handguns without reloading. But don’t try to outlaw them, as the now-expired 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban did with some semi-automatic rifles. Simply require that they be purchased, stored, and used only at licensed dealers and firing ranges.

Want to buy and shoot an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle, the gun that Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik allegedly used to murder 14 and injure 22 in San Bernardino last month, and the primary weapon Adam Lanza used to carry out the Sandy Hook massacre? Go right ahead. But you will be required to keep and shoot it exclusively on the premises of an establishment that exists expressly for that purpose.

Visit that range as often as you like. Shoot the weapon to your heart’s content. But you won’t be allowed to leave with it, walk the streets with it, bring it into your home, or sell it directly to any other private citizen. …

Would such a regulation, if imposed and enforced nationally, save lives? You bet it would. How can we know that? Because in a mass shooting, time is bullets. Anything that slows down the shooter does some good. Imagine if, instead of firing semiautomatic assault rifles, the San Bernardino shooters had been limited to shooting hand guns with standard magazines. Maybe they would have murdered 7, or 9, or 11 instead of 14. Maybe they would have injured 11, or 14, or 17 instead of 22.

Or maybe they would have just kept reloading and shooting anyway. That’s what happened in the Virginia Tech and Fort Hood shootings, in which the perpetrators used handguns rather than long-barrel firearms. Nidal Hasan managed to shoot 214 rounds from a single pistol in his rampage. What Linker and others who focus on those miss is that magazines are relatively cheap, and the demented few who plan mass shootings would simply buy a couple of extra “standard” magazines for their insanity.

Besides, as FBI records on homicides show, long-barrel firearm homicides are a very small percentage of that type of crime. In 2014, rifles of all kinds (semiautomatic or not) accounted for 2% of all homicides, and just 3% of firearms homicides. Shotguns actually have a slight edge over rifles. More than twice as many homicides take place with “personal” weapons, meaning arms and legs, hands and feet. This proportion has been consistent for at least the last ten years since the expiration of the assault weapons ban. In fact, homicides by rifles of all kind have declined since the 2005 expiration from 435 in that year to 248 in 2014, almost cut in half. For that matter, firearms homicides of all kinds have dropped 25% in the ten years since the ban expired — from over 10,000 to 8,124 in 2014.

Linker responded to that criticism yesterday by saying he’s specifically targeting spree shooters. As noted above, though, not all spree shooters use rifles of any kind. More importantly, not all owners of so-called “assault weapons” are risks for spree shooting. On just the much-maligned AR-15 .223 semiautomatic rifle alone, the US had 3.3 million in homes before Newtown, before the threat of another ban led to a sales boom. Even if every rifle homicide in 2014 was the result of an AR-15 and the AR-15 was the only semiautomatic rifle in existence, those homicides would represent 0.0075% of all AR-15s. Why should 99.9925% of owners of the AR-15 be forced to have their property stored outside of their home on the off chance that 0.0075% of people might use one in a crime? And what exactly would Linker suggest doing to ensure that any owners of AR-15s are in compliance? House raids?

These are deeply unserious proposals, based mostly on hysteria in an environment where gun violence is trending downward anyway. Gun ownership during the same period has trended upward, which should tell rational people that ownership of firearms (and bullets) in general is not correlative to gun violence. If any correlative conclusions are to be drawn, it’s that responsible gun ownership might actually discourage gun violence. Solutions to mass shootings involve dealing with the pathology of the shooters, not disarming law-abiding citizens.

Update: The math was off on the calculations for rifle homicides compared to total AR-15s. It’s 0.0075%, not 0.75%. I’ve fixed it — it makes the argument much stronger anyway — and thanks to Nemo in the comments for the correction.


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Those parents should be more worried about whether their kids’ friends’ houses have swimming pools. They have a much greater risk of dying from that than from guns.

eMatters on January 7, 2016 at 6:54 PM

Just say you’re in favor of fascism Tricia, it saves a lot of reading, thanks.

antipc on January 7, 2016 at 6:56 PM

The liberal media would love to take away guns from every American – they would also like to shut down opposing voices from Conservatives – they would probably be fine with gulags for offenders.

We have to change the education system before this will ever get better – maybe start with cutting funding and eliminating teacher’s unions.

celt on January 7, 2016 at 6:58 PM

Would such a regulation, if imposed and enforced nationally, save lives? You bet it would. How can we know that? Because in a mass shooting, time is bullets. Anything that slows down the shooter does some good. Imagine if, instead of firing semiautomatic assault rifles, the San Bernardino shooters had been limited to shooting hand guns with standard magazines. Maybe they would have murdered 7, or 9, or 11 instead of 14. Maybe they would have injured 11, or 14, or 17 instead of 22.

Ken Campbell Sheriff of Boone County Indiana begs to disagree:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCSySuemiHU

Johnnyreb on January 7, 2016 at 6:59 PM

but common sense still appears in short supply

Oh, didn’t Bishop think of that

It’s exactly what we do with firearms now

These are deeply unserious proposals, based mostly on hysteria

…Left-Tards are incapable of rational thought…and hence cannot grasp the meaning of common sense…they can only emote…

…their sole method of motivating “change” is based upon pure emotion…it all sounds good to the woefully uninformed…until reality smacks them upside the head…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Yeah, create a black market for bullets. That will work as well as prohibition. Bullets are fairly easy to make in your garage if you have the ingredients. May as well put the ammo makers out of business and let the criminal cartels take it over.

they lie on January 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM

If i become president i gut the first amendment so journalist have to place all stories on a 72 hr waiting list to be approved. All journalists have to have a license that has to be approved before they can file a column. All journalists have to prove that they actually need to file the column. All journalists will pay a tax for paper, pencils, pens, or computers. No journalist shall borrow or purchase papers, pens, pencils, computers without first showing a licence and going thru a background check……Seems fair, right?

jaywemm on January 7, 2016 at 7:09 PM

I’m less afraid of the criminals wielding guns in Baltimore, I declared as we discussed the issue, than I am by those permitted gun owners.

Yes – you are completely flukin insane.

I’m not afraid of the illegal drunk drivers with lots of accidents because I can see them coming, but the legal drivers with clean driving records who obey the laws scare the Shiite out of me…../leftards

dentarthurdent on January 7, 2016 at 7:10 PM

These people in the media need to be researched, tracked down, and EXPOSED.

No more of this monolith spewing anti-American nonsense. These are f***ing PEOPLE and they need to be held accountable. PERSONALLY.

fossten on January 7, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Barack has taken care of the ammunition problem. He’s sold so many more firearms that ammo makers will be struggling for ages to keep up with the renewed demand, hence the wackjobs won’t be able to find any to shoot.

Skip2014 on January 7, 2016 at 7:12 PM

Let’s take these one at a time:

For instance, the Baltimore Sun’s Tricia Bishop wants the government to create a searchable online database so that parents can know which homes have firearms, in case their kids want to go play:

More likely, it will be a handy tool to let the Left SWAT us at will.

At least former Consumer Product Safety Commission chair Ann Brown doesn’t want to expose the personal data of gun owners to anyone who might wish them harm. Instead, the former bureaucrat wants more regulation on bullets.

Say, didn’t Team SCOAMT try to ban lead shot at one point? I guess Version 2.0 will extend that to all bullets.

Finally, my colleague Damon Linker at The Week wants to concentrate only on mass shootings with his policy recommendation. Unlike many on the Left, Linker thinks an “assault weapons” ban is pointless, but he wants to do something else with those weapons — force them to be stored at approved ranges at all times:

So much for self-defense (and don’t try telling me Linker will allow even double-action revolvers to “legally” exist outside of the suddenly-inaccessible firing ranges).

Steve Eggleston on January 7, 2016 at 7:15 PM

On what information does this person have more fear of legal Baltimore gun owners than criminals in Baltimore? Wouldn’t you have to have some kind of better criteria than I’m white and don’t go to the shady side of town? I’m pretty sure that criminals on the shady side of town don’t wave their illegal fire arms around.

Cindy Munford on January 7, 2016 at 7:16 PM

Best investment right now is guns and ammo. Not the companies, but the actual off the shelf merchandise. GOPe is going to cave on the issue and the commies are going to win by making it impossible to purchase and own guns legally. In which case sportsmen and shooting ranges will be a thing of the past. But it will be that much more dangerous for one to protect one’s self against the criminals who will still have guns. So, the person who may not feel the need to own a gun now, will soon find that one is a necessity when only the thugs have guns. Gun sales and ammo sales on the black market will be lucrative and if you have the merchandise, you will be able to clean up on the black market. Plus, if you have the skills to make guns, you can earn a fortune. As the commies say, never let a good crisis go to waste. Looks like I will need to try and get a YUGE magnet and go and try and fish my lost guns out of the river.

they lie on January 7, 2016 at 7:17 PM

I’m not a big fan of the AR-15 but a good case can be made that it’s a great home defense gun for less experience shooters

halfbaked on January 7, 2016 at 7:19 PM

Yeah, well, you know, I want a searchable database of every woman who has ever had an abortion. I want to make sure that none of them are teaching my grandaughters in any way, shape, form or fashion.

How will that work out for y’all, Liberals?

lineholder on January 7, 2016 at 7:19 PM

Did I mention that the most-popular “fishing” spot will be Bishop’s lake?

Steve Eggleston on January 7, 2016 at 7:20 PM

Shorter Trish:

I know how to stay away from the colors so I won’t get hit by a random ethnic bullet, but the idea that someone who looks as white as me might have a gun in their bedside table makes the pee dribble down my leg.

Make it stop!

Dolce Far Niente on January 7, 2016 at 7:23 PM

Media outlets and/or government are the only places left that will hire these idiot leftists…

d1carter on January 7, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Hey media next time you get mugged call obama.

RickB on January 7, 2016 at 7:29 PM

Yeah, well, you know, I want a searchable database of every woman who has ever had an abortion.
How will that work out for y’all, Liberals?

lineholder on January 7, 2016 at 7:19 PM

…I want a searchable database of EVERY WOMAN DIRTBAG WILLE EVER MOLESTED…and a loooong list it will be…

How will that work out for y’all, Liberals?

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Some one needs to introduce legislation requiring every one over the age of 21 who is mentally competent and not a convicted felon to have to purchase and own a hand gun and be required to carry it at all times and in all places.

they lie on January 7, 2016 at 7:31 PM

I have the luxury of being white and middle class in a largely segregated city that reserves most of its shootings for poor, black neighborhoods overtaken by “the game.” The closest I typically get to the action is feeling the chest-thumping vibrations of the Foxtrot police helicopter flying overhead in pursuit of someone who might be a few streets over, but might as well be a world away. But I don’t know where the legal gun owners are or how to ensure that their children, no matter how well versed in respecting firearms, won’t one day introduce that weapon to my daughter.

So he is both racist and a metrosexual afraid of looking at icky guns?

Johnnyreb on January 7, 2016 at 7:31 PM

…heh…

Ingenious New Non-Lethal Bullet Burns Propellant Inside the Round

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 7, 2016 at 7:34 PM

Mug the Media!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 7, 2016 at 7:37 PM

Keep the suggestions coming . . . . .
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It’s GREAT comedy relief.

listens2glenn on January 7, 2016 at 7:38 PM

Yeah, well, you know, I want a searchable database of every woman who has ever had an abortion. I want to make sure that none of them are teaching my grandaughters in any way, shape, form or fashion.

How will that work out for y’all, Liberals?

lineholder on January 7, 2016 at 7:19 PM

I like it. I like it a lot.

Cleombrotus on January 7, 2016 at 7:38 PM

So Tricia is fine with blacks be segregated into ghettos and prey for criminals? Ah yes, another lefty self identifies as a racist.

rbj on January 7, 2016 at 7:41 PM

What no thread on obamas gun town hall.

RickB on January 7, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Charles C. W. Cooke
[email protected]

Question I’d love to hear Obama asked tonight: “What forms of gun control do you consider flatly unacceptable; where is your hard limit?”

Charles C. W. Cooke
[email protected]
Another good question for Obama tonight: “You’ve praised Australian gun control four times now. Can you explain exactly what you mean?”

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 7, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Leave single shot rifles alone. Leave most handguns alone. Leave laws on background checks and waiting periods alone. Instead, focus only on assault weapons. Define them to include all automatic and semi-automatic rifles, as well as high-capacity magazines that increase the number of bullets that can be fired by rifles and handguns without reloading. But don’t try to outlaw them, as the now-expired 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban did with some semi-automatic rifles. Simply require that they be purchased, stored, and used only at licensed dealers and firing ranges.

Brilliant; this includes just about all shotguns.

Sorry, my Bennelli M2 is staying put. If I have an intruder, I doubt he’ll be patient enough to wait for me to go to the range, pick it up, come back, and then scare him off.

#weaponsgradestupidity

dorkintheroad on January 7, 2016 at 7:44 PM

POLITICO Magazine
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Before tonight’s town hall: How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment http://politi.co/1S6iPyc | Getty

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 7, 2016 at 7:44 PM

I’m less afraid of the criminals wielding guns in Baltimore, I declared as we discussed the issue, than I am by those permitted gun owners.
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Tricia Bishop @baltimoresun.com on January 7, 2016

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Translation:

The armed inner city criminals aren’t as much of an impediment to my POLITICAL AGENDA, as much as the lawful citizens who have permits are.

listens2glenn on January 7, 2016 at 7:45 PM

I want a searchable database I can consult to find out whether my kid can have a play date at your house.

Well, here’s a thought that seems to have eluded this Responsible Parent: Why not ask?

Because, she wants to discriminate without sounding discriminatory.

And just think of the other ‘benefits’… employers could weed out gun owners without even interviewing them!

Marcola on January 7, 2016 at 7:46 PM

…because he’s a freaking moron that’s why…

Why Obama’s Smart Gun Push Will Misfire

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 7, 2016 at 7:47 PM

This benefits TRUMP!

Mr. Arrogant on January 7, 2016 at 7:51 PM

I’m less afraid of the criminals wielding guns in Baltimore, I declared as we discussed the issue, than I am by those permitted gun owners. I know how to stay out of the line of Baltimore’s illegal gunfire; I have the luxury of being white and middle class in a largely segregated city that reserves most of its shootings for poor, black neighborhoods overtaken by “the game.” The closest I typically get to the action is feeling the chest-thumping vibrations of the Foxtrot police helicopter flying overhead in pursuit of someone who might be a few streets over, but might as well be a world away.

Or in plain English, she lives in a condo or gated community with armed, paid security. She works at a newspaper with armed, paid security. And her employers probably supply her with a driver and car- plus armed, paid security when she goes anywhere on a story assignment.

She has bodyguards with guns at all times. She just doesn’t think any “peasant” deserves to have the same degree of security vs. assault by savages as a member of the nobility like herself.

Add in the innate loathing of those she regards as less enlightened than herself (“those permitted gun owners”), and we see the attitude which has been endemic in the enlightened elite’ at least since World war One;

We don’t like you. We need your votes, your labor, and your taxes, but that doesn’t make us want to be around you. Nor do we feel any obligation toward you; we feel that you are obligated to obey us.

We don’t trust you, and we want total control of you so that we can feel free to act like the absolute rulers we yearn to be.

If we feel the need to kill you in the process, tough luck. Our needs are what matter; you do not matter at all.

This “I’m OK, you’re a piece of dogsh!t” mindset has permeated the elite’ on both sides of the political spectrum for decades.

At least now they’re being honest about it.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 7, 2016 at 7:52 PM

What no thread on obamas gun town hall.

RickB on January 7, 2016 at 7:42 PM

What for? It’s just a sham-wow obama commercial with planted questions.

wifarmboy on January 7, 2016 at 7:53 PM

At least Joe Biden won’t be out on the porch firing shotguns up in the air anymore.

JackM on January 7, 2016 at 8:02 PM

What no thread on obamas gun town hall.

RickB on January 7, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Why on earth would you watch?

dorkintheroad on January 7, 2016 at 8:02 PM

Charles C. W. Cooke
[email protected]
Another good question for Obama tonight: “You’ve praised Australian gun control four times now. Can you explain exactly what you mean?”

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 7, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Now, now, that’s just unfair. Obama is a BIG IDEA guy, a RESULTS guy. He leaves the boring details of the process to others. I’m sure all he knows about Australia is that almost no Aussies have guns now. How they got there isn’t important to him.

Oh, and he probably thinks Australia is next to Germany, but that’s besides the point.

Marcola on January 7, 2016 at 8:04 PM

Will B.O. let Anderson Cooper sit in his lap.?

JackM on January 7, 2016 at 8:07 PM

I have the luxury of being white and middle class in a largely segregated city that reserves most of its shootings for poor, black neighborhoods overtaken by “the game.”

Hey Tricia, nobody is keeping you in your lilly white suburb. You and your family could always stop end your microaggresive lifestyle and move to Freddy Gray’s neighborhood. How about it? Don’t you want your kids to play among the safety of drug dealers and gangs with those unpermitted guns instead of the dangers of your McMansion neighbors?

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Will B.O. let Anderson Cooper sit in his lap.?

JackM on January 7, 2016 at 8:07 PM

Depends on what your definition of “sit in his lap” is.

RickB on January 7, 2016 at 8:10 PM

If i become president i gut the first amendment so journalist have to place all stories on a 72 hr waiting list to be approved. All journalists have to have a license that has to be approved before they can file a column. All journalists have to prove that they actually need to file the column. All journalists will pay a tax for paper, pencils, pens, or computers. No journalist shall borrow or purchase papers, pens, pencils, computers without first showing a licence and going thru a background check……Seems fair, right?

jaywemm on January 7, 2016 at 7:09 PM

More than fair – far more people have been killed by irresponsible journalists than by responsible gun owners.

AesopFan on January 7, 2016 at 8:12 PM

Yeah, well, you know, I want a searchable database of every woman who has ever had an abortion. I want to make sure that none of them are teaching my grandaughters in any way, shape, form or fashion.

How will that work out for y’all, Liberals?

lineholder on January 7, 2016 at 7:19 PM

I could add a few more qualifications to that list.
I’m leaning toward “every one who has ever voted Democrat” —

AesopFan on January 7, 2016 at 8:13 PM

Again, I encourage liberals to take a nice walk near the edge of a high cliff.

I will then text you.

If a high cliff is not readily accessible, a busy intersection or sawmill, will do fine.

JackM on January 7, 2016 at 8:21 PM

Amen Ed

gwelf on January 7, 2016 at 8:26 PM

Is B.O. crying yet?

JackM on January 7, 2016 at 8:26 PM

Were the bodies of dead children delivered to the set on time?

JackM on January 7, 2016 at 8:29 PM

Hub crime is down down down. Fake controversy…
https://www.aei.org/publication/chart-of-the-day-more-guns-less-gun-violence-between-1993-and-2013/

CWforFreedom on January 7, 2016 at 8:34 PM

Hub …gun

CWforFreedom on January 7, 2016 at 8:35 PM

More proof that what I said about Baltimore before is true. White liberals who segregate themselves in certain neighborhoods do not care about violence in black communities but they want to disarm and disturb law abiding, freedom loving Americans. Tricia Bishop, GFY. Not only is she a leftard, gun owner hating bigot, she’s also a racist to boot.

Speakeasy on January 7, 2016 at 8:42 PM

Were the bodies of dead children delivered to the set on time?

JackM on January 7, 2016 at 8:29 PM

Rush order from Planned Parenthood.

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2016 at 8:46 PM

Holy crap. She’s less afraid of criminals than law-abiding citizens? Seriously? The **reason** for this floors me. Basically:

1-My white skin protects me; it has magical properties that deflect bullets.
2-OK, it’s ‘coz I’m in a segregated city. Who the hell needs Obama’s “beautification” programs to bring black families closer? That would just bring the Foxtrots into my yard!
3-This city reserves its gunfire for the black neighborhoods. People get shot a lot over there? What’s the problem? It’s not me!
4-I’m really worried my daughter might play at the house of someone with a gun. **No matter how well versed in respecting firearms they are** I’m all freaky deaky they might take it out and play Wild West on a play date with my daughter.
5-I’m not worried about people a couple of blocks over. There’s an invisible barrier that keeps their bullets out. So they shoot each other up? So a lot of children over there get taken out? That’s their own little world. And it’s not mine!
6-Who cares if someone else’s children are getting shot up every day? I just care about violating other peoples’ rights to protect my own child!

In other words, Tricia Bishop has just openly stated she’s a racist POS who doesn’t give a sh*t about what happens in those neighborhoods, so long as SHE is equipped with whatever it takes–even violating other people’s rights–to protect HER child. Screw the blacks! They’re not her problem!

turtledoveak on January 7, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Linker is hysterical, in all meanings of the word.

Jeff Weimer on January 7, 2016 at 8:56 PM

Yeah. The criminals would love to have one of these databases too. That way they will know to come and rob Helicopter Mom’s house for easy pickings.

supersport667 on January 7, 2016 at 9:08 PM

Do they realize there are actually bad people in the world? I mean seriously it’s like there is no difference between good people and bad people, ANYONE with a gun is dangerous, so get rid of all guns. Well except those protecting the real special people, somehow those guns have a different kind of magical property because regular guns make good people evil. Sure would like to know how that works.

Idea, instead of taking guns off the street why don’t we get bad people off the street.

No there are no bad people, they are just misunderstood and should be let back on the streets, where they buy guns illegally and kill us.

odannyboy on January 7, 2016 at 9:18 PM

In other words, Tricia Bishop has just openly stated she’s a racist POS who doesn’t give a sh*t about what happens in those neighborhoods, so long as SHE is equipped with whatever it takes–even violating other people’s rights–to protect HER child. Screw the blacks! They’re not her problem!

turtledoveak on January 7, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Incredible, isn’t it? And they get away with it.

Cleombrotus on January 7, 2016 at 9:21 PM

If … if every rifle homicide in 2014 was the result of an AR-15 and the AR-15 was the only semiautomatic rifle in existence, those homicides would represent 0.75% of all AR-15s

I get more like 74 parts per million or 0.0074% homicides.

3% of 8124 = 244
244 / 3.3 Million = 0.0074%

nemo on January 7, 2016 at 9:25 PM

Last year that whole idea of parents accessing a database to find out which child’s parents were evil gun owners was effectively crushed when someone suggest a public database of what parents refused to vaccinate their children against potentially fatal and highly communicable diseases.

kurtzz3 on January 7, 2016 at 9:37 PM

Number of people killed last year in mass shootings in US: 132

Number of people killed by teenagers texting behind the wheel in US: 3,000

PointnClick on January 7, 2016 at 9:41 PM

But I don’t know where the legal gun owners are or how to ensure that their children, no matter how well versed in respecting firearms, won’t one day introduce that weapon to my daughter.

Why not apply this to “sex toys” .. or atheists ?

J_Crater on January 7, 2016 at 9:49 PM

Is B.O. crying yet?

JackM on January 7, 2016 at 8:26 PM

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Dunno. But I’m sure Taylor Millard has a huge box of Kleenex (for multiple purposes) next to him while watching and is making a laundry list if things to scold conservatives about viv a vis Obama’s little CNN anti second amendment clubhouse show with fellow pajama boy Anderson Cooper.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 7, 2016 at 10:20 PM

Jared Loughner had repeated incidents and contacts with authorities at the community college he attended and with local sheriff’s deputies. They knew him to be unstable. He was so visibly unstable that a clerk at a WalMart wouldn’t sell him ammunition. If clerks at WalMarts are better at stopping wackos how do the leftists expect the average government employee to step up to the plate?

InterestedObserver on January 8, 2016 at 12:05 AM

Maybe Tricia Bishop would like it if we all started wearing colored triangles on our clothes – it worked so well the last time.

Hill60 on January 8, 2016 at 12:50 AM

The media being basically an adjunct of the Federal government, I suppose they do indeed see supporting more power for the Federal government as part of their raison d’etre.

If these liberals weren’t so weak on crime, then this would be waaaay less of an issue. You’re more likely to be killed by a family member, friend or acquaintance. Being in such close proximity to you, they can kill you by many, many other means. Guns have long been available in this country. Go back and look at all the murders committed by bare hands, knives, poison, strangulation, drowning (heh-like Chappaquiddick), suffocation or various heavy objects and tools.

And if you’re a Federal agent, there’s the arranged car and plane crashes…but, I digress.

The murderers that really worry us are those we don’t know. These types almost always have priors going back to their days as “utes”.

Violent felons and other assorted career criminals shouldn’t be walking the streets in the first place. How many chances do they get? Lots-in some cases, infinite. How many chances do you get to not pay your taxes or speeding tickets? None.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 8, 2016 at 3:06 AM

“Journalists offer helpful solutions to all our problems”

Now that’s the kind of article that has comedy gold written all over it!

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 8, 2016 at 3:10 AM

These are deeply unserious proposals, based mostly on hysteria in an environment where gun violence is trending downward anyway.

In other words, these are journalists sharing with us their dubious problem-solving skills. I’d say they’re real-life Ron Burgundys, but they’re probably more like real-life Brick Tamlands.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 8, 2016 at 3:15 AM

I don’t know where the legal gun owners are or how to ensure that their children, no matter how well versed in respecting firearms, won’t one day introduce that weapon to my daughter. . . . I want a searchable database I can consult to find out whether my kid can have a play date at your house.

Why not go full bore and just pin them with a yellow star.

Younggod on January 8, 2016 at 6:37 AM

Solutions to mass shootings involve dealing with the pathology of the shooters, not disarming law-abiding citizens.

THIS.

Why do we keep spinning our wheels with the same old tired arguing about guns, when we have a society that is producing young men capable of planning and carrying our mass shootings? This is NEW, guns are not new.

It always amazes me that liberals continue to talk piously about the need to address the root causes of inner city crime, but seem completely uninterested in getting at the root causes of spree killings and mass shootings by disturbed young men. These are among the most preventable crimes in our country but the media keep insisting that the only answer is total confiscation of guns.

rockmom on January 8, 2016 at 9:30 AM

The only solution is thoughts and prayers

wearyexclusive on January 8, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Well, here’s a thought that seems to have eluded this Responsible Parent: Why not ask? Or does Helicopter Mom just let her kids play in other people’s houses without at least first engaging with the parents?

“Responsible” presumably with cap to demonstrate the ironic edge?

These smug jackass, anti-everythings are essentially a reincarnation of the self-righteous morons who initiated the Twenty-first Amendment, and will be the first of those to send fellow citizens to some future guillotine when they sense the imminent loss of their “…luxury of being white and middle class in a largely segregated city …” – as THEY themselves unctuously declare in missing the whole point of basic self-sacrifice they so expect of everyone else.

I still can’t wait for the dems [and local trolls, if any fit the category] to be stripped of their own armed security details….

RL on January 8, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Not fer nuthin, but just pointing out that the vast majority of injuries and fatalaties at the Colorado theatre incident were from a pump-action SHOTGUN. These idiots simply have NO clue about ANYTHING associated with weapons, but still pontificate.

PJ Emeritus on January 8, 2016 at 10:12 AM

I have the luxury of being white and…

Wait, what?

Being white is a luxury? Dunno about you lady, but I was born that way, I didn’t have any say in the matter.

GrumpyOldFart on January 8, 2016 at 10:19 AM

In the past several decades we have seemly had an explosion of mass killings in the US. Prior to the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy, one could purchase firearms by mail order. Certainly much less restrictive purchase requirements than today. But we also had mental institutions to commit seriously mentally ill citizens; the mentally ill are the majority, if not all of the mass killers. Some of the killers were known to be mentally ill but the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) did not have the information for inclusion into the data base. As I saw debated in the MD legislature, there is a privacy issue and who would risk signing off that a mentally ill person was cured and could have their 2nd Amendment rights restored. So what beyond the lack of mental institutions, when guns purchases were easier than they are now, are there more mass killings. I haven’t heard anyone address this since according to the FBI mass shootings have tripled in recent years. http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-nn-na-mass-shootings-fbi-20140924-story.html

amr on January 8, 2016 at 10:25 AM

By the way, as to, “I’m less afraid of the criminals wielding guns in Baltimore, I declared as we discussed the issue, than I am by those permitted gun owners” is not correct. I live in MD and there is no gun permit requirement to purchase a firearm as in NJ or NY. Beyond the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the MD state police perform a review of ones legal right to purchase a firearm, but whether legally that is kept as a record or can be released to the public, I don’t know. If it isn’t allowed to be kept, as we know that DE and the Feds under Clinton illegally kept firearm purchase records, so anything is possible; Eric Holder as assistant AG under Clinton did that but nothing happened to him.

amr on January 8, 2016 at 10:36 AM

I have the luxury of being white and middle class in a largely segregated city that reserves most of its shootings for poor, black neighborhoods overtaken by “the game.”

And you’ve got absolutely no problem with that, do you? Because those people are black – not like you. Racist much?

I’m not equating gun owners with predatory perverts…

You sure as shooting are.

It didn’t ban cribs, walkers, toasters…

Maybe not, but it did force those stupid warning labels on them. “Do not use this toaster in the shower.” “This walker must be kept away from stairs.” My portable air conditioner has a flag on the power cord – it’s about 9 inches by 9 inches – with all the warnings about not cutting off the grounding prong and not using it outside (it’s an AIR CONDITIONER!) and such.

The same flexible approach can work with ammunition.

You mean the same “flexible” approach that pushes people to make their own workarounds to your nanny-enforced stupidity? There’s this thing called “reloading”….

Imagine if, instead of firing semiautomatic assault rifles, the San Bernardino shooters had been limited to shooting hand guns with standard magazines.

Imagine if, they went and picked up their firearms at the range, then shot the poor schmuck “guarding” the range (because I’m sure you folks wouldn’t want him to be armed – he might hurt someone, you know), then went on about their killing spree anyway?

Solutions to mass shootings involve dealing with the pathology of the shooters and enhancing the ability of free citizens to defend themselves, not disarming law-abiding citizens.

FIFY, Ed.

GWB on January 8, 2016 at 10:50 AM

I know how to stay out of the line of Baltimore’s illegal gunfire; I have the luxury of being white and middle class in a largely segregated city that reserves most of its shootings for poor, black neighborhoods overtaken by “the game.”

That is outright racism. Could you imagine the howls if someone from the NRA said this?

tkc882 on January 8, 2016 at 11:22 AM

So far I am not against this idea of a gun registry. That way I will know that my child is safe playing at some ones house because the parents have the intelligence, love for their family and thoughtfulness to have a gun to defend their family as well as mine when my child is there.


The only draw back I see, would be that the criminals would know what house to break into to see if they could steal the gun. Or actually make my neighbors less safe since the criminals would know ( just like no gun zones) that the criminal need not fear. Because my neighbor is unable to defend himself or his family turning his house in to a free will killing zone. The criminal would know that he could intimidate them, rob them without fear or take advantage of their sons, daughter and wives.

pwb on January 8, 2016 at 12:27 PM