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May 10, 2023

Regarding Biden’s ‘Gun Ban’ Agenda, First Let’s Ban Alcohol!

Why Biden strenuously avoids identifying the real root cause of the epidemic of violence in America.

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” —John Adams (1770)

As you undoubtedly heard, there was another rare but high-profile mass murder, this time in Allen, Texas. The Hispanic assailant was a brown supremacist who murdered eight people, leaving others seriously injured. This tragic incident occurred just a week after another attack by a Hispanic illegal immigrant who murdered five victims in Cleveland, Texas. Fortunately, there has been only one other incident as violent as latest Texas attack, and that was by an elderly Asian man at a Chinese New Year party in California.

In a quick and apparently unrehearsed response to the second attack, Joe Biden shocked Democrats nationwide by noting the root causes of such attacks and the systemic issues that are responsible for the epidemic of mostly urban violence nationwide.

According to Biden: “We, as a nation, must rise above using the blood of innocents to further our own political agendas while blaming our political opponents for violence. It is time we identified the underlying causes of the epidemic of violence besieging our nation, and determine a path to correct the systemic issues responsible. We must correct the generationally failed social policies that have resulted in the common denominator of most violence — fatherless homes. We must also address the influence that abjectly violent media has on young people, desensitizing the rising generation of sociopaths who then slaughter innocents with no remorse. It is time to stop blaming guns for violence because we all know guns don’t kill people, thugs do.”

OK, of course Biden did not actually say that. Instead he defaulted to his diversionary rhetoric claiming that violence is a “gun problem,” not a culture problem, and he blamed Republicans for not passing a so-called “assault weapons” ban.

Biden could not exercise the decency to say what he should have said about the real underlying causes of most violence in America because even his most dullard Demo constituents might connect the dots between cause and effect — between Democrat policies and violence. They might also realize that Biden and his Demos unleashed a record surge of violence nationwide.

So he has to distract them with political smoke and mirrors to obfuscate the reality that guns don’t commit murder; violent thugs do.

It’s much easier to blame “gun violence,” because most Democrats do not possess the modicum of discernment sufficient to acknowledge, much less understand, the more complex systemic problems, the cultural effluent of which is violence. But Democrats do assume most of their female supporters are emotionally incontinent idiots and thus have launched a campaign to enlist wealthy white suburban women to be pawns for their gun confiscation agenda.

Then, as a reminder, Biden ordered flags to half-mast ostensibly to honor the victims, when in fact he is using American flags as political rags to promote the Demos’ anti-Second Amendment agenda.

The disgraceful irony of using the symbol of American Liberty to undermine the first line of defense for American Liberty falls squarely into the Left’s cauldron of BIG Lies. And a greater irony: Democrats are the historical architects and political beneficiaries of systemic racism.

But what about the daily average of 50 other victims who did not make national news — no political virtue signaling for them? We all hear about the occasional mass murder, but nobody can list all the other nameless and faceless victims of urban violence. On any day, the total victim count of black-on-black and black attacks on people of other races far exceeds the death totals of any high-profile mass murder this year.

Democrat politicians studiously avoid any discussion of this data because it would require studious consideration of the Democrat policies that have created these conditions.

Demos are certainly not going to take on the 600-pound gorilla in their big donor constituency — the violent “entertainment industry,” which feeds our nation’s next generation of sociopaths a steady diet of unmitigated violence.

And they wonder why some people slaughter innocents with no remorse. The entire advertising economy is based on words and imagery to influence behavior. But Demos don’t dare suggest that endless mind loops of violent imagery might influence the behavior of sociopaths.

Fact is, violence is a Demo-induced culture problem spawned primarily by generations of failed socialist Democrat policies — most notably the disintegration of families.

That is particularly true given the common denominator that most violent offenders grew up in fatherless homes. In virtually every case of violence in America, the assailant had no present or functional father, and the strongest link between every social and cultural problem across our nation is, irrefutably, absentee fathers.

The result is metastasizing violence on Demo-controlled urban poverty plantations, the violent urban centers that have been under Democrat control for generations.

And here’s an inconvenient truth about race and violence: A grossly disproportionate number of violent crimes nationwide are committed by black assailants, and black-on-black assault is the most prevalent violent crime in the nation. The suspect in 88% of murders of black people is also black.

Manhattan Institute fellow, author, and nationally recognized crime researcher Heather Mac Donald notes the inconvenient truth about black assailants: “Dozens of blacks are murdered every day, more than all white and Hispanic murder victims combined, even though blacks are only 13 percent of the nation’s population. Blacks between the ages of ten and twenty-four are murdered at twenty-five times the rate of whites between those same ages. Their assailants are not the police, not other whites, but other blacks.”

When considering that the young black males who committed most of those crimes represent less than 3% of the population, that imbalance is staggering. Furthermore, according to Pew Research, “In 2021, 46% of all gun deaths among children and teens involved Black victims, even though only 14% of the U.S. under-18 population that year was Black.”

And regarding all those “hate crimes” and race-hustling chatter by leftists, Mac Donald also reports: “From 2016 to 2020, blacks nationally were twice as likely to commit a hate crime as whites, according to FBI data. … In New York City, from 2010 to 2020, blacks were 2.42 times as likely as whites to commit a hate crime. … Blacks in Los Angeles committed anti-Asian hate crimes at 4.8 times the rate of whites in 2021 and committed anti-gay hate crimes at seven times the rate of whites, and anti-Semitic hate crimes at 2.4 times the rate of whites.”

That being said, I have argued what Democrats will never dare say, that ALL murders are hate crimes — every murder deprives a victim of his or her most fundamental civil rights.

The gross racial disparity in criminal assailants is not a new issue, as made clear by a 2015 Harvard study on black-on-black violence. In that study, gun-grabbing former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg noted: “Ninety percent of all people killed in our city — and 90 percent of all those who commit the murders and other violent crimes — are black and Hispanic. It is shameful that so many elected officials and editorial writers have been largely silent on these facts.”

Democrats don’t actually care about inner-city black Americans, despite the fact that they know who suffers most. They are ignoring black racism and gang violence. Apparently, black victims are expendable.

If Democrats actually believed “Black Lives Matter,” they would not propagate failed urban policies that proliferate black-on-black violence.

So what is the Left’s real firearms agenda?

Bottom line: Biden and his Democrats would like to confiscate all firearms from law-abiding citizens. That is their agenda.

They focus on high-profile attacks using so-called “assault weapons” as the starting point for demanding bans. But the fact is, rifles and shotguns of any description combined are used in less than 3% of all homicides. A homicide victim is far more likely to be murdered by an assailant using a knife, blunt object, or fists than by a rifle or shotgun. And, despite the high-profile of mass murders upon which both the Democrats and their media publicists focus, more than 99.5% of murders in the U.S. are not mass attacks, thus aren’t useful for the Democrats’ gun control narrative.

Of course, Demos never let facts get in the way of their political agenda.

All being said, the next time some enlightened leftist challenges your right to own firearms, advocating for the Demos’ dream of firearm prohibition, challenge them with the following analogy.

According to the latest data, there were 26,031 homicides in the U.S. in latest year of record (2021).

However, more than 178,000 people died from alcohol abuse last year – that’s NINE times the number homicides associate with fire arms. Drunk driving is responsible for 37 deaths per day. Drunk driving results in 37 deaths per day. And notably, it is estimated that alcohol is a key factor in at least 30% of homicides where the assailant uses a firearm. (Include drug dealing or use as a factor and that number jumps to about 60%.)

Is this an “alcohol problem”? Should Democrats ban alcohol? Or at least should there be red flag laws for alcohol abusers and background checks required before purchasing alcohol?

Fact is, the vast majority of alcohol users possess and use this drug legally and responsibly. Likewise, the vast majority of firearm owners possess and use them legally and responsibly.

Enacting a prohibition on firearms is tantamount to enacting a prohibition on alcohol. In both cases, only law-abiding users are penalized while outlaws don’t obey laws.

And finally, if Biden was interested in the health and well-being of Americans, there is something he could have done three years ago to prevent the deaths of now-hundreds of thousands of Americans: Secure our southern border. Consider the “narcotics and other contraband” that he has allowed across our border. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recently claimed, “Because of the work that this president has done, because of what we’ve done specifically on fentanyl at the border, it’s at historic lows.” Nate Jackson fact-checked that number: “More than 70,000 Americans died from a fentanyl overdose in 2021. … The death toll almost certainly went even higher in 2022.” Most of that fentanyl is being trafficked into the U.S. across our southern border by the Sinaloa and CJNG cartels after being mass-produced in Mexico with chemicals sourced primarily from China. The reports of enormous interdictions almost daily barely put a dent in that trafficking.

Additionally, amid the aforementioned crime surge Demos provoked and promoted over the last three years, Republicans should demand from DHS and the FBI a national database on violent crimes committed by illegal aliens so there can be some accountability for that toll resulting from Biden’s open-border policy.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

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NOTES:

The First Civil Right is To Keep and Bear Arms. It is, as James Madison’s Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Story, rightly defined it, “the palladium of the liberties of the republic,” the ultimate assurance of all other rights.

What follows are a few key notes that all defenders of American Liberty and its foundational guarantor, the Second Amendment, should be prepared to articulate, in order to refute the rhetorical gun control agenda disinformation propagated by Democrats and their Leftmedia publicists.

While some of this data is based on annual findings, most of that data does not vary significantly year over year.

FOOTNOTE 1: Regarding so-called “gun violence,” there were approximately 19,600 homicides involving firearms in the U.S. in the latest year of record, which you can view state by state. Fortunately, there are indications that homicides may be declining after the significant surge of violence unleashed by Biden and his Democrat agitators in 2020. The 2022 homicide rate was 30% higher than in 2019.

The Demos ubiquitously and falsely label the generational murderous contagion they have seeded as “gun violence,” and they focus exclusively on the infrequent high-profile “mass shootings,” which account for only a tiny fraction of all homicides. More than 99% of murders in the U.S. are not the result of mass attacks. (Notably, guns don’t commit violence, thugs and sociopaths commit violence.) The oft-cited Gun Violence Archive defines a “mass shooting” as any incident that involves a “minimum of four victims shot, either injured or killed.” The vast majority of those violent attacks are the result of drug and gang violence committed in Democrat-controlled urban centers.

In a country and culture that ignores the rising generation of sociopathic murderers — mostly thugs in violent urban centers who are saturated with cultural violence and indoctrinated with mass-media glorification of violence — it is fortunate that the incidence of mass murder is not 10 times higher. Arguably, the only thing keeping that number from being higher is that 125 million Americans are legal and responsible gun owners.

Democrats don’t focus on the vast majority of murders, particularly the epidemic of black-on-black murders on their decaying urban poverty plantations, because they want to avoid the “inconvenient truth” about race and violence, which is the direct result of failed Democrat social programs. In fact, black people (13% of the population), are 12 times more likely to be murdered, per capita, than white people (62% of the population).

That gross racial disparity in murder rates isn’t useful for the gun control narrative Democrats invoke to evoke emotional reaction from mostly wealthy white suburban women, who form the Demos’ largest voter constituency.

FOOTNOTE 2: Regarding so-called “mass shootings,” for the record, murders of multiple people by one assailant are very rare in our nation of 335 million people. Less than 1% of all murders nationwide are classified as “mass shootings” and high-profile attacks, such as the 2017 mass murder in Las Vegas, are extremely rare.

The FBI defines “active shooter incidents” as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.” In 2022, the FBI reported 50 incidents resulting in 313 casualties (100 killed and 213 wounded). That number was up significantly from 2020 when the FBI reported 40 incidents resulting in 164 casualties (38 killed and 126 wounded).

A broader record of “mass shooting” data is maintained by the Associated Press and Northeastern University, which uses the Department of Justice definition of mass public shooting: “A multiple homicide incident in which four or more victims are murdered with firearms.” These numbers fluctuate significantly year over year, and they range between 20 and 40 incidents. But notably, over the last 30 years, the number of black mass assailants is almost as high as the number of white assailants.

Democrats focus on these rare instances of multiple murders because these high-profile tragedies are political fodder to foment fear — most notably when they can toss out their oft-repeated but erroneous claim that “gun violence is the leading cause of death for children.” If by “children” they mean gang and drug-associated murders of those primarily between the ages of 16 and 21, then yes. Democrats are experts at fomenting fear and division.

The fear and angst Demos intentionally propagate are taking a toll on Americans’ mental health. Psychological researcher Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson observes: “Watching it time and time again on your phone or on the headlines can really impact you in ways that I don’t think we knew before to be as impactful. It’s so ‘in our face’ all the time and we have access to so much footage, so many pictures, so many videos, so many accounts that we’re ingesting it in ways that’s really unhealthy for us.” The result for many mothers, in particular, is an irrational fear that their children will be shot. That is precisely the fabricated fear Democrats want to perpetuate, especially among their female constituents, in order to advance their gun control agenda.

FOOTNOTE 3: Regarding what Democrats and their Leftmedia propagandists ubiquitously and falsely label “assault weapons,” an actual assault weapon, commonly known as a “machine gun,” is select-fire and can rapidly cycle rounds in fully automatic sequence. Very few select-fire weapons are in civilian hands, and only then subject to stringent licensing requirements.

In fact, civilian firearms in common use, like the AR-15 and other semiautomatic sporting and hunting rifles, are not “assault rifles.”

For much the same reason the Demo/Media talkingheads focus only on rare high-profile “mass shootings” to generate fear and angst, they also call semi-automatic rifles sometimes used in those attacks, “assault weapons.” Predictably, Demos then call for what Hillary Clinton framed decades ago as “common sense gun laws,” inevitably followed by calls for an “assault weapons ban.”

In 1994, Bill Clinton banned the sale of “military-style assault weapons,” but that ban was not renewed 10 years later because it was determined the ban had no effect on crime reduction. According to Rand Research, “We found no qualifying studies showing that bans on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines decreased any of the eight outcomes we investigated.”

The fact is, rifles and shotguns combined are used in less than 3% of all homicides, but Democrats never let facts get in the way of their “assault weapon ban” political agenda.

Both the Clintons were prolific prevaricators, masterful obfuscators of the truth. And Joe Biden has followed their template, establishing himself as the standard bearer of the “lying dog-faced pony soldier” cavalry.

FOOTNOTE 4: Regarding firearms and violent crime, researcher John Lott reports, “Over 92% of violent crimes in America do not involve firearms.” Again, the only thing keeping that number from being much higher is that 125 million Americans are legal and responsible gun owners.

FOOTNOTE 5: Regarding firearms and suicide, almost 60% of all deaths involving firearms are suicide, most also involving drug or alcohol abuse. But the big numbers promoted in “gun violence” reports do not distinguish between murder and suicide, thus implying that homicide rates are much higher. And does this mean that Demo support for assisted suicide is in conflict with their support for gun control?

FOOTNOTE 6: Regarding alcohol versus firearm deaths, if Democrats are serious about protecting Americans, they should outlaw alcohol. Alcohol abuse is far more deadly than firearm abuse. More than 178,000 people died from alcohol abuse last year — that’s NINE times the number of homicides associated with firearms. Drunk drivers are responsible for 37 deaths per day. And notably, it is estimated that alcohol is a key factor in at least 30% of homicides where the assailant uses a firearm. (Include drug dealing or use as a factor and that number jumps to about 60%.)

Of course, the vast majority of alcohol users possess and use it legally and responsibly. Likewise, the vast majority of firearm owners possess and use them legally and responsibly. Enacting a prohibition on firearms is tantamount to enacting a prohibition on alcohol. In both cases, only law-abiding users obey the laws.

BOTTOM LINE: Let me restate this point — only law-abiding citizens abide by the law. Only outlaws perpetrate acts of violence. Making good people helpless won’t make bad people harmless.


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