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Sowell: Invincible Ignorance

By Thomas Sowell

Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of "gun control" advocates?

The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns.  They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available.

If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive.

Places and times with the strongest gun control laws have often been places and times with high murder rates.  Washington, D.C., is a classic example, but just one among many.

When it comes to the rate of gun ownership, that is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, but the murder rate is higher in urban areas.  The rate of gun ownership is higher among whites than among blacks, but the murder rate is higher among blacks.  For the country as a whole, hand gun ownership doubled in the late 20th century, while the murder rate went down.

The few counter-examples offered by gun control zealots do not stand up under scrutiny.  Perhaps their strongest talking point is that Britain has stronger gun control laws than the United States and lower murder rates.

But, if you look back through history, you will find that Britain has had a lower murder rate than the United States for more than two centuries-- and, for most of that time, the British had no more stringent gun control laws than the United States.  Indeed, neither country had stringent gun control for most of that time.

In the middle of the 20th century, you could buy a shotgun in London with no questions asked.  New York, which at that time had had the stringent Sullivan Law restricting gun ownership since 1911, still had several times the gun murder rate of London, as well as several times the London murder rate with other weapons.

Neither guns nor gun control was not the reason for the difference in murder rates.  People were the difference.

Yet many of the most zealous advocates of gun control laws, on both sides of the Atlantic, have also been advocates of leniency toward criminals.

In Britain, such people have been so successful that legal gun ownership has been reduced almost to the vanishing point, while even most convicted felons in Britain are not put behind bars.  The crime rate, including the rate of crimes committed with guns, is far higher in Britain now than it was back in the days when there were few restrictions on Britons buying firearms.

In 1954, there were only a dozen armed robberies in London but, by the 1990s-- after decades of ever tightening gun ownership restrictions-- there were more than a hundred times as many armed robberies.

Gun control zealots' choice of Britain for comparison with the United States has been wholly tendentious, not only because it ignored the history of the two countries, but also because it ignored other countries with stronger gun control laws than the United States, such as Russia, Brazil and Mexico.  All of these countries have higher murder rates than the United States.

You could compare other sets of countries and get similar results.  Gun ownership has been three times as high in Switzerland as in Germany, but the Swiss have had lower murder rates.  Other countries with high rates of gun ownership and low murder rates include Israel, New Zealand, and Finland.

Guns are not the problem.  People are the problem-- including people who are determined to push gun control laws, either in ignorance of the facts or in defiance of the facts.

There is innocent ignorance and there is invincible, dogmatic and self-righteous ignorance. Every tragic mass shooting seems to bring out examples of both among gun control advocates.

Some years back, there was a professor whose advocacy of gun control led him to produce a "study" that became so discredited that he resigned from his university.  This column predicted at the time that this discredited study would continue to be cited by gun control advocates.  But I had no idea that this would happen the very next week in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His Web site is www.tsowell.com.

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  1. teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
    December 18, 2012 @ 6:18 am

    The biggest obstacle to an open communist takeover of our beloved country is it’s armed citizens. The gun control people want to remove that obstacle. Always remember that gun control has absolutely nothing to do with making you safer and,in fact, the desired result is the exact opposite!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      December 18, 2012 @ 7:48 am

      Tens of thousands of American warriors returned from WWII with fully automatic war trophies and semi-automatic pistols and became teachers and administrators but we NEVER heard of school shootings or mass murder of children in the 50′s and 60s where men were men and had mother AND father paradigms of restraint and personal accountability to restrain the dark urges to play God. People then recognized a moral authority higher than themselves and were forced to face the accountability of their own poor life choices. Children were viewed as the future,as the product of creative human entities of humans who created and worshiped a creator not like today where liberals treat them like the future food of the secular socialist Gods of consumption to be used, abused and consumed like pet toys of liberal ego amusement to be cast off abandoned, ignored and destroyed when no longer amusing.

      I can’t help but think that the beginning of the end began when the men were driven from the family structure and the schools as well. What happened to all the male teachers and principles who were disciplinarians of children, not enablers, entertainers and excuse makers of children? When did we as a society begin to think it was the job of parents and teachers to raise children instead of raising adults? Bring back the men and bring back the strength to our families and our school systems now devoid of strength to even protect itself from its own self-bred insanity where the product that comes out of these liberal institution of secular mind manipulation breed nothing that resembles real men anymore, that produces the kind of half men and half mental degenerates souless beings that commit mayhem at will for their 15 minutes of fame to justify a meaningless life taught by soulless leaders of society who have not a clue what it means to be a fully functional fearless citizen of self determination and self-reliant, funtional self governance.

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    • truckmanComment by truckman
      December 18, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

      There’s a very simple statement I’ve been seeing all over. “GUN CONTROL ISN’T ABOUT GUNS-IT’S ABOUT CONTROL”
      I’d like EVERYONE to remember this.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      December 18, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

      “I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”

      Clint Eastwood

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      December 18, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

      I wish to comment about the characterization the families have been broken up by both parents are working because they are greedy. I do not think this is the case.

      The government has enslaved us and the two working parent family structure is due to the unendig looting by government. I support women’s rights and equality in the workplace, but this change in our society was brought about by the government wanting more people to tax.

      Why should they be content with looting one person when they can loot two. This is sociatal manipulation by a government who wants power and control and the right to commit legalized plunder.

      Those in power manipulate everything, such as inflation, price manipulation and taxation all with the goal of making more slaves to finance their horrible an horrific policies.

      We must see this for what it is.

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    • sirodComment by sirod
      December 19, 2012 @ 10:53 am

      The only way to make our children safe is for adults to turn their hearts back to God. Not just now while there is a grief, but true repentance that lasts. Unfortunately, that is not likely to happen because of greed and the huge amounts of money made in “killer” movies and video games. Our only hope is God, but we have shut him out of our schools and homes. Is it any wonder that the devil came in? We all know from the example of switching on a light switch in a dark room that light and dark cannot co-exist. We need the light of the Lord. We all know it in our hearts, but it is just easier to float along without heeding all the warnings He is giving us about where America is heading. The only thing we can “fix” to make America safe is our own hearts. I hope you will consider what I have written for the sake of our children. What are we teaching them? Who is truly to blame? This is a personal issue for all of us. The government can not fix this, only God can, but He will not force His will on us. It is truly up to us to seek His intervention for America. Will YOU?

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    • sirodComment by sirod
      December 19, 2012 @ 11:05 am

      The only way to make our children safe is for adults to turn their hearts back to God. Not just now while there is a grief, but true repentance that lasts. Unfortunately, that is not likely to happen because of greed and the huge amounts of money made in “killer” movies and video games. Our only hope is God, but we have shut him out of our schools and homes. Is it any wonder that the devil came in? We all know from the example of switching on a light switch in a dark room that light and dark cannot co-exist. We need the light of the Lord. We all know it in our hearts, but it is just easier to float along without heeding all the warnings He is giving us about where America is heading. The only thing we can “fix” to make America safe is our own hearts. I hope you will consider what I have written for the sakes of our children. What are we teaching them? Who is truly to blame? This is a personal issue for all of us. The government can not fix this, only God can.

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  2. mcrankComment by mcrank
    December 18, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    MSN homepage headlines the other day highlighted Obama’s remark that “the U S must change”—like its the country’s fault that the Newtown tragedy occurred. He coudln’t just go up there and be sympathetic—no, he has to jump at yet another opportunity to advance his “fundamental change”.

    The earlier photo that circulated over the Net showing him dabbing a tear was timely PR strategy. He certainly isn’t shedding any tears for the rest of us given the way he is systematically ruining the country. Where’s all his heartfelt pain concerning that?

    And I am sure that his having to be in the company of Christians—in one of their churches—separated from the hate messengers he normally associates with wasn’t a bit comnfortable. And notice the gloss-over by the Media.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      December 18, 2012 @ 7:13 am

      We have seen just what deleterious damage Obama’s Hope and CHANGE have already done to this country where our citizen child who previously witnessed their siblings aborted from the womb like so much fecal material are now aborted post birth at ages 5 & 6 by the Liberal license of disoriented Democrat Liberal nut jobs bred by the pathology that his socialist ideology of no self-restraint and no personal accountability breeds on the American scene. Thanks to the “Fetus will never beat us” mentality of the liberal progressive new age Democrat party of self-God that voted real God out of their party convention, out of their party, out of our schools and out of our government, we now have NO moral restraint at the individual level to protect our children from the madness this party of perversion brings to this nation. Their answer of course is more government regulation and less personal responsibility. Just hold hands and sing Kumbaya where the disoriented insane Liberal child molesters and child destroyers become in their eyes just one more victim to be mourned along with the real victims. Blame the guns and not the insane shooter, now devoid of any moral restraint thanks to the Liberal ideology of the Self-God who is taught they are accountable to nobody but the party line of unrestrained passion, which unleashes the animal passion of mankind to destroy. To them it is the object of the gun, not the objectlessness of the meaningless lives they breed with their ideology that is the real source of all our societal destruction that the morally disarmed people now vote in with both fists to keep the illusion of their moral and physical death dealing invincibility alive and well in the perpetual power grab of the dark side of human nature now unleashed upon a duped society of sheep.

      Gun Control is never about guns, it’s about Control. It’s not about controlling the guns, it’s about controlling the people. When government officials are honest in the performance of the will of the people, and enforce the laws of the land they and we need have no fear and the people have no need for guns. Over 65 million American gun owners killed nobody last year. It was not for the lack of passionate rhetoric but the lack of a moral and religious compass of our leaders who refuse to do the will of the people and enforce their laws that caused this tragedy. When leaders ignore the laws of the land and refuse to enforce them, who ignore the laws of God and man, you end up with a land of lawless people, Gods unto themselves who write their laws in blood. Guns and gun owners have only two enemies, rust and politicians. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.

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    • Allen SComment by Allen S
      December 18, 2012 @ 10:38 am

      It was only a photo op for -0. There was no sincerity in his voice as usual. He has no feelings, honor or integrity in his person.

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      December 18, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

      As my daughter remarked on President Obama’s dabbing his eye to show a tear: “It’s how they teach it in acting schools, he’s been well coached.” I watched the photos to see if she was right and I’m convinced he’s had some great acting experience.

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  3. texasindComment by texasind
    December 18, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    Not everybody who disagrees with the Tea Party point of view, increasingly in an isolated dark corner of the American spectrum, is ignorant. In the words of your own Rick Santorum, “What a snob.”

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    • mxquistComment by mxquist
      December 19, 2012 @ 3:00 am

      I would rather be considered a snob than an idiot.
      No, not everyone who disagrees with the Tea Party, or more pointedly, Tea Party members, are ignorant.
      But by your own despairing reference to “…an isolated dark corner of American spectrum…”
      ? ? ?
      You do qualify, texasshind, as an idiot.
      This is the most common liberal argument: “You are a doo-doo head, and can’t keep up with my special awareness…”
      But when I went to school, special meant a short bus and separation from the other students.
      But you are correct, not everybody who disagrees with the Tea Party are ignorant–but most of them are. And the rest are delusional.
      You are just another confirmation of what we find wrong with those who think they are in charge right now.
      We are just “…a dark corner of of the American spectrum…”?
      You wish.
      The Tea Party is the most restrained and sober movement that has sprung up from the body of civilians in any country in–well, ever. We are looking for the betterment of the people, even as the power of the left keeps trying to restrain and retard the rights of the People that were so hard won 240 years ago…
      But the biggest difference between Tea Party Conservatives and the common liberal is that WE hold our elected officials accountable, whereas, the liberals simply round the wagons and defend their position despite the illogic and illegality it might involve.
      Even as we strive to restore and defend the essence of these United States, the best of US pity you and yours and hope that we can repair the damage you are doing before it is too late…
      Because, at that point, your disparaging complaints will be too late, and you will be as bad off as those who tried to tell you how bad it would be.

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  4. anolesmanComment by anolesman
    December 18, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    The issue is not about guns and how to stop this insane gun control conversation. Lets get to the real problem. The real cause of these shooting is the parents. It the lack of parenting by parents too busy to raise there children and take responsibility for their actions. Control the parents and you control the children. But that is not going to happen so you take the easy way out and blame something you might have a chance to regulate….the gun.

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    • Allen SComment by Allen S
      December 18, 2012 @ 10:49 am

      For many years now our nation has been so greedy that both parents are having to work to keep up with the “Joneses” that time is not allotted to their children. Prices have gone up mostly because of supply and demand run by unions who want more money for their jobs. We don’t need so much, we don’t need to redecorate our homes so much, we don’t need the best cars or house on the street, we don’t need the best toys on the block; we need God first and family togetherness filled with love and care for each other and our neighbors. This America has been lost in the rushes of having more and getting less out of life.

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    • truthbetoldComment by truthbetold
      December 18, 2012 @ 10:55 am

      Anolesman: The real problem is not the gun or the parents, it’s the lack of mental health analysis by teachers and parents. We need to treat mental disease yhe same way we treat all other diseases. It won’t stop all the killings, but it will stop some/

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    • truthbetoldComment by truthbetold
      December 18, 2012 @ 11:04 am

      Allen S, if you think most two parent workers work because of greed and to keep up with the Joneses, you’re living in a fantasy world. Both parents usually HAVE to work to put food on the table, pay the rent and their medical bills.

      Your economic analysis is as ignorant as your remark about working parents.

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    • Rich MoneyComment by Rich Money
      December 18, 2012 @ 11:41 am

      Truthbetold:
      It would be nice if you lived up to your name. There have been a number of studies done that indicate that most two income families can easily move to one income if they are willing to sacrifice just a little and not have the latest gadgets. A local news expose done here in Tampa followed around some 25 families that had made the decision to keep the wife home, hoping to prove that the woman HAD to work to make ends meet. What they found is that every family they followed was in better financial shape in 5 years than they were with both parents working, because the families learned to budget better and also because they lost all of the expenses associated with two parents working like daycare, lunches, dry cleaning and wardrobe expenses and the like. The real truth is in most families where both parents work the primary motivating factor is greed, not any sense of well-being for the family or the children. It is possible to make ends meet with only one parent working in most cases, but the sad fact is that we are a nation that is consumed with consumerism and that drives us to try to “keep up with the Joneses” when the sad fact of the matter is the Joneses are often in the same poor financial shape.

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    • truthbetoldComment by truthbetold
      December 18, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

      Well, Rich Money, you must live up to your name. Where I come from both parents work because they need the necessities and not the frills. You can show me one study of upper middle class families where one income suffices, and I’ll show you dozens where the only thing keeping people off the dole is both parent’s working and in my neighbors case, their thirteen year old son contributing his paper rout money to the family pot.

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      December 18, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

      “Control the parents and you control the children.”

      True, but allow a slight tweak: Control the children and you control tomorrow’s adults.

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      December 18, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

      Truthbetold, that’s not a new argument, as I’m sure you’re aware. When my wife and I were raising our four children, we heard the same thing from many of our peers. Yet, we did it; my wife stayed home until all four were in school, then got part-time work that took her out of the house only during school hours. We had few frills, did without many–make that most of the luxuries our peers enjoyed, but we didn’t need our son’s paper route money to buy groceries. Add up the day care and other expenses associated with two jobs, and you might be surprised at how small the net increase in income is.

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    • Rich MoneyComment by Rich Money
      December 18, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

      http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/3079221/ns/today-money/t/why-middle-class-mothers-fathers-are-going-broke

      Truthbetold:
      Read and be educated.

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    • vevaComment by veva
      December 18, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

      Shafawn posted a list of the History of Gun Control. Don’t just read it. Copy it. Then send it to your Governor, and every Gun- Control-supporting legislator in your state! I plan to do that, as our Governor has indicated willingness for gun control.

      However, to say the “real cause of these shooting is the parents” is close, but no cigar. Take a better look at what is produced for the viewing of anyone with a movie ticket, TV set, video games, etc.: violence of every kind and in the most insensitive way to human life: 1) great examples for young males as to how “real” men act, i.e. Schwartzeneger, Willis, Rambo, etc. and many others. The weapon gets bigger and bigger, and can kill more and more humans! Blood is everywhere 2) One detective/cop/investigator show after the other, all week long. Murdered people grossly presented, with “investigators” unfeeling, talking about them like they are nothing to anyone. In real life many cops, etc., pathologists do become unfeeling to protect their own sanity. Is the general public expected to do otherwise? Should we expect youth to react differently? 3)Just what is the purpose of violent video games that the youngest among has access to? Don’t these also teach a lesson, mould minds and affect future actions in how to solve problems? Parents, one or two, are up against more than can be easily handled. The rest of society should do their part! Stop making money off the destruction of personal worth and as an excuse for lack of better ideas!

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    • barfaulknerComment by barfaulkner
      December 19, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

      As a payroll person for most of my career, I could prove that the lesser paid parent’s salary was 100% taxable at the same rate or higher rate than the higher paid one salary household. Next, the transportation expense goes up. Thirdly, the food bill goes up because a parent at home can take more time to cook thereby using basic ingredients (cheaper by far) than the faster put together meals .. this also makes for a healtier household. Fourth, the parent at home has more time to do things that would cut into the expense of operating a household.. coupon cutting, sewing, mending, shopping at Goodwill, etc. There are some examples but one that I didn’t mention is babysitting costs. This can be explosive. The only thing that our household found out is that there was more money circulating monthly. Best of luck to all the families out there because it is harder now than ever. BTW.. whatever happened to that man who made a fortune on the book about getting money from the government for free? He got rich and he showed people how to rob the rest of us. Where is that man?????

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  5. MadeinAmerica33Comment by MadeinAmerica33
    December 18, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    Maybe the stories of the regular citizens with a concealed gun using them against armed robbers as was the case in Florida the past few months needs to be placed on the “front Pages” of the newspapers instead of buried somewhere within the paper!

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    • cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
      December 18, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

      But you will never see it. The newspapers are in league with the rest of the media in it’s desire to push a leftist position. It is coming back to haunt them, however. Look at how many newspapers have gone out of business. And the ones that are still operating have their readership way down from what it used to be. If any newspaper should ever decide to print the truth and the news that actually happens, it would find itself making a ton of money and have a readership bigger than any three newspapers currently in print. But I’m not holding my breath for it to happen.

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    • empty pocketsComment by empty pockets
      December 21, 2012 @ 9:05 am

      Won’t happen. It doesn’t advance the agenda shared by those on the political Left–the progressives/statists include the majority of the media. But the stories are out there, usually covered by local media.

      What about the guy who got his gun and likely saved his boss’ life and got fired for it because of Auto Zone’s “no tolerance” policy on guns?

      They are out there, but the “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality precludes much coverage especially when coupled with what I said at the beginning–it doesn’t advance the agenda.

      How does a person saving themself and/or others fit into the Left’s, “you didn’t build that” and by extension “you can’t do it without government…you NEED gov’t to save you”?

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  6. Allen SComment by Allen S
    December 18, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    The gun control left does not want to know the facts; they only want to control the right.

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  7. shafawnComment by shafawn
    December 18, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    1. Ottoman Turkey enforced gun control 1911 and between 1915-1917 1-1.5 million Armenians were killed by the government.

    2. Soviet Union* banned gun ownership in 1929. Between 1929-1953 an estimated 20 million Anti-Communists / Anti-Stalinists were killed by their government.

    3. Nazi Germany & Occupied Europe enforced gun ban in 1938. Between 1933-1945 13 million Jews, Gypsies, Anti-Nazis were murdered by their government.

    4. China* enforced gun ban in 1935. Estimated 20 million Anti- Communists, Rural Populations and Pro-Reform Groups were slaughtered in 1949-1952 1957-1960 1966-1976

    5. Guatemala enforced gun bans starting in 1871 to early 1960′s. Estimated 100,000 Maya Indians murdered by their government between 1960-1981

    6. Uganda gun ban in 1970 followed by the murder of 300,000 Christians and political rivals between 1971-1979 by their government

    7. Cambodia banned guns in 1956. Between 1975-1979 1 million Educated Persons and anyone else deemed a threat were murdered by their government.

    Anti-Christian sentiment is at an all time high in this country and around the world.

    1. 163,000 Christians die every year for their faith. Half of all the Christians who have ever died for their faith did so in this century alone, some 35 million! 15,000,000 of these were Orthodox or Catholic Christians who died under the Soviet regime between 1917 and 1980, primarily in prison camps.
    2. The top ten persecuting countries are: Burma/Myanmar, China, Egypt, Iran, Laos, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan (2 million since 1985), Vietnam. These are countries we give hundreds of millions of dollars to every year except of course China now who owns a large portion of our debt.

    Can we afford to turn a blind eye or let sympathy sway our resolve to protect our right to bear arms? What did our forefathers say? What did they mean? What was their purpose in allowing their citizens the right to bear arms?

    As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    These men had experienced a tyrannical government first hand and they knew religious persecution. They knew what it felt like to have absolutely no voice or representation in their government and they knew what it was like to live in a society where they were unable to defend themselves from the tyranny of a corrupt government.

    Why do we bear arms according to Noah Webster?

    1. To prevent rule by a standing army;

    2. To prevent Congress from executing unjust and unconstitutional laws;

    3. To prevent the Federal Government from becoming unjust and oppressive;

    4. The people bearing arms should be SUPERIOR to an army controlled by Congress.

    I believe giving up yet another amendment as the 4th amendment was recently decimated and destroyed is a huge mistake on the part of a freedom loving people.

    The question really is .. Do we love freedom?
    Because if we don’t we are about to learn how it’s lost

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    • mysticComment by mystic
      December 18, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

      Bravo! My God, what a beautifully written post. I am greatly impressed and am thankful for the edification your post provides.

      Thank you for taking the time and effort to share this with all of us.

      ~M

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    • Allen SComment by Allen S
      December 18, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

      Thank you, I copied this for my files to refer to at other times.

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    • MattZatComment by mattgzat
      December 18, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

      Splendid. Absolutely essential reading and memorizing. Somehow that does not sound like the agenda of the Obamanation who’s seated in the White House – and that includes his czars and minions who seek to promote their agenda through his administration.
      Sorry for the rant. Great contribution

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    • sirodComment by sirod
      December 18, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

      I too am impressed with the depth and thoughtfulness of this post. Thank you for opening my eyes to some important facts. I hope others take it to heart the way I did and start writing letters to our representatives in Washington. Keep your comments coming in to this post, what you say is important!

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  8. americanman2012Comment by americanman2012
    December 18, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    Mr Sowell,
    We are in agreement with this gun control movement being the opposite cure of what is the truth. This movement is only an agenda for disarmament to leave Americans vulnerable to a government shift to a tyranny.
    More American’s will die because their ability to defend themselves will be taken from us, and the ability of this police state will not protect average citizens from harm, but will only be available for the few,who are chosen by the state, for a protected life. All others will be at the mercy of mass crime .
    Society in America has lost it’s representation in Washington. The government does not have the entire population under it’s care, only the sectors that vote for the controllers.

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  10. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    December 18, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    Thanks Thomas Sowell for this article. You did a fine job of laying out the issues very well…again. Compliments to the rest of you who have contributed as well. I wish I could say the same about our president who did a little campaigning and no sincerity in his acting.

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  11. Rich MoneyComment by Rich Money
    December 18, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    As I watched the president’s speech at Newtown, Connecticut Sunday evening, I couldn’t help but consider the abominable hypocrisy of his very appearance. This man can shed tears for these 20 five to ten year olds who lost their lives at the hands of a madman, decrying all the birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, et al. that these children will miss. Yet he has absolutely no conscience about defending the practice of slaughtering children by the millions just because they haven’t been born yet and the murder weapon of choice is a surgeon’s scalpel instead of an assault rifle. Consider this…in the time it took this nutcase in Connecticut to kill 20 children, abortionist’s scalpels across the country had murdered almost 5 times that number. Where is the moral outrage, Mr. President? Where are the tears for all the birthdays (even their actual day of birth) that they’ll miss? What about the weddings and anniversaries and other special events they’ll never see? It just seems strange to me that you can shed tears for children murdered by a bullet, but have absolutely no concern or empathy for children murdered by a blade. As usual, liberal moral outrage is highly selective. Heck, one might even think your tears were just an act to further your gun-control agenda. I’m just sayin’…it’s the best explanation I can think of to explain how you can cry for 20 children murdered by a gun while callously sanctioning the cold-blooded killings of millions of other children murdered by a blade.

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    • maximusprime1Comment by maximusprime1
      December 18, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

      “O” led the CHARGE to kill babies in the IL Senate via partial birth abortions. See the video @ url for details.
      http://www.westernjournalism.com/obama-supported-infanticide-state-senator
      Obama’s record, while a state senator, of supporting infanticide by voting against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act reared its ugly head momentarily in the Democratic Primary debates in 2008, only to be quickly pushed below the surface by the mainstream media.

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  12. braines57Comment by braines57
    December 18, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    When I saw Osama give his “remarks” and the supposed “tear”, my first thought was that they probably had it on the teleprompter (wipe eye now). Does anyone seriously believe that this totally self-absorbed and delusional idiot cares about anything other than himself and his agenda? This whole discussion turns on one thought: what if the school principal had been armed? What if she had been able to shoot this nut case before he ever reached a classroom? What if every school had an armed official in their office at all times? That is how we can protect our innocent children – not without guns, but with them!

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    • truckmanComment by truckman
      December 18, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

      EXACTLY! Also,eliminate “GUN FREE ZONES”;the ONLY thing they do is corral unarmed targets for mass murderers.
      There’s a BIG Gun training outfit Called Front Sight in Southern Nevada. Its OWNER,Ignacius Piazza has offered FREE Training for up to 3 Adults (Principal,Safety Director,Teachers,etc.) from EVERY school in America for the purpose of protecting our kids. I think we should urge our School Boards to accept this offer ASAP. It can’t be made much easier than THIS! Check him out for yourselves-he’s the best there is for training,from absolute beginners to professional Security people,he can teach them all to shoot accurately,quickly and safely.

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      December 18, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

      As I remarked earlier, my daughter remarked on President Obama’s dabbing his eye to show a tear: “It’s how they teach it in acting schools, he’s been well coached.” I watched the photos to see if she was right and I’m convinced he’s had some great acting experience.

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  13. lokiswifeComment by lokiswife
    December 18, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    There is already gun control – if you want to buy a gun legally, you must truthfully fill out the six page ATF 4473 form. The Connecticut shooter tried to buy a gun, but was turned down because he could not pass the 4473 so he stole his mother’s legal guns. Read the form at http://www.atf.gov/forms/download/atf-f-4473-1.pdf

    There are 50 million or more legal gun owners in this country, the problem is not the legal owners, it’s the illegal owners or users. The government doesn’t take my car away from me because some people drive drunk and kill or injure people, why should they take legal guns because some people use illegal guns to kill people?

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    • cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
      December 18, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

      I read the form and this IS fire arms registration. Besides who would answer yes to questions like; are you an illegal alien or have you ever used an illegal controlled substance? Anyone interested in getting a gun for criminal purposes would lie like crazy on this form. It’s only purpose is to register and locate where the legal citizens are who have purchased firearms. And you can guess why the government wants to do that. We will have to put people into government who recognize the worth and value of the 2nd Ammendment so we can totally dump any gun laws that are not in line with it.

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    • empty pocketsComment by empty pockets
      December 21, 2012 @ 9:13 am

      Don’t worry. They’re after the cars, too. UN’s Agenda 21. And they may even use the excuse you mention. Of course, Truckman is right. Gun control isn’t about guns. It’s about control.

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  14. amlcoComment by amlco
    December 18, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    I am a replant (do not name me an alien or immigrant) in 1996 I take an Oat to the Constitution of the United States of America. This Oat includes my responsibility to bear Arm to protect our country from all enemies foreign and domestic.
    I will never forget that on Jan 20 2009 Obama stumbled upon these words and blame Justice Roberts for improper administering an Oat.

    Most natural born Americans take this responsibility for granted.
    Just remember that we all as a citizens obligated to it. In exchange of Pursuit of happiness and other proven and admired provisions from Bill of Rights.

    What is next on the Chopping block of the democracy?
    “Presumption of innocence?” or it just implied or berried inside another mega thousand page bill.

    Yesterday I receive an email from gentlemen living in Newtown, CT
    I advise him my reaction on a tragedy we all experienced and main reasons of it.

    When I hear the news last Friday it was painfully sadden familiar for last 20 years footage of first responders reacting on aftermath of …
    If one life is a world, then 26 Worlds was just perished. People who are affected directly will live with the scars forever. All as others will reflect some time and even shout it out. (“I will think about it tomorrow…”)

    But it is important to analyze why those events become possible ant so frequent.
    Many will blame guns. (Availability, simplicity of resolving short emotional problem.)
    Many will blame Hollywood and other media, who synthesize these events till routine plot to sell another book or move or video game.
    Yet people will forget to bring very fundamental things to discuss. I mean citizenship, patriotism and our responsibility coming with these terms.

    Our schools no longer providing such teaching. They condition us to be and employees of somebody and be a subjects of super imposed rules and conditions With out personal interest to defense anything. For a long time “For the People, By the People” replaced by “For some People, By all People”
    In all gun discussions we are “politically correct” forgetting to remind our self and our kids, that an arm was invented as a tool to provide food and protect
    shelter and place where this property located and those who live there.

    We manage to replace a natural knowledge of private property with desire to posses portable material goods with instant gratification.
    When people has a property, was condition by there believes (All major religion teaching.) to develop and build family on their properties then it was easier for them to became a patriots. As well to prove they was a Free Citizens with a proper tools to protect preserve and develop vs, every one else a Vulnerable Subject of everything.

    For many especially young people, their internal talks and thoughts play role of “shelter and place where this property located”. Even those facilities threatened by privacy rules and regulations.
    It not part of the society but something which oppose common rules of society. With constant bombardment “You have to be the best…Show off…Get by all mean…”
    It is so easy then to victimize innocent for one not achieved emotional resolve.

    If, (without personal relation to any religion), we will analyze what was written that we was created by image of God, then we are obligated to protect this image in our neighbor or stranger and their properties with all available tools in our disposal including guns from wild animals and evil proprietors.

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    • cdrcodyComment by cdrcody
      December 18, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

      Welcome to America, amico. You have the makings to be an excellent American citizen. I wish you luck and prosperity to you and your family.

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      December 18, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

      Amico, people like you are, and have been from the beginning, the true backbone of America. That is, those who love freedom because they have lived without it, and appreciate what America offers. “Replants” (love it) aren’t the problem, those who take our freedoms for granted, and sit idly by while they’r removed or watered down one by one are the problem.

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    • MattZatComment by mattgzat
      December 18, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

      You are first and formost We The People – a citizen of the USA. Welcome, brother. With humor, I am a Austro-Hungarian-German-American. You and I, we are Americans, brothers. How fortunate it is to discover how OUR nation is growing stronger and wiser in our commitment to l-i-f-e, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. History traces the path dictators took to reduce their citizens to total dependence upon them for all things necessary for life. And they began to exterminate their citizens for perceived wrong doing – and turned the people against each other. Merry Christmas. Blessings upon you and those like you.

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    • empty pocketsComment by empty pockets
      December 21, 2012 @ 9:57 am

      Welcome, Amico. We’re glad to have you. We are still the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”

      Unfortunately, we have also got a bunch of really loud cowards who think “free” should always be followed by “stuff”. But it’s their home, too. I do wish sometimes though, that the ones who threaten to leave if they don’t get their way…would just leave. But like the political icons they worship, promises are for others to keep.

      You are correct in the causes. Personal responsibility is ridiculed. Patriotism doesn’t work well with the “one-worlders”. Too exclusive. We’re citizens of the world, now. Horse apples! Everybody is born a citizen of the world (if the Left doesn’t abort you) but just as “charity begins at home”, so, too, does responsibility. Duty and commitment.

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  15. mcoryComment by mcory
    December 18, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Gun control adovcates and liberals don’t care about facts. They care about their feelings. They have this need to do something even though it is uneffective in real life. If they did something they feel good about themselves until the next tragic event which they made worst. Liberals don’t understand humanity; it doesn’t correspond to the reality of humanity that only exists between their ears and their god-like need to control others to their “superior” sensiblities.

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    • krapawComment by Keim CPhT
      December 18, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

      no that is your ignorant mode of operation, and liberals are just the opposite of that, if you werent so ignorant you would realize that live and let live is the true meaning of liberlism

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    • mxquistComment by mxquist
      December 19, 2012 @ 3:16 am

      Keim CPhT,
      Live and let live is the true meaning of liberalism…
      as long as it is convicted murderers, and clinic doctors liberating fetuses and almost newborns of their chances to live.
      You contempatable phlem, to judge a person ignorant when you yourself show contempt to the innocent while defending the rivaled–you truly confuse me.
      Gun control not prevent crimes (New York, Chicago…), it only allows those who wish to do harm an arena where they can indulge themselves until those who are able to stop them come along, and they, like the cowards that they are, they off hemselves–denying us even the ability to study them and try to determin how a human being can drop so low, and become so debased as to perpetrate the horror they inflict upon innocent and totally unrelated people who are simply pawns in their intent to make their mark in the world, by punishing people they do not even know for affronts they were never a part of…
      Those people are horrors. But you, KCPT, are simply sad.

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  16. MattZatComment by mattgzat
    December 18, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    Excellent article by an outstanding author.
    Am I alone in sensing exponential hypocrisy on gun control?
    Obama’s Fast and Furious operation led to guns – unregistered guns – sold to drug dealers which led to the death of at least one American and many (number may continue to be rising) Mexican and American citizens.
    Then there was Ft. Hood. Did I understand that the terrorist was able to kill our soldiers because he had a gun and our soldiers were unarmed on an Army base?!?!
    Oh, then there was Benghazi where our Ambassador and American soldiers were not able to fire upon the terrorists and military support was withheld which led to their death and multiple lies and stonewalling from the Obama administration. Is there not an ongoing question that money may have been sent so weapons could be in the hands of potential terrorists.
    Please, Obama clearly demonstrates that he is responsible for the deaths of many people by both making weapons available for the murder of American at home and abroad and withholding the right of those facing death to be armed for their defense and the defense of those they are called upon to protect.

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  17. gnafuComment by gnafu
    December 18, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    Until this administration stops demoralizing the American people, we will have constant upheaval. In the past four years, morality has been destroyed by this administration. It began about fifty years ago but Americans are gullible and didn’t see where Socialism was headed. Khrushchev 1959 saw it but Americans laughed only because he pounded his shoe on some desk at the United Nations. The words he spoke on that day have come to be what we witness today. “….We won’t have to fight you; We’ll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.” And, what happend? The Women’s movement was initiated by a Communist woman. Various presidents have fallen into the pits of hell to demand worker’s money take care of those who refuse to work – spread the wealth – get a level playing field. Homosexuals are recognized as good people who just want same sex marriage – destroying family values. Tax the rich and middle classes until they become like the poorer class. Big Government will take care of everyone. Oh, Yeah. Take the guns of Americans so they cannot retaliate. Line them up on walls or by dug graves and mow them down if they can’t or won’t conform to Communisim and by all means, destroy society by destroying their money! Nakita was on target. BUT, there is a way out and it begins at home. Parents start being parents instead of handing your children over to public schools for indoctrination. Home School if you must but get your kids out of public schools. If you can’t do all of that, demand that God remains in the schools and teach our youth that it is I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. NOT I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Socialist States of America!

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    • krapawComment by Keim CPhT
      December 18, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

      you know if you want research history, why dont you lok at the real reason our economy is weak. It is nothing but corporate gred , when we had the strongest economy in this country was when the middle class’s earning power was at least 300% higher. stop with the ignorant rants about somebody taking your freedom away the only thing that takes our freedom away is our ability to use our dollars to keep every body from supressing us and so you want to vote for people that continually erode the earning power of the middle clas get off your soap box for second and you juast might see the truth

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    • braines57Comment by braines57
      December 19, 2012 @ 10:49 am

      I am a single mom and I would have loved to be able to home school my daughters, but it just was not financially possible since I have paid for everything myself with no help from the government. However, I have brought up both of my girls to know and understand our United States Constitution, and their rights and responsibilities as citizens of our nation. I have brought them up to believe in our Christian values as well and they are not hesitant about standing up for what they believe in. They have gone to all public schools and over the years, they have each had teachers who had diametrically opposing views. My daughters have always been able to articulate their beliefs, respectfully, and amazingly enough usually when they speak out more classmates chime in. In every case they have earned the respect of their teachers, including the liberal ones, because they know what they believe, why they believe it and they are unafraid to stand up for their beliefs. I call this responsible parenting. It is not strictly the fault of the schools and liberal teachers – it is also the fault of parents who allow themselves to be so busy that they forego their duty to teach values to their children. “Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” All teens will go through some sort of rebellion – it is part of their breaking away from the nest – but if they have been taught by parents who live what they teach, in most cases they will return to it because nothing else out there will satisfy.

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      December 19, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

      Sorry to disagree with you, but the period of greatest prosparity in country came about when we followed our own Constitution and before Wilson gave all money power to the private banking cartel call the Federal Reserve.

      This body was created by fraud on the American people. It is not Federal and there are no Reserves. It is however supported by the Greed for power and spending by a corrupt government who benefits from the invisible inflation tax. They have allowed the unbridled growth of government by making us all into debt slaves. Our dollar has been reduce in real buying power to 2 cents in the span of the last century and our debt is so large that it will never be repaid.

      The first thing the Federal Reserve did was to institute the Federal income tax, a tax which was unnessary for the first century plus of this country. The period of greated growth and prosparity was before the Federal Reserve and before the double looting of wealth with the combination of both inflation and taxation.

      You are completely ignorant of history or economics, sir, and all you can do is to parrot the socialist liberal brainwashing you have recieved at the hands of the governmnet controlled schools and the government/ corporate mainstream news which is nothing more than pure propganda to insure you are misinformed, manipulated and unable to think an original logical thought if your life depened on it.

      The day will come when your life will depend on it and you will stand as a powerless fool like a deer in the headlights while all you espouse comes rushing at you. Even as they are attacking you, you will still stand and blame everyone else for your own folly.

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  18. thedoveComment by thedove
    December 18, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    To answer the question in Mr. Sowell’s lede, yes, every tragic mass shooting will bring out the shrill ignorance of “gun control” advocates, because liberals will never let a crisis go to waste.

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    • krapawComment by Keim CPhT
      December 18, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

      are you kidding me a crisis go to waste, I hope you are very satisfied with the accomplisment of your hatred, you must feel a real self of pride that one more time a preventable massacre was perpetrated again wow,sometimes it is really hard to imagine how a human being can be so unconeected to human suffereing and just say oh well it happens, what if that was in your comunity or god forbid in your own family if I were you i would seek answers for your absolute lack of human dignity

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      December 18, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

      >> what if that was in your comunity or god forbid in your own family <<

      Hold it right there, pal. Unless you've buried one of your children, don't you dare get all sanctimonious and start preaching to me. On December 7, 2008 (yes, as if we didn't already have enough reason to remember that date), we lost our oldest daughter after a two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer. She was 46 and left a husband who worshipped her and two teenage boys who towered over her but lived in fear of the day she might have reason to rear up to her full five feet zero inches, look them in the eye, and say, "That was wrong, and I raised you to know better; you've shamed me with that behavior." Yeah, I know what it's like when it happens "god forbid in your own family." Children die. Some are murdered, some are the victims of abuse and/or malnutrition and/or uncaring parents. What happened in Connecticut was a genuine tragedy, as are all mass murders. My point was, and is, the first response to such tragedies from hypocritical liberals is always the same runon sentence; "Our prayers go out to the families of the victims we need more gun control laws."

      Stuff it, Keim.

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    • mxquistComment by mxquist
      December 21, 2012 @ 2:34 am

      …been busy, time of year, but upon revisiting this stream:

      thedove, Merry Christmas, and bless you and your family.

      “…Unless you’ve buried one of your children, don’t you dare get all sanctimonious and start preaching to me.”

      That says it all.

      There are many of us out here who have suffered an emotionally, and spiritually, unacceptable loss, who have seen it for the tragedy that it is, and not look for unreasonable and unwarranted repercussions against those who had absolutely nothing to do with the crime that was perpetrated against the loved one, and so, us.

      Those like KCPT are not looking for justice or compassion, they are a part of a blind mob looking to restrict and restrain that which is really the best of our Country, because, in reality, they are too frightened to think for themselves and make their own decisions. The proof is in the virtually verbatim arguments they use, and rhetoric they regurgitate ad nausium (pun intended).

      The one comfort that those like us can take away from any of this madness is: WE recognize the madness.

      Therefore, we have the best defense against it. What is the hardest to do, is sit by idly and let them spout out with all of their self-satisfied disparaging, condescending and faux-fact intelligent arguments about things that, by their very responses prove they have little to nothing to contribute, let alone feel superior about, over those of Us who keep informed, aware and wary of those who live to delude and contrive.

      They really do NOT outnumber Us, but they are very loud, and they have no sense of restraint, and, unfortunately, they have embedded themselve into may of our most vital institutions, from the news media to, d’uh, our educational system.

      Yet, to quote Lt. Commander Worf from Star Trek the Next Generation: “They have no honor. That is their weakness.”

      Again, Merry Christmas, thedove, and, we hope, a Happy New Year.

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  19. bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
    December 18, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    Where is the tattoo on Obama’s forehead saying:
    WARNING; Believing anything this person says can be hazardous to your health.

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    • krapawComment by Keim CPhT
      December 18, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

      no kidding you would think he has a swash stick on his forhead

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    • LenaComment by Lena
      December 18, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

      There you have it, folks!

      Kelm is the perfect example of an Obama voter.

      He can’t spell, he has no grammer, no punctuation, no skills of any kind. He’s barely smart enough to sit on his *** and hold out his hand for his share of Obama cash.

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  20. krapawComment by Keim CPhT
    December 18, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    yes there is many things better regulation can do to prevent the enormity, and frequency of these kinds of tragedies if you are being honest with yourselves, so stop ewith all the comunism **** yeah i said it is total **** and you all know it is so please spare me the comunism talk and get real, I dont understand what all this fear mongering of Obama being this and that gets you except people voting for the wrong people maybe so that corporate greed can continue to supress the labor market wake up people, and start being real

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    • samswedeComment by samswede
      December 18, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

      Keim, you may not have spent enough time in our government schools to learn grammar, but plenty enough time to get a liberal brainwashing. If you trust that big brother will protect you from bad people, don’t buy a gun. Personally, I don’t have that same faith.

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    • empty pocketsComment by empty pockets
      December 21, 2012 @ 10:06 am

      Keim, I do believe you are lost. Somehow you wandered into a thinking zone and now you are floundering.

      Let me help you. Here is a link you can copy/paste to go where you can “chat” with people you will appreciate far more…and they won’t even notice your poor spelling and grammar…
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

      They will give you all the positive reinforcement you crave. Unless…are you here to vent your considerable “liberal” anger on those you believe inferior?

      If so, to quote theDove…”stuff it”…and I’m not talking about a Christmas stocking.

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    • CharieComment by Charie
      December 30, 2012 @ 12:40 am

      In your comment before this one, were you referring to a swastika? It wouldn’t be a swastika it would be a hammer and sickle. He’s a Communist. Everything he does is Communist – this share the wealth thing is typical. He is tearing this nation apart and I have never ever heard so much talk about class – low, middle and upper – in my life. And being all for the middle class so-called is simply a ploy. Communists despise the middle class because they can’t stand their values, which is why we are having our morals and ethics destroyed in this country. We’re made to feel shame because we think it’s immoral to practice homosexuality and demand marriage between homosexuals. We’re beyond the Pale when we don’t want illegal aliens here and be forced to pay for their lifestyles in this country. We’re considered loonies because we’re against the murder of babies yet unborn. We’re nuts because we love this country, are willing to die for it and honor our flag and our military, active and veteran.

      I consider you to be insane with all your bellowing about corporate greed or “gred” as you so quaintly put it. Who provides jobs for people? You? The poor? No. It’s big corporations who provided good jobs for many years until union bosses decided they needed more dues so had their workers go on strike for more and more wages and more and bigger health care benefits and pensions. The dues gave the unions more money to donate to the Democrat Party so they’d all have more power.

      The increasingly strident Communist rhetoric is almost deafening and so are the signs with clenched fists that appear more and more frequently at “rallies”. I cannot believe that people in this country can see and hear all this yet still believe Obama is for the betterment of this country. It does go to the dumbing down of our citizens because they’re ignorant and greedy enough to not even realize it as they have their hands out to grab whatever goody Obama has promised them. This includes the goodies to the homosexual, black and illegal alien lobbies.

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      December 30, 2012 @ 9:27 am

      Well Carrie, I agree with you and will go even further. Obama deserves both a swastika and a hammer and sickle. Both fascism and communism as well as socialism are all variations of collectivism which is the enemy of freedom.

      To be more precise Obama is a Marxist-Leninist (the most dangerous kind of Communist). Lenin promoted the idea of spreading Communism by any and all means and considered primarily the acquisition of power, saying that one should pretend to be anything the people want in order to do this. His advice was to lie, cheat and even commit murder to gain power. To say anything and promise anything to achieve this goal, saying it matters little because once you have the power you can then do anything you want. Hitler and Stalin studied Lenin and adopted most of the planks of Marx’s Communist manifesto. Unfortunately our progressive socialist have done the same.

      People have been brainwashed into believing that socialism and democracy is what we need to accomplish. This is completely the opposite of the principles upon which this country was founded.

      The founders hated democracy (mob rule) and founded a republic (rule of law) which also had strict limits on central power. This is what the Constitution was designed to protect which is why all government official must take the oath of office. When they break this oath, it is treason and punishable by death.

      When I state that we are being ruled by traitors, I am speaking accurately. Most Americans have been brainwashed by the German philosophers who set Germany on the road to Nazism before infecting the philosophy departments in our universities. They teach the philosophies of Hegel and its offshoots which is why we have accepted the concepts of socialism so easily.

      People do not care to look at the lessons of history. So here are some historical facts. Hitler was elected by an overwhelming majority due to his skills as an orator.

      His party was called the National socialist party. Nazi is the abbreviation for National socialism. He preached and then demanded the individuals must sacrifice their freedoms to a “greater good,” namely that of the nation.

      He established a department of fatherland security, which was called the Gestapo. To quote one of Obama’s campaign speeches, it was a national police force just as powerful and just as well funded as the military.” Hitler too receive tremendous applause for this idea.

      Hitler was a tremendous orator and his speeches were based on emotionalism rather than logic or facts.

      I am a student of philosophy and of history and I am old enough to have a perspective of what has happened to our country. I have watched in horror as we have gone down a path of destruction during my lifetime. We have changed from a country which was founded as a republic, which place the rights and freedoms of individuals above all else. Upon its founding, it was a society which had great inequities, and was marred by slavery and other maladies, but made great progress in elimination the worst of these by using the principles of its foundation.

      For our fist century, we had the greatest growth of freedom and prosperity ever seen in all od civilization, and we set an example for other countries to follow. But in the last century we have abandons all the principles and have become an empire which uses militarism to force countries to adopt not our founding principles, but the principles of oppressive government power, and totalitarian rule. And once a country which was an inspiration to the world, we have become a country lead by traitors and criminals, and hated throughout the world.

      In the process we have created an illusion of prosperity by bankrupting ourselves in the pursuit of military conquest without regard for freedom and human life. We no longer have freedom of speech which was guaranteed by our Constitution so that as a free people we could speak out against a government which has become tyrannical. And the assault on all of the personal freedoms as outlined in our bill of rights is relentless by a corrupt government who has betrayed us in its quest for power.

      We have stood by and allowed our government to strip away everything from the people, and loot the wealth of the country effectively making us debt slaves.

      We are a great nation only to the extent that embrace the principles which made us great. And we are doing precious little of that today.

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  22. truckmanComment by truckman
    December 18, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    There’s a BIG Gun training outfit Called Front Sight in Southern Nevada. Its OWNER,Ignacius Piazza has offered FREE Training for up to 3 Adults (Principal,Safety Director,Teachers,etc.) from EVERY school in America for the purpose of protecting our kids. I think we should urge our School Boards to accept this offer ASAP. It can’t be made much easier than THIS! Check him out for yourselves-he’s the best there is for training,from absolute beginners to professional Security people,he can teach them all to shoot accurately,quickly and safely.

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    • BobinmsComment by Bobinms
      December 18, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

      Yes, think about it, in both the Oregon and Connecticut cases everybody was killed, including the killer, before the cops arrived. There needs to be someone on site (coach, principal, etc) armed and trained who can react quickly to protect those in the school, similar to the armed pilots on commercial flights. Then let it be known and it will be a great deterrent. Liberals don’t seem to understand the concept of deterrence.

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  24. dthur1003Comment by dthur1003
    December 18, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

    Excellent article !

    There’s not a sane person out there that doesn’t believe Sandy Hook was a tragedy ! 26 people murdered, 20 of them children !

    Let me point out another statistic..EVERY DAY 27 PEOPLE DIE*, but do we hear the liberals screaming about this ??? The 27 people that die every day are from drunk drivers, so according to the libs “logic” alcohol and vehicles should all be banned ! Those horrible bottles of booze jumping off the shelf getting into vehicles and running down innocent victims !

    *Statistics are from M.A.D.D.
    “Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. ”

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2012.

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      December 19, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

      How many innocent people are killed everyday in these insane illegal wars of aggression we are waging around the globe?

      How hypocritical is it to weep crocodile tears in an emotional appeals designed to make us defenseless against the nut cases like the insane, the criminals, and the tyrants in our own government while we think we are fine commiting murder and war crimes without regard for human life?

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  25. bodyman47Comment by bodyman47
    December 18, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    Every time one of these atrocities occurs it brings out the nutcases screaming gun control. Yes, I said nutcases. Anyone believeing that banning the legal sales of guns will stop such things from happening is a nutcase. Most crimes are committed with an illegal gun that you can purchase anywhere in the US. There’re millions of street guns available that no amount of gun control will stop. For God’s shake wake up. Keep allowing the government to control your every move and the next thing you know they will be controlling your bowl movements….God save us from the nutcases, criminal and non. God save us

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      December 19, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

      God save us indeed. How about using the brains God gave us to think rationally. God helps those who help themselves. If there is a God, he did not intend us to act as fools.

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      December 19, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

      I don’t see it here but I am trying to reply to a comment from Boogiman abut my comment. I realise that God helps those who help themselves is not in the bible, but rather a phase used in some popular religious discourse.

      When I said God, why did you assume it was the God of the Christion or jewish bible? Perhaps I was speaking of Alah, or perhaps Budda, or perhaps Krishna.

      I actuallity I was not speaking ony of these manmade regious specific Gods. I was not seaking about anything except to acknowledge that there is somehting which transcends man and which is great and good in the universe.

      But I respect you right to believe what you wish and hope you will do the same for me in return. I do not think that God should be used as an excuse to drive men apart and that’s the way I see it or used to justfy hatred or predudice.

      My comment was aimed more at the idea that we must take responcibility and action ourselves rather than to wait for someone or something else to come along and save us.

      I mean no disrespect to any person’s sincere belief.

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