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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Washington Post Disputes Obama Gun Violence Statement

It seems that even some so-called “mainstream” media outlets are beginning to question President Barack Obama’s recent statement concerning gun violence in the United States.

On Oct. 1, Obama said: “We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don’t work, or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns, is not borne out by the evidence.” Unfortunately for Obama, who typically says whatever he wants without question, the Washington Post decided to fact-check that claim.

In the end, the Post concluded: “This is a classic situation in which a politician bases a statement on a study, but then exaggerated the conclusions to justify a policy. It also lacks context because the results change, sometimes dramatically, when suicides are removed from the gun deaths.” 


Texas Man Shoots Three Attackers In Home

A Duncanville, Texas, man shot three people who were robbing and assaulting him Monday morning, as reported by CBS DFW. According to police, the victim was in his home with another man when three suspects entered the residence and attacked him. One started assaulting him while two other suspects began loading the man’s property into a vehicle that was parked outside where a fourth suspect was waiting.

Neighbors reported hearing five gunshots after the resident picked up a weapon and shot three of the suspects, police said. The suspects then jumped into a silver Dodge Avenger driven by the fourth man and were quickly stopped at a nearby intersection. The three injured suspects were transported to a local hospital but the fourth suspect fled before officers arrived. Police are still searching for the fourth suspect.


Separatists Without Guns Massacre Chinese Miners

Here’s another one for the “like we needed any more proof” file: Gunless haters killed at least 50 in China’s Xinjiang province in mid-September, yet we find not so much as a peep—much less an outcry—from the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Piers Morgan, Shannon Watts or Hillary Clinton. 

Uyghur Islamist separatists used knives and heavily loaded vehicles to wreak their havoc, with local police reporting some victims “were sleeping” when the attack took place. No heavy truck control? No knife background checks?

The incident makes an important point, though at an ugly cost: The mechanics of murder and mayhem are all but infinitely variable. It’s the willingness to compel others through force, and then violence, that is the age-old problem. As tens of millions of American gun owners prove every single day, the possession of arms does not equate to such violent compulsion any more than their absence guarantees safety.


The Gun-Control Lie That Won't Go Away

One proof of the intellectual vapidity of the anti-gun movement is that some of its most prominent representatives are still trumpeting a claim that has been repeatedly shown to be almost certainly false. Politifact reports that gun-control advocate Mark Kelly referred to 40 percent of guns being sold without a background check during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

As the same publication has made clear in the past, this striking statement is based on an article published in 1997 and based on a 1994 survey. Additionally, questionable experiment design means that this finding seems to have never been accurate in the first place. But that doesn’t stop it from surfacing time and time again when anti-gun pundits are fishing for evidence. Accurate studies have a bothersome tendency to not support their narrative.


Federal-State Partnership Puts NJ Criminal Out Of Commission

Career criminal Kadeem Coleman would likely be back on the streets of Paterson if it were up to New Jersey law. But thanks to a partnership between the Department of Justice and local police, Coleman is now being held without bail after being hit with a federal weapons charge.

Coleman was initially arrested on Sept. 12 on gun charges. He was free on bail 12 days later when he was shot in the leg. It was then that Ceasefire unit detectives discovered that Coleman was under investigation by BATFE and slapped him with the federal charge—one that carries stiffer penalties and potential prison time.

“This federal partnership is the key to stopping the flow of illegal weapons into our city,” Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale said of the joint investigation with the federal agents. “If we have to do this one by one, that’s what we’ll do.”


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