The Duke Chronicle, Duke University’s newspaper, released an article yesterday supporting gun owners’ claims that President Barack Obama’s executive actions won’t impact violent crime rates.
Obama’s executive actions are “unlikely to produce dramatic change, experts at Duke say,” the authors claim, citing research by Philip Cook, ITT/Terry Sanford professor of public policy. Based on Cook’s research, the measures were unlikely to decrease robberies or assaults because most violent criminals get their firearms from family members or gangs—and during CNN’s “Guns in America” town hall, even Anderson Cooper acknowledged that background checks wouldn’t be effective against these transactions.
The authors also point out that prosecution of existing gun laws has decreased during Obama’s presidency, saying it’s unknown whether the actions will be “accompanied by increased prosecutions of criminals violating gun laws.” Taken together, these claims support what we’ve been saying all along—that these actions were solely intended to curb gun ownership by law-abiding Americans.
White House Fed Celebrities Anti-Gun Talking Points To Tweet
Perhaps taking a leaf out of propagandist Leni Riefenstahl’s book, the White House emailed Hollywood celebrities with Twitter-ready sound bites for them to parrot and retweet in support of President Obama’s gun-control push last week, Fox News reports.
While Hollywood isn’t known for its braintrust, it is known for its hypocrites, who are happy to have armed security for themselves while they profit from glorified, gratuitous on-screen gun violence and seek to deny the rest of us the means to defend ourselves from the mayhem their “entertainment” promotes. It’s also known for people who are very good at reciting the words of others while feigning heartfelt emotion.
They’re the world’s leading experts at making fiction believable. So it’s no surprise that the White House would try to recruit them to sell its anti-gun fantasies.
LA Times Bashes President For Insufficient Anti-Gun Ranting
The Los Angeles Times held nothing back in an article directed to President Barack Obama on Thursday. The news media outlet appears to be beyond disappointed with President Obama’s State of the Union address, stating, “Sorry, Mr. President, that won’t do. Not a mere passing reference to gun control in an hour-long State of the Union address, your last ever.”
The LA Times thinks that, “Just one complete sentence or two about guns, 10 seconds’ worth, could have inspired a few million citizens to press their state legislatures and city councils to get tougher … Almost anything additional about guns in the State of the Union, Mr. President, could have helped the cause you say you’re “passionate” about. It’s called leading.” We’ve never questioned the president’s passion for gun control, but in California, enough is never enough. “Oh, well,” the article continued. “California is moving ahead on guns with a November ballot initiative and legislation in the Capitol.” We’ll be there, too.
Medical Journal Article Calls NRA Members “A Cancer”
Leave it to a bunch of constitutional experts—er, medical doctors who apparently think they are constitutional experts—to join President Barack Obama and other gun haters in calling the 5 million law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association derogatory names.
In an opinion piece in the most recent edition of The New England Journal of Medicine, five medical doctors attempted to diagnose NRA members without even an office visit: “Gun-control advocates blame the NRA, but perhaps the NRA is less like a foreign pathogen that has invaded our body politic, to which we could mount an immune response, than like a cancer, growing from our own mutated cells,” they wrote. They then promoted what they called “a deep cultural change”—insinuating that gun owners should simply choose to not be gun owners.
With doctors routinely castigating law-abiding gun owners for the acts of violent armed criminals, is it any wonder that Americans are growing weary of this plague of medical specialists verbally attacking our constitutional right to keep and bear arms?
Anti-Gun Journalist Already Called For Obama-LaPierre Debate
While NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre issued a fiery challenge to President Obama to debate gun policy one-on-one in a neutral setting, the idea isn’t unheard of—or limited to the pro-gun side of the equation. An op-ed posted in The Daily Beast in October urged the president to participate in just such a debate.
While the president has taken plenty of opportunities to lob insults at the NRA and deliver misleading factoids to the American people, this is the opportunity for him to really meet the NRA on the battleground of facts. Will he step up to the plate? We will keep you updated.
Chicago Workers Fighting Back Against Crime
Can you hear me now? That seems to be the attitude of Chicago employees as, for the second time in a week, a worker used a gun in self-defense.
Late Wednesday morning, two men drew guns as they entered a T-Mobile store. In return, an employee drew his own firearm and shot at the men, who fled the store and then drove themselves to a hospital. Both were treated for gunshot wounds—one man suffered a gunshot wound to his left arm and groin, and the other was shot in the abdomen and left arm.
Charges are pending as the investigation continues. A T-Mobile regional manager said the company allows its employees with concealed-carry licenses to have guns at work.
This foiled attempt comes on the heels of an incident on Saturday where a liquor store employee shot and killed two teens as they tried to rob the store.