Counter to the claims of media pundits and gun-control advocates, more and more liberal academics believe in the benefits of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
That is the finding of a survey this week by economist and author John Lott and Canadian professor Gary Mauser. In a Feb. 12 article on Investors.com, Lott reports that he and Mauser surveyed 74 researchers who had published gun-related, peer-reviewed empirical research in criminology and economics journals over the last 15 years. Among economists, Democrats outnumbered Republicans 3 to 1; among the criminologists (a subfield of sociology), Dem faculty members dominated by a ratio of 37 to 1.
Surprisingly, by large margins the majority of researchers agreed that “gun-free zones attract criminals, that guns in the home do not increase the risk of suicide, that concealed handgun permit holders are much more law-abiding than the typical American and that concealed carry leads to lower murder rates.”
N.J. Senate Passes Smart Gun Mandate Rollback Bill
New Jersey’s state Senate passed a bill on Thursday to roll back a mandate requiring that only “personalized” handguns be sold in the state after such handguns become commercially available. The bill now heads to the state Assembly.
The Garden State’s so-called “smart gun” law—sold as the “Childproof Handgun Law”—has been plagued with problems since it was passed in 2002. First of all, handguns designed specifically not to function pose potentially lethal hazards when relied upon for self-defense—which is why the law specifically exempted police. On a more practical level, New Jersey’s attorney general admitted that so-called “personalized handguns”—meaning handguns that cannot be fired by anyone except authorized users—do not yet exist.
Regardless of the fate of this measure, one thing is certain: Decisions about what type of firearm to choose for self-protection should be left to consumers, not bureaucrats and their one-size-fits-all mandates.
Maine Police Chief Laments Rape Victim Wasn’t Armed
In the aftermath of the brutal rape this week of a 73-year-old elderly woman in Waterville, Maine, police chief Joe Massey said that the attack makes a good case for why citizens should arm themselves as a defense against crime.
“It’s one of those cases where you could make a good argument for citizens arming themselves,” Massey said. “Someone said, ‘A gun in hand is better than someone on the phone telling you police are on their way.’ In cases like this, you wish the homeowner had a weapon and was capable of defending themselves.”
According to local media reports, the woman told police that she awoke to a loud bang and was confronted by a man armed with what appeared to be a handgun. She said the man forced her back into the bedroom and put a pillow case over her head, sexually assaulted her, then beat her with the gun. The woman suffered multiple bruises from the beating and was later hospitalized.
Bill Stalls That Would Allow The CDC To Study Gun Violence As A Health Epidemic
On Thursday, a bill that would lift restrictions on funding anti-gun research by the Centers for Disease Control went before House committee. This represented the fourth attempt to advance the measure, HR 3926, which was introduced in November by U.S. Rep. Mike Honda with 74 sponsors—all Democrats, many from New York and California.
“Americans should be able to trust an organization that claims its goal is an unbiased approach to public health,” NRA’s Chris Cox said. Fortunately, despite support from anti-gun groups such as the Brady Campaign, many lawmakers saw the bill for what it was, and a party-line vote by Republican congressmen prevented the bill from going to the floor. It currently remains in committee.
NRA Weekend at Cabela’s
Cabela’s NRA weekend is here! Each year, the outdoor retailer offers a special opportunity for customers to learn more about the National Rifle Association and to take advantage of firearm safety courses, educational workshops and in-store product demonstrations.
Today and tomorrow (Feb. 13 and 14), interested individuals can stop by any Cabela’s location nationwide and receive a free $25 Cabela’s gift card for joining the NRA or renewing their memberships. The card can be used for guns, accessories, clothing or whatever else the customer chooses.
Plus, NRA instructors will be on hand at each store all weekend to offer a free “Basics of Firearms Ownership” clinic that will cover topics including safe gun handling, proper firearm storage and gun cleaning. Seminar and events will vary by location.
Whether you’ve been thinking about joining the NRA, your membership is coming up for renewal or you’re ready for an upgrade, there’s no better time than now.
Armed Ohio Man Stops Robbery
A Cleveland, Ohio, man used his personally owned firearm to battle an armed robber early Monday morning, possibly saving his own life.
According to media reports, the 23-year-old Cleveland man was walking from his home to a nearby location when he was confronted by a man with a gun. “Give me everything,” the suspect said.
The victim ran and traded gunfire with the robber. He was later treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder, but at the time of this report had been released from the hospital.