“But on the other side of this case is another feature of government.: certain fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution, put outside government’s reach, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment,” he wrote. “This right must also include the right to acquire a firearm.”
A joint bulletin issued in early August by the Department of Homeland Security and FBI warns state and local law enforcement agencies to look out for people in possession of large amounts of weapons and ammunition, describing the discovery of unusual amounts of weapons as a potential indicator of criminal or terrorist activity.
Florida was chosen to represent CCW permit holders, because accurate numbers of permits were obtainable from the Florida Department of Agriculture. Florida has the highest total of CCW permits of all the states, and the number of resident concealed carry permits in Florida is reasonably close to the number of sworn state and local peace officers in the United States.
The Violence Policy Center (VPC) says that Florida tops the nation in killings by people with concealed carry permits. VPC has complete years in their data base for 2008 – 2011 for Florida. There are 27 total killings that are unjustified homicides by CCW permit holders, and 14 of those are domestic homicides. The rate of domestic homicides per 100,000 per year is .583 per 100,000 for CCW holders.
The homicide rate nationally dropped from 5.4 to 4.7 per 100,000 during this period, and the Florida homicide rate dropped from 6.4 to 5.2 per 100,000. Since we are only looking at CCW holders in Florida, we would expect those rates to be a bit higher than the national rate for this period
When we look at the numbers for sworn officers, I found 52 domestic homicides committed by sworn police officers from 2008 – 2011. For the police, nationally from 2008 through 2011, the rate is 52/2,818,924 or 1.854/100,000 domestic homicides per 100,000 police per year.
For the data that we have, police appear to be three times as likely to commit murder as a concealed carry permit holder.
Also, shootings involving police officers result in an innocent bystander being killed nearly six times more often than shootings involving CCW holders.
So the “you can just call the police” and “only the police and military should have guns” arguments kind of fall apart when confronted with these statistics.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Friday vetoed two measures to restrict the sale and possession of certain semi-automatic assault weapons, putting the brakes on some of the most aggressive gun-control proposals in state legislatures this year.
Brown vetoed Senate Bill 374, which would have banned semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and required firearm owners to register even low-capacity rifles as assault weapons.
The sheriff of Cook County, Ill., which includes the adopted hometown of President Barack Obama, Chicago, according to Fox News on Sunday, embarked on his latest program to reduce violence and crime in the Windy City and its suburbs: disarming people living in his jurisdiction, police firearms expert Hadley Beecham told the Law Enforcement Examiner.
The Democratic Party’s Sheriff Thomas Dart created a task force of deputies he’s charged with seizing firearms from several thousand gun owners who have had their right to own firearms revoked.
Paul Joseph Watson | Police smash into residence of gun activist, deploy flash bang grenade.
According to a press release issued by Kokesh’s Adam vs the Man media team, “Numerous police vehicles, including a light armored vehicle and two low-flying helicopters barricaded Adam’s street. More than 20 armored SWAT team members surrounded the house, as well as a number of detectives, and plainclothes officers. Assault rifles were aimed on all members of the team as they were handcuffed without being told why they were detained. Masked and armored police in full “Storm Trooper” gear flooded in and ransacked the residence. The team was cordoned in a front room, while Adam was pulled aside for questioning.”
It’s completely fucked up how much force and aggression the states uses to get one man.
This is probably the only time you’ll see me link to Infowars. This is intimidation plain and simple. They are flexing their muscle to deter future activists.
I wonder why David Gregory didn’t get similar treatment for brandishing an illegal magazine on his show….
“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.”
Bill of Rights Transcript Text
It’s amazing how pro-gunners cling to bits of text like “right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed” and forget the part about the “well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State” part. When was the last time any gun owners actually formed a militia to defend this country? Civil War?
"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." - George Mason,Co-author of the Second Amendment speaking during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788