Dog bites man: Armed citizens deter crimes against themselves. Man bites dog: Fat cat-liberal Democrats in big northeastern and California cities already protected by bodyguards and community gates prefer control over average Joes than that more of us survive their gun-control experiments. Man also continues to bite dog as their Obamacare, affordable-energy-killing-climate change and other non-compatible-with-the-natural-world-experiments wreak havoc on American society.
But before a citizen of the United States can shop for health care, even on an insecure HealthCare.gov website or shop for gasoline in markets that exclude petro derived from frozen Arctic tundra fields, they must be secure in their homes and neighborhoods. Thus:
According to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, while gun ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009, crime fell – and fell sharply. [T]he “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate was 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993. Following the exponential growth in the number of guns, that rate fell to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000.
This rate rose from 2004 to 2005 and got as high as 3.9 in 2006 and 2007, but it then resumed falling in 2008, the year the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that individual firearm possession is Constitutionally protected—particularly for self-defense. This figure fell to 3.2 per 100,000 by 2011.
In other words, as the number of firearms almost doubled over a nearly 20-year period, the “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate was more than halved.
Republicans oppose voting by non-citizens based partly upon the rule of law, but also because studies show that high percentages of the kind of low-wage, government-dependent new citizens brought to America since the late 1960s by the Ted Kennedy-immigration-reform bill, vote Democrat. Hence our support for photo/voter-ID laws to prevent fraudulent votes by illegal immigrants from being added to the already large number of felons and dead Democrats that regularly vote.
One has to wonder of Democrats favor gun control partially because they think more government-dependent voters would survive long enough to make it to the ballot box so they can re-hire Dems to take care of them in perpetuity?
In any event, their gun control measures in Chicago, Illinois, New York and D.C., increasingly suspect given landmark pro-Second Amendment rulings by the Supreme Court in recent years, actually contribute to the demise of thousands of likely Democrat voters via black-on-black crime.
The feel of safety is the handle of a Colt .45., but liberal Democrats safely ensconced in bullet-proof limos and behind gated estates and other community fences still prefer the feel of their thumbs on average Joes’ and Jermaines’ backs.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson