Los Angeles Mayor’s Gun “Buyback” An Epic Fail
By: Gary Hardee
Original CBS story: here
Anyone who has been observing the political left since the 1970’s is not surprised in the slightest at the predictable knee-jerk response to the recent high profile tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Aurora, Colorado theater.
The well entrenched minority of international collectivist elites will stop at nothing to deprive their targets of the means to resist them. “Useful idiots”, as the communists call them, are abundant. Let any crisis, real or imagined, occur and the pressure from above begins and the cannon fodder masses, feelings close in tow, bow in unison to calls that defy history’s lessons and surge headlong into the lion’s teeth.
In this CBS propaganda piece, such conclusions are easily reached. We see no attempt to balance the sympathetic actions, though rewarded with money for guns, with hard facts about the clear disconnect with crime statistics and the massive number of guns in the hands of the public at large. Instead, we see a most tortured rant against guns and the over glorified and totally ineffective childish turning in of guns for cash.
If 2,500 guns are expected to be “turned in” in this drive and 8,000 guns since 2009 have been turned in, that makes a total of 10,500 guns. Assuming only one gun per person is turned in out of at city with a population of 3,819,702 – the participation rate in this “most successful drive ever” is .002748, or a non-participation rate over 3 years of 99.997251 percent of the city’s population. Good for you Los Angeles. Your intelligence is not given any credit by CBS or the Mayor of your city.
According to a Gallop Politics article from October 2011, 47% of adult Americans own a firearm. Admittedly, these figures are not exact, but if just 20% of L.A. adults own one gun, that’s 1,963,940 guns in the city.
10,500 guns is only 1/2 of 1 percent of the total. This media piece makes it sound like the 33% reduction in crime from 2009 to date is due to the gun buyback program involving just 8,000 guns. If just turning in 8,000 guns has resulted in a 33% reduction in violent crime then with just another 16,000 turned in it would eliminate the other 67% of violent crime in L.A. It is the gun grabbers that are making the firm connection so one must surmise they are blaming just 8,000 guns for previous higher rate in violent crimes. How does one honestly connect those 8,000 guns, not now in the hands of the citizens, with a reduction in violent crime unless it was those very guns that committed the crimes?
A non-thinking person is lead therefore to conclude that just 24,000 guns are responsible for all violent crime there. If this were true, why call for the disarming of the 99% of guns that are not responsible for crime? It is also mathematically and statistically insane to conclude that zero violent crime will only occur if all guns are banned and confiscated when by their own implied logic only 24,000 guns cover all violent crime.
The more you slice the media hype the more ridiculous their claims become.
What percentage of L.A.’s violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, parolees, early parolees, or the criminally bent gangs or gangbangers? Nothing is said about the number of would-be violent acts that are thwarted by a citizen with a gun or what will likely happen when only the unstable and criminally inclined have them.
The second amendment’s purpose is to preserve a “free state” against all enemies, foreign and domestic, against tyrannical agents and authoritarianism emanating from our own government. History shows that authoritarianism is best achieved with a disarmed citizenry.
The high degree of non-participation in this “buyback” scheme tells me the collectivist propaganda is largely falling on deaf ears as it should. Just watch out for and defeat local, state and federal infringements that are surely forthcoming!
We all share great sympathy with the victims and their loved ones so maliciously deprived their young lives it still does not justify a course that will only leave more people even more defenseless. This is not good government or good policy, it is lunacy!
I too would like to live in a world free of crime and violence. Not all crime is violent and not all violence is criminal. But what we all know, understand and accept is that evil, unethical, and immoral actions will never be stopped, even in the most authoritarian system imaginable. Under such systems, crime does not cease, it becomes enshrined and emanates from those in power.
Considering the wide array of “criminal activity” that has befallen mankind, the real question becomes; When actual threats to your life, liberty or property come calling at your doorstep, what means of defense against the aggression should you be deprived of or denied by your own government through laws? What tools of aggression do you think the criminals will be denied because of those same laws?
It is unethical of me to deny you your preferred means of defense. Forcibly denying you makes me responsible for your full safety – an impossible task!
The best way to contain or eliminate all types of crime is the universal collective threat of a bullet between the eyes.
US Gun Statistics: http://rense.com/general62/gns.htm