Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics

For the last six weeks, the President and the progressive movement has been whipping up an emotional anti-gun frenzy, in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.  The problem (for them) is that they allowed it to drag out long enough for facts to start coming out.

First a few basics vis a vis Sandy Hook.  Connecticut state law regarding weapons....

For regulatory purposes, the law classifies “firearms” into four groups: handguns (pistols and revolvers), long guns (rifles and shotguns), assault weapons, and machine guns. The degree of regulation depends on the type of firearm and, in some cases, the type of transaction (i.e., dealer sales as opposed to secondary or nondealer sales).

With minor exceptions, (1) anyone buying or otherwise acquiring a handgun in Connecticut, whether from a licensed gun dealer or an unlicensed person, must have an eligibility certificate or a permit to sell or carry handguns, and (2) anyone carrying a handgun (except in one's home or business) must have a permit to carry handguns...

Permit and certificate applicants must pass state and national criminal history record checks and meet other criteria in law...Ineligible applicants include convicted felons, illegal aliens, and anyone (1) under age 21; (2) under a court protective or restraining order for using, attempting, or threatening to use force against someone; or (3) discharged into the community in the preceding 20 years after having been found not guilty of a crime by reason of mental disease or defect.

First law broken/ignored by Adam Lanza.

Assault weapons are illegal. People cannot legally buy them or (with one minor exception) bring them into Connecticut. But people who owned assault weapons before October 1, 1993 and registered them with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) before October 1, 1994 can keep them, and dispose of them, under prescribed circumstances.

Second law broken/ignored by Adam Lanza.

By law, when handguns are being transported in a motor vehicle, they must be unloaded and kept (1) in a place not readily or directly accessible from the passenger compartment or (2) in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console (CGS § 29-35). A violation carries a penalty of one to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000, or both, with a mandatory minimum one-year sentence in the absence of mitigating circumstances (CGS § 29-37).

A shotgun was found in the TRUNK of his car (legal) but loaded (illegal) - 3rd law broken/ignored.

It is illegal, with some exceptions, to possess firearms on any elementary or secondary school property or at any school-sponsored event, if the person knows that he or she is not licensed or privileged to possess such firearms. A violation is a class D felony.

So we have already established that PRIOR to his even stepping foot in Sandy Hook Elementary School, Adam Lanza knowingly violated 3 laws pertaining to gun possession and he had already killed his mother (murder - 4th law broken).  Then he entered the school with those handguns making a total of 5 laws broken/ignored before he even fired a shot in the school.  Tell me how any more laws would have stopped this young man?

But that has not stopped the emotional pleas from progressive quarters to remove weapons from our society...."for the greater good".  So let's take a look at what happened in another society, where weapons were banned, confiscated and outlawed (h/t my good friend Gary Gross)

Since the gun ban, armed robberies have skyrocketed, up 69%, assaults involving guns rose 28%, gun murders increased 19% and a new phenomenon, home invasions jumped 21%...

The quote of the clip comes from Gary Fleetwood, Chief Inspector of Police (ret).

It's very obvious, even to blind Freddy, that the expenditure of half a billion dollars has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to reduce crime.

Which is exactly what gun rights advocates have been saying.  Taking the guns out of the hands of the law abiding citizen will do nothing to reduce crime.  Just look at Chicago.....

More restrictions on gun ownership are not the answer - at least not to the question about how to solve mass shootings.  We need to start looking at what CAUSES someone to want to shoot up an elementary school....not the tools he used to accomplish the act.  I am a firm believer that what you put into your mind (music, books, videos, television etc) have a direct impact on what comes out of you.  I am not calling for restrictions on violent videos (as many on both sides of the aisle are).  What I am saying, is if we are going to have an honest discussion on how to prevent mass shootings, then we need to look at EVERYTHING....not just the guns.

Written by LL.