As I posted a few days ago crime in the US has been on a downward trend for many years while, at the same time, the number of firearms sold into private hands has been increasing. Even some on the left are waking up to the fact that gun control advocates are lying pretty regularly when it comes to the topic of private ownership of firearms.
Now the FBI has begun to release it’s metrics on crime in the US for 2014. Lo and behold the trend continues, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Among the findings… the number of reported violent crimes decreased 0.2 percent when compared with 2013. And the number of property crimes decreased 4.3 percent from 2013 levels.
Homicides with firearms in 2014 were down 3.9 percent on a year-over-year basis. More guns equals more crime, as the anti civil rights crowd would have us believe, is once again proven to be a fallacy. NSSF’s composite chart echoes exactly that conclusion.
But, as if on cue, Calfiornia’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that he is going to champion a massive and draconian ballot initiative to further restrict the rights of law abiding persons in California as relates to firearms…. in the name of controlling violent crime, or course.
In remarks full of hyperbole, rhetoric and an outright lie or two, Mr. Newsom called for requiring background checks for ammunition purchases and forcing gun owners to give up large-capacity magazines that they lawfully purchased prior to their sale being banned. That would, presumably, include retired law enforcement like me since we’re no longer entitled to any special status or preference once we are no longer actively employed according to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Silviera v. Lockyer.
That’s Mr. Newsom standing at the left in a photo which showed up on the Facebook page of Raymond Chow, the jovial gent next to Mr. Newsom in the photo. People outside of San Francisco may not be familiar with Mr. Chow, who is better known as “Shrimp Boy” but he is well known as a reputed shot caller in one of San Francisco’s Asian gangs. He served a prison stretch for robbery and is currently under federal indictment for racketeering, money laundering, international arms smuggling and solicitation of murder among other things. One of Mr. Chow’s co-defendants is the now former State Senator Leland Yee, an “award winning gun control advocate” who was neck deep in the arms smuggling end of the case and has since accepted a plea deal.
Gun control… like politics, makes for very strange bedfellows it seems. As you watch the media spin Mr. Newsom’s proposed ballot initiative think about who his friends are. Think about what they do. Think about how more guns in law abiding hands is proven to not cause violent crime to go up.
Then think about what rights of your’s they’ll come after next, if they succeed this time. Gun rights are, after all, civil rights. And civil rights are supposed to be the same for everyone or they are not rights at all.