There’s been a subtle change of late in the rhetoric from the anti-gun zealots. Added to the typical “common sense” and “public safety” gun control message. They’ve added the term of “evidence-based solutions” to their new and improved do-nothing regulations to outlaw guns and get them out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. Where does this come from? It’s from the gun control idea factories they call gun violence research centers, and you are the one making it all possible.
Federal funding of so-called gun violence research has long been restricted, and for very good reason. Those who set up these restrictions knew that whomever controlled the research funding would control the research results themselves. True, non-biased scientific research is extraordinarily difficult, especially these days since many who are willing to provide the funding also have an agenda they want the research to support. This is the situation we find ourselves in now here in California with taxpayer funding of the California Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California Davis.
California prides itself on being at the forefront of draconian gun control efforts under the self-perpetuating belief that less — leading to zero — guns in the hands of law abiding citizens will make the public safer from thugs, gangs, criminals and terrorists. In fact, the state’s policies are now focusing on turning as many law-abiding firearm owners in to criminals as possible in order to weed their lawful ownership out of their ideal society.
When California first decided to use our tax dollars to fund gun violence research, I thought it was just another means to justify their ludicrous laws that do nothing to decrease crime or increase public safety. But quite honestly, they’ve never needed anything to back up their ideas. And as for justification, they’ve got their hand-selected activist judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit — who are more interested in advancing social agenda than the rule of law — to rubber stamp their every whim and rule it Constitutional. What they’ve needed was an idea-generating factory. Under the pretense of research, it’s a way for lawmakers to make more laws to restrict the presence of legal firearms.
Even the charter of California’s new gun control research center reveals the implicit bias. They are only concerned with gun violence instead of the causes and factors of all violence. Gun violence is simply a subset of the overall violence problem in our country, and solving that requires solving a host of other societal issues, including education, employment, criminal justice and mental health. Solving gun violence — at least from their point of view — is easy; just get rid of legally owned guns.
We’re already starting to see the results of this so-called research sneak into California laws. Penalties for minor non-firearm/non-violence alcohol related offenses are beginning to include bans on firearm ownership. Why? An association between alcohol related offenses and firearm related offense has been ‘discovered’. Most honest researchers understand the fallacy that correlation does not imply causation, otherwise known as cum hoc ergo propter hoc. Yet the California Future Crimes Division is willing to revoke your Second Amendment rights based solely on this dubious body of so-called research.
Just in case you’re curious about some of the things you won’t see coming out from the California Firearm Violence Research Center:
· Law-abiding citizens use legally owned firearms to prevent and stop crimes at a rate of three times more than firearms are used feloniously in this country, to the tune of 2.5 to 3 million times per year.
· 98% of all mass shootings in the United States since 1950 have occurred in gun free zones.
· Concealed carry permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a sixth the rate for police.
· Crime and violence rates — including gun violence rates — are highest in the states and municipalities with the most restrictive gun control laws.
So whenever you hear the new gun control mantra of evidence-based solutions to gun violence, understand where their “facts” are coming from. And understand the very same people who want to take your Second Amendment rights have no interest in solving any of the underlying societal problems that cause crime and violence. They just want to take away your firearms and call it a win for “pubic safety”.
Do you feel safer yet?
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