Democrats push for Gun Control Legislation despite Fall in Gun Crime

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 21st, 2013

Week in Review

The left hates guns.  They want to take away our guns.  And repeal the Second Amendment.  Which is why they exploit every tragedy that involves a gun that they can.  (Except for the horrible gun crimes in Chicago that rarely receive any media attention.)  To foment anti-gun sentiment.  And it’s been working.  For the America people believe that gun crime is out of control (see Mass shootings are up; gun murders down posted 9/21/2013 on The Economist).

On September 16th a former navy reservist, Aaron Alexis, shot 12 people dead at a military base in Washington, DC. Though rare, such tragedies are increasingly common in America. The past 30 years have seen 67 mass shootings (in which four or more people were killed by a gunman not involved in a conventional crime), says Mother Jones magazine. There have already been five this year, after seven last year. Massacres grab headlines, and so may explain why many Americans believe, incorrectly, that gun crime is on the rise. In fact, gun murders have fallen by half in the past 20 years.

In 2012 there were about 500 people shot to death in Chicago.  Which receives scant news coverage.  But every time there is a mass shooting (Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech) it is not only front-page news but there are calls for new gun control legislation.  Because gun crime is out of control in America.  This is the narrative.  And why the left loves mass-shootings.  For it inflames the people to perhaps accept something they don’t want in the heat of the moment.  Further gun control legislation.

But gun crime is not out of control.  Apart from the Democrat-controlled Chicago.  Actual “gun murders have fallen by half in the past 20 years.”  Despite Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech.  But you wouldn’t know that listening to the Democrats.  As they are apparently lying to the American people to take away our guns.  Which begs the question.  Why?  If gun crime is actually falling then why do they want to take away our guns?

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The Left is using the Washington Navy Yard Shooting to Revive the Gun Control Debate

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 19th, 2013

Politics 101

Gun Crimes often involve an Anti-Social Gamer who lacks Empathy for their Victims

There was another terrible thing that happened.  Depending on where you get your news from you might have gotten one of two general headlines.  You either saw/heard something along the lines of “Another failure in our mental health system leaves dangerous man among the public—kills 12 at the Washington Navy Yard.”  Or you saw/heard something like “AR-15 assault rifle responsible for yet another senseless massacre—people demand comprehensive gun control legislation.”

You probably can guess that the left-leaning media ran the AR-15 headline.  Who blames guns for all gun-violence.  Never the people pulling the triggers.  Whereas the media without a political agenda will have noted the failure in our mental health system as a greater concern for the safety of Americans.  As all of the gun massacres the left points to as proof that we need comprehensive gun control legislation have a common denominator.  The shooters all suffered from mental health issues.

Adam Lanza suffered from some personality disorder (perhaps Asperger disorder).  He was anti-social and played violent video games alone in the basement.  His disorder may have left him unable to feel empathy for other people.  That and the world of gaming where he killed over and over may have allowed him to feel nothing as he gunned down 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Someone should have institutionalized Lambert.  For he was the danger.  Not the guns.  He chose the gun because that’s what he used in his video games.  But if there was no gun available he may have done something else.  For he was a smart kid.  An honors student.  And he was 20 years old.  He could have used a car to run people down like in one of those video games.

In the Worst of Gun Crimes the Left focuses on the Guns and not the Mentally Unsound Shooters

Before Sandy Hook a mentally disturbed James Holms killed 12 and wounded some 70 more in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting.  Before that a mentally disturbed Jared Loughner killed 6 and wounded 12 in a Tucson supermarket parking lot (2011).  Before that a mentally disturbed Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 and wounded 17 at Virginia Tech (2007).  All of these shooters had some serious mental health issues.  Some had been treated.  Some should have been treated.  And they probably should all have been institutionalized before their shootings.

But they weren’t.  In fact, some parents today are at their wits’ end when they have a family member that may be a danger to the general public.  But there’s nothing they can do.  For today you can’t just institutionalize people like we once did.  Because of civil liberties.  Which is a good thing.  To those who may have been wrongly institutionalized.  But it leaves those that should be out on the street.  Where they must first do something to be committed.  Like Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech, etc.  Then and only then can we remove these people from our streets.

Yet in the worst of these gun crimes the left focuses on the guns.  Not the shooters.  It’s not the people pulling the triggers.  But the triggers.  And they claim that if we remove the triggers we’ll remove this crime. Despite these mentally unsound people still being on the streets.  Who are in most cases very smart people.  And highly educated.  Who could probably figure out a way to get a gun if we had repealed the Second Amendment.  Or think of some other creative way to kill their innocent victims.

The Left blamed the AR-15 for the Washington Navy Yard Shooting instead of our Failed Mental Health System

So why does the left do this?  Well, because they want to take away our guns.  Why?  One can only guess.  They are generally anti-capitalists and would like to turn the United States into a more socialist country.  Like they’ve done with our health care.  Does the left want to do more than just make America a social democracy?  Other countries that had a political party/leader that went on to oppress their people often started by taking away people’s guns.  Because if they didn’t the people may just fight back.  And the last thing any dictator wants is a civil war like there is currently in Syria.

Is this why the left wants to take away our guns?  Who knows.  But it makes one wonder.  Especially when we see they can barely contain their glee whenever another mentally unsound person goes on a shooting spree.  So they can revive the gun control debate.  Which they have to revive as the polls clearly show the American people don’t put repealing the Second Amendment high on their wish list.  No, what they want is a better economy.  A job.  A safer world to live in where they don’t have to worry about their kids getting hurt or killed by an improvised explosive device while attending a marathon.  But the left focuses on the guns.

As they were still looking for potential shooters at the Washington Navy Yard the left was already reporting that it was yet another gun-crime made with that hated of all assault rifles.  The dreaded AR-15.  Everyone on the left was reporting this with glee.  Hoping to revive the talk about comprehensive gun control.  There was only one problem.  This mentally disturbed person did not use an AR-15.  He used a type of weapon Vice President Joe Biden recommended women get instead of a handgun for their personal protection.  A shotgun.  Even though they got the facts wrong it didn’t change the narrative.  The left blamed the AR-15 anyway and called for an assault rifle ban.  Without a word about our failed mental health system.  That allows mentally unsound people to wander among us where they can do great harm.  Because locking up mentally unsound people pays no political dividends.  While allowing them to remain on the street does.  Especially if they get their hands on an AR-15.

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A 15-Year-Old stabs his 10-Year Old and 4-Year-Old Brothers to Death

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 26th, 2013

Week in Review

With the Sandy Hook shooting, the Aurora theater shooting, the Tucson shooting, the Virginia Tech shooting, etc., the focus has been on the shooting.  Not the shooter.  The left is using these mass murders to advance gun control legislation.  Instead of addressing the mental health problems common to the shooters.  The focus is on the guns.  And nothing but the guns.  While people with mental health problems fall through the cracks.  Like that 13-year-old who tried to rape then killed his mother for taking away his videogame.  Who appeared to be well along in his mental health problems.  And then there’s this 15-year-old who was apparently just beginning his descent into mental health problems (see Utah boy, 15, arrested in stabbing deaths of brothers, 10 and 4 by Michael Mello posted 5/24/2013 on the Los Angeles Times).

“He’s an honor student, highly intelligent and never been in trouble with the law,” Poulsen told the Los Angeles Times. “According to the neighbors, he’s a little quiet, but they’re a great family.”

Late Wednesday afternoon, the suspect’s mother left him home to watch his 10-year-old and 4-year-old brothers while she took the family’s four other children to run errands. She returned two hours later, Poulsen said, and called 911 when she found the 4-year-old dead on the floor.

Deputies who arrived at the home found the 10-year-old’s body in the basement, but could not find the 15-year-old. Several local law enforcement agencies combed the area for the boy, and found him around midnight in a neighboring town about eight miles away.

We don’t know much about this yet but there may have been signs of mental health problems that people just missed.  Because it is usually a progression of withdrawal and isolation and a change in behavior before things like this happen.  Adam Lanza spent all his time playing violent videogames alone in the basement before shooting his mother and the Sandy Hook students.  James Holmes was working on his Ph.D. when he started doing poorly in his academic work and talked about wanting to kill people to a physiatrist before the Aurora theater shooting.  Jared Loughner’s strange behavior got him expelled from college before the Tucson shooting.  Seung-Hui Cho’s mental health problems were well documented before the Virginia Tech shooting.  Yet we missed these signs and failed to prevent these horrible acts.  Just as we may have missed some signs with this 15-year-old.  Because we’re still trying to push gun control legislation.  Instead of trying to address mental health issues that drive people to mass murder.

Guns have been a common factor in some of these crimes.  While mental health problems have been a common factor in all of them.  So it doesn’t appear to be the guns.  It’s the mental health problems.  For here we have another instance of some unsound person killing people.  But this one killed without a gun.  Perhaps we could have prevented this if the focus was on mental health.  And not the NRA.

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Rise in Gun Ownership and Concealed Weapons Permits result in Decline in Gun Violence

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 11th, 2013

Week in Review

President Obama and the Democrats were furious over the defeat of proposed gun control legislation in the Senate.  Which is controlled by the Democrats.  But enough of the Senate Democrats broke ranks and voted with the Republicans.  Why?  Well, unlike President Obama, a lot of those Senate Democrats will be running in another election in 2014.  And they come from states that don’t believe the Democrats’ lie about out of control gun violence killing more of our kids than ever.  And why do they believe this?  Because contrary to popular belief gun violence has been falling for the last two decades (see With gun violence down, is America arming against an imagined threat? (+video) by Patrik Jonsson posted 5/8/2013 on The Christian Science Monitor).

As part of a broader trend of declining crime, gun violence in America – while still high relative to other Western countries – has dropped by 49 percent from 1993 to 2011, while nonfatal gun crimes dropped by 69 percent, according to the US Justice Department.

But that slow-motion decline in Americans turning guns on each other has failed to register with most people, only 12 percent of whom answered the question correctly when asked by the Pew Research Center in a poll released Tuesday. Some 56 percent of respondents said they believed that gun violence had actually increased over the last 20 years.

The reasons for the perception gap are manifold, including a steady stream of high profile shootings and massacres, an increased focus on crime by national media and cable networks, and partisan sniping about gun politics. But the gap is so huge, agrees D’Vera Cohn, a senior writer at Pew, in an AP interview, that it’s hard to explain…

Since 1993, the rate of gun violence dropped by the greatest degree in the 1990s and has stayed relatively stable since the early 2000s. But recent years have witnessed a dramatic shift in US gun culture, with millions of Americans getting certified to carry concealed weapons and women increasingly joining the ranks of gun owners.

An estimated 8 million Americans now have concealed weapons permits, and thousands wear guns openly in the 43 states that allow it. Atlanta Police Chief George Turner told the Monitor recently that urban police no longer automatically assume a citizen wearing a gun is in the process of committing a crime, as they did just a few years ago.

Gun ownership has increased.  The number of people carrying concealed weapons has increased.  And gun crime has decreased.  Hmm.  What could possible explain the fall in gun violence?  It’s a mystery all right.

The Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media have convinced 56% of the people that gun violence has increased these past two decades when it hasn’t.  But why would the Democrats do this?  And why would they push for gun control legislation when it appears more gun ownership actually makes it safer in the United States?  For some reason they are just hell-bent on getting rid of the Second Amendment.

Here’s something to consider.  What do people like Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting), James Holmes (Aurora theater shooting), Jared Loughner (Tucson supermarket parking lot shooting) and Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech Shooting) have in common?  They shot unarmed men, women and children.  People who couldn’t shoot back.  Imagine if James Holmes picked a theater in Atlanta.  And how fast people would have returned his fire.  Sure, some will argue that they may have shot innocent people in the process of stopping a homicidal maniac.  But would they have killed 12 and wounded 58?  Probably not.  In fact, chances are that James Holmes probably never would have started shooting people in an Atlanta theater.  Because he would know that someone in that theater could shoot back.  Which is the last thing these people want.  Which is why they pick unarmed people to shoot.  And they don’t stop shooting until someone arrives on the scene with a gun.

Guns didn’t make these people kill.  They were all suffering from mental health problems.  They picked guns perhaps because they enjoyed those violent video games so much.  But here’s something else to consider.  These people were pretty smart.  All but one was attending or had attended college.  Who knows what kind of evil genius they might have turned into.  And what other weapon they may have chosen.  Or built.  Such as a bomb.  For one thing we’ve learned from the Boston Marathon bombing is that college kids can build bombs.  So we’d probably be better off trying to do something about our mental health system instead of trying to get rid of the Second Amendment.  For had we heeded the warning signs and taken these people off the streets Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson and Virginia Tech would not have happened.  That’s for certain.  But would banning guns have stopped these mentally troubled people from harming others?  Probably not.  For we can never be certain what these people would have done if we had left them on the streets walking among us even if there were no guns for them to use.

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13-Year Old tried to Rape Mother then Killed Her in a Fit of Rage for taking away his Call of Duty Videogame

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 5th, 2013

Week in Review

The Sandy Hook shooting, the Aurora movie theater shooting, the Tucson shooting (Representative Gabrielle Giffords) and the Virginia Tech shooting have one common element.  The shooters all suffered from mental health problems.  They weren’t radical conservatives.  They weren’t militia members.  They were not in the Tea Party.  These shooters didn’t commit their atrocities because of guns.  They went on these shooting sprees because our mental health system didn’t take these dangerous people off of the streets before they could harm innocent bystanders.  And what have we done since Sandy Hook?  Tried to pass gun control legislation.  Instead of fixing the problems of our mental health system.  And because of that we still miss warning signs.  And a 13-year old does this (see Noah Crooks reportedly tried to rape mother before killing her by Chelsea Hoffman posted 5/4/2013 on the Examiner).

The tragic death of his mother was gruesome, but the details being shared by multiple sources paint a picture of a deeply troubled teen who may continue to be a danger to society. The WFC Courier reports that two of the teen’s friends testified that his “behavior had changed” prior to the death of his mother. One friend testified that Crooks became aggressive suddenly…

Multiple reports are varied, but this source claims that the incident may have stemmed from his mother Gretchen Crooks taking away his Call of Duty video game. His lawyers are trying to prove that he suffers from intermittent explosive disorder — which can be a violent mental disorder. If this young man truly suffers from this affliction, he needs quality mental help away from society where he cannot be a danger to others.

Noah Crooks reportedly shot his mother at least 21 times with his .22 rifle after trying to rape her unsuccessfully. This horrific story is shockingly similar to incidents in the life of serial killer Edmund Kemper — who is murdered several coeds in the 1970s. Prior to his stint as a serial killer and necrophiliac, Edmund Kemper shot his grandparents at the age of 15 with his own hunting rifle. He did a short amount of time in a mental institution but was released back to society just in time for his body to fully mature as a young man. After Kemper murdered several college girls he ended his murder spree by murdering his mom and sexually assaulting her body. Kemper is now serving life behind bars in Calif., but what will come to be of this young man?

There were signs there that something was changing with this kid.  Former classmates provided testimony in court that Noah Crooks would occasionally stab other students with pencils.  A red flag if there was ever one.  Still, one wonders what they would have done if they had acted.  Would they have locked him up in an institution?  His mental illness was so new that his mother probably would have fought that.  Unaware of how fast he could get so violent.

Would this have happened if there was no gun in the house?  Well, he tried to rape her before he shot her.  So the assault would have started.  And if he was lost in a fit of rage he could have used another weapon.  Like a knife.  A blunt object.  Or his hands.  So the crime probably would have happened even without the gun.

Was the videogame to blame?  Well, if he didn’t have one it wouldn’t have been there to take away.  Sending him into that fit of rage.  But did it make him violent?  It is a violent game.  Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Shooter, had a spreadsheet of videogame scoring.  And may have been living a videogame scenario during his shooting.  But it doesn’t appear that Crooks planned his attack.  So it is unclear if the game had any influence in this crime.  Which really leaves mental health as the most likely cause.

As his behavior is shockingly similar to a serial killer who did similar things the state should look long and hard at his mental health and do what’s necessary to prevent this kid from maturing into something worse.  Instead of trying to pass new gun control legislation.  One has to wonder what might have happened in the Crooks home that day if they reformed the mental health system to better identify these early warning signs.  Perhaps building new mental hospitals to incarcerate the mentally ill.

Just think what might have been in place if they did this after Sandy Hook.  After Aurora.  After Tucson.  After Virginia Tech.  Which happened in April of 2007.  About 5 years before Crooks tried to rape then killed his mother.  If they had they may even have been able to stop at least one of these other massacres.  But, instead, all we’ve done since Virginia Tech is talk about the need for new gun control legislation.  Which has shifted attention away from something far more important.  Identifying these people who are a danger to others due to their mental health problems.  And getting them off of the streets before they can do harm to others.

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The Left Politicizes Atrocities to Attack Conservatives

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 18th, 2013

Politics 101

Democrats Quickly Politicized the Boston Marathon Bombings to attack Conservatives

What’s the difference between conservatives and liberals?  Well, for one, they respond to horrific tragedies differently.  Conservatives are sickened and saddened.  While liberals salivate with a potential opportunity to blame conservatives for these horrific events.  Which they are quick to do.  Even before the dead are identified and laid to rest.  As we can see in the Boston marathon bombings.

We don’t know anything yet.  But the media has been reporting on what we don’t know 24 hours a day since the bombings.  And on the day of the attack there have been those in the media already making the case that the bomber is possibly a ‘radical’ conservative.  Because it happened on April 15.  Tax Day.  During the Patriots’ Day holiday in Boston.  Not far from the anniversary of the fiery end of the Waco siege.  Even someone in the media wrote that they were hoping that it was the actions of an angry white man.  So it wouldn’t hurt the liberal political agenda.  More gun control.  And less restrictions on immigration.  So if the bomber(s) entered the country illegally (i.e., they’re not angry white men) that could hurt their attempts at creating new Democrat voters by giving illegal immigrants amnesty.

Former Democrat Congressman Barney Frank was quick to politicize the bombings, too.  He said the response of the first-responders proves the value of big government.  For no tax cuts or limited government would have made the response any better.  Another Democrat Congress person blamed the bombings on the sequester.  The cut in federal spending allowed these bombers to detonate these two bombs.  So on the one hand you have one Congress person saying how well the government handled the situation because we don’t have limited government or tax cuts while you have another saying the government was so weakened by the sequester that they were unable to stop these bombers.  Positions on opposite ends of the spectrum.  But with one thing in common.  They both attack conservatives.

The Left Gleefully reports a Conservative Connection in any Horrible Act of Violence even when there is None

They blamed the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, on radical gun-toting conservatives.  Anxious to prove that the shooter was a card carrying member of some conservative organization.  And were quite disappointed to find the shooter was just someone with mental health problems who the state should have institutionalized.  Who lived in his mother’s basement playing violent video games and earning high-scores with high kill numbers.  Some have even suggested that he was living in the fantasy world of the videogame when he started shooting.  Scoring points with each kill.  Reloading even before his magazines were empty (like during lulls in a videogame so you had a full magazine for the next shooting encounter).  And killing himself before the cops could kill him, resetting his game points to zero.  There are a lot of theories.  But with his suicide we can’t know for sure his motive.

Nothing would have prevented this shooting other than locking him up in an institution while he was learning about past mass shootings.  Planning his crime.  And playing hours of video games in his basement.  Adam Lanza was sick.  He was mentally unsound.  He had trouble interacting with people.  And separating the real world from the fantasy world of his video gaming.  But one thing he wasn’t was a radical conservative.  But it didn’t stop the liberal Democrats from blaming the Sandy Hook massacre on a conservative gun culture.  And using it to try and pass long-desired gun control legislation.  Instead of addressing mental health problems.  The cause of the Sandy Hook massacre.  In fact, during the last few decades the Left has made it more difficult to commit someone who is a danger to society.  And they exploded the use of drugs to treat a laundry list of childhood developmental problems.  Such as drugging a generation of kids for having attention deficit disorder.  Trusting in medication to make them safe and well behaved.  Leaving dangerous people free to hurt people.  Dangerous people like Adam Lanza.

Mental health problems are a main theme in many mass killings.  Before Newtown there was the 2012 Aurora theater shooting.  Where the shooter was a mentally sick individual.  James Holmes.  Who the state should have institutionalized.  As soon as his name was released a person in the media reported he was a member of the Tea Party.  Because he found a James Holmes in Aurora that was a member of the Tea Party.  Which they gleefully reported so they could show this horrible act of violence was by some gun-toting conservative.  Only it wasn’t THAT James Holmes.  The Aurora shooter had no connection to conservative politics whatsoever.

When Emotions are Running High the Left can Pass Legislation they’ve never been able to Pass Before

In Tucson in 2011 Jared Loughner went on a shooting spree.  Killing six.  And shooting Representative Gabrielle Giffords in the head.  The media immediately started blaming conservative Sarah Palin for inciting this rampage.  Because she had a bulls-eye on her website showing certain Congressional districts in the cross hairs.  Including Giffords’.  But was Jared Loughner incited to his crime by Palin?  No.  For he wouldn’t have gone on her website.  He was a registered Independent.  He hated George W. Bush.  He even believed that 9/11 was a government plot.  And was a paranoid schizophrenic who abused drugs and alcohol.

Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 people and wounded 30 at Fort Hood in 2009.  He was a major in the Army who had recently converted to Islam.  Was in communication with Yemen-based cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who was a known security threat.  And reportedly shouted what Islamist terrorists shout before they start killing.  Allahu Akbar!  Which translates to “God is great.”  But instead of calling this an act of terrorism President Obama called it workplace violence.  Because he was trying to wind down the War on Terror.  So he could use that money to pay for Obamacare.  And having an act of terrorism on a U.S Army post didn’t help with that agenda.

Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2007.  He also suffered from mental disorders going back to middle school.  Who had problems similar to Adam Lanza.  Something his college knew nothing about because of federal privacy laws.  Laws that protected the individual by putting the public at risk.  As an adult Cho chose to discontinue his therapy.  And his behavior became similar to how James Holmes would later act when he was in college.  Which is when the state probably should have committed him.  After the shooting rampage the Left blamed easy access to guns as the cause of the shooting.  Not their failed mental health policies.

One can see a general pattern.  The Left likes having these atrocities happen.  At least based on how they politicize these atrocities.  And why do they politicize these atrocities?  Because they can’t beat their political opponents in the arena of ideas.  So they turn to character assaults.  To destroy their political opponents.  By trying to blame these atrocities on conservatives.  And their cruel and unfeeling policies.  That kill school children.  And when emotions are running high they can pass legislation they’ve never been able to pass before.  Like gun control.  And they don’t run higher than when children die.

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