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Are Motor Vehicles More Dangerous Than Firearms?

First of all it’s pretty difficult to take seriously the premise that guns are more dangerous than cars.  In 1994 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) release a publication which made the exact same claim.  According to that article firearms related deaths would exceed the number of deaths related to vehicle crashes in the United States by 2003.[1]

 We are ten years past that prediction and it is not even close to coming true.  When you look at the number of firearms in the United States as apposed to the number of motor vehicles it is obvious that firearms are far safer. 

The CDC actually breaks out a listing specific to death caused by “accidental discharge of firearms”.  For 2010 there were 606 such deaths, in the same period there were 37,961 deaths in “transportation accidents”.

 There are an estimated 245 Million motor vehicles in the U.S. and estimated 310 million firearms.  Firearms are designed to produce damage to the target.  Vehicles are not intended to do any damage at all. 

Take into consideration that there are about twenty percent more guns than cars in the U.S. you would expect far more accidents with firearms.  The reason you do not see this in actuality is that the law abiding citizen who owns a firearm are by their very nature disciplined.  Firearms owners on average know the responsibility of owning a gun and take it seriously.  Consider that millions of rounds of ammunition are expended every year in practice, competition, plinking and hunting.  The tiny number of deaths legitimately attributable to firearms accidents is proof of the great care and thought that goes into properly handling guns by law abiding citizen.

 Some of you may be screaming that I left out a lot of deaths that are tracked in the CDC data related for firearms.  There were 19,392 suicides using firearms in 2010 and 11,078 homicides that involved a firearm.  Terrible as it is, these were intentional acts, not accidents, so they do not belong in a comparison of the danger of firearms vs. motor vehicles, unless you have an agenda that is opposed to firearms.

 In the United States, motor vehicle-related injuries are the leading cause of death for people age 5-34.[2]  Suicide and unintentional poisonings are more common than death by accidental firearms injuries. 

 The unintentional poisoning category is a growing cause of death.  Beginning in 2004, poisoning deaths outnumbered firearm deaths and have increased at a greater pace than firearm deaths since then. Unintentional drug poisonings are the largest component of poisoning deaths; they are primarily related to drug overdose and their rates of increase have outpaced those of all poisonings.[3]

 Often the statistics for firearms deaths are commingled so that it is difficult to determine if the deaths are due to negligence.  Occasionally justifiable force by law enforcement is included in the numbers, further muddying the waters.

 It’s popular to attempt to make firearms seem more dangerous than they are.   The CDC often reports all firearms related deaths as “injury death”.  This is misleading because it includes homicide and suicide in these statistics.  We would not do this for motor vehicle deaths.  Strictly speaking the later two (homicide and suicide) are not unintended injuries or accidents so they do not belong in a comparison of accidental death.  Simply looking at the accidental deaths related to these tools the motor vehicle was involved in 62 times more deaths than firearms in 2010.

 Below are the top ten causes of death according to the CDC.  There is much more to be gained by concentrating on these problems than on guns.  But that’s not as dramatic.

  • Heart disease: 597,689
  • Cancer: 574,743
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 83,494
  • Diabetes: 69,071
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364

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Atlas Shrugged Movie is coming out in April 2011

Visit the Official Atlas Shrugged Movie Web Site!

Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand’s warning to the Free World that certain kinds of politics and economics do not work.  This book written in 1957 has remained popular ever since it was first published.  This is one of those stories that; if you don’t have time to read the book, make time for the movie.   The producer has stated publicly that their intention is to remain true to the book and to Ayn Rand’s characters.  Should be fun, and maybe, just maybe will open a few eyes.

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Act Immediately to Block ATF Long Gun Sales Reporting!

Time Sensitive!  Act by February 14th, 2011

Act Immediately to Block ATF Long Gun Sales Reporting!
If you’re one of the nearly 71 million Americans who live in the four southwest border states, some of your gun purchases could soon be reported to the federal government. And whether you live in one of those states or elsewhere, your help is needed now to stop the federal government’s plan to register Americans’ gun purchases.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is demanding the authority to require all of the 8,500 firearm dealers in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to report all sales of two or more semiautomatic rifles within five consecutive business days, if the rifles are larger than .22 caliber and use detachable magazines. For example, a dealer would have to tell the government every time a deer hunter in Sacramento or Amarillo finds a good deal on a pair of semi-auto .30-06s like the popular Remington 7400.

The ATF has no legal authority to demand these reports, and the flood of new paperwork will waste scarce law enforcement resources that should be spent on legitimate investigations.

Unfortunately, there are only a few days left to comment on this proposal. Comments will be accepted until Monday, February 14. Every concerned gun owner’s voice should be heard on this critically important issue.

To read the ATF proposal, click here

To read the NRA’s comments, click here.

Please send your comments today. Be sure to refer to the December 17, 2010 “Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Report of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Certain Rifles.” You can submit your comments to:

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Attention: Department of Justice Desk Officer
Washington, DC 20503

Please send a copy of your comments to:

Barbara A. Terrell
Firearms Industry Programs Branch
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
99 New York Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20226.

Fax: (202) 648–9640

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Sarah Brady on the Warpath for Anti-gun (Anti-Freedom) Legisaltion!

Sarah Brady said following the election of Obama, “As soon as President-elect Obama is inaugurated and the 111th Congress is sworn in, the Brady Campaign will be making an all-out push to advance our lifesaving legislative agenda… But that doesn’t mean we are waiting until Inauguration Day.”

The next couple of years will the toughest battle for existence… yes I said existence, that the American gun owner has faced since the GCA of 1968.  Now is the time to write your elected officials and tell them that you want your rights protected at all costs.  Don’t stop with Senators and Congressmen, write to your Governor as well.  As the head of your State government the Governor is a member of an elite group of politicians who can bring pressure to bear on issues of importance.

Tell your officials, NO NEW TAXES, and NO INCREASED TAXES on any part of the firearms industry or it’s products.  Make it clear that you care about this issue, and that you vote based on how officials deal with it.

The article linked below defines politically correct speech when applied to guns and gun laws.  It’s worth a read.http://mensnewsdaily.com/2009/01/08/gun-law-update-brady-gun-ban-strategy-outlined/


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Founder of Cooper Arms Ousted!

Dan Cooper founder of Cooper Arms recently made a huge mistake he decided to support anti-gun candidate for Presidential office, Barack Obama. CQ Moneyline compiles election records and reports that Cooper gave $3300 to Obama’s election campaign. First reported in a USA Today article on October 27, 2008; this political donation cause an uproar among gun owners, hunters, shooters, and the firearms trade as a whole.

Barack Obama has been identified as the most anti-gun candidate in Presidential political history, visit the NRA-ILA site for complete details on Obama’s position: http://www.nraila.org/OBAMA/With this information in mind firearms owners are hard pressed to understand how any gun manufacturer could be so reckless and foolish as to support Obama for any election, let alone the Presidency of the United States.

Cooper Arms posted an announcement on their web site, “Although we believe everyone has the right to vote and donate as they see fit. It has become apparent that the fallout may affect more than just Mr. Cooper. It may also affect the employees and the share holders of Cooper Firearms. The Board of Directors has asked Mr. Cooper to resign as President.”

Dan Cooper made a statement to USA Today on Thursday the 30th of October, that he resigned as President of Cooper arms to protect the employees and shareholders of Cooper Arms. Cooper said, “When the Internet anger turned on these innocent people, I felt it was important to distance myself from the company so as not tot cause any further harm.”

The American Hunters & Shooters Association is an anti-gun front group that pretends to be pro-gun as evidenced by this quote from their web site, “AHSA is a non-partisan organization that advocates and advances sensible public policies. We will never support unfettered access to all types of weapons.”1

One of their writers, Ray Schoenke blogged the following;

       “Today, on behalf of the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA), I condemned the actions  by the NRA and its cronies forcing Dan Cooper out. 

       The gun lobby’s attempt to destroy a good man and small business owner, a loyal member of the gun fraternity, again reveals the desperate Joe McCarthy-like politics of fear that the NRA leadership and others put first.  They are trying to scare America’s hunters and shooters into voting against Barack Obama — but we have one thing to say: vote hope and not fear.”2

These guys from the AHSA assume that gun owners are stupid, uniformed, Bubba’s who will not be able to see them for the Liberal P.A.C. that they are. Invoking the name McCarthy is supposed to make capitalists and conservatives head for the hills covering our heads, after all we don’t want to be perceived as unreasonable or paranoid. It is interesting that the Liberals choose McCarthy as an attack vehicle, while the rampant anti-communism that McCarthyism brought was dangerous and often unwarranted, the most frightening result of it was to force real Socialists to duck and cover. They found a hiding place in the Democratic Party where they have flurished now for almost three generations and have usurped it as their own.

It is clear that Obama represents the greatest threat to gun ownership in U.S. History. Earlier in October while at a campaign stop in Lebanon, Ohio, Obama said, “I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe in the people’s lawful right to bear arms. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away.” Fortunately for us we have Barack Obama’s voting record and previous speeches to revue to see if his is telling the truth… He is not!

Pay close attention to Obama’s statement above, it would not preclude him from a number of other highly restrictive moves. Firearms could be heavily taxed to the point that nobody could afford to buy new ones, effectively destroying the gun industry. Ammunition could be taxed or restricted to the point that you would not be able to afford or acquire it. Travel with firearms could be restricted, making ownership a mute point. Making the manufacture of new firearms illegal would not preclude you from owning one but would be a long term method of eliminating them.

1 http://www.huntersandshooters.org/about

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Political Question!

If Barack Obama were to win the Presidential Election in 2008, would that make the United States an Obamanation?

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