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Anti-Gun Researcher Says Handgun Control's Claims Are Bogus

Monday, March 5, 2001

Has the Brady Act -- named after Sarah Brady, the Chair of Handgun Control, Inc. (HCI) -- caused crime to decrease? According to HCI, predictably, the answer is a resounding "yes." In a press release dated Feb. 28, 2001, HCI claimed: "A new study in California confirms what common sense has said all along: background checks on handgun purchases help reduce violent crime. 'We know from previous research that thousands of lives have been saved by the background checks required by the Brady Law, which has blocked firearms sales to more than 600,000 felons and other prohibited purchasers since 1994. This new study shows that background checks could be even more effective if they also blocked purchases by people convicted of all violent misdemeanors,' said Michael D. Barnes, President of Handgun Control. The study was conducted by public health researchers at the University of California-Davis and published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association." Baloney, according to Garen L. Wintemute, the author of the study in question ("Subsequent Criminal Activity Among Violent Misdemeanants Who Seek to Purchase Handguns") and a long-time advocate of restrictions on the right to arms. In a response posted on the Gun Policy News website, Wintemute says: "As the author of the study . . . I take strong issue with Mr. Barnes' statement that 'thousands of lives have been saved' by Brady. There is no evidence of this, other than an entirely misleading piece of work conducted by Mr. Barnes' organization. In fact, it has been proven that Brady could not possibly have saved thousands of lives. This evidence has also been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (December 6, 2000, Vol 284, pp 2719-2720)."


Friday, July 31, 2015

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Friday, July 31, 2015

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Gun Control Group Would Endanger Military by Politicizing Firearm Procurement Process

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NRA Thanks Alabama Attorney General for Defending Gun Rights

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today commended Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange for upholding the Second Amendment rights of Alabamans. After reviewing and investigating complaints from citizens about state and local ...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Florida Alert! Appeals Court UPHOLDS NRA Supported "Docs vs. Glocks" Gun Law

In 2011, at the urging of the NRA and Unified Sportsmen of Florida, the Florida Legislature passed  HB-155 ...


Second Amendment  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Famed Law Professor, Defense Attorney Latest to Suggest Second Amendment Needs to Go

The legal profession is full of blowhards, egomaniacs, hypocrites, and elitists, but even so, rarely are all those ...


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Obama's Social Security Administration to Strip Millions of Americans of their Right to Keep and Bear Arms

As the L.A. Times reported on July 18, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently developing a program to ...

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered ...

Thursday, July 30, 2015

California: City of Los Angeles’ Magazine Confiscation Ordinance Heading to Mayor’s Office

Unfortunately, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, the City Council voted unanimously to adopt the amended, yet still useless, ...


Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.