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New Research “Discovers” What Everyone Knew

Friday, May 5, 2017

New Research “Discovers” What Everyone Knew

A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine attempted to “determine changes in handgun acquisition patterns after the mass shootings in Newton, Connecticut, in 2012 and San Bernardino, California, in 2015.” The authors used California purchases as their focus because that state keeps permanent records of all legal firearms transactions. 

The considerable effort taken to answer what is common sense to many Americans is interesting, if not perplexing.

The study found that the number of handgun purchases increases after a tragedy like Newtown or San Bernardino, and that handgun purchases increased more in areas in close proximity to the tragedy. There was a larger increase in purchases in San Bernardino, CA, after the terrorist attack in that city than after the Newtown shooting on the other side of the country – when the threat is close to home, the need to be able to defend oneself is clearer. The lead author of the study admitted the role of the need for self-defense: “‘This, I think, reinforces the idea that safety and security concerns are motivating these purchases,’ [David M.] Studdert said.”

While this is not a game-changing insight, the study is being used by outlets like CNN and Vocativ.com to paint firearms ownership as a problem. The articles covering this study touch on some of the most well-traveled and thoroughly discredited anti-gun talking points. Australian-style buy-backs, gun show loopholes, and oversimplified polls are all mentioned in articles on a study of how law-abiding Americans react to criminal and terrorist attacks.

The authors of the study themselves admit that the spikes in handgun purchases after such events are short-lived. “‘If you are concerned about public health implications of gun ownership, I’m not sure these spikes are exactly where you want to be looking,’ Studdert said. ‘There’s an enormous stockpile of guns out there already in households.’” Studdert told KPBS San Diego that, “With additional gun purchases come additional concerns about security, and that prompts more people to buy weapons, and so on.” The basis for that claim is unclear. 

So, public health researchers conduct a study that discovers a well-known fact, admit their findings confirm a well-known fact, and then casually allege that something unrelated to their study is the true “public health implication.”

Millions of law-abiding Americans may be surprised to find out that the simple act of exercising their Constitutional right has “public health implications,” but once again, we’re shown why all of us must remain skeptical when presented “evidence” relating to an argued connection between firearms and their criminal misuse in America.

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Anti-Gun Congresswoman Introduces Magazine Ban, Aims Slippery Slope at the Gun on Your Hip

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Anti-Gun Congresswoman Introduces Magazine Ban, Aims Slippery Slope at the Gun on Your Hip

We’ve been down this road before, and we know gun control doesn’t work. 

Everytown and Hollywood Launch New Campaign Against Pro-gun Legislation

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Everytown and Hollywood Launch New Campaign Against Pro-gun Legislation

In the wake of the still-unfolding Harvey Weinstein scandal, one might have thought that America would receive a brief reprieve from Hollywood’s ceaseless moralizing. However, on October 18, 2017, Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, ...

Anti-Gun Billionaire George Soros Pumps $18 Billion into His Political Apparatus

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Anti-Gun Billionaire George Soros Pumps $18 Billion into His Political Apparatus

In recent years, Soros’s anti-gun efforts have been eclipsed by those of another billionaire, former-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. However, the Open Society continues to attack American gun owners.

NRA Doesn’t ‘Buy’ Politicians, but Gun Controllers Do

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Friday, October 20, 2017

NRA Doesn’t ‘Buy’ Politicians, but Gun Controllers Do

Gun control supporters who peddle the myth about NRA money aren’t only wrong, they are ignoring team gun control’s own sordid history of buying politicians. And forget Michael Bloomberg for the moment, gun control supporters ...

No Sale: Marketing Tricks in Gun Control

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Friday, October 20, 2017

No Sale: Marketing Tricks in Gun Control

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Oregon: Governor Signs Anti-Gun Bill into Law

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Oregon: Governor Signs Anti-Gun Bill into Law

Yesterday, Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 719A.  Based on a California law enacted in 2014, SB 719A will create a so-called “Extreme Risk Protection Order” (ERPO) that could be obtained by a law enforcement ...

Bad News For “Universal” Background Check Supporters

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bad News For “Universal” Background Check Supporters

NRATV Host Cam Edwards describes a study that shows the ineffectiveness of so-called “universal” background checks

Illinois: Gun and Magazine Ban Legislation to be Considered Tomorrow

Monday, October 23, 2017

Illinois: Gun and Magazine Ban Legislation to be Considered Tomorrow

The Illinois House is convening tomorrow for the 2017 Veto Session.  During this time, numerous gun control bills, including gun and magazine ban legislation, is scheduled for consideration.

Illinois: Urgent Action Needed – Numerous Anti-Gun Bills Readied for Consideration Next Week

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Illinois: Urgent Action Needed – Numerous Anti-Gun Bills Readied for Consideration Next Week

Today, multiple gun control bills were released by the House Rules Committee and have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for a hearing.

Gun Banners Unmasked: The Vengeful Face of the Anti-gun Agenda Emerges Once Again

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Gun Banners Unmasked: The Vengeful Face of the Anti-gun Agenda Emerges Once Again

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