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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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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Federal Court Upholds Decision to Block California’s Magazine Ban

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Anti-gun Efforts to Expand U.N. Regulations to Ammunition Continue

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Anti-gun Efforts to Expand U.N. Regulations to Ammunition Continue

Shortly before 4:00am last Saturday morning, the two week long Third Review Conference (RevCon3) on the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All ...

Washington: Seattle City Council Passes Ordinance Making Firearms Unavailable for Self-Defense

Monday, July 16, 2018

Washington: Seattle City Council Passes Ordinance Making Firearms Unavailable for Self-Defense

On July 9th, the Seattle City Council passed a mandatory firearm storage ordinance to restrict the self-defense rights of Seattle residents.  The ordinance, if signed by Mayor Jenny Durkan, will impose a one-size-fits-all method of storing firearms as ...

Justice Scalia Made Clear the Second Amendment and Heller Prohibit “Assault Weapon” Bans

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Justice Scalia Made Clear the Second Amendment and Heller Prohibit “Assault Weapon” Bans

On July 9, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) offered the following ham-handed statement in an attempted attack on President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Brett Kavanaugh is a true Second Amendment radical. ...

Illinois: Governor Signs Two Gun Control Bills

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Illinois: Governor Signs Two Gun Control Bills

On July 17th, Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 2354 and Senate Bill 3256 into law.

California DOJ Withdraws Proposed Regulations Expanding Application of “Assault Weapon” Definitions

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

California DOJ Withdraws Proposed Regulations Expanding Application of “Assault Weapon” Definitions

On Monday, the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Firearms (“CA DOJ”) officially withdrew the proposed regulations that would have expanded the improperly adopted “assault weapon” definitions, to apply in all circumstances. This withdrawal comes ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

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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 as legal advice or a restatement of law.

NRA Endorses State Senator Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

NRA Endorses State Senator Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin

FAIRFAX, Va. – The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to announce its endorsement of state Sen. Leah Vukmir in the 2018 Republican U.S. Senate Primary in Wisconsin.

Too Young or Too Old... To Own a Gun?

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Too Young or Too Old... To Own a Gun?

A common theme among anti-gun extremists is what we often refer to as the “Goldilocks” approach to limiting access to firearms by law-abiding citizens.  Rather than admit that the ultimate goal is to disarm all ...

Delaware: Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Sunday Deer Hunting

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Delaware: Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Sunday Deer Hunting

On July 11th, Governor John Carney signed Senate Bill 198 into law to expand hunting opportunities in Delaware by eliminating the prohibition against hunting for deer on Sundays and allowing for the harvesting of deer on Sundays ...

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