We knew as soon as we heard of yesterday’s shooting that the cries to have “gun control” would come in droves. And, of course they did, as if Adam Lanza, who broke law on top of law, including the ones installing schools as gun-free zones would have been stopped by some new law. A magic law that would have somehow prevented a deranged man like Lanza from committing mass murder. Of course many of these buffoons are simply victims of a concentrated effort to demonize guns. The gun-grabbing left tells repeated lies about the “easy accessibility of guns, and naive Liberals believe them and repeat them. They cry out for a new law to prevent such tragedies. They might as well pray to the tooth Fairy frankly. Many in the blogging world have been chronicling these calls for gun control, and the tragedy pimps who almost seem delighted that they can possibly use yesterday as a tool to disarm Americans.
Doug Giles has a great quote from Penn Jillette
“Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking away rights from good people”
Very true, and the Statists who seek to take guns away from us use rhetoric to stir the emotions of Liberals who react with cries for more gun control. Giles also calls for allowing teachers to arm themselves
But imagine if at least one teacher (with a concealed weapons permit) had their .40 caliber Glock with them, locked and loaded, when this weed Adam Lanza began his murderous mayhem today on the Sandy Hook Elementary School campus? What would have happened differently?
Would idiot boy have been able to slay 20 children and 6 teachers? I doubt it. But then again . . . who knows?
However, I’m guessing that this terminal turd might not have dealt out as much death (if any) if the good guy with the gun drew down on him and doubled tapped the center mass of this jackass with a couple of jacketed hollow points.
Unfortunately, there was no concealed weapon in the possession of a teacher to stop this satanic weed from taking root because guns are disallowed on campus. Correct me if I’m wrong, but haven’t the majority of the mass murders within the US in the last 20-30 years been in the Gun Free Zones?
Gun Free Zones turn the people who inhabit such places into sitting ducks for insane whack jobs with death wishes. I know, some schools have campus cops and security systems however, that line of defense brings zero comfort to most parents if serious bullet flying $#*& starts hitting the fan in one of their kid’s classes.
Look, even the best Rambo like police force equipped to the teeth, driving Vipers and descending en masse on a school in Black Hawk helicopters could not have responded fast enough to kill this Lanza piece of crap. But a fast thinking, well-trained teacher could have.
I have already posted my thoughts on having adequate security in our schools. And I have no problem with allowing concealed carry permit holders who are teachers to carry either. We have to admit to ourselves that we MUST be willing and able to meet evil when it shows its face. Even if every gun were taken by the government, evil would still seek to prey upon us
A knife-wielding man slashed 22 children and an adult at an elementary school in central China on Friday, state media reported, the latest in a series of attacks on schoolchildren in the country.
The man attacked the children at the gate of a school in Chenpeng village in Henan province, the Xinhua news agency reported.
Police arrested a 36-year-old man, identified as villager Min Yingjun, Xinhua said. It did not give further details of the extent of the injuries.
There have been a series of attacks on schools and schoolchildren around China in recent years, some by people who have lost their jobs or felt left out of the country’s economic boom.
The rash of violence has prompted public calls for more measures to protect the young in a country where many couples only have one child.
In 2010, a man slashed 28 children, two teachers and a security guard in a kindergarten in eastern China.
Sound familiar? A rash of violent attacks, calls for greater security. And this in a country that, according to Liberal theology, should have no violence, since there is no right to have a gun at all. But that has not stopped evil men
Early in the morning on March 23, Zheng Minsheng walked in front of an elementary school in Fujian province. Wielding a knife, he attacked the students who happened to be around, killing eight and wounding several others.
Authorities said Zheng, 42, carried out the attack because he was frustrated at “failures in his romantic life,” according to the official Xinhua News Agency. Whatever his real motive was, the senseless killing, reported widely by the Chinese media, shocked the nation. Zheng was tried, sentenced to death and executed on April 28.
If Chinese authorities thought Zheng’s execution would deter similar attacks, they were wrong. The day he was executed, a knife-wielding man attacked elementary school students in southern Guangdong province, wounding 16 students and a teacher. The attacker was later subdued by the police, and no one died.
The next day, a man in Jiangsu province barged into a kindergarten and stabbed 31 people, including 28 students, two teachers and one security guard. “It was too horrible to imagine,” one eyewitness told local reporters. “I saw blood everywhere.” Police apprehended the suspect, 47-year-old Xu Yuyuan.
Then, on April 30, a man barged into a village school in Shandong province, carrying a hammer and a can of gasoline. Wang Yonglai, a local farmer, attacked preschool students with the hammer, causing head injuries. He then set himself on fire and died. According to a Xinhua report, the local farmer went berserk after the local police told him that the family house he had just built using 110,000 yuan (US$16,110) of family savings had to be torn down because it had been built on farmland, which is illegal in China.
It was the third such school attack in three days.
So, taking away the guns will not work. Yet, the Left never learns. Japan also has strict gun laws? Have these laws prevented evil doers?
Tomohiro Kato, arrested after his Sunday lunchtime stabbing spree that left seven dead and 10 injured, has been handed over to prosecutors and is likely to face the death penalty.
Perhaps that is what he wanted.
The police say that he went to Tokyo’s Akihabara shopping district to kill people, saying he was tired of life.
Again, has gun control in Japan ended school attacks by lunatics?
A knife-wielding man burst into an elementary school in Osaka this morning, killing at least eight first- and second-grade students and injuring at least 21 other pupils and faculty, police said.
Although crime has been on the rise in recent years in Japan, the massacre deeply shocked this nation, which outlaws guns and generally is considered so safe that parents let their 6-year-olds ride the subway alone to school.
How about in Australia? How has banning guns worked there? Has crime ended?
Erica Vowles: It seems a week doesn’t go past without a report of a knife attack in one of our major cities. These reports are adding to fears that a knife crime culture is spreading across Australia. Police say more people are carrying knives, and using them, while hospitals report having to treat more patients coming in with stab wounds.
As a result, in 2009, Victoria passed tough stop-and-search laws aimed at stopping people carrying knives. These laws were strengthened in July this year.
New laws are also being considered in Western Australia and South Australia. Civil libertarians warn, however, that these laws might be having some unintended consequences. Criminologists also question whether our governments truly have a handle on the nature and number of knife crimes in Australia. But the stories of victims are hard to ignore.
How about the UK, SURELY their strict gun laws have stopped crime. Ask all the folks being attacked with knives
The latest UK knife crime statistics have shown that thousands of persons were attacked with intent to rob in 2011. The disturbing statistics about knife and gun crime are nothing new, and they are problems which do not appear to be getting better. Protect Yourself is currently campaigning for body armour to be made a tax-free commodity, to allow those professionals and concerned citizens at risk to protect themselves, at a lower cost. Currently body armour is charged at normal VAT, yet protective boots are VAT free. See BODY ARMOUR PETITION for more information on that. We plan to start promoting that throughout this year, and it is something Director Peter Nunn of Protect Yourself Ltd is very clear on:
“Body armour should be a tax-free purchase for all, you should not tax essential personal protective equipment, it’s not right”
The knife robberies statistic of over 15 thousand attacks (only those reported, many more are not) during 2011 in the UK, shows that thousands of people were robbed at knife-point last year, which is over one thousand per month. It is a disgusting and worrying, yet accurate, depiction of a crime ridden nation which can only be solved through drastic action, ideally a massive increase in police numbers, and a greater public awareness and intolerance of violent and anti social behaviour.
Yet the Left uses the UK as a shining example of gun controls effectiveness. I guess they see stabbings as safer somehow?
More than 350 people are the victim of knife assaults every day in England and Wales, the latest crime figures have revealed.
Last night a teenager in Lambeth, London, became the latest victim of the stabbing epidemic, dying in hospital after a frenzied attack.
Almost 130,000 attacks involved knives last year – equivalent to one every four minutes – according to the annual British Crime Survey.
This figure does not include the tens of thousands of assaults against under-16s. However, unlike the police records published yesterday, it does include crimes which are not reported to the authorities.
The police data revealed 22,000 serious knife assaults – including 231 attempted murders – were reported to the police last year.
There were also almost 14,000 reported robberies and more than 8,000 woundings.
As the Daily Mail revealed exclusively yesterday, the forces’ data, which was gathered for the first time this year, starkly illustrated how knife crime has spread beyond the major cities into the shires.
The British Crime Survey figure of 130,000 knife attacks is substantially higher than the police’s figure. This is thought to be because many victims never report being threatened with a knife – and even assaults needing hospital treatment go unrecorded.
130,000 knife attacks? That number reminded me of David Frum, who mocked the victims on Twitter yesterday
Shooting at CT elementary school. Obviously, we need to lower the age limit for concealed carry so toddlers can defend themselves.
Hmmm, overlooking how despicable such a comment is for a second, let us look at something else Frum wrote recently
Last week, I presented in this space some evidence of the dangers of gun ownership: the elevated risks of accident and suicide in households that own guns. I pointed to a paradox: More Americans support gun rights, even as fewer Americans own guns. I explained this paradox with data that suggested many Americans hold false ideas about the prevalence of crime — and wrongly look to gun ownership for self-defense.
Over the following seven days, I heard from many angry gun-rights supporters.
They argued that gun ownership is necessary for self-protection. They narrated stories of how their guns had saved them or their loved ones in armed confrontations.
And of course that must sometimes be true. The question is: How often is it true? And how do the benefits of widespread gun ownership compare with the measurable harms in higher rates of accident, suicide and crime?
Government figures from the National Survey of Criminal Victimization suggest 100,000 uses a year of guns in self-defense against crime, the vast majority of these uses being the display of weapons to deter or dissuade.
For gun advocates, however, the main problem with the government estimate is that it is not nearly high enough to support their case that private gun ownership is the best way to stop crime.
I would ask Frum if he has ever doe the math on that number? If you divide the number of days in a year, 365 into 100,000, which is by the way the LOWEST estimate of defensive gun uses I have found, you get this result, 274. That is 274 American using guns to defend themselves daily. Certainly that is a significant number. A number Frum finds too low to matter apparently. So how many gun murders were there in America in 2010?
In 2010 – the latest year for which detailed statistics are available – there were 12,996 murders in the US. Of those,8,775 were caused by firearms.
OK, that works out to 24 Americans per day. A number everyone wishes were lower, zero would be good to me frankly. But, consider that the number of defensive gun uses are more than 11 times that number. What would the murder rate be if those 100,000 Americans were disarmed? Certainly it would be higher, as would the number of dead in a few school shootings where armed citizens cut the rampage short because they were armed.
So, crime, and violent attacks seem to be something that more laws do not stop, even gun bans have not worked in several nations. Yet, the Statists will still tell their lies, and the gullible Liberals will drink that Kool-Aid all too gladly. They prefer to believe that armed good guys, who never commit acts of evil are causing the actions of psychopaths. Again, one more glaring example from here, in America. Chicago with possibly the strictest gun laws in the nation has had seven shootings since yesterday afternoon
Seven people —including four teenagers— were wounded in separate shootings since Friday afternoon throughout the city.
The latest shooting happened about 9:45 p.m. in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. A 26-year-old man was standing with a group of people in the 1500 block of South Sawyer when shots were fired, police said.
If Liberals believe gun control works, all they need do is look to Chicago. Or maybe Germany, as Ace points out
One failed law is just the predicate for the next one.
WINNENDEN, Germany — A teenage gunman killed 15 people, most of them female, on Wednesday in a rampage that began at a school near Stuttgart in southern Germany and ended in a nearby town, where he then killed himself after the police wounded him.The attack left Germany, which tightened tough gun controls after a similar attack at a school seven years ago, struggling to understand the carnage that had again befallen it, a country with relatively little violent crime. In 2002, a gunman killed 16 people before killing himself at a school in Erfurt, in eastern Germany.
They had tough gun laws; they had a school shooting. They tightened those tough gun laws; they had another school shooting