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The “Crime Prevention” Ruse: Why We’re Not Buying It

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We’re not buying the ruse…we might buy one of these, though. Photo courtesy NSSF.

Today, we have a terrific article from the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Larry Keane. The NSSF’s research division has learned of new data courtesy of polling by the Trafalgar Group, which indicates that Americans are quickly growing disaffected with the gun-control narrative. What’s particularly fascinating is that this rejection of “gun control as crime control” is happening across well-established political lines. For deeper analysis, we’ll turn it over to Keane!

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AMERICANS NOT BUYING GUN CONTROL’S ‘CRIME PREVENTION’ RUSE


By Larry Keane

Gun control groups worked for decades to impose Second Amendment restrictions that do little to reduce crime. They’ve used public relations campaigns, scare tactics and rhetoric that never addresses those actually committing these tragedies.

Over the past two years, though, Americans have experienced first-hand what happens when they are left defenseless against criminals that don’t follow the law. A new poll shows law-abiding Americans have had enough of the gun control groups’ schemes and the ruse is up.

Laws Against Law-Abiding

New data from the Trafalgar Group is noteworthy, showing more than 80 percent of Americans now believe strict gun control in some of the country’s biggest cities has had “no effect” on reducing violent crime and they even “make cities even more dangerous” for law-abiding citizens. That’s bad news for gun control groups. The good news is that law-abiding Americans are waking up to their rights.

Robert Cahaly conducted the survey and remarked the findings aren’t surprising.

“There seems to be a growing consensus among urban residents that less police, releasing criminals and failure to prosecute are making them feel less safe,” Cahaly said. “They are frustrated that unlike most who live in rural and suburban areas, city residents don’t feel they have the right to protect themselves due to gun restrictions that only hurt law-abiding citizens.”

These are the sentiments that led to 40 percent of 2020’s record 21 million gun buyers being first-time purchasers. The trend is similar for firearm purchases in 2021, that finished the year out with over 18.5 million background checks for gun sales. The first six months of 2021 saw at least 3.2 million first-time gun buyers.

Even more consequential for politicians pushing more gun restrictions is that only 10 percent of Independents believe gun control makes the current crime surge “better.” More than 30 percent of Democrats believe it, revealing a major voting constituency that was previously reliable is losing faith in the gun-control-as-a-solution narrative.

The Trafalgar poll mirrors numerous national polls showing Americans’ appetite for gun control slipping to the lowest levels in years.

Public Safety Whiplash

Americans’ abandonment of gun control hasn’t occurred in a vacuum. They’ve had numerous first-hand experiences over the past two years showing why the Second Amendment is critical even if they didn’t believe so before.

The coronavirus lockdowns started off widespread concerns for neighborhood safety and police departments became short staffed. District attorneys released criminals and community violence, rioting and violent looting erupted in the aftermath of the tragic death of George Floyd. Calls to defund the police reverberated in cities that already imposed strict gun control. Through all this, law-abiding Americans responded by taking responsibility for their personal and family safety by purchasing a gun.

Americans have become fed up with the failure of elected officials who push gun control rather than holding criminals to account for their crimes, the polling shows. Surprising no one, the same politicians that cut funds to law enforcement and supported leniency on convicted criminals are turning 180 degrees, refunding community safety budgets and hoping voters don’t remember.

In Chicago, Minneapolis/St. PaulOaklandSan Francisco – the list is long of city leaders who had these epiphanies and realized residents wouldn’t tolerate cutting police budgets. Los Angelinos were told by press release that should they be the victim of a crime, to “cooperate and comply.”

In San Francisco, Democratic Mayor London Breed cut $120 million from police budgets last year only to reverse course. She exclaimed two weeks ago that, “It’s time that the reign of the criminals who are destroying our city—it is time for it to come to an end.” She made the statement while requesting emergency law enforcement funds from city supervisors.

Real Solutions. Safer Communities

While gun control has repeated the same calls for more restrictions on gun ownership that don’t reduce violent crime, the firearm industry has invested in several proven Real Solutions®. The results show. For example, industry efforts led to the federal passage of the Fix NICS Act with bipartisan support that dramatically increased records submitted to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to make the background check system work as intended. Operation Secure Store® educates firearm retailers on how to better secure their inventory and reduce criminal smash-and-grab break ins. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) data covering the first half of 2021 showed a steep decline in these crimes.

The firearm industry understands more laws and restrictions on gun ownership won’t make Americans or their communities safer. Criminals don’t follow the laws. Elected officials and gun control groups still don’t realize this even if more Americans do.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Brent Waguespack

    January 7, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    I agree with 100 percent gun control. As a proud owner of several rifles, shotguns and pistols in my years since my first gun at the age of 8 when I got a Red Ryder Daisy BB gun. I was taught several things by my father. First, he made learn the 10 rules of gun safety before he would allow to go in the backyard and shoot cardboard boxes.
    Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
    Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use
    Don’t rely on your gun’s “safety”
    Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it
    Use correct ammunition
    If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care!
    Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting
    Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting
    Don’t alter or modify your gun, and have guns serviced regularly
    Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using

    Then at 19, I quit college an went to work with the local Sheriff Office where I was able to start carrying a pistol. I had to learn how to handle and shoot the pistols (44 mag, and .357) so I spent a lot of money on reloads going to the range to practice shooting. I finally bought my first auto by the time I was 25 so I had to learn how to safely carry and shoot a 45-caliber single action semiauto pistol. Standardize weapons was not an issue back in the 90’s. After 11 years on the job fulltime, I left for greener pasture working in the local refinery. I stayed as a auxiliary deputy sheriff still carried my trustworthy .45 on my weekends off patrolling the streets of my community. I gave that up after 5 years and decided to take up fishing on my days off. Lot less dangerous and way more relaxing.

    As far as gun control am instill in 100 percent believer in the second amendment rights and gun control. No, it not a conflict it a matter of definition. My gun control is defined by a firm grip and not restricted rights.

  2. Herb

    January 6, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    The first thing that needs to be fixed is the laws against the use of deadly force. There is no reason that a person cannot protect their property or let a criminal go free just because they are running away.

  3. RLD Montana 454

    January 6, 2022 at 11:44 am

    Funny those same idiots who screamed defund the police are now crying for tax payer funded security to protect them from the very criminals they emboldened with thier lawless rhetoric. I wonder if these idiots know how stupid they look now ! Egg on thier face and human crap on thier sidewalks .

  4. Timothy Yorgan

    January 6, 2022 at 10:41 am

    Yeah…if we could just get all those stinky guns, stinky gun owners and stinky cops off the planet…then all the felons, murderers, rapists, drug gangs, etc., etc., will be free to do whatever they want (because they won’t be in jail, not in New York anyway). There’d be no victims, because there’s no crimes thus no criminals and the strongest teeth will live in harmony with nature, voila…utopia! Nobody sees this clearer than your local communist.

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