Obama Schedule || Friday, December 21, 2012

9:30 am || Observes a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Newtown shooting
9:35 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:30 am || Delivers remarks at the funeral service for the late Senator Daniel Inouye; Washington National Cathedral

All times Eastern

The Blog on Obama: White House Dossier

SAY, WHATEVER HAPPENED AFTER THE LAST ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN EXPIRED? Oh, that’s right: murders and violent crime went down.

I wonder if our betters ever review history before trying to slam more unconstitutional diktats down our throats?

That’s a rhetorical question: of course they don’t.

When the federal assault weapons ban ended on Sept. 13, 2004, gun crimes and police killings were predicted to surge. Instead, they have declined.

For a decade, the ban was a cornerstone of the gun control movement. Sarah Brady, one of the nation’s leading gun control advocates, warned that “our streets are going to be filled with AK-47s and Uzis.” Life without the ban would mean rampant murder and bloodshed.

Well, more than nine months have passed and the first crime numbers are in. Last week, the FBI announced that the number of murders nationwide fell by 3.6% last year, the first drop since 1999. The trend was consistent; murders kept on declining after the assault weapons ban ended.

Even more interesting, the seven states that have their own assault weapons bans saw a smaller drop in murders than the 43 states without such laws, suggesting that doing away with the ban actually reduced crime. (States with bans averaged a 2.4% decline in murders; in three states with bans, the number of murders rose. States without bans saw murders fall by more than 4%.)

…violent crime also declined last year, according to the FBI, and the complete statistics carry another surprise for gun control advocates. Guns are used in murder and robbery more frequently then in rapes and aggravated assaults, but after the assault weapons ban ended, the number of murders and robberies fell more than the number of rapes and aggravated assaults.

It’s instructive to remember just how passionately the media hyped the dangers of “sunsetting” the ban. Associated Press headlines warned “Gun shops and police officers brace for end of assault weapons ban.” It was even part of the presidential campaign: “Kerry blasts lapse of assault weapons ban.” An Internet search turned up more than 560 news stories in the first two weeks of September that expressed fear about ending the ban…

The fact that the end of the assault weapons ban didn’t create a crime wave should not have surprised anyone. After all, there is not a single published academic study showing that these bans have reduced any type of violent crime

Research funded by the Justice Department under the Clinton administration concluded only that the effect of the assault weapons ban on gun violence “has been uncertain”… Gun controllers’ fears that the end of the assault weapons ban would mean the sky would fall were simply not true. How much longer can the media take such hysteria seriously when it is so at odds with the facts?

How much longer? As long as it takes to eviscerate the Second Amendment.

Which is why you haven’t heard about any of this in the antique media.

hypocritical, would-be potentates

Doug Ross @ Journal

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Larwyn’s Linx: Disastrous Gun Law Sparked School Shootings

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Disastrous Gun Law Sparked School Shootings: GunWatch
“Gun Owners, Segregationists, and Jim Sleeper”: Protein Wisdom
Five-Point Action Plan to Reduce Violence by the Mentally Ill: NRO

‘Before banning our guns, please recover the ones you sent to Mexico’: CFP
The New Racial Derangement Syndrome: Hanson
Where do we go from here?: Ace

We Know How To Stop School Shootings: Coulter
Crazy GOP Senator Proposes Putting National Guard In Schools: RWN
Missouri Police Chief Recommends Arming School Personnel: GunWatch


Foreigners Now Own $ 5.48 Trillion Of US Debt: S&L
Beware! Regulations Incoming!: Foundry
ATR Statement on “Plan B” Tax Plan: ATR

Boehner’s Plan B Exposes Obama’s Grade-A Tax Lie: IBD
Here’s how to get $ 2 trillion in new tax revenue without raising taxes: Peth
The End of the University As We Know It: AEI

Scandal Central

Obama’s Benghazi Fall Guys: RSM
Treasury Prepares to Lose Big on GM Bailout: Beacon
Obama stimulus: Gun buyers nationwide tweet about long lines, empty shelves: Twitchy

Climate & Energy

Climate Change Draft Undermines U.N.’s Claims: IBD
No bigs: Head of EPA does a bunch of her work on alias e-mail account: Hot Air
Obama Says Hotcoldwetdry One Of The Top 3 Issues He’ll Blow Off In 2nd Term: RWN


“President Obama to push assault weapons ban in second term”: Protein Wisdom
NY Times Really Loves Anti-Gun Letters: Cove
Judge Robert Bork dead at 84: DC

Hudson’s, the Buhl Café and Mrs. P’s Maurice: MOTUS
Krauthammer: Obama’s use of a child massacre to say GOP must accept his terms is a SACRILEGE!: Scoop
Following School Shooting, 86% Want More Action to Identify and Treat Mental Illness: Rasmussen

Yes, Supporting Gun Control Is Racist: Bookworm
Lefty Media Tweeters Go After Reporters at Obama Presser For Not Obsessing Over Gun Control: BizzyBlog
#Metaphor: Academics Sign Their Own Death Warrants by Defending Loomis: RSM


Benghazi: State Department fail: Fausta
Benghazi Report Disqualifies Hillary For White House: IBD
A Challenge to All Progressives and RINOs, Who STILL Believe Obama is NOT a Communist: Loudon

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue.com/Tech)

Netflix Encodes Every Movie 120 Different Ways: NetFlix
Maya Rise and Fall Photo Gallery: NatGeo
The Ultra-Legacy Problem – Systems so old…: Infosec Island


Racists White Teabaggers Attack Black SC Republican Tim Scott: AWD
California substitute teacher inherits cousin’s $ 7.4M gold coin fortune: Fox

Image: Lame Duck President Wins Prestigious Gun Competition
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: An open call to gun-control advocates and gun supporters

QOTD: “The results of the Gun Free School Zone act’s passage have been devastating. The first mass school shooting occurred in 1997. As prominent researcher John Lott has noted, mass shooters are attracted to defenseless victim zones. While zones that ban armed citizens are a tiny percentage of the nation’s area, according to Lott, only one of the “successful” (four or more victims) mass shootings in the past thirty years occurred outside of a defenseless victim zone (gun free zone).

Why do mass shooters chose defenseless victim zones? Because they want the fame that goes with the media attention that a mass killer gets, and to get the attention, they have to kill a lot of people. If they are stopped by an armed citizen, they lose their chance to make the “record books”, and there is no point in mass killing.

Armed citizens stop about one in ten of mass killings before they become “successful”, but they are rarely mentioned because of this fact. Most of these life saving actions occur outside of defenseless victim zones.

We have a real world counterexample to the Gun Free School Zone act in Israel. Israelis were confronted with a similar problem after the Maalot massacre in the 1970s They responded by allowing teachers, responsible older students, and volunteer parents to be armed in their schools. They have not had a child shot in a school since.

Since the Gun Free School Zone act was passed for the second time in 1996, 13 mass school shootings have occurred. This unconstitutional law has been a disaster and should be repealed.” –Dean Weingarten

Doug Ross @ Journal