A Congressional study shows gun violence on the decline, Black Friday sets records for firearms, and some news for the upcoming Newtown anniversary. Plus, some Armed Citizen stories from across the country.
1.) Epidemic. A new Congressional study reinforces the trend of gun violence decreasing over the last two decades. The study, commissioned by Congress, suggests that gun ownership has surged, but the murder rate has been cut almost in half since 1994. Homicide rates continued to decline even after the expiration of the Clinton-era “Assault Weapons Ban.” The study did not take into consideration the spike in gun sales from last year, nor gun sales from this year.
The Department of Justice released a similar study back in May, showing that gun violence had fallen dramatically over the last 20 years.
2.) Black Friday. The numbers from Black Friday are in. Black Friday was the sixth-biggest day for gun sales going by NICS checks, but were slightly lower than Black Friday last year. By the end of this year, 2013 may see more background checks performed than any year prior. In all, 2012 saw 19,592,303 background checks performed. This is compared to the 19,051,745 as of December 3rd. The Washington Times adds “Put in perspective, the last year that President Bush was in office, there were 12,709,023. NICS checks have risen by more than 50 percent since Mr. Obama has been in the White House.”
3.) Guns Save Lives Day. The Second Amendment Foundation has launched a nationwide TV campaign ahead of its “Guns Save Lives” day on December 15. The campaign will see ads run on FOX News, DISH Network, TheBlaze, as well as SIRIUSXM and “major radio stations” across the country. SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb said “While others will exploit national tragedies to push an agenda of victim disarmament, those of us involved in ‘Guns Save Lives Day’ will have a different message that the public has a right to hear. The proper use of firearms in emergency situations can make a difference to the safety of would-be victims, whether they be night-shift grocery clerks, single moms, senior citizens or small business owners.”
The day was initially slated for December 14, but it was moved to the 15 after accusations of “exploiting” Newtown.
The Obama-affiliated group Organizing For Action is asking people to host “Newtown Anniversary Events” designed to “call on Congress to take action to make our communities safer.”
In other Newtown news, the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is out with a new ad campaign. The ad, titled “No More Silence”, encourages viewers to contact Congress to push gun legislation, which the group claims will make schools safer by preventing would-be mass shooters from getting ahold of weapons in the first place.
4.) Gun Control Poll. For some reason, there are a lot of polls this week. John Lott brings word of a CNN poll showing half of Americans opposed to additional gun control. The number is the highest level in the CNN poll’s history. Just something to think about when the “90% of Americans” talking point is reheated.
5.) Confiscation. New York City Police have begun sending out notices to owners of registered long guns that violate a 2010 city ordinance. The notices say that recipients can either move the gun out of the city, or “immediately surrender your Rifle and/or Shotgun to your local police precinct, and notify this office of the invoice number. The firearm may be sold or permanently removed from the City of New York thereafter.”
So that’s what happens when you register your guns…..
5.) Armed Citizen/Good Samaritan.
A cop in New Jersey pulled an unconscious man from his burning pickup last week. Officer Scott Krissinger pulled the man to safety, then ran back to the truck to check if there were others inside. The driver, 61-year-old Gerald K. Ferrill, was in hospitalized in critical condition afterwards. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and officer Krissinger told CNN he hopes to meet Ferrill someday.
A 67-year-old man pepper sprayed by an armed robber managed to stab his attacker in Oakland, California this week. The stabbed suspect, 19-year-old Tarnell Cobbs, was arrested at a nearby hospital and is refusing to talk to investigators. Police believe he might also be behind other robberies in the area. A second suspect in the robbery is still being sought.
Finally, two armed robbers have been killed in Reading, PA when an man who witnessed the robbery confronted them as they were attempting to get away. While the district attorney says the Citizen, whose name is not being released fearing retaliation, will not face charges, the families of both robbers want charges to be pressed against him, saying that “it’s not fair” that the man was deemed to have acted within the law, adding that he “took the law into his own hands.”
Next week. We handle Newtown.