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Mitt Romney: “I Do Not Support New Gun Laws”

Tonight on Piers Morgan (CNN), he interviewed Mitt Romney. Watch this video as Governor Romney very clearly, and very quickly lays out his stance on gun laws and gun control.

You’ll Know Guns Made it Safer When They’re Gone

I read tonight, in a Minnesota news paper, that 1 of every 40 adults in Minnesota has a concealed carry permit.  That does not seem like a very large number.  If you were in a movie theater, that would mean that maybe only 4-5 people were carrying a pistol at a given time.  The article framed it as an astronomical number.  The very next line said, “and there’s no consensus on whether we’re safer…” What??

Why does a news paper have to skew a discussion regarding guns in that direction?  The rest of the article went on to discuss why people own guns, the percentage of men to women, gun businesses that have opened, etc.  Considering the beginning statement on safety, the article did not discuss ratios or statistics of crime before the increase in CCW permits and now. Therefore, the reason there is no consensus is because Larry Oakes didn’t do his homework to make such a statement.  If there was no data to say what direction crime was headed in compared to conceal carry permits, then this sentence should have been left off.

He did go on to state statistics regarding the number of permit holders that have broken laws and then quoted an anti-gun activist, Heather Martens (Executive Director for Protect Minnesota), who said, “State data shows that since the law took effect, permit holders were convicted of 882 non-traffic crimes, including 66 assaults, two robberies and two killings. Many were committed with guns.” Ms. Martens further stated, “this debunks the notion that all permit holders are law-abiding.”

These statistics were for the period from “when the law took affect” to the present.  (As far as I could tell reading the article.)  They were talking about the Personal Protection Act of 2003.  So, from 2003-2012, out of 100,000 permit holders in the state, less than 1,000 crimes of any type were committed.  Only two of those were killings.  There was no data to say if any of these crimes were committed by the same people – just that they happened.  That is less than 1% of people with a carry permit committing any kind of crime, and all they said were that “many were committed with a gun.”

This article really got me fired up, it could have easily been skewed in a more positive light, or even better, Mr. Oakes could have kept a neutral stance.  I think it would have been neutral with out that consensus statement at the beginning and leaving out any comments without data to back it up otherwise.  The only purpose to skew it in a negative fashion was to support an anti-gun agenda, even though the statistics in the article did prove that permit holders were likely MORE law abiding, as a group, than adults as a whole in the state.

Imagine if the anti-gun torch bearers got their way, and we work up tomorrow with no legal guns.  (Notice I did not say “no guns” I said no “legal guns”.)  I would like to see the articles the newspapers would print on that day.  Well, if that did happen, it is likely the media would be 100% controlled by the government, so there would be no point in consuming their propaganda.

Hold on to your gun-rights, hold on to them tight.  There will not be any discussion of “no consensus” once the legal guns are gone.

 

Welcome to Bass Pro Shop – Check Your Guns at the Door!

I just read an article on Guns.com stating that some Bass Pro Shop’s will not allow a person to carry in their stores.  David Lapell, who wrote the the guns.com article, e-mailed Bass Pro Shops directly and got the following response from their corporate offices:

Thank you for contacting basspro.com. Your business is truly appreciated. Most of our stores do ask that you check and have your weapons secured upon entering a store. If you are wishing to know the guidelines for carrying a firearm into one of our stores you will need to contact the store directly. You can find the contact information for our stores from the link below. Please contact us again if you require further assistance.

The last Bass Pro Shop I visited was in Indiana, and it was a VERY gun friendly store (as they all are, after all they cater heavily to gun lovers and hunters.) I do not recall any “gun free zone” or anything like that.  The corporate offices said the policy depends on the store.  What experiences have you had with this?  Do you know if your Bass Pro Shop is actually gun friendly?  What do you think about this?  If you were asked to check your carry weapon at the door, what would you do?

Will a Handgun Make a Man Look Taller?

Inquiring minds want to know: Will a handgun make a man look taller? I can tell you, the answer is YES! In an actual scientific study, it has been concluded that a handgun does make a man look taller, more muscular, and overall larger in body size. (Like any of us needed one more reason to go get a gun!)

In one part of the study, participants (panel A) rated the height and size of men holding a 45 caliber handgun, a drill, a small handsaw, and a caulking gun. Another group of participants (panel B) rated the height, size, and muscularity of men holding a .357 caliber handgun, a drill, a large handsaw, and a caulking gun. A third group of participants (panel C) rated the height, size, and muscularity of men holding a kitchen knife, a paintbrush, and a toy squirt gun.  In this study, the photographs presented to participants in color, were resized so that the objective dimensions of each hand displayed on the participant’s computer screen remained constant across all images.

The results did show that the men holding the handgun were estimated to be taller than the men holding the drill, the small handsaw, and the caulking gun.  There could be deeper psychology at work here.  When a man is taller in our society, they are perceived to be more successful, and generally have an easier time ascending up the career ladder.  Does this type of bias have anything to do with this study?  Looking at people holding all these items, would the power of the gun verses the power of a home improvement tool lead you toward thinking the one with the gun was taller, because in a fight they would likely be victorious?

Knowing that an individual possesses a potentially lethal object, be it a handgun or a kitchen knife, led the U.S. participants to generally conceptualize the target individual as taller and larger in overall body size and muscularity.

Ok, the next question is for the ladies:  Do you think that high heels AND a hand gun will make a lady look taller?  (I can tell you the answer to THIS question is yes! We do not need a study on that one.)

This study was conducted by Daniel M. T. Fessler, Colin Holbrook, and Jeffrey K. Snyder for the Department of Anthropology and Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture, University of California in Los Angeles, CA see the entire report and their findings here.

Well Heeled

Wealthy folks these days might be said to be “well heeled”, but there are a couple other origins of this phrase that are far more in line with the theme of this site:

  1. Having a heel, or spur.
  2. Equipped with a weapon

The picture shows Model Olga Kostiantynivna Kurylenko, the Bond Girl in 2008’s “Quantum of Solace”.  She is definitely “Well Heeled”, in more ways than one.

 

Model Olga Kostiantynivna Kurylenko, the Bond Girl in 2008's "Quantum of Solace"

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