This morning’s New York Times features a story that essentially calls Barack Obama’s gun control policies, announced early last month, something of a bluff, and as the New Hampshire primary looms Tuesday, the Associated Press noted yesterday that gun control is a non-starter in the Granite State.
The AP story quoted Political Science professor Wayne Lesperance at the University of New Hampshire, who nailed the issue perfectly. In his opinion, people in New Hampshire “are comfortable with guns.” That’s it, in a nutshell. It must be disappointing to the gun control crowd.
Anti-gunners are not comfortable with guns, and that description just might apply to the president and would-be successor Hillary Clinton. And adding insult to injury (or in this case, correcting fallacy with fact), Western Journalism yesterday ran a piece that refuted Obama’s “fabricated ‘gun epidemic’ hyperbole.”
Where the president believes, or at least wants the public to believe, that there is an epidemic of gun violence, Western Journalism spelled it out: “Overall violent crime has declined 20 percent since 2005.” And the article didn’t stop there. It noted that during the same period, gun ownership has skyrocketed, nearly doubling in the 20 years between 1993 and 2013.
“Firearms were used in 67.9 percent of the homicides last year,” the WJ story said, “which means the firearm murder rate amounts to three gun-related murders per 100,000 population. From a percentage standpoint, that translates to .003 percent of the population.
“Not only do we not have an ‘epidemic’ of gun violence,” the story added, “the gun violence rate is declining, and has been for the past 45 years according to FBI data.”
This may partly explain the situation in New Hampshire, where there are lots of guns, and even non-gun owners apparently are not that interested in curtailing the rights of their gun-owning neighbors. So, what does all of this suggest?
It just might indicate how out-of-touch Democrats and anti-gunners are from the voters they’re trying to influence. The politicians want to get elected, and the gun prohibition lobby wants people to vote against their own Second Amendment rights.
Up in New Hampshire, and across middle America, it appears most people are having none of it. They are comfortable with guns. They’re less comfortable with the economic and foreign policies of the current administration. They don’t want to just feel safe, they want to be safe.
Perhaps it can best be summed up with the phrase that appears on New Hampshire license plates. “Live Free or Die.”
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