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Newsom 2024 v. Second Amendment — Firearm fiction v. facts

By Mark Alexander
web posted May 13, 2024

The First Civil Right is To Keep and Bear Arms. It is, as James Madison's Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story rightly defined it, "the palladium of the liberties of the republic," the ultimate assurance of all other rights.

For this reason, ahead of the hyper-rhetorical gun control claims by socialist Democrat Party candidates at all levels in this presidential election year, I have compiled a few data points that all defenders of American Liberty and its foundational guarantor, the Second Amendment, should know.

Yes, you have heard Joe Biden's endless spin on what Hillary Clinton first coined as "commonsense gun laws" — I mean, if you have common sense, how can you disagree? While Hillary and Bill Clinton were prolific prevaricators, masterfully obfuscating the truth, Biden is the undisputed champion of "lying dog-faced pony soldiers."

However, it is not Biden's assault on the Second Amendment that is of most concern. As a reminder, here is why.

As I noted in October 2022, I believe before or at the August Democrat National Convention in Chicago that Biden will remove himself as a candidate and throw his support most likely to Gavin Newsom. I mention this again because Newsom will be a far more formidable candidate against Donald Trump and a far more effective advocate for the Left's gun control agenda.

Recall that in October 2023, Biden declared in an interview: "[Gavin Newsom] can be anything he wants. He can have the job I'm looking for." I noted then that if Newsom falls off the political/media radar in the months ahead of the Democrat Convention, that is an indication he is being tapped by Biden and company.

So, have you heard from Newsom lately? Me neither. He is ghosting the mainstream media until he is ready to launch.

Presidential elections draw more voters at all levels than off years, and if the Demo ticket falls to Newsom, he has already prepped a "28th Amendment to the United States Constitution to End America's Gun Violence Crisis." He knows he can't revoke the Second Amendment, so instead, he proposes to amend it, much to the applause of California's Demos. He plans on rallying the same applause from leftists nationwide.

According to Newsom, "In this country, we do have the power to change things. That power is written into the Constitution, and today we're using it to end America's gun violence crisis."

While an amendment is a big uphill climb, requiring approval by two-thirds of both the House and Senate, as well as ratification by three-fourths of state legislatures or a ratifying convention, Newsom's proposal is more about optics and rallying presidential votes.

For context on the history of the Second Amendment, our Founders' observations about this fundamental right were clear. Suffice it to say, as did James Madison, the author of our Constitution and the inspiration for its Bill of Rights, "The ultimate authority ... resides in the people alone. ... The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation ... forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any."

After a recent column detailing the Demos' gun control template of using murdered children as political fodder to advance their gun confiscation agenda, particularly with their largest voter constituency — women — I updated the data point footnotes that have previously appeared under other Second Amendment columns.

The updates are as follows:

FOOTNOTE 1: Regarding so-called "gun violence," there were approximately 19,600 homicides involving firearms in the U.S. in the latest year of record, which you can view state by state. Fortunately, there are indications that homicides may be declining after the significant surge of violence unleashed by Biden and his Democrat agitators in 2020. The 2022 homicide rate was 30% higher than in 2019.

The Demos ubiquitously and falsely label the generational murderous contagion they have seeded as "gun violence," and they focus exclusively on the infrequent high-profile "mass shootings," which account for only a tiny fraction of all homicides. More than 99% of murders in the U.S. are not the result of mass attacks. (Notably, guns don't commit violence, thugs and sociopaths commit violence.) The oft-cited Gun Violence Archive defines a "mass shooting" as any incident that involves a "minimum of four victims shot, either injured or killed." The vast majority of those violent attacks are the result of drug and gang violence committed in Democrat-controlled urban centers.

In a country and culture that ignores the rising generation of sociopathic murderers — mostly thugs in violent urban centers who are saturated with cultural violence and indoctrinated with mass-media glorification of violence — it is fortunate that the incidence of mass murder is not 10 times higher. Arguably, the only thing keeping that number from being higher is that 125 million Americans are legal and responsible gun owners.

Democrats don't focus on the vast majority of murders, particularly the epidemic of black-on-black murders on their decaying urban poverty plantations, because they want to avoid the "inconvenient truth" about race and violence, which is the direct result of failed Democrat social programs. In fact, black people (13% of the population), are 12 times more likely to be murdered, per capita, than white people (62% of the population).

That gross racial disparity in murder rates isn't useful for the gun control narrative Democrats invoke to evoke emotional reaction from mostly wealthy white suburban women, who form the Demos' largest voter constituency.

FOOTNOTE 2: Regarding so-called "mass shootings," for the record, murders of multiple people by one assailant are very rare in our nation of 335 million people. Less than 1% of all murders nationwide are classified as "mass shootings" and high-profile attacks, such as the 2017 mass murder in Las Vegas, are extremely rare.

The FBI defines "active shooter incidents" as "one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area." In 2022, the FBI reported 50 incidents resulting in 313 casualties (100 killed and 213 wounded). That number was up significantly from 2020 when the FBI reported 40 incidents resulting in 164 casualties (38 killed and 126 wounded).

A broader record of "mass shooting" data is maintained by the Associated Press and Northeastern University, which uses the Department of Justice definition of mass public shooting: "A multiple homicide incident in which four or more victims are murdered with firearms." These numbers fluctuate significantly year over year, and they range between 20 and 40 incidents. But notably, over the last 30 years, the number of black mass assailants is almost as high as the number of white assailants.

Democrats only focus on these rare instances of multiple murders because these high-profile tragedies are political fodder to foment fear — most notably when they can toss out their oft-repeated but erroneous claim that "gun violence is the leading cause of death for children." If by "children" they mean gang and drug-associated murders of those primarily between the ages of 16 and 21, then yes. Democrats are experts at fomenting fear and division.

The fear and angst Demos intentionally propagate are taking a toll on Americans' mental health. Psychological researcher Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson observes: "Watching it time and time again on your phone or on the headlines can really impact you in ways that I don't think we knew before to be as impactful. It's so 'in our face' all the time and we have access to so much footage, so many pictures, so many videos, so many accounts that we're ingesting it in ways that's really unhealthy for us." The result for many mothers, in particular, is an irrational fear that their children will be shot. That is precisely the fabricated fear Democrats want to perpetuate, especially among their female constituents, in order to advance their gun control agenda.

FOOTNOTE 3: Regarding what Democrats and their Leftmedia talkingheads and scribes ubiquitously and falsely label "assault weapons" are not. An assault weapon, a.k.a. "machine gun," is a select-fire weapon that can cycle rounds in fully automatic fashion.

For much the same reason, Democrats focus only on rare high-profile "mass shootings" to generate fear and angst. When those attacks involve a semiautomatic rifle versus a handgun, Demos call for an "assault weapons ban."

In 1994, Bill Clinton banned the sale of "military-style assault weapons," but that ban was not renewed 10 years later because it was determined the ban had no effect on crime reduction. According to Rand Research, "We found no qualifying studies showing that bans on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines decreased any of the eight outcomes we investigated."

The fact is, rifles and shotguns combined are used in less than 3% of all homicides, but Democrats never let facts get in the way of their "assault weapon ban" political agenda.

FOOTNOTE 4: Regarding firearms and violent crime, researcher John Lott reports, "Over 92% of violent crimes in America do not involve firearms." Again, the only thing keeping that number from being much higher is that 125 million Americans are legal and responsible gun owners.

FOOTNOTE 5: Regarding firearms and suicide, almost 60% of all deaths involving firearms are suicide, most also involving drugs or alcohol abuse. But the big numbers promoted in "gun violence" reports do not distinguish between murder and suicide, thus implying that homicide rates are much higher. And does this mean that Demo support for assisted suicide is in conflict with their support for gun control?

FOOTNOTE 6: Regarding alcohol versus firearm deaths, if Democrats are serious about protecting Americans, they should outlaw alcohol. Alcohol abuse is far more deadly than firearm abuse. More than 178,000 people died from alcohol abuse last year — that's NINE times the number of homicides associated with firearms. Drunk drivers are responsible for 37 deaths per day. And notably, it is estimated that alcohol is a key factor in at least 30% of homicides where the assailant uses a firearm. (Include drug dealing or use as a factor and that number jumps to about 60%.)

The problem for Democrats is that the vast majority of alcohol users possess and use it legally and responsibly. Likewise, the vast majority of firearm owners possess and use them legally and responsibly. Enacting a prohibition on firearms is tantamount to enacting a prohibition on alcohol. In both cases, only law-abiding users obey the laws, while lawless users don't.

Bottom Line: Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless. ESR

Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.

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