New ‘Firearm Ownership’ Study Ignores Gun Violence by Criminals

The Left wants you dead.

How else do you explain the effort by Democrats to end your Second Amendment then they prefer you dead, while protecting criminals.  They want you to lose your gun, but have no ability to take guns from criminals—especially when the criminals can now make their own “ghost” guns, without a registration number or anything else.

“Sheeler cites Firearm ownership and acquisition in California: findings from the 2018 California Safety and Well-being Survey, published the magazine Injury Prevention. According to the study, roughly 25 percent of California adults live in a home with a firearm.

Californians own nearly 20 million firearms, including 8.9 million handguns, and these were “purchased primarily for protection against people.”

The study, which takes a public-health approach, cites a “perceived need for self-protection,” among gun owners. This suggests that “efforts aimed at reducing firearm death and injury may need to address self-protection as a primary driver of ownership, along with misperceptions about the benefits and risks of having a firearm in the home.” What the study does not include may also be of interest to Californians who own legally purchased firearms.”

When will those owning guns start voting against those that prefer them dead?  Folks need to vote their self interest—and lives.

New ‘Firearm Ownership’ Study Ignores Gun Violence by Criminals

Gun grabbers don the white coat of ‘epidemiology’

By Lloyd Billingsley, California Globe,   12/7/19  

The study does not quantify the exercise of constitutional rights as a factor in Californians’ gun purchases.

“California may have some of the nation’s most restrictive gun control laws,” Andrew Sheeler reports in the Sacramento Bee, “from bans on assault rifle sales to mandatory background checks for ammunition sales, but that isn’t stopping Golden State residents from buying firearms.”

Sheeler cites Firearm ownership and acquisition in California: findings from the 2018 California Safety and Well-being Survey, published the magazine Injury Prevention. According to the study, roughly 25 percent of California adults live in a home with a firearm.

Californians own nearly 20 million firearms, including 8.9 million handguns, and these were “purchased primarily for protection against people.”

The study, which takes a public-health approach, cites a “perceived need for self-protection,” among gun owners. This suggests that “efforts aimed at reducing firearm death and injury may need to address self-protection as a primary driver of ownership, along with misperceptions about the benefits and risks of having a firearm in the home.” What the study does not include may also be of interest to Californians who own legally purchased firearms.

Second Amendment

The study includes no reference to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution enshrining the right to keep and bear arms. Likewise, the study does not quantify the exercise of constitutional rights as a factor in Californians’ gun purchases.

The study does not quantify gun ownership by criminals, who do not follow California’s restrictive laws. The study’s only reference to criminals comes in an endnote about “subsequent criminal activity among violent misdemeanants who seek to purchase handguns.”

Self-protection is only a “perceived need” in this study, which does not quantify gun violence by criminals against law-abiding citizens. In similar style, Firearm Ownership does not chart the number of times law-abiding citizens used legally purchased firearms to protect themselves against violent criminals. Also missing is any reference to recent legislation that empowers violent criminals. 

Under Senate Bill 1391, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018, any criminal under the age of 16 could use a stolen firearm to murder or wound any number of people. That criminal would escape prosecution as an adult and if convicted serve only until age 25 in comfy juvenile facilities.

Self-protection is only a “perceived need” in this study

One of the study’s authors is Dr. Garen Wintemute of the state-funded Firearm Violence Research Center at UC Davis. A recent study from the Center claims that gun purchases lead to more gun- related injuries, a post hoc ergo propter hoc approach that does not exactly qualify as medical science.

Dr. Wintemute is a supporter of the red-flag measures that allow police to remove guns from people making deadly threats against others or themselves. The physician, recently profiled in Sactown Magazine, also finds the orders useful “in cases where no crime is committed” and “where mental illness is not involved.”

In 2018, Wintemute sought to extend the prohibition on gun purchases to misdemeanors such as assault and battery. He also supports taking firearms away from persons who purchased them legally, but then became prohibited from owning them.

The Firearm Ownership study Wintemute co-authored touts “the epidemiology of firearm-related death and injury.”

If California’s law-abiding gun owners perceive the authors as gun grabbers disguised in white coats it would be hard to blame them. Gun owners and Second Amendment advocates can find a different perspective in this interview with John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. The Democrats have made big gains by blaming the Anglo Community for everything.

    Remember folks in the 1950’s and early 1960’s we did not have these issues. People were supposed to have self control. When they did not society as a whole wiould shun them.

    Then came the Socialists who took over the Democrat Party and the rules of society were destroyed. Now you have mass shootings and more and more ethnic shootings (excluding Anglos).

    Does that tell you something? It is over 50 years and the Democrat experiment has massively failed. So why continue failure?

  2. I am having a little trouble lately calling the DNC Socialist when research shows that their mandate and the CPUSA Mandate are one and the same. As long as the Democrats/Communists are in charge of making laws in this Country we will continue to lose our Freedoms and become more and more under Communist (DNC) control. Wake up America your freedom is fast eroding and don’t sugar coat what the DNC has become.

  3. Yup , the DNC is no longer Democratic but uses it as a mask for the UN New World Order. A Socialist / Communist totalatarian government that spouts a Utopia for all but somehow it equates into Utopia for them and squalor for America and the world. I keep thinking about the films ” Hunger Games ” and see the things in common with the desired new government of the left. The elite live in absolute luxury as the people live in ruin. Maybe the makers of the film knew something that we didn’t .
    From the sword of ————

  4. People in California already know what it’s like to lose all their rights, you can’t even buy a decent showerhead in this state. Remember California is the head of the snake, just look at what the politicians (Schiff, Pelosi) are doing to Trump; no one is safe in America until the head is cut off the snake.

  5. If risks to one’s safety are merely a “perceived need for self protection”, why should politicians, bureaucrats, judges, and so on have armed protection and security ? It’s only a ” perceived need for self protection”, obviously NOT a real one. And to continue that reductio ad absurdum argument, police, sheriffs and other security people have no need for arms because the “need” is delusion, not real. To be more sarcastic, could it be that the right to keep and bear arms is just as nonexistent as the right to vote is nonexistent ?

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