One of the Alley readers brought my attention to a Facebook note to the effect that Americans should not have an “arsenal.”
Since I seriously doubt that anyone at CSGV has a clue to the meaning of the word – Arsenal:
‘ARSENAL, n. [L. arx navalis, a naval citadel or repository.] A repository or magazine of arms and military stores, whether for land or naval service.
Generally, an arsenal contains arms for 10,000 or more armed combatants, with rifles, sidearms, shotguns, ammunition, and supplies. And very, very few Americans have an arsenal.
However, a surprising number of Americans have a rabbit gun for rabbit hunting, a varmint gun for varmints, a deer rifle for deer, one to several big game rifles, and so on. A moderately active hunter may actually need twenty or more guns to have the appropriate tool for whatever chore or pleasure comes to hand.
The CPGV bunch, not being the sharpest minds in the country, confuse the person whose activities require ownership of many guns with the typical gun criminal – who typically only has one gun.
One gun at a time. One stolen gun at a time. One gun obtained so cheaply a career criminal can discard it, destroying the link between him or herself and a crime, without a qualm. Because there are more than sixteen million more cheap “street guns” where that one came form.
Those who can legally go to a gun dealers, fill out the Federally mandated paperwork, pass a background check, and if they wish to obtain a License to Carry are far, far less likely to commit a serious crime than either those who cannot buy a gun, or the members of the groups that make up the Methodists Mistake are.
Since the CPGV was started in 1974 the number of gun related violent crimes has dropped from more than 1,200,000 a calendar year to to just 290,620 in 2013, with a four percent decline expected in 2014.
That decline, and the decline from almost four million violent crimes to just under one million today was a result of persistent lobbying by gun hobby and gun owner groups, who pointed out the fact that more guns have invariably resulted in less crime.
Much less crime, as you can easily see from the graphic, and from the National Crime Victimization Survey for 2013, also linked above. The graphic immediately below shows the results of the gun hobby and hunting groups efforts:
The rate of decline after 1998 is primarily a result of gun control and gun ban groups efforts to disarm America. Those efforts have cost literally thousands of lives, and they are no less than a crime against the people.
Given that the gun owner groups the “Coalition to
sStop Promote Gun Violence” revile are responsible for a near 75 percent decline in violent crime since 1993, the CGSV should get out of the way, find respectable employment, and let gun owners get on with the business of making America safer.