Thursday, October 6, 2011

$7,000 Taxpayer Dollars and 158 Fewer Guns Means More Future Victims


The Worst News Paper Ever got it wrong, again. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Board of Freeholders and Police Chiefs Association spent $7,000 of YOUR money so that the Asbury Park Press can claim 158 fewer guns means safer streets. Unfortunately, the APP is making things up, again.

The statistics from DC and Chicago once again indicate what we already know, more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens means less victims. The statistics indicate:
In the first six months of this year, there were 14% fewer murders in Chicago compared to the first six months of last year – back when owning handguns was illegal. It was the largest drop in Chicago’s murder rate since the handgun ban went into effect in 1982.
Meanwhile, the other four most populous cities saw a total drop at the same time of only 6 percent.
Similarly, in the year after the 2008 "Heller" decision, the murder rate fell two-and-a-half times faster in Washington than in the rest of the country.
It also fell more than three as fast as in other cities that are close to Washington's size. And murders in Washington have continued to fall.
But the APP story just gets worse, and demonstrates the waste of money, as well as the media bias. Here is the give away:
On Thursday morning, Edward Maksym, 60, of Union Beach, surrendered a M1 carbine assault rife at the Keansburg Police Department, 179 Carr Ave., and received $100 for the weapon
Let's consider the APP's use of the term "assault rifle" first. The rifle is piece of American History. The M1 Carbine was the weapon used by our brave men who saved the world from Nazi rule. The rifle is not some kind of fully automatic machine gun like the bad guys in the movies use, it is your usual semi-automatic one round per trigger pull rifle. The US Government made well over 6 million of these rifles during the war to support freedom and democracy around the world. Or rather ,the US Government didn't make anything, but major corporations that you know and love, like GM and IBM, made the M1 Carbine, and our soldiers were happy to have them.

Given my own (obvious) bias, I'd suggest that sentence should have be written:
On Thursday morning, Edward Maksym, 60, of Union Beach, surrendered a historic and valuable WWII era M1 carbine at the Keansburg Police Department, 179 Carr Ave., and received $100 for the weapon
Historic and valuable indeed, but how valuable? A nice M1 Carbine in good working condition is probably worth $500 at a minimum, one in great condition might go for $1,000, even $1200. Proving their lack of basic economic understanding, the government authorities purchased the gun for $100, with the goal of destroying it. I will be sending a letter to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Board of Freeholders and Police Chiefs Association first thing in the morning bidding $150 for that rifle in good working condition. I'll assure these agencies that the rifle would be the hands of a law-abiding citizen and used only for legal purposes as all of my other guns are and have been used, they should be happy to recover some of YOUR taxpayer money, and they can still pretend that they took the gun from a criminal. I just hope that Eric Holder and Obama haven't already sold these 158 guns to Mexican Drug Cartels.

Again based on my own bias, I'd rewrite that sentence once more:
On Thursday morning, Edward Maksym, 60, of Union Beach, was robbed of a historic and valuable M1 carbine at the Keansburg Police Department, 179 Carr Ave and left defenseless against the illegally armed gang members with warrants out for their arrest who didn't show up at a police station.
And anyhow, just how did these agencies buy 158 of these guns in a single month, a single day even? Doesn't NJ have that silly "one gun a month" law?

Anyway, the picture is my own personal Full Page Ad that I placed in this year's Freeholders' Dinner (next week) Ad Book, I had placed a similar Ad in the Lincoln Day event book. I'm not really convinced that my investment will pay off, but I've never been shy about standing up for issues I really care about and some of my local Republican candidates voted for One Gun A Month back in the day. Maybe one day, soon, they will recognize that the law isn't reducing crimes or gang violence here in NJ and is making criminals out of law abiding citizens who just want to invest their hard earned, and income taxed, money on the purchase, and sales tax, of a firearm.

As always, if you've never held or fired a gun, but just somehow know how much you dislike them, shoot me an email and we'll schedule a date and time to go to the range, you're welcome to shoot any of my guns, I'll bring ammo and use a guest pass for you.

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