America’s gun culture and 2nd Amendment rights are juxtaposed with a perceived public risk or threat of death from those very guns. The fury has reached an all-time high as both sides brace for a long, hard fight and millions who find themselves on the fence are searching for answers to questions like, do guns save lives, really?
The issue is so divisive that very few people would scoff at the idea of a new civil war erupting over it. But what are we really talking about here? How many lives are saved by firearms each year? And how many people are killed in this country whose deaths would otherwise be prevented by new, tougher laws?
And that last question in particular must be answered because it’s the very crux of the issue. Progressives want more, tougher laws and claim it will prevent more deaths. They’re so adamant about it that they risk civil war and are willing to chip away at our very foundation, the Constitution.
Proponents of gun rights argue the opposite, that guns directly protect millions of victims every year and deter or foil many more crimes than are ever reported by progressive-led main stream media. Supporters of the 2nd Amendment cite overwhelming evidence to support their claim and reveal the sinister truth behind progressive power-grabbing politics.
Number Of People Saved By Guns
Let’s look at some self-defense statistics and get a better idea first of how many people really are saved or helped by guns, or by someone else having a firearm and preventing or stopping a crime.
We have to look for information from all sources in order to get an accurate set of data from which to work. So first lets look at the information that President Obama commissioned when he issued 23 Executive Orders in 2013 in order that we have a better understanding of firearm-related violence.
The overarching body of data and evidence in this discussion can be found in the report titled “Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence“, and which was investigated, researched and written by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council under funding provided by the National Academy of Sciences and both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the CDC Foundation.
Here’s an excerpt from page 15:
Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed. Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.
So they’re saying in this report that somewhere between 1/2 million to upwards of 3 million Americans used a firearm in self-defense, compared to about 300,000 crimes in which the criminal used a firearm. Someone do the math for me here… how many more people were saved by a weapon than harmed by one?
Well, that paints quite a picture doesn’t it. And imagine a scenario in which victims don’t have a firearm thanks to the progressive power-grab… how many more innocent people would be an attempted victim? You or someone you love? The report goes on to write:
A different issue is whether defensive uses of guns, however numerous or rare they may be, are effective in preventing injury to the gun-wielding crime victim. Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was “used” by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies or none at all.
That last paragraph adds even more evidence to this growing body of data that makes it fairly clear that guns save lives and that taking them away would harm more people than it would help, and all the while it would be literally depriving people of their natural-born right to self-defense. And that is the data coming from the White House itself so it’s difficult for progressives to dispute their own findings on research for which millions of dollars were spent.
Guns Used In Self Defense – NRA Data
For their part, the NRA seems mostly concerned about civil rights and of course, about the safety and welfare of all Americans. To that end we often find statements like this one:
The value of guns for self-defense isn’t measured in the number of criminals killed, but in the number of violent crime victimizations prevented.
See, for the progressives it’s 100% about power and control, as in virtually every facet of their reign. For the NRA and 2nd Amendment supporters it’s about a persons right to be armed and to defend themselves.
Gun laws have been proven without question to NOT prevent or reduce crime. Gun ownership, on the other hand, has been shown to do just that.
Progressives almost always respond with, ‘but the data is clear, many more people are killed by a criminal with a gun than criminals are killed by a citizen with a gun.’
If the logic they use weren’t so silly (and effective) I’d have to laugh. But it does work. Little progressive minions all over can be spotted spouting off the same false information.
Check out this infographic to get more visual information on the question of “do guns save lives“.
As we already know (as shown above) and can prove through legitimate and extensive research ordered by Obama himself, just because a citizen didn’t “kill” the criminal doesn’t mean that a rape, robbery or murder attempt wasn’t prevented. Often, flashing the gun is enough to end the attempted crime.
Well known Criminologist Gary Kleck wrote that “Combining the defensive killings and reported non-fatal woundings [accounts for] less than 1% of DGUs [defensive gun uses]. The vast majority of DGUs, then, involve neither killings nor woundings but rather misses, warning shots fired, or guns used to threaten, by pointing them or be verbally referring to them.” See his book here:
Do you understand what he’s saying here? That FBI data that gun-grabbers cites as their evidence, reflects just a lowly 1% of the actual defensive gun uses. I mean, come on! Doesn’t a single one of the progressives in the liberal media have a spine?
Debunking Liberal Media Bias Regarding Gun Violence
In that government report cited above, here’s an excerpt which states, in the opinion of the Obama-sanctioned and progressive-supporting experts, that these ridiculous studies that are being tossed around to support their claims are not just ridiculous, but borderline lies.
They write that the National Crime Victimization Survey (which is the one most oft cited and alleges that a mere 180,000 defensive gun uses occur) is faulty because… wait for it…
The variation in these numbers remains a controversy in the field. The estimate of 3 million defensive uses per year [as cited by supporters of the 2nd Amendment] is based on an extrapolation from a small number of responses taken from more than 19 national surveys. The former estimate of 108,000 [the faulty progressive data] is difficult to interpret because respondents were not asked specifically about defensive gun use.
Like Katie Couric’s lie about gun owners, the data used by progressives from the National Crime Victimization Survey is also an outright lie because these progressive present this information to the world as “reputable research”, and they didn’t even ask about defensive gun use on the survey, the very question the issue is about!
That’s not me saying it or the NRA, that’s Obama’s own administration and researchers saying it.
Or we could point to the any other mountain of data and research. Take for example the report from the U.S. Department of Justice and National Institute of Justice, titled Armed Criminal in America – A Survey of Incarcerated Felons. The government conducted a lengthy survey of violent, incarcerated felons and among other things they found that:
Analysis indicated that three-quarters of the men had owned at least one gun in their life and just over half of the men were armed during the crime for which they were in prison. Having and carrying firearms was a central part of their daily existence, in part because of their concern for survival in a hostile and violent world. Gun theft had a critical role in the firearms supply for these criminals; from 40 to 70 percent of weapons used in committing crimes were stolen or borrowed from others.
That report went on to give us this valuable insight from the minds of our worst criminals:
- 82% of the sample agreed that “Gun laws only affect law-abiding citizens; criminals will always be able to get guns.”
- 88% agreed that “A criminal who wants a handgun is going to get one, no matter how much it costs.”
- In states with widespread gun ownership and tough punishment for gun misuse, criminals surveyed were often unarmed when they committed crimes: 54% in Oklahoma, 62% in Georgia, 40% in Maryland, 43% in Missouri, and 35% in Florida. In Massachusetts, however, only 29% of the felon-respondents were unarmed. In that state, it is difficult to lawfully acquire a firearm, and the illegal carrying of a firearm [i.e. regular citizen with no permit], rather than the criminal misuse of a gun [i.e. the criminal using the gun], is subject to the mandatory penalty. The survey data indicate that the criminals’ fear of an armed victim relates directly to the severity of the gun laws in the state surveyed. Where gun laws are less restrictive, such as Georgia and Maryland, criminals think twice before running the risk of facing an armed victim; they are much less concerned in Massachusetts.
- 56% of the felons surveyed agreed that “A criminal is not going to mess around with a victim he knows is armed with a gun.”
- 74% agreed that “One reason burglars avoid houses when people are at home is that they fear being shot.”
- A 57% majority agreed that “Most criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police.”[Stop.Listen.Think]
- In asking felons what they personally thought about while committing crimes, 34% indicated that they thought about getting “shot at by police” or “shot by victim.”
Stop. Listen. Think
My friend. My fellow American. If you are one of the millions who are unsure about all of this you must, you owe it to your country, to your family and friends, and to yourself, to really, truly step back from the smoke and think about an important issue like for yourself. Do guns save lives?
Stop. According to the best research data (you know, that which is backed by 19 different national surveys) shows that up to 3 million Americans use a gun in self-defense every year.
Listen. That is 8,200 Americans EVERY SINGLE DAY using a firearm to defend themselves or someone else.
Does it sounds prudent to you that you would give up your right to defend yourself and your loved ones? Does it sound prudent that outlawing guns will stop gun violence, just like we did with the trillion-dollar War On Drugs? Are there not MORE drugs on our streets than 30 years and trillions of dollars ago? And simply making guns illegal will fix it right up?
What does it take for sensible Americans to stop and think for themselves?
Even if it means being a rebel and not agreeing with the cool progressive crowd, stand up and be heard.
Demand honesty and authenticity.
I’d like to find out what you think… do guns save lives or do we need to enact tougher laws?
The Nighthawk TRS Comp Pistol
The new TRS Comp pistol from Nighthawk Custom is a full-sized, government frame 9mm double stack built around a match grade barrel and a monolithic slide. It’s built to compete and starts at $4,599.
The TRS Comp comes standard with a recon rail under the barrel and a dimpled rear cocking design that offers ample traction when racking the slide. It also sports unique dimpled frame and slide textures that match the grip pattern.
The TRS Comp is Nighthawk Custom’s first full-size pistol designed around a double stack frame. It features a 17+1 capacity and incorporates Nighthawk’s Fire Hawk compensator, which boasts a precision-designed port that reduces muzzle flip for quicker follow up shots.
This model also features a unique dimpling texture found throughout the slide and grip, which provides ample grip while being snag-free during holstering. The TRS Comp uses a 14K gold bead front sight that does an excellent job catching light, coupled with a Heinie Ledge Black rear sight for quick target acquisition.
The pistol also features Nighthawk Customs’ Interchangeable Optic System (IOS), which is a dedicated dovetail machined onto the slide and allows for optic mounting with adapters. This system allows for an interchangeable series of sight options to quickly switch rear sights in a matter of seconds.
Interchangeable Optic System
Nighthawk Custom’s Interchangeable Optic System allows a user to switch from a plate with a traditional rear sight to a red-dot optic in seconds. This feature is especially beneficial for concealed-carry practitioners who want to train with a red-dot but still carry a traditional rear sight.
Nighthawk’s unique IOS system involves milling the top rear section of their slide to interface with an interchangeable series of sight options, including a Trijicon RMR and other red-dot sights. This low-profile system also incorporates a suppressor-height rear sight as a backup to the optic’s front sight.
The TRS Comp features a match grade 5.00′′ barrel on a government sized frame with a monolithic slide, a full-length dust cover and an integrated single-port compensator. This combination reduces muzzle flip and delivers faster follow-up shots on the range, a must-have for competitive shooters.
The TRS Comp is finished in black nitride for a sleek, durable look. The lightweight aluminum trigger possesses a serrated flat face and a gold bead front sight does an excellent job catching light, providing quick target acquisition. A Heinie Ledge Black rear sight completes the package.
Match Grade Barrel
One of the most important features of any match pistol is a properly fitted barrel. A true match grade barrel will have zero play in the muzzle or at the hood, and it should glide into battery smoothly without any drag or snag on the slide.
This is achieved by carefully fitting the barrel to all of the chamber hood contact surfaces and the lower locking lug. Once this is done it will have a true target fit and shoot groups that rival a 1911 handgun.
The TRS Comp is the first Nighthawk Custom model to be designed around a double stack frame, offering 17+1 capacity and using their integrated compensator, the fire hawk. The compensator has a precision port that reduces muzzle flip and helps shooters stay on target for follow up shots.
Unique Dimpled Texture
The TRS Comp is the newest addition to Nighthawk’s line up. It is a high-end double stack 1911 that packs a 17+1 punch, as well as a lot of style and class. It also happens to be the most accurate and durable gun in its caliber. It also comes in a variety of colors and finishes, from matte black to high-shine chromium. Its crown jewel is the aforementioned patented integrated compensator, which may be the best thing to happen to your sidearm in years. It is a real head turner, especially for those who don’t usually opt for the sexy gun. The aforementioned gizmo is accompanied by a precision designed port in the rear of the slide that reduces muzzle flip without sacrificing a hefty amount of power. The aforementioned gizmo features a matching name badge aft of the slide, as well as a match-grade 5″ barrel and a full-length dust cover with accompanying nifty-fun accessory rail.
AGP Arms PC Charger Brace
The PC Charger is a pistol chambered in 9mm, and it can take Glock magazines. It is very popular and has become more of a sought-after gun than the original carbine.
Many owners of the PC Charger equip it with a brace to give it stability. This makes it a lot more shootable.
Ruger PC Charger
Ruger’s PC Charger is a pistol-caliber carbine (PCC) that combines the fun and utility of an AR style pistol with the reliability and accuracy of a high capacity AR. Designed to take both Ruger Security 9 and Glock magazines, the PC Charger is a highly customizable weapon that makes a great range gun or home defense tool.
Adding a brace to the PC Charger increases its stability and makes it more shootable. The brace can be attached to the MIL STD 1913 rail on the back of the pistol.
The SB Tactical FS1913 Brace is one of the best PC Charger braces available today. It is made of a polymer material that offers quick deployment and a lightweight profile.
This brace is perfect for a shooter who is new to pistol braces, and is looking for a compact and inexpensive option. It is also a good choice for people who are already familiar with the design and use of a buffer tube.
The AGP Arms brace kit for the Ruger PC Charger is the best way to upgrade the standard stock and barrel. The brace is the logical extension of AGP’s acclaimed pistol grip Gen 2 stock and handguard, allowing users to customize their pc charger to their own specifications. The brace is the brainchild of a dedicated team of military and law enforcement personnel, many of whom have been in the trenches for longer than most of us will ever know. Featuring a modern twist on a classic design, the brace is an understated delight. Its most prominent feature is a cleverly engineered gearbox that enables the user to rotate the entire gun by hand, and then lock it into place using a single pin. The aforementioned pin is mounted in the rear of the gun, where it is tucked under a protective cover for safekeeping. In keeping with the aforementioned design, the brace is also anodized black for a look you can be proud of.
SB Tactical is the inventor of pistol stabilizing braces. They were started in 2012 by Army veteran Alex Bosco after he designed a brace for his disabled friend so he could continue to shoot.
SB Tactical was the first to introduce adjustable pistol stabilizing braces. This was a big win for the industry and gun owners alike.
After getting pre approval from the ATF, they began selling pistol braces for AR/AK style firearms, CZ Scorpions, H&K MP5 designs, 1913 rails, and more.
The SBA3 is one of the best pistol braces on the market and offers 5-position adjustable adjustment, ambidextrous QD sling attachment points, and a Velcro strap to connect to your arm for one-handed shooting.
The SBA4 is another great choice and offers a sturdy M4-style strut, 5-position adjustable, and an integral QD sling socket. This is an excellent option for a Ruger PC Charger gun with a Glock drum, but it also works well on any pistol without a buffer tube.
Midwest Industries is a family owned and operated company that manufactures quality parts, uppers, lowers, rails, barrels, furniture and muzzle devices for AR platforms and many other firearms. They also have a number of innovative products and services that make them a great choice for those looking to upgrade their firearms.
Probably the most useful item that they manufacture is their Combat Rail Handguard in hard coat anodized 6061 aluminum. It features eight functional M-LOK slots and two anti-rotation sling swivels. Its hefty price tag might be a turn off, but its high performance and robust construction is well worth the outlay.
What you might not have known is that they also make the pc charger brace aka the FS1913. Basically the same as the name aforementioned but a lot more durable and the brace actually folds to a compact size for easy transport. They even include a nice looking sling with an integrated bottle opener to boot.
Mini Mamba – A YouTube Star With a Net Worth of $1-5 Million
Mini Mamba is a famous YouTube Star who has earned a fortune as a professional. He has a net worth of $1-5 Million at the age of 11 years old.
Mambas are venomous snakes of the family Elapidae, which also includes coral snakes and cobras. They live throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Black mambas are venomous snakes that are found in Africa. They can grow to up to 14 feet in length and are one of the longest venomous snakes in the world.
They are very fast and aggressive, and their venom is particularly deadly for humans. It takes only about 20 minutes for a bite from a black mamba to kill a person.
They live in grassland, savanna and rocky slopes of southern and eastern Africa. They are primarily diurnal and prey on small rodents. They have excellent vision and a highly developed sense of smell.
Green mambas are found in coastal areas of eastern Africa including Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa. These snakes are venomous, which makes them extremely dangerous to humans.
They are a diurnal species, which means they are active during the day. They also spend a great deal of time in the trees and rainforests of western Africa, where they live amongst the forest canopy and thickets.
This snake preys on birds, lizards and small mammals. Its venom isn’t as powerful as the venom of the black mamba or the red mamba, but it can still kill.
Green mambas breed during the rainy season. Females lay eggs, which hatch in about 10-12 weeks. Males seek out and compete for females by following a scent trail or by wrestling or dancing. These combats aren’t biting, but rather a way for the two snakes to establish dominance over each other.
The red mamba is a species of snake that lives in Africa. It is related to the black mamba and can be found in various countries throughout the continent.
It is a medium-sized snake that can grow to be 2 m long. They are mainly found in tree hollows and termite mounds.
They are very venomous and kill their prey quickly. Their venom is highly toxic and can affect the breathing, heart and muscle function of the victim.
They can also paralyze their prey, which they then swallow. They feed primarily on birds and small mammals.
The mamba is an African snake. There are four species: black mamba, green mamba, red mamba and yellow mamba.
The Eastern green mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps), formerly known as the white-mouthed mamba, is a venomous snake that lives in coastal regions of East Africa. It is found from Kenya south through Tanzania, Malawi, and eastern Zambia.
The eastern green mamba is a shy snake that avoids humans when possible and only strikes if provoked or cornered. Its habitat is fragmented in parts of its range and it is listed as Vulnerable by South Africa due to habitat destruction and deforestation.
Mambas are notorious for their speed and aggression, and they come in a wide variety of species. They are a common sight in Africa’s rainforests, and all have deadly venom.
Of the four types of mambas, the most venomous and dangerous is the black mamba. Known for its lightning-fast speed, erratic behavior, and painful bite, it can strike multiple times in a matter of seconds.
Its venom is highly neurotoxic and cardiotoxic, with fasciculins present to paralyze the muscles of a bite victim. The venom can kill a victim within hours of a bite.
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