Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak

Pew Research Center:  “National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data. . . . Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew. The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993. Violent non-fatal crime victimization overall (with or without a firearm) also is down markedly (72%) over two decades.”

By |December 5th, 2015|Guns|0 Comments

ATF Says Weapons Used in San Bernardino Shooting Were Illegal in California

PJ Media:  “The media proudly reports that the firearms were purchased legally. They are trying to create the narrative that the current gun laws allowed this to happen. They want you to know: “Hey, this was all legally done. We need more laws to stop this from happening again.”  But not so fast.  It may be true that these guns were purchased legally, but they were not used legally and in fact, they were modified in violation of the California firearms laws, says the ATF.”

By |December 4th, 2015|Guns|0 Comments

Mass Shootings Happen More Frequently In European Countries

Hypeline:  “A recent study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that mass shootings happen more frequently in European countries.  Obama recently said,  ‘We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.  It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.’  He couldn’t be further from the truth.  When you account for the population size of America compared to the countries Obama compares us, his statement falls apart.”

By |December 4th, 2015|Guns|0 Comments

Drone Footage Leads To Pair’s Lewdness Arrest

The Smoking Gun:  “An Oklahoma prosecutor has filed criminal charges against an alleged hooker and her john after a drone operated by an anti-prostitution activist recorded the pair trysting in the man’s truck.”

By |December 4th, 2015|Drones & Drone Law|0 Comments

Violent Crime and Murder Are Half What They Used to Be  “the FBI released crime statistics for 2014, the latest year for which data are fully available. In terms of violent crime generally and homicide specifically, those numbers are unambiguously good, with massive reductions in crime rates over the past 20 years.  In 1995, for instance, the violent crime rate (which includes murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) per 100,000 inhabitants was 684.5. In 2014, it stood at 365.5. For murder and non-negligent manslaughter, the rate was 8.2 and 4.5 in 2014.”

By |December 3rd, 2015|Guns|0 Comments

Gun Ownership Up & Gun Deaths Down Last 20 Years

The Truth about Guns:  “a Pew Research study from 2013. The article highlights Americans’ ignorance of the fact – fact – that firearms-related homicides have dropped precipitously over the last 20 years, even as firearms ownership has soared to new, previously unimaginable heights. Gun rights advocates clock the stats and conclude that more guns = less crime, what with John Lott’s book of the same name making that point in excruciating detail.”

By |December 3rd, 2015|Guns|0 Comments

Obama Is Wrong: Mass Shootings Do Happen Elsewhere & More Often

Investors Business Daily:  “Barack Obama stunned Americans and French alike on Tuesday with his false claims about gun violence in America. “I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings. This just doesn’t happen in other countries,” the president claimed, as he has repeatedly over the years. Talk about being self-absorbed. . . . Obama isn’t correct even if he meant the frequency of fatalities or attacks. Many European countries actually have higher rates of death from public shootings that resulted in four or more murders.”

By |December 2nd, 2015|Guns|0 Comments

Drone Policy Abuzz in Washington

Roll Call:  “An army of small drones are heading for the national airspace this holiday season . . . . The flood of new aircraft — and new pilots — is expected as federal officials are preparing to tighten their grip on drone fliers. The Federal Aviation Administration said in October it would require registration of drones . . . . Federal rules already require commercial users to register to fly drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems. But officials, as well as representatives of the aviation industry, are worried that recreational drone users, including the pajama-clad pilots who might take their drone for a virgin flight on Christmas Day, might not understand the rules behind launching into U.S. airspace.”

By |December 2nd, 2015|Drones & Drone Law|0 Comments

Georgia Tech Prof Expelled from Global Warming Fraternity for Asking Questions

The Spectator:  “For engaging with skeptics, and discussing uncertainties in projections frankly, this Georgia professor [Judith Curry] is branded a heretic. It is safe to predict that when 20,000 world leaders, officials, green activists and hangers-on convene in Paris next week for the 21st United Nations climate conference, one person you will not see much quoted is Professor Judith Curry. This is a pity. Her record of peer-reviewed publication in the best climate-science journals is second to none, and in America she has become a public intellectual. But on this side of the Atlantic, apparently, she is too ‘challenging’. What is troubling about her pariah status is that her trenchant critique of the supposed consensus on global warming is not derived from warped ideology, let alone funding by fossil-fuel firms, but from solid data and analysis.  Some consider her a heretic. According to Professor Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University, a vociferous advocate of extreme measures to prevent a climatic Armageddon, she is ‘anti-science’. Curry isn’t fazed by the slur.”

By |November 29th, 2015|Global Warming|0 Comments

Climate Change Will Not Be Dangerous for a Long Time

Scientific American: “The climate change debate has been polarized into a simple dichotomy. Either global warming is ‘real, man-made and dangerous,’ as Pres. Barack Obama thinks, or it’s a ‘hoax,’ as Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe thinks. But there is a third possibility: that it is real, man-made and not dangerous, at least not for a long time.  This ‘lukewarm’ option has been boosted by recent climate research, and if it is right, current policies may do more harm than good.”

By |November 27th, 2015|Global Warming|0 Comments