By Dave Workman
Back on Nov. 8 when Donald Trump, supported by a lot of gun owners who seemed to come out of the woodwork just when they were needed, won the presidency, there were some significant other votes that a lot of people overlooked.
California voters demonstrated some really weird sentiments. They passed a measure requiring background checks for ammunition purchases but also rejected Proposition 62 that sought to replace the death penalty with a life sentence without parole. The vote: Only 46.1% in favor.
At the same time, Californians approved Proposition 66 with 50.9% of the vote on the first count, before provisional and other ballots were counted. This one will speed up executions, according to the Los Angeles Times. The measure will “designate trial courts to hear petitions challenging death row convictions, limiting successive petitions and expanding the pool of lawyers who could take on death penalty appeals,” the newspaper said.
Up in Maine, about 51 percent of the voters told anti-gunners to pound sand by rejecting a so-called “universal background check” measure. However, in Nevada, a similar measure barely passed by 50.5% to 49.6%, according to Reuters.
Trump’s victory, the L.A. Times said, “preserves the Supreme Court’s narrow conservative majority by clearing the way for the new president to choose a jurist next year to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.” He authored the 2008 Heller ruling that affirmed the Second Amendment protects an individual civil right to keep and bear arms.
And there’s one other thing: According to Fox News, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote with 59,867,404 against Trump’s 59,647,330 votes and Trump won the Electoral College with 279 votes over Clinton’s 228 votes. Clinton carried 20 states, Trump won in 28 states, with Arizona and Michigan still in play when the race was called for The Donald.
Are You One Of The ‘Three-Percent’ Gun Owners?
Here’s a little something that a lot of people overlooked back in mid-September when The Guardian reported the results of a survey of American gun owners.
Americans, according to the Guardian, own “an estimated 265 million guns,” but 133 million of those firearms are owned by just three percent of American adults. The study, by Harvard/Northeastern, called these people “super gun owners.” The study, at the time, was unpublished. But both The Guardian and The Trace reported its results.
A “super gun owner” is defined as somebody who owns between eight and 140 firearms. The Guardian said there are about 7.7 million of these folks. That’s approximately 3 percent of America’s adults who own approximately half of the nation’s privately held firearms.
The Guardian also noted a few things about demographics. “Super gun owners” are more likely to be male and white. Approximately 44 percent of black gun owners and 37 percent of Hispanic gun owners reportedly only own handguns. Only 21 percent of “non-Hispanic whites” only own handguns.
And one more thing came up, which might help explain some of the political divisiveness related to guns. The report said 30 percent of self-identified conservatives are gun owners, while 19 percent of moderates and only 14 percent of liberals own firearms. A whopping 44 percent of military veterans own guns.
Here’s some bad news: The new study estimated that about 400,000 firearms are stolen annually. This is nearly double the 230,000 estimated by the National Crime Victimization survey, as reported by the Guardian.
So, how does all of this shake out? At the recent Gun Rights Policy Conference in Tampa, sponsored jointly by the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, author and researcher John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, asserted that the media routinely ignores reports that gun ownership may be expanding.
This is how the media creates the impression that gun owners are separate from the rest of society and that they are a shrinking minority.
Lott recently authored “The War on Guns,” which details the problems with gun control laws and touches on media bias and ignorance, and the way gun prohibitionists are going after not only the Second Amendment but the First. Lott’s book spans 256 pages, and is published by Regnery.
Colt Adds .38 Super To Competition Pistol Family
Late in October, Colt announced that it was adding the .38 Super chambering to its Competition Pistol family.
This is a cartridge that has almost a cult following, and it is renowned for accuracy.
Colt Competition Pistols are already chambered for 9mm and .45 ACP, so adding the .38 Super is no small matter.
This newest addition features a beavertail grip safety with bump, Dual Spring Recoil System, a patent-pending Novak adjustable rear sight and fiber optic front sight. It’s also got an undercut trigger guard. It’s got an MSRP of $999, Colt said.
Two heads not always better than one
A New York City jury convicted a man in October of second-degree murder in the slaying of his mother, and they had one piece of evidence that pretty much sealed the deal.
According to Fox News, 26-year-old Bahsid McLean stabbed his mother and then took a selfie of himself with her severed head. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 5 and faces anywhere from 25 years to life.
And The Hits Keep Coming
Chicago seems determined to keep detectives, medical examiners and funeral directors busy this year, as the body count keeps climbing.
The first weekend of November saw 50 people shot, including ten who were killed. That brought the body count to more than 660 for the year, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The newspaper also noted that more than 3,700 people have been shot this year, which at the time was 1,000 more than had been shot at the same time in 2015.
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