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California Crime Drops As Gun Sales Surge

Posted on: December 31st, 2012

Los Angeles officials recently lauded their gun buyback program on Wednesday that bribed gun owners with a Ralph’s gift card worth either $100 or $200, depending on the type of gun they turned in. On Wednesday, the LAPD collected 2,037 guns including handguns, rifles, “assault” weapons and one rocket launcher. In total, these buybacks have pulled in about 10,000 California guns since the program began in 2009.

While officials are celebrating these programs and saying that these events will make California streets safer, gun sales there have shot up significantly in the past 10 years. In 2002, 350,000 guns were sold in California, but last year, over 600,000 were sold. So a couple thousand guns were turned in last week, but that’s nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands bought last year alone. What’s also telling is the overall drop in crime that corresponded to the increase in gun sales:

“Gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data…. During that same period, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,800, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health.

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    Subject: Have a shotgun?

    You’re sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your
    bedroom door.

    Half-awake, and
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    At least two
    people have broken into your house and are moving your way.

    With your
    heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your
    shotgun.

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    One
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    One writhes and screams while the second man
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    As you pick up the
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    In your country,
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    so stringently regulated as to make them useless..

    Yours was never
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    Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has
    died.

    They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of
    a Firearm.

    When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry:
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    The next day, the shooting is the lead story in
    the

    local newspaper. Somehow,
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    Buried deep down in the article,
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    times.

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    The thieves have
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    pranksters..

    As the days wear on, the story takes
    wings.

    The national media picks it up, then the international media.

    The surviving burglar has become a folk
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    probably win.

    The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized
    several times in the past and that you’ve been critical of local police for
    their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects.

    After the last
    break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be prepared next
    time.

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    wait for the burglars.

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    The
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    predicted.

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    On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk ,
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    In April, 2000, he
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    How did it become a
    crime to defend one’s own life in the once great British Empire
    ?

    It started with the Pistols Act of
    1903

    This seemingly reasonable law
    forbade selling pistols to minors or felons and established that handgun sales
    were to be made only to those who had a license.
    The Firearms Act of 1920 expanded licensing to include not only handguns but all
    firearms except shotguns..

    Later laws
    passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying
    of any weapon by private citizens and mandated the registration of all
    shotguns.

    Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest
    after the Hungerfordmass shooting in 1987.

    Michael Ryan, a mentally
    disturbed man with a Kalashnikov rifle, walked down the streets shooting
    everyone he saw.

    When the smoke cleared, 17 people were dead.

    The
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    even tougher restrictions.
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    Nine years later,
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    the press had
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    week after week, the media gave up all pretense of objectivity and demanded a total
    ban on all handguns.
    The Dunblane
    Inquiry, a few months later, sealed the fate
    of the few sidearms still owned by private citizens.

    During the years in which the British government
    incrementally took away most gun rights, the notion that a citizen had the right
    to armed self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism.
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    no longer considered a reason to own a gun.
    Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or rapists were
    charged while the real criminals were released.

    Indeed, after the Martin
    shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as saying,
    “We cannot have people
    take the law into their own hands.”

    All of Martin’s neighbors had been
    robbed numerous times,
    and several elderly people were severely injured in
    beatings by young thugs who had no fear of the consequences.
    Martin himself,
    a collector of antiques, had seen most of his collection trashed or stolen by
    burglars.

    When the Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns
    were given three months to turn them over to local authorities.

    Being
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    The few who didn’t were
    visited by police and threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn’t
    comply.

    Police later bragged that they’d taken nearly 200,000 handguns
    from private citizens.

    How did the authorities know who had
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    Kind of like cars.
    Sound familiar?

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    THE SECOND AMENDMENT IN OUR CONSTITUTION.

    “…It does not require a
    majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush
    fires in people’s minds..”
    –Samuel Adams

    If you think
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    You had better wake up, because Obama is doing
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    The U N Small
    Arms Treaty that Hilary is negotiating would take away our 2nd Amendment
    rights.

    The U N has NO
    BUSINESS having any rule over Americans.

    That is what our
    CONSTITUTION is there for.

    And there are stupid people in congress
    and on the street that will go right along with
    him.

    Just remember –
    the reason the Japanese didn’t invade the USA is because they knew that most of
    the citizens were armed

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OOKK3KBK7M2DX5OKOV7ODZ3QTA Jay

    The Kalifornia leftoids will attribute the drop in crime to the buyback rather than the increased sales.

 
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