At each general membership meeting, the member number of a member is drawn from the BIG barrel. If that member is current on his/her dues and present at the meeting, then they are rewarded with money. The amount is based on what has accumulated in the POT-OF-GOLD up to that time with a maximum of $500.00. If they are not present then they get the crying towel. At the January meeting, member number 2056 belonging to Bruce Bennett was drawn. He was not in attendance at the meeting and so lost out on collecting $500.00. So, Bruce, it is boo hoo and the crying towel to you. The pot for the next meeting will remain at $500.00.
Once again our old world kept on a turning and the stars, sun and moon stayed in their places so here we go again. Each month in these pages, I try very hard to find and pass on information about your rights, legislation, and the wacky things that go on around us. Some months I find a lot to pass on and some months not so much. But there is always something going on that is worthy of note. So let get going.
Let’s start with this. It was sent by a member and the information is worth being aware of.
Some Very Interesting Facts about Gun Deaths and Gun Control
There are some 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms. That is not disputed. What is never shown, though, is a breakdown of those deaths to put them in perspective; as compared to other causes of death.
65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws.
15% are in law enforcement in the line of duty and justified.
17% are in criminal activity, gang, and drug related or mentally ill persons.
3% are accidental discharge deaths.
So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually but drops to 5,100.
Still too many? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?
480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington DC (a 54% increase over prior years)
So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.
This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation or about 75 per state.
That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others.
For example, California had 1,169 (!). Alabama had 1.
Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California, of course, but understand, it is not the tool (guns) driving this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equal, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths. Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths?
All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault; all are done by criminals to victims and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. That’s why they are criminals.
But what of other deaths?
40,000+ die from a drug overdose – THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!
36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths.
34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities (exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide).
Now it gets good…
200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical malpractice.
You are safer in Chicago than you are in a hospital!
710,000 people die per year from heart disease. Time to stop the cheeseburgers!
So what is the point?
If the anti-gun movement focused their attention on heart disease, even 10% a decrease would save twice the lives annually of all gun related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.).
A 10% reduction in malpractice would be 66% of the total gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides.
Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions!
So you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns?
It’s pretty simple.
Taking away guns gives control to governments. This is not a conspiracy theory; this is a historical fact.
Why is it impossible for the government to spill over into a dictatorship? Why did the Japanese not even attempt to attack California in WWII? Because as they put it, there is a gun behind every blade of grass.
The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did. They too tried to disarm the populace of the colonies because it is not difficult to understand; a disarmed populace is a controlled populace. Thus, the second amendment was proudly and boldly included in the constitution. It must be preserved at all costs.
So the next time someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, look at these facts and remember these words from Noah Webster:
“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power.”
The Oregon legislature comes into session soon and once again they are eyeing passing legislation which will restrict your rights under the law to possess certain firearms and thus to protect yourself with a firearm if necessary. The will try to tell you that they are doing it for your own good. That we know is a lie. They are doing it for their own good. As the Governor took away state employee rights to carry in public buildings, so they want to take away our right to keep and possess those firearms we choose with which to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We must make a strong united statement that any further attempts to erode our firearms rights will not be tolerated. Re-read the above if you have any doubt in your mind.
Well, that is all for now. More maybe next month if the world keeps turning and the sun doesn’t get too close to the earth. Until then, shoot straight, keep em in the ten ring, be safe on the range, be vigilant and protective of your freedoms, and God bless the USA.
The following new members recently joined or rejoined the club: John Sohrt, Robert Collin, Jeremy Turner, Stevie Torneskog, Robert Richardson, Joel Lyman, Joe Peters, Jonathan Barricklow, Darold Pedersen, Ronald McConnell, and Patrick Mahoney.
To all those who came out to the work party on January 29, 2016.
Thank you for your help and support.
Those who participated accomplished a great amount of work.
Outdoor Range Officer