Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 15th, National Buy a Gun Day 2016

It's that time of year again.....and this is your friendly reminder to buy a gun with your tax refund....I'm sure many of you have already done this...

Many local gun stores run specials during tax refund season....
Browning is once again offering a rebate if you buy one of their guns this month, check out the deal here

Remington is offering a similar rebate, see details here

Of course annoying the left is just one reason to buy more guns

The left's flawed logic says that more guns = more "gun violence" when statistics show the opposite: During the same time the number of concealed carry laws became less restrictive and guns became more prevalent, the homicide rate declined and continues to fall.

The map below shows the evolution of the right to carry a concealed weapon in the United States for the last 30 years. 

In 1986 only a handful of states were "Shall Issue" (meaning the state or local authorities had to issue a permit unless the requested was barred from possessing a firearm). Only one state had "constitutional carry" (the right to carry open or concealed without any permit) and that was Vermont. 
As of this writing eight more States have changed their laws to allow constitutional carry (although some allow this only for residents of the state) with a 9th being added in June (West Virginia).

According to Wikipedia and based on a compilation of data from polls and other sources, the U.S. has 112.6 guns per 100 residents, which equates to 363 million guns. I think that number is low, I believe the number is closer to 400 million or maybe even higher. 
Between 1998 and 2014 the FBI performed 202,536,522 NICS background checks for firearm purchases. Some of these were used guns, changing hands, some were new guns replacing broken or traded in firearms...but it gives you an indication of how many guns are in private hands.

A lot of people will simply not answer a poll (remember the hoopla over the census a couple of years ago?). Others would never admit to owning any guns, or would not provide the real number. 
Many are fearful of the government and providing information on gun ownership could fuel the movement to take away gun rights.
Others may not even know the exact number they own. Still others may have stated that they do not own any firearms while forgetting about Grandpa's old shotgun or the .22 rifle in the garage.

The U.S. is by far the most armed county in the world, the number two country is Cyprus with 70 guns per 100 people. If the logic of the left worked, the U.S. would be the most deadly nation on the planet, correct?...not so.

By way of comparison the U.S. ranked 115th (among UN countries reporting data) in the homicide rate. Incidentally Cyprus (the second most armed nation) ranked 156th. 

It has been argued (by Bill Whittle and others) that if we removed the unbalanced murder rates from cities like New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago and Baltimore from the calculation our number would be one of the lowest in the world. (In the video Bill is using data from 2012). It is pretty obvious our murder rate is unfairly skewed by cities rampant with crime and Democratic Party policies.

Further proof that the U.S. is overall a very peaceful place to live and visit shows up in the number of tourists who visit the U.S. every year.

According to Wikipedia the U.S. is the second most visited country in the world for tourists (just behind France).

I didn't mean for this to turn into a post about statistics, but you may need debate ammo in the event someone tries to dissuade you from buying another firearm.

This is a chance to buy a durable good whose value will remain steady or very likely increase in the future. There aren't too many items you can buy these days that will increase in value...In addition you will be strengthening the "Arsenal of Democracy"

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