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Gun Control: Ideology or Reality?
created: 7/16/2019 7:56 PM in OPINION

GUN CONTROL:  Ideology or Reality?


Ideology or Reality

If you had the opportunity to make a vast majority of public mass shootings go away tomorrow, would you do it?  I am sure you would agree that is a pretty bold statement to make.  Fact of the matter is, it is totally possible.

First, what is the definition of a public mass shooting?  According to the FBI, it is a crime committed by a person with a firearm where 3 or more people are killed in the same time frame and location.  That number was reduced from 4 to 3 in 2013.  Another definition to establish is, what is a gun free zone?  Gun free zones are places, public or private, where ordinary citizens cannot carry a firearm.

The final piece of this puzzle is to establish how many public mass shootings were done in gun free zones.  It is important to note these statistics do not include gang or drug violence shootings.  Statistics shown are from the CPRC (Crime Prevention Research Center).

Since 2015, there have been 5 events in non-gun free zones and 7 events in gun free zones.

Given the actual numbers and facts I think the answer is clear.  Eliminating gun free zones would have saved 494 lives from 1998 to the present.  In addition, the murderers who did survive, and taken into custody, indicated they purposely picked gun free venues because they figured people would obey the law and not be armed.  They also knew they would have the most impact for publicity purposes.  Unfortunately for the victims they were correct.  I would like to point out there have been no lives lost to gun mass shootings at gun shops or gun competition events.  This is the reality.

Now for the ideology aspect of gun control.  Recently, Governor Northam of Virginia called a special session of the Virginia legislature to address gun control following the public mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He put forth 10 gun control action items that would have done nothing to prevent this horrible event.  In his own words, the Governor lamented, if these items pass and save one life they are worth it.  Well Governor, statistics show you could have saved 12 lives by doing one simple act and that is lift the restriction on government employees not being able to carry a firearm while at work in government buildings.  I am sure you do not need the state legislature to do that.  In Virginia as it stands now, any person that can carry a firearm legally can do so in any government building that is not connected to or has access to a courthouse.  The problem is if you are a government employee at work you cannot.  This drives home my point that this has always been about ideology and control and not about saving lives.  This is also where the press has been historically complicit in the ideology of gun control.  I find it interesting the state flag of Virginia has the following on it, Sic Semper Tyrannis…..this is a Latin phrase that means "Thus always to tyrants," derived from "Sic semper evello mortem tyrannis," ("Thus always I bring death to tyrants"). If the state and federal legislators were truly about saving lives they would do away with gun free zones.

Our Founders did not intend the Second Amendment to be about hunting or sport shooting.  It is intended to be about preserving the other nine Bill of Rights and to act as a deterrent against any future tyrannical government.  Additionally, it is about the right of the citizenry to have the means of protecting themselves from harm.  That was why Thomas Jefferson once wrote "The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed."

Bob Lambert

Toano, Virginia


created: 7/16/2019 7:56 PM in OPINION

cormax commented on 5/7/2023 8:39 PM
Now that hb 1240 has passed in Washington state the black market will take over production and sales and it is not bound by the law like the stores were. There will be fully automatic weapons , silencers amd other military hardware for sale and no tracking and no tax revenue for this states government from it. Gun control just created out of control
Dr.Glockter commented on 7/11/2020 3:36 AM
Fantastic article Bob Lambert! Thank you for taking a stand for truth and freedom.
LeoJanx77 commented on 2/21/2020 2:21 PM
You want to get pissed off??? Google the Suffolk County NY press conference on Chesters Gun Store in Ronkonkoma, NY!!! The language these Cops use is like they have been brainwashed by a Nazi General himself!!.. VERY SCARY stuff and Practically impossible to imagine it takes place within the borders of the US..
Jjmcdonald7911 commented on 12/17/2019 6:13 PM
The facts are not important to the discussion. As we find in Virginia, the emotional agitation is all that is necessary. Virginia will soon join NYC with respect to "Reasonable Gun Control" and New Jersey with respect to "Reasonable Licenseure"
MatthewDrobnick commented on 10/28/2019 2:24 PM
They don't include drive by shootings because the narrative fails. The vast majority of gun deaths is self inflicted, right 2/3rds, the remaining 90% is black and Latino gang related with mostly stolen or illegally obtained firearms. The 2016 FBI crime statistics has all the data anyone needs. 80% of United States counties have 0 or 1 gun death per year, meanwhile 2% of counties are responsible for about 54% of gun related deaths. Guess what counties and guess what races? Whites are generally speaking significantly less likely to commit violent crimes and especially, when factoring in drive by shootings since they technically meet the definition of mass murder, blacks are again vastly overrepresented when it comes to murder with a firearm. The problem isn't guns, it's overwhelmingly low IQ minorities without fathers. Thems be the facts
1945djh commented on 10/16/2019 9:48 PM
Regardless of these stats being "100%" accurate or not, it does make a point that “Gun Free Zones” are ideal taget places for killers! Those of us who pay attention, know that ALL mass shootings are done by wackos! So it makes perfect sense that the leftist democrat party wants to confiscate weapons from We the People who are NOT wackos and who do not commit mass killings! Take ALL of the guns away from normal every gun owners and the wacko criminals amongst our population and there still will be mass killings! The agenda is not about "gun safety" as they lie to us. It’s about control, not gun control but FREEDOM control. Wake up America. Thanks Armslist for sharing the truth. Unfortunately, only we gun savvy folks read this here. The average uneducated person gets their info from the lying fake media!
MurBob commented on 8/19/2019 1:25 AM
The CPRC (Crime Prevention Research Center) is a far right wing wacko information source. I like, just bought a rifle from HobbyTime Motorsports. An LE6920. I'm a strong supporter of our 2nd amendment rights, but when folks post information from right wing propaganda websites, it harms your own reputation. It associates with organizations willing to lie and create propaganda to push an agenda. Honor and integrity are important and right (or left) wing propaganda websites harm your own repuation. This will, in turn, harm the popularity of your website. It says that you're willing to lie and make up facts to push an agenda, and that's bad.
Erwin Susila, S.E. - Consultancy & Market Research commented on 8/18/2019 6:39 AM
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Boomertheboxer commented on 8/12/2019 1:07 AM
This is mind boggling, at the least. Not that I could not have expected the results, but I can’t even begin to imagine how the average person can’t see this. In perspective, cars kill more people annually than mass shooters do, we can all agree on that, right? So why aren’t the people who are pushing for the restrictions and banning of certain types of firearms not pushing to outlaw cars? Another example is drugs are illegal, so no one can get them, right? When is this thinking going to stop? Let the sensibly well trained US citizens police themselves and the citizens that are not comfortable to use firearms. There is nothing wrong In the least with not being comfortable using or owning firearms. I can tell everyone this, for fact, the only people who know that I am carrying when I do, is the people who I inform, ie my family. Those who are not comfortable with me carrying or don’t want to know, don't have to, and they never will. They can just thank me if, and when I confront and disable the mass shooter or any other threat. Just because you are not comfortable with firearms, does not mean well trained and firearm competent people are not. We should have the right to carry when and where we want. Oh yeah, I think that there is some type of law or amendment or legislative......... not sure, I forget.
[email protected] commented on 8/9/2019 11:05 PM
Your chart, data, and source are definitely suspect. As of July 31, 2019, 248 mass shootings have occurred in 2019. This averages out to 1.2 shootings per day. In these shootings, 979 people were injured and 246 died (for a total of 1,325 victims). See for a description and link to each of these incidents.
MarkF1955 commented on 8/2/2019 9:59 AM
"Since 2015, there have been 5 events in non-gun free zones and 7 events in gun free zones." Is that a typo?
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