This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 10, 2014:
Last Friday, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs announced that its totalitarian Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will become effective on Christmas Eve. The good news is that the treaty has no chance of being ratified by either the lame duck Senate this year or the 114th Senate next year.
Its terms are positively evil:
- Article 2 denies the right of civilians to own, buy, sell, trade or otherwise transfer “all means of armed resistance”;
- Article 3 places the “ammunition/munitions fired, launched, or delivered by the conventional arms covered under Article 2” within the scope of the treaty’s prohibitions, as well;
- Article 4 includes all “parts and components” of weapons in its prohibitions; while
- Article 5 sets up a “national control system, including a national control list” to “apply the provisions of this Treaty to the broadest range of conventional arms.”
The UN bureaucrats know that control of all guns in the hands of the state makes THEM safer from citizens who would otherwise pose a threat to their plans. Adolph Hitler put it this way:
The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms.
History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.
Mao Tse Tung agreed:
All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns. That way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.
The latest poll from Gallup shows that, despite the decades-long attack on the Second Amendment by the gun-controllers, Americans are increasingly favoring owning guns to keep themselves safe from criminals, both foreign and domestic. As Thomas Jefferson said, “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government. So let us tie down the second with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”
The results published by Gallup on the same day as the UN announcement were dramatic:
The percentage of Americans who say that having a gun in the home makes that household safer has drastically climbed over the past eight years.
Indeed it has. A majority of Americans now think that having a gun at home makes that home safer, double the percentage thinking so back in 2000. According to Gallup, 63 percent of those polled now believe the presence of a gun makes a household safer, compared to just 35 percent back then. The change is across the board: men, women, whites, nonwhites, Republicans and Independents. Geographically, too, with more than half of those living the East, Midwest, South or West all holding the same opinion. The only ones still clinging to old myths are the Democrats, 41 percent of whom think guns make homes safer while a majority of them still think guns are somehow inherently dangerous. But even that is a 13-point percentage jump in less than 15 years.
The Gallup Poll results merely confirm other polls taken over the last 18 months. The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reported last year that gun-related homicides dropped by 39 percent from 1993 to 2011, while non-fatal firearm crimes dropped an astonishing 69 percent. Pew Research did a 20-year study that almost matched the results from the DOJ: a 49 percent decline in the homicide rate over that period and a 75 percent decline of non-fatal violent crime.
All of which is just as John Lott (pictured above) pointed out in his More Guns, Less Crime republished in 2010: states that allow concealed carry permits show a steady and predictable decline in violent crime whether at home or not. Lott said it was not only empirical but logical as well: the more citizens arm themselves, the less likely they are to be attacked by a criminal who knows his chances of being met by armed resistance continue to increase. That criminal has another problem: determining who’s carrying and who isn’t. Even in communities where only a small percentage of the population carry a concealed sidearm, crime continues to diminish – a nice “neighborhood effect” for the rest of the folks who don’t.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) looked at the issue from a slightly different perspective, but came up with the same result. In 1993, the “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate was 6.6 for every 100,000 Americans, but by 2011 that rate had been cut in half, to 3.2. As AWR Hawkins noted at Breitbart last December:
After all of the pro-gun control grandstanding and the relentless focus on how the so-called easy availability of guns drives up crime, [this] CRS report shows that more guns … has actually correlated with less crime.
Each of these polls reflects a better educated public in the face of that “grandstanding” by the anti-gunners. For them, a fair restatement of the Second Amendment goes like this:
A well-educated citizenry, being necessary to the culture of a free state, the right of the people to keep and read books shall not be infringed.
A well-read citizenry becomes a well-armed citizenry, posing an insurmountable obstacle to UN criminals who know that what Hitler and Mao said remains true. The more Americans arm themselves with guns, the greater self-interest they have in keeping them away from the clutches of those UN thugs and a national government working in cahoots with them. From Gallup, Pew, the CRS, and the BJS, it’s all good news. For the gang at the United Nations, not so much.
Investors Business Daily: Americans now agree: Guns make homes safer
Amazon: More Guns Less Crime 2010