2019 Was a Bad Year for ‘Only Cops Should Have Guns’

Ryan McMaken | January 2, 2020 – This article has been republished from the Mises Institute.

On December 29, an armed gunman entered the West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas and shot two members of the congregation. Within six seconds, a third member of the congregation drew a weapon and shot the gunman dead.

The events were captured on live-streamed video, with the dramatic events – in the minds of many observers – highlighting the benefits of privately owned firearms as a defense against armed criminals. Moreover, the gunman, who had a criminal history, obtained his gun illegally, and demonstrated one of the central pitfalls of the gun-control narrative: namely, that those with criminal intent are not easily restrained by laws controlling access to firearms.

Nonetheless, many media outlets were unable to bring themselves to admit that privately owned firearms in this case were the key to preventing a wider massacre. After all, had the congregation waited around for the police to arrive, it is unknown how effective a police response could have been. Nor is it clear that had the police arrived quickly, they would have immediately engaged the shooter or even engaged the right person.

These considerations were not sufficient to divert many media observers from their insistence that private gun ownership is helpful in situations like these. Both government agents and their media boosters continue to insist that even well-meaning ordinary citizens ought not be trusted with firearms and that what is really needed are “experts” with government-approved police training.

Elvia Diaz at the Arizona Republic demonstrated this premise well when she wrote:

The reality of Wilson’s heroism is a lot more complex. He wasn’t just an ordinary parishioner, as gun advocates may want you to believe. The church’s volunteer security team member is a firearms instructor, gun range owner and former reserve deputy with a local sheriff’s department, according to a New York Times detailed account.

In other words, he’s exactly the kind of man you want around with a firearm. But we know nothing about the at least six other parishioners who also appeared to draw their handguns at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. 

And that’s terrifying.

To many people who aren’t left-leaning journalists, it is hardly “terrifying” that some other private citizens of unknown expertise were armed in the congregation. After all, these people never fired a shot once they saw the shooter had been incapacitated. None of them provided any reason to suspect they pose any risk to anyone else.

On the other hand, 2019 has provided plenty of reminders of what sort of “expertise” and heroism government-provided security forces offer.

In the spring of 2019, the parents of victims of the Parkland school shooting sued the Broward County school board and the sheriff’s office for failing to take timely action against the school shooter who killed seventeen people at the school in February 2018. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, police officers repeatedly sought to protect themselves rather than the victims in the school. An analysis of communications among law enforcement officers at the site of the massacre confirmed there were “at least two times a Broward deputy urges another officer to protect themselves, not confront the killer.”

Meanwhile, 2019 provided reminders that police officers will shoot citizens dead in their own homes for no justifiable reason, as was the case with Atatiana Jefferson on October 12. According to multiple accounts the shooter – a now former cop named Aaron Dean – entered Jefferson’s private property unannounced in the middle of the night. He peered into Jefferson’s windows, and within seconds, the officer had shot Jefferson dead. Jefferson had been playing video games with her nephew.

Also, in October, former police officer Amber Guyger was sentenced to ten years in prison for unlawfully shooting Botham Jean in his own apartment. At the time, Guyger was a police officer returning home from work. She illegally entered the wrong apartment and promptly shot Jean – the unit’s lawful resident – dead.

If there is anything that ought to be “terrifying” to ordinary Americans, it is not the idea that some law-abiding citizens might be carrying firearms. The far more terrifying thought is the knowledge that some police officers are so eager to murder residents in their own living rooms.

More Guns, More Crime?

These facts will no doubt fail to derail the usual media narrative that there are too many guns and that the police – the same people who shoot residents in their homes or cower behind cars when faced with real danger – will ensure public safety through weapons prohibitions and by generally “keeping us safe.”

Fortunately, the facts certainly offer little to support the idea that more legal gun ownership is a problem in terms of homicides.

According to 2019’s gun manufacturing data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF), total gun production and importation in the U.S. has increased significantly over the past twenty years. If we look at total guns produced in the U.S. (not counting those exported), added to total guns imported, we find that new gun production increased from around 4.5 million in 1998 to more than twelve million in 2017.1 Over that same period, homicide rates decreased from 6.3 per 100,000 to 5.3. In fact, after years of rising gun production, the U.S. homicide rate fell to a fifty-year low in 2014. This correlation doesn’t prove more guns reduce crime, of course. But this relationship strongly suggests that the benefits of increased gun ownership – namely greater self-defense capability on the part of private citizens – are greater than the potential costs.

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Moreover, new data on homicides released in September 2019 shows the homicide rate in the U.S. has fallen two years in a row since 2016, and is nearly down to half of the national homicide rates reported during the early 1990s.

Many states with weak gun-control laws are also among the states with the lowest homicide rates. For instance, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine – all of which have few gun restrictions – report remarkably low homicide rates. Other gun-permissive states like Utah, Iowa, and South Dakota all have homicide rates comparable to Canadian provinces, although we’re told Canada only has low homicide rates because of gun restrictions. Clearly there’s more behind the reality of violent crime than is suggested by the usual “more gun control means less crime” claims.

Many anti-private gun ownership activists continue to insist that only police officers and other government personnel ought to be carrying firearms, and that the police will protect the people from violence criminals. Yet, it’s unclear why the public ought to accept this rather strained claim. In 2019, police were repeatedly shown to endanger the public while pursuing their own safety. Meanwhile, the end of the year brought another case of private gun owners stopping a murderous gunman far more effectively than police ever could have. Nor was the Texas church case the only notable example we can recall this year. It is entirely possible, of course, that cases like these are not typical or representative examples of police behavior or what happens when armed criminals attack innocents. But there’s no denying the optics this year were bad for the pro-gun-control side. Faced with the choice of owning a gun for protection or trusting in police for protection, many apparently continue to choose the former.

Ryan McMaken is a senior editor at the Mises Institute and was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014

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Walmart – The anti-gun Left spoke louder than we did

. . . and Walmart listened!

Our efforts were not enough. Obviously the anti-gun Left spoke louder than we did.

Rather than rushing to Walmart to make that last minute ammunition purchase, you might want to consider buying your shooting supplies elsewhere. Walmart needs to feel the financial pain Dick’s Sporting Goods experienced a couple of years ago.

There are several other good resources to purchase economically priced ammunition. May I suggest Gander RV & Outdoors? After Walmart, Gander Outdoors has some of the best ammunition prices; other than online purchases, which is not a bad idea either.

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Reposted from August 11, 2019 . . . . .

The 2nd Amendment and our gun owner rights are under assault by the anti-gun Left’s attack on Walmart.

The Walmart executives most know that the sportsmen of America support their selling of firearms and ammunition. We must NOT allow the anti-gun Left to dictate Walmart merchandise sales policy!

Walmart is an all American business that embraces capitalism. Walmart executives base their business decisions on sales and profit.

Support Walmart and the 2nd Amendment by making a sporting goods purchase at your local Walmart this weekend. You can always use something, a hat, socks, ammunition, targets, cleaning supplies, tree stand, a gift for your nephew, niece, brother, wife or husband. You can think of something the sportsman or woman in your life can use. Christmas is only 4 months away.

Warren calls on Walmart to stop selling guns – August 9, 2019
Elizabeth Warren outlines sweeping new gun control plans – August 10, 2019

Fake News: Walmart does not sell ARs

Gun Protest Outside Parkland Walmart Draws Attention

By GINA PFINGSTEN – August 10, 2019

PARKLAND, FL- The chant of “people over profit” rang through the air of Parkland on Saturday morning. A passionate protest outside the Walmart on Coral Ridge Drive drew a crowd of supporters from the local community. The nonprofit Guns Down America organized a rally called “Walmart Must Act” aimed at creating change in Walmart’s policies.

Igor Volsky, Founder and Director of

Guns Down America, was on hand to lead the rally and speak with local supporters.

They showed up in throngs of 10s . . .

“We organized this rally to push Walmart to act on guns, including two specific things. One is to stop selling guns until we raise the standard for gun ownership, and the second is to stop giving contributions to NRA-backed lawmakers. Walmart is the largest seller of firearms in America. That means they have real leverage with the gun industry,” stated Volsky.

The peaceful but spirited crowd was upbeat in their cheering, as local traffic and drivers waved and honked to show support of the event. Over a hundred people were on hand, including family members of victims from the Stoneman Douglas tragedy.

“People are dying. Things need to change. If Walmart makes an announcement of change, that’s going to send a strong signal to the gun industry. And the same thing with the political donations. Why is it that the top recipients of NRA dollars also get money from Walmart. If Walmart wants to break the congressional log jam, they should announce they’re going to stop their giving. That’s really going to shake things up,” Volsky shared. “This is an opportunity for Walmart to lead and we’re asking them to do it.”

Gun Ban & Confiscation

“… if you are arrested for using an assault weapon, you’re going to have an aggravated felony,”

The cat is out of the bag. What the Left really wants . . .
Sen. Kristen Gillibrand’s interview with CNN host Poppy Harlow, August 14, 2019
2020 Dems embrace federal gun buyback program

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand’s interview with CNN host Poppy Harlow, August 14, 2019

“I think we should ban assault weapons as well as large magazines. As part of passing that ban, do a buyback program across the country so that those who own them can be compensated for the money they spent,” Gillibrand said. “You don’t want people to retain [these firearms]. Because, if you make them illegal, you don’t want to grandfather in all the assault weapons that are all across America. You would like people to sell them back to the government.”

And then came the question of truth: what happens if people don’t freely give up their firearms? Poppy Harlow asked just that, positting if Gillibrand would support prosecute those who refuse to relinquish their firearms.

“So the point is, if you are arrested for using an assault weapon, you’re going to have an aggravated felony,” the embattled Democratic candidate said. “The whole point is when you make it a crime to own an assault weapon, then if you are found using it, that would be the issue. So it would just be part of your law enforcement in terms of what you have access to.”

Weekend of action planned to pressure Walmart to stop selling guns

Purchase something in your local Walmart’s sporting goods department this weekend.

A coalition of unions and organizations are staging rallies nationwide
Weekend of action planned to pressure Walmart to stop selling guns.
Why Walmart is under attack by the anti-gun Left . . . .

The retailer (Walmart) also released for the first time some of the data for its own gun sales: Walmart estimates it has a 2% share of the U.S. firearms market and 20% of ammunition sales.

Counter the Left’s protest against Walmart by making a purchase in the sporting goods department of your local Walmart this weekend.

If you shoot, hunt or go to the range, there is always something you can use.

It is not about Walmart – It is about your gun rights

The 2nd Amendment and our gun owner rights are under assault by the anti-gun Left’s attack on Walmart.

The Walmart executives most know that the sportsmen of America support their selling of firearms and ammunition. We must NOT allow the anti-gun Left to dictate Walmart merchandise sales policy!

Walmart is an all American business that embraces capitalism. Walmart executives base their business decisions on sales and profit.

Support Walmart and the 2nd Amendment by making a sporting goods purchase at your local Walmart this weekend. You can always use something, a hat, socks, ammunition, targets, cleaning supplies, tree stand, a gift for your nephew, niece, brother, wife or husband. You can think of something the sportsman or woman in your life can use. Christmas is only 4 months away.

Warren calls on Walmart to stop selling guns – August 9, 2019
Elizabeth Warren outlines sweeping new gun control plans – August 10, 2019

Fake News: Walmart does not sell ARs

Gun Protest Outside Parkland Walmart Draws Attention

By GINA PFINGSTEN – August 10, 2019

PARKLAND, FL- The chant of “people over profit” rang through the air of Parkland on Saturday morning. A passionate protest outside the Walmart on Coral Ridge Drive drew a crowd of supporters from the local community. The nonprofit Guns Down America organized a rally called “Walmart Must Act” aimed at creating change in Walmart’s policies.

Igor Volsky, Founder and Director of

Guns Down America, was on hand to lead the rally and speak with local supporters.

They showed up in throngs of 10s . . .

“We organized this rally to push Walmart to act on guns, including two specific things. One is to stop selling guns until we raise the standard for gun ownership, and the second is to stop giving contributions to NRA-backed lawmakers. Walmart is the largest seller of firearms in America. That means they have real leverage with the gun industry,” stated Volsky.

The peaceful but spirited crowd was upbeat in their cheering, as local traffic and drivers waved and honked to show support of the event. Over a hundred people were on hand, including family members of victims from the Stoneman Douglas tragedy.

“People are dying. Things need to change. If Walmart makes an announcement of change, that’s going to send a strong signal to the gun industry. And the same thing with the political donations. Why is it that the top recipients of NRA dollars also get money from Walmart. If Walmart wants to break the congressional log jam, they should announce they’re going to stop their giving. That’s really going to shake things up,” Volsky shared. “This is an opportunity for Walmart to lead and we’re asking them to do it.”

In Support of The 2nd Amendment

Support Walmart and the 2nd Amendment – This weekend

Do something simple. Do something easy. Do something that provides immediate gratification.

Purchase something in the sporting goods department at your local Walmart Saturday, August 10th

The anti-2nd Amendment group March For Our Lives will be conducting a demonstration at the Coral Springs, Florida Walmart Saturday, August 10th, protesting Walmart’s sale of guns and ammunition.

You are not being asked to gather in counter protest. You are not being asked to march in the streets. You are not being asked to hold signs. You are not being asked to make phone calls or send letters.

You are simply being asked to make some sort of purchase in your local Walmart’s sporting goods department this weekend. Preferably Saturday, August 10th. If not Saturday, do it Sunday. But, make your purchase this weekend.

No matter where you live in the United States, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, this Saturday and Sunday go to YOUR local Walmart and simply buy a box of ammunition or some other firearm related merchandise.

Purchase that gun you were putting off buying. Purchase that gun for your nephew, grandson, husband or wife. Christmas is only 4 months away.

Even if it is a bit inconvenient, make that purchase this weekend! Let Walmart know we support them and the 2nd Amendment. Demonstrate with your wallet and your $$$$.

Show the anti-gun Left and the news media we are 2nd Amendment strong!

Support Walmart and the 2nd Amendment – This weekend

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RALLY CRY – Walmart under assault

Support Walmart and the 2nd Amendment – This weekend

Support Walmart and the 2nd Amendment – This weekend

Saturday, August 10th the anti-gun Left will be conducting a protest at the Coral Springs, Florida Walmart to protest Walmart’s sale of guns and ammunition.

You do NOT have to march, hold signs or publicly protest in anyway.

No matter where you live in the country, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, this Saturday and Sunday go to YOUR local Walmart and simply buy a box of ammunition or some other firearm related merchandise.

Purchase that gun you were putting off buying. Purchase that gun for your nephew, grandson, husband or wife. Christmas is only 4 months away.

Even if it is a bit inconvenient, make that purchase this weekend! Let Walmart know we support them and the 2nd Amendment. Vote with your $$$$$.

Demonstrate to the anti-gun Left and the news media we are 2nd Amendment strong!

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An Unarmed Citizenry

An example of when an unarmed citizenry is unable to defend itself . . . .

The following is an example of when an unarmed citizenry is unable to defend itself . . . .

4 dead, 2 wounded in California stabbing spree that lasted hours

August 8, 2019

(CNN) – A man killed four people during a stabbing rampage in Southern California before officers found his car parked outside a 7-Eleven convenience store and arrested him, authorities said. In addition to the people killed, the attacker left two wounded in multiple crime scenes in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, police said.
The victims killed included two people at the suspect’s apartment complex, a 7-Eleven security guard and one more person at a Subway restaurant.

4 dead, 2 wounded in Southern California stabbings
By ROBERT JABLON – August 8, 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who was “full of anger” went on a two-hour stabbing and robbery rampage in Southern California, killing four people and wounding two others, authorities said Wednesday.he people killed, the attacker left two wounded in multiple crime scenes in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, police said.

The knife wielding assailant killed more people with a knife than the Garlic Festival shooter did with a semi-automatic rifle.

September 17, 2016 – ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA

St. Cloud mall stabbings – St. Cloud, Minnesota

Ten people injured in stabbing melee

On September 17, 2016, a terrorist mass stabbing occurred at the Crossroads Center shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

At about 8:15 on the evening of September 17, an individual began stabbing patrons at the Crossroads Center shopping mall. He was armed with two steak knives, one 10 inches and the other 9 inches. The stabbings first began outside the mall, at a nutrition store, before the attacker entered the building, stabbed an electronics store employee, and ran past a couple of other stores towards the Target and Macy’s anchor stores.

Before the spree ended 10 people were injured in the stabbing, three of whom were hospitalized for non-life-threatening wounds. They were all stabbed or punched in the back, shoulder, head, neck, or face. The victims were of ages 15 to 53.

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