Drug-Addicted Gang Members Rape and Torture a Defenseless British Couple

There is a common misconception that gun bans prevent heinous crimes from being committed.  Nowhere does this flawed belief seem to be more entrenched than Britain, where guns are so strictly banned that their Olympic pistol team must leave the county to practice their sport.  Sadly, as a recent news case shows, gun bans don’t stop such terrible crimes from occurring.  Instead, such laws only ensure that crime victims are without the best means of self defense yet invented by … Continued

Race, Personal Responsibility, and Self Defense: A Follow-Up Discussion about the Self Defense Shooting of Hakeem Birch

Back in November of 2008, I discussed the self defense shooting of 19 year old armed robber Hakeem Birch by his victim, a barber shop owner in Philadelphia, PA.  Recently, relatives of that deceased robber have come to this website and left a variety of comments- including personal attacks, legal threats, and demands that I remove that article.  Most interesting, Diante Pryer seemed to suggested that Hakeem Birch’s decision to engage in the violent crime of armed robbery was not … Continued

My Response to an Anti-Gun New York Times Editorial

The New York Times recently published an anti-gun editorial, entitled “The Gun Lobby’s Long Shadow.” In that editorial, the author engages in the sort of anti-gun fear-mongering that has become all too common in the mainstream media, and also attempts to portray the “gun lobby” as a few aloof individuals, rather than a group of millions of law abiding, gun owning Americans.  Quotes from that editorial, and my responses, can be seen below:

A Misguided Self Defense Tool: the Rape-aXe

I’ve previously discussed misguided self defense tools that can’t hold a candle to the self defense effectiveness of a firearm.  Out of South Africa, the “rape capital” of the world, comes a well-intentioned self defense tool that I fear will do more harm than good:

Why Laws that Ban Handguns but Allow Long Guns (shotguns/rifles) are Still Wrongful

I recently received an email from a gentleman who asserted that long guns (rifles/shotguns) are more effective for self defense than handguns, and that it therefore stands to reason that a handgun ban is reasonable so long as citizens are permitted to own long guns.  This is a viewpoint that I’ve heard before, espoused by those note that criminals use handguns more than any other type of gun, and believe that a handgun ban is therefore the appropriate governmental response.  … Continued

British Gun Control Continues to Fail: Convicted Murderer Released from Prison, Kills Another Defenseless Victim

As reported, Ernest Wright is a 68 year old British man who has been convicted of two murders.  The first murder conviction came in 1973, after he beat Trevor Hale to death with an iron bar, then tried (unsuccessfully) to burn Hale’s body in a shallow grave. Wright served 26 years in prison for that crime, and was then released.  In March of 2009, Wright (illegally) armed himself with a shotgun, covered his face with a mask, and broke into … Continued

Another Mass Killing in a “Gun Free” Zone

Those opposed to gun rights like to suggest that mass killings are a result of American gun rights.  A recent news report from China, where guns are strictly controlled, shows that mass killings can be committed using objects other than guns – and that disarming the law abiding members of society simply leaves them vulnerable to mentally disturbed killers:

“Outrage of the Week”

Below is a recent article from the NRA, which discusses how a law abiding gun owner was jailed for 4 days then dragged through a lengthy legal nightmare, due to a combination of unreasonable gun control laws and poor judgment upon the part of those whose duty it is to enforce those laws: This week’s Outrage concerns a legal case that comes to us from New Jersey, where a well-meaning firearm owner, through a series of events that were no … Continued

More Chicago Injustice

A pair of home invasions, which both recently took place on the South Side of Chicago, highlight the injustice (and ineffectiveness) of the Chicago handgun ban.

Empirical Arguments in Favor of Gun Rights Shouldn’t be Necessary

During the last two years, I’ve written over 1,000 articles which argue in favor of gun rights.  I’ve discussed how gun bans don’t work in this country or other counties, and instead only ensure that law abiding citizens are defenseless against the still-armed criminals.  I’ve also discussed the benefits of gun ownership for self defense, and provided numerous examples of armed citizens saving themselves from violent criminals.  While I enjoy writing such articles, and plan to do so for years … Continued

“Jogger killed by wolves shows wisdom of national park gun rule change”

I’ve previously discussed the need for concealed carry in national parks, so that law abiding citizens would be in the best position possible to defend themselves against violent criminals in our national parks.  However, two-legged attackers are not the only threat to those who visit national parks, as a recent article from Kurt Hofmann, the St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner, discusses:

My Response to Lara Marlowe’s Anti Gun Article

Lara Marlowe recently published an anti gun article on IrishTimes.com.  The article calls Americans irrational for owning guns, and makes a variety of factually flawed anti gun arguments.  Relevant portions of the article, and my responses, are below:

My Responses to Starbucks Barista Erik Forman’s Anti Gun Comments

The Brady Campaign recently began targeting Starbucks, hoping to force the coffee retailer to prevent its law abiding customers from lawfully carrying a gun for self defense.  Starbucks responded that it is in the business of selling coffee, rather than gun regulation, and wishes to leave gun regulation to the government. Undeterred, anti-gun Starbucks employee Erik Forman made the following anti gun statements, with which I find myself in disagreement:

A Gun Misrepresentation in Court

My new job has me spending a good deal of time in court, which is generally quite exciting and enjoyable.  However, a recent court proceeding that I observed reminded me that gun misinformation doesn’t stop at the courthouse door:

A Website Dedicated to the “Modern Sporting Rifle”

I’ve previously discussed how the AR-15 is properly called a “modern sporting rifle” instead of an “assault weapon.”  Along those lines, I would like to point out Modern-Sporting-Rifle.com, which is a website dedicated to this issue. . . . be an informed gun owner and to use the following facts to correct misconceptions about these rifles. Support the cause and banish the term Assault Weapon from any conversation. Replace it with “MSR” or Modern Sporting Rifle. [Read more here.]

“Fables, Myths & Other Tall Tales about GUN LAWS, CRIME and CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS”

I would encourage everyone to check out either the online version or the downloadable (PDF) version of the NRA’s “Fables, Myths & Other Tall Tales about GUN LAWS, CRIME and CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS” pamphlet.  It debunks many anti-gun myths, and should be of help when debating gun rights with those who take as fact the anti gun and anti self defense propaganda which saturates the mainstream media.

My Response to an Anti Gun Article from a Feminist Website

In an article entitled “Women pack gats,” a feminist writer makes a variety of anti gun statements while lamenting the fact that more and more women are becoming gun owners.  In the process of doing so, she displays blatant racism and a lack of knowledge on the issue of guns.  Quoted sections of that article, and my responses, are below:

“The Truth about the Brady Campaign and their use of suicide statistics in Wyoming”

I’ve previously discussed the misperceptions surrounding guns and suicide, including the anti gun suicide prevention training I received at work.  Along those lines, I would like to point out an article from Wyoming Gun Owners, which discusses the Brady Campaign’s attempt to misuse suicide statistics to justify their gun control agenda: About .02 percent of the population of Wyoming committed suicide and of that number 77% used a firearm to do so . . . [The Brady Campaign] take[s] this … Continued

The Importance of Always Carrying

Concealed carry enables law abiding citizens to legally carry a gun for self defense against violent criminals.  As case after case shows, having a gun puts a crime victim in the best position possible to defend themselves and their loved ones.  However, in order for concealed carry to be effective, one must actually carry their gun.  A recent case from Indianapolis, IN highlights that point:

Help Promote Self Defense and Gun Rights

Each week, I discuss a few of the many self defense cases that have occurred.  In each of those cases, a citizen has defended themselves against an act of violence, often defending their loved ones at the same time.  Society benefits as well, since a criminal who has been fatally shot, shot and apprehend by the police, or held at gunpoint until the police arrive will be taken off the streets. Sadly, there is no shortage of cases where a … Continued

The Self Defense Shooting of Joel LaFromboise and his Father’s Response

Police in Moorhead, MN recently finished their investigation of a June, 2009 self defense shooting.  This lengthy investigation concluded that the citizen who fired in self defense was justified in doing so.  The details of that self defense case, comments made by the father of the dead home invader, and my thoughts are below:

Having Children is a Reason to Own Guns – not a reason to get rid of guns

I’ve heard of gun owners who decided to get rid of their guns when their children were born, on the theory that the guns were a danger to the children.  I find myself in wholehearted disagreement with such a decision, as it renders one’s household more vulnerable to criminals, and since proper gun storage and gun safety education virtually eliminate the risk that a child will find and misuse a gun:

More Untruthful Brady Campaign Propaganda

As I mentioned a couple days ago, a recent law was passed allowing Amtrak travelers to check their firearms with their baggage.  This change to the law does not allow passengers to carry their guns on their person while riding Amtrak.  Instead, it just allows guns to be check in locked baggage, away from the passenger compartment, the same way that guns can be checked when traveling by air.  Below is an email the Brady Campaign sent out about this … Continued

Self Defense is All About the Victim – not the attacker

I recently received an email which discussed the idea that a crime victim might not be justified in using deadly force against an attacker, if that attacker were themselves a “victim” of their situation.  The idea was that shooting an uneducated and impoverished attacker in self defense might be wrong because the attacker is themselves the “victim of an unjust society.”  Even if, just for the sake of argument, the attacker really were the

Armed Robber Shoots Victim who Fully Cooperated

As reported, a 67 year old St Louis, MO man was arriving at the medical center where he worked when an armed robber approached.  The robber is said to have demanded the man’s wallet and car keys, which the man handed over.  Despite having received the man’s full cooperation, the armed robber

Any Violent Attack Can Constitute a “Deadly Threat”

Those individuals who criticize a crime victim’s self defense actions often argue that the crime victim didn’t need to defend themselves with deadly force.  As part of their argument, those individuals will generally suggest that the attacking criminal wasn’t (yet) a deadly threat, and that the shooting of the criminal by the victim was therefore improper.  Firstly, I would note that not every state requires that there be a threat to one’s life before deadly force may be used. However, … Continued

An Open Letter to the Relatives of Criminals who were Shot in Self Defense

I’ve previously discussed how the relatives of criminals who are shot in self defense often blame the victim, and sometimes go so far as to make (baseless) legal threats against those discussing the self defense shooting.  My comments to the relatives of criminals who have been shot by their would-be victims are below:

Dead Criminals’ Relatives Attempt to Block Discussions of Self Defense

Each week, I discuss a tiny percentage of the armed self defense cases that occur.  My goals include raising awareness of the fact that armed citizens successfully defend themselves every day, pointing out the less obvious benefits of armed self defense, and debunking the anti self defense myths that pervade the mainstream media. Over the last few months, I’ve noticed more and more relatives and friends of dead criminals, who were fatally shot in self defense by their would-be victims, … Continued

“Laws make bad memorials”

I would like to point out an article from the National Post (a Canadian newspaper).  The article discusses how some individuals opposed to gun rights in Canada acknowledge that the long gun registration law is ineffective at preventing crime – yet continue to strongly support the law because they view it as a “monument erected to the memory” of

Colorado State University Bans Concealed Carry on Campus

Colorado State University (CSU) was one of the few schools that allowed students with concealed carry permits to carry on campus.  Last Friday, the CSU Board of Governors voted to ban concealed carry, despite overwhelming support for concealed carry from the university’s student government.  In doing so, the CSU Board of Governors ignored the tragics lesson taught by just about every mass shooting that our country has suffered:

Armed Self Defense Against Animal Attacks

Nowadays, armed self defense often involves a citizen using their firearm to stop a violent criminal, rather than an attacking animal.  However attacks by animals remain a real concern, regardless of where one lives.  A few examples illustrate this point:

“Arming ships beats UN whining”

The time that I would normally spend writing an article for this website was instead spent on a behind-the-scenes tour of an upcoming collectible gun action.  An attorney with whom I work in involved with the auction, and was kind enough to invite me over a few days before the auction starts.  It was truly amazing to handle firearms that were older than our country, and to realize that some of them were worth more than 10 years of my … Continued

Supporting Armed Self Defense and Opposing Capital Punishment is Not Hypocritical

I recently conversed with a coworker about the issue of armed self defense, and expressed my support for the right of law abiding citizens to use a gun to defend themselves.  This same coworker knew that I was strongly opposed to the death penalty, and thought that my support of armed self defense and opposition to capital punishment were hypocritical.  As I explained to that coworker, there is no hypocrisy in supporting armed self defense and opposing capital punishment:

Robbery versus Theft: A Followup Discussion with Bill Dwyer

I’ve previously discussed how robbery is a violent crime against the victims person, and that this violence makes robbery far more serious than theft.  A couple weeks ago, I discussed the fact that Oak Park’s handgun ban doesn’t stop armed robbers from having a gun, but instead only ensures that law abiding Oak Park residents are deprived of the right to own a handgun for self defense.  I mentioned

The AR-15: The Modern Sporting Rifle

Below is a great video clip about AR-15-pattern rifles, which is produced by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.  The video clip does a nice job explaining how an AR-15 is properly called a “modern sporting rifle,” rather than an “assault weapon.”

My Response to Mike Stanfill’s Follow-up Anti Gun Article and Statements

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a response to Mike Stanfill’s anti gun article entitled “Dum-Dum Nation.” A longtime LearnAboutGuns.com reader (and contributor of gun-related news stories) named Anders emailed Mike Stanfill to express his polite disagreement with those inaccurate anti gun statements.  Anders and Mr. Stanfill exchanged a few emails; however the discussion soon degraded into little more than Mr. Stanfill launching personal attacks against Anders, and culminated with Mr. Stanfill producing a second (and equally flawed) anti gun … Continued

The Anti-Gun Suicide-Prevention Training I Received at Work

As I’ve previously mentioned, I’m an attorney who works for the Federal Government.  One of the things that the Federal Government emphasizes is employee training; both in terms of training to better perform or jobs, as well as safety-related training that doesn’t really relate to our jobs.  In the interest of preventing suicides, our entire office was recently made to attend a 90 minute long suicide prevention class.  This class was given by a person (an attorney, coincidentally) who attempted … Continued

Opposing a Good Cause for a Misguided Reason

Earlier this month, a pink Smith & Wesson M&P pistol (which was customized to the specifications of chamion competitive shooter Julie Goloski Golob) was auctioned on GunBroker.com by the seller Donna’s Store (donnasstore).  The seller of this pistol pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds to a breast cancer awareness charity.  Rather than acknowledging the commendable philanthropic effort on the part of the seller, and the benefit of arming more women for self defense, the Center for Media and … Continued

My Response to Mike Stanfill’s Anti-Gun Article Entitled “Dum-Dum Nation”

In his post entitled “Dum-Dum Nation,” Mike Stanfill makes a variety of anti gun statements that are factually inaccurate.  The article begins with the text “If America had the same, sane gun-ownership laws as the rest of the civilized world,” then proceeds with the following quoted statements. My response follow those quotes from his post: