Friday, December 21, 2012

Gun marketing program to counterattack at 9:45 a.m.

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Somewhere in Cyberspace – The marketing department has a point.

Since 1968, gun ownership has doubled, while murders committed by gunmen have diminished by half, according to a Congressional Research Service study.

That will be the central focus and talking point for the gun lobby's counterattack to a media onslaught calling for tighter gun control and a ban on assault rifles.

The countering advocacy for gun ownership will air on the National Rifle Association's four websites in live streaming at 10:45 a.m. Eastern time, 9:45 Central.

The gun lobby has waited a decent interval since the tragic mass murders committed on Friday at Newtown, Connecticut. The NRA, Gun Owners of America, and other gun ownership advocacy lobbies have maintained a respectful silence.

Today, the worm turns.

Catch Wayne LaPierre and company live on:
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The figures are impressive, to say the least. According to a report written for Congressmen, the estimated murder rate peaked in 1974 at 9.8 victims per 100,000, and again in 1980 at 9.8 – 9.5 in 1993.

Firearms related murders for the same periods were 6.6 per 100,000 in 1974; 6.4 in 1980; 6.5 in 1991. Starting in 1993, the rate decreased dramatically to a low of 5.5 per 100,000 in population in the year 2000, and leveled off in the years 2010 and 2011.
Similarly, youth killings with guns dropped from 1,975 in 1993 to 887 in 2009.

Gun ownership in 1968 was one for every two people in the nation.

Today, it is roughly one per person – double the 1968 figure.

The NRA reported earlier in the month that membership applications are up across the board by a large percentage, and gun manufacturers are reporting solid growth statistics and sales figures.

Certainly, the tragic attack on the elementary school kids in Connecticut has had no effect on gun sales. According to national news reports, gun sales since Friday have been “astronomical.”

According to Karl Durkheimer, an owner of a gun store in Portland, Oregon, “We have customers coming in who are worried for their personal safety. There is no question that sales are leated...” Mr. Durkeimer, who owns Northwest Armory, attributed a large part of accelerated gun sales to President Obama's emotional response and his vow to take assault weapons out of the hands of the public and all firearms out of the hands of persons with a history of mental difficulties.

The Congressional Research Service report on proposed legislation for the 112th Congress includes background information on such issues as high capacity magazine feed mechanism, classification of assault, machine, fully automatic and semiautomatic weapons, and mental competency issues for veterans or any others adjudicated mentally disturbed to the point of incompetence.

“Interestingly, the Veterans Medical Administration has not submitted any disqualifying records on VA medical care recipients to the FBI for inclusion in NICS for any medical/psychiatric reason (like PTSD)” the report concludes. It is noted that in cases where legal authorities have ordered a veteran to an involuntary commitment at a VA facility, it is left up to the states to inform the FBI of the issue of mental incompetency, “if legally appropriate.”

Similarly, the report details the state of proposed legislation and the federal regulations regarding what records will be released to the FBI under the terms of the Affordable Health Care Act of 2010.

One may read the entire report by clicking here:

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