Saturday, February 2, 2013

DHS: the New "Duck and Cover"

The Department of Homeland Insecurity has released a video, "Surviving an Active Shooter":   

This is the logical next step to Senator Dianne Feinstein's preferred option for all of us when confronted with an active shooter, namely, to cower and die in place while waiting for "the authorities."  When asked after the Colorado theater shooting, wouldn't it be better if one or more of the trapped, unarmed victims in the "gun free" theater had been carrying a gun, she replied that, well, then you'd have a gunfight on your hands.  And nobody wants that!  Instead, a populace of helpless sheeple being slaughtered somehow makes her sleep better at night than the idea that armed citizens could deter or stop a criminal attack.

DHS should have saved some of our taxpayers' money and used this South Park clip instead:          

Notably absent from the emotional gun control debate in Congress is any mention of empirical evidence.  Enter a study "Crime, Deterrence, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns" by two distinguished economists, and now you'll understand why armed criminals prefer to prey on people who they know must be unarmed (i.e. the residents of Chicago, New York, D.C., or any other "gun-free" zone). 

Read the study here:   

Or just read Ann Coulter's summary of the study in one of her recent columns (quoted below):

"Luckily, some years ago, two famed economists, William Landes at the University of Chicago and John Lott at Yale, conducted a massive study of multiple victim public shootings in the United States between 1977 and 1995 to see how various legal changes affected their frequency and death toll.

Landes and Lott examined many of the very policies being proposed right now in response to the Connecticut massacre: waiting periods and background checks for guns, the death penalty and increased penalties for committing a crime with a gun.

None of these policies had any effect on the frequency of, or carnage from, multiple-victim shootings. (I note that they did not look at reforming our lax mental health laws, presumably because the ACLU is working to keep dangerous nuts on the street in all 50 states.)

Only one public policy has ever been shown to reduce the death rate from such crimes: concealed-carry laws."

It's your choice:  duck and cover and die... or own a gun.