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Tim: Except crime, at least the homicide rates, were higher in the period 1972-1982 than in the following ten years.The stats are there for anyone who wants to look and one who does is likely to find that the early 90s weren’t the worst of all times.
The 2014 homicide rate is virtually identical to the 1950 rate when, you assure us all, the percentage of households owning firearms was significantly higher than it is now.
Of course the 43% figure is almost certainly wrong. It’s larger. There has always been some hesitancy to volunteer information on firearms, especially since 1968. That hesitancy is far greater today for the obvious reason that’s implicit in your words. That is, that the political force, if it’s able, will hold one group “accountable” for the criminal behavior of others. The 43% and declining is what you wish for but with some 140,000,000 firearms added over two decades a shrinking overall ownership percentage isn’t very likely.
Over the last 25 years the Cali gun laws have become ever more restrictive while the Texas laws have actually been relaxed a bit. During this period the Texas homicide rate has been at or below the Cali rate. Now compare the homicide rate for El Paso, full of crazy Texans and guns, over any period with any city of it’s size in the US… any time period. Now try the city across a knee deep river, Juarez.
No, this doesn’t “prove” anything but it does make your assertion that the presence of firearms undeniably serves as a catalyst for violence difficult to sell…unless one simply wants to believe it for there own reasons.
The governments own stats on who is doing what to whom going back decades are available to anyone who wants to know. To say that they paint a stark picture of where the violence is concentrated is an understatement. The preceding sentence is about as likely to bring an ad hominem attack as anything I have ever said. Don’t disappoint me.
I think bartering ammo is one of the dumbest things a person can do. Tobacco, motor oil, toiletries, OTC meds (cheap too), and you cannot eat gold and it won’t cure a damn thing. A top barter item: alcohol. The bad guys can’t shoot well when drunk. Nor will they stay awake long, they loose caution and coordination. It can be cheap too. If faced with murderers, rapists, put bad JUJU in wine bottles and other drinks or even in food. Booby traps inside and outside. Not legal? “What difference at this point does it make”?
Unfortunately, I live in a state that does not allow firearms and ammunition to be transported inside the same container, even if it is inside its own locked container within a larger one. I am also not permitted to travel with loaded magazines. I have read countless postings about folks who have a collection of holsters because they’re trying to find the right one. Well I have a collection of range and gun bags instead. I’ve got the hard sided GPS pistol case that carries everything I need for a single pistol practice session; except I found out at my local range that I cannot open it to get at my eyes and ears because the firearm is considered “un-cased”. I thought it was a great design, but apparently only for gun-friendly states. The only case I consistently use is my Bulldog Tactical Case Extra Large. CTD carries it. This thing is a beast. I’ve dragged it, tossed it and buried it under loads of other stuff and it still holds up. The only bad things that have happened with it have all been user error – like the wonderful aroma of Hoppes whenever I open it up. I would buy this bag again as it is a bargain compared to other brands the same size. I think a range bag is much like a BOB – you need to load it up and use it and then keep tweaking it. I am 3 years in and I’m still reworking this bag every few months. I think the range bag is the most underrated and overlooked piece of shooting equipment. Thank you for a great article and great comments!
I have a bunch of 7.62x54R and figure you could tear it down and use it to reload any 30 caliber rounds, but I’d load it lite and check for high pressure signs as you develop a load for for that unknown powder.
Obviously, Mr. Campbell has a heck of a lot more time on his hands than I do.
I disagree that one must practice with a firearm to the extent that he recommends. I learned to ride a bike at the age of eight…do I practice the art. Heck NO! I enlisted in the military in 1964 and was “in” until I was forcibly retired, (called the military retention board) in 1995. We ‘went’ to range fire once a year. In that period of time I shot on both the U.S. Army Reserve .45 Marksman Team and the 7.62 x 51 M14 team. We trained twice a month. As a civilian, I train more infrequently, but when I do train, I practice head shots and I don’t train at 7 yards…more often as not at 25. It’s like riding a bike, you might wobble a bit after not riding for a few years, but then EVERYTHING comes back into focus. Do I worry about hitting my target in my house at 3 yards? Not likely.
Mr. Campbell’s thought process must be the same as that of the drafters of the LEOSA legislation in which retired officers must recertify with their weapon on a yearly basis. I feel if that is so, they must have been lousy shots during their career as that is, certainly, not the case with me!
The problem with your bike analogy is that it’s one thing to be able to shoot a pistol and another thing entirely to shoot it well under stress.
Additionally, the longer you consistently practice the better your baseline (or “cold”) performance becomes and the less effort required to maintain that baseline. The challenge is getting to a good baseline in the first place, which is what this article is addressing.
Constant training is so important that I’m going to have to let you have it with both barrels here.
It is quite odd that everything you just wrote exudes a philosophy which goes against everything you should have learned from your stated career background. Myself, continuing a 33 year career in both military and law enforcement along with other professionals-in-arms would give you one big collective – “What the f*** is this idiot talking about!” – were you to say the same thing in a room full of us together.
In our chosen professions constant training and re-training is paramount or you get others killed along with yourself. Any statements to the contrary are simply unprofessional and irresponsible. The only reason a person of your background would detract from, rather than contribute to, Bob Campbell’s well-written article is because you are offended that you’ve stopped training and don’t like being reminded how lazy you’ve become.
If at any given time you’ve stopped your regular training then you are no longer entitled to call yourself an expert or even proficient; at best you could claim to have basic weapons familiarization. When it comes to weapons skills and tactics, you either use it or lose it.
Dave Dolbee is correct about Chicago. Illinois has some of the toughest gun laws in our country, and Chicago has one of the highest murder rates in our country. Chicago clearly demonstrates that more gun laws are not the answer. Instead, we must give back the authority to our police to deal effectively with the criminals who are flooding our streets.
I like seeing all these lead alternative bullets coming out. There will be a day when lead bullets will not be allowed. I may try these just to see how they function for me in my guns. In time, if they prove themselves, I may even consider carrying them. But, until they come down in price, I won’t be stocking up on them. I can get Speer Gold Dots at just too good a price.