- * Myth #1 "Guns are only used for killing"
- Compared to about 35,000 gun deaths every year, 2.5 million
good Americans use guns to protect themselves, their families, and their
livelihoods - there are 65 lives protected by guns for every life lost
to a gun - five lives are protected per minute - and, of those 2.5 million
protective uses of guns, about 1/2 million are believed to have saved lives.
- * Myth #2 "Guns are dangerous when used for protection"
- US Bureau of Justice Statistics show that guns are the
safest and most effective means of defense. Using a gun for protection
results in fewer injuries to the defender than using any other means of
defense and is safer than not resisting at all.  The myth that "guns
are only used for killing and the myth that "guns are dangerous when
used for protection melt when exposed to scientific examination and data.
The myths persist because they are repeated so frequently and dogmatically
that few think to question the myths by examining the mountains of data
available. Let us examine the other common myths.
- * Myth #3 "There is an epidemic of gun violence"
- Even their claim of an "epidemic of violence is
false. That claim, like so many other of their claims, has been so often
dogmatically repeated that few think to question the claim by checking
the FBI and other data. Homicide rates have been stable to slightly declining
for decades except for inner city teens and young adults involved with
illicit drug trafficking. We have noticed that, if one subtracts the inner
city contribution to violence, American homicide rates are lower than in
Britain and the other paragons of gun control. 
- The actual causes of inner city violence are family disruption,
media violence, and abject poverty, not gun ownership. In the inner city,
poverty is so severe that crime has become a rational career choice for
those with no hope of decent job opportunities. 
- * Myth #4 "Guns cause violence" Homicide
- For over twenty years it has been illegal for teens to
buy guns and, despite such gun control, the African American teenage male
homicide rate in Washington, DC is 227 per 100,000 - 20 times the US average!
 The US group for whom legal gun ownership has the highest prevalence,
middle-aged white men, has a homicide rate of less than 7 per 100,000 -
about half of the US average. 
- If the "guns-cause-violence theory is correct why
does Virginia, the alleged "easy purchase source of all those illegal
Washington, DC guns, have a murder rate of 9.3 per 100,000, one- ninth
of DC's overall homicide rate of 80.6? [7 ]Why are homicide rates lowest
in states with loose gun control (North Dakota 1.1, Maine 1.2, South Dakota
1.7, Idaho 1.8, Iowa 2.0, Montana 2.6) and highest in states and the district
with draconian gun controls and bans (District of Columbia 80.6, New York
14.2, California 12.7, Illinois 11.3, Maryland 11.7)?  The "guns-
cause-violence and "guns exacerbate violence theories founder. Again,
the causes of inner city violence are family disruption, media violence,
and abject poverty, not gun ownership.
- National Safety Council data show that accidental gun
deaths have been falling steadily since the beginning of this century and
now hover at an all time low. This means that about 200 tragic accidental
gun deaths occur annually, a far cry from the familiar false imagery of
"thousands of innocent children. 
- Gun bans result in lower gun suicide rates, but a compensatory
increase in suicide from other accessible and lethal means of suicide (hanging,
leaping, auto exhaust, etc.). The net result of gun bans? No reduction
in total suicide rates.  People who are intent in killing themselves
find the means to do so. Are other means of suicide so much more politically
correct that we should focus on measures that decrease gun suicide, but
do nothing to reduce total suicide deaths?
- * Myth #5 The "Friends and Family fallacy"
- It is common for the public health advocates of gun bans
to claim that most murders are of "friends and family". The medical
literature includes many such false claims, that "most [murderers]
would be considered law abiding citizens prior to their pulling the trigger"
and "most shootings are not committed by felons or mentally ill
people, but are acts of passion that are committed using a handgun that
is owned for protection." 
- Not only do the data show that acquaintance and domestic
homicide are a minority of homicides,  but the FBI's definition of
acquaintance and domestic homicide requires only that the murderer knew
or was related to the decedent. That dueling drug dealers are acquainted
does not make them "friends". Over three- quarters of murderers
have long histories of violence against not only their enemies and other
"acquaintances," but also against their relatives. [12,13,14,15]
Oddly, medical authors have no difficulty recognizing the violent histories
of murderers when the topic is not gun control - "A history of violence
is the best predictor of violence."  The perpetrators of acquaintance
and domestic homicide are overwhelmingly vicious aberrants with long histories
of violence inflicted upon those close to them. This reality belies the
imagery of "friends and family" murdering each other in fits
of passion simply because a gun was present "in the home."
- * Myth #6 "A homeowner is 43 times as likely to
be killed or kill a family member as an intruder"
- To suggest that science has proven that defending oneself
or one's family with a gun is dangerous, gun prohibitionists repeat Dr.
Kellermann's long discredited claim: "a gun owner is 43 times more
likely to kill a family member than an intruder."  This fallacy
, fabricated using tax dollars, is one of the most misused slogans of the
- The honest measure of the protective benefits of guns
are the lives saved, the injuries prevented, the medical costs saved, and
the property protected not Kellermann's burglar or rapist body count. Only
0.1% (1 in a thousand) of the defensive uses of guns results in the death
of the predator.  Any study, such as Kellermann' "43 times"
fallacy, that only counts bodies will expectedly underestimate the benefits
of gun a thousand fold. Think for a minute. Would anyone suggest that the
only measure of the benefit of law enforcement is the number of people
killed by police? Of course not. The honest measure of the benefits of
guns are the lives saved, the injuries prevented, the medical costs saved
by deaths and injuries averted, and the property protected. 65 lives protected
by guns for every life lost to a gun. 
- Kellermann recently downgraded his estimate to "2.7
times,"  but he persisted in discredited methodology. He used
a method that cannot distinguish between "cause" and "effect."
His method would be like finding more diet drinks in the refrigerators
of fat people and then concluding that diet drinks "cause" obesity.
- Also, he studied groups with high rates of violent criminality,
alcoholism, drug addiction, abject poverty, and domestic abuse . From such
a poor and violent study group he attempted to generalize his findings
to normal homes. Interestingly, when Dr. Kellermann was interviewed he
stated that, if his wife were attacked, he would want her to have a gun
for protection. Apparently, Dr. Kellermann doesn't even believe his
- * Myth #7 "The costs of gun violence are high"
- The actual economic cost of medical care for gun violence
is approximately $1.5-billion per year - less than 0.2% of America's
$800-billion annual health care costs. To exaggerate the costs of gun violence,
the advocates of gun prohibition routinely include estimates of "lost
lifetime earnings" or "years of productive life lost" -
assuming that gangsters, drug dealers, and rapists would be as socially
productive as teachers, factory workers, and other good Americans - to
generate inflated claims of $20-billion or more in "costs." 
One recent study went so far as to claim the "costs" of work
lost because workers might gossip about gun violence. 
- What fraction of homicide victims are actually "innocent
children" who strayed into gunfire? Far from being pillars of society,
it has been noted that more than two-thirds of gun homicide "victims"
are drug traffickers or their customers. [22,23] In one study, 67% of 1990
homicide "victims" had a criminal record, averaging 4 arrests
for 11 offenses.  These active criminals cost society not only untold
human suffering, but also an average economic toll of $400,000 per criminal
per year before apprehension and $25,000 per criminal per year while in
prison.  Because the anti-self-defense lobby repeatedly forces us to
examine the issue of "costs," we are forced to notice that, in
cutting their violent "careers" short, the gun deaths of those
predators and criminals may actually represent an economic savings to society
on the order of $4.5 billion annually - three times the declared "costs"
of guns. Those annual cost savings are only a small fraction of the total
economic savings from guns, because the $4.5 billion does not include the
additional savings from innocent lives saved, injuries prevented, medical
costs averted, and property protected by guns.
- Whether by human or economic measure, we conclude that
guns offer a substantial net benefit to our society. Other benefits, such
as the feeling of security and self-determination that accompany protective
gun ownership, are less easily quantified. There is no competent research
that suggests making good citizens' access to guns more difficult (whether
by bureaucratic "red tape," taxation, or outright bans) will
reduce violence. It is only good citizens who comply with gun laws, so
it is only good citizens who are disarmed by gun laws. As evidenced by
jurisdictions with the most draconian gun laws (e.g. New York City, Washington,
DC, etc.), disarming these good citizens before violence is reduced causes
more harm than good. Disarming these good citizens costs more - not fewer
- * Myth #8 "Gun control will keep guns off the street"
- Vicious predators who ignore laws against murder, mayhem,
and drug trafficking routinely ignore those existent American gun laws.
No amount of well-meaning, wishful thinking will cause these criminals
to honor additional gun laws.
- Advocates of gun control rarely discuss the enforceability
of their proposals, an understandable lapse, since even police state tactics
cannot effectively enforce gun bans. As evidence, in Communist China, a
country whose human rights record we dare not emulate, 120,000 banned civilian
guns were confiscated in one month in 1994.
- Existent gun laws impact only those willing to comply
with such laws, good people who already honor the laws of common decency.
Placing further impediments in the path of good citizens will further disproportionately
disarm those good people - especially disarming good, poor people, the
people who live in the areas of highest risk.
- If "better" data are forthcoming, we are ready
to reassess the public policy implications. Until such time, the data suggest
that victim disarmament is not a policy that saves lives.
- What does save lives is allowing adult, mentally competent,
law- abiding citizen access to the safest and most effective means of protection
- guns. [26,27]
- Brady I and Brady II
- The extremists at Handgun Control Inc. boast that "23,000
potential felons"  [emphasis added] were prevented from retail
gun purchases in the first month of the Brady Law. Several jurisdictions
have reviewed the preliminary Brady Law data which resulted in the initial
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) overestimated appraisal
 of the "success" of the Brady Law.
- The Virginia State Police, Phoenix Police Department,
and other jurisdictions have shown that almost every one of those "potential"
felons were not felons or otherwise disqualified from gun ownership. Many
were innocents whose names were similar to felons. Misdemeanor traffic
convictions, citations for fishing without a license, and failure to license
dogs were the types of trivial crimes that resulted in a computer tag that
labeled the others as "potential" felons.  In transparent
"governmentese," BATF Spokesperson Susan McCarron avers, "we
feel [the Brady Law has] been a success, even though we don't have a whole
lot of numbers. Anecdotally, we can find some effect." 
- Even if the preliminary data had been accurate, that
data only showed about 6.3% of retail sales were "possible" felons
- consistent with repeated studies showing how few crime guns are obtained
in retail transactions. A minuscule number of actual felons has been identified
by Brady Law background checks, but the US Department of Justice is unable
to identify even one prosecution of those felons. [32 ] In such circumstance,
the minimal expected benefit of the Brady Law diminishes to no benefit
at all. The National Institute of Justice has shown that very few crime
guns are purchased from gun dealers. 93% of crime guns are obtained as
black market, stolen guns, or from similar non retail sources.  Since
none of Handgun Control Inc.'s Brady I or Brady II suggestions impact on
the source of 93% of crime guns, their symbolic nostrums cannot be expected
to do anything to reduce crime or violence.
- Residential gun dealers
- The press and broadcast media have vilified low-volume
gun dealers, pejoratively named "kitchen table" dealers, yet
the claim that such dealers are the source of a "proliferation of
guns on our streets" is contradicted by data from the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms (BATF). Those data show that 43% of gun dealers had
no inventory and sold no guns at all. [33 ]In fact, Congressional testimony
before enactment of the Firearms Owner Protection Act of 1986 (FOPA) documented
that the large number of low-volume gun dealers is a direct result of BATF
policy. Prior to FOPA the BATF prosecuted gun collectors who sold as few
as three guns per year at gun shows, claiming that they were unlicensed,
and therefore illegal, gun dealers. To avoid such harassment and prosecution,
thousands of American gun collectors became, at least on paper, licensed
gun dealers. Now the BATF and the anti-self-defense lobby claim BATF does
not have the resources to audit the paperwork monster it created. Reducing
the number of gun dealers will only ensure that guns are more expensive
- unaffordable to the poor who are at greatest risk from violence, ensuring
that gun ownership becomes a privilege of only the politically connected
and the affluent.
- Instead of heaping more onerous restrictions upon good
citizens or law-abiding gun dealers who are not the source of crime guns,
is it not more reasonable - though admittedly more difficult - to target
the real source of crime guns? It is time to admit the futility of attacking
the supply of legal guns to interdict the less than 1% of the American
gun stock that is used criminally. Instead, we believe effort should focus
on targeting the actual "black market" in stolen guns. It is
equally important to reduce the demand for illicit guns and drugs, most
particularly by presenting attractive life opportunities and career alternatives
to the inner-city youth that are overwhelmingly and disproportionately
the perpetrators and victims of violence in our society.
- * Myth #9 "Citizens are too incompetent to use guns
- Nationally good citizens use guns about seven to ten
times as frequently as the police to repel crime and apprehend criminals
and they do it with a better safety record than the police.  About 11%
of police shootings kill an innocent person - about 2% of shootings by
citizens kill an innocent person. The odds of a defensive gun user killing
an innocent person are loss than 1 in 26,000. Citizens intervening
in crime are less likely to be wounded than the police.
- We can explain why the civilian record is better than
the police, but the simple truth remains - citizens have an excellent record
of protecting themselves and their communities and NOT ONE of the fear
mongering fantasies of the gun control lobby has come true.
- "Treat cars like guns"
- Advocates of increased gun restrictions have promoted
the automobile model of gun ownership, however, the analogy is selectively
and incompletely applied. It is routinely overlooked that no license or
registration is needed to "own and operate" any kind of automobile
on private property. No proof of "need" is required for automobile
registration or drivers' licensure. Once licensed and registered, automobiles
may be driven on any public road and every state's licenses are given "full
faith and credit" by other states. There are no waiting periods, background
checks, or age restrictions for the purchase of automobiles. It is only
their use - and misuse - that is regulated.
- Although the toll of motor vehicle tragedies is many
times that of guns, no "arsenal permit" equivalent is asked of
automobile collectors or motorcycle racing enthusiasts. Neither has anyone
suggested that automobile manufacturers be sued when automobiles are frequently
misused by criminals in bank robberies, drive-by shootings, and all manner
of crime and terrorism. No one has suggested banning motor vehicles because
they "might" be used illegally or are capable of exceeding the
55 mph speed limit, even though we know "speed kills." Who needs
a car capable of three times the national speed limit? "But cars have
good uses" is the usual response. So too do guns have good uses, the
protection of as many as 2.5-million good Americans every year.
- Progressive reform
- Complete, consistent, and constitutional application
of the automobile model of gun ownership could provide a rational solution
to the debate and enhance public safety. Reasonable compromise on licensing
and training is possible. Where state laws have been reformed to license
and train good citizens to carry concealed handguns for protection, violence
and homicide have fallen. [11,26,27] Even unarmed citizens who abhor guns
benefit from such policies because predators cannot determine in advance
who is carrying a concealed weapon.
- Fear mongering and the gun control lobby
- In opposing progressive reforms that restore our rights
to self- protection, the anti-self-defense lobby has claimed that reform
would cause blood to run in the streets, that inconsequential family arguments
would turn into murderous incidents, that the economic base of communities
would collapse, and that many innocent people would be killed [26,27] In
Florida, the anti- self-defense lobby claimed that blood would run in the
streets of "Dodge City East," the "Gunshine State"
--- but we do not have to rely on irrational propaganda, imaginative imagery,
or political histrionics. We can examine the data.
- Data, not histrionics
- One-third of Americans live in the 22 progressive states
that have reformed laws to allow good citizens to readily protect themselves
outside their homes. [26,27] In those states crime rates are lower for
every category of crime indexed by the FBI Uniform Crime Reports. 
Homicide, assault, and overall violent crime are each 40% lower, armed
robbery is 50% lower, rape is 30% lower, and property crimes are 10% lower.
 The reasonable reform of concealed weapon laws resulted in none of
the mayhem prophesied by the anti-self-defense lobby. In fact, the data
suggest that, providing they are in the hands of good citizens, more guns
"on the street" offer a considerable benefit to society - saving
lives, a deterrent to crime, and an adjunct to the concept of community
- As of 12/31/94, Florida had issued 188,106 licenses and
not one innocent person had been killed or injured by a licensed gun owner
in the 6 years post-reform. Of the 188,106 licenses, 17 (0.0001%) were
revoked for misuse of the firearm. Not one of those revocations were associated
with any injury whatsoever.  In opposing reform, fear is often expressed
that "everyone would be packing guns," but, after reform, most
states have licensed fewer than 2% (and in no state more than 4%) of qualified
- Notwithstanding gun control extremists' unprophetic histrionics
, the observed reality was that crime fell, in part, because vicious predators
fear an unpredictable encounter with an armed citizen even more than they
fear apprehension by police  or fear our timid and porous criminal
justice system. It is no mystery why Florida's tourists are targeted by
predators - predators are guaranteed that, unlike Florida's citizens, tourists
- Those who advocate restricting gun rights often justify
their proposals "if it saves only one life." There have been
matched state pair analyses, crime trend studies, and California county-
by-county research  demonstrating that licensing law-abiding, mentally-competent
adults to carry concealed weapons for protection outside their homes saves
many lives, so gun prohibitionists should support such reforms, if saving
lives is truly their motivation.
- The right
- Importantly, the proponents of the automobile model of
gun ownership fail to note that controls appropriate to a privilege (driving)
are inappropriate to a constitutional right (gun ownership and use). Let
there be no doubt. The Supreme Court has repeatedly acknowledged an individual
right to keep and bear arms.  It is specifically the "weapons
of war" - militia weapons - that are protected. The intent of the
Second Amendment was to ensure that, by guaranteeing the individual right
to arms, a citizen militia could always oppose a tyrannical federal government.
That the Supreme Court has acknowledged the right, but done little to protect
that right, is reminiscent of the sluggishness of the Supreme Court in
protecting other civil rights before those rights became politically fashionable.
Need we be reminded that it has taken over a century for the Supreme Court
to meaningfully protect civil rights guaranteed to African Americans in
the Fourteenth Amendment?
- Besides Second Amendment guarantees of the pre-existent
right to keep and bear arms, there are Ninth,  Tenth,  and Fourteenth
Amendment,  as well as "natural right"  guarantees to
- Since 1980, of thirty-nine law review articles addressing
the Supreme Court case law and history of the right to keep and bear arms,
thirty-five support the individual right view and only four support the
"collective right only" view  (and three of these four are
authored or co-authored by employees of the anti-selfdefense lobby). One
would never guess such a legal and scholarly mismatch from the casual misinterpretations
of the right in the medical literature and popular press. The error of
the gun prohibitionist view is also evident from the fact that their "collective
right only" theory is exclusively an invention of the twentieth century
"gun control" debate - a concept of which neither the Founding
Fathers nor any pre-1900 case or commentary seems to have had any inkling.
- California and Concealed Weapons
- California has been studied and we discover that the
counties that have the lowest rates of concealed weapon licensees have
the highest rates of murder and the counties with the highest rates of
concealed license issuance have the lowest rates of murder. 
- It has also been noted that current California law gives
considerable discretion to police chiefs and county sheriffs regarding
the issuance of Concealed Weapon Licenses. Particularly in urban jurisdictions,
abuse of that discretion is common. The result? In many jurisdictions only
the affluent and politically connected are issued such licenses. In California
few women and virtually no minorities are so licensed, even though poor
minorities are the Californians at greatest risk from violence.
- The police do not have a crystal ball. Murderers, rapists,
and robbers do not schedule their crimes or notify the police in advance,
so the police cannot be where they are needed in time to prevent death
and injury. They can only arrive later to count the bodies and, hopefully,
apprehend the predators.
- There have been state-by-state analyses, county-by-county
research, and crime trend studies. All the research shows that allowing
good citizens to protect themselves outside their homes is a policy that
saves lives. The anti-self defense lobby advances many proposals in hopes
that it will "save only one life." Reform of concealed carry
laws is a policy that saves many lives, so it is a policy that should be
supported by the gun control lobby, if saving lives is really their interest.
- Will Stockton base its policy on experience and sound
data? or will Stockton fall prey to misinformation, fear, prejudice, and
imaginative false imagery? 
- We beg you. Let Stockton's good citizens protect themselves,
their loved ones, and their livelihoods. The ordinance before you costs
no money and it will save many lives.
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