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The Anti-Gun Lobby: Working to Ensure More Mass Shootings

Gun Control:  The media brought it up as a topic almost simultaneously as they announced the Aurora shootings – just like they usually do in mass shooting stories.  What they fail to do in each case is run headlines that tell the truth.  If they did, they might look something like this:

“Disarming Citizens Leads to Yet Another Mass Shooting”

“Violation of Rights Opens Citizens Up to “Fish In The Barrel” Attack, Again.”

“More Mass Killings; When Will People Protect Themselves Again?”

“Gun-Free Zone Guarantees Murderer Safety, Again.”

The Anti-Gun Lobby is promoting the idea that stronger Anti-Gun Laws will prevent this from happening in the future.  What these people consistently fail to acknowledge or accept is that history demonstrates time and time again that when countries disarm their citizens gun crime goes up, dramatically.  The truth of the matter is; Armed Citizens are the Best Crime Control.

The Anti-Gun Lobby in Action

The Anti-Gun Lobby created this situation in the first place.  They demonized firearms, created a society where people are scared when citizens legally carry firearms, invented “Gun Free Zones” and in cases like Chicago and other cities, made it illegal for a citizen to protect themselves.

Now, when their creation results in something like the Aurora killing spree they claim their work is not yet done – we need MORE control.

“This tragedy is another grim reminder that guns are the enablers of mass killers and that our nation pays an unacceptable price for our failure to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.  We are outraged. … demand Congress take action to stop arming dangerous people. … We are insistent that our elected leaders take action to prevent future tragedies.  Political cowardice is not an excuse for evasion and inaction on this life-and-death issue.”

Brady Campaign President Dan Gross

While this statement may sound admirable and like the right thing to do, especially to those who are in mourning and vulnerable to this rhetoric, it is statistically false and intellectually dishonest.

If they truly wanted to never see a mass shooting like this occur again, they would insist that Congress take steps to ensure that responsible law-abiding citizens were properly trained and armed at all times.  That places of public gathering, such as a theater, require that their employees be trained and openly armed.  They would insist that Congress take steps to ensure that it is not just the relatively few police and the many criminals who are armed.  They would implore citizens to take responsibility for their own protection and the protection of the innocents surrounding them.

Demonizing Guns

If someone is intent on killing people, they’re going to find a way to do it.  Guns happen to be a convenient way, but sitting here looking at my desk I quickly count more than ten ways to kill someone with the objects nearby.  Here’s a list of 500 Ways to Kill Someone.

If someone is intent on killing LOTS of people at once, there are plenty of ways to do that as well – some of them easier than putting yourself in a room with all those people and shooting them point-blank.   Fire, poison, smashing, bombs, vehicles all quickly come to mind.  The mere existence of guns does not equal violence or mass violence – it is violent people that create violence.

If someone blows themselves or a solitary bomb up and kills dozens of people, the person doing it is called a Terrorist and the doing so is called an Act of Terrorism.  It’s never blamed on the bomb or the existence of nails.  Yet, if someone does the same or less amount of killing with a gun, it’s the guns fault.

If someone drives their car into a crowd of people, we call for crackdowns on DUI, not for bans on cars.


“This is yet another horrific reminder that guns enable mass killings …  I mean, there are so many murders with guns every day, it’s just got to stop”

New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg

We agree Mayor, which is why we implore our readers to GO GET TRAINED and responsibly and legally carry a firearm!

Actual Facts

As for the Mayor’s assertion that “there are so many murders with guns every day”, this statement completely ignores the government studies which reveal an estimated 497,646 times per year that a criminal runs away from a citizen displaying a firearm – as compared to the average 9,571 firearm murders that occur per year.  That calculates out to approximately 51 crimes prevented by the presence of a firearm for every 1 firearm murder that occurs.

These statistics clearly inform us that MORE guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens is the answer to this problem – not the CORE of the problem as Mayor Bloomberg would have us believe.

Mayor Bloomberg and The Brady Campaign are arguably complicit in the creation of the environment that allowed the Aurora and other Mass Shootings to occur.  Yet, because we maintain an ill-informed populace thanks to the media and the Anti-Gun Lobby, they are able to actually forward their agenda to disarm America as a direct result of encouraging creating the situation in the first place.

The Paradox of Citizen Crime Prevention

This article by the outstanding New American Magazine: “Two Aurora Shootings: One Widely Known; the Other Ignored” provided some of the material for this article but also does an excellent job of demonstrating the paradox of our time: that tragedy gets highlighted and fear results while tragedy averted is ignored due to the fact that nothing very interesting or unusual happened.  Most of Aurora and everyone outside of Aurora has no idea that something very similar was prevented just months ago in the same town.

How often are crimes prevented because of responsible, armed citizens?  How many Mass Killings have been averted because someone was ready, willing and able to do something about it?  How many lives are saved regularly because of Self-Reliant Americans who choose to be capable of defending themselves?

The problem is, we cannot and do not know.  This fact is what enables people and groups like Mayor Bloomberg, the Brady Campaign and “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” to prey on America, to demonize guns and to slowly but surely dis-arm us.

Consider this video: Two thugs in Florida try to rob an Internet cafe wielding a firearm.  An older gentlemen, clearly well-trained, stands up and proceeds to apply fire on the criminals.  Like typical criminal cowards – they run out of the store as fast as they can.  Nobody but the criminals were injured.


This, and the previously mentioned story about Aurora, went relatively unnoticed.  These incidents certainly did not get 3 days of non-stop airplay, no Presidential Address occurred, no laws were demanded to be changed.  As it should be.  These men simply did what good, honest, self-reliant, law-abiding citizens should do – they protected the innocent, they were well prepared ahead of time to deal with a situation when it presented itself.

Crime and Punishment

It is somewhat astounding that many of the same people who are devastated by the idea of something like the Aurora shootings occurring, are also devastated by the idea of harsh and severe punishment for the perpetrators of such evil acts.

They demonize the inanimate object abused to perform the act and then humanize the evil which actually did the performing.

In 2006, there were 10,225 firearm murders.   Between 2006 and 2010, firearm murders averaged 9,571 per year.  Here are the Death Sentences in the U.S. during that time:


Cumulatively, there are less death sentences in the United States in the last 21 years than the average number of firearm homicides per year.

Currently, the recommended sentencing for Murder is anywhere from 10-25 years.  In one study of 34 murder sentences, the average sentence was 16.6 years, 13.3 after “good time” with the maximum sentence issued being 32 years, 25.8 for “good time”.

If we truly want to crack down on the nearly 10,000 firearm murders per year – we might want to instead consider actually severely and harshly punishing the perpetrators of those crimes.

The Attack is Just Beginning

  • Cinemark already has a “No Gun” Policy in all their theaters.
  •  Aurora already has a total ban on concealed carry of handguns, even though Colorado is a shall-issue conceal carry state.
  • Colorado has laws against discharging a firearm in city limits.
  • The United States already has laws against killing people.

Each one of these rules, policies and laws were brazenly ignored by the Aurora Shooter.  So what laws could they possibly introduce at this point that might further dissuade evil, violent criminals from killing people?

Remember the roughly 500,000 crimes that are prevented each year by armed citizens?  Do we want to ensure that those people are unable to defend themselves and prevent a crime from being forced on them?

What the Anti-Gun Lobby wants is for only Police and Government to be able to carry a firearm.

That didn’t work too well for other countries – like England and Jamaica: 

In fact, it’s never worked.  The only Gun Laws that have resulted in a DECREASE in gun crime are ones that allow citizens to be armed.

Nonetheless, the Anti-Gun Lobby has already started a new assault against our 2nd Amendment Rights and it will likely continue.  Their Lobby, their entire platform relies on emotion.  They manipulate emotion to convince people that it’s the legality of guns that results in gun crime.  This is the only way they get people to overlook and ignore the actual facts.

Given that law-abiding citizens by definition, obey the laws, and criminals by definition, break the laws: If you disarm law-abiding citizens, only the criminals will have guns.  That really doesn’t seem like a very good solution.

About the Author:

Known online as Phil801, he is one of the co-owners of The APN and has been a professional software engineer for over 20 years. He was raised in a Preparedness Oriented family and lives a self-sustaining lifestyle as a third generation, LDS, Prepper. He grew up farming, canning and learning to live off the land in the forests, mountains, rivers, oceans and cities of Missouri, Tennessee, Hawaii and Utah. In early 2008, he co-founded as a blog to talk about and teach Prepping. Over the next couple years, they produced hundreds of articles about Preparedness. Prior to UtahPreppers, he had been actively blogging elsewhere about building his self-sustaining farm and raising his 8 children in a preparedness lifestyle. In 2011, Phil officially became a partner and Co-Owner of the APN and lead the technical restructing of the company.

25 Comments on "The Anti-Gun Lobby: Working to Ensure More Mass Shootings"

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  1. Cari Mcclure says:

    Wonderful article Phil, filled with the truth and the facts!! Much respect and I hope this article makes it around the world three fold.

    Jalapeno Gal

  2. Wonderful article Phil, filled with the truth and the facts!! Much respect and I hope this article makes it around the world three fold.

    Jalapeno Gal

  3. Stats show that 95% of crimes committed with guns, that the guns were obtained illegally. By changing the laws you are giving criminals more power. Stupidity at its finest!!!!

  4. Wee Wah Willie says:

    Thanks gun owners.  I feel much safer thanks to your keyboard heroics!  No doubt that had you been armed in the dimly lit theater with bullets whizzing by your head, and the panicked crowds fleeing in front of and behind the shooter, you would have been able to peer through the tear gas, calmly stand while taking careful aim, and hit the darkly-clad shooter square between the eyes with your first shot.  I feel so much more free knowing that you big, brave Internet Heroes are out there, ready to protect me from imminent danger.

    • Phil Burns says:

      While you have completely missed the point of my article – that the Anti-Gun Lobby created the situation in Aurora in the first place, you have also proven my point that the Anti-Gun crowd uses and focuses on emotional responses instead of facts.

      Your Anti-Gun buddies created a safe-haven for the shooter.  They assured him that no law abiding citizen would be carrying a gun and gave him a safe barrel full of fish.  The whole point here is not whether an armed citizen would have made a difference.  The point is that ignorance and delusion created the scenario in the first place.

    • Project Thor says:

      Hmmm… you must not have a military background like 20 million + of us have. The shot you describe really isn’t all that hard. YOU are the “brave internet hero” that can spout off leftist BS because you are not looking any of us in the face. Ever notice when far left wingers are hit with cold hard facts, they resort to name calling? Might be because they can’t really make an arguement when the truth is laid before them. I await you brillant rebuttal…

  5. Brian Hill says:

    His weapons were obtained legally. I think you’re knee jerking as bad as anyone else.

  6. The whole reason we are prepping is We can’t Trust the Government to Protect us, and in fact the Government might very well be the Enemy…. The only way we truly lose is if we lose our ability to protect ourselves….

  7. Brian Hill says:

    He purchased 6k rounds on the internet. No checks. No balances. It might be perceived that the only rights you want to preserve are those of psychopaths.

  8. Greg Gayda says:

    If one citizen with an FN 5.7 with full power ammo (unavailable to civilians) was there ,countless injury could have been avoided.

    Too bad the movie theatre banned guns.

  9. I need this sticker on my studio doors…

  10. John Tardif says:

    The one thing that a lot of folks don’t understand is this: Without our Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms , how would we ever be able to defend all our other Constitutional Rights and Liberties , or how would we protect ourselves from Tyranny ?

  11. Brian Hill says:

    Where’s my tin foil hat?

  12. gnasher says:

    It seems very strange to those of us in the UK who have friends and relations in what still could be the finest country on earth,how the people ,have allowed,” the snake oil salesmen”,(the media) “The conmen”(bankers), and,”the shysters”(politicians),to take your liberty and freedom away,,,,A quote from a great man…”The Governments of Europe are afraid to trust the people with arms.Because if they did the people would surely shake off the Yolk of Tyrrany


    "An armed society is a polite society",

  13. Liberal Prepper says:

    It’s a specious argument to blame the ‘anti-gun lobby’ when it’s a business setting its own rules as to what it wants to happen on its premises re: no guns at the theater. That”s the choice the theater made and all but one of its patrons complied.

    When a crazy person has the means to pursue his motive of mayhem and murder, we all suffer. The laws are only as good as we, the people, make them, and until we, the people, are consistent in saying yes, there needs to be a way to prevent the bad guys from getting guns and preserve the rights of the good guys, stuff like this will continue to happen.

    Taking away the rights to gun ownership from violent felons (just the violent ones), from people with restraining orders against them, from people who have mental issues resulting in violence isn’t a restriction of the rights of someone who is sane, responsible and law-abiding. It’s protecting ALL OF SOCIETY against people who are crazy, and anybody who plans for months to do mass murder is crazy, whether they fit the legal definition or not. We don’t let blind people or people who have too many DUIs drive cars, and the analogy, while not perfect, holds true. There is no ‘slippery slope’ here, just the limited restriction to access to something that in the wrong hands can cause death. If you can take away someone’s right to vote because s/he is a violent felon, you can take away their right to own a weapon. Both are guaranteed in the Constitution.

    Pointing fingers is stupid. We need to find solutions to any loopholes in the laws that potentially allow this kind of thing to happen and figure out how to identify people who do this sort of stuff, like using the techniques the Israelis use. Someone didn’t notice this guy was twitchy and on the edge and blinked, and now 12 people are dead.

    • Project Thor says:

      And PC got 13 good people killed at Ft Hood.

    • Darrell says:

      So what you are proposing is manditory psychological examines for all citizens in order to sort out and keep the crazies from being able to purchase fire arms ?

      So who then sets the standards as to what is crazy and what is not ?
      The antigun lobby already considers anyone who owns a firearm as person with criminal intent and or a criminal. You apparently are set to forfeit more of your liberties in order to have the illusion of government provided feelings of security.

  14. f jacobs says:

    Education is the key legislations solves nothing! Removing our ability to purchase & use a decent weapon doesnt stop this from happening, it INSURES it will happen again.

    Yes there are those of us who CAN defend ourselves & others when the bullets start flying!

    (and for those who appear to feel its ok to demean those of us who do carry a weapon)

    Do you not think any one of those killed would of loved to have the chance of being alive because one or two people were armed & knew what to do about it ????

  15. Mandaid says:

    This latest tragedy should, once again remind us to practice “situation awareness” wherever we are. Know where your exits are. Think where you would engage a threat, and position yourself accordingly. Train hard, be prepared, be safe.

  16. CromLe says:

    Crazy bastards

  17. Norman says:

    With the recent shooting in Newton,Conn the anti gun nuts ( dumna**es will once again be calling for more gun control. What we really need is more crimnal controll. It is my belief if you go into a school, mall or wherever and start shooting then you have made a concious decision to die that day and either a law enforcement officer or a person that has a legal carry permit you send them on their way.

  18. Every one American needs to read this !