Sources of Guns Used in Crimes – FBI Report

March 20, 2009 by  
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FBI reports:
According to the 1997 Survey of State Prison Inmates, among those possessing a gun, the source of the gun was from –

  • a flea market or gun show for fewer than 2%
  • a retail store or pawnshop for about 12%
  • family, friends, a street buy, or an illegal source for 80%

In other words, it ain’t legal purchases from firearms dealers in legal shops or gun shows that criminals use.”

After 1996, less than 10% of nonfatal violent crimes involved firearms.

Only 2% of prison inmates used a military-style semiautomatic gun.

“Offenders armed with handguns committed one in every eight violent crimes–rape, robbery and assault–measured by BJS’s National Crime Victimization Survey. The other violent crime victims were attacked or threatened by offenders who were either unarmed or were armed with such weapons as rocks, sticks, knives or other types of firearms. The most common violent crime, simple assault, by definition does not involve the use of a weapon.” That is, going after firearms only goes after 12.5% of the violent offenses.

* Of the 272,111 persons released from prisons in 15 States in 1994, an estimated 67.5% were rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years, 46.9% were reconvicted, and 25.4% resentenced to prison for a new crime.
* The 272,111 offenders discharged in 1994 accounted for nearly 4,877,000 arrest charges over their recorded careers.
* Within 3 years of release, 2.5% of released rapists were rearrested for another rape, and 1.2% of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for a new homicide.
* Sex offenders were less likely than non-sex offenders to be rearrested for any offense –– 43 percent of sex offenders versus 68 percent of non-sex offenders.
* Sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison –– 5.3 percent of sex offenders versus 1.3 percent of non-sex offenders.

In other words, keep illegal guns out of the hands of urban youth of gangbanger age, especially those who have immediate family that have been incarcerated, and firearm ownership becomes statistically insignificant. The best way to keep the guns away would be to keep the felons who have used illegal firearms in prison.

Happy THIS Ad Slipped Past the Los Angeles Times!

March 15, 2009 by  
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Signs that the LA Times is desperate… allowing a full-page ad for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. But I’m happy it’s there.

The ad was paid for by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

When you donate to the NSSF, they can help educate those whose 2A muscles have atrophied or never been exercised.

If your local newspaper carried the same ad, please comment here.

Richard Henry Lee

March 14, 2009 by  
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rhlee“[W]hereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.”
–Richard Henry Lee, Letters from the Federal Farmer, 1788

Buy A Gun Day 2009 – Welcome – March 13

March 13, 2009 by  
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Gun owners aren’t afraid of Friday the 13th. Welcome to No Libs, Beth and Claire.

Have you linked to If so, let me know and I’ll add you to the Team BAGDay blogroll.

Forums – Hope to Have Forums Working by the End of the Weekend

March 13, 2009 by  
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Bear with me.

Trying to tame the new software.

Buy A Gun Day Welcome – March 12

March 13, 2009 by  
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buy-a-gun-day-welcomeBuy A Gun Day welcomes Free In Idaho,
My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and Traction Control.

In God We Trust, In Guns We Invest

March 10, 2009 by  
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I can have a gold or silver coin in my pocket. Nice pieces of metal with some utilitarian value if melted. When the SHTF, which will appreciate more, coins or guns and ammo? I suspect a firearm purchased for $800, well taken care of, would appreciate faster than gold if there was civil unrest.

Apparently, firearms aren’t a bad financial investment today, either:

ISTOCKANALYST: …But it doesn’t seem as if law enforcement is interesting in quelling the panic. “Once the economy gets bad, crime always goes up,” a police officer told the St. Pete Times, “People get desperate whenever things are not going the way they feel like they should be going, and they’ll do things they normally wouldn’t do.”

Crime isn’t the only factor driving sales. In several news accounts, gun buyers have said they’re buying now because they fear stricter gun laws are inevitable under the new administration.

we think you should seriously consider firearms. No, we’re not advocating the purchase of guns… Instead, you should check out a couple of small-cap gun makers. These companies have withstood the test of time. Now, they’re enjoying more publicity and rising share prices…

First up is Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (SWHC: NASDAQ). This company has been making guns longer than any of us have been on the planet. It’s also a trusted brand that has expanded its offerings over the past few years…

After a tumultuous few years, this stock has posted a strong 2009. Shares are up about 80% since Jan.1.

The gun maker has big plans. Smith & Wesson has moved into the rifle market and wants to take full advantage of this expansion. In February, the gun maker announced it plans to nearly double its annual revenue and improve margins and market share over the next few years.

Sturm, Ruger & Co. (RGR: NYSE) shares have enjoyed similar success this year. As of this morning, the stock is up more than 80%. The firearms makers reported huge increases in revenue and backlog during Q4, and several analysts have upgraded this stock to a strong buy.

Ruger stock might even be too hot to handle right now. It’s posted most of its gains in just a few weeks. Short-term technicals show this stock is way overbought, so it might be best to wait for a pullback before jumping in…

SW1911 – Smith and Wesson 1911 – Guns We Love

March 9, 2009 by  
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A shout-out for my latest purchase, the SW1911, SKU 108282. No nonsense.


I found a pretty good field stripping video for the model on YouTube.

I’m looking forward to putting another 900 rounds through it.


Assault Rifle CZ858 – Tactical (CZ Vz.58) – Guns We Love

March 9, 2009 by  
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Sixteen 30-round clips in three minutes.

Two words: suh-weet.

Is there a version I could get in California? They probably wouldn’t go for the 30-round banana clip.


Thomas Jefferson on Laws That Forbid the Carrying of Arms

March 9, 2009 by  
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thomas_jefferson“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants, they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” — Thomas Jefferson

NOTE:  As brought to my attention in April of 2013, the above should not be attributed as something that Jefferson actually wrote. It was something Jefferson translated from the Italian as sufficiently noteworthy to be included in his “Legal Commonplace Book.” The passage is from Cesare Beccaria’s Essay on Crimes and Punishments.

Whether or not Jefferson agreed with the passage, in whole or in part, is debatable. What isn’t debatable are other verified quotations which may lead one to reasonably conclude that the notion of disarming a citizen against villains or government was anathema to Jefferson:

  • “And what country can preserve its liberties, if the rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”
  • “The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
  • “A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical…It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”


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