KORWIN: People With Guns Don’t Kill People, Criminals With Guns Kill People!

Part 1

Liberal and progressive gun controllers aren’t afraid of criminals with guns. They’re afraid of honest people with guns. They’re afraid of you. And your gun.

Just look at the laws Hillary, Bernie and Obama are pressing their minions to support—laws that would limit, restrict and disarm the public, the average gun-owning American. New taxes to make arms cost more, letting police have more and better ammo than you can have (to fight off the same bad guys), make non-criminals liable for criminals’ actions, arbitrary lists of people not charged with anything who can have their guns taken away. These aren’t anti-crime laws, they’re anti you laws.

That’s why liberals like so-called “gun-free” zones. It keeps you out. Discrimination is fine, if it stops your civil right to arms, because they fear your kind.

No one is stupid enough to think a gun-free-zone sticker keeps out bank robbers and muggers and jihadis. That makes no sense even to progressives.

It is you they want disarmed. It is you they fear. Despite the evidence, despite the fact that crime has dropped since licensees and armed citizens now number in the tens of millions. Despite the false cries of wolf as every single state in the Union got some form of Right to Carry restored. Facts matter little to the truly fearful.

No Guns Allowed = Soft target.

No Guns Allowed = Soft target.

The progressive and liberal anti-gun-rights advocates aren’t showing concern for stopping or deterring true threats to their safety, that’s the bizarre part. They literally provide opportunity for assault upon themselves—as long as they feel they have stopped their fellow man. This is what so many of us on the rational conservative bench have been missing.

This is why it seems like irrational behavior to us—the majority of Americans, the gun bearing public. It seems irrational—because it is irrational. Disarming your neighbors, at a restaurant for example, but doing nothing to disarm or even provide obstacles to your adversaries, is madness. And progressives don’t recognize the fact: “In this building we are protected by this sign.” That makes sense to them. God help us. They don’t believe in God.

This is why every new law the left proposes goes after the millions of Americans who legally own guns, instead of criminals who can’t have guns in the first place. When they meet massive resistance they’re flummoxed. We don’t see any enhanced criminal-disarming programs, true gangster-enforcement policies, real sentences, rehab that isn’t contagion, model laws to protect the innocent or advance civil rights, we get nothing for progress from the progressives.

Progressives R Regressive aim to disarm us, we the people. That’s because we scare them more than criminals scare them. To them, we are the threat. The very fact that we may be adults, capable and actually bearing arms, this is what they seek to stop, not crime. They understand implicitly that by using their great social powers they have gotten the dangerous criminals mostly contained, and at each others’ throats, in the bad parts of town. The ghettos, if they’d stop calling it the inner cities.

Part II

Enormous self-evident facts have been lost in the national debate about disarming or subarming the American public. We now have about 100 million people armed, in something like 60 million armed American homes. Raise or lower those figures by some percentage if you are pro this or anti that (the Ph.D.’s do not agree precisely), but that’s the ballpark. It’s a lot, by any standard. The Worldwide Gun Owner’s Guide places us in the Top Ten of nations with armed publics (which is virtually all nations to some degree).

Now, all those armed people, in all those armed homes—they have nothing to do with the astounding murder rate reported recently for, say, Chicago—or any of the other murder and crime zones the news media proliferates like eye-and-mind candy.

They never have been and they never will be. That’s due to one simple fact the media, and especially the anti-gun-rights people don’t want to face, which they prefer to distort and pretend doesn’t exist. To the greatest extent: People with guns don’t shoot each other. Criminals with guns shoot each other.

Decent people who buy guns by the millions every month go through the background checks, or avoid the FBI lists and background checks and buy used guns from friends and relatives. They have no intention of doing anyone any harm, and don’t. They live their entire lives, armed to the teeth, and die peacefully in their beds, leaving their caches to their families, in their wills. Or they sell them to other good people, when they get real old.

These bedrock facts are lost on the hoplophobes (people with morbid fear of guns). The talking-head “news” pundits and others who are terrified of guns and gun owners have no clue. Their understanding of the subject—standing way outside the real world—is distorted and affected by one of their two washing machines—not the one for their clothes, the one with the 55-inch flat screen for their brains.

Gunless people get zero accurate news about what real people with real guns do with those things, and it doesn’t include killing people. That’s what criminals with guns do.

In the real world, guns save lives. Guns stop crime. Guns protect you. Guns are for safety. Guns are fun. Guns are fun? How often does any of that make the “news”? Guns are why America is still free. And you thought the news was fair and balanced. People with guns don’t kill people. Criminals do. People are what you call, “good.” Like you, reading this, and your friends and relatives.

Real people with guns go through about ten billion rounds of ammunition annually. Did you know that? And no one dies. They use it at the range, and for plinking (informal target practice outdoors), and hunting, and for stockpiling in case it’s needed (like water, batteries, candles, canned goods and other reasonable measures against the perils of modern life). Virtually all of the guns made, sold and owned in this country have never been fired in a hostile situation. Kind of like fire extinguishers — only when desperately needed.

Look around the world at the strife, the massive migrations, and after you finish telling yourself it could never happen here, make sure you at least have candles. And water. Maybe precious metals too—lead and brass. And don’t be an idiot, practice, like the rest of us. You’ve got to at least be able to outshoot the criminals. Who shoot people. If they come out of the bad part of town.


Alan Korwin is the author of 14 books, 10 of them on gun law. His book After You Shoot examines ways to lower your risks after a self-defense shooting. He has been invited twice to observe oral argument in gun cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. Reach him at GunLaws.com, where he is the publisher of Bloomfield Press.

About the author: Alan Korwin is an American writer, author and civil- and political-rights activist whose work serves the business, legal, news and firearms industries. In 1988, Korwin founded Bloomfield Press, which has grown into the largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books in the nation

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  • Hegelian June 30, 2017, 11:31 am

    I can believe any of you enthusiasts are even thinking this way. If you ever wonder why we are fighting and uphill, and possibly losing battle , LOOK IN THE MIRROR!!!!!

  • steve crawford July 8, 2016, 6:48 pm

    To REDUCE gun violence let’s require ALL gun sales or transfers require a Background Check. All crimes against persons with a firearm will be a federal offense with a minimum of 15 to 50 years (death) attached to other charges. No assault type firearms will be no longer be sold, and present owners will have to register them with the ATF and pay the same requirements for fully automatic rifles. Only licensed gun owners (concealed handgun) can purchase ammo and gun powder. Any non-citizen, felons and persons caught without a license will receive 5 years in jail. None of these suggestions will restrict Law Abiding Citizens from buying and owning a firearm. And tell the NRA to go to hell.

    • Concerned patriot July 9, 2016, 1:38 pm

      You have far too much trust in our government.

    • Alan Butterworth June 23, 2017, 11:47 am

      Yeah, that’ll stop the Criminals Steve. You and hillary should run with that plan. Most Felons will be Terrified by the thought of it. Yes sir, you really applied some serious “Out of the Box” thinking on that one boy. We can’t enforce the laws we have so lets add more? Brilliant.

    • Willie-O September 8, 2017, 10:28 am

      I have a better idea Steve, let’s tell you to go to hell and take your liberal, anti-gun recommendations with you.

  • tekno July 8, 2016, 1:05 pm

    Yes, yes, yes. We agree with the problem statement. We hear it day in and day out.

    However, WHAT are the solutions to correcting the faulty thought processes in so many people? Especially the ones with such complete control of the information and entertainment stream?

    Waiting for each one to have crime personally affect them so they have their individual “ah-ha” moment is not working. WE (all personal defense supporters) must put together an effective plans to change these minds.

  • mike July 6, 2016, 9:20 am

    Greta video but you have to fix the caption, it wasn’t even close on some things. Your misleading Def people

    • BM July 8, 2016, 9:07 am

      Once again the perp used used a military style assault weapon in Dallas. These weapons should not be on the market.
      I carry a pistol and have some more at home, this is enough to defend my family and home. A long gun will not do any good for any type of home defense. So let’s re-think this issue.

      • Roy July 8, 2016, 10:10 am

        I’m agree with you 100%, but I have had the opportunity to watch videos taken from citizens that were at the protesting last night, one of this videos is showing how this criminals shoot to death a law enforcement that only has a regular hand gun( limited ammo) by the time he tried to switch magazines. So my personal opinion is that a rifle as home defence isn’t bad idea to have, criminals don’t come to our homes to drink coffee, same as law enforcement won’t be at my door 24/7.

        • SGT-N July 8, 2016, 12:37 pm

          You are correct that you won’t have a police officer around all the time. In fact, legal precedent does not even give law enforcement officers a duty to protect personally you. Instead, their duty is to protect the public at large. As a result, I use an AR-15 chambered in 6.5 Grendel for both home defense and hunting. I use a 25-round magazine for home protection and a 5-round magazine for hunting. Another good choice for home defense is a self-loading shotgun loaded with number 4 buckshot or a M1 carbine, either military surplus or a new clone, with a 15-magazine loaded with Hornady Critical Defense ammunition. I’m thinking of changing to the M1 carbine because I’m getting tired of changing scopes on the AR-15.

      • SGT-N July 8, 2016, 12:08 pm

        I’m getting perturbed at so called “gun owners” who use the ultra left terms of “military styled assault weapon.” First, there is no such thing as an “assault weapon.” An official at Handgun Control, Inc., which is now the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, coined this term because the attempt to ban handguns was going nowhere. This official admitted that he did this to confuse the public because a civilian, self-loading AR-15 looks just like the select fire M-16 so he hoped that the public would then consider the former a “machine gun.” Second, the term “military style” is a further attempt to selectively confuse the public. To illustrate, the M1A is a perfect copy of the famed military M-14, but you never hear about it. This rifle, however, is more dangerous than the civilian versions of the AR-15 because it can use 20-round magazines loaded with 7.62X51mm cartridges, also known as the .308 Winchester, and is known for its superb accuracy. If you are unaware, the 7.62X51mm cartridge is used by our armed forces’ medium machine guns. Last, the a bolt action rifle with a bipod and scope, the pump action shotgun, self-loading shotgun, any self-loading pistol, and revolvers should all be “military style” if one carries the term to the absurd because our armed forces use these firearms. Enough is enough. The BATFE certified the AR-15 and all the other firearms listed for civilian use for one reason: function trumps appearances.

        PS: If you watched the sad event unfold in Dallas on the night of June 7, 2016, you would have seen the police officers armed with M-4, M-4A1, or M-16 select-fire rifles as the hunt for the snipers ensued; thus, they were hardly outgunned after the initial incident.

      • Willie-O September 8, 2017, 11:08 am

        Know what else “bm” stands for ? Why should we re-think anything regarding long-guns ? I use all of mine for sport, including my AR – it’s just like every other semi-auto rifle in existence, only it’s been singled out as “evil”. Everything that pos did in Dallas was already against the law. Illegal. None of those laws prevented the tragedy. Neither will restrictions on “military style assault rifles”. More restrictive gun laws will have no impact on crime or the criminals involved – they will continue to commit crime and they will use whatever weapons are available.

      • brockkl August 10, 2018, 7:47 am

        You go ahead and rethink all you want, until you get to the realization: WHAT PART OF “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” ARE YOU NOT UNDERSTANDING? Not to mention, the AR15 has been determined to be a VERY effective self defense weapon. The day you decide that what you have is enough, the bad guys will have something that causes you to need that which you have ruled out. Enough. What an idjit

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