More Proof That Guns Save Lives


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Most Conservatives and Libertarians are aware of the truth that guns saves lives.  It’s been statistically proven again and again, and the left, and their allies in the MSM, simply decline to cover it.  Gatordoug, of the Daley Gator, has yet another example…

I know, I have defended my life with a handgun. Duane Lester has the story of someone else who saved life because they were armed. As you read this, remember that Sarah Brady and the gun banning Left would make it so that stories like this one, turn out much differently!

Monday afternoon was another normal day of cooking burgers and fries and hot dogs and Philly cheesesteaks for Tim and Debbie Patterson.

Then, about 2 p.m., they heard a scream.

Tim rushed out the back door of The Big Yellow mobile kitchen at the corner of Harrison and Fourth. He looked around the Goodwill parking lot full of cars, and heard another scream. Then, he heard a woman’s voice.

“Let go of me,” it shrieked.

Patterson charged around a car and stopped. A man had a woman’s head pulled back with one hand, and a knife to her throat with the other.

Patterson didn’t hesitate.

He drew his Kimber 1911 .45 with a six-shot clip.

“Drop it, or I’ll shoot you,” he shouted.

The assailant, wearing a hoodie that covered his face, glanced up. He immediately let go of the woman, dropped the knife, raised his arms in the air and fled.

Patterson, who called 911, checked on the victim and stood by the knife until police arrived.

As Gatordoug points out in his article, this scenario would have likely ended much differently if the statist gun grabbers had their way.  And, if you recall, the gun bans in Chicago and Washington DC were overturned by the Supreme in 2008.  The mostly unreported results of that decision were rather predictable…

Murder and violent crime rates were supposed to soar after the Supreme Court struck down gun control laws in Chicago and Washington, D.C. 

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Politicians predicted disaster. “More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence,” Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty warned the day the court made its decision. 

Chicago’s Mayor Daley predicted that we would “go back to the Old West, you have a gun and I have a gun and we’ll settle it in the streets . . . .” 

The New York Times even editorialized this month about the Supreme Court’s “unwise” decision that there is a right for people “to keep guns in the home.” 

But Armageddon never happened. Newly released data for Chicago shows that, as in Washington, murder and gun crime rates didn’t rise after the bans were eliminated — they plummeted. They have fallen much more than the national crime rate. 

Not surprisingly, the national media have been completely silent about this news.

One can only imagine the coverage if crime rates had risen. In the first six months of this year, there were 14% fewer murders in Chicago compared to the first six months of last year – back when owning handguns was illegal. It was the largest drop in Chicago’s murder rate since the handgun ban went into effect in 1982. 

So, you mean that once there were more guns, that the murder rate went down?  Well then, what of other crimes?

Gun crimes also fell more than non-gun crimes. 

Robberies with guns fell by 25%, while robberies without guns have fallen by eight percent. Assaults with guns fell by 37%, while assaults without guns fell by 12%. 

Just as with right-to-carry laws, when law-abiding citizens have guns some criminals stop carrying theirs. 

The benefit could have been even greater. Getting a handgun permit in Chicago and Washington is an expensive and difficult process, meaning only the relatively wealthy go through it. 

Through the end of May only 2,144 people had handguns registered in Chicago. That limits the benefits from the Supreme Court decisions since it is the poor who are the most likely victims of crime and who benefit the most from being able to protect themselves. 

The linked article also notes that the decreases in the effected cities also exceed the national average several times over.

Freedom always seems to the solution.  Statists would protect us from ourselves, but as gun control shows, those efforts almost always create the exact opposite results.  But, that inconvenient truth seems to evade the statist mind


  • I’m surprised the cops didn’t arrest Tim Patterson for brutal, unliberal behavior.

  • They saved my life in ’68…I have no reason to doubt that they can do it again if necessary in 2011.

  • Excellent post, Matt. I shot it out to my Facebook friends – this is important for all to know about…even – especially – non political types…