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Dec 9, 2021 | Media Coverage

Rep. Thomas Massie posted a Christmas photo to Twitter showing his family with guns, setting off a frenzy of liberals condemning the Republican lawmaker.

“Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammo,” Massie posted on Twitter Saturday, accompanied by a photo of his family holding various guns.

The photo spread like wildfire on social media, with tens of thousands of likes and quote tweets, as well as thousands of people slamming Massie as “demented” and an example of a “White Privileged Christmas.” The photo was posted just days after the Michigan high school shooting, which left four dead and seven others injured.


Former White House communications director during the Trump administration, Anthony Scaramucci, also weighed in to say: “If you are running against this a-shole please contact me I will give you dough.” . . .

Emma Colton, “Rep. Massie launches ‘maximum triggering’ with family Christmas photo: ‘Santa, please bring ammo’,” Yahoo! News, December 5, 2021Emma Colton, “Rep. Massie launches ‘maximum triggering’ with family Christmas photo: ‘Santa, please bring ammo’,” Fox News, December 5, 2021.

Countless have already made their position heard. Over the last year, nearly 5 million new gun owners have joined the more than 100 million who already own guns for self-defense. Similarly, the number of concealed carry permit holders has also reached new heights, with over 21.5 million now legally allowed to carry. This is a 48% increase in just the last five years according to a new report from the Crime Prevention Research Center. These numbers are even more striking when you consider that 21 states have now passed constitutional carry and therefore no longer have specific data since permits are not required in their state.

Recent public opinion surveys lend further evidence to growing support for self-protection. The CPRC report cites a Rasmussen poll, for example, which found that by a 68%-22% margin, people “feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed.” . . .

Tim Schmidt, “Supreme Court stakes are high this fall for law-abiding people,” Washington Examiner, November 3, 2021.

Stolfer provided Patch with a link to an academic paper written by Carlisle E. Moody, a professor with the College of William and Mary who works in that university’s Department of Economics, Crime Prevention Research Center.

In his paper, Moody wrote that “a review of the bulk of the research studying the effect of right-to-carry laws shows that the weight of evidence indicates that such laws reduced violent crime.” Moody stated that studies showing that various kinds of violent crime actually increased due to right-to-carry carry laws are believed to be somewhat flawed since “they compare states that only recently have adopted right-to-carry laws with states that have had these laws for many years, instead of comparing against states with more restrictive laws.”

Moody’s paper was referencing right-to-carry, but not necessarily constitutional carry.

Jon Campisi, “PA’s ‘Constitutional Carry’ Will Be Vetoed, But It’s Not Dead,” Patch, November 19, 2021.

Trevor certainly doesn’t speak the truth and all [Jonathan] Frakes’ commentary does is expose himself as someone who is completely ignorant.

In fact, according to John R. Lott and Ruhun Wang of the Crime Prevention Research Center there are over 21.52 million concealed handgun permit holders in the United States of America.

Surely, many of them carry those weapons into cities and businesses every day and they aren’t shooting anyone. How is that if what Trevor Noah says is truth? It’s because it’s not truth and the teensiest bit of common sense and critical thinking proves it a falsehood. Clearly, Frakes has none of the above. , , ,

John F. Trent, “Star Trek Actor Jonathan Frakes Believes Kyle Rittenhouse Wanted To Shoot Someone,” Bounding into Comics, November 18, 2021.

To see this success another way, consider that a September 2020 report by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) found that, in 1999, there were 2.7 million Americans with concealed-carry permits. As of the early 1980s—before reform laws were enacted in large states such as Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas—the number of permits was likely under a million.

By 2020, the number of Americans with permits had grown to over 20 million, according to the CPRC data. The percentage of adults with carry permits was 1.3% in 1999, but 7.6% in 2020. The percentage of adults who carry is, of course, likely far larger than 7.6%, as no permits are needed in the states allowing constitutional carry. . . .

“The NRA Has Long Been The Real Gun-Safety Organization,” America’s 1st Freedom, October 29 2021.

If you want accurate gun stats, read John Lott, Jr.’s book “More Guns Less Crime.”

Marty Ryzak, “More guns do make us safer,” Ventura County Star, December 1, 2021.

Kim Stolfer, president of the Pennsylvania-based gun rights group Firearm Owners Against Crime, pointed to research by economist John Lott to argue that expanded concealed carry would make people safer.

“Their specious comments about dangerous gun laws is nothing more than demagoguery on a huge level,” Stolfer told the Capital-Star. . . .

Stephen Caruso, “Gov. Wolf vetoes bill allowing permitless concealed carry of firearms in Pennsylvania,” Pittsburgh City Paper, December 3, 2021.

As gun sales have been setting records in 2020, many of the states that still require government authorization for the use of this right have been slower to issue permits. Their excuse has been the pandemic. As a result, John Lott, the president of CPRC, reported that, in 2020, “the number of permit holders continued to grow by about 820,000.” This 4.4% growth over 2019 was “the slowest percent and absolute increase that we have seen since we started collecting this data in 2011.”

Incredibly, as of the end of 2020, about 7.6% of American adults had permits in the states that still require them. In 14 states, more than 10% of adults have permits. Alabama has the highest concealed-carry rate at 28.5%. Florida is the first state to have over 2 million permits. . . .

Charles C.W. Cooke, “THE TRUTH IS OUT ON CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY’S IMPACT,” Guns in the News, November 30, 2021.




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