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The Study of a Non-Event
on January 2, 2016
Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control
Kristin A. Goss is an "Assistant Professor of Public Policy Studies and Political Science" at Duke University. No other information about her background is given. This study began as a Ph.D. dissertation and was then developed into this book. She spent a lot of time on it. You should not read this one-sided book unless you have a good knowledge of the facts about this topic. Her statements are often incorrect. There was no "constitutional amendment prohibiting sales and possession" (p.62). Any good book on Prohibition will explain the history of this movement. It was designed to outlaw the meeting places of workingmen where they could talk about the things that affected their lives and the cure. Their oppression at work led to "industrial drinking". Prohibition did not increase prosperity and reduce crime but the reverse. It led to increasing power for organized crime, which often worked in tandem with the elite. Does Duke U. profit from the poisoning and killing of cigarette smokers?
The flaw, or Big Lie, is its unproven assertion that Gun Prohibition is a good thing; no proof in this book. The 1968 Gun Control Act was followed by increased rates of violent deaths (Figure 2.1, page 41). After it was passed the legal technician who wrote this law admitted that whole sections were taken from the 1930s Nazi Gun Control law. This Nazi law was followed by the worst political oppression and highest rates of violence in 20th century Europe. School shootings were unknown before the 1968 Gun Control Act but became a reality with the next generation. Localities with Gun Prohibition have the highest rates of violent death (Washington D.C.) while rural areas with widespread gun ownership have the lowest rates of crime. It all relates to economics and the absence of political oppression. The oppressed suffer from low wages, high taxes, and the poverty that causes crime and "senseless violence" (when somebody snaps). Areas with high gun ownership generally have more owner-operated businesses and a more egalitarian atmosphere.
The US has a lower rate of violent death than Japan or those "industrialized countries" that are never identified for comparison. America has more gun deaths just like it has more automobile deaths or private swimming pool deaths. A big country of 300 million with always have "more" than a smaller country with higher rates of deaths. That is why Gun Prohibitionists are either fooled by their emotional problems or misinformation by the corporate media. Or they are professional liars (from advertising), or lobbyists hired to misinform the public. Every day 3,000 people enter the US illegally to flee the hell of gun-free countries! Figure 4.2 on page 140 shows the after-effects of the 1968 Gun Control Act in increased murders. Or are they caused by factors that can't be mentioned, such as the increased watching of cable TV shows? Goss doesn't tell that Morton Grove's law (p.162) was an attempt to prevent the competition of a new gun shop! Handguns were banned but there were no reports of anyone turning their guns in for confiscation. Starting in 1989 Florida there are now 36 states with a "right to carry" laws. The lack of this fact in this book demonstrates its bias and failure to adequately cover the topic of gun control. The high "fog index" for these chapters prevents its intended use but allows it to serve as a warning about its strategy. Chapter 7 indicts the gun control movement. Does Goss think corporate millions are needed for more political oppression?