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President Reagan Packed Heat In Briefcase

June 15, 2015

Another NRA wacko.

We were talking about Reagan and that day he was shot. Then one of the agents offered this secret: When Reagan was President, he carried his own gun.

I couldn’t believe it.

“It’s true,” they said. A .38. Reagan used to hide it in his briefcase and take it on Air Force One

  1. June 19, 2015 9:48 AM

    You want the facts-here they are. But first the choking of funding that you misread has to do the stranglehold the NRA has on congress, and the undercutting of the research about guns and the violence they cause in our society. Living in a city with a university it is concerning when anyone argues against more knowledge about a topic that is so front and center to most Americans every week. More data is needed and that data then is used to bolster new legislation—but you know that and that is why you wish not to have more light on the subject. Hmmmm…….

    •One in three people in the U.S. know someone who has been shot.1
    •On average, 31 Americans are murdered with guns every day and 151 are treated for a gun assault in an emergency room.2
    •Every day on average, 55 people kill themselves with a firearm, and 46 people are shot or killed in an accident with a gun.3
    •The U.S. firearm homicide rate is 20 times higher than the combined rates of 22 countries that are our peers in wealth and population.4
    •A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure in a domestic homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense.5

    Gun Violence Takes a Massive Toll on American Children
    •More than one in five U.S. teenagers (ages 14 to 17) report having witnessed a shooting.6
    •An average of seven children and teens under the age of 20 are killed by guns every day.7
    •American children die by guns 11 times as often as children in other high-income countries.8
    •Youth (ages 0 to 19) in the most rural U.S. counties are as likely to die from a gunshot as those living in the most urban counties. Rural children die of more gun suicides and unintentional shooting deaths. Urban children die more often of gun homicides.9
    •Firearm homicide is the second-leading cause of death (after motor vehicle crashes) for young people ages 1-19 in the U.S.10
    •In 2007, more pre-school-aged children (85) were killed by guns than police officers were killed in the line of duty.11

    Gun Violence is a Drain on U.S. Taxpayers
    •Medical treatment, criminal justice proceedings, new security precautions, and reductions in quality of life are estimated to cost U.S. citizens $100 billion annually.12
    •The lifetime medical cost for all gun violence victims in the United States is estimated at $2.3 billion, with almost half the costs borne by taxpayers.13

    Americans Support Universal Background Checks
    •Nine out of 10 Americans agree that we should have universal background checks, including three out of four NRA members.
    •Since the Brady Law was initially passed, about 2 million attempts to purchase firearms have been blocked due to a background check. About half of these blocked attempts were by felons.14

  2. tom permalink
    June 18, 2015 11:36 PM

    Deke: I think the science here is pretty well settled. First of all, gun violence is declining in America. look at the numbers for 1993 and 2011. Firearms incidents: 1,222.701/ 414, 562; for the rate of crime involving firearms: 7.3/ 1.8; firearms compared to all violent incidents: 8/ 8. There is no reason to suggest that more permissive gun laws such as concealed carry laws have led to more gun violence.

    Consider: in 2008, the last year for which I could find reliable statistics (those done by the government or some lefty organization) 92% of homicides were gang related.

    Suicide rates do not increase with more guns. Japan has very strict gun laws but also a suicide rate twice what we have in the U.S. The U.S. suicide rate is comparable or lower than England, Canada, Germany, Norway, etc….

    It is clear that we don’t need an increased rate of study regarding gun control issues. I think we continue at current pace. What we do need is for people to put away their biases and look at the data with more common sense. As a liberal you should be much better with science and far more open regarding new concepts and facts than us simpleton conservatives, right?

    As far as funding the NRA, my understanding is that the NRA currently receives all its funding from private donations. When you advocate “choking” the funding for the NRA, I wonder if you mean restricting how Americans who are protected by the First Amendment can spend or donate their money. Considering that in some dim future, conservatives might again control enough of the government, do you really want to set the precedent of this type of censorship? What other organizations would you also restrict and thereby censor?

    Finally, what ever happened to the left that they so hate free speech? This is certainly not the liberalism I knew back in college.

  3. June 18, 2015 3:05 PM

    Tom, if you want better numbers then you too must agree with me that funding needs to be restored, the funding that the NRA chokes off, for federal research on gun violence.

  4. tom permalink
    June 18, 2015 2:57 PM

    By “gun owners” the study most often means “criminals in possession of a firearm.” One way to look at this is to say we saved 259 lives. That’s a success.

  5. June 17, 2015 2:51 PM

    Your simplicity, pkarm, flies in the face of all sorts of data. Such as just today the Violence Policy Center released a study that finds people are much more likely to use a gun to kill someone without cause than to protect themselves.

    According to the study, gun owners committed 259 justifiable homicides compared to 8,342 criminal homicides in 2012, the most recent year data was available.

    That means gun owners are 32 times more likely to kill someone without cause than to act in self-defense, the study reasoned.

    The old card you use about those ‘law-abiding’ folks is just wrong–as yet another study proves.

  6. June 17, 2015 2:31 PM

    Mr Reagan was very well versed in the use of weapons just as most people who carry them are. But hey lets just take guns away from law abiding people because we all know criminals would never use a weapon irresponsibly. My rights are protected as a gun owner and nothing can be done to take away my rights..But I will make a deal you get all criminals to turn in their weapons and I will do the same

  7. June 15, 2015 9:46 AM

    We now live in a country where EVERYONE supposedly has the “right” to carry guns. How much good did that pistol accomplish for Reagan? Did it protect him — or Jim Brady? Did he even have a chance to access the pistol? And did Reagan have any sort of training firing this weapon — beyond the time he spent as an actor in movies?

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