Firearm Purchaser Licensing Laws Linked To Fewer Fatal Mass Shootings

February 13, 2020

  • February 13, 2020 at 1:24 pm
    Jack says:
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    “Shootings connected to gang or illegal drug-related activities were excluded from the analyses.” You gotta be kidding me. Is that because of what Bloomberg said?

    • February 13, 2020 at 1:53 pm
      Andrew says:
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      Wait, you think the gang members were licensed and it might skew the data?

      • February 14, 2020 at 7:14 am
        Just Calls About Wedding & Yoga Bear says:
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        Wait!; You think deaths of/by gang members, by number, and as a percentage of overall deaths by guns, shouldn’t count in gun fatality stats?

        • February 14, 2020 at 11:42 am
          Jack says:
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          Just calls- obviously Bloomberg, the people that did the study and their minions didn’t care.

        • February 14, 2020 at 6:08 pm
          Andrew G. Simpson says:
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          Let’s be clear. This study analyzed fatal mass shootings and the association between the rates of those shootings and the presence of various firearm laws. It does not pretend to be a study of all violence or gun deaths or violence or even all gun laws or defense strategies. It is focused on mass shootings. That’s it.

          • February 14, 2020 at 7:11 pm
            Craig Cornell says:
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            Mass shootings in a few states.

            What are the death tolls from mass shootings in these few states compared to all other homicides in the country?

            Why shouldn’t we focus on the bigger picture?

          • February 17, 2020 at 1:18 pm
            Jack says:
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            Craig- because that would point to the truth, and we can’t have that now can we.

  • February 13, 2020 at 1:31 pm
    Jack says:
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    When you balance this article with the study done about the same type of “mass killings” prevented by guns with high capacity mags………wait…that wont happen.

    Molon Labe

    • February 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm
      JaxAgent says:
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      Right on, Jack. Molon Labe ! ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

      I wonder how many ‘mass shootings’ are the result of the media’s hyper coverage of said events ? I guarantee you that a lot of these are idiots that have seen these reports and the coverage received.

      • February 14, 2020 at 9:42 am
        Well... says:
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        Wait. Is your suggestion that we could prevent mass shootings by not informing the public of mass shootings?

        • February 14, 2020 at 11:25 am
          Jack says:
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          Well….says- Are you saying there has never been copycat killers?

          • February 14, 2020 at 2:03 pm
            Well... says:
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            Jack I didn’t say anything. I asked a question.

            I will answer yours, even though you failed to answer mine.

            Yes there have been copycat killers. An ill-informed public will not prevent this.

          • February 14, 2020 at 3:49 pm
            JaxAgent says:
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            An ill informed public can’t have copycat killers, dumb dumb.

          • February 18, 2020 at 11:12 am
            Well... says:
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            Name calling. How mature…

            Additionally, people of that ilk, aren’t sitting around waiting for a news story to motivate them…dumb dumb.

        • February 14, 2020 at 12:30 pm
          Just Calls About Wedding & Yoga Bear says:
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          I suggest that people who observe others that are enamored/ intrigued by mass shooting should keep an eye on such potential copycats and report them to law enforcement at the moment when there is more than innocent curiousness.

          • February 14, 2020 at 2:05 pm
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            I agree that the use of red flag laws should be part of the the solution Yogi.

        • February 14, 2020 at 3:48 pm
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          I didn’t suggest that, you did. Informing the public and turning the event into an over-hyped spectacle are two different things.
          In many ways the press glorify these wackos.

  • February 13, 2020 at 1:43 pm
    Armando M. Castellini says:
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    I have no problem with the government requiring fingerprinting and a license to purchase a handgun, but I do object to any further intrusion and interference with my Constitutional right to “… keep and bear …” arms. This means to own and to carry. No one wants the “bad guys” to readily and easily obtain handguns, even though there is no really effective way to prevent this. But I do not want any governmental unit to prevent me from exercising my rights. We all know that almost all governmental authorities (local police departments and up) do not want people to be able to easily purchase, or get a license to carry, a firearm – all despite the great many occasions each year when a “good guy” with a handgun has prevented a “bad guy” with a gun from wreaking havoc on the population.

    • February 13, 2020 at 1:58 pm
      Andrew says:
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      I think if you have to obtain a license to drive a car/truck/motorcycle that it’s not unreasonable to think one needs a license to own and carry a firearm.

      • February 13, 2020 at 2:08 pm
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        Driving a car is not a right protected by our Constitution. It’s a ‘privilege’.

        I don’t really disagree with you, Andrew, I grew up hunting, shooting etc. then after college went into the Army in the Infantry, so my experience is extensive, but I know that lots and lots of gun owners barely know which end makes the noise.
        How about we grandfather certain folks and require new owners …….. hell, I don’t know. My real beef with some of the extreme measures I hear democrat candidates blathering on about is that , despite their best intentions and efforts, the genie is out of the bottle. I feel certain that any attempt to ban and take back weapons of any kind would not be very successful and probably wouldn’t end very well either.

        • February 13, 2020 at 3:47 pm
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          Here is my biggest issue with all of these assumptions. I agree that owning a firearm should be a right as long as you have the training and you are not a danger to yourself or society. I know that bad guys will have guns, but having a good guy with a gun who doesn’t know how to use it is also ineffective to counter that bad guy. Anyone who says that taking guns would work is wrong. It does not make logical sense that it would work in any capacity, but if they restricted future sales and pushed for more voluntary turn in of these weapons, I think that might work more then what most people are saying. One issue is I think the constitution on that portion needs to be updated to modern times regarding firearms, when it was written the weapons were different and our political system was different in the fact that we didn’t have a real army or police departments. Today we have both of these things. And yes the constitution can be changed through constitutional amendments.

          thoughts?

          • February 13, 2020 at 5:56 pm
            Craig Cornell says:
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            Ask the Iranian people about gun restrictions. The Mullahs would have been gone a long time ago if the Iranians people had guns. But since they don’t, they live in poverty and oppression.

            People who think the government could never turn on the people are ignorant of history. Happens all the time. Usually, it happens when an autocrat rewards the military and police with special favors to side with the autocrat.

            The media constantly claims that Trump wants to subvert democracy. I don’t believe it at all. But clearly, the media believes it is possible. Especially with the coming advances in technology for tracking, facial recognition, recording your every click on your computer or phone, etc.

          • February 14, 2020 at 7:25 am
            Just Calls About Wedding & Yoga Bear says:
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            No, the Constitution need not be updated. Regulation of gun ownership should reside with states, similar to auto ownership, and ownership of anything else commonly considered to be dangerous.

            Only if an individual is proven to be irresponsible or incapable of owning any potentially dangerous thing should their rights be restricted for the safety of other citizens.

            The 2nd Amendment was written as a deterrent to the US government becoming oppressive to its citizens. Removal of that right, even partially and incrementally, will not stand the test of Constitutionality.

          • February 14, 2020 at 8:47 am
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            Sounds like we are on the same page, except that I would not want to see the 2nd Amendment modified…..I believe that it is important to keep the original wording as the framers stated it.
            Many 2nd A advocates are zealous in their defense of same as they fear (not without some genuine reasons) that once you start tweaking those rights that it becomes easier and easier to continue down that road. Kind of like a dam that developes a small leak.
            So while i applaud those who fight tooth and nail, I am more moderate in my position. I give generously to the NRA and I’m glad they are diligent.
            I also agree with your take on a “good guy with a gun who doesn’t know how to use it..” ! I sure don’t want him/her opening up in a crowded room in an effort to stop a bad guy. LOL
            Notwithstanding the aforementioned, I think the evidence is clear that armed citizens have created a very successful deterrent effect and reduced crime in those parts of the country where both concealed and open carry are allowed and not thwarted.

          • February 14, 2020 at 10:05 am
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            My biggest issue with your assessment Craig is that you don’t think people know that governments have turned on its people. I mean it happens in Russia and China all of the time. If the American government tries to control the masses through the military, I don’t think there is much people can do against tanks and airplanes equipped with massive weapons.

            Now yes not all people in the military will participate, but people believed before that the citizens in the military wouldn’t commit atrocities against their own citizens. I mean I feel like that has happened multiple times throughout history, and people often forget that and are optimistic.

            Jax,. I understand your points, but I still think the 2nd amendment needs to be updated for modern times, but I respect your opinion regarding it.

            Have an awesome day!

          • February 14, 2020 at 3:55 pm
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            So by your logic, Just calls about weddings, regulation of free speech should also reside with states ?
            These rights that are guaranteed by our constitution should not be left up to the states, if the states (like New York, Illinios, etc) have every intent to trample those rights.

          • February 14, 2020 at 4:38 pm
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            I am similar confused Jax. I think it is the wrong way to go with letting gun rights be set by states. You can have extreme lax or over regulation very easily with this method. Polar, can you please explain further why you believe such regulations should come from this level of government?

          • February 15, 2020 at 9:23 am
            PolarBeaRepeal says:
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            States might regulate registration of guns if that is ruled Constitutional by the SCOTUS. States SHOULD legislate safety measures regarding mental health issues that may lead to gun violence or other types of violence by mentally ill people. I was not sufficiently clear by writing a brief comment above.

        • February 14, 2020 at 4:16 pm
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          You guys hurt my head. Government does not grant rights. Why do so many people think they do?

          • February 14, 2020 at 4:42 pm
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            Well in a sense they do grant rights, or rather protections of certain rights. Just because you are here doesn’t mean you can do anything you want. Can you expand on your overall thoughts on what you said?

          • February 17, 2020 at 3:26 pm
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            There is just an overall lack of separation between rights and government that bother me. Rights are inherent, regardless of whether or not a government decides to protect it. Once you regulate “rights” to what government allows you to do, you are quickly slipping down the slope that leads to what we see in 1984.

            Another recent example is healthcare. So many people are parading around calling healthcare a “human right” and claiming that because it is a right, government should pay for it.

      • February 13, 2020 at 3:40 pm
        Jack says:
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        Andrew- You do not have to a drivers lic to purchase a car.

        I do have to have concealed weapons permit to carry my firearm and a huntling lic to hunt.

    • February 13, 2020 at 4:13 pm
      Full Semi Auto says:
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      The cognitive dissonance displayed by saying that people should be licensed and finger printed just to buy a gun, but then lament that virtually all Gov authorities do everything possible to discourage people from buying a gun is laughable. Look at what is happening in Illinois with their FOID cards- “Oops we don’t have the time or money to issue those cards you need to own a gun- too bad.”

      This why those very same rights you claim to wish to protect are incrementally taken (IE “infringed”) every legislative session. Stop letting Leftists weaponize your empathy and handing them the very tools they will use to take your firearms, because when they think you can’t fight back, they will enforce their rule with your blood.

      Delete that first sentence, and stop being a useful idiot.

      • February 14, 2020 at 12:35 pm
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        Full Semi Auto- my full semi auto has 100 round clips that shoot 4000 rounds per second. Yours?

  • February 13, 2020 at 2:06 pm
    rob havens says:
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    Just what I thought – I googled Daniel Webster name. – YOU left out in this article that he is part of BLOOMBERG public health. BIASED!!!
    How much money did they pay you to run this article…… HMMMM

    • February 13, 2020 at 4:54 pm
      Andrew G. Simpson says:
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      We did not leave it out. There are 5 references to the Bloomberg School of Public Health in the article and references.

  • February 13, 2020 at 2:16 pm
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    Excluded data from certain states…excluded data from gangs and drug related activities???
    Sounds to me like they needed come up with a predetermined conclusion……….

    • February 13, 2020 at 3:41 pm
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      Bob- proof again, it’s an agenda, not facts.

  • February 13, 2020 at 3:04 pm
    Oracle says:
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    Please pass a Law making it Illegal to commit a crime with a Gun!

    That way I can tell the Criminal with a Gun that they are breaking the Law.

    • February 14, 2020 at 12:13 pm
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      Oracle- why worry about minor details like that when criminals will simply be released in NY without bail?

  • February 13, 2020 at 6:48 pm
    George says:
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    Firearm purchaser licensing laws require a direct application to a law enforcement agency that conducts background checks, often aided by fingerprint-based identity verification of the applicant. I am very much in favor of 2d amendment rights. i do not see how do these laws restrict gun ownership by responsible Americans or infringe rights. Don’t they just keep them out of the hands of people who should not have them? Yes, criminals can still get guns but shouldn’t we make an effort to keep guns out of their hands? I for one am willing to put up with the inconvenience of a background check and fingerprinting. And this is not the only study to show that such laws reduce violence. I would hope people who believe in the 2d amendment would be willing to undergo a little inconvenience to keep it and us all safer. Such laws do not restrict your right to own a firearm unless your background check indicates you are a danger.

  • February 14, 2020 at 8:36 am
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    States that require no permits have lower shootings than states that require permits. Vermont does not require permits to purchase and has constitutional carry and has had no mass shootings. California requires permits to purchase and allows almost no one a concealed carry permit and has massive amounts of mass shootings.
    This article cherry picks data to arrive at a pre conceived result.

    • February 14, 2020 at 9:50 am
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      David- they don’t want the facts. Don’t tell them about Unicorns not being real, you will get beat down for truth in this group.

      • February 14, 2020 at 10:07 am
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        How about you let people prove their points rather then pass their opinions as facts. Jax and I just had a great conversation even though we slightly disagree. Be more like Jax, not yourself who isn’t engaging constructively.

        • February 14, 2020 at 10:26 am
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          flawedlogic- I will not debate unicorns.

          • February 14, 2020 at 10:56 am
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            Nobody is debating anything with you, Jack … you haven’t said anything that could be researched, verified, discussed or debated in this thread besides “You do not have to a drivers lic to purchase a car” which is correct. All the rest of your comments have been totally subjective in nature.

            Flawedlogic was simply asking you give other people a chance to prove their argument with facts and give folks an opportunity to actually discuss things rather than poo-pooing a possible conversation because you don’t think “they” really want to debate facts.

          • February 14, 2020 at 11:16 am
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            Rosenblatt- I can go online and buy any car i want in a private sale without a driver lic. There is no debating that. It’s a fact.

          • February 14, 2020 at 11:19 am
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            Rosen- It’s also a fact IJ will NOT post an article on pro gun- self defense facts.

          • February 14, 2020 at 11:43 am
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            I know buddy, I know. That’s why my last post said:

            “you haven’t said anything that could be researched, verified, discussed or debated in this thread besides “You do not have to a drivers lic to purchase a car” which is correct. “

            I already said you were right when you wrote that. I don’t know why you’re trying to argue with me when I already agreed with you.

  • February 14, 2020 at 10:55 am
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    All we need to know about the “study” includes Bloomberg, the Anti-Constitutional Mini Mike Bloomberg and his fascination with shredding the 2nd Amendment is clear. Interestingly the study was released in February 2020, right before Super Tuesday Elections he is buying in.
    Clearly Mini Mike Bloomberg is an Anti-Constitutionalist & the bias study confirms it!

    • February 14, 2020 at 11:46 am
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      TR714- and $1000 says mini Mike’s security has high capacity mags in their pistols and AR15’s in the trunks of their cars.

  • February 14, 2020 at 4:02 pm
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    The Barred owls are giving it the old on/two outside right now. They are very social and we are approaching their mating season. I love hearing them. :-)

  • February 14, 2020 at 4:14 pm
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    “After each horrible mass shooting, there are always policy debates on how they can be prevented,” says lead author Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and Bloomberg Professor of American Health in Violence Prevention

    Yeah. OK. I almost stopped reading there. Who thought this guy should be in charge of a study on whether guns should be more regulated? That is literally his job. Confirmation bias much?

    Is this “association” between the laws and reduced shootings statistically significant? Kind of a critical thing to be missing.

    This study also does not account for the trend in overall crime levels dropping.

  • February 17, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    Andrew G. Simpson says:
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    A few of you have been posting climate-related comments to this article.

    • February 17, 2020 at 5:28 pm
      flawedlogic says:
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      My apologies Andrew for my part in posting off topic comments.

    • February 17, 2020 at 6:03 pm
      Craig Cornell says:
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      You need to be more diligent in stopping the gratuitous name calling. “Liar” seems to be acceptable routinely while off-topic comments are not acceptable? (But truly, thank you for doing something about Jon. The civility has improved since then noticeably.)

      • February 18, 2020 at 9:21 am
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        Maybe stop the misleading and deceitful statements, the needless attacks, and just debate normally, or you could be next Craig.

        • February 18, 2020 at 12:15 pm
          Craig Cornell says:
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          Well, it was more civil for a moment . . .

          • February 18, 2020 at 1:04 pm
            Rosenblatt says:
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            I think what flawedlogic was trying to get across was that while Jon obviously makes some posts that are unwarranted and unjustified (for which both FL and myself have called Jon out for doing in recent articles which have since been removed), you are not fault-free in the name-calling department.



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