Unholstering the truth about guns

Jan. 28, 2013

By Katy Grimes


Politicians are nothing if not predictable. With every tragedy, lawmakers seize the opportunity to come up with a solution,  a rule, or another law. But often the new rules don’t quite fit the crime. Facts become fuzzy and manipulations take place.

Unfortunately, this is exactly what has happened with the recent killings at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the Aurora, Colo. movie theater, the Oregon shopping mall and the attack on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

With guns on the chopping block in the United States and the specific challenge to owners of “assault rifles,” there is more smoke and mirrors than fact coming from the media and elected officials. Some are just ignorant of the facts, but others are deliberately disingenuous.

The very term “assault weapons” is dubious, as I explained in “Regulation is the enemy of freedom.” The term was first used by Josh Sugarmann, head of the anti-gun group, the Violence Policy Center, “a national educational foundation working to enhance gun control in America.”

“The semi-automatic weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons — anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun — can only increase that chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons,” Sugarmann said in 1988.

Ironically, Sugarmann is from Newtown, Conn., where the recent school shooting took place.

Presidental assassinations — a little history

In the history of the U.S. presidency, four presidents have actually died from assassination. Another six survived assassination attempts.

Of the four assassinations,  three were done with simple, legal and small guns. All three, with the exception of John F. Kennedy, was with a small hand gun. Not one of the guns was a large capacity weapon.

And yet, of the politicians who actually want to ban guns, many have a concealed carry weapons permit.


Abraham Lincoln – Lincoln was shot in the head while watching a play on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, who escaped and was later shot and killed. According to the FBI, the recovered gun was a single-shot pistol — a one-bullet, tiny gun.


James Garfield – Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau, a mentally disturbed government office seeker, and Garfield stalker, on July 2, 1881 with a British Bulldog revolver. This gun is a solid-frame pocket revolver.

William McKinley – McKinley was shot two times by anarchist Leon Czolgosz on September 6, 1901. Czolgosz shot McKinley with a .32 Iver Johnson revolver concealed in a handkerchief in his right hand.

John F. Kennedy –  Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.  Oswald used a  6.5 mm Carcano rifle.

Today’s attempted gun ban would do nothing to stop any of these killings, nor any of the six attempted Presidential assassinations.

Six presidents survived assassination attempts

Andrew Jackson: Richard Lawrence, an unemployed house painter, shot at Jackson, but his pistol misfired.  Jackson clubbed Lawrence several times with his cane, but during the scuffle, Lawrence pulled out a second loaded pistol and pulled the trigger; it also misfired.

Theodore Roosevelt: During his campaign for the presidency in 1912, Roosevelt was shot at close range by John Schrank, a psychotic New York saloon keeper. Schrank had his .38 caliber pistol aimed at Roosevelt’s head, but the attempted killing was deflected by a bystander.

Franklin Roosevelt: Giuseppe Zangara, an Italian immigrant and unemployed bricklayer, emptied his .32 caliber pistol but missed the President.

Harry Truman: On November 1, 1950, an assassination attempt was carried out by two Puerto Rican pro-independence activists, using a 9mm handgun, while the President was at the Blair House. A White House Police officer was killed. Truman was not harmed.

Gerald Ford: Lynette Squeaky Fromme, one of the cult followers of mass murderer Charles Manson, attempted to kill Ford in Sacramento. However, her .45  single-action, semi-automatic handgun failed to fire.

Ronald Reagan: On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley shot a .22 caliber revolver six times at Reagan as he left the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The issue with most of the presidential assassinations and attempts was access, not gun type.

Political elite have carry permits

Many political elite have concealed carry permits,  even those who call for gun bans or restrictions.

“Barbara Boxer used her influence to secure an elusive concealed carry permit from California,” reported the National Association for Gun Rights. “I can almost hear her trying to deceive gun owners… ‘Trust me, I have a permit,’” Dudley Brown wrote on the NAGR website.

“Or how about New York Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer? Schumer himself is reported to possess a New York concealed handgun permit, and both U.S. Senators regularly employed armed guards for their personal protection,” Brown reported.

“Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is well-known for packing heat when he is in his home district,” National Review online reported in 2011.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, acknowledged during a hearing in 1995 of having a concealed weapon permit. Feinstein has just introduced legislation to renew a federal assault weapons ban, but this one would be far more restrictive than the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban which primarily banned guns that had certain cosmetic features, such as a flash suppressor, folding or telescoping stock, pistol grip, or a bayonet mount.


“The purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons over time,” Feinstein said on Thursday, standing in front of a display of “assault” weapons. “Therefore there is no sunset on this bill.”

Feinstein’s latest legislation includes a ban on weapons with any “one military characteristic,” and bans the “import, export, manufacture, sale and transfer of hundreds of semi-automatic rifles, handguns and some shotguns.”

 The ban doesn’t just include the scary looking AR-15 and AK-47 semi-automatic rifles; There is a list of more than 150 guns that would be banned under Feinstein’s legislation, and this one would have no expiration date. (Photo: Getty Images)

Concealed carry in the U.S.

How many concealed carry permits are there in the U.S.? According to state reporting, the Government Accountability Office reported in July that there were at least 8 million active permits to carry concealed handguns in the United States as of December 31, 2011.

“In June 2002, 7 states and the District of Columbia prohibited the concealed carry of handguns,” the GAO reported. “As of March 2012, individuals can carry concealed handguns in all but 1 state (Illinois) and the District of Columbia.”

It is a travesty that members of Congress are not listening to the states, with this dramatic increase of states’ allowing concealed carry permit.

While many believe that Feinstein’s legislation will not make it through the Republican controlled Congress, President Obama has said that he supports this sweeping weapons ban, apparently more than the rights of all Americans under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.


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  1. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 28 January, 2013, 13:07

    I wouldn’t get too worked up about Feinswines publicity stunt/gun grab. The old hag has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. Most likely it won’t even get out of committee hearings unscathed.

    If it gets to the Senate floor expect a lot of hemming, hawing and rhetorical blather before it dies the ignominious death it deserves. If by some freak occurrence it gets to the House, even the idiots who run the Republican Party aren’t stupid enough to carry water for Feinswine and Obummer.

    Democrat politicians still remember what happened to their party in 1994 even if their supremely arrogant Messiah doesn’t. If they want more of the same they can keep right on assaulting our 2nd Amendment civil rights. We will simply ignore/nullify whatever anti-constitutional nonsense they try to impose.

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  2. sonoffar
    sonoffar 28 January, 2013, 15:30

    What a shame and disgrace that Feinstein is a long time elected official of our state, California. Once a proud and free republic that is now reduced to an ever growing police state ruled by entrenched politicians and weak minded parasites.

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    NTHEOC 28 January, 2013, 16:10

    Dyspeptic says:
    they can keep right on assaulting our 2nd Amendment civil rights.
    Oh I just fricken knew the 2nd amendment would be brought up, and what a weak argument it is!!You RAMBO wannabes need to recognize that no one wants to take away your guns for hunting and protection. The assault weapons and multiple bullet clips should be banned as these were intended as military weapons for war and police dept swat teams!! Everyday living does not require an assault weapon for protection. Think about it. The nation does not need any more shootings of elementary students, movie fans, or shoppers in malls!!!!!!!

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  4. Hondo
    Hondo 28 January, 2013, 17:04

    I will give up my gun when Fienstein gives up her cc permit. Same as Boxer. The police unions have priced themselves out of a job in Stockton and San Berdoo and across this state. With the crime I face in my neighborhood on a day to day basis, it would be stupid to disarm. The gang members sure ain’t giving up their guns.

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    NTHEOC 28 January, 2013, 17:13

    Katy Grimes says,
    Today’s attempted gun ban would do nothing to stop any of these killings, nor any of the six attempted Presidential assassinations.
    But today’s gun ban would no doubt have saved many lives recently, including little children! If these semi auto assault weapons were not available to the gun radicals, you would not have so many dead. I can’t believe Katy and many on this blog continue to Defend the right to own these death machines!!!!!!

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  6. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog 28 January, 2013, 17:24

    Not true NTHEOC – today’s gun ban, if you read the list as well as Feinstein’s bill, would not have stopped any of the attacks. You don’t get to cherry pick your facts and talking points.

    Even NBC admitted that the Newtown shooter did not use an “assault rifle:”

    Pete Williams, NBC’s chief Justice correspondent, reported the following:

    “This continues to be a very complex investigation and there is a lot of contradictory information out there, but we have some new information this morning (one month ago) from a couple of federal officials and state officials.

    They say now that there were actually four handguns inside the school, not just two as we were initially told. Four handguns and apparently only handguns that were taken into the school.

    We knew that Adam Lanza, the man said to be the gunman here, also had an ‘assault-style’ AR-15 -style rifle that he had had taken to the school, it was in the car he drove there, his mother’s car, but we have been told by several officials that he had left that in the car.”

    Williams made it clear over and over again that he confirmed this information with federal and state officials.



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  7. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog 28 January, 2013, 17:25

    And not that it was an “assault-style rifle” NBC said.


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    NTHEOC 28 January, 2013, 17:41

    You are dead wrong and a spinner KATY GRIMES!!!
    This comes straight from the Chief of police!!
    This week, Connecticut State Police Chief Paul Vance spoke out to address the issue of no ASSUALT WEAPON used. “It’s all these conspiracy theorists that are trying to mucky up the waters … There’s no doubt that the rifle was used solely to kill 26 people in that school.”
    The Connecticut State Police spokesman added that regardless of the common misassumption, he has actually noted numerous times that all victims at Sandy Hook Elementary were killed with an assault weapon:
    “There’s no question that the AR-15 was used, the Bushmaster shot those children with multiple rounds and was instrumental in the massacre. Those children and educators might well be alive today if not for the assault weapon and high-capacity magazines.”
    THE TRUTH HURTS HUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Donkey
    Donkey 28 January, 2013, 17:51

    The gun ban would have done little to nothing in the way of saving lives NTHEOC. Most people that are killed in the U.S. are done in by hand-guns, and the LE RAGWUS is responsible for most of the hand gun murders.

    As far a Katy goes, she is defending the individual citizen to be free of government tyranny by standing up for the Bill of Rights and our Constitution.

    NTHEOC, are you ignorant of the Bill of Rights(BOR)? The BOR was adopted to put limits on the government so that when the government became filled with socialist do gooders and busybodies like you the individual would still be protected from tyranny and reatain their freedom to arm themselves against your whims and control.

    Little buddy, the RAGWUS is melting down, I am trying to bring you to the light and truth, but you are so caught up in your PS RAGWUS cult, you are as a follower of Jim Jones, only your cool-aid keeps you from the truth. 🙂

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  10. Donkey
    Donkey 28 January, 2013, 17:54

    NTHEOC, what you are getting from the “police Chief” is LE propaganda, you want it to be a military weapon and so does he, so the truth must be hidden in plain sight. 🙂

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  11. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 28 January, 2013, 17:58

    Donkey says,
    As far a Katy goes, she is defending the individual citizen to be free of government tyranny by standing up for the Bill of Rights and our Constitution.
    No Donkey, for some reason Katy and people like you feel the need to support and defend GUN RADICAL BABY KILLERS!! And for your info Donk. No matter how much ammo,gas masks,vests,and guns you have stored up, you will never be able to stop the gov’t from coming if they really wanted to!! The 2nd amendment is a cop out and weak argument on this issue……….

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  12. Donkey
    Donkey 28 January, 2013, 18:34

    NTHEOC, you have answered my question above, “NTHEOC, are you ignorant of the Bill of Rights(BOR)?”

    Your straw man trains of thought have nothing to do with the BOR, or the 2nd Amendment.

    The government is restriced by the BOR, but as I can attest, it has been under constant and cosistant assult for the fifty years I can remember.

    Stop the drama NTHEOC, LE kills more citizens with guns than citizens ever have in your lifetime. 🙂

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  13. Donkey
    Donkey 28 January, 2013, 19:52

    NTHEOC, Your veiled taunts of anarchist motives are as foolish and your lack of knowledge of the BOR. 🙂

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  14. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 28 January, 2013, 20:06

    The guns are fine— we LOVE violence– period. Sadly there will be more dead kids, adults, victims, innocents…it’s apparently not that big of a deal.

    We love this stuff—- stop complaining sheeple—- GSW’s are good…..mmmmmm…….Even though we have enough will to cure a bit of the “overdetermined” causes of this mass murder by GSW culture, we have enough tea baggy morons in America to slow down full relief until we have had MUCH MUCH more violence— I’d say 25-30 years more…..

    BOR’s—LOL—- There isn’t a room temp IQ out here who knows any con law…….but PLEASE post on for my entertainment!!


    and quickly!

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  15. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 28 January, 2013, 20:35

    BOR’s—LOL—- There isn’t a room temp IQ out here who knows any con law…….but PLEASE post on for my entertainment!!

    LOL…thank you Justice Learned Hand…. or is it Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. today 😉

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  16. Donkey
    Donkey 28 January, 2013, 20:37

    Ted Steals, afraid of freedom and liberty? Beware of the coward that cries for protection of his position in the RAGWUS.

    Ted, as a lefty-liberal I can see you can hate with the Obama crowd like no other. Hugging trees, aborting babies, spending all of our tax money on people who refuse to work or who are illegal…the list is endless…lol…you are the same type of people who yell about saving the whales when there are terrorists out there who want to blow our country to hell, you just can’t balance common sense and intelligence. American citizens have the right to keep and bear arms, cowards can stay home if they are afraid of the boogeyman. 🙂

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  17. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 29 January, 2013, 06:50

    Duncey—- is the face of Rush Limbaugh’s Republiteabagger party. Enjoy being out of power while you continue to spook the majority of your fellow citizens little buddies!

    I’ll have a pizza delivered to your bunker….mmmmm….bunker pizza….mmmmmmmm.

    shout out to Poodle— 0 for 14 ™!

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  18. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 29 January, 2013, 20:49

    it’s too late Jerry and Friends– these tea baggers drank the Beckian Kool Aid ™ a long time ago!

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  19. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 29 January, 2013, 23:01

    Why is Katy Grimes reposting nearly two-month old claims about the gun Lanza used to kill the school kids and teachers when the facts have been clearly reported? The Police Chief and Conn. medical examiner have both stated that the .223 Bushmaster was used to kill all of the victims, most with repeated shots. Lanza used a pistol to kill himself.

    Without the Bushmaster, Lanza has a much more difficult time killing that many people that rapidly. That’s why the military uses these weapons. They are fast and effective killing tools, nothing more.

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  20. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 30 January, 2013, 06:59

    Skip– Let me answer your rhetorical question— Katy reposts this, and the entire Fox news live-in-the-bubble crowd reposts them, to continue to make up there own magic narrative….like all the whacky conspiracy theories they live in a strange world…..

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  21. Jerry and Friends
    Jerry and Friends 30 January, 2013, 09:02

    We don’t need guns in our new socialist commune. Our leaders will appoint the chosen ones to take care of us.

    “After the Temple mobilized volunteers and voters instrumental in George Moscone’s narrow election victory in 1975, Moscone appointed Jones as Chairman of the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission.[60][61] Jones and the Temple received the support of, among others, Governor Jerry Brown, Lieutenant Governor Mervyn Dymally, Assemblyman Willie Brown, San Francisco mayor George Moscone, Art Agnos, and Harvey Milk.[62] Willie Brown visited the Temple many times and spoke publicly in support of Jones, even after investigations and suspicions of cult activity.[63][64]”


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  22. Ted Steele, Navigator
    Ted Steele, Navigator 30 January, 2013, 12:05

    Jerry– The temple morons voluntarily got on planes and flew to south america little buddy! Sorry!

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  23. Jerry and Friends
    Jerry and Friends 30 January, 2013, 14:33

    Wouldn’t you if you had the social endorsement from Jerry? I think you’re already signed up? No need to fly anywhere, we’ll bring it to you.

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  24. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 30 January, 2013, 21:14

    I’ll have a pizza delivered to your bunker….mmmmm….bunker pizza….mmmmmmmm.
    Combo please Teddy, I will tip you good 🙂

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  25. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 31 January, 2013, 05:24

    With extra cheese please Teddy 😉

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  26. Jerry and Friends
    Jerry and Friends 1 February, 2013, 09:20

    Don’t forget the cool-aid Teddy.

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  27. Marten Purdy the metroman
    Marten Purdy the metroman 1 February, 2013, 12:21

    Barbara Boxer said ‘Trust me, I have a permit,
    A radical extremist hardcore “falling of the left side of the Earth” liberal senator from California. Defends the rights of mass murderers to live while campaigning for legalized baby-killing. Is rude and antagonistic to appointees (like Condoleeza Rice). Has no knowledge of the Constitution (thinks abortion is a right specifically protected when it’s not, and the right to bear arms isn’t listed- when it is!). She has been openly hostile to religion multiple times.

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