” The number of applications for one of the most popular conceal carry permits in the United States has skyrocketed since the deadly mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last December. This surge is likely due to concern about the changing state laws across the nation and the fact that Utah’s conceal carry permit is recognized in 33 other states.
The state of Utah released the latest quarterly data on the number of conceal firearm applications received by its division of public safety. The number of applicants during the first quarter of this year (the first quarter post-Sandy Hook shooting) shows a notable increase from the corresponding months of 2012.
Utah Department of Public Safety Firearms Supervisor Jason Chapman told The Salt Lake Tribune in January that about 70 percent of the 77,062 concealed weapon permits issued in 2012 were out of state applicants.”
Tag Archive: Newtown Connecticut
” At next week’s State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama is likely to continue his ongoing push for more gun control. It’s a push first spurred on by Obama’s gun control allies in the liberal media. In the wake of the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks quickly moved to exploit the tragedy to push for more gun control legislation while mostly ignoring solutions that respect gun owners’ Second Amendment rights.
CBS was the most stridently anti-gun rights network. By a whopping 22 to 1 ratio, CBS aired more stories that favored gun control (44) to those that supported gun rights (2), with 37 neutral pieces. ABC aired almost six times as many stories that favored gun control (29) to those that favored gun rights, with 25 neutral stories. NBC pushed for more gun control in 26 of their stories to just 5 that tilted in favor of gun rights for a 5 to 1 ratio, with 43 neutral segments.”
- Study: ABC, CBS, NBC Slant 8 to 1 for Obama’s Gun Control Crusade (newsbusters.org)
- If it Looks Like the Networks are Pushing Gun Hysteria, It’s Because They’re Pushing Gun Hysteria (pjmedia.com)
- Big Three Nets Slant Overwhelmingly For Obama’s Gun Ban Campaign (stoptheaclu.com)
- A Case Study in Media Bias (powerlineblog.com)
- TV networks gave more air time to pro-gun control stories (theblaze.com)
- Doubling Down on Anti-Gun News (cnsnews.com)
- Big Three Networks Favor Obama Gun Ban Campaign (breitbart.com)
- So where is news made these days? (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Media Bias in the Age of Obama (commentarymagazine.com)
- ‘Without Media Bias, America Would Vote Like Texas Or Kentucky’ (conservativebyte.com)
” A recent NBC/WSJpoll shows that more people blame bad parenting and Hollywood for mass public shootings than guns themselves. The results display that the massive public relations campaign to convince people that inanimate objects or society are more to blame more than individuals or their particular family backgrounds has not been very successful.
The wording of the question, polled of 1000 respondents (300 by cellphone):
Now, I’m going to list several items and would like you to tell me how much responsibility — if any— each item might bear for the mass-shootings that have taken place over the last year or two in Tucson, Arizona; Aurora, Colorado; and Newtown, Connecticut – a great deal, a good amount, not too much, or none at all? “
And where did guns figure in the poll respondent’s mind ?
” Most importantly, guns themselves were blamed the fifth most at 59 percent, the rate of people who agreed that “assault and military-style firearms being legal to purchase,” and “the availability of high capacity ammunition clips” contributed to the occurrence of mass public shootings.”
- NYTimes Buries Own Poll Findings Showing Support for Armed Guards in School, Blaming Hollywood (newsbusters.org)
- Mike Huckabee: Gun Violence Push Shows Obama Has ‘Nothing But Contempt For The Constitution’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- WSJ/NBC Poll Shows Continuing Support for NRA (blogs.wsj.com)
- CNN/Time Poll: Slight dip in support for gun control measures in last month (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Obama Protects Hollywood (papundits.wordpress.com)
- NRA’s Anti-Hollywood Strategy May Be Working, Poll Finds (theatlanticwire.com)
- Poll: NRA more popular than Hollywood (upi.com)
A new Gallup poll shows that the National Rifle Association, the target of a wave of intensely negative news coverage after the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, still has a favorable rating of 54 percent. While down from the organization’s 60 percent favorable rating in 2005, that is still about a point higher than President Obama’s personal favorable rating.
- Gallup: Majority of Americans approve of the NRA (hotair.com)
- Poll: 54 percent view NRA favorably (politico.com)
- Interesting … (youviewedblog.wordpress.com)
- Gallup Poll: 54% Have Favorable Opinion of the NRA (townhall.com)
- GALLUP: Most Americans Have A Favorable View Of The NRA (ibtimes.com)
” While some on the Left have demonized the National Rifle Association on Twitter and other social media platforms (indeed, one “educator” even called for the execution of NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre) in the days since the unspeakable tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a majority of Americans (albeit a slim majority) continue to view the NRA favorably: “
” Has the rate of random mass shootings in the United States increased? Over the past 30 years, the answer is definitely yes. It is also true that the total U.S. homicide rate has fallen by over half since 1980, and the gun homicide rate has fallen along with it. Today, Americans are safer from violent crime, including gun homicide, than they have been at any time since the mid-1960s.
Why the increase? It cannot be because gun-control laws have become more lax. Before the 1968 Gun Control Act, there were almost no federal gun-control laws. The exception was the National Firearms Act of 1934, which set up an extremely severe registration and tax system for automatic weapons and has remained in force for 78 years.
Since gun controls today are far stricter than at the time when “active shooters” were rare, what can account for the increase in these shootings? One plausible answer is the media. Cable TV in the 1990s, and the Internet today, greatly magnify the instant celebrity that a mass killer can achieve. We know that many would-be mass killers obsessively study their predecessors.
In the mid-1960s, many of the killings would have been prevented because the severely mentally ill would have been confined and cared for in a state institution. But today, while government at most every level has bloated over the past half-century, mental-health treatment has been decimated. According to a study released in July by the Treatment Advocacy Center, the number of state hospital beds in America per capita has plummeted to 1850 levels, or 14.1 beds per 100,000 people. “
- How to Spot a Hypocrite in the Gun Debate and Other Reflections on Newtown (libertyblitzkrieg.com)
- The Horrific Newtown Shooting and the Inconvenient Facts About Gun Control, Mental Illness and How the Physician Community Should Respond (diseasemanagementcareblog.blogspot.com)
” The Old Media establishment has done a disservice to an American public heartbroken over the murders at a Connecticut grade school by reporting untrue “facts” over and over again and by using emotionally tinged phrases that do not relay fact but instead push an agenda.
Here are just a few of the badly garbled “facts” in this story that the media rushed to “report” before any truth was put to them.
Of course, the very first major mix up was the shooter’s name.
Also from the beginning, the murderer was reported as having strode through the school with a .223-caliber rifle, often referred to by the media here as an “assault weapon.”
Lanza is also being said to have been wearing “combat gear.” What does this even mean?
Some reporters are calling the killer’s mother an “avid gun collector.” There is no basis for this label.
There’s Lot’s More At The Link . Read It All .
- What happened in Connecticut Elementary School Shooting (americanlivewire.com)
- Enemies of Second Amendment Will Exploit Connecticut Shooting (pakalertpress.com)
- Nancy Lanza Was Prepping for Collapse (drudge.com)
- This is not that Ryan Lanza (al.com)
- Is This Ryan Lanza, the Connecticut School Shooter? (gawker.com)
- Apparently, This Is NOT Connecticut School Shooter Ryan Lanza’s Facebook (mediaite.com)
- Connecticut school shooting: This is probably the wrong Ryan Lanza (deathandtaxesmag.com)
” President Barack Obama used the Sunday evening memorial service for the murdered kindergartners and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School to launch a partisan campaign that could expand government intrusion into parenting and gun control.
“[The] job of keeping our children safe, and teaching them well, is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors … and the help of a nation,” Obama said at the vigil, which was held only a short distance from the Connecticut school where 20 children and six adults were murdered on Friday.
“We will have to change. … If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief … then surely we have an obligation to try.” “
” I remember you. I remember your names. I remember what channel you were from. I remember that you filled the parking lot at Mike’s funeral. You stood in a line outside of the door, devouring the footage of crying football players running away from the service, like rabid hungry wolves. You replayed the video of Mike being loaded into the ambulance, over and over and over again, even when people wrote to you and asked you to stop.
And you were there today, in Newtown. Asking children who can barely spell their names what it felt like to have the trajectory of their life changed in a single morning.
How the f**k do you think it feels?
They will remember you. They will remember feeling violated by you. Their parents will regret that the veil of shock blurred their vision enough to allow you to interview their children.
Our country is struggling with finding the answers we need to keep our babies safe. We are struggling with how we feel about guns, and how we feel about mental health care. Report on that.
But the 14 year old child in me begs you, begs you, to not ask children to report on what it felt like. What it sounded like. How scary it was.
I can tell you for sure, that they will live that trauma every single day. They will be 34, sitting in the car with their husband outside their little boy’s preschool, crying silently at the news reports. They will be transported immediately back to 14 years old, and how cold the grass felt under their feet. They will feel the breath of their friends on their neck as they followed each other blindly back into the gymnasium. And they will see your face, foreign and imploring, your voice pleading and fake.
This is a story for only the grown-ups to tell, while the children focus on healing. The path out of that school takes years, and it is a private journey that should only be walked with friends. “
First and foremost we should pray for the victims and their families, but because liberalism is increasingly losing its nerve with each passing year we must also not cede the debate in the name of taking the high ground…unfortunately… “