Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lyndon Johnson's Folly. A statistic I left out of my post on "The utter, complete and abject failure of the citizen disarmament lobby."

Congress adopted most of our recommendations. But this bill--as big as this bill is--still falls short, because we just could not get the Congress to carry out the requests we made of them. I asked for the national registration of all guns and the licensing of those who carry those guns. For the fact of life is that there are over 160 million guns in this country -- more firearms than families. If guns are to be kept out of the hands of the criminal, out of the hands of the insane, and out of the hands of the irresponsible, then we just must have licensing. If the criminal with a gun is to be tracked down quickly, then we must have registration in this country. -- Lyndon Johnson, remarks on the signing of the GCA 1968, 22 October 1968.
"I signed the Gun Control Act of 1968 so why aren't you peasants paying any attention to it?"
In my Sunday post "Give me that old time (gun control) religion," I highlighted this statement from the latest Congressional Research Service report on gun control legislation:
"Per capita, the civilian gun stock has roughly doubled since 1968, from one gun per every two persons to one gun per person."
The CRS report also stated:
"By . . . 2009, the estimated total number of firearms available to civilians in the United States had increased to approximately 310 million."
The official U.S. Census Bureau announced that the "2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538," so actually the number was slightly more than one firearm per person in 2009. What I neglected to give you, my readers, was the number of Americans in 1968 so that you would have a baseline to appreciate how firearms ownership has grown since the modern push for citizen disarmament began 45 years ago.
Well, here it is. In 1970, two years later, the Nineteenth United States Census determined the resident population of the United States to be 203,392,031. Thus, if we accept that the number of firearms at the time was one per every two persons that gives us something in the neighborhood of 101,000,000 in 1968.
So, by the CRS report's count, the frantic efforts of the gun banners have not only doubled the number of weapons per person, but they have more than tripled the aggregate number of firearms in the country.
The statement of Lyndon Johnson quoted above puts the number at 160 million, but this was provided him by the gun control lobby and although one guess may be as good as another (we will never know how many firearms were brought back from America's foreign wars in barracks bags and footlockers), it was criticized at the time as an overstatement. Even if we accept it as fact, that suspect statistic still reflects a doubling of the aggregate number of firearms in the country.
Personally, I think Johnson's number was inflated. Even so, give me some more of that old time gun control religion.
It's good enough for me.


Anonymous said...

That scumbag, Lyndon B Johnson: Democrat- killed more Americans than the NVA and the VC combined in a place already forgotten.. Viet Nam.

Fuck Him.

Yank lll

Anonymous said...

Praise de Lawd and pass the ammunition!

Anonymous said...

That cinches it - the true 'conspiracy' theory is that - wait for it - The NRA funds all the anti-gun organisations to ensure that the gun controllers are a bunch of incoherent ninnies with transparent anti-Constitution agendas!


Anonymous said...

Other than proving that the gun found in the possession of a criminal doesn't belong to her, I don't see how registration helps actually catch said criminal.

The left baffles me. I simply can note think like that. It is unreasonable.

Anonymous said...

That old time (gun control) religion works for me too!

It has been a constant since the advent of the psycho-killer type rampages started, that each new tragedy is followed by cries for "sensible" gun control laws. The subsequent response of the populous has been to buy more guns and ammo.
This cycle repeats itself each time.

By the numbers of guns in circulation we appear to be winning.

...and one thing is for certain: No gun grabbers will ever get them all.


MamaLiberty said...

It would be bad enough, of course, if these cretins just wanted control of our guns, but we must not lose sight of the fact that their goal is total control of all our lives and everything we have or do.

They concentrate on the guns, naturally, because they can't achieve total control over everything else as long as we are armed.