Columbine Propagandists Trample the Truth About Firearms Ownership
April 18, 2000
To mark the April 20 anniversary of the multiple murders
at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, major
media and victim disarmament lobbyists have been trying
to focus public attention on "gun control" as the solution
to violence in America. Wisconsin-based Jews for the
Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) publicly
challenged that view today.
"It's shameful how the anti-self defense lobby dances on
the graves of dead crime victims to advance their political
agenda," said Aaron Zelman, Executive Director of JPFO.
"Americans don't hear about the good side of defensive gun
ownership. Why don't people dance when well over 5,000
crimes are stopped or prevented by citizens every day?"
Nationally-acclaimed study results by Professor Gary Kleck
at Florida State University indicate that firearms are used
defensively over 5,400 times each day. "If we assume that
only one percent of those defensive uses saves a life, that
still amounts to 54 lives saved every day of the year,"
Zelman observed. "The number of lives saved is probably
Zelman further pointed out that "none of the newest round
of 'gun control' laws will make Americans any safer against
criminals. The so-called 'gun safety' requirements, including
mandatory trigger locks and electronically-restricted guns,
only impair the citizen's ability to use his or her sidearm
"Making it harder for innocent citizens to defend themselves
against violent crime is morally wrong," said Zelman. "And
most people don't realize that the police have no legal o
bligation to protect them from crime. When it comes to
stopping a violent criminal attack, legally you are on
"Over 80 million firearms owners were peaceful today,"
Zelman remarked. "Doesn't that fact more typically describe
firearms ownership than the criminal acts of two deranged
young men at Columbine last year?" he asked.
According to a 1993 report by the American Academy of
Pediatrics, the average child or teenager witnesses about
27 acts of violence per day on television alone. "That
amounts to over 10,000 violent acts per year," Zelman
said. "Somebody is making a lot of money overwhelming
American children in death and destruction. I don't see
much national outrage about that."
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