Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 7 months, 3 weeks ago on Kotowski: Take focus off weapons

The US leads the world in per capita gun ownership (defined as the number of guns per 100 residents) at 90. 90 guns per 100 residents; half again more than the runner up: Serbia, which clocks in at 58. It's interesting to see how that correlates with the per capita murder rate (defined as the number of murders per 100,000 people). The global leader in that category leads the field once more with a score of about 90. 90 murders per 100,000 residents. Hint: it's not the US. We didn't even make the top 10. Or the top 100. The gold medal winner in the per capita murder race is socialist, gun controlled Honduras.

Our per capita murder rate of 4.7 puts us at #111 in the rankings. That has us near the top of the bottom half. Nearly all of those who outperform us in this regard are big government socialist utopias with some of the most severe gun control restrictions in the world.

I would argue that our 4.7 per capita murder number has been artificially inflated, as it includes toxic, murderous cesspools like America's #1 champion: Democrat-and-gun-controlled-since-Genesis Detroit, which wins the day at 54.6. If Detroit were its own country, 54.6 would enable it to edge out Venezuela for the silver medal, just behind Honduras.

Our 111th spot in the per capita murder sweepstakes in includes not only Detroit, but Democrat & gun controlled strongholds like New Orleans (53.2), St. Louis (35.5), Baltimore (34.9), Newark (34.4), Oakland (31.8), Stockton (23.7), KC (22.6), Phili (21.5), Cleveland (21.3), Memphis (20.2), Atlanta (19) and Chicago (18.5 – let's hear it for crib that gave us Rahm & Preezy!).

Our overall score of 4.7 is as low as it is because of places like Plano, TX (0.4). I had a boss who lived there & spent some time in Plano as a result. Virtually everyone I got to know had an arsenal that makes my own modest collection look like tinker toys. A gun nut's Disneyland – AKs, AR15s, pump & semi auto shotguns, .30-06s, .45s, .357s, 9 millimeters, .38s, .22s for the kids to practice with, and cases and cases of ammo; which I came to understand was more the rule than the exception. I confess that even a 2A shill like me was marginally overwhelmed.

If our national per capita murder rate was the same as Plano's, we wouldn’t rank 111. We'd be 211 out of 218. Well below Australia, Italy, France, Austria, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark, Spain, Germany & Switzerland - all of whom have higher per capita murder rates than Gun Nut Central.

So maybe it's not the guns. Maybe it's the people holding the guns.


Brian Kotowski 7 months, 3 weeks ago on Kotowski: Take focus off weapons

Read the second and third graphs of my letter. There were approximately 7,000 people at the New Life Church when the shooter arrived with his grenade, his arsenal, and his 1,000 rounds of ammo. He was able to kill 2 congregants before Jeanne Assam cut him down with her personal concealed carry handgun and "...probably saved many lives" according to the police chief.

There's no "probably" about it.

And you'll find a dozen more instances via one of the links I furnished in my last post.


Brian Kotowski 7 months, 3 weeks ago on Kotowski: Take focus off weapons

Late to the party…

CDC study commissioned by President Obama: Use of Firearms For Self-Defense is ‘Important Crime Deterrent’

“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies,” the CDC study, entitled “Priorities For Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence,” states.”

Quinnipiac: More concealed carry = less murder

From the abstract:

"... Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997)."

The average number of people killed in mass shootings when stopped by police is 14.29. The average number of people killed in a mass shooting when stopped by a civilian is 2.33. Link

Obama DoJ Report: Since 1993, Murders Using Guns Down 39%, Violent Crime Down 70% It never made the news because it can't be shoehorned into the narrative approved for consumption by the sheeple.


Brian Kotowski 8 months ago on Elizabeth K. Allen: Suspension a problem

If the caterwauling over officer Bantle really is over her use of the f-bomb as described, the offended party(s) need to call their mommy and have a good cry like the whiny little divas they are.

I was a martial arts instructor once upon a time, and women's self defense was among our offerings We always tried to enlist a guest instructor from another studio - let's call her Sharon - who had been an assault victim before eventually earning her belt. I suspect that if Sharon could tell her story to the district/parental crybabies, the resulting assault with that clue by four would impart at least some of the requisite common sense.

"...teaching our youth how to talk and act tough..." he says, derisively. Seriously, Rhys? Having been on the receiving end of your lame 'Wyatt Earp' smear in the context of the gun control debate, I'm beginning to wonder if your default position re: self defense is collapse into the fetal position and hope for the best.


Brian Kotowski 8 months, 1 week ago on Craig liquor stores pull New Belgium beer for supporting WildEarth Guardians

“There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” ~ Old media axiom

I’ve always felt that boycotts are little more than an excuse for demagogues to mount their soapboxes and throw a tantrum. I remember lefty heads exploding back in the 90s when Rush Limbaugh was signed to an orange juice endorsement deal. The ensuing boycott and attendant publicity resulted in a significant spike in sales.


Brian Kotowski 8 months, 1 week ago on Zimmerman body found in shed at Johnson residence

Yeah, it was Chrysler's anemic response to the Mustang. Essentially a Valiant turned into a fastback. The 283 in that little car was fun, though.

Less fun was driving it a week after it was recovered, and learning the cops hadn't taken it off their hot sheet. Full felony stop. "Driver! Throw your keys out the window! Driver! Exit the vehicle with your hands above your head! Driver! Walk backwards towards the sound of my voice!" And so on, with 9 millimeters and shotguns to reinforce the point.

If one is afflicted with low blood pressure, the full felony stop is one helluva remedy.


Brian Kotowski 8 months, 1 week ago on Zimmerman body found in shed at Johnson residence

Picking nits - in the 13th graph: "The marijuana that had been growing in the garage a few days earlier had been cut at the stock and removed."

I don't believe mj plants are equipped with stocks; stalks seem more likely...