Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 10 months, 2 weeks ago on Kotowski: Take focus off weapons

Mr. Hall Monitor is in rare form once again. In his world, using a gun to to end a confrontation non violently "equal(s) more gun violence."

He's here all week, folks. Tip your waitress!

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Brian Kotowski 10 months, 2 weeks ago on Kotowski: Take focus off weapons

You're right of course. I'm sure Jeanne Assam would have fared just as well with a crucifix in her hand instead of one or two pounds of cold iron.

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Brian Kotowski 10 months, 2 weeks ago on Kotowski: Take focus off weapons

No one is suggesting it's your problem, Rhys. I'm grateful me and my dad were armed on those two occasions. If you would have preferred that we had left our guns at home, "that's your problem, not mine."

I don't really give a fig that you prefer to be unarmed. If you object to law-abiding citizens who choose differently, "that's your problem, not mine."

And I'm really pleased that Jeanne Assam took her Beretta to church the day that douchebag came calling.

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Brian Kotowski 10 months, 2 weeks ago on Kotowski: Take focus off weapons

Civilian defensive gun deployments often result in the weapon never being fired. I've been involved in two such incidents.

Famous Family Story: While I was an infant, my parents took a day trip to the mountains. We stopped at one of their favorite spots. At some point during our stay, a couple of bikers rolled in. Dad could tell they were trouble, so he packed wife & kid into the car. During the load up, one of the bikers shouted at Dad to hand over “summa that g00k %#$$y” (Mom was Asian). Loudmouth wheeled his hog behind the car, blocking the exit. He dismounted, walked to the the driver's window & leaned in to find himself looking down the barrel of Dad’s .357. Loudmouth backed away slowly and returned to his bike. He and his compadre saddled up and rode off.

Less famous family story: When I was in my 20s, I owned a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda which I towed to a building my dad owned for storage. The building was somewhat off the beaten path in a semi-wooded area. As I pulled in, there were a couple guys about my age sharing a crack pipe. I rolled down the window & said "Hate to tell you guys, but this is private property." One of them cursed, picked up a piece of rebar and advanced. I let him see my pistol at him and told him to simmer down. Both men split.

No shots fired, nobody hurt. Examples of the type of defensive gun use that is seldom reported, where the gun is brandished but not fired. Estimates range from 100k to 2.5 million annually. Not only are those instances frequently not reported, they are often not included in official analyses of defensive gun usage.

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Brian Kotowski 10 months, 2 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.

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Brian Kotowski 10 months, 2 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.

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Brian Kotowski 10 months, 2 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.

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