October 25, 2017

Ex-NPR CEO Changes Mind on Gun Control

Rebel Staff

National Public Radio is known for its staunch anti-gun stance. That's why it came as a surprise this week when former NPR CEO Ken Stern revealed during an appearance on MSNBC that he has changed his mind about gun control legislation. Here's what he had to say:

 

“I started off knowing and believing we all have a confirmation bias. We all take our views and signals from others. How could I be right about everything?”

“I did change my views on guns. … Gun homicides, death by guns in this country, has gone down in this country by more than half over the past 25 years. At the same time the number of guns have gone up.”

“It’s clear that we know how to drive down gun murders without gun control. And the question is why are we talking about gun control when there are other things that we’ve been doing for 25 years that actually have reduced murders in this country by an extraordinary amount.”

We applaud Stern for defying the anti-gun leftwing agenda by thinking critically about the issue of gun control. Left-wingers make it seem like gun control is the only answer to lowering crime, when studies have proven time and time again that regardless of how strict gun control laws are, "bad guys" will still find a way to get their hands on firearms. This is proven by the fact that Democrat-run cities like Chicago and Los Angeles have some of the strictest gun laws in he nation, but also have some of the highest rates of gun crimes.

Stern seems to have realized that enforcing stricter gun laws would really only punish non-criminal gun owners. It's the law-abiding citizens who own guns who would no longer be able to obtain them under these laws, while criminals will always have the black market to go to. Unfortunately, Democrats encourage their voters to not put any thought into this issue and to see guns as inherently evil, which is why so few left-wingers end up coming around like Stern did. 

What do you think about this? Sound off in the comments section below!

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commented 2017-10-26 04:30:02 -0400
Mijojewolt Nasonth… I think you probably realized you"stepped in it" minutes after posting your comment: – “Yes, statistically, you are right. But the problem is that only Cook County has banned guns. Which means you can drive 25 miles in any direction, buy guns legally, and bring them back to Chicago in order to murder people.”… The point is that nobody doing the gang related killings on Chicago’s Southside drives “25 miles” or even 1 mile to buy a gun!… Being the criminals that they are, they buy them, readily available, locally, on almost every street corner… A little “trip to reality” to Southside Chicago would do wonders for clarifying your “worldview”… And yes, unlike you, I have been to Southside Chicago already years ago…
commented 2017-10-26 02:17:25 -0400
Miyo Karan said than MANY US CITIES , yet you only mention NY , you did not counter her comment , sorry to break it to you. LMAO!
commented 2017-10-26 02:16:27 -0400
Miyo sorry but gun laws do not lower murder rates. NY lowered their rate by letting police do their damn job, and murders are not committed by hunters and honest citizens. And much of those stats include suicides and accidents, almost 60 percent of the deaths in Texas fall under suicides and accidents and Snopes is a left wing propaganda machine. Also please explain Switzerland. And your point about Chicago makes stricter gun laws useless if people can go elsewhere to buy them. If Chicago is not the problem then why does Illinois have a lower rate than one city?
commented 2017-10-25 22:03:01 -0400
Questions for Karan Singh:

“Another fine example is UK where firearm ownership is severely restricted but gun violence is common & growing. Figure shows it’s actually more than many cities in USA.”

London had 118 murders in 2015 among a population of 8.7 million.
New York City had 352 murders among a population of 8.5 million.

Even if all 118 murders in London were by gun, the gun violence in NYC would be almost 3X as high.

So,which cities are you talking about? Please cite the comparisons you are suggesting are higher in the UK than in the US.

Karan (or anybody else), please counter me with anything statistically relevant.

“Australia has severely restricted gun ownership since 1996. Violent crimes committed by guns have been raising steadily since.”

Snopes has a pretty good overview of murders in Australia since the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996: https://www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/ausguns.asp

Karan (or anybody else), please cite anything you can find that disputes this.

“It’s the culture and not the laws which drives a society. The more restrictive laws you see in any city/country the more it means that the people have less morals & ethics to guide them in life.”

Maybe. But gun control makes murder rates go down.

BUT WAIT A MINUTE!”you might say. “Chicago banned guns and the murder rate has gone up!!!”

Yes, statistically, you are right. But the problem is that only Cook County has banned guns. Which means you can drive 25 miles in any direction, buy guns legally, and bring them back to Chicago in order to murder people.

If the NRA had any balls, they would support a temporary nationwide test-ban on guns for, say, 5 years. And if the murder rate went up, guns would be legally re-allowed. And probably with even fewer restrictions then there are now. Basically, this would mean the NRA would win and would never have to try and counter gun restrictions ever again.

But if the murder rate went down, the ban would remain.

Any guesses why the NRA has never proposed or supported a test like this?
commented 2017-10-25 20:27:45 -0400
Bravo Zulu my buddy owns property,guns, and a backhoe , he says if someone tries to rob him or hurt his family they will merely disappear, no reports filed , no reason to call the cops.
commented 2017-10-25 20:15:17 -0400
When trouble is at the door – or in the house and police are 20 minutes or more away………………

Call the police – if you can – from my residence and they might make in inside 40 minutes – and then only of they can find the place.

Many in North America live in similar situations. Many.

Many law-a-biding people are at risk on a daily basis. Many.

Defend yourself in Canada and you WILL go to jail – and then you WILL be beggared in an attempt to defend yourself.

If it happens to you, you want me on your jury.

If it happens to me I will go to jail with my head held high.

The spoiled, arrogant, entitled and smug who have never faced danger are not even willing to understand.

If it comes to defending your family, what would YOU do?
commented 2017-10-25 18:09:50 -0400
Don’t like guns, Don’t get one, Don’t want to get shot, Don’t break into my home or attack me or my family.
commented 2017-10-25 15:59:28 -0400
When seconds count the police are only minutes away to take statements from survivors… Please support responsible open carry.!!
commented 2017-10-25 14:38:00 -0400
When a Man cannot legally own a firearm, to protect his family, it means that the powers that be, in our case the dreaded Trudeau, has an evil agenda against law abiding citizens. We are to be eliminated, to make room for the Trudeau’s friends,
the Goat Lovers.

You ever try a little warm Goat meat, Justin? It is said to be more fitting than Donkey meat.Do not try Camel meat, they fall in love with You
commented 2017-10-25 13:40:21 -0400
The change in perspective comes from research and fact finding, if more liberals did more this, it would help marxists wake up at a quicker pace.

I saw a meme which said, “Sorry, I don’t listen to anti-gun lectures from people who think it’s okay to kill a baby!”.
commented 2017-10-25 11:45:37 -0400
This coming from an ex-NPR exec? Wow.

I guess it’s proof that even hardcore leftists can be “woke” one idiot at a time.

But only if they have the capability to use at least two neurons for critical thinking.
commented 2017-10-25 11:42:57 -0400
I wonder how many of the gangsters & criminals in Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley & Toronto have acquired their guns legally?
Not a day passes by when you don’t hear of any shooting from these places and in almost all cases it’s either gang related or some trucking/construction bloke settling some personal or business related issues. None has ever bothered to get a firearms licence before laying their hands on a gun.
Another fine example is UK where firearm ownership is severely restricted but gun violence is common & growing. Figure shows it’s actually more than many cities in USA.
Australia has severely restricted gun ownership since 1996. Violent crimes committed by guns have been raising steadily since.
It’s the culture and not the laws which drives a society. The more restrictive laws you see in any city/country the more it means that the people have less morals & ethics to guide them in life.
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