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Police Forensic Scientist At Newtown States As Expert That An Assault Weapons Ban Won’t Work

February 5, 2013

Facts are to a liberal what sunlight is to a vampire.

I want you to notice: not only are “assault weapons” not being used in crimes; but even weapons that share the same CALIBUR aren’t being used in crimes:

Police forensic scientist at Newtown hearing: ‘Assault weapons’ ban won’t work
3:46 PM 02/04/2013
Patrick Howley

The forensic scientist for the Bridgeport, Conn. Police Department sharply  criticized proposed assault weapon and high-capacity magazine bans and pointed  out the small number of crimes committed by high-capacity weapons in public hearing testimony last week.

Marshall K. Robinson, who said his area of expertise is “firearm and tool  mark identification,” testified at the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group, which  was convened at the Connecticut State Capitol in response to the Sandy Hook  Elementary School shooting. There he opposed statements from many of the other  1,300 speakers in attendance advocating for banning high-capacity AR-15 and  AK-47 firearms.

Robinson pointed out that less than two percent of the firearms he has  examined since 1996 that have been linked to violent crime in Bridgeport have  been the caliber of AR-15 or AK-47 weapons.

“Since November 1996, I have examined approximately 2,370 firearms. Of that  number 36 of them were either .223/5.56 mm or 7.62×39 mm,” Robinson said. “The  percentage of those guns was about [1.5 percent].”

“I did further research on homicides and assaults in the years 2006 to 2012  inclusive. Of the 217 such cases, there were 912 bullets and 466 cartridge cases  recovered. One assault involved .223 caliber and none involved 7.63×39 mm  caliber. The largest number cartridge cases recovered in one case was 37 and  that involved two guns. The investigations that involved the recovery of eleven  or more cartridge cases was 22. Of the 22 cases, 21 involved 2 or more guns,” Robinson added.

Robinson went on to criticize past gun control measures and argued that new  proposals will not work to reduce violent crime in any meaningful way.

“These are real numbers from real cases in a real city police department.  This is not something made up or fabricated. High capacity magazines have been ‘banned’ before. It proved nothing and the ban was lifted a few years ago,” he  said. “There are many guns in existence, since the 1860s, which hold more than  10 cartridges, the early Winchester lever action rifles, for example, and many  tubefeed 22 caliber rifles. There are some modern firearms for which no other  magazine exist. What do you propose we do with them?”

“In your infinite wisdom, you outlawed bayonet lugs, flash hiders, and  collapsible stocks,” he testified. “In over forty years of being a firearm and  tool mark examiner, I have never seen these components inflict any injury  whatsoever on any person. In your infinite wisdom, you outlawed fully automatic  firearms that have the capability of firing a single shot. Ladies and gentlemen,  I really need help with that one.”

“We all agree that the Newtown case is a tragedy. I submit to you that you  cannot legislate away insanity, which I think is the root cause of this case,” Robinson said. “Laws must be passed based on research and logical thinking, not  on emotions.”

Robinson also works at the state police forensic lab in Meriden, Conn.

Marshall K. Robinson testimony

A member of FreeRepublic posted these statistics on homicides around the world:

From the World Health Organization:

The latest Murder Statistics for the world:

Murders per 100,000 citizens

Honduras 91.6

El Salvador 69.2

Cote d’lvoire 56.9

Jamaica 52.2

Venezuela 45.1

Belize 41.4

US Virgin Islands 39.2

Guatemala 38.5

Saint Kits and Nevis 38.2

Zambia 38.0

Uganda 36.3

Malawi 36.0

Lesotho 35.2

Trinidad and Tobago 35.2

Colombia 33.4

South Africa 31.8

Congo 30.8

Central African Republic 29.3

Bahamas 27.4

Puerto Rico 26.2

Saint Lucia 25.2

Dominican Republic 25.0

Tanzania 24.5

Sudan 24.2

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 22.9

Ethiopia 22.5

Guinea 22.5

Dominica 22.1

Burundi 21.7

Democratic Republic of the Congo 21.7

Panama 21.6

Brazil 21.0

Equatorial Guinea 20.7

Guinea-Bissau 20.2

Kenya 20.1

Kyrgyzstan 20.1

Cameroon 19.7

Montserrat 19.7

Greenland 19.2

Angola 19.0

Guyana 18.6

Burkina Faso 18.0

Eritrea 17.8

Namibia 17.2

Rwanda 17.1

Mexico 16.9

Chad 15.8

Ghana 15.7

Ecuador 15.2

North Korea 15.2

Benin 15.1

Sierra Leone 14.9

Mauritania 14.7

Botswana 14.5

Zimbabwe 14.3

Gabon 13.8

Nicaragua 13.6

French Guiana 13.3

Papua New Guinea 13.0

Swaziland 12.9

Bermuda 12.3

Comoros 12.2

Nigeria 12.2

Cape Verde 11.6

Grenada 11.5

Paraguay 11.5

Barbados 11.3

Togo 10.9

Gambia 10.8

Peru 10.8

Myanmar 10.2

Russia 10.2

Liberia 10.1

Costa Rica 10.0

Nauru 9.8

Bolivia 8.9

Mozambique 8.8

Kazakhstan 8.8

Senegal 8.7

Turks and Caicos Islands 8.7

Mongolia 8.7

British Virgin Islands 8.6

Cayman Islands 8.4

Seychelles 8.3

Madagascar 8.1

Indonesia 8.1

Mali 8.0

Pakistan 7.8

Moldova 7.5

Kiribati 7.3

Guadeloupe 7.0

Haiti 6.9

Timor-Leste 6.9

Anguilla 6.8

Antigua and Barbuda 6.8

Lithuania 6.6

Uruguay 5.9

Philippines 5.4

Ukraine 5.2

Estonia 5.2

Cuba 5.0

Belarus 4.9

Thailand 4.8

Suriname 4.6

Laos 4.6

Georgia 4.3

Martinique 4.2

And

The United States 4.2

ALL the countries above America have 100% gun bans

If I cite Chicago and point out that the city with a complete BAN on handguns has out-of-control handgun violence, doctraire liberal ideologues (which basically means garden-variety liberals) will claim that we need a national gun ban in order for any ban to work.

Chicago and all the liberal cities with gun bans prove them wrong.  The rest of the world proves them wrong.

They are wrong.

This is another example of Obama shoving the stimulus through claiming millions of shovel-ready jobs.  After getting his pork-laden Democrat-benefitting boondoggle, he admitted that “Shovel-ready was not as … uh .. shovel-ready as we expected.”  It was governing by demagoguing crisis.  Then he did the same thing with his ObamaCare, shoving it through Congress with a whole array of lies that have been proven to have been outright lies about access, about cost, about everything.  It was governing by demagoguing crisis.

Now he’s doing it with guns.

Obama is the quintessential fascist.  He is exactly why the founding fathers provided the 2nd Amendment as a means to protect ourselves against tyrants.

If you truly want to ban something that is dangerous and evil, ban Democrats.

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