As I mentioned on Tuesday of this week there is so much to cover, that I’ve split up this week’s President’s Message.  Here is Part II of Legal News.

Bad Data = Bad Policy

Our third item this week is about our politicized Federal Bureau of Investigation. Dr. John Lott has just published an article at “FBI Data on Active Shooters is Misleading” His conclusion is that the FBI under-reports — by a factor of seven or eight times — the number of active shooters who are stopped by armed citizens. 

“Unfortunately, the news media unquestioningly reports the FBI numbers. After 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken used his legally-carried concealed handgun to stop what would have been a mass public shooting, an Associated Press headline noted: “Rare in US for an active shooter to be stopped by bystander.” A Washington Post headline proclaimed: “Rampage in Indiana a rare instance of armed civilian ending mass shooting.”

The CPRC’s numbers tell a different story: Out of 440 active shooter incidents from 2014 to 2022, an armed citizen stopped 157. We also found that the FBI had misidentified five cases, usually because the person who stopped the attack was incorrectly identified as a security guard. 

We found these cases on a budget of just a few thousand dollars. Though we found that armed citizens had stopped eight times as many cases as the FBI claims, I make no assertion that we unearthed all of these stories. It is quite possible that the news media itself never covers many such incidents.”

The scary thing here is that bad data creates bad policy.
If the lawmakers in our country are fed garbage, they will produce garbage. 

The last item this week is about a case out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. It’s about a Center for Biodiversity vs. The US Forest Service case. Here is a first brush taken on the case by Constitutional Attorney Mark W. Smith in this twelve minute YouTube video:

The Biden Administration’s Forest Service successfully fought off (with the help of the NRA, NSSF and others) a lawsuit seeking to require the regulations/ban of the use of lead-based ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest near the Grand Canyon. A big win for the 2nd Amendment and, in particular, hunters and sportsmen. Mark Smith Four Boxes Diner breaks it down in this video.”

This case is important in that parties are not liable for actions not taken by themselves (or in this case regulatory agencies) regarding the use of their products (or federal land) by third parties. In simpler terms, Ford can’t be sued by the victims of a drunk driver who was driving a Ford-produced vehicle, nor can a Federal Agency be forced to take action not specifically authorized by Congress.

These cases are all illustrations of why the Freedom Amendment in Iowa and the Bruen decision are so important to restoring what our founders saw as an inalienable right, the right to keep and bear arms, as enshrined in the 2th Amendment of our Bill of Rights. 

Stay Ready at All Times and never forget that those gun control dangerous quacks are playing a long game but so are we at IFC. Help us by joining or renewing your IFC membership here today.

Shoot Straight, Speak The Truth, and Never Surrender Our Liberties.

Dave Funk
President, IFC