What?! Guns Save Lives? Shake-Up Over Government Study

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And thanks also to everyone who helped me fine tune and pick out my new logo for the Markdown Marketplace!  I was incredibly humbled at the large quantity of high quality responses.  Here is the logo that y’all helped me decide on: 

As you can see, it represents many of the fundamentals of preparedness without being TOO busy–Water, medical, fire, food, survival/utility knife, pistols for defense all set on a Paladin’s shield.  FYI, the 1911s are patterned after the Kimber TLE II with Wilson mags and the knife is patterned after the Yarborough knife, which is also known as the Special Forces Knife and is only available to US Army Special Forces soldiers.

What am I using it for?  That depends…if enough people want patches, coffee mugs, stickers, etc., I’ll get some made up.  I needed an all encompassing logo to use on Glenn Beck’s Markdown Marketplace and that was the main reason why I had one made.  Thoughts?  Comments?  Please share them below:


Survival Diva here with information that didn’t make it as a lead story…but it should have! It’s been proven, time and time again, that when a society is disarmed, violent crimes go into overdrive. But will this fact get any press, or influence those on the Hill?

Included in one of 23 recent Executive Orders, President Obama requested a study be preformed by the National Research Council, the Centers of Disease Control and other federal agencies to identify the most pressing problems in firearms control.

The report, published on June 5, 2013 by National Academies Press, titled Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence discovered what many law-abiding Americans have been saying for decades;

1.Gun ownership saves lives.

2.Those who have a firearm at their disposal improve their chances of survival.

Think of the money they could have saved had they asked this question to those of us not cloistered on the Hill.

They should have poised this question to police officers and those in the military who take the safety of Americans to heart and have been warning the public of the risks involved over giving up our guns—sometimes jeopardizing their careers and their livelihood in the bargain.

Or they could have asked the young mother of an infant, Sarah McKinley. ABCNews reporter, Kevin Dolak, reported on January 4, 2012 what occurred when McKinley called 911 when two men, one with a 12-inch butcher knife, were trying to break in to her home. Here is an excerpt of what ensued: 

“I’ve got two guns in my hand — is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?” the young mother asked the 911 dispatcher. “I’m here by myself with my infant baby, can I please get a dispatcher out here immediately?”

The 911 dispatcher confirmed with McKinley that the doors to her home were locked as she asked again if it was okay to shoot the intruder if he were to come through her door.

“I can’t tell you that you can do that but you do what you have to do to protect your baby,” the dispatcher told her. McKinley was on the phone with 911 for a total of 21 minutes.

When Martin kicked in the door and came after her with the knife, the teen mom shot and killed the 24-year-old. Police are calling the shooting justified.

“You’re allowed to shoot an unauthorized person that is in your home. The law provides you the remedy, and sanctions the use of deadly force,” Det. Dan Huff of the Blanchard police said.

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Or they might have asked a Loganville, Georgia mother as reported by WSBTV on January 4, 2013, who found herself having to protect her children and herself against an intruder who had been arrested on six other occasions. Here is an excerpt:

“The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at the time he’s staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver,” Chapman told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh. 

“The woman then shot him five times, but he survived”, Chapman said. He said the woman ran out of bullets but threatened to shoot the intruder if he moved.

“She’s standing over him, and she realizes she’s fired all six rounds. And the guy’s telling her to quit shooting,” Chapman said.

“The woman ran to a neighbor’s home with her children. The intruder attempted to flee in his car but crashed into a wooded area and collapsed in a nearby driveway”, Chapman said.

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Yet another story is reported on March 8, 2013 by KHOU.com, only this time it was a boy in Texas who saved his mother and sister from two armed home invaders whom later were accused of sexual assault and an abandoned murder plot as follows:

DICKINSON — Authorities on Thursday released the names of two men charged in connection with a home invasion that involved sexual assaults and an abandoned murder plot.

A boy broke from his binding and grabbed a handgun that sent the suspects fleeing from the Webster home invasion, which started about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 18400 block of Anne Drive.

Webster police arrested Charles Allen Jacobson III, 33, near the home, and Dickinson police arrested James Ellis Barnett, 56, in a traffic stop.

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And here is yet another case where a gun owner was able to defend himself when intruders broke into the home he shared with his parents. I saved this story for last because it is so rich in poetic justice. Besides that, these intruders would make excellent candidates for the Darwin Awards.The story,  as reported by Guns Save Lives, and reported on May 16, 2013, goes like this:

A Houston, TX resident was caught off guard when 3 men, at least one of whom was armed, kicked in the door to the home he shared with his parents in broad daylight.

The violent men roughed up the resident and placed him in a closet while they ransacked the home.

What the suspects didn’t know – that closet is where the homeowner keeps his collection of handguns.

The resident armed himself and went through the house, where he encountered one of the suspects.

The two exchanged gunfire which resulted in the suspect being shot twice, but he was still able to escape.

He ran down the street and collapsed nearby. The other two suspects escaped. Police say the suspect will survive and will be charged after he is treated.

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(David’s note: If you’re more of a visual person, check out this graphic from the National Shooting Sports Foundation:

I support and belong to the NSSF and if you’re on the bubble about whether or not to support them, I highly recommend it.)

I’d be happy to recount similar stories; page after page of them, if time allowed. It’s a reminder that we can protect ourselves as long as we get the proper training it requires to handle a gun efficiently under pressure.

THESE Statistics Don’t Lie

The current push to disarm American citizens might be defused should our elected officials read the following 18 statistics in an article titled 18 Little-Known Gun Facts That Prove That Guns Make Us Safer., Written by Michael Snyder and posted on Blacklisted News on August 11, 2013.

Snyder is also the writer of The Economic Collapse. I’ve had the privilege off knowing Michael Snyder for years and appreciate the time and effort he takes to vet his information, which in today’s world means wading through misinformation to get to the truth. Below is Michael Snyder’s eye-opening article; 

18 Little-Known Gun Facts That Prove That Guns Make Us Safer

#1. Over the past 20 years, gun sales have absolutely exploded, but homicides with firearms are down 39% during that time and “other crimes with firearms” are down 69%.

#2. A study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy discovered that nations that have more guns tend to have less crime.

#3. The nine European nations with the lowest rate of gun ownership rate have a combined murder rate that is three times greater than the nine European nations with the highest rate of gun ownership.

#4. Almost every mass shooting that has occurred in the United States since 1950 has taken place in a state with strict gun control laws.

#5. The United States is #1 in the world in gun ownership, and yet it is only 28th in the world in gun murders per 100,000 people.

#6. The violent crime rate in the United States actually fell from 757.7 per 100,000 in 1992 to 386.3 per 100,000 in 2011. During that same time period, the murder rate fell from 9.3 per 100,000 to 4.7 per 100,000.

#7. Approximately 200,000 women in the United States use guns to protect themselves against sexual crime every single year.

#8. Overall, guns in the United States are used 80 times more often to prevent crime than they are to take lives.

#9. The number of unintentional fatalities due to firearms declined by 58 % between 1991 and 2011.

#10. Despite the very strict ban on guns in the UK, the overall rate of violent crime in the UK is about 4 times higher than it is in the United States. In one recent year, there were 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000 people in the UK. In the United States, there were only 466 violent crimes per 100,000 people during that same year. Do we really want to be more like the UK?

#11. The UK has approximately 125% more rape victims per 100,000 people each year than the United States does.

#12. The UK has approximately 133% more assault victims per 100,000 people each year than the United States does.

#13. The UK has the fourth highest burglary rate in the EU.

#14. The UK has the second highest overall crime rate in the EU.

#15. Down in Australia , gun murders increased by 19% and armed robberies increased by about 69% after a gun ban was instituted.

#16. The city of Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States. So has that reduced crime? Of course not. As I wrote about recently, the murder rate in Chicago was about 17% higher in 2012 than it was in 2011, and Chicago is now considered to be “the deadliest global city”. If you can believe it, there were about as many murders in Chicago during 2012 as there was in the entire nation of Japan.

#17. After the city of Kennesaw, Georgia passed a law requiring every home have a gun, the crime rate dropped by more than 50% over the course of the next 23 years and there was an 89% decline in burglaries.

#18. According to Gun Owners of America, the governments of the world slaughtered more than 170 million of their own people during the 20th century. The vast majority of these people had been disarmed by their own governments prior to being slaughtered.


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On another note, there are still some funky things going on with gold and silver.  The spot price of a commodity is generally thought to be the price you have to pay to take immediate physical possession.  While we’ve had a gradual decoupling of paper and physical gold and silver prices, this year takes the cake.  While the spot prices of gold and silver dropped considerably a few months ago, I wish you luck on finding any physical gold or silver available for immediate possession at those prices.  If you’re interested in seeing some of what’s going on behind the curtain with gold and silver (including the raw numbers showing year to year increase in 2nd quarter (April, May, and June) consumer demand for physical gold of 78%) check out this article from the World Gold Council by going >HERE< And if you think that now might be a good time to put some money into gold and silver, I suggest you contact Tom Cloud at Cloud Hard Assets.

To ask Tom questions or to order precious metals, please call him at 800-247-2812 or visit his site at Cloud Hard Assets. I am a customer of Tom’s and we have many common friends.  Promotional consideration has been made for this referral, so please let them know that David Morris referred you for a special discount.

From the number of emails I’ve received from readers after my interview with Tom >HERE< it looks like several of you have had the same successful experience working with Tom as I have.

If you do buy from Tom, please let me know how your experience goes with him.  Make sure that you talk with a certified professional adviser before doing anything with your money. Precious metals can go up or down in value.

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My mom and dad came to visit last week and, while they were here, I was going over some revolver fundamentals with my mom.  She’s 77 and her hands don’t work quite as well as they used to.  Among other things, it hurts too much for her to do live fire anymore, so we were going over some dry fire drills together.

One of the times when she picked up the revolver and brought it up to shoot, she had her left hand thumb way forward on the left hand side of the revolver like you would for a semi-automatic.

I quickly told her that the gasses escaping from the front of the cylinder would cause her a world of pain if she actually shot like that.  This week, I happened upon a graphic from PhotoBucket.com showing this phenomenon and this is definitely a case where a picture is worth a thousand words:

Gas Escaping A Revolver

This is also a great visual of the terminal ballistics concept of “temporary cavities”  

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This week’s post is closely related to the recent post Spins, Misinformation, No Information; Where Do We Find The Truth? for how can the public be expected to make an informed decision when they are not given the facts without spins and misinformation? Have you been struggling to find credible news and facts to share with others who’ve bought into the notion that disarming Americans is a safe, sane idea? Where do you stand on gun ownership in America? Please sound off by commenting below!

Chapter eighteen of Implant is now available. You can Click Here to continue reading.

Are you concerned about creeping gun (or ammunition) legislation…from local, state, federal governments or the UN?  One way that you can keep your firearms training current if you live or travel to areas of the United States where they don’t see your life as being valuable enough to defend with a firearm is to start doing firearms training at home using DryFireTrainingCards.com (a collection of 52 dry fire training drills you can do at home VERY inexpensively or free) and my at-home training guide, Tactical Firearms Training Secrets (which goes into detail on dry fire, airsoft training, and mental imagery).  Both of these tools will allow you to keep improving your firearms skills at little to no cost…no matter how restrictive gun laws become.

God bless and stay safe,

David Morris and Survival Diva



  1. What’s up, the whole thing is going well here and ofcourse every one is sharing
    facts, that’s really excellent, keep up writing.

  2. Joseph L M says:

    Hello – article bring out some truths that our government feels it needs to omit about gun control in other country’s. I wonder if Mexico would have all these killing by the ten’s of thousands of there citizen’s if they were armed and could fight back the drug gangs?
    David your new logo it impressive , I can see week-end warriors running around in the woods with camo uniforms with this patch on there shoulders and helmets shooting each others with paint guns , after words siting around a camp firer drinking from coffee mugs with this logo on them. As they pack up at the end of the week-ends packing everything into back packs or duffle bags with your logo. Looks good for marketing.

  3. Guy Smith says:

    I have two problems with the story. First, the #4 fact is not a fact: Columbine, the Giffords shooting , the Virginia Tech shooting and the Fort Hood massacre all occured in states that were relatively gun friendly at the time. Then the underwater firing was suspicious in that the photo sequence began with the hammer down, rather than cocked.
    Guy Smith

    • Survival Diva says:


      What Michael Snyder said was
      #4. Almost every mass shooting that has occurred in the United States since 1950 has taken place in a state with strict gun control laws.
      Not every but almost every. He was referring to mass shootings.
      I will defer to David with regards to the underwater firing, as this was supplied by David.

    • Hey Guy,

      Diva clarified #4, but I would add the obvious…that Columbine, VA Tech, and Ft Hood (ironically) were all gun free zones and all of the killings were committed by people who didn’t care about the law…whether it was the law against possession of a firearm or the law against killing.

      On the underwater firing, there’s nothing suspicious about it, and in fact, I also noticed the phenomenon that you mentioned and meant to write something about it.

      There’s 2 things going on here that get me excited 🙂

      First, normal video is shot with as low of a frame rate as possible without looking jerky to the eye. This frame rate varies widely, but it’s safe to say that it’s between 24-50 frames per second. This video was probably shot with high speed video, but I’m not sure…what I do know is that the individual frames are pretty darn clear.

      Second, gun shots aren’t instantaneous. There is a delay between when the firing pin strikes the primer, the primer ignites, the heat from the primer ignites the main powder charge of the round, and the pressure builds up enough to overcome the friction between the casing and the bullet and the friction between the bullet and the barrel and for the bullet to move forward. In order to keep the file size as small as possible, it makes sense to have the first frame shown be the frame between when the hammer struck the primer and when the bullet started moving forward. (See, I told you it was exciting 🙂

  4. Please consider placing the shield on a coin with the wording circling around the shield

  5. I find the colors chosen for the logo to be extremely DEPRESSING.
    The tan color is too dark and both are very muddy colors. If people like this, I think they are very very repressed individuals.

    • Hi JP, thanks for your thoughts. After 160 designs and almost 2,000 of my readers voting and giving feedback over the course of 3 rounds, this design was, by far, the winner.

      Those colors may be depressing to some people, but I do have to observe that the way you stated your opinion was incredibly manipulative. According to what you said, after looking at the logo, there will only be 2 types of people…those who are repressed and those who are depressed 🙂

      I hope you have a non-depressing, non repressive weekend.

      • Survival Diva says:

        my 2 cents…I love the logo. It’s masculine and eye-catching.

      • Desert Fox says:

        Hi David,

        I just viewed your logo and hadn’t realized that the “survival” part of your business was more a Tactical one, geared to more guns and defense. At least that is the impression I got from your logo. I didn’t put my two cents into the choosing part of it but just a friendly criticism. It is lacking a little color (guns are brown and black and gardens and food are a bit more colorful)…but if that is what you wanted…it’s your logo, after all. Thanks for letting us share.

        • Thanks for your comments…

          I’m not sure why people get the impression that the only two choices that preppers have are to be Rambo or Betty Crocker. Why can’t preppers have a Rambo background, but like to cook and garden? And why can’t they be Betty Crocker types who can take care of themselves against the threat of physical violence?

          My wife, as an example, is a stay at home mom who is a hair over 5 feet tall and just over 100 pounds. She home schools our young boys, makes most of our meals from scratch and is active in our church’s women’s ministry. She’s almost always got at least one knife on her (that she knows how to use). Depending on what she’s doing with our boys, she usually has either a handgun, Taser, or pepper spray on her. She also practices her technique at scratching my eyes out and breaking my joints in her spare time.

          We’re coming up on a time (it’s here already in some parts of the country) where people are going to have to wake up and decide whether or not their lives are worth protecting and whether their family members’ lives are worth defending and get serious about learning and practicing the skills to do so. In short, if your life isn’t worth defending, why does it make any sense to prepare and/or survive? The ability to defend yourself from violent attacks is absolutely critically central to preparedness and survival.

          If that doesn’t shake things up enough, keep in mind that Jesus told his disciples to sell their extra tunic and go buy a sword. The modern equivalent is a rifle or a handgun. 🙂

    • Great Grey says:

      There are to groups of colors, warm and cool, and if colors are not in your personal in born palette you don’t like them. Have you ever bought clothing that caught your eye in the store and then you almost never wore it? That is usually because it from the opposite color group. That is also why when you walk into some rooms you go yech, even though they are considered “well designed”.

      The easiest to tell which group is yours is, do you prefer gold (warm) or silver (cool) jewelry (kids when young will usually have their preferences that may drive mom or dad nuts).

    • I think the logo is a good shape. The tan might look dark on your computer, but its actually light… I Agree with you, that is if you meant this: the middle of the logo is way too dark! But the symbols are placed better than all other logo’s.

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