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Now It’s Just Getting Sad

Posted by Troy on 13th September 2017 in Current Events, Political

Hillary’s book is going to be little more than an object of ridicule.  I am of the mind that the Clintons are all about the payday.  If I was very cynical, I would say that she was purposefully making a total mockery of herself to sell books, as no one in their right might would read this drivel without the spectacle.  However, they read passages out of this book, and then Clinton supporters are forced to defend these near paranoid rantings and whole scale slander of Americans who disagreed with Hillary and even Democrats who didn’t do enough to get Her Majesty elected.

In an ideal world, the loser acts dignified.  They put themselves above the fray.  You shake hands and walk away and never speak of it again.  This allows your supporters to say “What REALLY happened was…” and they can feel free to insult any group or blame Russia or whatever.  However, she’s the one acting crazy, forcing her supporters into the role of defenders to things that they know are absolute bogus.  In the short-term, it’s awkward.  In the long-term, it drives these supporters away.  I hate to break it to Hillary, but she actually would have lost by a wider margin if the election were held today.  No one likes her.  The more you see of her, the less you like her (as I said at the beginning).  The way she is staying in the public eye, she will soon become one of the most hated people in America.  What she is doing is showing people why they are lucky she lost.

Long Live the Constitution!

The Genius of Donald Trump’s Debt Ceiling Deal

Posted by Troy on 7th September 2017 in Political

The Left and Media is crowing about their win.  Conservative Pundits are spitting fire.  Never Trumpers are spewing “Told ya so!”  And most Trump supports are saying… “Meh.”

I think “Meh.”  Sums it up.  I often look at Trump’s actions and think “He’s either insane or genius.”  As he is fabulously wealthy, I have to assume that he is not insane.  So let me explain why the move was genius.

The debt ceiling was going to get raised.  Let’s just be honest about this for once.  We all know it.  We can have this “Oh, we’ll shut down the government,” spiting contests which are little more than roosters preening.  At the end of the day, the debt ceiling gets raised.  Trump knows this.  He knows it’s a waste of time.  He has hurricanes to deal with.  He knows that, if he takes too long getting the aid to the hurricane victims, the media is going to roast him (unfairly, but they don’t wish to be fair or impartial).

Trump wants to use energy on useful things.  There is nothing business people hate more than being stuck in some stupid meeting that is mandated by some out of touch bureaucrat.  That’s all this fight is.  Trump knows what’s going to happen.  Why bother wasting time and effort?  Far better to get it out of the way so that his people can work on more important things, like tax reform.

It also is a backhand to the Republicans.  The republicans are proving all small government lovers’ worst fear: that the Republicans are just as in love with big government and what the Democrats are doing.  They want to be able to rant and rave and get elected but never actually slow or stop that big government agenda.  They want a big government too.  The only thing that Republicans love to do is have pointless, meaningless stands.  The debt ceiling is the best fight of all!  They can get up and gnash their teeth and then capitulate because they can’t very well let America default on the debt, can they?

It’s a wake-up call to the Republicans in Congress.  Now they know that Trump is not on the Republican side.  Trump is on Trump’s side (to which, I honestly believe that Trump believes that Trump’s side IS America’s side).  Maybe this scares them, which is good.

Along these lines, it is also a page out of Sun Tzu’s Art of War.    “Put them in a spot where they have no place to go, and they will die before fleeing. If they are to die there, what can they not do? Warriors exert their full strength. When warriors are in great danger, then they have no fear. When there is nowhere to go they are firm, when they are deeply involved they stick to it. If they have no choice, they will fight.”  In other words, if your army feels like they are in danger of being absolutely destroyed, they will fight like hell to survive.  This is pretty hardcore, but there it is.  Now the Republicans might understand that they have to get something done, or Trump will try to get his agenda done by any means necessary, even if its working with the Democrats.

Likewise, DACA was  a great move.  It takes a program and puts it on the bargain table.  In the end, I think Trump’s pitch will be this:  “If you secure with border with… oh… I don’t know… a wall, we can work out something for these ‘Dreamers.’”

This is good stuff.  This is how deals are made.  And what did he give up?  Nothing.  The debt ceiling was going to be made.  DACA was going to be overturned by the courts and would have eventually been saved by Congress due to media pressure.  This is why I say these moves are genius.

Long Live the Constitution!

The Death of DACA

Posted by Troy on 5th September 2017 in Current Events, Political

I shall not cry for the death of DACA.  Let’s be honest: DACA was more or less an unconstitutional veto of a law.  It’s really no different than when Andrew Jackson said “John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it.”  In fact, Obama said over and over again that he could not do anything on his own and that his action would be unconstitutional.  Ergo, he knew that he was acting outside the law.  It’s no surprise as he received more 0 and 9 decisions against him, and that is with having appointed 2 of the Justices.

Why is it that illegal immigrants get to be exempt from the laws of this land?  I live in the country.  If I wanted to convert an AR-15 into a full auto machine gun, do you think the courts would say, “Well, he’s otherwise law abiding.  We don’t want to separate him from his family.”  Nope, they would throw my ass in jail.

And yet, illegals are getting a free pass on any non-capital offense.  Even serial rapists are getting off.  In New York, they will not enforce public decency laws when nude females beg for cash on the street.  Why?  We can’t have them deported.  At this point, you are slanting the law against the citizen.  This is insane.

So what did Trump do?  He said DACA will end in six months and ordered Congress to get off their ass and figure something out.  Wait…demanding a law be made or repealed by the Legislative Branch?  What a Fascist!  No…wait…um…that’s following the rule of law and also accepting the limit of his Constitutional power.  Someone ignoring the limits of power to make their will the effect of law (as Obama did)…well THAT actually sounds Fascists.

This goes back to what I’ve been saying for years.  The Left WANTS a dictator.  They just want a dictator they agree with.

Long Live the Constitution!

Science Deniers – The Retort to Global Warming Scientists

Posted by Troy on 4th September 2017 in Current Events, Political

After watching an interview with Bill Nye the Science Guy wherein he said that refusal to accept the “settled science” of global warming is a delusional disorder, I felt that I had to make a response.

I grew up with a love of science.  When I was five, my dad taught me things years ahead of the other kids: like how a prism works and how a laser works.  This made me feel smart in science class, and I always did well in science.  I really threw myself into science and consider it my first love, later replaced by a love of history.  I have watched science bastardized by these so-called global warming scientists.  Now, let me explain why:

1)  There should be no thing as settled science.  Science should be made stronger by questioning.  When someone brings up a challenge to a theory, the theory must be re-tested.  Variables should be isolated, examined, and conclusions reached to either disprove the theory or not.  A theory is never proven, not truly.  It merely survives round after round of testing until it is accepted as a law…until it is disproved later.  What a true scientist would never do is say, “The science is settled.  How dare you question my theory?”

2)  The scientific method is centered around trying to disprove theories.  The global warming brand of science is centered around proving their own theories.  This is evident by their cherry picking data, ignoring other data, and other such practices.

3)  Global warming science is unique in one regard: it forbids the evaluation of a variable.  How can a science be a science if you won’t consider all variables?  What’s the variable they refuse to consider?  Sun activity.  Let that soak in for just a minute.  What is the source of ALL global warming?  It is THE FRIGGIN’ SUN!  It is out there, shining, and heating the world.  If the sun were to go out, Earth would get a whole lot colder.  If it went nuts and got twice as hot or doubled in size suddenly, Earth would be burnt to a crisp.  Just on the surface, the sun’s activity seems like a very important factor.  When someone tells me that I’m not allowed to look at a piece of evidence when they are presenting their theory, I am very suspicious and assume that the evidence I am not allowed to consider would blast their theory to hell.  And that’s exactly what this piece of evidence does.  For you see, the sun has been in a high state of solar flux.  If you were to point an infrared telescope at EVERY SINGLE other planet in our solar system, you would discover that they have ALL gotten hotter.  How is that possible if humans are responsible for global warming?  So far as I know, only Earth has humans.  But there is one factor that they all have in common.  You guessed it… the sun!  What they also will not tell you is that the fossil records indicate that Earth is typically hotter and wetter than it is right now.

I have no doubt that humans contribute to climate change.  However, I do not believe that they are the main cause.  I have a feeling we are not even a major cause.  This would be like blaming your baseball cap you are wearing for the scale showing you are overweight.  It might have added some weight, but not nearly enough to categorize you as obese.  I suspect we have a relatively minor impact.

So, which one of us sounds like a science denier?

Long Live the Constitution!

White Supremacists Have Freedom of Speech Too

Posted by Troy on 16th August 2017 in Current Events, Political

This is a key point that you must agree to if you believe in free speech.  I remember in the 1990′s, the KKK had a protest and they had to call out the National Guard.  I commented to my dad about the cost and how it shouldn’t be allowed.  He said that, while they are distasteful and want to incite people, they had freedom of speech.  Now we are talking about “should hate speech be illegal?”

Fact: this group had a permit to hold their demonstration.  A reasonable police chief would have blocked the area off, let them have their demonstration, and had them leave.

The fact that this was not how things went down leads me to believe that the mayor wanted violence.  Why?  So they could demonize Trump.  Bear in mind, his the same mayor that called his city the capital of the Resistance.

When the car plowed into those people, Trump denounced both sides for violence.  You can say he did not hesitate to call out terrorist attacks.  Well, when someone uses IEDs out in public, you can say, “I’ve seen this before…” and place a safe bet of Islamic Terror [you may be wrong, but it's still the safe bet].  This was more like if the Hell’s Angels had a clash with the Crips or the Bloods.  Crap, the shots could have been fired by either side.  Because let’s be honest… Antifa and Nazis are both fascists.

And let me just take a moment here for a pet peeve for all those people carrying signs saying “I don’t need your Nazi ideas!”  Yeah… like a welfare state and nationalized healthcare and abortion and euthanasia…

But let me go back to this… White Supremacists have the freedom of speech.  Banning any type of speech is NOT a slippery slope.  Once you make any kind of speech illegal, you are already sliding downhill uncontrollably.  As soon as you give the government the right to label speech “hate speech” and make it illegal, they can just call anything they don’t like, “hate speech.”  Speaking out about abortion is hate speech against women.  Want to secure the border?  Hate speech to immigrants.  Against single payer health care?  Hate speech against the sick or the poor.

Speech should not be illegal.  Thoughts should be shared and discussed with mutual respect and with clarity of thought.  I for one fear no speech as I can disarm any such speech with my own logic.  Even if I cannot convince the other party of my point, I can walk away in peace having heard their points and given my points.

Long Live the Constitution!

Of Charlottesville, Trump, Nationalism, and Hypocrisy

Posted by Troy on 14th August 2017 in Current Events, Human Nature, Political

Everyone is jumping over Trump over not denouncing white supremacy.  Let’s have an HONEST discussion.

What happened in Charlottesville?  A group of reprehensible people (white supremacists) came in contact with an equally group of reprehensible people (the “antifa” movement).

Now, what would be the logical conclusion when you have two groups of moronic, single-minded, and violent groups who hate one another meet?  Gee…I wonder if they will clash?  Yep.  That’s what the hell is going to happen.  This is why a competent mayor or police chief could have kept the groups separated.  Of course, they didn’t.  Interesting.  It is almost as though they wanted violence.  Why would they want violence?  So they could link it to Trump.  Much like when protesters showed up at Trump events to instigate confrontations.  Regardless of what was said or who threw the first punch, it was because Trump inspired violence.

So why didn’t Trump call out the white supremacists?  You know… I don’t recall one time that Obama called out white supremacists.  Obviously, he loved the KKK.  Do you see how moronic the point is?  No doubt, the Black Panthers supported Obama over McCain or Romney.  And yet, no one demanded Obama denounce the Black Panthers.  Why not?  Well, on one hand, it is probably because it is obvious that a well-heeled person would naturally look down their noses at brutes such as the Black Panthers OR the neo-nazis–as the average politician looks down their noses at ALL of us.  As such, why bother asking someone to denounce them?  When was the last time someone was called upon to denounce child molesters?  YOU DON”T NEED TO DENOUNCE certain groups of people.  They are denounced by default.  The other reason is that, by forcing someone to denounce a group, you make them seem as though they are secretly sympathetic to that group.  As the man said, “I just want him on video denying having sex with a goat.”

Second of all, this was not an act of terrorism.  Sorry.  This is a crime.  An act of terrorism is done to affect the political environment and to make people scared to go about their day to day life.  On some level, it is a planned event.  This appears to be a murder.  This does not appear to be an act of terrorism.  It could be that the guy’s declarations will change my opinion, but murder does not naturally equate to terrorism.  Sometimes, murder is murder.  Someone that takes a gun into a school and shoots the place up is a mass murderer.  Someone that does the same thing shouting, “If you want common core, these kids are better off dead!” and kills the same kids, is a terrorist.  Get the difference?

I don’t remember anyone having an issue with Obama after San Bernardino, after Ferguson, after Baltimore, after Fast and Furious, after Benghazi, after they blamed the Tea Party for bombings time and time again or the shooting for Giffords, and on and on and on.  At every time where he demonized the cops when he had no information to go on.  When he referred to his grandmother…the WOMAN WHO BOTHERED TO RAISE HIM after his OWN father abandoned him as a “typical white woman…” not once did anyone question his racial bias.  Why is that?

So we talk about nationalism.  Well…what is a nation?  As words matter.  As definitions matter.  A nation is any group of people that identify with each other.  Isn’t it interesting that only one group seems to have a problem when they nationalize?  Black people acting as a nation?  That’s cool.  Native Americans acting as a nation?  That’s super mega cool!  LGBLT (kidding… LGBTQIA) Super Uber Fabulous Mega Cool!!!!!  HELLLLLOOOO!!!!!  But white people acting like a nation?  Daaaaawg…that’s just racist!  Why is that?  Frankly, it is because one is politically beneficial for the Left (as supported by the media) and one is not.  I also think it’s interesting that viewing all Americans as a single nation is also soooooooo not cool.  Why?  Because keeping us divided, yet again, helps the Left.  Bonus points as being united as a nation would also preclude open borders.  Can’t have that, now can we?

I can find many examples of people calling out white supremacists.  I can’t find hardly any people calling out black supremacists.  Black power… oh…we won’t say anything about that.  White power…daaaaawg…that’s just racist.  Now, you can say that it is because white supremacists view themselves as superior to others, whereas the black supremacist does not.  You are fooling yourself.  I cannot say that I know that much about the black power movement.  The white supremacy movement, however, is rooted in the science of Charles Darwin, who had a desire to prove that the white man was more evolved than the other races because they had a larger brain pan.  This was used as proof positive and justification for the colonization of the other races of the world.  But the same people that condemn the Right as racists love to elevate Darwin’s theory as de facto God… when Darwin clearly states that whites are superior to blacks and whereas God did not create anyone inferior to anyone else.  You will not find anywhere where Jesus says otherwise.  But let me assume that black supremacists do not believe that they are genetically superior to whites.  Just by the very nature of the argument, they must think that they are morally superior.  This cannot be denied.  For if you believe that the races are truly equal, there can be no X power, no Y power.  There can only be conversation.  There can only be reconciliation.  They cannot even be nationalization, because why would you bother nationalizing if we are the same?  If we are equal?

So, why might we see a rise of nationalism or even white nationalism?  Did it ever occur to people that when you separate people into groups and you demonize one group and elevate another group, that this might be a side effect?  If you are told time and time again that white people are the devil, that whites are inherently racists, that you have white privilege and on and on and on and on… did it ever occur to anyone that there are plenty of white people that get up every day and go to work and struggle to make ends meet…and that don’t feel like they have white privileged.  They feel like they bust their ass and get demonized just the same.  Over time, the drone of “white is evil” stops becoming effective or even encourages them to nationalize.  In fact, the racism of the past is a direct cause of why blacks decided to nationalize int he first place.  When a group is demonized, when they feel they are getting the shaft, the nationalize as they believe that there is safety in numbers.  When did the KKK form?  During the Reconstruction Era…when most whites were precluded from voting or holding office.  How did that work out?  The KKK and Jim Crow were all direct results from the backlash.  And the process is repeating.

Charlottesville was a non-event.  Two violent groups came together, and violence happened.  Anyone with half a brain could have predicted it.  Anyone with 51% of a brain could have prevented the violence.  Regardless, it is not worthy of the amount of covering the event is getting.  Let’s be honest, nothing Trump could have said would have gotten him out of trouble.  Nothing he could have said past, “I obviously caused this by being President…so I’m resigning as President of the United States” would have sated them.  Even that would not be enough as the media would have shifted the blame as being equally attributable to Mike Pence.

Trump was correct to call out anyone who starts violence.  White supremacists have a right to assemble and to free speech.  They do not have a right to run over people.  Antifa people have a right to assemble and free speech.  They do not have a right to attack people or set cars on fire.  Black Lives Matter have a right to assemble and to free speech.  They do not have a right to burn cities and loot.  NAMBLA people have a right to assemble and free speech.  They do not have a right to molest children.  In all cases, I do not attack the right to have an idea or even to express it.  Because in each case, I believe in my logic and intellect to counter their arguments.  This is why I do not fear ideas or groups.  Any group that seeks to deny these rights are pathetic, small-minded, fascist, and un-American.

Long Live the Constitution!

The Transgender Ban

Posted by Troy on 4th August 2017 in Current Events, Human Nature, Political

Trump tweeted out that he was going to end the military accepting transgender people.  He cited the medical costs as the reason.  And of course, everyone lost their minds.

First, I agree whole-heartedly with this decision.  For a whole host of reasons.

1 – Even if they have a policy in place that says that we will not pay for the surgery to “transition,” this will be offered eventually.  There is no way Democrats would not offer it, but even if they don’t, the hormone replacement treatment is very expensive.  Why spend the military funds on this when you can buy jets and bombs and stuff?

2 – There are so many annoying things.  Which bathrooms do they use?  How do they fill out forms?  So forth and so forth.  It’s just annoying to have to worry about such things.

3 – Transgender people have something wrong with them.  I do not hate transgender people.  I do not have ill-wishes for them.  I do not fear them.  No, I actually care for them.  Whether or not people want to admit it, the parts that they seek to rid themselves of have a purpose.  When you get rid of them, you have to take hormones and etc.  This is not mere vanity.  This is different than someone getting plastic surgery.  Why?  Because a woman getting breasts implants doesn’t say “I was a big breasted woman born in a small breasted body.”  No.  She says “I have small breasts and I wish to have large breasts.”  In this way, she is different than the transgendered man.  He says, “I am a woman born in a man’s body.”  Now, you can quote me all kinds of chromosomes this and that and blah blah blah… but all of this is irrelevant.  Even if all that is true… you are born with a penis or a vagina.  That’s biology.  It’s anatomy.  Gender, as they used to tell me, is a social construct.  I would have a slightly different feeling if they said “I wish I were a woman because…”  Then it’s NOT a mental disorder.  They are saying that they are a man and they wish to be a woman.

It may sound like I’m splitting hairs, but I do believe that this gender dismorphia is sight of a mental illness, and I am hard pressed to support giving such a person a weapon and putting them in a high stress situation.

These people do not need “acceptance.”  They need help.  If your friend came to you and said “I am a blind man in a sighted body, so I am going to remove my eyes,” you would stop them.  How is it any different?  Merely because it has something to do with genitalia?

Long Live the Constitution!

Proof that Trump was not Colluding with the Russians

Posted by Troy on 21st July 2017 in Political

I have proof that there is no evidence of Trump colluding with the Russians.  How can I tell?  It is simply this: in this day in age where the government spies on us all the time, there is no correspondence (particularly meta-data) that is not tracked.  So if he was talking to the Russians, there would be a pretty good footprint even if Obama was not keeping tabs – something I believe he was, but this point is irrelevant and not worthy of debate at this time.  Given the fact that our government seems to be utterly incapable of keeping a secret/not leaking: don’t you think that if there was something even remotely incriminating, it would have been released by now?

That and there are some truths so vast that consequences be damned.  Do you really think there is someone out there sitting on the evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians, hoping against hope, that Muller will ask for that information?  Hell no, if you had that information, you’re launching it all over the place because it would be that important.  That would be like finding out about a plot to blow up NYC with a nuke and not calling the police because you don’t want to be a snitch or something.  No, when it’s important enough, you do what you got to do.

That being said, what a perfect trap for Trump.  Muller keeps expanding the investigation way past what he was authorized to do.  However, if Trump or the Republicans try to reel him in, the Democrats and the media are going to decry that such an attempt is proof that Trump was in bed with the Russians.  Why, this is bigger than Watergate.  blah blah blah.

However, I think we are getting to the point where “Russia, Russia, Russia!” has turned into background noise.  Good going, media.

Long Live the Constitution!

Donald Trump Jr’s Collusion

Posted by Troy on 12th July 2017 in Current Events, Political

Let’s dissect what happened:

Last June (before the entire Russian explosion thing), an acquaintance contacts Donald Jr and tells him that he has a contact with information from the Kremlin which will incriminate Hillary Clinton.  Donald Jr. meets with her, attempting to get this information.

I wonder… If Hillary could have gotten pictures of Trump having sex with children from Putin, would she?  You bet she would.  Oh, she might give some “I hated getting the information this way… but I had to do it… I had to protect my country from this monster.”  And you can bet the media and the rest would have herald her for her courage.

These are the same people who praise Snowden for turning over intelligence to the community at large.  This is the same party that pardoned Manning for at best espionage, at worst treason.  Speaking of, what is treason?  Giving comfort and aid to our enemies.  What could that mean?  Could it mean doing an apology tour?  Obama.  Could it be giving Russia access to 25% of North America’s uranium after getting $500,000 from Russian entities from a speech and getting millions of donations  afterwards to their private foundation? Clinton.  How about structuring a nuclear arms deal that lets Russia expand their arsenal while we have to shrink ours?  Obama/Clinton.  What about paying a ransom and lifting sanctions to Iran when we know that they will use the money to fund terrorism and attack our interest?  Obama.  What about giving arms to known terrorists so that they can fight other people in the region?  Obama.  What about going to Cuba and legitimatizing a tyrannical government?  Obama.  What about releasing terrorist after terrorist from Gitmo?  Obama.  What about setting up an arms running deal to incriminate our own people so that you can push an anti-gun agenda on the premise that we are supplying arms that are killing Mexicans?  Obama.  What about demanding pro-Western rulers step down to be replaced by anti-American extremists?  Obama.  What about going to the Ukraine and using the Ukrainian government to do opposition research on Trump?  Clinton.  We could go on an on about this.

My point is this: either apply the standards uniformly, or not at all.

Specifically, until such time that it is show that there is a quid pro quo, I am most unconcerned.  I think the Left’s argument goes something like this: If Russia prefers that candidate, that candidate should step down–which is bizarre.  Frankly, I do not see that Russia truly preferred Trump.  If anything, I think Trump has been way stronger against Russia than Obama was in the last 8 years.  Have we forgotten that Obama gave Russia everything they wanted with the START treaty?  Did we forget that Russia took the Crimea under Obama?  That they did that laughable reset?  Do you remember when Obama drew a red line and then broke out in a cold sweat when Assad used chemical weapons anyway?  How Obama praised Russia and Russia’s fine work in promoting peace by brokering a solution to the chemical weapons…which rather conveniently let Obama backtrack on this red line that he had no intent in enforcing.

Don’t make me laugh.

If Hillary would have won, she would would stocked the Supreme Court with a 5-4 Liberal bias.  The Second Amendment would have died.  There is no limit to the evil that would have been plagued upon us.  You are going to be hard pressed to show me any amount of evil that Trump may do that will match this.

Long Live the Constitution.

The Lie of Gun Violence

Posted by Troy on 14th June 2017 in Current Events, Political

There are about 33,169 gun deaths a year.

Of this, 21,175 are suicides  63.8%.  You could say “Oh…but we need to protect people from killing themselves.”  This is odd given the same people that argue this are for medical assisted suicide, particularly in the terminally ill or elderly.  I guess they have no problem with you killing yourself, but they don’t want you to do it cheaply on your own terms.  In fact, Japan has one of the highest suicide rates and virtually no guns.  Method of suicide can be found.  It’s just in the United States, guns are readily available, reliable, and painless if done correctly.  Availability of guns will most likely have little effect on the number of suicides.

786 (2.3%) deaths are accidents or intention unknown.

That leaves 11,208 homicides.  Of these  80% are gang related.  Many of these deaths are gang on gang deaths as they wage war over turf and drug territory (which could lead to either a discussion of decriminalization or really cracking down on casual drug sales, I generally prefer the former than the latter).  But bear in mind…what is the term “Homicide?”  Well, it is when a human kills another human.  This is why suicides are lumped in with homicides.

MS-13 has proven that you don’t need guns to kill people.  You just jump out of your car with machetes and hack up 16 year old girls.  Or you can do like the Boston bomber and make a bomb out of fireworks and a pressure cooker.  Or you can do like the Nice terrorist and just turn your car off the road and mow people down.

None of these statistics show how many crimes are prevented by the idea that the potential may be armed or may have a shotgun by their bed.  None of these statistics show the number of times a gun being pulled is enough to cause someone to run away from a potential crime.

Finally, the Second Amendment is not about crime or self-defense.  It is about defending your country from a government run amok.

Long Live the Constitution!