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Saturday, January 1st, 2005

Nathan Tabor of Kernersville, NC is the February recipient of the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month Award.
 CCRKBA Public Affairs Director John Michael Snyder noted that, “During this time of continuing political and legislative conflict regarding the preservation of our individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms, we have to keep in mind that the basis for the conflict has its cultural and scientific roots as well.
 “The eventual success of our movement depends to a large extent on our ability to expose the myths and biases that underlie much of the anti-gun sentiment in the various cultural and scientific communities in the United States. This is long, hard and tedious work. Fortunately, there are talented and committed individuals ready, willing and able to take on this task. One of these people is Nathan Tabor who has been working through his writings to expose some of these myths and to present the truth to the public. He certainly is most deserving of this Award.”
 In an article that appeared recently on, Tabor stated that, “liberals are always complaining about getting to the root of the problem, unless it deals with gun rights. Then they abandon all logical analysis and resort to hysteria, distortion and downright lies.”
 Tabor analyzed statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and made some interesting points. He noted that there are 700,000 physicians in the United States, that physicians cause 120,000 accidental deaths per year, therefore, the accidental death percentage per physician is 0.171.
 He then estimated that there are 80 million gun owners in the United States, that there are 1,500 accidental gun deaths per year in all age groups and that, therefore, the percentage of accidental deaths per gun owner is 0.0000188.
 Statistically, then, Tabor concludes that, “doctors are 9,000 times more dangerous to the public health than gun owners.” He observed that “not everyone has a gun, but almost everyone has at least one doctor.” Following the twisted logic of the anti-gun crowd, he suggested that the public should be put on notice that, “guns don’t kill people, doctors do.”
 Writing in a more serious vein, he noted research of Claremont Institute’s Dr. Glen Otero pointing out that approximately 80 percent of all adult American citizens own firearms, and a gun can be found in nearly half of American households; that between 1974 and 1995, the total number of privately owned firearms in America increased by 75 percent, to 236 million, and that during that same period, national homicide and robbery rates did not significantly increase; that less than one percent of all guns are involved in crime, which means that 99 percent of all guns are not used to commit any crime; that in 1987, the National Victimization Survey estimated that about 83 percent of Americans would become the victims of violent crime during the course of their lifetime; that the National Self-Defense Survey found that between 1988 and 1993, American civilians used firearms in self-defense almost 2.5 million times per year, saving up to 400,000 lives per year in the process; and that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens deter crime, since where U.S. counties have enacted concealed carry laws, murder rates fell by eight percent, rape by five percent and aggravated assault by seven percent.
 “You get the picture,” Tabor said. “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. But sometimes law-abiding citizens with guns can save the lives of other innocent people.”
 A conservative political activist, Nathan has a BA in Psychology  (1996) and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy (1998). He graduated from Woodland Baptist Christian in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and pursued his graduate studies at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
 Tabor worked in Virginia for the American Diabetes Association and campaigned several years ago for Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley during Earley’s unsuccessful gubernatorial race.
 He returned to Winston-Salem to work with his family at Revival Soy. As VP of Sales and Marketing, Tabor has helped the company achieve an average growth of 200 percent a year.  Since starting in the basement five years ago, Revival Soy has grown into a 56,000 square building with over 130 employees.
 Nathan and his wife reside in Kernersville and are expecting their first baby this winter.