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The Fact Free Gun Control Crusade

Posted by on Apr. 16, 2013 at 5:13 PM
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 "Stricter gun laws don't reduce murder rates, but who's counting?"

Amid all the heated, emotional advocacy of gun control, have you ever heard even one person present convincing hard evidence that tighter gun-control laws have in fact reduced murders?

Think about all the states and communities within states, as well as foreign countries, that either have tight gun-control laws or loose or nonexistent ones. With so many variations and so many sources of evidence available, surely there would be some compelling evidence somewhere if tighter gun-control laws actually reduced the murder rate. And if tighter gun-control laws don’t actually reduce the murder rate, then why are we being stampeded toward such laws after every shooting that gets media attention? Have the media outlets that you follow ever even mentioned that some studies have produced evidence that murder rates tend to be higher in places with tight gun-control laws?

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The dirty little secret is that gun-control laws do not actually control guns. They disarm law-abiding citizens, making them more vulnerable to criminals, who remain armed in disregard of such laws. In England, armed crimes skyrocketed as legal gun ownership almost vanished under increasingly severe gun-control laws in the late 20th century. (See the book Guns and Violence by Joyce Lee Malcolm.) But gun control has become one of those fact-free crusades, based on assumptions, emotions, and rhetoric.

What almost no one talks about is that guns are used to defend lives as well as to take lives. In fact, many of the horrific killings that we see in the media were brought to an end when someone else with a gun showed up and put a stop to the slaughter. The Cato Institute estimates that there are upwards of 100,000 defensive uses of guns per year. Preventing law-abiding citizens from defending themselves can cost far more lives than are lost in the shooting episodes that the media publicize. The lives saved by guns are no less precious just because the media pay no attention to them.

Many people who have never fired a gun in their lives and never faced life-threatening dangers nevertheless feel qualified to impose legal restrictions that can be fatal to others. And politicians eager to “do something” that gets them publicity know that the votes of the ignorant and the gullible are still votes.

Virtually nothing that is being proposed in current gun-control legislation is likely to reduce murder rates. Restricting the magazine capacity available to law-abiding citizens will not restrict the magazine capacity of people who are not law-abiding citizens. Such restrictions just mean that the law-abiding citizen is likely to run out of ammunition first. Someone would have to be an incredible sharpshooter to fend off three home invaders with just seven shots at moving targets. But seven is the magic number of bullets allowed in a magazine under New York State’s new gun-control laws.

People who support such laws seem to blithely assume that they are limiting the damage that can be done by criminals or the mentally ill — as if criminals or madmen care about such laws.

Banning so-called assault weapons is a farce, as well as a fraud, because there is no concrete definition of an assault weapon. That is why so many guns have to be specified by name in such bans — and the ones specified to be banned are typically no more dangerous than others that are not specified. Some people think that “assault weapons” means automatic weapons. But automatic weapons were banned decades ago. Banning ugly-looking assault weapons may have aesthetic benefits, but it does not reduce the dangers to human life in the slightest. You are just as dead when killed by a very plain-looking gun.

One of the dangerous inconsistencies of many, if not most, gun-control crusaders is that those who are most zealous to get guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens are often not nearly as concerned about keeping violent criminals behind bars. Leniency toward criminals has long been part of the pattern of gun-control zealots on both sides of the Atlantic. When the insatiable desire to crack down on law-abiding citizens with guns is combined with an attitude of leniency toward criminals, it can hardly be surprising when tighter gun-control laws are accompanied by rising rates of crime, including murders.

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. © 2013 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

grandma B

by on Apr. 16, 2013 at 5:13 PM
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-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Apr. 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Oh yes lets go back to the western days when anyone could carryl, and the moment someone pisses someone off, bang, their dead..


Population would go down in a jiffy

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Apr. 16, 2013 at 5:52 PM
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 This.....not even worthy of an educated reply.  Continue to stick your head in the sand, I really don't care.

Quoting -Celestial-:

Oh yes lets go back to the western days when anyone could carryl, and the moment someone pisses someone off, bang, their dead..

 

Population would go down in a jiffy

 

grandma B

mrs.hartman12
by on Apr. 16, 2013 at 5:54 PM
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Chicago is a great example of this.

mrs.hartman12
by on Apr. 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM
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Seriously? Even in the 50's kids took marksmanship in class and boys had rifles in their trucks, and last I knew there were not people running around shooting each other randomly. 

Quoting -Celestial-:

Oh yes lets go back to the western days when anyone could carryl, and the moment someone pisses someone off, bang, their dead..


Population would go down in a jiffy



kcangel63
by Amanda on Apr. 16, 2013 at 6:29 PM
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Google Kennesaw, GA.

It is a law that all residents own a gun. Take a guess as to what their crime rate is.


Quoting -Celestial-:

Oh yes lets go back to the western days when anyone could carryl, and the moment someone pisses someone off, bang, their dead..


Population would go down in a jiffy

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grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Apr. 16, 2013 at 6:50 PM
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 It will certainly be enlightening to watch the murder rate in Chicago go down in light of the fact that the SC threw out the law forbidding conceal & carry last fall.  They have until June, I think, to rewrite their gun laws.  However, I do see Gov. Quinn, and his progressive controlled house and senate doing everything they can to make it very difficult to get permits.

Quoting mrs.hartman12:

Chicago is a great example of this.

 

grandma B

mrs.hartman12
by on Apr. 16, 2013 at 6:55 PM
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Did they? Good I hope the citizens win. My husband said when he visited Chicago some years ago he witnessed a guy walk up and shoot someone in their car randomly while stuck in traffic. So scary!


Quoting grandmab125:

 It will certainly be enlightening to watch the murder rate in Chicago go down in light of the fact that the SC threw out the law forbidding conceal & carry last fall.  They have until June, I think, to rewrite their gun laws.  However, I do see Gov. Quinn, and his progressive controlled house and senate doing everything they can to make it very difficult to get permits.

Quoting mrs.hartman12:

Chicago is a great example of this.

 



SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 16, 2013 at 7:12 PM
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Close to zero. Similar to Switzerland.


Quoting kcangel63:

Google Kennesaw, GA.

It is a law that all residents own a gun. Take a guess as to what their crime rate is.


Quoting -Celestial-:

Oh yes lets go back to the western days when anyone could carryl, and the moment someone pisses someone off, bang, their dead..


Population would go down in a jiffy



Carpy
by Platinum Member on Apr. 16, 2013 at 7:31 PM
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You've watched to many Hollywood movies.

Quoting -Celestial-:

Oh yes lets go back to the western days when anyone could carryl, and the moment someone pisses someone off, bang, their dead..


Population would go down in a jiffy


Farmlady09
by Silver Member on Apr. 16, 2013 at 7:39 PM
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Your suggestion would definitely help people to dig their manners out of the dusty old boxes they have been packed away in. Or ... like some, you can just blame the weather.

Quoting -Celestial-:

Oh yes lets go back to the western days when anyone could carryl, and the moment someone pisses someone off, bang, their dead..

Population would go down in a jiffy


 

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