14 July, 2006

You People Just Can't Handle Freedom

From FWOB comes this tasty tidbit about the Brady Center's latest attack on freedom comments about the need for gun control.

Explaining and understanding increases or decreases in crime is always difficult. To argue that putting guns into our communities leads to a reduction in crime makes no sense.

Let me tackle this two ways.

First, of course it makes sense. Several studies have shown that the mere possibility of a citizen carrying firearms deters violent crime. That's the beautiful thing about Concealed Carry laws. If the odds of your potential victim giving you lead poisoning are greater you might think twice before raping her in the parking lot of Wal-Mart.

But even if it were to make no 'sense' at all, what does that ultimately matter? The entire American experiment makes little sense in the larger world of kings and despots. But I'm glad we've stuck to our guns. Now, if we may actually stick to our right to own guns I'd be much happier.


At 12:49 PM, July 15, 2006, Blogger Chance said...

I would argue that if there was a magical way to make all guns disappear off the face of the earth, that would be a good thing. However, the reality is, some people are going to have guns no matter what the law says, so it is best that law-abiding citizens do as well.

At 1:16 PM, July 15, 2006, Blogger Exador said...


Remember that most people think the 2nd amendment is in place to protect your God-given right to hunt deer.

In nearby Kennesaw, GA they passed a town ordinance that stated that every homeowner HAD to own a firearm.
It's a completely unenforceable law, but once it hit the papers, crime in Kennesaw dropped like a stone, after a steady climb over the previous years.

At 8:35 PM, July 16, 2006, Blogger Greg said...

Everyone owns guns where I live right now -- Memphis, #3 in crime/murder -- so it looks like it might depend on the situation, time, and place.

[Nice blog, though.]


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