Friday, July 19, 2013

Common Sense Gun Laws

By Dave Dargo

The Chicago Tribune has two articles today that show the continued insanity of the anti-gun movement.

Chicago already has some of the nation's toughest anti-gun laws. They don't like guns, those political operatives managing Chicago, and they continue to show it. The Tribune article itemizes the new gun-laws the city has adopted. The new laws include a ban by anyone under 21 from purchasing any type of gun. Cook County requires that any gun that could be accessed by a child (anyone under 21) has to have a trigger lock and be in a locked container unless the person has the gun on them.

This is a similar ploy San Francisco is attempting in the wake of the Heller ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional to require a gun be kept in an inoperative state in the home. The anti-gunners don't like that ruling so now they're itching for a another court challenge by requiring guns be rendered inoperative unless someone has it on their person.

The insanity exists beyond the city and county council chambers as we see in the second article which contains an itemized list of the shootings from the day before. Chicago had two shot to death and another five wounded.

How much longer must this experiment in futility be allowed to continue?

John Lott has studied the data regarding guns and crime perhaps as much as anyone and he reaches starkly different conclusions than governments such as Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

A very interesting statistic from his studies show that 3% of the nation's counties contain 70% of its murders. In other presentations of the statistics (at the 15:10 mark in the video) he points out that 78% of the counties in the U.S. have zero murders in any given year.

Anti-gunners and pro-gun rights people can't see eye-to-eye. The anti-gunners blame the object and the pro-gun rights folks blame the person wielding the object. As a result, the anti-gunners continue to try to pass laws that will only affect those of us who choose to follow the law and refuse to recognize the very real culture of violence that exists in these 94 counties and county equivalents (parishes, boroughs, independent cities, etc.). Most of these counties have very strict anti-gun laws and the other 2,450 counties, which have zero murders in any give year, have the highest level of legal gun ownership.

It's tiring to listen to one emotional argument after another. Not only do these arguments count on emotional appeal they lack any shred of real evidence and eschew the evidence that clearly supports the right of the people to be armed for self-defense.

Whenever I hear the phrase, "common sense gun laws", I immediately think, "O.K., this will have no logical argument backing it."

Common sense just ain't very common.

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