Reply To: Did gun control work in Australia?


Here is an article on gun crime going up 89% in Britain following strict gun control.

I also recommend this article by Thomas Sowell.

There’s also this sort of argument (FACT: many if not most of the prominent people who argue for strict gun control have armed bodyguards at hand at their beck and call).

Then there is this.

And, I don’t often recommend Coulter articles, but she makes a good point here:

Landes and Lott examined many of the very policies being proposed right now in response to the Connecticut massacre: waiting periods and background checks for guns, the death penalty and increased penalties for committing a crime with a gun.

None of these policies had any effect on the frequency of, or carnage from, multiple-victim shootings. (I note that they did not look at reforming our lax mental health laws, presumably because the ACLU is working to keep dangerous nuts on the street in all 50 states.)

Only one public policy has ever been shown to reduce the death rate from such crimes: concealed-carry laws.

Their study controlled for age, sex, race, unemployment, retirement, poverty rates, state population, murder arrest rates, violent crime rates, and on and on.

The effect of concealed-carry laws in deterring mass public shootings was even greater than the impact of such laws on the murder rate generally.

This makes several good points, too, including: “And here is the nail in the coffin for Gun Free Zones. Over the last fifty years, with only one single exception (Gabby Giffords), every single mass shooting event with more than four casualties has taken place in a place where guns were supposedly not allowed.