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Does Gun Control Really Work?

December 30, 2012

Results and analysis from my opinion poll on gun control

As promised, here are the results from the opinion poll I ran on gun control.  The poll is still accessible and should I see a dramatic change in the results or ratios, I will post the changes in comments to this post.

Results from the opinion poll I ran just before Christmas about Gun Control: More Gun Control is Needed and Could Have Prevented the Sandy Hook Tragedy (2 votes); More Gun Control is Needed and Could NOT Have Prevented the Sandy Hook Tragedy (2 votes); More Gun Control is NOT Needed and Could NOT Have Prevented the Sandy Hook Tragedy (44 votes)

Results from the opinion poll I ran just before Christmas about Gun Control

I somewhat expected the majority to be against increased gun restrictions, but I didn’t expect the ratio to be this large.  For the record, I happen to agree with the results of this poll.  Let me try to explain why.

Gun Control Doesn’t reduce Gun Related Crime

In fact, gun control actually increases gun crime.  There are many statistics to bear this out, so I will just hit some of the highlights.

  • Gun control doesn’t reduce mass killings.  Almost all gun crimes resulting in 3 or more deaths happen in areas that were designated “gun-free” zones.  According to John R. Lott, Jr, in his book More Guns Less Crime which you can buy here

“With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.”

It only makes sense, if one were to plan a crime, that they would avoid areas where they might also come under fire.  Why then are we in such a hurry to remove guns from even more public areas?

  • Gun control doesn’t reduce murder/homicide rates.  It doesn’t even reduce the rates of accidental death.  Most of the numbers proclaiming high rates of accidental gun death include children as being up to 20 years old.  The vast majority of those who die in accidental shootings are young adult males who die as a result of gang violence – hardly accidental.  Here are a few links to articles bearing this out.
  1. Forbes article about the myths promoted by the Gun Control Lobby
  2. Harvard study shows Gun Control Is Counterproductive
  3. Gun Control: Myths and Realities from CATO Institute
  • The second amendment is not about hunting or recreational use of guns.  It is about the ability of average citizen to defend themselves from an overbearing or tyrannical government.  Here is a recent testimony to Congress by a woman who survived a mass shooting in Texas.  She articulately explains the real purpose of the second amendment and some of the real life reasons for owning and carrying a firearm. I apologize for the less than stellar video quality but assure you that the message is clear and compelling.

This, then is my opinion.  Guns are not, in and of themselves, evil.  No gun pulls it’s own trigger.  There many more violent deaths with other causes each year than there are associated with guns.  I had hoped for a larger sampling in my own opinion poll, but the results bear out what I believe to be reality.  Gun controls are already dangerously high, and have in fact contributed to the recent rise in gun violence.

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts,

Dave

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