Return to Common Sense
March 9, 2015
Section: Domestic – Gun Control
“Crime is the problem, guns are for crime deterrence; deter crime by enforcing existing laws, not creating new superfluous laws.”
“To disarm the people (is) the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” George Mason
Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):
Second amendment guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
- “The right of the people to bear Arms shall not be infringed.”
- Over 20,000 state and local gun laws on the books.
- Gun laws are inconsistently enforced.
- Criminal rarely obtain weapons through legal channels.
Stringent gun control has not achieved desired results.
- States with stringent gun control also have higher per capita rate of violent crime.
- 40 states allow law-abiding citizens to get concealed-carry permits.
Studies on gun availability did not prove case for gun control.
- Between 25 and 75 lives are saved by a gun for every one life lost to a gun.
- Despite increasing numbers of guns, the fatal gun accidents have been falling since 1903.
- Child firearm fatalities are correlated with adult gun fatalities.
- Child firearm accidental death rate is on long term decline.
- MSM cites any crime involving a gun as breaking the law, which is frequently dis-proven.
“There are large drops in overall violent crime, murder, rape, and aggravated assault that begin right after the right-to-carry laws have gone into effect.
- From the time states passed right-to-carry concealed handgun laws, the average murder rate dropped from 6.3 per 100,000 to 5.2 per 100,000 ten years later.
- Overall violent crime rates dropped from 475 crimes per 100,000 people to a range of 415-440 after the second full year that concealed-carry laws were passed.
- Rapes dropped from 40.2 per 100,000 people to 35.7 per 100,000 ten years later.
Thirteen states have experimented with a national universal background check requirement.
- Six states require them for all private party transfers of firearms: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
- Six more states have, for many years, required them for all handgun transfers: Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
- At least one state, Missouri, used to have such a requirement for private party handgun transfers, but repealed it in 1997.
- The effectiveness of background checks was measured against the impact on the murder rate.
o When nine different states, in many different years, in different regions, show a neutral to perhaps slightly negative impact on murder rates.
o Little impact suggests that background check laws are either completely or at least largely irrelevant to the problem of murder.
Other countries have implemented gun control measures with mixed results.
- European countries that outlawed guns has an increase in violent crime.
o In countries that implemented gun control, citizens have been unable to defend themselves.
o Great Britain banned handguns in January 1997, but the number of deaths and injuries from gun crime in England and Wales increased an incredible 340% in seven years from 1998 to 2005.
o An old adage says “With guns, we are citizens. Without them, we are subjects.”
- Since 1998, Canada has spent $2.7 billion creating and running a long-gun registry which has not delivered the desired benefits.
o Gun control advocates claimed the registration was a safety issue.
o Handgun registration began in 1934.
o There is no evidence that registration has been important in solving a single homicide.
o There is no evidence that registration had any impact on reducing homicides.
o Maintaining this registration database costs $100 million per year.
o Legislation has been submitted in 2012 to end this program and abandon the database.
Crime is the problem; guns are for crime deterrence.
- Predisposition to violence is predictor of crime.
- Guns are one form of weapon available for escalation.
Streamline Licensing of gun owners with common sense rules:
- Conduct background investigation.
- Require gun education prior to licenses.
Simplify registration of all guns.
- Register “bullet fingerprint” for all new guns.
“Gun Control: A Realistic Assessment” by Don B. Kates, Jr. dated 1990 published by Pacific Research Foundation at http://www.catb.org/esr/guns/gun-control.html .
Malpractice – ‘Firearm Availability’ and Violence”
by Miguel A. Faria dated
“Self-Defense: An Endangered Right” by Joyce Lee Malcolm dated March/April 2004 published by The Cato Institute at http://www.cato.org/pubs/policy_report/v26n2/cpr-26n2-1.pdf .
All Gun Laws. You Read Me Right” by John Longenecker
All Gun Laws, Part IV: Motivation Influences Perception” by John Longenecker dated
Weapons in the Wilderness” by Steve Chapman dated
Liberals” by Jonah Goldberg dated
“Pistol-packing Florida Girls – Why Rapists and Robbers Ran from One Florida town” by Joel Turtel dated April 6, 2007 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/18283 .
Virginia Tech, a Closer Look at Gun Stats” by John Lott, Jr. dated
with NRA blessing” dated
Free Americans Fear Most is Nearer Now” by John Longnecker
Anti-CCW Campaign Continues” by Howard Nemerov
Non Gun Owners: D.C. vs. Heller and 2A in A Nutshell” by John Longenecker dated
Natural Rights Are Dying An Unnatural Death” by James T.
Clingy Gun Owners of
“More Guns Mean Less Crime” by David Alan Coia dated May 29, 2010 published by Human Events at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=37245 .
“More Handguns, Less Crime – or More?” by Robert VerBruggen dated June 21, 2010 published by The American Spectator at http://spectator.org/archives/2010/06/21/more-handguns-less-crime-or-mo .
“Death of a Long-Gun Registry” by John R. Lott and Gary Mauser dated February 20, 2012 published by National Review Online at http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/291304/death-long-gun-registry-john-r-lott-jr .
“Disarming the Myths Promoted by the Gun Control Lobby” by Larry Bell dated February 21, 2012 published by Forbes at http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2012/02/21/disarming-the-myths-promoted-by-the-gun-control-lobby/ .
“Universal Background Checks: Shouldn’t We Review the Statistics” by Clayton E. Cramer dated May 20, 2013 published by PJ Media at http://pjmedia.com/blog/universal-background-checks-shouldnt-we-review-the-statistics/ .
“How to Count the defensive Use of Guns” by Brian Doherty dated March 9, 2015 published by Reason at http://reason.com/blog/2015/03/09/how-to-count-the-defensive-use-of-guns .