Gun Control is Not a Reasonable or Rational Response to Crime

Published by the LearnAboutGuns.com Author on April 10, 2008 at 2:43 pm
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Just about every time a criminal commits a crime using a gun, there are politicians and members of the media who clamor for gun control. Gun control is neither a reasonable nor rational response to crime, and here is why:

1. There is a much stronger correlation between car ownership and car related killings, than there is between gun ownership and gun related killings.
Between 100 million and 150 millions Americans have a gun, and there are about 10 thousand murders committed using guns. Compare this with cars, where at least 200 million Americans have access to cars and cause 50 thousand (ten times as many!) deaths each year. Many of these car related deaths are entirely preventable, being caused by drunk or reckless driving, or being the result of substandard safety equipment in older cars. If we applied the same logic to cars that gun control advocates apply to guns, then we should have severe restrictions on the mere ownership of a car.

2. Most of these 10 thousand or so murders were committed by people with a criminal record who are prohibited from owning guns already. These criminals weren’t deterred by laws that make it a felony to commit murder, or that make it a felony for them to possess a gun due to their criminal record. Further laws will only serve to disarm the law abiding citizens they prey upon.

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3. Banning a constitutionally protected item, which allows the physically weak to defend themselves from the physically strong, is misguided and contrary to the principles upon which the United States was founded.
Banning guns leaves the crime victims defenseless, and the criminals who want guns are able to import them just as they import drugs and other contraband. This can be seen in the UK, which enacted strict gun control laws, and then suffered a major increase in crime. This is because the criminal who are willing to risk the jail sentence that they would get for robbery or murder certainly aren’t afraid of a much lesser sentence for possession of gun. The law abiding citizens who have no criminal record don’t even want speeding tickets, much less to be arrested and charged with a crime, and will therefore follow the gun ban laws. The result is that criminals can use their black market guns to attack a law abiding citizen, confident in the knowledge that the citizen will not have a gun with which to defend himself or herself.

Clearly, there is not a strong correlation between gun ownership and killings involving guns. Indeed by the logic of gun control supporters, it would make more sense to ban cars than guns, since car ownership is more strongly correlated with death than gun ownership. Perhaps more importantly, these killings are committed by criminals who would (and do) just ignore the law anyway. This means that gun control laws will, by definition, only disarm the law abiding citizens who should be allowed to own guns to defend themselves.

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  • http://dchandguninfo.livejournal.com DC Handgun Info

    I agree with you on the "unreasonableness" of gun control, but often people are motivated by emotion. This is a nation much more like Kirk than Spock.

    How can we win over anti-gunners? Appeal to their emotions. Sarah Brady: Isn't it better to fight and maybe live, than just lie down and die from a criminal assault? Do anti-gunners REALLY prefer that their loved ones choose the second alternative?

    The worst part is: Anti-gunners are anti-choice, and want to prevent you from making the choice to defend yourself.

    In a world with a gun ban, only criminals and the police will have guns. Allow me to formulate Hagbard's Law: Laws only constrain the law-abiding.

    Anti-gunners, you need to face the facts: Your agitation for laws banning guns are directly responsible for many, many gun deaths of people lawfully DISarmed. The criminal will always be able to obtain guns, via "straw man" purchases, gifts from family members, burglary, street sales between criminals, etc.

  • wenn607

    I would like to see your facts that agitation for laws for banning guns are directly responsible for many, many gun deaths of people lawfully DISarmed? That sounds made up to me.

  • hicus dicus

    The latest revised estimate I just read for gun ownership in America is close to 270 million. It would be really interesting seeing the democrats trying to collect them. Can you imagine looking down the barrel of 270 million loaded guns! Toilet tissue sales would skyrocket.

  • Milne

    I understand when you say that cars can cause as many deaths as guns, but the purpose of a car is transportation. The only purpose for a gun is killing.

    Though an average citizen might feel a little more comfortable, the police are the ones that now have to fear everytime they approach a car. Police deaths are not just caused by criminals, but by citizens as well who feel that the government is trying to take their rights away and therefore they will shoot.

    What I'd like to see are the statistics of police shot by citizens without criminal recordes as well as citizens that shoot other citizens, and compare that to the amount of citizen hereos/heroines that used self-defense to protect themselves. I would guess that the death of police officers and citizens, by the misuse of weapons is far more likely than an average person saving the day.

    • Murder Rate

      In 2010 the United States averaged 40 murders a day.
      Colombia averages 47 murders a day.
      South Africa averages 50 murders a day.
      Russia averages 84 murders per day.
      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/159175/t

    • Murder Statistics

      Population of the United States is 312,407,000, which equates to 1 murder per 7,810,175
      Population of Colombia is 46,214,000, which equates to 1 murder per 98, 3276
      Population of South Africa is 50,586,757, which equates to 1 murder per 1,011,735
      Population of Russia is 142,914,136, which equates to 1 murder 1,701,358

  • bob

    I think that all weapons should have five round clips these 100 round clips are just over doin it only people who should be able to have them are cop and military its not the brand of the gun its amount of shots there able to fire all at once