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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Gun control doesn't work

If there ever was a good clear argument against gun control myths, this would be it. Moneyshot: Talking to prisoners about guns emphasizes a few key lessons. First, criminals don't obey the law. (That's why we call them "criminals.") Second, no law can repeal the law of supply and demand. If there's money to be made selling something, someone will sell it. A study funded by the Department of Justice confirmed what the prisoners said. Criminals buy their guns illegally and easily. The study found that what felons fear most is not the police or the prison system, but their fellow citizens, who might be armed. One inmate told me, "When you gonna rob somebody you don't know, it makes it harder because you don't know what to expect out of them." What if it were legal in America for adults to carry concealed weapons? I put that question to gun-control advocate Rev. Al Sharpton. His eyes opened wide, and he said, "We'd be living in a state of terror!" In fact, it was a trick question. Most states now have "right to carry" laws. And their people are not living in a state of terror. Not one of those states reported an upsurge in crime. Why? Because guns are used more than twice as often defensively as criminally. When armed men broke into Susan Gonzalez' house and shot her, she grabbed her husband's gun and started firing. "I figured if I could shoot one of them, even if we both died, someone would know who had been in my home." She killed one of the intruders. She lived. Studies on defensive use of guns find this kind of thing happens at least 700,000 times a year. Having a gun in this crazy world may seem like an addition to the mayhem to some, but to others it's a form of necessary protection. People know that the Police are inept and won't probably save them on time, so they have to take matters in their own hands. Gun control won't stop the criminals form getting armed, it will just stop the citizens from arming themselves against them, which is kind of retarded if you ask me. Let the people keep their guns, cause for some it's the only source of protection they have left.

6 Comments:

At 10/20/2005 10:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I luckily live in one of the 38(?might be higher now?) states that allow concealed carry. As a female I love that I can protect myself. As a side note, there was a lady about 2 years ago that was able to shot her rapist in the back when he got out of her hijacked car to take a leak. If we would've allowed her to conceal carry then instead of it being under her seat, maybe she could've avoided the attack but thank-God she was able to keep herself from being killed.

 
At 10/21/2005 12:11:00 AM, Anonymous Jordan from Left Canada said...

I feel very unlucky!

I live in Canada where our liberal-pinko culture thinks gun ownership is a dumb idea.

For some reason, Canadians believe that promoting social justice (so gay) instead of victims rights (or justice, revenge, etc..) somehow makes us safer.

Sure we have less than 1/10th the crime and spend less than 1/50th the money to make our country safe, but c'mon, owning a gun just makes sense.

Canadians will never know the thrill of taking the law into their own hand... of turning a simple mugging into manslaughter. I guess that's the price for "security" I guess.

All sarcasm aside, forget your ideology and LOOK AT THE NUMBERS!

Liberal countries like Canada and European nations that have MUCH less guns and harsh justice but despite that (or because of it), they have:

1. Much less Crime
2. Much less Victims
3. More money to spend on schools, hospitals, etc.

Is Gun ownership and Texas style justice worth it? Would you give up harsh sentences and "Court TV" if it meant you can walk the streets at night?

I love America, but you guys are completely nuts when it comes to guns and justice... you probably need better pot! :)

 
At 10/21/2005 11:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Americans don't take the law into their own hands, we just enjoy the freedom of being sovereign entities that can defend our lives when needed. Our crime rate decreases every year while Europe's increases. So stay in Canada, hippy pot smoker, and stop watching our TV shows if they offend you so.

 
At 10/22/2005 03:59:00 PM, Anonymous seguin said...

Chicago's murder rate dropped like a rock once they allowed concealed carry.

We live across the border from Mexico...it isn't hard to smuggle people or guns into the states.

 
At 10/22/2005 06:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jordan, you are so wrong on your facts. If you look at crime per capita, several European countries crime rates outrank America's. Atleast in America the law abiling citizens can protect themselves instead of the criminals being the only ones armed. Always remember, when tranrants coe to poiwer usually the first thing that is done is the citizens are disarmed. NEVER, NEVER support the idea of a perfect world free of guns! If you do then you deserve the boot you will find upon your neck.

 
At 10/22/2005 06:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OOOOPPPSSS... tyrants come to power

 

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