The Eclectic One

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Gun Grabbers At It Again

Posted by Bill Nance on April 8, 2009

Well, sure enough, a few high-profile shootings have occurred and the gun-grabbers are out for new gun control, even though the “assault weapons ban” didn’t cover and won’t cover the pistols used by the shooter in Binghamton, even though the shooting in Oakland was committed by a felon, who was already prohibited from possessing a firearm of any type, and in spite of clear statistics from the U.S. Justice Department  which said in 2004:

Should it [The Assault Weapons Ban] be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement. AWs [Assault Weapons defined by the AWB]were rarely used in gun crimes even before the ban. LCMs [Large Capacity Magazines] are involved in a more substantial share of gun crimes, but it is not clear how often the outcomes of gun attacks depend on the ability of offenders to fire more than ten shots (the current magazine capacity limit) without reloading.

Gun control laws are are based on the logically fallacious idea that if you make it more difficult or impossible for law abiding citizens to buy new arms of a certain description (usually based on how “scary” the gun looks) that you will deter criminals already bound and determined to break the law. –Say what?

A simple statistic just to put everything in perspective.  Mass shootings are rare.  They get lots of press coverage, whereas guns being used in self defense are very rarely reported in the media at all.  So as much as deaths from mass shootings shock and sadden all of us, they remain, in terms of the numbers, rare events.

The worst mass shooting recently is the one which occurred in Binghamton, New York just a few days ago.  In an exceptionally rare event, it appears someone technically able to own a firearm went on a spree. (The vast majority of these shooters are people already prohibited from owning firearms).  The death toll: 13.

On that same day, approximately 44 people died as a result of alcohol-related traffic accidents, about 11 people were murdered by knife, bludgeoning or other non-firearms methods and 1787 people died from eating too many Big Macs (heart disease).

What happened in Binhamton last week was a tragedy. But please folks, these events are rare.  And based on the numbers I mentioned above, even if this happened every single day, your chances of being involved in a massacre are 13 out of about 300,000,000.  Hardly a cause for a nation-wide assault on civil liberties.

Update: Another excellent article on this subject:

Money quote: (non-bolded fr0m Snowflakes in Hell

“Right now, we have the debate in Congress over the District of Columbia wanting a vote on the floor of the House, something we all want. That’s a civil rights issue,” she said, pledging to find “middle ground” on the issue. “And, yet, they want to put a gun…bill, attach that to that. I don’t — I don’t think that that should be the price to pay to have a vote on the floor of the House.” -House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The gun issue is a civil rights issue too, Madam Speaker, no matter how much you wish it weren’t so.  If you wish to remain Speaker, you’ll learn to accept that.  Your predecessor, Tom Foley, didn’t think it was a civil rights issue either, and I doubt very much he expected to pass the gavel to Newt Gingrich in short order.  Don’t make the same mistake he did.



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