February 6, 2013

Posted: February 6, 2013 at 9:15 am

Think About It…..                                                                                                  February 6, 2013

Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of “gun control” advocates?

The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns.  They simply disarm law abiding-citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available. If gun control zealots, like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, had any respect for the facts, they would have discovered this long ago, simply because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive.

Thomas Sowell,  a senior fellow at Stanford, says that places and times with the strongest gun control laws have often been places and times with high murder rates.  Washington D.C., Chicago and New York are classic examples, but just a few among many.

When it comes to the rate of gun ownership, it  is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, but the murder is much higher in the urban areas.  The rate of gun ownership is higher among whites than among blacks, but the murder rate is higher among blacks. For the country as a whole, hand gun ownership doubled in the late 20th century, while the murder rate went down.

The few counter-examples offered by gun control zealots do not stand up under scrutiny. Perhaps the strongest talking point is that Britain has stronger gun controls that the U.S. and lower murder rates.

But, if you look back through history, you will find that Britain has had a lower murder rate than the United States for more than two centuries—and, for most of that time, the British had no more stringent gun control laws than the U.S.   Indeed, neither country had stringent gun control most of that time.

In the middle of the 20th century, you could buy a shotgun in London with no questions asked.  New York, which at that time had had the stringent Sullivan Law restricting gun owner-ship  since 1911, still had several times the gun murder rate of London, as well as several times the London murder rate with other weapons.

Neither guns nor gun control was the reason for the difference in murder rates.  People were the difference.

In 1954, there were only a dozen armed robberies in London but, by the 1990s —after decades of ever tightening gun ownership restrictions —there were more than a hundred times as many armed robberies.  You could compare other sets of countries like and get similar results.  Gun ownership has been three times as high in Switzerland as in Germany, but once again the Swiss have much lower murder rates. Guns are not the problem.  People are the problem  —including people who are determined to push gun control laws, either in ignorance or defiance of the facts.

There is innocent ignorance and there is invincible, dogmatic and self-righteous ignorance.  Every tragic mass shooting seems to bring out examples of both among gun control advocates.

Think About It!       JCD     2-6-13

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5 Comments to “February 6, 2013”

  • Steve Wright says:

    2/10/13 Mr. Davis, Really ? Are You Serious ?
    I would challenge You to stand before the Parents of the Sandy Hook Ele Students & Adult Victims & then state : We are NOT goiing to Change a Thing, Sorry for Your Loss but there is No Change Needed.

    Do Your really believe that ? SPW Soldotna

  • BLUFF BUNNY says:

    Mr. Wright….Are YOU serious?

    The heartbreaking tragedy at Sandy Hook was indeed horrible, but the answer is not the immediate knee-jerk reaction from the liberal left who started demanding more gun laws. MORE gun laws when the 20,000 or more already on the books have failed, miserably, to make any difference whatsoever.

    The definition of INSANE is to repeat the same things over and over and expect a different outcome. That is what MORE gun laws would do. The problem is not guns….it is BAD PEOPLE. The crazy people, criminals and those with bad intent, will NEVER be constrained by laws. They will rob, lie and KILL (as at Sandy Hook) to get whatever weapons they want.

    We have thousands of laws concerning driving cars- yet more children are killed by cars than anything else. Where are the liberals squalling about more restrictions on cars?

    There are hundreds of laws about using car seats for children in cars- yet more children die because some choose to ignore those laws,too. Thousands of children are killed on bicycles. Should we take bicycles away from them?

    I just can’t understand why the anti-gun fanatics believe that only by MORE gun laws will anything change. Why are they so determined to disarm law-abiding Americans rather than demand our leaders finally decide the laws aren’t working, and try something else?

    Dis-arming hasn’t worked so why won’t they try ARMING? How do they know that wouldn’t work out better, unless it’s tried? If our leaders were not so afraid of ARMED AMERICANS, they might give that a try. Why does the idea of more armed Americans somehow threaten them?

    Does anyone out there wonder about that? Is the REAL goal to use these random shooting episodes to DIS-arm the American people? If you think about that, you must ask yourself….why.

    They demand that THEIR offices have armed guards….banks have them to keep their money safe… their children have schools with armed guards…but OUR children aren’t important enough to have that protection?

    You want change. I would stand up before those parents and question why OUR children do not deserve the same protection theirs get. That might do a lot more than adding any more anti-gun laws that have been proven WORTHLESS.

    You say “We are NOT going to change a thing, sorry for your loss”, but more useless gun laws DO NOT CHANGE A THING. What is YOUR solution? Totally disarming everyone? Do you really believe that would stop these random shootings? If you do you are not living in the real world.

    More anti-gun laws do not and will not work. Time to try a different solution.

  • Steve Wright says:

    2/17/13 Well 1st of all, I call B S on the disclaimer by KSRM Radio ” Comments on this story do not represent the thoughts or opinions of KSRM Radio Group,Management or sponsors”
    JOHN DAVIS is the OWNER of KSRM Radio, John Davis sets the Standards & Content & Release & Approval of anything & everything that is broadcast from his Radio Station. He is RESPONSIBLE.

    That’s why I found his statements on Think about It to be Honestly INSANE !

    Not one word of Sympathy, Understanding or Grief for the Victims of the Sandy Hook Ele School Massacre. 20 1st Graders & 6 Teachers & a Adminstrator MURDERED & John Davis chose not to say a word in sympathy for those Victims.
    He immediately begins on Gun Control

    Instead Mr. Davis immediately went into a Rant about his 2nd Amendment Rights as a Gun Owner & he even advocated that anyone that choses NOT to own a Gun should be Punished.
    Now That is NUTS. Truly WIERD & STRANGE BEHAVIOR.

    Yes I am a Gun Owner, Army Veteran & qualified Expert Marksman by Military Standards.

    SPW “Airborne”

  • Mr. 2nd says:

    Mr. Wright, I only have one question for you. When you quoted “Comments on this story do not represent the thoughts or opinions of KSRM Radio Group,Management or sponsors” and then said that because he approves everything that is aired or posted, are you saying that he isn’t allowed to have personal opinions? The Senior Editors at MSNBC AND Fox News all have their own personal opinion and review everything that is aired, so are you saying that they shouldn’t be allowed to have their own articles?

    The Disclaimer is referring to the corporate management of the KSRM radio group, not just the owner.

  • Steve Wright says:

    5/4/13 I just watched a video of the N R A Leadership & the N R A Convention in Houston,Texas. The Leadership of the N R A just proved their Intelligence to me.
    They paid Sister SARAH PALIN 1000′s of dollars to be a guest speaker at this conference.
    The term DUMB & DUMBER comes to my mind. Gov. from Louisianna “We have Got to Stop being The PARTY OF STUPID ” Way to Go N R A ! Sarah Palin for President 2016 !
    SPW