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Gun Control: what are we talking about?

January 18, 2011

A little more than a week after the tragic and senseless shootings in Tucson it might be time to put some perspective on the whole issue of gun ownership and gun control. First, a review of some of the major events of the recent past:

  • It took less than 24 hours for the left to drag out all the usual boogeymen about gun control. See my Jan 11 post for details.
  • We continue to get daily reports on the health of Rep. Giffords. The reporting reminds me of the daily reports on Francisco¬† Franco’s condition as he was dying. It became a joke on late night TV. By contrast, I’m glad Rep. Giffords is getting better. Nobody watches late night TV any more.
  • The socialist left tried hard to pin the violence on conservatives. People aren’t buying it.
    Unless they are members of the socialist left.
  • Arizona Yavapai County Republican headquarters had nasty signs pasted to their doors, blaming them for the tragedy–other county Republican offices did, too. No media reported it.

So what about gun control? There are two ways you can look at this. One way is the United States over time. The NRA cites FBI reporting to show that gun ownership has increased while murder rates have fallen to a 45-year low. But maybe you’re a statist who doesn’t believe the NRA, even when they cite the FBI. In that case, the UN has statistics. A site called GunCite has international statistics. The US has one of the highest rates of private gun ownership in the world but not the highest homicide rates. Eight countries have much higher murder rates and little to no private gun ownership. Murderers find other ways of killing people. Gun ownership is not the only factor; please read the reports and get a perspective.

Here’s another perspective from Japanese Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto:

You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.

The Founders knew this. Conservatives know this. Like Israel and Switzerland–the two other countries with high rates of private gun ownership–we are not afraid of political debate, of political violence, or of violent rhetoric because we know that no one side has a monopoly on the means of force. This ensures that our debates will not escalate into violence and that violence, such as that used by a madman, will not get out of control.

One Comment
  1. January 20, 2011 6:48 pm

    Too bad so many “conservatives” support gun-controlling CINOs like Dick Cheney.

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