March 26, 2018

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7 Facts On Gun Crime That Show Gun Control Doesn’t Work

The Left is incessantly attempting to figure out new ways to take guns from law-abiding American citizens in the name of reducing gun crime. However, the facts clearly show that gun control only exacerbates violent crime. Here are seven facts proving this.

1. Washington, D.C.’s gun ban worsened the city’s homicide rate. As The Daily Wire has previously explained:

In 1976, D.C. implemented a law that banned citizens from owning guns, as only police officers were allowed to carry firearms. Those who already owned guns were allowed to keep them only if they were disassembled or trigger-locked. Trigger locks could only be removed if the owner received permission from the D.C. police, which was rare.

Gun control doesn’t work

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas spree killing, there’s an urgent call to do something. A cry to enact new laws that will stop the slaughter.

Given the pain, suffering and horror created by the Mandalay Bay shooter, it’s an entirely reasonable reaction. But it’s not rational.

What gun control law would have stopped the killer? Limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds? Restricting sales of semiautomatic rifles to one a month? Per year? Banning “assault rifles”?

When Stephen Paddock opened fire, he broke the law against murder. Dozens of times. Believing that any gun control law would have disarmed or dissuaded a man willing to commit mass murder is to fail to understand the nature of the beast.

Like it or not, America is home to hundreds of millions of guns.

Regardless of gun control laws, criminals, crazies and terrorists manage to obtain firearms. Always have. Always will. To believe otherwise is dangerously naive.

That’s because gun control is more than ineffective; it’s a distraction.

If we’re serious about reducing firearms-related injury and death, we have to focus on a range of effective solutions.

If we could pass laws that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and mass murderers, it would reduce firearms-related crime. But we can’t. Gun control doesn’t work.

Gun control is a fantasy. Start a realistic conversation about preventing school massacres

The shooter who perpetrated the recent massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Fla., succeeded in killing 17 people. He also got Americans talking about gun control again.

Once again, too, there were those whose contribution to debate was to sneer at people who offered prayers for the victims and their families, instead of advocating or promising gun control. Even if you set aside the sneers, there is a problem with their attitude, no matter how good their intentions are otherwise. Prayer might actually help. Gun control, on the other hand, doesn’t work and can’t work in the U.S. and is a fantasy now just as it ever was.

The Failure of Canadian Gun Control

by Dave Kopel

A slightly different version of this article appeared in the September 1988 issue of The American Rifleman, and was reprinted in the Spring 1989 issue of Police Times, the magazine of the American Federation of Police. This article is condensed from Canadian Gun Control: Should America Look North for a Solution to its Firearms Problem?, 5 Temple Journal of International and Comparative Law 1 (1991). This article is based on Kopel’s book The Samurai, the Mountie, and the Cowboy: Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies? (Prometheus Books, 1992). More articles by Kopel on Canadian gun control are available here.

One of the most frequent — and most inaccurate — claims of gun banners is that gun control works in other countries. If only we would adopt the “civilized” gun policies of other nations, the gun banners promise, we too could enjoy the low crime rates of other countries.

After Canada substantially tightened its gun laws in 1977, American newspapers and commentators began to tell their audience that the new law had reduced crime. Bemoaning the “lax” gun laws in the United States, they urged America to “examine closely what Canada has done in an effort to limit the carnage.” In fact, Canada’s gun laws — past and present — have done virtually nothing to control crime.

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