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|06-11-2003, 12:19 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2001
No Gun-Free Safe Zones.....
There Are No Gun-Free, Safe Zones
by John R. Lott, Jr.
The recent tragedy at Case Western Reserve University left
one person murdered and two injured. What can be learned
from the attack? Some take the attack as confirmation that
guns should be banned from certain areas such as schools and
Yet the attack took place in an area where guns were already
banned, a so-called "gun-free safe zone." Yet, suppose you
or your family are being stalked by a criminal who intends
on harming you. Would you feel safer putting a sign in
front of your home saying "This Home is a Gun-Free Zone"?
It is pretty obvious why we don't put these signs up. As
with many other gun laws, law-abiding citizens, not would-be
criminals, would obey the sign. Instead of creating a safe
zone for victims, it leaves victims defenseless and creates
a safe zone for those intent on causing harm.
Many Americans have learned this lesson the hard way. In
1985, just eight states had the most liberal right-to-carry
laws – laws that automatically grant permits once applicants
pass a criminal background check, pay their fees and, when
required, complete a training class. Today the total is 35
states. My new book, The Bias Against Guns, examines
multiple-victim public shootings in the United States from
1977 to 1999 and finds that when states passed
right-to-carry laws, these attacks fell by 60 percent.
Deaths and injuries from multiple-victim public shootings
fell on average by 78 percent.
No other gun control law had any beneficial effect. Indeed,
right-to-carry laws were the only policy that consistently
reduced these attacks.
To the extent attacks still occurred in right-to-carry
states, they overwhelmingly happened in the special places
within those states where concealed handguns were banned.
The impact of right-to-carry laws on multiple-victim public
shootings is much larger than on other crimes, for a simple
reason. Increasing the probability that someone will be
able to protect themselves, increases deterrence. Even when
any single person might have a small probability of having a
concealed handgun, the probability that at least someone
will is very high.
Unfortunately, the concealed handgun legislation now being
considered for Ohio has a long list of so-called gun-free
People's reaction to the horrific events displayed on TV is
understandable, but the more than 2 million times each year
that Americans use guns defensively are never discussed –
even though this is five times as often as the 450,000 times
that guns are used to commit crimes over the last couple of
years. Seldom do cases make the news where public shootings
are stopped or mothers use guns to prevent their children
from being kidnapped. Few would know that a third of the
public school shootings were stopped by citizens with guns
before uniformed police could arrive.
Last year, the morning and evening news broadcasts on the
three main television networks carried almost 200,000 words
on contemporaneous gun crime stories. By comparison, not
one segment featured a civilian using a gun to stop a crime.
Newspapers are not much better.
Police are extremely important in deterring crime, but they
almost always arrive after the crime has been committed.
Annual surveys of crime victims in the United States
continually show that, when confronted by a criminal, people
are safest if they have a gun. Just as the threat of arrest
and prison can deter criminals from committing a crime, so
can the fact that victims can defend themselves.
Gun control advocates conveniently ignore that the nations
with the highest homicide rates have gun bans. Studies,
such as one conducted recently by Jeff Miron at Boston
University, which examined 44 countries, find that stricter
gun control laws tend to lead to higher homicide rates.
Russia, which has banned guns since the communist
revolution, has had murder rates several times higher than
that of the United States; even under the Communists, the
Soviet Union's rate was much higher.
Good intentions don't necessarily make good laws. What
counts is whether the laws ultimately save lives.
Unfortunately, too many gun laws primarily disarm
law-abiding citizens, not criminals
|06-11-2003, 06:38 AM||#2|
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|06-11-2003, 07:28 AM||#3|
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Join Date: Aug 2002
And IMHO that is the way it should be. I don't want to live in a police state where a cop is around every corner, ready to jump on you if he thinks you're about to commit a crime.
|06-11-2003, 07:31 AM||#4|
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All of John Lott's writings bear serious consideration by anyone who supports the 2nd Amendment and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
There are few supporters that are as prolific and who's data is back up by thorough research and documentation.
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