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Gun control arguments miss salient points

Posted: December 29, 2012 4:46 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2012 4:46 p.m.

With his usual vitriol and high dudgeon, Charlie Vignola’s anti-gun tirade (“What’s needed to pass gun control laws?” Dec. 20) flies wide of the mark.

Some of the facts I’m not seeing publicized in the current debate — and Vignola certainly doesn’t mention them — are that, according to peer-reviewed studies conducted by expert authorities like Professors John Lott and Gary Kleck, privately owned guns are used more than 750,000 times per year to defend against criminal victimization, and that states with more permissive gun laws enjoy lower rates of violent crime than those states with more onerous laws.

In fact, there seems to be a direct positive correlation between tough gun laws and high crime rates, which makes sense because criminals will be more likely to victimize people if they’re confident their victims can’t protect themselves.

That’s simply human nature. And Connecticut already has about the toughest gun laws in the country. Per Vignola, shouldn’t that have made Sandy Hook impossible?

Vignola moans about the conservative media and the National Rifle Association using standard talking points in defending gun ownership while using all the same old, tired liberal canards in his own column about how stricter gun control is somehow magically, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, going to end such acts.

It won’t.

There are mass killings in Asia using swords. McVeigh used a fertilizer bomb. Let’s also not forget the mass murderer in Norway, Anders Breivik, who last year killed 77 people during his rampage, using a bomb to kill eight and guns to kill 69 more, most of them young teens.

Compared to the U.S., Norway has very strict gun laws, and yet. ...

This is simply political expediency on one of their pet issues, unhindered by a looming election; probably the main reason the Batman theater killings, with a much higher body count, didn’t arouse the same sanctimonious outrage.


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