The stupid editorial can be found here: COLUMN: Lesson from campus shootings: Lax gun control root of problem - Opinions
And here's my reponse:
I bet they don't print it since the guy that wrote that article is the Opinions Editor. But, at least I had fun writing it.Originally Posted by SammyI realize that gun control is naturally going to be an emotional topic for individuals, but it’s long time that people started looking at the real numbers and not at the latest media article trumping up the sad angle for more ratings. A study by renowned criminologists Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz (Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun. 1995) have found that several hundred thousand to millions of crimes are prevented each year by CCW users, yet somehow this gets glossed over because of a few incidents performed by criminals who didn’t follow the law.
The idea that this should be left up to police is very questionable. I’m sure that the police would protect us all if they could, but logistics make this impossible. Even when they do respond in “seconds” it is often too late for at least one individual. No one that is advocating the allowance of concealed weapons thinks that it will automatically fix the issue, but at the very least individuals have the chance to decide for themselves their fate. If we look at the Supreme Court case Warren vs. D.C. we find that the police aren’t even required to protect the individual, so forcing people to depend upon them for protection is ludicrous. This is a pretty common projection tactic from people with irrational views on guns, in that they feel that they couldn’t properly defend themselves so they project it onto gun carriers that they couldn’t properly defend themselves. Which, ironically, is normally contradicted later by saying guns are too easy to get and use by the bad guys.
If “irresponsible” gun control regulations were the culprit, you’d think we’d see more violence in places that allow the carrying of these weapons. I find it rather convenient myself that these sick people get a carte blanche at educational facilities because they are so-called gun free zones. When in reality the only people affected by such regulations are people that actually follow the law. AKA, private citizens and not criminals.
The idea that firearms are at fault for so many deaths in the 15 to 24 age group is also misleading. That group also happens to contain the largest percentage of gang members in urban areas of the country, which is why it’s set to 15-24 to make the biggest impact upon an argument. Even though under 18 cannot purchase any firearms and under 21 cannot purchase handguns in most states in America. Meanwhile, the Concealed Carry demographic of people have some of the lowest crime rates in the nation. Yet, somehow, when they strap on a firearm, all of this goes out the window and they become bloodthirsty monsters if they step foot on University soil. Despite of course, Utah’s complete lack of issues with this subject. It’s an irrational argument from people that haven’t taken the time to look at the facts. In Florida, 221,443 concealed carry licenses were issued between October 1987 and April 1994. During that time Florida recorded 18 crimes of that group of 221,443 people. Most of them were not gun related crimes either. This is found in a study by John Lott in his book, Crime, Deterrence, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns. Yet somehow, this group continues to be demonized by people who know nothing about the facts. Millions of Americans carry concealed firearms on a daily basis in this nation without murdering anyone. You’ve probably walked past dozens of them this past week and didn’t even realize they were armed.
Your statement that these people could purchase murdering weapons online is factually incorrect. The Federal NICS system prevents that. A firearm may only be shipped to another firearms dealer (FFL holder) and all of this is kept in paperwork logs that are inspected by the BATF at the very least annually. If you had bothered to check your facts at all, you wouldn’t have said something that was so patently false. And seriously, complaining about accessories purchased without a background check? That would be like complaining that someone purchased a car bumper without a license.
Besides your irrational calls for even more gun control when the gun control we’ve had hasn’t done anything in the slightest to stop crimes, I find your telepathic opinion that concealed carry permit holders don’t care about their defense but the ego boost to be insulting and childish. I’d recommend that you take the time to actually look at the issue instead of forming an irrational argument and insulting a group of people that are one of the most law abiding demographics within this state and across the nation in states that allow their citizens to properly defend themselves.
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