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Invincible Ignorance

JohnEsq Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 5:04 PM
Sowell also says that “federal studies over the years” have removed all doubt about the futility of gun control laws. Which studies? Sowell says “some years back…” a professor and gun control zealot produced a study that got him fired, and then the 9th Circuit later relied on it. Huh? Which professor? Which ‘study’? Which court case? Any discussion on ‘gun control’ ought to be factually based. In that regard, Sowell’s article is basically useless. Guns are already regulated. The question is whether more or different regulation would reduce the 10,000 or so Americans who are killed every year by guns and/or make it more difficult for would-be mass killers to get their hands on assault weapons.
zeitgeist Wrote: Dec 24, 2012 3:49 PM
Michael Bellesiles' Arming America is the very famously discredited book. Dr Sowell probably thought anyone who has been interested in this question for any length of time would have known. You can use that to find the rest.
zeitgeist Wrote: Dec 24, 2012 3:49 PM
Michael Bellesiles' Arming America is the very famously discredited book. Dr Sowell probably thought anyone who has been interested in this question for any length of time would have known. You can use that to find the rest.
zeitgeist Wrote: Dec 24, 2012 3:49 PM
Michael Bellesiles' Arming America is the very famously discredited book. Dr Sowell probably thought anyone who has been interested in this question for any length of time would have known. You can use that to find the rest.
MadMaya Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 5:44 PM
Your comments illustrate perfectly that "invincible, dogmatic and self-righteous ignorance" that Mr. Sowell speaks about. Guns don't kill people. People kill people. And if guns magically aren't available, people bent on murder will find some other weapon. On the other hand, guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens have prevented thousands of deaths. Somehow that fact just doesn't register with the anti-gun crowd. How many millions of people own a gun and manage NEVER to shoot anyone? Try opening your mind. It's natural to want to stop murder, but stripping people of a means of protecting themselves against the bad guys is not the answer.
Original Saepe_Expertus Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 7:06 PM
MadMaya....please...it is Dr. Sowell. Ph.D in Economics. PLUS...a Korean War era United States Marine!
5thDegreeInSight Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 11:25 AM
And a former Marxist - who actually approached it with critical thinking and now is able to teach the lessons of liberty and free markets better than anyone currently writing in the US.
JohnEsq Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 10:09 AM
which deaths have been prevented by guns in the hands of law abiding citizens (excluding police)? i'm not 'the anti-gun crowd,' i am the anti-assault weapon crowd. you don't need an assault weapon to protect yourself. you DO need an assault weapon if you want to kill a whole bunch of people at a school. your point that would be mass-killers would find something else misses a major point. If Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary wielding a machete, how many kids would he have been able to kill?
Andy544 Wrote: Dec 18, 2012 5:41 PM
Remember the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, goof ball... If Firearms were outlawed, the nut cases of this world would find another way to kill people: with knives, like they do in China, or trucks filled with fertilizer, or WHATEVER. Meanwhile, once guns were outlawed, the only ones possessing guns would be the criminals. Also, the 2nd Amendment was SPECIFICALLY inserted by the framers of the Constitution because they knew, from 1st-hand experience, the value and importance of a well-armed citizenry against a despotic, tyrannical government. Yours is the typical empty-headed liberal viewpoint, John. Too much faith in government and man; not enough in God.
JohnEsq Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 10:04 AM
who is suggesting that firearms should be outlawed? what would you like me to remember about the 2nd Amendment? that it starts with "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,..."

regulation of certain types of weapons is not the same as 'outlawing firearms'

Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of "gun control" advocates?

The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available.

If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive.

Places and times with the strongest gun control laws have...