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Academic Malpractice Part 818

Stephen37 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 7:00 PM
While I am an advocate of the 2d amendment, the idea of a reduction in crime is absurd, since it is the high crime rate that makes even that specious causal argument possible. There are two unique things in the US, one of the highest gun ownership rates, and one of the highest crime rates. If ownership actually DID reduce crime, the two figures would be in inverse proportion. The argument for the 2d amendment is simple, it was created by the founders for the protection of individual liberty FROM the government.
Tionico Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 6:30 PM
it was NOT "created" by the founders.. they merely recognised it as having been conferred upon ALL men by our Creator, and that it is NOT to be limited in this nation. If the founders had "created" this right, their successors would have the authority to remove it, which they certainly do not (despite the delusions of some).

As to crime rates, FBI statistics for gun ownership, numbers of lawfully armed citizens, and violent crimes, city by city, show a direct inverse correlation between lawfully armed citizens and lower crime rates in EVERY jurisdiction. this trend is well established, and as gun ownership rises, crime continues to fall. Read John Lott's More Guns Less Crime. If you dare.......
WestTexan Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 11:02 AM
The highest rates of gun ownership are not where the highest rates of crime exist. I agree, protect yourself from a corrupt and repressive government, but also from the scum who want what you have.
pascagoulapappy Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 10:17 AM
As Professor Adams would point out, your thesis that ownership does not reduce crime is unsupported by existing research.
pascagoulapappy Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 10:19 AM
Stephen37's missing variable: right to bear (not merely keep) arms does reduce crime. Fact.
WestTexan Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 11:04 AM
Yes, an unloaded firearm locked in a cabinet or safe, is useless when needed.
Steven668 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 7:09 PM
The problem with your analysis is that in nearly all states, the right to carry a weapon is severely restricted, if not banned outright. The crime rates in localities where open carry or concealed carry is most freely permitted tend to have the lowest rates of violent crime.

Gun ownership, without the right to carry, does nothing to reduce crime.
ClassicalTeacher Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 7:45 PM
You are absolutely SPOT ON!! Washington DC has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country. Yet, it has one of the highest crime rates per capita in the nation. Go figure...
Daniel982 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 9:44 PM
The high crime rate in Washington D.C. may be due to the high concentration of lawyers and politicians in that small area.
Daniel982 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 9:45 PM
The high crime rate in Washington D.C. may be due to the high concentration of lawyers and politicians in that small area.
Daniel982 Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 10:34 PM
Government dominated by democrats is more a factor in the high crime rate than the racial component.
Author’s Note: This is the 818th column I have written since September of 2003. If you are tired of hearing about liberal hypocrisy in academia, please do not read this latest offering. If you like guns, however, keep reading.

Dear Professor Hoplophobe (pseudonym):

First I would like to thank you for your willingness to discuss Second Amendment issues despite our deep disagreement about the scope and applicability of this important constitutional right. The first time we broached the issue, the tenor of our discussion was less than civil. Since then, you have agreed to continue...