Commentary

End of Year Study Finds Gun Control Ineffective
by Scott
December 31, 2004

The National Academy of Sciences issued a 328-page report based on 253 journal articles, 99 books, 43 government publications, a survey of 80 different gun-control laws and some of its own independent study. As it turns out, no link between restrictions on gun ownership and lower rates of crime, firearms violence or even accidents with guns, could be found.

Importantly, WorldNetDaily points out that the panel was established during the Clinton administration and all but one of its members were known to favor gun control. This fact is a direct blow to pro-control advocates because now they can't scream bias.

A study released by the Justice Department suggests that background checks at gun shows would do little to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. This finding makes perfect sense because criminals donít frequent gun shows.

The study noted the number of criminals who obtained guns from retail outlets was dwarfed by the number of those who picked up their arms through means other than legal purchases. The report was the result of interviews with more than 18,000 state and federal inmates conducted nationwide. It found that nearly 80 percent of those interviewed got their guns from friends or family members, or on the street through illegal purchases.

Less than 9 percent were bought at retail outlets and only seven-tenths of 1 percent came from gun shows. Meanwhile, the pro-control advocates put the fallacious, non-existing "gun show loophole" as a top policy priority on their agenda.

The Justice Department's interviews also showed so-called "assault weapons" are not a major cause of gun violence. Only about 8 percent of the inmates used one of the models covered in the now-expired assault weapons ban, signed into law by the Clinton administration in 1994.

Moreover, a "use" of a gun is not defined by its firing or operation, but by its illegal possession. Included in that 8% of inmates who used assault weapons are individuals convicted for the mere possession of those guns, even if criminal intent was never the case.

These findings can added to the currently existing pile of evidence that shows no correlation between gun control and lowered crime rates. But donít expect these results to be covered by CNN or the nightly broadcast news stations. Big Media sleeps with the gun control lobby and this is bad news for them.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which has yet to respond to these studies, has instead put out a wonderful press release concerning "overexcited and under-intelligent" gun owners.

Those people, the Brady Campaign warned, might "welcome 2005 with an act of stupidity," defined in the release as "the indiscriminate unloading of weapons into the air," or "celebratory gunfire." And "they may kill an innocent in the bargain, too."

Aw shucks. Being that I'm an under-intelligent gun owner I planned on drinking half a dozen cocktails and lettin' fly a couple magazines of ammunition to welcome in the new year. I doubt such a mentality could be persuaded by a Brady Campaign press release.

How unsurprising it is that the Brady Campaign didn't release a bulletin cautioning the use of fireworks which will surely injure scores of people. Perhaps because, unlike gun owners, those who engage in the fun practice of lighting firecrackers aren't under-intelligent.

 
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