The great bulk of the studies show that gun control laws do not in fact control guns. On net balance, they do not save lives but cost lives.
Why — at a time in our history when guns were readily available, when a person could just walk into a store or order a gun through the mail, when there were no FBI background checks, no waiting periods, no licensing requirements — was there not the frequency and kind of gun violence that we sometimes see today, when access to guns is more restricted?
So many of the issues of our time — or perhaps any time — hinge on whether one considers the full context, or only one element of it.
We almost never hear about these hundreds of thousands of defensive uses of guns from the media, which will report the killing of a dozen people endlessly around the clock.
The dirty little secret is that gun control laws do not actually control guns. They disarm law-abiding citizens, making them more vulnerable to criminals, who remain armed in disregard of such laws.
Why are the political and intellectual leaders—people who are socialist or beyond—so interested in this issue? We’re talking not about the guy next door who voted Democratic but about the Tooheys.