While waiting for a client’s server to finish installing something, I jumped over to the Fox news site to see what was going on. In there, there was an article about the recent ruling that Washington D.C.’s handgun ban was unconstitutional, and the filing of a lawsuit against the city of Chicago to try to overturn their handgun ban.
A large part of the article was about the trauma and losses that people have had to deal with due to handgun violence in Chicago. Some examples:
"Nine people were killed in 36 shootings during one weekend this spring. The next week, five people were found shot to death inside a South Side home."
"Pamela Bosley lost her 18-year-old son two years ago, when a bullet struck him as he helped a fellow student unload instruments outside a South Side Church."
"Annette Nance-Holt, whose 16-year-old son was killed on a city bus last spring when someone sprayed bullets inside it, was livid with the court’s decision."
"If you didn’t have the guns, we’d still have our children," she said."
"I’m still trying to figure out who we are more in love with, our children or our guns," she said. "It’s crazy. I’m safer being a deer knowing people are hunting you."
Each of these instances are horrible and very, very sad. However, the thing that I find interesting is that these deaths, and all the many others in Chicago, are happening in a city that already bans handguns! The fact that a city bans handguns does nothing to decrease the number of guns in the hands of people willing to break the law. If someone is going to rob a store and wants a gun to do it, they’re not going to change their mind because having a gun is against the law.
This snippet grabbed from Wikipedia touches nicely on this point:
Don Kates summarizes the consensus reached by criminological research into gun control thus:
"Unfortunately, an almost perfect inverse correlation exists between those who are affected by gun laws, particularly bans, and those whom enforcement should affect. Those easiest to disarm are the responsible and law abiding citizens whose guns represent no meaningful social problem. Irresponsible and criminal owners, whose gun possession creates or exacerbates so many social ills, are the ones most difficult to disarm.
Research comparing various countries’ violent crime rates, murder rates, and crimes committed with weapons, have found that legal ownership of guns, including concealed carry guns, generally reduces crime rates
Of course, because of the emotional aspect of gun control and violence, people whose lives have been touched by gun violence will never accept that allowing more people to carry a gun decreases the chance of gun related violence (at least to innocent by standers – it’s more likely a criminal will come to an end at the hands of a gun carrying citizen).
And remember kids, gun control means hitting your target (in this case, at 100 yards putting three bullets through pretty much the same hole – the indent to the left is from a pushpin, not a bullet hole):