Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Gun Control Foolishness

When ideology trumps common sense

San Fransisco is squandering recources defending a gun ban city officials know won't hold up in court and which effectively endangers its law abiding citizens:
The NRA's Chris W. Cox argued that Proposition H stands to 'send a very clear message to the criminal element in San Francisco, that lawful residents in San Francisco are unarmed and unable to protect themselves from criminal attack.' (I should note that residents will be able to keep an existing rifle in their homes, even if the entire law is upheld. That said, the law requires residents to surrender their handguns to police by April 1 and provides no compensation in return.)

Here's an interesting statistic, compiled by the SFPD and reported in The Chronicle last month: Of the 94 homicides recorded in the city through Dec. 12, no arrests had been made for 74 of those murders. Only eight cases have resulted in prosecutions.

Sorry, but if gang members think they can kill without getting caught, I don't think a handgun ban is going to crimp their style.

Police say that witnesses often are reluctant to testify. This suggests it would make more sense to put the resources used to defend Proposition H -- which by the mayor's own admission is a very expensive public-opinion poll -- into witness protection and investigative programs.
Less than 10% of homocides result in prosecution and the mayor is instead trying to make a political statement. Yikes.

Via Bookworm, who quotes the following from this article about the effects of Washington DC's 30 year old gun ban:
What does stop a criminal? Evidence suggests even more than increased police patrols, the fear of an armed citizenry makes a criminal have second thoughts. A number of studies dating back to the 1980’s indicate a majority of criminals say they will not engage in a criminal act against someone they believe is armed.
I really like Bookworm's analogy:
As you know, not everyone needs to be vaccinated against measles. You simply need a critical mass of vaccinations to make it impossible for measles to take hold in a community. In the same way, I want guns to be legal in my community so that a critical mass of upstanding community members can own weapons, making it more difficult for crime to take hold in the community. Once you ban guns entirely, your immunity vanishes, and all you can do is sit back and let the gun violence virus begin.


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