Gun Control Commentary

Stalking the New York Mall Shooter
Because mall shootings are apparently typical in the United States, the Brady Campaign called the Hudson Valley Mall incident this past Sunday "another day in America" in their pessimistic press release. The Brady Campaign also denounced the availability of the AK-47 "assault rifle" used by 24-year-old gunman, Robert Bonelli, to critically injure a National Guard recruiter when he began firing inside the mall until he ran out of bullets.

Conflicting Analysis of the Cop-Killing Five-seveN Handgun
Currently on the pro-control agenda and making news headlines is the FN Herstal tactical handgun called the Five-seveN. While it looks like a typical handgun, the 5.7 is unique in that is shoots a powerful 5.7 x 28mm round in a magazine that typically holds 20 rounds. Magazines holding more than 10 rounds have been legal since the expiration of the "assault weapons ban" last September.

Closing the Virginia Gun-Show Loophole
A newly released crime-and-safety survey shows that nine out of 10 Richmond-area residents support a newly proposed law that would close the so-called "gun-show loophole" that allows unlicensed gun dealers and private citizens to sell firearms at gun shows without making background checks of purchasers.

San Francisco Proposes Handgun Ban
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has proposed a sweeping ban on handguns, propelling one of the nation's most liberal cities back into the national spotlight with a gun control proposal far more severe than a typical waiting period or background check requirement.

Brady Campaign Releases Deceitful State Report Cards
The Brady Campaign has severed up yet another plate of egregious propaganda, the latest being "report cards" for every state. That 31 states received a "D" or an "F" means we can all be sure that Brady won't be going away for a long time. Conveniently, Brady Campaign did not release a "report card" for Washington D.C., which would have received the highest grade for having the strictest gun control laws. But that wouldn't have looked good because Washington D.C. is the murder capital of the United States.

Pro-Control Panel Skeptical of Own Findings
Either "tens of millions of dollars" has been wasted in addition to "countless man-hours on useless research," or the National Academy is too ideologically driven to accept conclusions that go against their own personal politics.

California Bans Gun Never Used for Crime
California has become the first state to ban the .50-caliber BMG, which the New York Times reports is a "powerful .50-caliber long-range rifle that gun control advocates portray as a military firearm that could easily fall into the hands of terrorists bent on assassination or shooting down an airplane."

UK Fights Rising Gun Crime With More Police
Since 1996 handguns have been banned in the United Kingdom, and in the following years authorities have struggled to solve the problem of rising gun crime. According to researcher John R. Lott Jr., gun crime rose by 40 percent in the four years after the ban was enacted. ("Gun laws don't reduce crime," USA Today, May 9, 2002.)

End of Year Study Finds Gun Control Ineffective
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.

 
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