America is notorious for its culture of gun violence. Guns sometimes do
cause terrible harm, and many kids are killed every year in gun
accidents. But public service announcements and news stories make it
seem as if the accidents kill thousands of kids every year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however,
fewer than 100 kids 15 and under are killed in gun accidents every
year. Of course that's horrible, and I understand why demonstrators say
we need more gun control.
But guess what? The Centers for Disease Control recently completed a
review of studies of various types of gun control: background checks,
waiting periods, bans on certain guns and ammunition. It could not
document that these rules have reduced violent crime.
The government wants to say things like the Brady Gun Control Law are
making a difference, but they aren't. Some maximum security felons I
spoke to in New Jersey scoffed at measures like the Brady law. They
said they'll have no trouble getting guns if they want them.
A Justice Department study confirmed what the prisoners said. But get
this: the felons say that the thing they fear the most is not the
police, not time in prison, but, you, another American who might be
It's a reason many states are passing gun un-control. They're allowing
citizens to carry guns with them; it's called concealed carry or right
to carry. Some women say they're comforted by these laws.
Many people are horrified at the idea of concealed carry laws, and
predict mayhem if all states adopt these laws.
But surprise, 36 states already have concealed carry laws, and not one
reported an upsurge in gun crime.
Updated Media Analysis of Appalachian Law School Attack
Since the first news search was done additional news stories have been
added to Nexis:
There are thus now 218 unique stories, and a total of 294 stories counting
duplicates (the stories in yellow were duplicates): Excel file for
general overview and specific stories. Explicit mentions of defensive gun use
increase from 2 to 3 now.