Thomas Sowell on gun control research

Sowell covers the gun violence research here.

The takeaway quote is:

Gun-control zealots are almost always people who are lenient toward criminals, while they are determined to crack down on law-abiding citizens who want to be able to defend themselves and their loved ones.


11 responses to “Thomas Sowell on gun control research

  1. With all due respect for Wyatt Earp, John Wayne and other great heroes, it is a fact that the number of deaths per 10 000 persons each year from gunshot is around 10 times higher in the U.S. than in average European countries. Especially the number of deaths in schools is quite imposing. Seems there should be smoother ways of calming down if you are pissed off than running around shooting schoolkids. A school is. of course, the ideal place for nerve-relaxing mass murder: kids in rooms with only one door so nobody can escape. So please try to figure out some more creative solutions to the problem than poking fun at those who want to have less guns around! One solution is that one half of the US population shoots the other half, then one half of the remaining the other half, and so on until there is only one american left. Would that be acceptable?
    I admit my comment is outright gory, but news like the ones recently spead around, plus reports on preschool children shooting little brothers or sisters makes me blow my lid.
    Don’t be so keen on shooting fellow Americans. There are enough of hords of people outside the US who are willing to do that, given the opportunity. Try to prevent that instead.

    • The US is not number one when it comes to firearms violence.
      You have to travel to a Leftist run country to see the worst.

      How about YOU tell the people that want to take guns away from law abiding citizens to come up with a solution that does not involve disarmament without a risk reduction.

      BTW, risk has been going down, as have mass shootings.
      Not that the anti 2A people will admit it, since they can’t take credit and it doesn’t fit their agenda.

      • Pat: I agree with much of whet you say, but “mass shootings” have not been going down. During the Age of Obama, they have increased (a lot).
        Looking at the inevitable lists which followed the Oregon shootings, approx. 40% of all mass shootings over the last seventy years have occurred while he was President. (And we have more than another year to go!)
        Correlation does not always prove causation. But if all these mass murders happened while George Bush was around, you can guess what the O and his media friends would be screaming.

    • Sowell did a great gob of disarming your arguments, but you talked right past the article. There is a reason crazies in the US are concentrating on schools, and that reason isn’t because they have guns. When you have a road rage driver who has killed someone and is a cointinuining menace, it’s quite lame to respond by outlawing cars – although that would be far easier than taking guns away form the Gangs of Chicago.

      I also don’t lump all the 10,000 gun deaths together. A lot of them are good gun deaths. Some of them really good gun deaths. But if you insist, you’re back to culture and people, not their tools. It absolutely does not help the culture to blame the tool and not the person responsible while giving that very same person the recognition that was their motive.. That behavior is entirely consistent with and supportive of the posted takeaway coat. Nice going, pal.

  2. johan, you are misinformed–I am an advocate for well armed people to protect the innocents in gun free zones.

    Someday, when you are unarmed and in a area protected by a gun toting free citizen who is capable of protecting his own and others too–you will be grateful. In the meantime try not to be such a smart commenter who doesn’t know the nature of creating a secure environment. A secure environment is created by intelligent use of violent force by the good guys.

    You think eliminating guns is going to make us safe? Really? Tell me true johan, aren’t you just a goddammed confiscator? You are like the Olive Garden goofballs–don’t understand that a gun toting law enforcement officer will make your restaurant more safe, not less.

  3. When you look at the statistics about 85% of all violent crime is committed by about 13% of the population. Maybe we should try to fix the 13% instead of hurting the rest of us law abiding citizens with more laws that the lawless criminals just ignore.

    • Hmm…are you turning the “war on the 1%” mantra back on the left? 😛 The 1% have the wealth, strip them of it. Ok, well the small % cause all the gun violence, so disarm based upon darkness of complexion?

      What annoys me the most is all of the comments about needing guns to protect yourself, making you safe, etc. That is not the purpose for which the Founding Father’s put the 2nd amendment in the Constitution. It is there to guarantee that the populace would always have the choice to rise up against a government that had strayed beyond representing the people. We do not have a democracy, we do not want a democracy. To all the loony left, Democracy is what created bills/laws in California banning gay marriage. Democracy is mob rule. We are a Republic where the minority always has a voice. That is the point of the filibuster in the Senate and the right to keep and bear arms is the insurance policy put in place to insure that mob-rule OR dictatorial rule would not take over the United States unless the populace chose to let it do so.

  4. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
    You can find lots of folks with lots of rationales for or against firearms. I’ll stick with the the one that doesn’t talk about self defense, hunting or any other reason.

  5. ‘Control’ of others is the main objective. Criminals cannot be controlled; law-abiding people can be controlled.
    Those-who-would-be-tyrants don’t waste their time and resources controlling sociopaths, but use them as a tool to try to intimidate the sane into being controllable.

  6. Writes Dr. Sowell:

    The zealotry of gun-control advocates might make some sense if they had any serious evidence that more restrictive gun-control laws actually reduce gun crimes. But they seldom even discuss the issue in terms of empirical evidence.

    Dr. Sowell and all other reasoning human beings must focus upon is that the advocates of victim disarmament are not motivated by a desire that the law-abiding people forcibly disarmed by “gun control” usurpations be safer in their lives, their liberties, or their property.

    The purpose of these Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) is diametrically opposite to that, and their motivations have nothing in the way of evidence, consequence, or benevolence about ’em.

    As for our governing class….

    In the words of writer L Neil Smith: “If you remember nothing else about what I’m about to consider here, remember this: the one and only reason politicians, bureaucrats, and policemen want to take your weapons away from you is so that they can do things to you that they couldn’t do if you still had your weapons.” (“Americans Have Obeyed Their Last Gun Law,” 27 January 2015)

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