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May 03, 2005

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» Current gun laws may be working very well: from The Volokh Conspiracy

That's the suggestion of Posse Incitatus, which notes the result of a state-federal-local dragnet which rounded up over 10,000 fugitives... [Read More]

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staghounds

Clever, Yebby, and I'm sure that these criminals possess fewer books, water color sets, and frilly dresses than a similar group of non criminals (More tattoos, though.)

Your analogy shows a failure to comprehend the point.

The ANTI GUNNERS say the reason for disarming decent citizens is to reduce the harm done by criminals with guns.

THEY say there is a link between availability of guns and criminal misuse thereof.

THEY say that the only way to disarm criminals is to disarm non criminals.

THEY say that current laws which prohibit felons from possessing guns are insufficiently effective.

This result demonstrates pretty effectively that, for whatever reason, their assertion that criminals are heavily armed is a crock. Maybe not, but the numbers are so extreme that they cry out the weakness of the bedrock anti gun assumption absent further explanation.

Oddly enough, they bear out my experience as a prosecutor for 15 years in a gun friendly state- thousands of cases-burglary, car theft, robbery, assault, rape, and murder - but almost never is the defendant found in possession of a firearm. It's clear that criminals don't arm themselves unless they have a use in mind for a gun, and this suggests that when they DO plan mayhem, they will find a way to get the tools.

Yebby 61

I'd give odds that those same 10,000+ wanted criminals have fewer golf clubs that the average American. The question that should be answered first is; how many of those 243 weapons were in the hands of the type of criminal that have or would use them to committ a crime? Few B&E's, smash & grab or even small time drug dealers have much use for a weapon of any kind.

Don't get me wrong here. I'm all for "shall issue" legislation across the 50 states, and I see nothing wrong for most "law abiding" American's to own a concealed weapon, and to be able to cross state borders wih it in their possession. But, using a 2% extrapolation in this case really doesn't pass the smile test.

Yebby 61

I'd give odds that those same 10,000+ wanted criminals have fewer golf clubs that the average American. The question that should be answered first is; how many of those 243 weapons were in the hands of the type of criminal that have or would use them to committ a crime? Few B&E's, smash & grab or even small time drug dealers have much use for a weapon of any kind.

Don't get me wrong here. I'm all for "shall issue" legislation across the 50 states, and I see nothing wrong for most "law abiding" American's to own a concealed weapon, and to be able to cross state borders wih it in their possession. But, using a 2% extrapolation in this case really doesn't pass the smile test.

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