Sunday, April 22, 2007

Hand Gun Laws

As the Virginia Tech shootings segments are aired on television and radio to the nth degree, nobody wants to talk much about the Virginia legislature not allowing Va. Tech students to be armed for protection. Studies don't bode well for the anti-gun crowd. This Ann Coulter column addresses the issue to some degree.

Only one policy has ever been shown to deter mass murder: concealed-carry laws.
In a comprehensive study of all public, multiple-shooting incidents in America
between 1977 and 1999, the inestimable economists John Lott and Bill Landes
found that concealed-carry laws were the only laws that had any beneficial
effect. And the effect was not insignificant. States that allowed citizens to
carry concealed handguns reduced multiple-shooting attacks by 60 percent and
reduced the death and injury from these attacks by nearly 80 percent.

Eighty (80) percent is far from insignificant. Especially when more than two decades are evaluated. It is a very telling number. Of course Ann's caustic opinions don't sit well with the socialist-communist crowd, but in many cases her opinions are steeped in facts.

Ol' BC tends to be of the guns don't kill people, people do camp. I've been trying to think of the last time I saw a gang of guns walking down the street. I'm coming up empty. Plus there's that constitution thing that's for our protection in a number of areas.

Just a thought.


At 7:31 PM, Blogger Col. Hogan said...

When there's even a possibility that a significant number of people in a crowd may be armed, most crazies won't even try it. What if the guy behind him is packin'?

At 8:37 PM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

Exactly. Nobody had to worry about that at Va. Tech.


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