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Why I’m against gun control

I’m from California. I’m not an NRA member. I don’t own a gun, nor do any of my family members. I’ve never been hunting. I’ve only gone shooting once in my life (at a Daily Caller office retreat, incidentally). I’m not against gun-control laws on principle. And, frankly, I kind of like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

All of these factors make me an unlikely opponent of gun control. But I’ve grown into a pretty staunch one.

The main problem with gun-control laws is that they don’t work. Florida State University criminology professor Gary Kleck, a political liberal and one-time supporter of gun-control laws, has been studying guns and their effect on violence and crime since 1976. What he’s found is that gun-control laws have no net effect on violence or crime rates, because the benefits of widespread gun ownership cancel out the costs.

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  • rj

    A liberal professor with common sense? Call me a skeptic. But I hope I’m wrong.

    • drdos1943

      You are not wrong. There are many liberals who own guns for hunting and home protection and who have concealed carry permits. They do not want restrictions anymore than we do. However, do not you think that a 30 or more round magazine is a little excessive? When our founding fathers formulated the Constitution, single shot muzzle loaders were high tech.

      I would not object to restrictions on those magazines.

      However, it is about time that the far left realized that it is not guns, not knives (in China 22 elementary students stabbed), not bows & arrows (recent incident resulting in two deaths), etc. that are the problem. The problem is the people and the psycho’s who wield them. No weapon, including a baseball bat, ever got up by itself and killed or injured anyone.

      • Jay

        I have several 30 round magazines and I preload them so I don’t have to spend my time doing it at the range. I don’t think it’s excessive at all. People who are ignorant of our history don’t know that the Revolution became a shooting war when the Brits marched on Concord to sieze an armory which included privately owned cannon.

        • John Gould

          Thank you

      • John Gould

        Our gun rights is for our protection from the government. Read the Bill of Rights. I am in favor of all magazines no matter what size. The killers will have them. I stopped six punks from hurting or killing my wife and I because I had an illegal .357 under my jacket. They only had knives. That was years ago. Now they have the guns. Liberals make me puke. They are our real enemies.

  • jay c

    It is impossible to ban guns, high-capacity magazines, or any other mechanical device.The technology already exists to fabricate almost any physical object, including guns, in any living room, kitchen, or garage. It’s called 3D printing, and it’s getting cheaper and more common every day.

  • This is almost unbelievable, a person with strong common sense, now how about another 4 to 5 million.

  • US Army (retired)

    This is why I’m against gun control.

    2nd Amendment “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.”

    “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” — Thomas Jefferson
    “The beauty of the 2nd Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it”–Thomas Jefferson
    “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” — Thomas Jefferson
    “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty teeth.” — George Washington
    “The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.” — George Washington
    “After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.”


    • John Gould

      Right on and thank you very much

  • KDS

    Every Communist knows that they are the only one’s that should have guns. That’s what’s wrong with this gun control issue. It’s not what they are pretending it’s all about. This is about the control of America. Why doesn’t everyone just acknowledge the truth about Obama and his insane plan for us.
    The real debate and It’s not being debated.

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