Friday, January 08, 2016

Problems and Effectiveness of Gun Control

Excellent and footnoted article on gun control problems and effectiveness by David Kopel.


  1. IMHO, a comprehensive approach is necessary to mitigate firearm related violent crimes. An instant background screen to identify dangerous or mentally unstable individuals is just one layer to the overall effort. But the most effective and primary means to curb criminal violence is to respect " ...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms...".

  2. Nobody has ever answered my question as to what gun control law has ever worked to reduce the rate of "gun crime" in the U.S. Not in the last forty years, anyway.


  3. Allow me to ask a question. If it's known someone had a history of criminal violence or a significant mental disorder, would you sell them a gun? I don't know if the NICS collects data on prohibited gun sales, but it makes perfect sense to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals. Is a quick background check fool proof? Not even close. One reason why the 2A is needed for self-defense when all else fails