Not only is gun control a pipe dream for liberals in America, but it’s a policy that simply doesn’t work.
It will always take a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun, because a bad guy will always find a way to get a gun. Period.
Now, the overwhelming majority of studies have confirmed that gun control policies are absolutely useless.
Go figure, right?
From Daily Caller:
An analysis of thousands of gun control studies claims that just 63 of those studies found connections between more stringent gun control laws violent crime and suicide reductions.
The non-profit RAND corporation spent two years and $1 million on the analysis, searching for evidence of benefit from gun control policies. RAND’s analysis looked to establish connections between gun policies and rates of homicide, suicide, self-defense gun use, hunting, and other categories. The vast majority of those categories went unaffected by legislation, however, according to NPR.
“Most of the effects that we were looking for evidence on, we didn’t find any evidence,” Andrew Morral, who lead the analysis.
The RAND team also surveyed 95 gun policy experts from across the political spectrum about what they thought the effects of 15 different gun policies would be on 12 outcomes. The policies included universal background checks, bans on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, expanded mental illness prohibitions, minimum age requirements and required reporting of lost or stolen weapons.
Many of the policies are now being considered by state and federal lawmakers, after a man used an AR-15-style rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school in February.
The vast majority of the specialists RAND surveyed agreed that the primary objectives of gun policies should be reducing suicides and homicides, and that protecting privacy, enabling hunting and sport shooting and preventing mass shootings were secondary priorities.
“That was a surprise, actually,” says Morral. “I think people on either side of gun policy debates think that the other side has misplaced values — or that it’s a values problem, in any case. But that’s not what we find. We find people prioritize the same things in the same order.”
However, those surveyed varied widely in their predictions about how different policies would affect each outcome.
“Where they disagree is on which laws will achieve those those objectives. So this is a disagreement about facts,” says Morral. “And the facts are sparse.”
Once again it is always instructive to go back to President Ronald Reagan to find guidance on the best way to lead America, and his words on gun control couldn’t be more relevant than they are today as liberals once again gear up to destroy our Second Amendment rights.
The Gipper gave a speech to the National Rifle Association in May of 1983 where he laid out the principles about our Second Amendment rights that we all need to hear, Conservative Tribune notes.
“It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun control laws,” Reagan said.
That is no less than a restatement of the old saying that if you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.
You might recall that this speech came about two years after Ronald Reagan himself was almost assassinated by a crazy man with a gun. Reagan was gunned down in March of 1981 by crazed would-be assassin John Hinckley, Jr.
“You know, I’ve always felt a special bond with the members of your group,” Reagan said to the members of the NRA.
“You live by Lincoln’s words, ‘Important principles may and must be inflexible.’ Your philosophy put its trust in people,” the president continued. “So, you insist on individuals being held responsible for their actions. The NRA believes that America’s laws were made to be obeyed and that our constitutional liberties are just as important today as 200 years ago.”
But Reagan understood just what the U.S. Constitution says about our rights to own firearms.
“And by the way,” Regan noted, “the Constitution does not say that government shall decree the right to keep and bear arms. The Constitution says ‘… the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.'”
Here is a snippet of that speech:
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]