PRIVATE POSSESSION OF GUNS:
THE GOOD & BAD OF IT

2/13/99
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Gun control advocates flood the airways with claims about all the bad things about people having guns.  In the average year, of every 100,000 people in the United States, approximately:  7 kill themselves with guns, 6 are purposely killed by others with guns, .5 are accidentally killed with guns, 2 are seriously injured in trying to kill themselves with guns, 15-22 are purposely injured by others with guns, and .5 are accidentally injured by someone with guns.

But, it is simple-minded and incorrect to think that guns are the cause of all those deaths and injuries.  To be sure, the presence of guns is partially responsible for a small portion of them.  But gun control advocates try to blame guns for all of it.  They try to ignore any good that comes from private ownership of guns, and deny the good even in the face of evidence no reasonable person could doubt.

The bad side of gun possession is supposed to be that:

On the other side of the ledger:




Check out:

Taking Aim at Gun Control (pdf) Heartland Inst. Policy Study 69, 1995, by Professors Daniel Polsby (criminologist) and Dennis Brennan (economist) [ALT SITE]

GUN CONTROL:  A Realistic Assessment by Don B. Kates ('90) [ALT SITE 1] [ALT SITE 2] [ALT SITE 3]

The False Promise of Gun Control by Professor (criminologist) Daniel D. Polsby (The Atlantic Monthly, '94) [ ALT SITE 1)] [ALT SITE 2]

Right now, check out this brochure by Dr. Edgar Suter, chairman of Doctors for Integrity in Policy Research.

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