Gun Control

Return to Common Sense

March 9, 2015

Section: Domestic – Gun Control

Crime is the problem, guns are for crime deterrence; deter crime by enforcing existing laws, not creating new superfluous laws.

“To disarm the people (is) the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” George Mason


Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):

Second amendment guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

Stringent gun control has not achieved desired results.

Studies on gun availability did not prove case for gun control.

“There are large drops in overall violent crime, murder, rape, and aggravated assault that begin right after the right-to-carry laws have gone into effect.

Thirteen states have experimented with a national universal background check requirement.

o   When nine different states, in many different years, in different regions, show a neutral to perhaps slightly negative impact on murder rates.

o   Little impact suggests that background check laws are either completely or at least largely irrelevant to the problem of murder.

Other countries have implemented gun control measures with mixed results.

o   In countries that implemented gun control, citizens have been unable to defend themselves.

o   Great Britain banned handguns in January 1997, but the number of deaths and injuries from gun crime in England and Wales increased an incredible 340% in seven years from 1998 to 2005.

o   An old adage says “With guns, we are citizens. Without them, we are subjects.

o   Gun control advocates claimed the registration was a safety issue.

o   Handgun registration began in 1934.

o   There is no evidence that registration has been important in solving a single homicide.

o   There is no evidence that registration had any impact on reducing homicides.

o   Maintaining this registration database costs $100 million per year.

o   Legislation has been submitted in 2012 to end this program and abandon the database.



Crime is the problem; guns are for crime deterrence.



Streamline Licensing of gun owners with common sense rules:

Simplify registration of all guns.



Gun Control: A Realistic Assessment” by Don B. Kates, Jr. dated 1990 published by Pacific Research Foundation at http://www.catb.org/esr/guns/gun-control.html .

Statistical Malpractice – ‘Firearm Availability’ and Violence” by Miguel A. Faria dated March 25, 2002 published by News Max at http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/3/11/165310.shtml .

Self-Defense: An Endangered Right” by Joyce Lee Malcolm dated March/April 2004 published by The Cato Institute at http://www.cato.org/pubs/policy_report/v26n2/cpr-26n2-1.pdf .

Repeal All Gun Laws. You Read Me Right” by John Longenecker dated May 30, 2006 published by American Daily at http://americandaily.com/article/13795 .

Repeal All Gun Laws, Part IV: Motivation Influences Perception” by John Longenecker dated July 4, 2006 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/14395 .

Concealed Weapons in the Wilderness” by Steve Chapman dated November 29, 2006 published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=18203 .

Gun-Shy Liberals” by Jonah Goldberg dated March 30, 2007 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZWUwMDZhMjI0MGNmZjc4NDEwMjUwZGZkZDM1ZDhkNzQ= .

Pistol-packing Florida Girls – Why Rapists and Robbers Ran from One Florida town” by Joel Turtel dated April 6, 2007 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/18283 .

After Virginia Tech, a Closer Look at Gun Stats” by John Lott, Jr. dated April 20, 2007 published by The Wall Street Journal Online at http://blogs.wsj.com/numbersguy/2007/04/20/after-virginia-tech-a-closer-look-at-gun-stats .

Gun reform with NRA blessing” dated June 17, 2007 published by Denver Post at http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_6165103 .

What Free Americans Fear Most is Nearer Now” by John Longnecker date June 13, 2007 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/19191 .

Brady Anti-CCW Campaign Continues” by Howard Nemerov dated November 1, 2007 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/20782 .

For Non Gun Owners: D.C. vs. Heller and 2A in A Nutshell” by John Longenecker dated November 15, 2007 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/20946 .

Our Natural Rights Are Dying An Unnatural Death” by James T. Moore dated December 8, 2007 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/21189 .

Bitter, Clingy Gun Owners of America” by Doug Giles dated April 26, 2008 published by Town Hall at http://www.townhall.com/columnists/DougGiles/2008/04/26/bitter,_clingy_gun_owners_of_america .

More Guns Mean Less Crime” by David Alan Coia dated May 29, 2010 published by Human Events at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=37245 .

More Handguns, Less Crime – or More?” by Robert VerBruggen dated June 21, 2010 published by The American Spectator at http://spectator.org/archives/2010/06/21/more-handguns-less-crime-or-mo .

Death of a Long-Gun Registry” by John R. Lott and Gary Mauser dated February 20, 2012 published by National Review Online at http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/291304/death-long-gun-registry-john-r-lott-jr .

Disarming the Myths Promoted by the Gun Control Lobby” by Larry Bell dated February 21, 2012 published by Forbes at http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2012/02/21/disarming-the-myths-promoted-by-the-gun-control-lobby/ .

Universal Background Checks: Shouldn’t We Review the Statistics” by Clayton E. Cramer dated May 20, 2013 published by PJ Media at http://pjmedia.com/blog/universal-background-checks-shouldnt-we-review-the-statistics/ .

How to Count the defensive Use of Guns” by Brian Doherty dated March 9, 2015 published by Reason at http://reason.com/blog/2015/03/09/how-to-count-the-defensive-use-of-guns .