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Left Coast Conservative
02-02-2012, 2:53 PM
The Cato Institute (http://www.cato.org/) has just released an important new study, written by Clayton E. Cramer (http://claytonecramer.blogspot.com/) and David Burnett (http://concealedcampus.org/index.php): Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance From Citizens (http://www.cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/WP-Tough-Targets.pdf). The authors surveyed defensive gun usage as reported in news media stories, categorized the events, and discussed trends they identified. While this study does not purport to be complete, it does seem to lend support to the idea that armed citizens exercising their rights to self defense has real social value. Many of the most common arguments against armed self defense are refuted. It should be read by anyone interested in the subject.

I wonder how long it will take Joan Peterson (http://www.commongunsense.com/) to deny the study, dismissing it as nothing but a collection of anecdotes that are statistically meaningless, even though she uses the same technique herself on her blog?

SilverTauron
02-02-2012, 3:37 PM
Its a good thing academics are taking a better look at the subject of self defense, but it must be said that the confiscation gang do not care about self defense or preventing crime. They care about feelings and political correctness, neither agenda of which depends on fact to be advanced.

Case in point-how many crimes have been prevented due to the "Once every 30 days" law?

Left Coast Conservative
02-02-2012, 3:54 PM
Its a good thing academics are taking a better look at the subject of self defense, but it must be said that the confiscation gang do not care about self defense or preventing crime. They care about feelings and political correctness, neither agenda of which depends on fact to be advanced.

Case in point-how many crimes have been prevented due to the "Once every 30 days" law?

Of course, anyone who has been paying attention to this issue knows this. But there are many people who can be persuaded with reasoned arguments, and many of those people vote, donate time and money, and influence friends and family members to further normalize armed self-defense. I hope that these "reasonable" people will be the continual cause of further social and political marginalization of the anti-rights groups.

It seems to me that the trends are favorable for us.

arc
02-02-2012, 5:07 PM
I'm only about 20 pages in but that's a really good read. Lots of information to store up for future discussions with the anti-s in my life. And everything is footnoted too which is really nice.

Alas, many people will simply discount it because of the source without actually looking at the data.

-James

vantec08
02-03-2012, 6:55 AM
Good article, LCC. Its like so much of our political discourse - it wont get anywhere without simple honesty.