View Full Version : “gun controls” do not work - London Times

09-09-2007, 4:56 PM
The sun rises in the east, it rains in Indianapolis in the summertime, etc.

Munday, a Brit, is a guest contributor, "editor and co-author of Guns & Violence: the Debate Before Lord Cullen" - kind of like John Lott in being a token reasonable person in the op-ed section of the papers.
link (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article2409817.ece) Despite the recent spate of shootings on our streets, we pride ourselves on our strict gun laws. Every time an American gunman goes on a killing spree, we shake our heads in righteous disbelief at our poor benighted colonial cousins. Why is it, even after the Virginia Tech massacre, that Americans still resist calls for more gun controls?

The short answer is that “gun controls” do not work: they are indeed generally perverse in their effects. Virginia Tech, where 32 students were shot in April, had a strict gun ban policy and only last year successfully resisted a legal challenge that would have allowed the carrying of licensed defensive weapons on campus. It is with a measure of bitter irony that we recall Thomas Jefferson, founder of the University of Virginia, recording the words of Cesare Beccaria: “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
Also Telegraph from 2005 (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2005/01/23/do2302.xml) and "Bill of Rights" (http://dvc.org.uk/dunblane/munday.html) from 1996/1997

09-09-2007, 7:44 PM
So true....

09-09-2007, 9:34 PM

09-10-2007, 12:15 PM
That was an excellent article. It's so nice to see that there are some people in Great Britain who still have their heads screwed on the right way.

09-10-2007, 3:39 PM
Holy ****!!!!! You mean gun control doesn't work?

09-10-2007, 3:55 PM
so true yet we are doomed to ignore Thomas Jefferson's warnings. We only need to look at Sacramento to see the end of the road.

09-10-2007, 6:15 PM
It's good to know that some of our Brit friends realize this truth.

09-11-2007, 11:12 PM
It's good to know that some of our Brit friends realize this truth.

That we do my friend, that we do......