Invincible Ignorance

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    excellent read by Dr. Sowell

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    Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of "gun control" advocates?

    The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available.

    If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive.

    Places and times with the strongest gun control laws have often been places and times with high murder rates. Washington, D.C., is a classic example, but just one among many.

    When it comes to the rate of gun ownership, that is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, but the murder rate is higher in urban areas. The rate of gun ownership is higher among whites than among blacks, but the murder rate is higher among blacks. For the country as a whole, hand gun ownership doubled in the late 20th century, while the murder rate went down.

    The few counter-examples offered by gun control zealots do not stand up under scrutiny. Perhaps their strongest talking point is that Britain has stronger gun control laws than the United States and lower murder rates.

    But, if you look back through history, you will find that Britain has had a lower murder rate than the United States for more than two centuries— and, for most of that time, the British had no more stringent gun control laws than the United States. Indeed, neither country had stringent gun control for most of that time.

    In the middle of the 20th century, you could buy a shotgun in London with no questions asked. New York, which at that time had had the stringent Sullivan Law restricting gun ownership since 1911, still had several times the gun murder rate of London, as well as several times the London murder rate with other weapons.

    Neither guns nor gun control was not the reason for the difference in murder rates. People were the difference.


    Yet many of the most zealous advocates of gun control laws, on both sides of the Atlantic, have also been advocates of leniency toward criminals.

    all of it here
    Invincible Ignorance by Thomas Sowell on Creators.com - A Syndicate Of Talent
     
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    Why is it excellent? In your own words, please. Discuss his remarks with your take on why they are meaningful to you.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    seriously all you do is post stupid Opinion pieces and then offer nothing but tired talking points or deflections.
     
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    Very interesting...thanks, Steph.
     
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    I would certainly characterize Dr. Sowell's factual commentary as an "excellent read".

    Stephanie, you can expect the leftists in here to criticize you and Sowell. After all, they never let FACTS get in the way of their emotionally charged, illogical claptrap.
     
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    Why? Why is it an excellent read?
     
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    You keep asking what makes Dr. Sowell's factual statements an excellent read.

    Would you prefer that Dr. Sowell's writings appear in comic book form? Maybe as part of a video game? Perhaps you need somebody to read his words to you?
     

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