This op-ed hits the major points on many issues involving the gun debate......why is it right? Gun control is fine, except for not working What about the fact that a British ban on handguns saw killings increase for the next five years until more cops were finally put on the beat? What about the fact that back in the days when it had a complete gun ban, Russia had four times as many murders as we had? In that case, does culture have more to do with gun violence than anything, just as culture probably accounts for us having more killings than the Europeans? The late, great social scientist James Q. Wilson thought so. What about the fact that so-called assault rifles are not assault weapons and that the real ones are already banned? The military says an assault weapon is one that can be automatic — press the trigger and the gun keeps shooting until you let up. The rifles often called assault weapons because they look like them are semiautomatic — you have to keep pulling the trigger. By the way, handguns are the first weapon of choice in crimes and mass shootings, and while there are mass shooters who favor the automatic lookalikes, they would still kill without them. In fact, FBI numbers show knives are used to kill five times more people than all rifles put together and that fists and feet do the deed more than knives. Finally, what about a 2013 study of studies by the Centers for Disease Control? It failed to find evidence that gun control laws worked but did find evidence for something else: People rescue themselves from crimes on a regular basis with guns, and guns work better than any other safety technique.