So making guns illegal will take them off the street? We should make heroine and meth illegal too.
Americans are understandably determined to ensure that massacres such as the one at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut, never happen again. But how?
Some demand ever stricter control of firearms. Many others advocate more effective treatment of mentally ill people. Yet most understand that so-called gun-free zones simply disarm law-abiding victims while leaving criminals with access to illegal guns.
The long-term answer needs to take these and many different viewpoints into consideration. Which policies does experience demonstrate as either effective, or ineffective, in the USA? America urgently needs clarity on what does not work - and what does.
Rape Disappears with Concealed Carry in Colorado University
The University of Colorado, under the gun ban they claimed was for safety, experienced a rapid increase in crime, while the latter with concealed carry enjoyed a rapid decrease. Crime at the University of Colorado rose 35 percent since 2004, while the guns at Colorado State slashed crime by 60 percent over the same time frame.
At Colorado State there were 47 reported sexual offenses in 2002, whereas with concealed carry in 2008, there were just 2 - rape had more or less disappeared. They saw a similar drop in crime in virtually every other category after concealed carry became legal. Understanding why they had these very different results will change your life.
Guns Save Women from Assault and Rape
As the police reached the crime scene, the waiting crowd of reporters and photographers was enormous. A rapist had been shot by his intended victim and she'd called the newspapers before calling 911!
All rape in the city stopped completely the moment the story broke. The city had a problem with sexual assault, so the farsighted police chief had given free gun lessons for vulnerable women. The immense publicity given to her gun lessons and the rapist's well-deserved death deterred other rapists for many months. [The story made headlines throughout the US but is written from memory since it doesn't seem to be online.]
There are countless cases where empowering women to defend themselves has saved them from assault and rape. All these links open in a new tab, see:
The countless incidents where a gun saves a woman from rape usually get little if any publicity from the biased media nowadays, but some do get reported. See 1) here, 2) here, 3) here, 4) here, 5) here, 6) here, 7) here, 8) here, 9) here, 10) here, 11) here and 12) here... all
Nowadays, if you want to purchase an AR-15 or any other firearm, the store must first get permission for the sale from the FBI or its state counterpart. Permission is denied if the buyer is in one of nine categories of "prohibited persons," including felons, domestic-violence misdemeanants, and persons who have been adjudicated mentally ill or alcoholic.
Since, half a century ago, "active shooters" were rare, what can account for the continued increase in these shootings? Counter-intuitively, could it be the increasingly stringent gun control regulations, which remove your right to protect yourself, disarm innocent victims, yet leave criminals with illegal access to guns?
Do Governments Want You to Believe rather than Explore Skeptically?
At school, far too many students are taught to believe others, to accept the educational system's point of view. In contrast, scientists learn to approach things with a skeptical mind. You'll change your life with the scientific approach, since being skeptical deters other people from manipulating you. This secret of success will stop you repeating nonsense spouted by politicians who pretend their misleading sophist policies will benefit you.
Governments, like colleges and schools, can't guarantee the safety of their citizens or students, so why deprive responsible citizens of their right to protect themselves and their school-children?
Food for Thought
"Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one... Distrust and caution are the parents of security."
- Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790, US Statesman, Diplomat and Inventor