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Ezra Klein agrees with me

In response to the Isla Vista rampage attack, Ezra Klein points out that publicizing the crimes only inspires others. This is the same point I made here in response the Columbia rampage attack.   Advertisements

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What is the end game of gun control?

The goal of gun rights advocates is to allow individuals the right to own and carry firearms. That seems clear, even if it results in such questionable policies as allowing convicted felons or those who are a danger to themselves … Continue reading

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Deadline leaves N.Y. gun owners with a choice Yesterday was the deadline for residents of New York state to register their “assault weapons” with the state. This is part of the SAFE act, which also prohibits those residents from purchasing … Continue reading

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Potential victims of mass shootings are now being told to fight back

I just saw this NY Times article from April 2013. Although unspoken, the obviously most effective way to fight back is to use a gun.

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The Fort Hood shooting

The most recent shooting at Fort Hood was precipitated by the shooter being denied a request for leave.  This is the latest in a long list of rampage killings. Like many in the “Running Amok” style, the killer suddenly starts … Continue reading

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We’re Handling Firearms More Safely Now

In an earlier post, I showed that fatalities from accidental firearm injuries have dramatically declined. David Yamane brought up the point that the result could be due to increased quality of medical treatment. That critique could be addressed by examining … Continue reading

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On the Other Hand, Maybe Gun Culture 2.0 is a Thing

A recent poll conducted AU’s Women and Politics Institute, and Loyola Marymount University professor Richard L. Fox shows that 60% of high school and college students are considering owning a gun in the future, with 40% planning on it. I … Continue reading

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