St. Charles Herald-Guide

Gun control doesn’t work

Letters to the Editor - February 7, 2007

But a federal bill - H.R. 256: Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2007 - could change gun law. Read more about this legislation at:

www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h110-256

By D. MARTYN LLOYD-MORGAN/Special to the Herald-Guide

Despite the vitriolic rhetoric of the gun control movement, particularly the ‘Brady Bunch,' the best and most thorough studies of the issue show that gun control does not work.

In survey after survey of nations with the most stringent gun control measures, including an examination of every single law on the books with regard to limiting the availability of guns, there is no evidence of any correlation between more gun control and less crime.The CDC conducted one such study. The organization examined 51 of the most prominent gun control studies in the world and found that there is no evidence linking stringent firearms laws with less violence.

The National Academy of Sciences conducted yet another study resulting in a 328-page report that was based on 253 journal articles, 99 books, 43 government publications, and a survey of 80 different gun control laws. Here again, this exhaustive study, which included some new research data provided by the Academy, shows no link between restrictions on gun ownership and lower rates of crime, fewer accidents with firearms, or a reduction in firearms violence.

Thus, the conclusion of two of the most thorough and extensive research studies on the effectiveness of gun control find that there is absolutely NO evidence supporting the effectiveness of gun control laws. Yet the gun control lobby persists in perpetrating its deceptions designed to fool the public into believing that in order to reduce gun violence you must clamp down on law-abiding gun owners, the vast majority of whom do not use their weapons in violent attacks.

The conclusion? The gun control lobby uses the crime argument as a ruse to cover their real agenda--the ultimate banning of private gun ownership among the citizens. Despite their vehement denials, this is most definitely the goal. To ignore the most thorough studies on the subject and to defy logic in such a blatant fashion leads to only one conclusion. The common arguments of the gun control lobby are smokescreens covering their hidden agenda.