Originally posted on May 30, 2014.
Here Cato Institute Senior Fellow Dan Mitchell takes a look at gun controls and mass shootings. As Florida concealed weapons permit holders and life NRA members, Debbie and I obviously come down on the side of being armed as the best defense. There is simply zero downside in being able to protect yourself and your family. My advice for starters is to have every member of your family take the NRA handgun safety course. And even for your 10-year-old grandkids have a Henry .22LR survival rifle and plenty of time and instruction at the practice range. Dan writes:
Well, another loser killed a bunch of people, this time in Santa Barbara, California.
Which gives gun control zealots an opportunity to seize upon the tragedy to recycle their calls to restrict private firearms ownership and otherwise erode the Second Amendment.
But I’m not too worried that they’ll succeed. The evidence is simply too strongthat gun ownership reduces crime. The research shows that criminals are less aggressive when they fear potential victims may be armed.
Moreover, they don’t even have practical proposals. Here’s some of what Jacob Sullum wrote for Reason.
None of the items on the anti-gun lobby’s wish list makes sense as a response to the crimes of Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old college student who murdered Martinez’s son and five other people on Friday night. …the Isla Vista massacre, which took place in a state with firearm laws that are among the strictest in the nation, exposes the false promise of policies that aim to prevent violence by limiting access to weapons. …The only specific policy Gross mentioned was “expanded background checks.” But California already has those: All gun sales in that state, including private transfers, must be handled by licensed dealers, and every buyer has to be cleared by the California Department of Justice…
Rodger passed those background checks because he did not have a disqualifying criminal or psychiatric record. …Yes, Rodger was depressed, socially isolated, and desperately lonely. But how many people who fit that description become mass murderers? The difficulty of predicting which of the world’s troubled oddballs will turn violent is the reason “expanded background checks” cannot stop this sort of crime.