Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

More Guns, Less Crime

In a bit of reciprocal linkage, I found this interesting post on Les Jones Blog concerning the number of guns in America.

Seems according to the BATF's Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report for 2001 a bit over 3 million new guns entered the American market that year, and about one million were handguns. Note, please, that this is about average.

Yet crime, including violent crime, has continued its decade-long drop. (Three million firearms per year over ten years is a net increase of 30 million firearms, ten million of which would be handguns.)

Wheras last year, regardless of the UK's complete ban on handguns, violent crime continued to increase there, especially crimes committed with handguns.

Draw your own conclusions.

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