Thomas Sowell on gun control

Yes, I know  that there are some people that have a great deal more patience than I do. I admit that there are times when I just get fed up explaining the obvious over and over. Time, and time again it goes on… In any case, Thomas Sowell, someone that I have great respect for attempts yet again to explain the great mysteries of life to the uninitiated.

“Some of our biggest political fallacies come from accepting words as evidence of realities. …[For example,] ‘gun control’ laws do not control guns. The District of Columbia’s very strong laws against gun ownership have done nothing to stop the high murder rate in Washington. New York had very strong gun control laws decades before London did. But the murder rate in New York has been some multiple of that in London for more than two centuries, regardless of which city had the stronger gun control laws at a given time. Back in 1954, when there were no restrictions on owning shotguns in England and there were far more owners of pistols then than there were decades later, there were only 12 cases of armed robbery in London. By the 1990s, after stringent gun controls laws were imposed, there were well over a thousand armed robberies a year in London. In the late 1990s, after an almost total ban on handguns in England, gun crimes went up another ten percent. The reason — too obvious to be accepted by the intelligentsia — is that law-abiding people became more defenseless against criminals who ignored the law and kept their guns.” –Hoover Institution economist Thomas Sowell

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7 Responses to “Thomas Sowell on gun control”

  1. carrisa Says:

    I hope it is OK for me to comment. I respectfully beg to differ. I own guns (for sport and recreation), but I just don’t buy the argument that gun control makes people “defenseless” and that is the reason there are more gun crimes. Maybe I am just one of those thick people Sowell can’t get through to, but I don’t see a lot of evidence that before there was gun control citizens who were armed shot and stopped perpetrators of crimes that otherwise would have killed them. Where are the statistics to prove that? I know personally of two homeowners who shot and killed someone they believed were intruders. My friends’ son, who was returning from FBI training and got stranded, went to a house to ask to use the phone (there were not always cell phones). He was dark skinned, and the elderly man who say him out the window shot him dead. In the other case, my cousin’s husband shot his own child. My anecdotal evidence doesn’t prove anything, but it makes me skeptical of claims that gun owners are the nation’s protectors. I am not against gun ownership, but neither am I against reasonable controls. I would like to see statistics proving that gun owners help stop crime.

  2. Thomas Sowell on gun control Says:

    […] Original post by Patrick Sperry […]

  3. Patrick Sperry Says:

    As I stated in the opening; I simply get tired of repeating the obvious. But, for your sake I will give you a brief rundown on my own experiences as a Paramedic in the greater Denver area.

    Rape; Four rapes stopped by women that were armed with a firearm, with no harm to them. Too many to remember, including two rape/homicides where the women didn’t have the wherewithal, or chose appeasement.

    Home Invasion; Seven situations where, after the criminals decided to start harming those within, that were thwarted from further criminal action when someone inside used a gun to fight back. Situations where they submitted and allowed the criminals to have there way? Roughly twenty. Anecdotal as well, however I think you get my drift.

    Both the NRA as well as Gun Owners of America have an endless list of documented uses of firearms by people defending themselves or others available on their respective websites.

    Your a gun owner yet you don’t see the problems associated with your two examples? One of the most important rules of gun ownership is knowing what you are shooting at, as well as what is beyond should you miss…

  4. Roy in Canada Says:

    Well said Sir….Gun Control has been a spectacular failure where ever it`s been tried….The continued mis-representation of words like ,”common sense controls”, and semi-automatic assault weapons”, always make my eyes roll…

  5. Patrick Sperry Says:

    Perhaps if folks knew about the failed attempt at gun control in Canada, and the reasons why, then maybe they might get a glimpse of what common sense really is!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Topics about England » Archive » Thomas Sowell on gun control Says:

    […] Conservative Libertarian Outpost added an interesting post today on Thomas Sowell on gun controlHere’s a small readingYes, I know  that there are some people that have a great deal more patience than I do. I admit that there are times when I just get fed up explaining the obvious over and over. Time, and time again it goes on… In any case, Thomas Sowell, someone that I have great respect for attempts yet again to explain the great mysteries of life to the uninitiated. “Some of our biggest political fallacies come from accepting words as evidence of realities. …[For example,] ‘gun control’ laws do not contro […]

  7. Roy in Canada Says:

    No problem…..Canada`s long gun registry has cost, since 1995, OVER $2 Billion (CDN)….It was supposed to cost $2 million per year to run, but the real figure is about $76 million per year…..And it has not preventive one crime…..So, so sad….

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