@Bryan Hancock -
First, Bryan, I highly respect your opinion (along with most of the posters in this thread), and despite all the back and forth, my personal belief is that the issue of gun violence and legislation is one that is so complex that no amount of available data can really help us draw any reliable conclusions.
In other words, your arguments are as good as mine, mine are as good as the next guy's, etc. We can all find studies and data to support our opinions, because most of those who are funding the studies and data have an agenda and will skew the reports how they want. So, arguing facts is useless, as we can all seemingly support our facts.
In fact, if most people on this thread were arguing for regulation, I'm pretty positive I'd be arguing the other direction, just for the fun of it, and to prove that there's no "right" answer based on the available data.
While I have an opinion on the issue, I'm the first to admit that if I were to make the rules, all the rules I could make might be useless to help the problem (and I think most of us are in that situation -- I don't think anyone has a silver bullet (pun intended :) to solve the problem).
I certainly don't think knee-jerk regulation by the current administration is a good thing and the fact that they're using Sandy Hook as a political tool is horrible. Rarely does a knee-jerk reaction by politicians solve any real problem. I'm sure that's something most of us can agree on.
Originally posted by Bryan Hancock:
I supplied a whole study on this earlier...
Yup, just keep in mind that, according to the study you posted, when the Soviet Union started banning firearms, gun-related homicide dropped to near zero.
Here is a quote from the first two pages of the study you posted:
"Since well before , the Soviet Union possessed extremely stringent gun controls that were effectuated by a police state apparatus providing stringent enforcement. So successful was that regime that few Russian civilians now have firearms and very few murders involve them."
The report did indicate that removing guns didn't reduce homicides overall, even if it did reduce gun-related death. I think that's a tremendously interesting study, and just goes to prove that the issue is deeper rooted in our society than just in our gun laws.
Fortunately the trolls that have magically come back to BP after years of exit have not managed to derail things yet.
On that we COMPLETELY agree... :)
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