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Wednesday, May 25, 2005 - 7:13amSanction this postReply
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This is the only obvious conclusion.

We've tried requiring rigorous training and testing. We've tried mandatory licensing. At this point, there really are no other options.

(Huh? Oh, sorry. Just a quick fit of modern political philosophy. Don't worry, I'm back to Objectivist standards now.)



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Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 2:30pmSanction this postReply
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Good joke, I see the humor, but almost all the deaths caused by physicians are accidental, whereas almost none of the deaths caused by guns are, and almost all of the accidental deaths caused by physicians are on people who would have died without the physicians anyway. Here's where it gets interesting: think about all the accidental deaths that guns have caused where the doctors might have saved them, but ACCIDENTALLY couldn't, causing a death. Then you have to question whether the gun caused the death, or the doctor.



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Monday, February 25, 2008 - 10:47amSanction this postReply
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Lydia,

Good point. By the way, have you read John Lott's More Guns, Less Crime? He argues that allowing people to carry concealed weapons reduces the crime rate, because criminals are less likely to attack someone if they think he has a gun. He shows through statistical regression that in high crime areas like urban ghettos, liberalized concealed carry laws reduce violent crime.

The criminals will always find a way to get a gun, even when guns are illegal, because criminals don't believe in obeying the law. But law-abiding citizens do, so if you pass a law banning gun ownership, it takes the guns out of the hands of the law-abiding while leaving them in the hands of the criminals. It's like unilateral disarmament. Guess what the result of that is? An increase in gun-related murders.

To be sure, as more people carry handguns, accidental gun deaths may be more likely. But it turns out that the number of murders prevented from allowing more people to carry handguns exceeds the number of accidental deaths.

- Bill



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