Sunday, April 27, 2008

holy crap.

The Toronto Star is running a story opposing handgun bans.

You read that right. Go read it. Now.


Brian said...

Yes , but then typical Red Star article , it trailed off into the ether without mentioning one of the main reasons a ban on guns is ineffective.

If private citizens can have guns , the bad guys are never certain what is waiting for them on the other side of the door. If there is a total gun ban that deterrent is removed.

Janet said...

I don't care what the reason is for the message getting out, I care that it does and that people start thinking about something other than a gun ban as a way to solve crime and violence issues.

Cory said...

I don't understand how on the one hand the left will propose that illegal drugs should be legalized because prohibition doesn't work, but on the other hand they push for handgun bans...

If banning drugs doesn't work, then what makes you think that bans will work on guns?

Janet said...

cory -
It is an interesting contradiction in beliefs if you hold both of those.
The one that always gets me is that we have, of course, banned the act of shooting one another, which is far worse than having a gun, yet people think that those who would break the first ban would abide by the second? It's very strange.

Cory said...

ha! too true.

nbt said...

Chicago's gun laws are among the toughest in the country, making it and its anti-gun crusading mayor, Richard Daley, the target of gun advocates nationwide. Lobbyists like the National Rifle Association routinely campaign against what they call "Chicago-style" gun legislation; one of those campaigns, challenging the constitutionality of a gun ban in Washington, D.C., is now being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

And yet, in Chicago, gunfire is a routine feature of the city's dominant criminal dynamic, a deeply-entrenched, multi-generational gang system with, authorities estimate, close to 70,000 members citywide.

Bans? "That's what people do when they don't understand the problem," says Juan Johnson – or "Big Juan," as he's fairly known in the hardscrabble neighbourhoods on Chicago's gang-infested west side.

That says it all, doesn't it? Plus, it makes one think about the end results of coercive government programs/laws with the intent of stopping, or reducing a harmful activity, doesn't it.