OT: Americans love their guns

Grzegorz Staniak gstaniak at inka.zagiel.pl
Thu Sep 11 09:27:10 CEST 2003

Al Kirke writes:

>> This sort of thing still happens (it hits the news whenever such a
> shooting
>> occurs),
> You're correct in that this sort of thing hits the news. What doesn't
> hit the news are the instances when handguns are used for personal
> defense.  John Lott wrote a whole book about liberal news bias
> aganst those instances.
> http://www.wmsa.net/people/john_lott/030822_bias_star.htm

I think it's a mistake to cite Lott here. As an extreme libertarian he
has shown his own bias a couple of times. His famous "More guns, less
crime" findings has been challenged recently (see e.g.
and he could not produce any evidence whatsoever that his telephone
survey on the crime-repelling effects of gun carrying has been actually
> But the biggest difference that household firearms make in
> society is in the hot burglary statistics.   

Another one is that half of the burglars serving time in US prisons
admit to have stolen a gun at least once. That means a lot of guns in
the hands of criminals.

> A current judicial move concerns the 2nd Amendment. 5th
> Circuit in New Orleans says its an individual right to keep
> and bear arms, 9th Circuit in San Francisco (where else?)
> says the right belongs to the national guard.  This conflict
> will reach the SCOTUS in the next year or so.

It is a myth that the 2nd Amendment warrants "an individual right to
keep and bear arms":


	A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free
	State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be

Pro-gun activists have made it a habit to omit the first, crucial part
of the above sentence. Nonetheless, it is one of the well-established
facts od the US constitutional law that gun-restricting laws are NOT in
conflict with the 2nd Amendment. Actually, AFAIR no such law has ever
been overturned on constitutional grounds.

> Al

Grzegorz Staniak <gstaniak at zagiel.com.pl>

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