The MSM is trying to change the James Holmes mass murder into a story about gun control. “Gun control, gun control, gun control” the MSM blathers on.
I am not as pro-gun as the typical right-wing nut. Knowing what I know about HBD, I don’t want criminal NAMs (or even prole whites) walking around packing heat.
However, only a complete ban on all gun ownership would have stopped Holmes from using rifles to kill his victims. And no one is proposing that kind of a total ban. And for good reason. Statistics show that vast majority of crimes committed with firearms are committed with handguns. For example, 57% of murders are committed with handguns, while only 3% are committed with rifles. (These statistics are nearly 20 years old, but I doubt the handgun to rifle ratio has changed much.)
So it should be obvious why nearly all gun control proposals that ban any class of gun focus on banning handguns. And yes, I do think that a ban on handguns would reduce the number of firearms crimes. The fact that handguns are concealable enables their more frequent use, and means that some hothead lowlife has one easily available. Carrying around a rifle takes a much bigger commitment, and announces the fact that you are armed to the guy you intend to kill as well as to the police.
The other types of things that gun control advocates propose, such as waiting periods and permits, also would not have stopped Holmes.
Permits prevent people with criminal histories, with low future-time orientation, and who can’t afford the permit fee, from buying guns. People who have a problem obtaining a permit are the type of people you don’t want owning guns. But Holmes wouldn’t have had a problem obtaining a permit. Until his crime, he looked like a perfect model citizen on paper.
Waiting periods are designed to prevent hotheads from going out and buying a gun because he’s pissed at someone and wants to kill them. Hopefully, a week later, he’s no longer pissed. Because the typical murderer has such low future-time orientation, waiting periods probably do help to reduce firearm crimes. But James Holmes planned his crime for several months, so a one-week waiting period wouldn’t have made a difference.
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The typical murder is a dispute over drugs, and the murderer is a gang member, often living in a city with gun controls, up to and including a complete gun ban.
This is exactly why handgun bans are so effective. These low-lifes often arouse the suspicion of the police, who then stop and frisk them. When the cops find a gun, the low-life instantly goes to prison and is kept off the streets, thus lowering the crime rate.
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For the people who were too lazy to read my post, or too stupid to understand it, I do NOT advocate for a complete ban on all guns, and I clearly stated that gun control would not have prevented James Holmes from committing mass murder.
I've also previously recommended a Ruger 10/22 as a first gun if you want to go buy one. I don't own a gun myself, but I really don't care if any of my readers want to buy on. I'd probably buy one if I lived out in the country and had stuff to shoot at.