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  •  That's kinda how (15+ / 0-)

    my journey went.

    In the 80's Florida became the first state to pass shall issue CCW; that is, if you weren't a convicted criminal or domestic abuser, or had been declared mentally unfit by a judge, you could get a permit and carry a concealed weapon. I, like many other people, gun owners included, thought that was a really bad idea. Arm these rednecks? Let 'em tote weapons in public? Around other people? Shit, the streets are going to be red with the blood from all the road rage shootings and drunken yahoos killing each other over women and card games, not to mention the innocent bystanders killed by indiscriminate gunfire.

    But nothing of the sort took place. After a while, the Florida police quit even tracking crimes by permit holders, when it became apparent that permit holders actually have a lower crime rate than police officers.

    Then other states began doing the same. Each time, people of good will predicted that needless deaths would occur, and each time they were proven wrong.

    Then came the AWB of the 90's, which Bill Clinton blames for the Democrat's loss of the House in '94. Crime, which had been falling anyway, continued to do so, at about the same rate. Ugly guns became more expensive. Manufacturers changed some of the cosmetic features, and continued selling many of the same rifles. When the ban expired, most people didn't notice. Ugly guns became cheaper. Crime continued to fall, again at about the same rate as before.

    The most effective gun control measures I've seen appear to be those aimed at keeping weapons away from particularly risky groups: violent felons, abusers, those with severe mental health issues. A good example is the NICS check system that has prevented hundreds of thousands of such individuals from purchasing guns at dealers. It needs to be extended to all purchases. States need to be strongly encouraged to keep the database up to date, and funding should be increased to ensure this.

    We have a pretty good idea what does and doesn't work. I believe we can and should do more, but we need to do things that will actually help.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 02:58:03 PM PST

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      high uintas
      We have a pretty good idea what does and doesn't work. I believe we can and should do more, but we need to do things that will actually help.
      concise.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 12:21:42 PM PST

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