Skip to main content

View Diary: Gun Control Works So Well (228 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Correlation and cause (0+ / 0-)

    What's hard about the debate is that everyone has to assume cause.

    1. We who are in favor of greater gun control point to nation after nation where gun control and violent death are correlated, and the people opposed will say, "It's their culture." It might be the culture. It might be a nanny state. It might be the presence of extended families. It might be village structure. Sure. You bet. It might be. It's not very likely, but sure.

    There's a point at which correlation kicks in and coincidence steps away.

    2. Those who believe that a gun never hurt nobody, that the problem is "people," can always point to the evil that lurks in men's souls. Who, after all, can deny it? On the other hand, to make their case that a gun is a crime preventer, they have to find a) a criminal, b) a murderer, who then c) did not commit a crime because of the presence of a gun. I.e. they have to find a negative. Further, they have to prove that the criminal stopped BECAUSE of the gun.

    It's not going to happen.

    This is a recipe for some extremely frustrated gun enthusiasts, who will not be able to prove their side or accept what they would otherwise recognize as inductive reasoning.

    "...ere God made us He loved us; which love was never slacked, nor ever shall be." - Juliana of Norwich

    by The Geogre on Tue May 07, 2013 at 05:58:12 AM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site