Limiting gun ownership not the answer

Limiting gun ownership not the answer

Speakout Professor Bob Burns wrote in several weeks ago to criticize Sen. John Thune’s assertion that defunding the police had contributed significantly to the rise in gun violence on the streets of America (Register, 7-30-21). Burns chose to blame guns, or “weapons of war,” as he describes them, in the hands of the criminal and mentally unstable elements of society for the rising gun violence in many of our major cities, rather than reduced police funding and manpower in those cities. If defunding law enforcement agencies hasn’t been directly related to surging drug and violent crime rates, then why have cities like Baltimore, Los Angeles, Oakland, Minneapolis and New York moved to restore millions of dollars in funding previously cut from their police departments? (WSJ 5-26-21). Burns also did not properly define the “weapons of war” – which he wishes to ban. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), handguns accounted for 6,368 out of the 10,258 homicides by firearm (62%) in 2019. For the years 2015-18, handguns were used in 64-67% of firearm homicides in the U.S. Is Burns advocating for the banning of handguns in America? Does he believe that such a ban would prevent criminals from obtaining handguns and continuing to use them against unprotected citizens in under-policed cities? How far would Burns go in limiting gun ownership by law-abiding Americans for self-protection needs? There is also a larger perspective to consider in all of this. John Lott (UCLA – BA, MA, PhD), one […]

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