Sean King

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Why Gun Control Doesn't Save Lives

Larry Elder: "When a robbery victim does not defend himself," former assistant district attorney and firearms expert David Kopel writes, "the robber succeeds 88 percent of the time, and the victim is injured 25 percent of the time. When a victim resists with a gun, the robbery success rate falls to 30 percent, and the victim injury rate falls to 17 percent. No other response to a robbery -- from drawing a knife to shouting for help to fleeing -- produces such low rates of victim injury and robbery success."

Quick, somebody tell the Brits who are suffering from a scourge of knife attacks:

The latest murder also comes as more than 1,200 people have been arrested during an unprecedented crackdown on knife crime in London.

A total of 528 knives were recovered as a result of 26,777 searches during Operation Blunt 2.

The blitz was launched by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair in response to a wave of killings, particularly among teenagers, in the capital.

Most of those 528 knives were probably carried by ordinary law-abiding citizens who, being banned from carrying handguns, had few other alternatives for self defense in the face of spiraling knife crime.

As the trite but true saying goes, when guns [or any weapon, really] are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns [weapons].

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