Monday, October 15, 2007

Mark Steyn on Gun Control?

Mark Steyn on National Review Online

"... on CNN the other night Anderson Cooper was worrying about the homicide rate in Philadelphia.

The city of brotherly love is the murder capital of the nation, and CNN had dispatched a reporter to interview the grieving mother of a young black boy killed while riding his bicycle in the street. Apparently, a couple of cars had got backed up behind him, and an impatient passenger in one of them pulled out a gun and shot the kid.

Anderson Cooper then went to commercials and, when he returned, introduced a report on how easy it is to buy guns in Philadelphia and how local politicians are reluctant to do anything about it. This is, again, an argument only the expert class could make.

In the 1990s, the number of guns in America went up by 40 million but the murder rate fell dramatically. If firearms availability were the determining factor, Vermont and Switzerland would have high murder rates. Yet in Montpelier or Geneva the solution to a boy carelessly bicycling in front of you down a city street when you’re in a hurry is not to grab your gun and blow him away.

It’s the culture, not the technology."

I've been trying to make that point for years, but without notable success.

Who can compete with the genius of Mark Steyn?

(Go read the whole thing)

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