Gun Control: Interesting Facts
Ron Dreher, editorialist for the American Conservative, on January 30, 2013 wrote "Never Mind the Facts, Let's Pass Gun Laws." In it he states:
1) Strict gun control laws have done nothing to stem the tide of homicidal violence in Chicago, a city with strict gun control laws;
2) The Sandy Hook shooter used guns that had been legally obtained under strict gun control laws;
3) The Sandy Hook shooter could have killed as many children with pistols as with his 'assault rifle;'
4) According to FBI statistics, 90 percent of gun homicides are committed with handguns and only five percent with rifles; and
5) A survey cited by the Justice Department reports 80 percent of inmates imprisoned for a crime involving a gun say they got the gun through family, friends or illegal means; which is to say they did not go through the channels that would have allowed gun control to prevent them from obtaining the weapon.
Mr. Dreher cites Chicago's gun control laws banning civilian gun ranges, assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, gun shops and handguns (overturned in 2010 by the U.S. Supreme Court) and its position as "the only state in the nation with no provision to let private citizens carry guns in public." Nevertheless, Chicago, he documents, has experienced gun violence which resulted in more than 500 homicides last year and at least 40 killings thus far in 2013.
While Dreher admits to having "no problem in principle with gun regulations, up to a point," (e.g, banning guns for felons and the mentally ill, banning large capacity clips) he does point out that the vast majority of American gun owners use guns responsibly and the conversations regarding gun control cannot be driven by emotion.