Sunday, August 27, 2006

Gun Control: Rebuttal to James Alan Fox : "Guns are not the root cause of our violent society. In fact, the U.S. non-gun homicide rate (3.6 non-gun homicides per 100,000 residents) is double the overall homicide rate in virtually all our kindred nations, including Great Britain, Canada and Australia.' He notes that 'firearms do make violent attacks far more lethal.' And this is also true: Firearms make self-defense more lethal and more costly to the predator. A previous paper noted the accelerated drop in the rate of rape in right-to-carry states 1995-2004. Further corroboration comes from the fact that while the U.S. rate of rape dropped 13% between 1995 and 2004, two countries saw just the opposite trend since enacting their gun bans."

CT: Mayor withdraws gun ordinance: "Montville Mayor Joseph Jaskiewicz is withdrawing a proposed ordinance regulating target shooting. About 175 people attended a town council meeting last week in opposition to Jaskiewicz's proposal, which has gained the attention of the National Rifle Association. Jaskiewicz proposed the ordinance after it was discovered the state regulates hunting, but not target shooting. It also came shortly after John Dufrat, chief warden of the Milo Light Nature Preserve, became concerned about a neighbor's increased shooting near the preserve. In withdrawing the ordinance, Jaskiewicz said 'this ordinance was drafted with the intent of assuring the public's safety with respect to target shooting, certainly never to take anyone's rights away.'"

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