Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Chris Ayers is Addled by Guns

Via Best of the Web Today, we are alerted to a piece penned by Chris Ayers, writing for the London Times, titled Can the US live in peace with its guns?

Ayers states that he was tempted to purchase a gun, but thought better of it because he was afraid he would shoot himself, or, if his home was invaded he wouldn’t have the sand to shoot the intruder, or, that he would leave the gun laying around, loaded evidently, and his two year old boy would somehow shoot his playmate, or some such nonsense associated with total ignorance of guns and their proper use and care.

But what is really addled about Ayers piece, which is pointed out at The Best of the Web, is the following.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the FBI carried out more than 4.2 million background checks on behalf of gundealers from November to January (a check is required with every sale), up 31 per cent on the same period in the previous year.

Interestingly, however, violent crime rates have at the same time been falling in Los Angeles, New York and other big American cities The experts are at loss as to explain why this should be happening.

I have my own theory: people are buying so many guns that the criminals are simply running out of bullets. Or as one firing instructor explained to the Columbus Dispatch newspaper: “The ammo is being snapped up as soon as it comes in. People are in a frenzy. It’s kind of like that run on Elmo dolls.”

So, the fact that crime is down, in Ayers’ addled mind, has no association with the fact that more and more private individuals have come to the conclusion that owning a gun, and taking personal responsibilty for their self defense, is a plausible reason for violent crime rates declining, but rather, it is a shortage of ammo which criminals are contending with which is the reason for declines in violent crime.  If that is not addled thinking, I do not know what is.

Posted by John Venlet on 04/08 at 04:37 PM
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