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Trent Rock

As an avid knife collector, the current knife fear craze that is sweeping the UK is fascinating. I wonder if Prof Becker's beliefs equally apply to knife control? I would think so....
I don't think banning knives in The UK will have any significant effect on the over all crime rate.
The knife fear craze in The UK is fueled by the media...IMHO
And it will probably happen here in The U.S. too. All it is gonna take is one high profile knife killing(s) and they will start trying to pass knife laws here. :(

(Sorry for the comment drift. I do see a lot of analogies between knife control in The UK and gun control in The U.S., though....)

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Gun control was not a major issue in the 2004 Presidential campaign nor does it appear to be a prominent issue in the 2008 campaign.One way to prevent gun deaths is to use explosives to destroy all the guns and kill all the people.They are more likely to come up with effective solutions,because they have the financial incentive to do so and the process has now become depoliticized.

Johnny Exchange

Completely in agreement with Becker's essay... Legal gun ownership is not the problem. The problem is with the people who own and use guns illegally. While the federal governement attempts to prosecute every 'felon in possession' or gun that has been 'altered' case that they can, the problem is that the maximum sentence they can hand out under existing laws in 120 months. Meanwhile, they lock up drug dealers for 20-30 years, even when they're not the ringleaders. People who own guns illegally, and carry them to do harm should be hit with sentences that make their eyes spin out of their heads. Only then, once word got out to the streets, would we see a reduction in illegal gun use, thus violence.

Felons I've known who do 2,3,6 years for a crime, think nothing of it. A year and a 'dark, dark day' is another story.


Its The term "assault rifle" (as distinction from an assault weapon) does exist, but it doesn't mean a machine gun

Michael Barkley

Heller & McDonald have stripped the legitimacy from all gun control in this country. It's time to do something about it. It is time for those of us who believe the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (including the Second Amendment) should be repealed, to stand up and run for Congress. To that end I am accumulating links to web articles and lead comments advocating repeal at http://www.mjbarkl.com/run.htm .

Best wishes, --Mike , Candidate for Congress

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"I say “probably” because in such a world criminals would turn to knives, baseball bats, tire chains, even grenades on a very small-scale, and still other weapons. "

For a few bucks at a hardware store you can acquire two 2x4s and some nails and a hammer and construct a cross, one of the deadliest and most painful murder devices ever devised.

I've studied history. People were crueler before the peacemaker came along.

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e law still applies to all. Either way they can have both goals- legal gun ownership and protection. Beside no one can predict if who among those gun owners have the capacity to do bad things in the future.


Some states, namely New Jersey and Hawaii, have such arcane laws that one can be sentenced for illegal gun ownership, when one acted in complete good faith.

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Even in the U.S., in jurisdictions where more stable people own guns at a higher rate, there is less crime. See economist John Lott's research on this issue in his *More Guns, Less Crime.*

Pepe Fenjul Jr.

It is estimated that some 60 million Americans own about 200 million guns. This implies more than one gun per American household. Naturally, such an average conceals enormous variation across households and communities.

Henry Bowman

Jack: "the nations that do limit gun packing on their streets enjoy a gun slaughter and maiming rate a fifth that of our murderous nation…"

Jack, you've fallen for the magician's misdirection.

For example, if you want to reduce the number of people who die from allergic reactions to penicillin, you can simply ban penicillin. Woops, you've just increased a thousandfold the number of people who will die from diseases that penicillin treats. But hey, your group can go slap yourselves on the back that you've "reduced deaths from penicillin"… as if that metric is the sole measure of benefit.

Similarly, gun-control advocates who focus in on "reducing gun deaths" are never called to account for the increase in rapes, assaults, muggings, and home invasions directly related to the inability of victims to defend themselves. Since banning guns, England's violent crime rate (not gun death rate, now, but the actual violent crime rate) has surpassed America's. But if, as Archie Bunker commented, you "feel better if people was bein' pushed outa winders" instead of being shot at, you will prefer life in England to life here.

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