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Gun bans promote more violence by criminals
Recently, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the University of Colorado’s campus gun ban violated the 2003 state law that entitles residents with permits to carry concealed weapons. According to conventional wisdom, advanced by our liberal friends, that will inevitably result in increased violence there.
Let’s take a look at the facts, rather than the liberal projections. The University of Colorado spent much of the past decade resisting the law. As a result, crime there has risen 35 percent since 2004. During the same period, Colorado State University adhered to the law, and saw a 60 percent drop in crime.
In 2008, the Supreme Court struck down the longstanding gun ban in Washington, D.C. The city’s mayor predicted that “More handguns will lead to more handgun violence.” More inconvenient facts: murders there numbered 186 in 2008, 144 in 2009, 132 in 2010, and 108 in 2011. Some increase, huh?
Which should we believe, liberal hysteria, or historical facts? Hmm, tough choice. Perhaps some day, liberals will figure out that gun bans only create protection-free zones. If someone might be carrying a gun, a villain is much more hesitant to attack them. If he does attack someone, he is more easily stopped. As the old saying goes, “When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away.”
From the March 28-April 3, 2012, issue