Post by J. Clarke
A reminder that it is the person who kills, not the weapon.
Of course it is, but guns make it easier, and their widespread availability
makes mass killings more common. This is well known from statistics appearing in
the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
However, correlation does not imply causation. A lot of the gun violence in the
United States is actually the result of difficulties black people have in
finding honest gainful employment leading to a widespread and violent drug trade
and similar social ills. Thus, comparing the United States to, say, Sweden or
the Republic of Ireland, which has neither that nor the Second Amendment doesn't
automatically lead to the conclusion that the Second Amendment is the cause.
In the United States, though, the NRA is known for being a powerful and
influential lobby group which has opposed regulations which would not threaten
the intent of the Second Amendment, but which would help keep guns out of the
hands of the mentally ill.
Have fewer weapons in the hands of the wrong people, and more guns in the hands
of responsible citizens, and crime would be reduced. But unless people are
nearly in a panic over a high crime rate, in large cities, as opposed to rural
areas, the average law-abiding citizen, even if it is perfectly legal for him to
have one, is unlikely to bother with a gun.
So allowing a concealed carry permit to every citizen with a clean record as a
matter of right, as some states have done with success, may not work all that
well everywhere, particularly where there's no strong tradition of gun