- Gun Bans May Raise Murder Rates At Big Government, John Lott explains the familiar, if controversial, pro-gun argument.
"Everyone in DC now knows that murder rates rose after the handgun ban
and fell after they were removed." Lott points to other examples of
this phenomenon as well. Disarming the citizenry encourages crime, he argues, while the idea that law-abiding
passers by might be armed acts as a deterrent to criminals.
- Permit Holders Less Likely to Commit Crime Than Populace At Reason, Jacob Sullum takes a more moderate position than Lott, stating that "the crime-reducing benefits of such policies remain controversial." That said, "the blood-soaked visions of doomsayers who imagined routine arguments regularly culminating in gunfire have not transpired in the two decades since Florida started the trend toward liberalization. In fact, data from Florida, Texas, and Arkansas indicate that permit holders are far less likely to commit gun crimes (or other offenses) than the general population."
- Issue More Complicated Than It Seems Blogger BooMan offers a forceful, conflicted paragraph. He's anti-Second Amendment ("an anachronism," he calls it), pro-Second Amendment compliance while it exists ("the proper way to deal with an anachronism is to amend the Constitution, not to ignore it"), and against the idea of the Supreme Court forcing these gun rights on states ("the Second Amendment... says that Congress can't restrict your right to bear arms. It doesn't say squat about the state or local governments.") But he sees merit in allowing guns in cities:
Having lived in dangerous urban neighborhoods, I do not support laws that would deny me the right to provide myself protection that the police are clearly incapable of providing.