Monthly Archives: February 2008

John Stossel: People still die in ‘gunless utopia’


How, then, does it make sense to create mandatory gun-free zones, which in reality are free-crime zones?

The usual suspects keep calling for more gun control laws. But this idea that gun control is crime control is just a myth. The National Academy of Sciences reviewed dozens of studies and could not find a single gun regulation that clearly led to reduced violent crime or murder. When Washington, D.C., passed its tough handgun ban years ago, gun violence rose.

The press ignores the fact that often guns save lives, like in 2002 at the Appalachian School of Law. Hearing shots, two students went to their cars, got their guns and restrained the shooter until police arrested him.

The rest of the story:

Important life lessons from a Pinewood Derby race

This Saturday past, we all went to a very large Cub Scout Pinewood Derby race. Actual race details are sketchy, except that it was well run, with near constant racing. Ivon did pretty well and won most of his races, but he didn’t race against any of the cars that were faster than his, so he walked away with the Most Patriotic Paint Job award.

But that’s all beside the point.

After the races were over, they did an experiment to see where it’s best to put the weight on a car. They had a car with all the weight glued on the top/rear of the car.

First, they ran it down the track facing frontwards, and it ran a respectable time.

Then, they ran it down the track backwards, so the weight was in the front… it went nearly a full second slower.

So the lesson was: you can have a bunch of junk in the trunk and still have your get up and go.

Utah students hide guns, head to class

CNN has an only mostly biased article about concealed firearms carry on Utah college campuses.

It’s interesting, the differing viewpoints. Some people feel safer when they know that they can take care of themselves, and some people only feel safer when they are told that other people are prohibited from harming them.

But the latter group, do they feel any less safe knowing that pretty much every act of random mass violence happened where such violence and firearms were prohibited? The article even gives an example of this:

The issue goes beyond campus. Last year, a few miles from the University of Utah, a man walked into Trolley Square, a Salt Lake City shopping mall, and opened fire. Police were there in only three minutes, but the shooter had already killed five people and wounded four others.

Firearms are banned at at the Trolley Square mall. In violation of that, and what was glaringly omitted from the article, an off-duty police man was there with his firearm, and stopped the shooter well before police arrived.

At Virginia Tech, the university leadership was elated and bragging about how safe everyone felt after they re-affirmed their campus-ban on firearms… and they felt safe right up until a nutcase ignored the ban and took guns there anyway.

It’s like that scene in Finding Nemo, when Marlin and Dory are swimming through the dark water, all happy and heading towards the light. But when they see what’s actually behind the light, Marlin says, “Good feeling’s gone.”

Feeling safe just because you can pretend like bad guys are going to follow a “no guns” rule is about as silly as this!