After my challenge yesterday, Fargo's Brilliant One accepted my offer and in about 2.5 seconds had responded. I delayed posting this just so he didn't look so smart. If you aren't interested in gun laws, gun control, or the 2nd Amendment, I fear you are missing a huge mark in politics which is going to greatly effect our country. Guns are not just about a device. It's about something much more deep rooted, involving our Constitutional Rights, freedoms, economics, and crime. I could go on about the trickle down theory and how important each of our rights is to us, whether we choose to exercise them or not. At least they are there, for the choosing. For now.
CHECK OUT YURI'S THOROUGH ANSWERS ON HIS BLOG...
Yuri's brain at work...stand by for dramatic details...I am sure this is not the end. I am going to add my "2 cents" in blue. Yuri is in red.
Do I agree/disagree with the author's research, studies, and opinion on the economics of gun control? Yes.
Do you believe he has proven his theory with enough evidence to support it? Yes.
My favorite parts:
1) His critics misinterpret their own data, which actually confirms his thesis.
My thoughts from the cop perspective...critics often skew or misinterpret their own data. I think it is more than just sneaky politics. I really think they don't understand, nor do they care to because they have such a close minded approach to these issues. Opinions?
2) Catching his critic cherry picking Guns&Ammo sales data to reach a forgone conclusion.
Yes. We all have seen the sales data in one fashion or another, ( I hope), and we think we know what it shows us, but some choose to put their own spin on things. Yuri, you go first if you will on this subject, because I think it is important. ..if you would accept another discussion challenge, that is. Let's talk about the sales data and what it really means.
In addition to what the author is talking about here ( I will put some data up on another post later) ...Let's look at from a manufacturer side, public side, gun owner side, crime side...What is really going on out there? Is it the panic of the public? Is it government buy ups? Is it a dirty scandal? Is it really supply and demand? Are the manufacturing companies or the government bamboozling Americans? Are people really arming themselves? Doomsdayers? Preppers? What changed to amp it up again? Meat and potatoes.
I mean...I look at shelves...they are empty. Empty of guns. Empty of ammo. Unless I want to fork out a lot of dough for a trap shotgun (which I would LOOOOVVVEEE to own), there is nothing out there for grabs.
Things I did not know but make sense:
1) Substitution crime effect. Increase in petty crime with a relaxation of gun carry laws. Violent crimes are reduced, but larceny and property crimes increase.
Chiefs have been telling city government officials this for years and tried reaching public support by submitting annual reports for public viewing...which I believe is still good. The problem is, the people ( all walks) look at violent crime going down...oh, we need less cops. We have a great area. They aren't contributing it to the correct factors that changed crime. It isn't that people are starting to be good. It's that the criminals are more wary of gun toting Americans. More ammo. People are fed up with criminals and are fighting back with weapons. More alarms. More cops. It can all be attributed to this cluster of factors. However, the one that can always be tracked and ALWAYS changes crime...gun laws.
It isn't drugs.
It isn't big dogs.
It isn't motion lights.
It's not just guns. It's gun carry laws.
It's also a positive influence on crime when the laws are in favor of the 2nd Amendment right to carry. Gun control laws...just sell more guns, puts more money in the hands of retailers and manufacturers..and places uneasy panic in society.
Look at how well Wyoming works. And Wyoming has a bad drug problem, but the gun carry laws have drastically changed the crime happenings.
Look at how bad gun carry laws do NOT work...ie. Chicago. Talk about a need for martial law. (Never thought I would say that) People are scared there. FOR A REASON. I have stayed in the projects. YIKES!
2)Increased crime in Neighboring areas after a relaxation of gun carry laws. Criminals still do crime, but target an area that is perceived as soft. Similar to the substitution effect.
Yes. Again...cops have known that for years.
Is there a particular part of the study you want to talk about?
Yuri, why isn't this knowledge, or this study, or studies like this hitting home with politicians? Why aren't Americans "buying" into it? What is their agenda? Why are gun control and gun carry laws so forefront on the political hot seat and chopping block? It can't be because of a few mass shootings.
What is REALLY going on? Why doesn't the public get what is so easy for me to absorb and see, having been a cop and seeing the inside of what makes crime tick?