Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Opposition to the Myrtle Beach Gun Buy Back

The police say it's a big success, but "a lot of researchers seem to disagree."

"According to The National Research Council, there is no evidence the gun buy back programs reduce gun violence."

Now, what we've got here is a failure to communicate. This is a standard pro-gun trick of rhetoric. Claiming there is "no evidence" in a situation where no evidence is possible, and saying it as if it proves something.  It's a classic example of intellectual dishonesty.

What they're really doing is, based on the fact that most of the guns turned in are not owned by criminals, saying the reduction in crime will be minimal if anything at all. But, the obvious truth is what the cop said at the end of the video. These guns, owned by average citizens are the ones often stolen in break-ins, which go directly into the criminal world.

You don't need statistics or proof or evidence to see that some of these guns would indeed be used in crime, at least if you're being honest about it and you don't have an agenda to support by denying the obvious.

What's your opinion?Please leave a comment.

1 comment:

  1. What the National Research Council actually says is:

    Firearms are bought and sold in both formal markets, such as gun shops, and informal ones, such as the underground economy. Market-based interventions aimed at reducing criminals' access to guns include taxes on weapons and ammunition, limits on the number of firearms that can be purchased in a given time period, and gun "buy back" initiatives. Arguments for and against these approaches are largely based on speculation rather than scientific evidence. Data on gun markets -- on how many guns are sold through various channels, or how systematically background checks are performed, for instance -- are virtually nonexistent. Greater attention should be paid to research design and data needs regarding gun markets, the report says. More studies also should be conducted on potential links between firearms policies and suicide rates.

    So, there aren't any studies that have looked into the effect of gun buyback programmes on gun crime.