In the aftermath of last week’s mass shooting, the subject of gun control inevitably emerges – most prominently from our own president (and Karl ROVE?). But of course the one subject never discussed is how guns actually prevent deaths of innocent people.
Case in point, this story from Youngstown, Ohio.
At around 2 am yesterday a customer was kicked out of La Raza Bar. The man shortly returned carrying a shotgun and fired two rounds inside the bar.
That’s when one of the bar employees, who had a valid concealed carry permit, pulled out his firearm and fatally shot the man.
Also wounded was the victim’s brother-in-law whom police said was trying to “defuse” the situation.
The Cato Institute put together this (admittedly not comprehensive) map of incidents across the country where guns have been documented to have been used in self defense to prevent further crimes.
Cato says, gun control proponents want legislation that will restrict access to firearms. The rationale for such legislation is to reduce accidental shootings and the criminal use of guns against people. But if harm reduction is the goal, policymakers should pause to consider how many crimes–murders, rapes, assaults, robberies–are thwarted by ordinary persons who were fortunate enough to have access to a gun. Gun control proponents cannot deny that people use guns successfully against criminals, but they tend to play down how often such events take place.
Of course they do, because it doesn’t fit the narrative. Which is precisely why we’re reporting on this particular story.