a strong offense …

Much as I dislike guns, the best defense has always been a strong offense. Sporting team coaches always repeat it. Mexico has tough gun laws, so does Chicago. That’s where the most murders are. Australia,s laws are strong, yet shootings are increasing. UK has tough gun laws, gun crimes have increased massively. Gun free zones are a target.

Thoughts on the Newtown Shootings

by Roger Kimball

If you want peace — and/or domestic tranquility — prepare for war. Related: “Liberals Predictably Call for Gun Control,” Bryan Preston notes at the Tatler.

Tim Blair says: DEFENCE-FREE ZONES

Tim Blair – Sunday, December 16, 2012 (2:59am)

“The Sandy Hook school was a gun-free zone,” reports Emily Miller. “The shooting in July in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. was also in a gun-free zone. Rather than engaging in yet another debate about the Second Amendment, perhaps we should be discussing whether security is enhanced or weakened by not allowing a school to be armed for self defense.”

Good point. Further from Glenn Reynolds:

“After a shooting spree,” author William Burroughs once said, “they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.” Burroughs continued: “I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.”

Plenty of people — especially among America’s political and journalistic classes — feel differently. They’d be much more comfortable seeing ordinary Americans disarmed. And whenever there is a mass shooting, or other gun incident that snags the headlines, they do their best to exploit the tragedy and push for laws that would, well, take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.

There are a lot of problems with this approach, but one of the most significant is this one: It doesn’t work.

Read on. Meanwhile, and not for the first time, Paul Toohey and Miranda Devine disagree with me about gun control.

UPDATE:

The gunman who slaughtered 20 young children and six adults at a US school in Connecticut “forced” his way into the building, police say.

Lieutenant Paul Vance of Connecticut State Police said the man – identified widely in media reports as 20-year-old Adam Lanza – was not let into the Sandy Hook Elementary School “voluntarily”.

One method might have stopped him.

UPDATE II. A request:

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Here are two.

Steven Goddard also adds: The Argument For Gun Control

Banning guns in Chicago and Washington DC has been tremendously effective at limiting the number of murders - down to one every few hours.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc.
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