I saw a thread on Reddit recently about gun control laws and thought the gist was worth capturing here.
If gun control legislation was actually effective, wouldn’t there be a ton of data we could point to as evidence of that fact?
Not necessarily, but probably. There are many factors at play with such things, including highly varied gun laws across short distances, etc.
Unfortunately, we don’t know right now because the NRA effectively shut down the study of gun legalization effects a long time ago.
Takeaways From This
- Whatever the question, the NRA is the wrong answer. Whether you like guns, hate them, think everyone should have 20 of them, or are an anti-violence tree-hugging vegan–whatever your stance–the NRA is not good for anything but the NRA. The’re bad for gun owners and bad for America as a whole. This is extremely clear from the fact that they alone have stopped increased background checks from happening, which countless gun owners, former military (including myself who is a former military gun owner), all agree is an essential step to making progress.
- We cannot make true progress on this conversation until we have data, and we can’t have data until we study the situation. What’s stopping that? The NRA. See #1.