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Friday, September 15, 2006

Gun control works!

Found buried at the end of an AP article about the school shooting in Montreal:
Canada's worst mass shooting took place in Montreal when gunman Marc Lepine, 25, killed 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnic on Dec. 6, 1989, before shooting himself.

That shooting spurred efforts for new gun laws achieved mainly as the results of efforts by survivors and relatives of Lepine's victims.
So some guy went nuts and shot 14 people in Canada's worst shooting rampage. In response, Canada passes a bunch of gun control laws. Seventeen years later another guy goes nuts and shoots 20 people with guns he owned legally under Canada's draconian gun regulations.

Those gun laws certainly worked out well, didn't they?

The proper response isn't to enact more gun control, but less. It used to be the case that owning a gun on campus was legal. ROTC organizations had drill rifle teams and schools often had competitive shooting teams. Guns are tools: they can be used for good or evil. It's not the gun itself to worry about but the person behind it.

Now just imagine what would've happened if this incident had happened without the current gun laws:

Crazy nut guy enters building, weapons drawn. He blasts one or two people before the law abiding gun owners promptly blow him away. The end.

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