POSTED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 6:29pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 3:23pm
POV — The gun debate has been going on for years.
I can remember when I was a kid, there were these bumper stickers everywhere.
It said, "They can have my gun when they pry my cold dead finger off the trigger."
I remember asking my dad to explain that to me.
That was the 1960's.
Since then, the pressure to leave gun owners alone has only becomes stronger.
This is from the Washington Examiner.
Economist Bryan Caplan notes that support for gun control, specifically banning handguns or pistols has decreased dramatically since the 1950's and 1960's.
Back in 1959, Gallup reported that 60 percent of Americans favored banning possession of pistols and revolvers, while now 74 percent oppose banning the possession of handguns, except by police.
Caplan seems puzzled by this substantial change in opinion. I think it's explainable by two developments.
1. Violent crime roughly tripled between 1965 and 1975.
As Caplan's graph of Gallup's results shows that majorities came to oppose handgun bans during this period.
Americans saw more need to protect themselves.
2. The success of laws permitting citizens to carry concealed weapons starting with Florida law in 1987 (thanks, Governor Bob Martinez).
Many, including me, predicted that this would lead to gunfights on the street and over traffic altercations.
Thos predicitions have proved wrong.
It turns out that ordinary citizens who can demonstrate that they know how to handle guns do so responsibly, just as they hand cars (potential weapons after all) responsibly as well.
The very few exceptions make news.
Now more than 40 states have such laws and there is no significant move to repeal them.
As a result, Americans no longer see gun possession as a threat and oppose disarming the law-abiding population.
The writer thinks that's pretty sensible and so do I.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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