mechasaprophyte wrote:Parthon wrote:Criminals don't think "Hey, now that I have a gun, I can start doing crime!" at all. They are often already committing crimes.
Yeah, but they're not committing crimes nearly as well (as a consequence of this, one might also expect that they're committing crimes less frequently and less violently).
And personally, I'd be much happier to be robbed at knifepoint than at gunpoint (even if, in the latter case, I also have a gun and the belief that this will enable me to "defend myself" instead of just getting me shot).
Still, I do emphatically agree with you guys that while gun control might or might not reduce crime, the real solution is to remedy the underlying social conditions
Well, like I said, this line of thinking is what they used in Illinois...yet when the handgun bans were overturned, the crime rate got lower. And the crooks couldn't have run to a state were handguns WERE banned, because the bans were overturned on a national level. Crooks aren't suicidal, they are greedy. Of course, Japan banned handguns, and they have low crime. And Switzerland gives most of it's citizens a sub-machine gun in case of invasion, and they have low crime. So this means that crime is overwhelmingly dependent on social conditions.