Relentless Pursuit of Wisdom and Liberty

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Friday, December 31, 2004

Brady Campaign to gun owners: "You're stupid!"

Apparently the nation's pre-eminent victim disarmament (excuse me, gun control) organization thinks gun owners are too stupid to understand gravity:
In dozens of American communities this New Year's Eve, overexcited and under-intelligent individuals will welcome 2005 with an act of stupidity. They may kill an innocent in the bargain, too.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million Mom March are joining with America's police departments to urge Americans not to engage in what police call "celebratory gunfire" - the indiscriminate unloading of weapons into the air. On New Year's Eve and Independence Day each year, scores of people place others at risk of injury or death as a result of celebratory gunfire. When a bullet is fired into the air, the bullet has to come down somewhere.
No kidding! I sure am glad the Brady folks are here to tell us these things. I personally find their mission statement the most interesting:

As the nation's largest national, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March is dedicated to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in their communities.
Considering the rampant skyrocketing of gun crime in areas where private gun ownership is outright prohibited (England, Australia, and Washington, D.C. to name a few) and the considerably safer areas where gun ownership is legal and concealed carry is available to all (Arlington, VA, just across the river from D.C.), I would think that an organization dedicated to preventing gun violence (or at least reducing, since 100% prevention will never be feasible) would be dedicating its significant resources and advocate an increase in responsible gun ownership. Maybe even encourage legislation like that of Kennesaw, GA which, during the time where there was a law that every homeowner was required to own and keep a firearm in their home, had one of the nation's lowest violent crime rates.


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