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That’s a lot of turd polish

Seems The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Ownership’s Paul Helmke is kickin’ out the propaganda. Helmke is all googoo over David Hemenway’s book that says to treat the gun issue as a health issue.

What’s that? Hemenway sounds familiar to you? Of course it does. He’s the anti-gun Harvard hack who asserted that folks who carried guns were more likely to indulge in road rage. This despite the fact that there were no notable increases in instances of road rage after states passed concealed carry laws. And, of course, Hemenway refused to release his data. He also has provided some rather questionable numbers to the press.

Anyway, back to treating guns has a health issue: No. I don’t buy it, in the same way I don’t buy forced smoking bans on restaurants. It’s an issue of personal responsibility and freedom. That said, Hemenway’s thesis regarding treating guns as a health care issue is bogus. He neglects to take into consideration the between 750,000 and 2,000,000 defensive gun uses that occur annually.

One Response to “That’s a lot of turd polish”

  1. chris Says:

    Hemenway calls for action at the federal level: licensing of gun owners and registration of hand guns; one-gun-per-month laws to reduce gunrunning; all gun transfers to go through licensed dealers with background checks; greater scrutiny of licensed dealers; and a federal agency (similar to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) with the power to regulate firearms as a consumer product.

    And what exactly is the difference between this public safety approach and gun control?

    The article says nothing about the Constitutional approach to gun ownership, just public policy analysis.

    What would the response of progressives (and, for that matter, libertarians) be to a public policy approach to the Fourth Amendment? Or, for that matter, to the First Amendment?

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