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Choirboys They Are Not By Larry Pratt

Discussion in 'Legal' started by WAGCEVP, Jul 10, 2003.


    WAGCEVP Active Member

    May 26, 2003
    Choirboys They Are Not
    by Larry Pratt

    When I debated a representative from the Brady Campaign recently,
    like clockwork, one of the most disreputable pieces of "research"
    was presented as fact. Namely, "If you have a gun in your home you
    are 22 times more likely to be injured by it than kill an attacker."

    There are two important fallacies in this statement. Students of
    self-defense have found that as much as 95 percent of the time all
    that is necessary to change an attacker's mind is to brandish a gun.
    Even if the criminal has one, he is likely to leave when he sees his
    victim pointing a gun back at him. Killing an attacker is hardly
    the only measure of a successful defensive gun use.

    Secondly, two-thirds of the victims of crime who end up getting
    killed or assaulted have a criminal background themselves, and
    nearly 60 percent of the victims know (or knew) their assailant.
    These data published by the San Francisco Firearm Injury Reporting
    System for the year 1999 suggest that a lot of crime in this country
    involves thug-on-thug violence.

    The San Francisco data also report that nearly two-thirds of the
    wounded criminals broke the law within two years.

    Criminals who were shot suffered multiple gunshot wounds twice as
    often as good guy victims. This suggests that the criminals who
    were victims were shot over a "business" matter in their criminal
    enterprise. In other words, their competitor(s) really wanted them
    out of the criminal market. Victims with a criminal history were
    injured as a result of a robbery twice as often as those without a
    criminal history.

    The anti-self-defense lobby wants us to think that guns make good
    guys go bad. As we can see from just the San Francisco data, most
    crime victims are far from being choirboys. And of course, other
    data tell us that their attackers are not in the choir either.

    A Philadelphia think tank (Public/Private Ventures) conducted a
    survey of individuals who were arrested for murder in that city
    during 1996-1999. The survey found that 90 percent of the suspected
    murderers had a criminal history.

    Don Kates, in an article entitled "Do Guns Cause Crime?" (Center for
    History and News Media, July 2, 2002), reports that "Though only 15%
    of Americans have criminal records, roughly 90 percent of adult
    murderers have adult records, with an average career of six or more
    adult crimes, including four major felonies."

    If you ever fall afoul of one of these "choirboys," it would be
    better for you to have a gun in spite of the chatterers at the Brady
    Center. As Gary Kleck reports in his book Point Blank,
    non-resisters to violent attack are two and a half times more likely
    to be injured than one resisting with a gun.

    Don't shoot real choirboys, but watch out for the guy with the rap
  2. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    Well, yeah, but recent studies have conclusively proven that over 99% of all violent felons in both state and federal prisons ate French fries as children, so that proves we need tough new French fry control laws.
  3. LawDog

    LawDog Moderator Emeritus cum Laude

    Dec 20, 2002

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