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After Martin Bryant murdered 35 people at Port Arthur, Prime Minister John Howard got new laws enacted that banned semi-automatic long guns. At the time, I felt that was bad policy. Since almost all most gun killings involve just one death it didn’t matter whether whether the gun was a semi-auto or not, writing: I…

Glenn Reynolds argues that if only more people had guns, there would be fewer mass shootings. Unfortunately he gets his facts wrong. If there were more responsible, armed people on campuses, mass murder would be harder.

Kennesaw gun ordinance, yet again

In an opinion piece in the New York Times Glenn Reynolds claims: Last month, Greenleaf, Idaho, adopted Ordinance 208, calling for its citizens to own guns and keep them ready in their homes in case of emergency. … And it may not be a bad idea. While pro-gun laws like the one in Greenleaf are…

More guns, more homicide

A Harvard School of Public Health Press Release describes a new study by Miller, Hemenway and Azreal: In the first nationally representative study to examine the relationship between survey measures of household firearm ownership and state level rates of homicide, researchers at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center found that homicide rates among children, and…

Self-defence in the UK

I wrote earlier about the pernicious and dishonest campaign by the London Daily Telegraph to scare people into thinking that self-defence against burglars was unlawful. To correct this misinformation the Crown Prosecution Service has issued a statement detailing what the law really says: Does the law protect me? What is “reasonable force”? Anyone can use…

Glenn Reynolds agrees with the BBC

The latest crime figures in the UK are out and show that crime has continued to fall, reaching a record low: The risk of being a victim of crime, at 25 per cent, is the lowest recorded by the BCS since it began in 1981. The BCS recorded an 11% drop in overall crime, a…

The National Academy of Sciences panel on firearms and violence has reported its findings. The press release says: There is no credible evidence that “right-to-carry” laws, which allow qualified adults to carry concealed handguns, either decrease or increase violent crime. To date, 34 states have enacted these laws. There is almost no evidence that violence-prevention…

Gullible gunners, episode V

The London Daily Telegraph has been running a cynical and dishonest campaign in the UK to give people the right to defend themselves against burglars. It’s dishonest because, as I have detailed here and here, people in the UK already have the right to defend themselves against burglars or anyone else who threatens them. The…

Joyce Lee Malcolm, quote doctor

Earlier, I wrote how Joyce Lee Malcolm had doctored a quote from the Textbook of Criminal Law to make it appear that self-defence was illegal in Britain. She wrote: Now everything turns on what seems to be “reasonable” force against an assailant, considered after the fact. As Glanville Williams notes in his Textbook of Criminal…

Howard and Latham on guns

There’s an election coming up in Australia. I haven’t blogged about it because other people are doing a much better job than I ever could. A special plug though, for Tom Vogelgesang, who is running for Senate on a libertarian platform and has the good judgement to run a blog, choose to study computer science…