There are only two possibilities. Either leftists have never investigated the history of rifle purchases in the United States or they have, but totally ignore the lesson of this history.
Importantly, I’m not talking about the history of guns in “the wild west.” I’m talking about the history of guns in the 1950s and 1960s. Let’s begin with a question. If you are old enough to have lived through the 1950s and 1960s, I ask you, are there more school shootings today or back then? Before then school mass shootings were virtually unheard of.
If you were around you will, of course, remember when Charles Whitman (Aug. 1, 1966) climbed a 27-story tower on the University of Texas campus and started shooting people. But since then there have been at least 100 Americans that have gone on shooting sprees.
[Source: Hidden Agenda or Ignorance? By Walter E. Williams]
[From the Williams article] It turns out that for most of our history, a person could walk into hardware and department stores… virtually anywhere in the United States, and purchase a rifle or pistol. The 1902 Sears mail-order catalog had 35 pages of firearm advertisements. Other catalogs and magazines from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s were full of gun advertisements directed to both youngsters and parents. “What Every Parent Should Know When a Boy or Girl Wants a Gun” was published by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Another magazine advertised “Get This Cowboy Carbine with Your Christmas Money.” Just a few states even had age restrictions for buying guns. Private transfers of guns to juveniles were unrestricted. Often a 12th or 14th birthday present, from a father to his son, was a shiny new .22 caliber rifle.
Despite greater availability of rifles and far more lax laws then one virtually never heard of such mass school shootings. Colt started selling the semi-automatic version of the M16 rifle (a true assault weapon) as the Colt AR-15 in 1964. The AR-15 is frequently the target of those advocating restricting access to guns in the United States.
But AR15 availability long predated the common occurrence of school mass shootings. So we now have looked at data showing what happened when guns were MORE AVAILABLE. Now let us turn our attention to when guns were LESS AVAILABLE. The leftists won their argument in 1994. The sale of new AR-15s was banned by the Federal Assault Weapons Ban from 1994 to 2004. Following the “sunsetting” of the ban the FBI carefully invested its impact on shooting deaths. THERE WAS NONE! The final FBI report concluded that gun crimes involving assault weapons declined. However, that decline was “offset throughout by the steady rise in the use of other guns.”
While the data above is easily researched and available, leftists can’t stop improvising data to support their notions. You have heard the media regurgitate many times that the Parkland High School shooting was the 18th school shooting this year. The number was made up. The total included such things as a suicide in the parking lot of a school that had been closed for months, stray bullets fired near a college campus, a police officer’s weapon going off accidentally, after-hours fights in school parking lots, etc.
I want something done. There are two alternatives. One – ban “assault-style” weapons. Two – harden the “target.” We know option one won’t work. We know option two DOES WORK.
And thanks to HP for sending some of this data to me.