Friday, April 26, 2002

YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS GUN VIOLENCE AFTER GUN CONTROL: A former student in Germany walked into his school and shot to death 18 people. In Germany, a country which like the most European countries strictly regulates gun ownership (apparently it takes up to a year to get a hunting rifle), bad people still get guns and do horrible things. This isn't schadenfreude -- I'm not a European intellectual, after all -- it's an observation. Leftist anti-gun-nuts ridicule slogans like "guns don't kill people, people kill people," but they're true. When two evil young men murdered their classmates and a teacher at Columbine, the usual suspects blamed it on the ready availability of firearms in the United States and on our "culture of violence." Well, guns aren't readily available in Germany (not to law-abiding people) and the Germans have been overtly pacifist since 1945, but an evil man still murdered eighteen people. Evil people who want to do evil things will find a way. Disarming good people just makes it easier for them.

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