Science, Fantasy, and Superstition-
'Gun-Control' Fails the Evidence Test

By Rob Morse. January 29th, 2019
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I’ve watched 'gun-control' advocates slide down the slippery slope. At first, their spokesmen said 'gun-control' was simply common sense. Unfortunately for them, each 'gun-control' law is a claim that can be tested. Instead of changing their beliefs as we learned more, 'gun-control' advocates simply chanted their old arguments louder and longer. 'gun-control' must have saved one life somewhere, they claimed.

Eventually, the 'gun control'-talking-heads had to turn their eyes away from the facts and ignore the damage they caused. For our part, we passed 'gun control' laws because they felt good rather than did good. Like many public policy issues, we think we’re talking about evidence when we’re really discussing how we feel.

Superstition is holding an unjustified belief because of the way it makes us feel. It is easy to think we’re too sophisticated to have superstitious beliefs. Fortunately for us, evidence is one of the best tests to separate truth from superstition. The bad news is that there is an intellectual progression beyond superstition. The truth doesn’t matter once you’re clinging to dogma and rationalization. At that point, you’re hanging on to any idea that justifies your beliefs. We told ourselves some real lies about 'gun-control'. .......

The old belief by gun grabbers that 'common sense' was the way to go for 'gun control' was founded on things like 'safety' and 'if it saves just one life' - 'feelgood' factors with little actual useful effect, just a program leading towards a slow road to citizen disarmament. If 'gun control' really worked usefully we would see criminals disarmed while the law abiding people's rights were not infringed upon.


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