The Norman Transcript


January 26, 2013

Fallible argument of ‘more guns, less crime’



Palmer assumed that the only benefit to having a gun is to save a life. But guns can also be used to prevent crimes such as home invasions, rapes, burglaries and carjackings. If you’re going to count the benefits, you have to count all of them.

Palmer did not differentiate between justifiable homicides and murders. Many people will remember the case from Oklahoma City last year where an 18-year-old mother guarding a three-month old baby used a shotgun to kill an intruder armed with a hunting knife. In Palmer’s accounting, this justifiable homicide becomes a “person killed by a gun” and is used as a rationale to disarm people and leave them defenseless in their homes. Most sensible people don’t think that way.

Peaceful, law-abiding people use guns every day to save lives and prevent crimes. As long ago as 1995, criminologist Gary Kleck concluded that guns in the U.S. are used to prevent crimes 2.5 million times a years. You don’t have to necessarily discharge a firearm to prevent a crime. Even people who don’t own or carry guns are kept safer by gun owners. The fact that gun ownership is common in Oklahoma helps prevent crimes such as home invasions and carjackings.

About the only way people can still argue that restrictions on gun ownership reduce crime is to pick their statistics tendentiously. We are told repeatedly that gun homicides in the UK are far lower than in the U.S. But violent crime overall in the UK is nearly five times higher than in the U.S. Civilian gun ownership in Mexico is highly restricted, yet the murder rate is five times higher than in the U.S.

People who want to ban guns always present their plans disingenuously by talking about what they call “common-sense” restrictions. But, in fact, they don’t want “common-sense” regulations. Common sense means having more guns in the hands of people who use them lawfully and fewer in the hands of criminals.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Expansion effect evaluated

    Editor, The Transcript: The effect of the Medicaid expansion rejection and acceptance on hospitals’ uncompensated costs are now being evaluated....

    July 31, 2014

  • Community Action mostly closed due to cutbacks

    Editor, The Transcript: The Community Action, at 1155 E Main St. in Norman, for decades has served Cleveland County with the following everyday services: a food pantry, short-term housing for the homeless, providing rides for those without ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Nutritional article should be accurate

    I read with interest the July 13 article “Are low-carb diets really healthy?” by Cassidie Day. Unfortunately, a number of statements in this article were incorrect. The first problematic statement was, “Carbs are an essential nutrient ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Hospital story headline was too sensationalized

    Editor, The Transcript: On July 18, The Transcript ran a front page article with the headline “Lawsuit filed against Norman Regional — Civil suit alleges improper billing practices by NRH and contracted physicians groups.” As a first page ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Help better than commentary

    For the last seven years, I have helped run Hands Helping Paws, an animal welfare and rescue group that fosters Norman’s abandoned animals and advocates for spay and neuter initiatives to reduce our community’s problems with stray and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Stick to the sports

    Editor, The Transcript: Why must we, especially us nice conservatives, be subjected to political commentary in a sports column? I hear/view Fox News routinely and find their coverage quite acceptable. I also hear/view CNN and MSNBC. I ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Corporation Commission should should evaluate quakes, fracturing

    Editor, The Transcript: Is your house at risk of being damaged in an earthquake because of fracking? Maybe. We’ve seen more earthquakes and tremors in Oklahoma seven months into 2014 than in the two previous years combined. At the same ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Norman can stop fracking before it escalates

    Editor, The Transcript: There are 163 fracked wells within Norman city limits. With growing attention to health and safety concerns, the city is considering changes to the existing oil and gas ordinance....

    July 27, 2014

  • We should be offended by things that matter

    Editor, The Transcript: I’m offended. Why you say? I live in the USA, in Norman — a great town. What could possibly offend me? I’ll tell you. It’s people that are offended by the most meaningless things (what to call an evergreen tree in ...

    July 27, 2014

  • James Garner will be missed

    Editor, The Transcript: Norman native son James Garner was a fine actor on stage, screen and television. I enjoyed the “Maverick” TV series and, in particular, the 1959 episode “The Strange Journey of Jenny Hill” in which the very popular ...

    July 25, 2014