By Karl Radl
From The Purity Spiral
Gun control advocates are extremely keen to seize any national tragedy, such as a school shooting or a terrorist attack, to push the idea that… well… if we just banned guns, it would all stop happening.
This is magical thinking. A gun is but a tool: Guns don’t cause violent attacks in and of themselves any more than having access to kitchen knives causes knife attacks or having access to vehicles causes vehicle-based terror attacks.
Proponents of a gun ban argue that the availability of guns ostensibly makes it easier for attacks utilizing guns to occur. However, the fly in the ointment here is that there is no clear link between the availability of guns and mass shootings.
Think about it this way: There were enormous amount of guns and explosives available throughout the nineteenth century in North America and Europe (far more…
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