LETTER: Gun bans won’t stop mass murders

Dear Editor:

Last week John Arendt posted a column titled Good people, bad people, and guns.

John made the statement that if the weapon used had been banned that the outcome of the Christchurch, Ecole Polytechnique, and Quebec City mosque shootings would have turned out differently.

But would they?

READ ALSO: COLUMN: Good people, bad people and guns

The Christchurch shooter, Brenton Tarrant, was caught with two bombs as well as his firearms.

In his manifesto, the shooter lists a number of highly lethal methods he might have used to carry out the act of terrorism, but he chose firearms “for the effect it would have on social discourse, the extra media coverage they would provide and the effect it would have on the politics of the United States and thereby the political situation of the world.”

Even without the weapon John thinks is responsible the Christchurch massacre, Tarrant would have still carried it out, just using other means.

The Ecole Polytechique shooter has always been referred to as Marc Lepine but his birth name was Gamil Garbi, son of a wife beating Algerian immigrant. He grew up learning to hate women from his father.

Once again the specific weapon wouldn’t have made a difference. (www.mcleans.ca/general/excusing-the-men-who-ran-away/.)

READ ALSO: Year after Parkland school shooting massacre, 17 victims remembered

READ ALSO: Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Vehicles have mowed people down for several years now.

The Tsarnaev brothers (Boston Marathon), Timothy McVeigh, and the Irish Republican Army all used bombs. Twenty-nine people at a Kunming, China train station and up to 1,000,000 Tutsi in Rwanda were killed with long knives. The 9/11 terrorists used airplanes.

To paraphrase a popular saying, “Where there is a will they will find a weapon”.

There is evidence that the weapon used is a matter of personal preference for the perpetrator in ideologically motivated killings and banning guns won’t stop that from happening.

Will banning guns make a population safer in general as our government is suggesting? It hasn’t in any of the countries it’s already been tried in.

There is no evidence that the gun laws the Liberals implemented in 1995 ever did anything but waste $2 billion taxpayer dollars.

Australia banned many types of guns in 1996. Although homicides stayed the same, armed robberies increased 59 per cent.

READ ALSO: New Zealand Parliament votes to ban semi-automatic weapons

READ ALSO: ‘Multiple fatalities’ as mass shooting breaks out in Florida

The UK banned handguns in 1997. Murder rates doubled in the next seven years.

Jamaica banned all guns in 1974 and murder rates quadrupled.

Ireland banned most guns in 1972, murders increased five fold by 1974 and stayed 30 per cent higher than pre-ban (from garymauser.net.)

Not only is there no data that shows gun bans reduce violence, there is strong evidence that they actually make people less safe.

What about the opposite situation where there are lots of guns?

It’s interesting to note that the worst gun violence is in gun free zones. Chicago has the most homicides in the U.S. and it’s a gun free zone.

Since U.S. schools became gun free zones in 1990, 92 per cent of all mass shootings have been in gun free zones.

Honduras is a gun free zone and it has the highest murder rate in the world.

The Kates/Mauser report of 2007 showed a strong correlation in European countries between high gun ownership and low crime/homicide rates.

And then there is the special case of Kennesaw, Georgia. In 1982, Kennesaw passed an ordinance which required every household to have a firearm and ammunition. The crime rate went down the day the ordinance took effect.

Crime dropped 89 per cent and has stayed low since.

All the evidence points toward gun control and gun bans as being extremely counterproductive in terms of safety.

Charles Lopez

Cherryville

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Summerland student examines effects of sound

Science fair project will go to national competition in New Brunswick

Blue Man Group set to rock the Okanagan

The world famous Blue Man Group is bringing their high energy rockn’ show to Penticton for two shows.

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Clear skies and pushing 20 C

Environement Canada forcasts a sunny and warm Easter weekend

COLUMN: Bunnies, sexuality and the freedom to read

A book about a gay bunny has been the subject of challenges

It’s time to Ring and Sing, in spring

The Musaic Vocal Ensemble and the Oliver Handbell Ringers present a concert for bells and voices

Update: Fire destroys Peachland home on Somerset Avenue

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Cuteness overload: duckling thinks dog is its mom

Vernon photographer Fiona Hook shot a cute video after noticing one of her ducklings had taken a special liking to her dog.

Fire near Vernon airport “not a concern”

Vernon firefighters attended the scene and found a resident performing a controlled burn

Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates stops by Okanagan café

Coates was spotted in West Bank’s Kekuli Café on April 20

B.C. women make 2,200 cabbage rolls for charity

The money raised was donated to former NHL player Aaron Volpatti, who is raising funds for ALS

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Most Read