Greens, Libertarians, Pro-gun Democrats, FBI Director James Comey and Voting Restrictions May Have Cost Clinton the Election

Possible lessons for Democrats: advocating gun control can cost you a presidential election. Appealing to pro-gun Democrats and independents, the National Rifle Association took credit for Trump's 2016 victories in big hunting states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and possibly Florida, Michigan and North Carolina. That, along with the abandonment of Clinton by anti-Trump Greens and Libertarians in … Continue reading Greens, Libertarians, Pro-gun Democrats, FBI Director James Comey and Voting Restrictions May Have Cost Clinton the Election

Huge Tax on Machine Guns Led to Decline in Purchases and Decline in Machine Guns Used in Crimes

Prohibition in the 1920s led to a massive increase in organized crime and the use of machine guns to massacre innocents. In the 1930s, Congress passed, with the support of the National Rifle Association, a huge tax on machine gun purchases, equivalent to $3500 in today's dollars, meant to discourage use. "In the 1960s, the … Continue reading Huge Tax on Machine Guns Led to Decline in Purchases and Decline in Machine Guns Used in Crimes

Gun Control’s Difficult Legislative Path, Even in Democratic Senate

Democrats eager to make gun control a cornerstone of their 2016 campaigns should remember that it was Democrats as well as Republicans who killed the 2013 legislation to expand background checks on gun sales. Four Democrats from rural states voted against the legislation: Max Baucus from Montana, Mark Begich from Alaska, Mark Pryor from Arkansas, … Continue reading Gun Control’s Difficult Legislative Path, Even in Democratic Senate

How Australia Tackled Gun Violence and Reduced Mass Shootings

A gun-owner and lifetime member of the NRA and I are trying to engage in rational dialogue about policies that might reduce gun violence in America. He says background checks and waiting periods haven't resulted in any changes in homicide rates in states where they have been enacted. I reply that such regulations could indeed have … Continue reading How Australia Tackled Gun Violence and Reduced Mass Shootings