June 29, 2017
By Michele Gorman
...A Stanford Law School professor, (click here) John Donohue, and his team analyzed crime data from 1977 to 2014 and didn’t find evidence that areas where more Americans carry guns enjoy enhanced public safety or less crime. On the contrary, the researchers discovered that states that have enacted so-called right-to-carry (RTC) concealed handgun laws have experienced higher rates of violent crime than states that did not adopt those laws....
I would like to point to the fact that every mass murder scenarios NEVER includes "a good guy with a gun" regardless of the astronomical amounts of guns on the street in the USA. Name the mass killing. Go ahead. How were they stopped. Either a self-inflicted wound or by police.
The statistics have NEVER pointed to the 'theory' of the NRA, gun advocacy groups and Republican law makers. Mass murders have high numbers of people involved. the statistics in favor of a person (1) owning a gun, (2) carrying a gun and (3) intervening such deadly events. YET, that never happened. By all rights with more people gathered together there should be a "good guy with a gun" somewhere in the crowd, but, yet there never is.
...States that adopted RTC laws have experienced an average 13 percent to 15 percent increase in violent crime in the 10 years after enacting those laws, the researchers wrote in a working paper published on June 21 by the National Bureau of Economic Research....
Mr. Ayres was co-author of the 2003 work with Mr. Donohue. I am not surprised Mr. Ayers is involved in the financial end of education. Statistics are best conducted by those most familiar with them and their accuraacy.
If one of the authors is John Donohue III, (click here) he is not a new name to this topic. He has been stating there are too many guns on the street for decades.
I strongly suggest the gun control advocacy groups latch onto Mr. Donohue and bring his work forward as a platform THAT HAS LASTED DECADES.
The NRA political message works for a few reasons, (1) they always say the same thing and it is logical. If there was a good guy with a gun within the people dead or in the case of children a policeman nearby with a gun; everyone would still be alive except the gunman.
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Kindly think about that a minute. Is it realistic? How many mass killings could have been stopped IF? None. These people came out of nowhere and with powerful weapons. The entire idea loses validity when realizing the only defense is REAL under armor. There is just no time to react. Equestrians are finding Kevlar handy to wear riding because it stops branches of trees and the such from causing injury.
(2) The NRA message carries empowerment with fear. Doesn't everyone want to overcome fear? When an American goes to a scary movie do they come out elated about the loss of control within that picture? Heck, no. They come out of the theater looking over their shoulder if the film is convincing enough. The same phenomena is noted with the NRA message. The fear is the unknown. The gunman without identity. The feel good feelings of a gather of people turning to their worst nightmare.
June 11, 2012
By Randee Fenner
...Among his (click here) highly acclaimed articles are “Shooting Down the ‘More Guns, Less Crime’ Hypothesis” (with Ian Ayres) and “The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime” (with Freakonomics co-author Steven D. Levitt).
But recently, Donohue’s scholarship has plunged him into a contemporary drama with life or death consequences. As the use of capital punishment has come under increasing scrutiny, with DNA evidence freeing some death-row inmates and the multimillion-dollar cost of death penalty appeals making headlines, movements have begun to roll back the statutes that were passed with frequency during the 1970s. Litigation has become a large part of that effort and that’s where Donohue has stepped in....
(3) LEARNED COMPLACENCY. One of the saddest statements I heard after the Aurora, Colorado mass murder was made by a twenty something woman in the hospital that basically stated, 'These things happen.' She was powerless and helpless in that statement all compliments of loose gun laws.
Americans feel helpless. They aren't empowered anymore, they have witnessed tragedy too often and it has made them complacent in their resolve to stop the violence.
There is one thing about a man like John Donohue. He knows he is correct. He knows the data he has collected and for DECADES he has been seeing the same facts and THE SAME OUTCOMES. That is called dedication. The Republicans like to say he is a politico and nothing more. Does anyone actually believe that?
Mr. Donohue knows the reality of gun violence and every American should be thanking him for his dedication and efforts to 'right the ship.' He is exceptional and should not be ignored. Every time some spokesman comes forward to lie to Americans about gun safety. THAT IS WHAT IT IS, ISN'T IT? Gun safety. The end of gun violence? That is what good decent Americans are fighting for, right? The parents of Sandy Hook want gun safety. They want children and people safe, right?
So when someone comes forward to lie to the American public about gun safety, Mr. Donohue's message should go out on the same media and as frequently as necessary to match the danger with safety. Perhaps even exceed it. Don't let this valuable work be squandered. Let's get this done already.