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Ann Coulter: We Know How To Stop School Shootings

In the wake of a monstrous crime like a madman's mass murder of defenseless women and children at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school, the nation's attention is riveted on what could have been done to prevent such a massacre.

Luckily, some years ago, two famed economists, William Landes at the University of Chicago and John Lott at Yale, conducted a massive study of multiple victim public shootings in the United States between 1977 and 1995 to see how various legal changes affected their frequency and death toll.

Landes and Lott examined many of the very policies being proposed right now in response to the Connecticut massacre: waiting periods and background checks for guns, the death penalty and increased penalties for committing a crime with a gun.

None of these policies had any effect on the frequency of, or carnage from, multiple-victim shootings. (I note that they did not look at reforming our lax mental health laws, presumably because the ACLU is working to keep dangerous nuts on the street in all 50 states.)

Only one public policy has ever been shown to reduce the death rate from such crimes: concealed-carry laws.

continued: http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/coulter122012.php3#.UO...



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Good article, but I'm not sure her premise is correct

To quote the article "the nation's attention is riveted on what could have been done to prevent such a massacre". That's not exactly correct, at least not with the MSM or the Feinstein bill. The attention has been focused on a gun control bill to further degrade the 2nd amendment. As I understand the proposed Feinstein bill, if it was in law before the event, it would not have changed anything. CT already had gun control laws and the gun was essentially stolen. So Ann starts with a false premise. I have heard nothing about alternatives from the MSM as to what would have prevented this, other than their attack on the obvious, school staff with a CCW permit. I have heard nothing about bullet proof double security doors with closed circuit video, banks have them, staff with tazers and bear spray. The whole argument has been twisted into an agenda to pass a gun law and that would not prevent these attacks.

But we'll support Mitt Romney instead.

Bud and I call it the "Kondrake Effect" (honoring both John MacLaughlin and MorTON Kondrake). Even Ann Coulter can sometimes stumble blindly into the truth.

Actually her article makes a great deal of sense, arguing, as it does, that the prospects of return fire has a dampening effect on would-be mass shooters.

But still, it's Ann (profane, blasphemous, sexual, and scatological references inserted here) Coulter! Sometimes I find it hard to agree, even when she's (accidentally?) right.

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Maybe Ann reads the Daily Paul because I posted the link

to this study a week ago.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=272929

Make sure to read the footnotes too:

7 One puzzle is why the media rarely reports the role of guns in ending attacks. Consider the shooting spree at a
high school in Pearl, Miss. in 1997 that left two students dead. An assistant principal stopped the attack by
retrieving his handgun from his car and physically immobilized the shooter for over five minutes before police
arrived. A Lexis-Nexis search indicates that 687 articles appeared the first month after the attack but only 19
stories mentioned the assistant principal and only 10 mentioned that he used a gun to stop the attack. Some
stories simply stated that the assistant principal was “credited by police with helping capture the boy'' or that he
had disarmed the shooter. No story that mentioned the assistant principal’s role was aired on the national
evening news. A story on CBS with Dan Rather, which ran more than a month later, noted that the assistant
principal “eventually subdued the young gunman.” But these stories provided no explanation how of he had
accomplished this feat.
In another, school-related shooting in Edinboro, Pa., which left one teacher dead, the owner of a nearby
restaurant, pointed a shotgun at the shooter as he was reloading his gun. The police did not arrive until 11
minutes later. Nearly 600 news stories discussed this crime during the next month, yet only 35 mentioned the
restaurant owner’s role. Moreover, these stories did not mention that a shotgun was used to stop the crime. The
New York Daily News, for example, explained that the restaurant owner “persuaded [the killer] to surrender,”
while The Atlanta Journal wrote how he “chased [the killer] down and held him until police came.”

I Think

...a lot of people read the DailyPaul.com. By that I mean, a lot of politicians, writers, and "news" reporters read the DP to stay ahead of the curve. They could read Drudge, the HuffPo, or any other far left/right sites but they'd only be behind the propaganda. We post the articles they won't talk about and write original material they wouldn't print. That's why I love the DP. I always start here first when I want the news.