Just because you buy a gun doesn’t mean you’re nuts.

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    Yet despite a remarkable uptick in gun sales, during the first six months of 2009 violent crime fell 4.4 percent, property crime fell 6.6 percent, homicides fell 10 percent, and car thefts fell 19 percent.

    If guns caused crime, then we should have expected precisely the opposite to happen — particularly given the related liberal belief, which Mac Donald dissects, that hard economic times drive people to desperate acts. Among others, she quotes a New York Times editorial in late 2008 fretting that “the economic crisis has clearly created the conditions for more crime and more gangs among hopeless, jobless young men in the inner cities.” If liberal orthodoxy held true, then the combination of hard times and more guns should have made the past year a record-setting period for bloodshed. It didn’t.

    Whole thing here (and I was a bit surprised to see it’s authored by Robert Nozik): http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/opinion/op_ed/article/ED-HINKLE15_20100114-180004/317636/” onclick=”window.open(this.href);return false

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