17th December 2012
Instapundit points to more Security Theater.
“After a shooting spree,” author William Burroughs once said, “they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.” Burroughs continued: “I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.”
But it’s never about an effective solution, it’s just about Do Something Even If It’s Wrong. As long as you can Feel Good About Yourself, then that is counted as action.
One of the interesting characteristics of mass shootings is that they generally occur in places where firearms are banned: malls, schools, etc. That was the finding of a famous 1999 study by John Lott of the University of Maryland and William Landes of the University of Chicago, and it appears to have been borne out by experience since then as well.
Not that actual evidence has any effect at those who are convinced that guns have an evil soul that can be banished with greater and greater piles of regulations. All that the ‘Gun Free Zone’ sign says is ‘Shooters! Helpless victims beyond this point! Have fun!’