The Whitlock-Costas Gun Controversy

I’m a little late to this, but a couple thoughts:

-“Handguns do not enhance our safety.” If this statement is meant to support a ban on handgun ownership (Costas has walked that idea back, where Whitlock seems to be doubling down on it), then Whitlock should do some more research. There’s John Lott’s research showing the impact of concealed-carry laws. Even if you question Lott, a study in the Cato Journal found “no support for the contention that gun control reduces crime rates.” I’m sure Whitlock would cite his own stats showing something to the contrary. However you feel, this issue is far from clear-cut.

-Whitlock is a critic of the War on Drugs, referring to it as “morally bankrupt” in one article, and “a scam to lock up poor people” in another. There’s little to dispute there. Presumably, Mr. Whitlock believes the War on Drugs has done little to stem the abundance of drugs. Just what does he think would happen if we banned handguns, and launched a “War on Guns” to eradicate the “menace” of handgun ownership? Are we to assume moral bankruptcy would NOT occur under such a program?

-Whitlock states his belief that “if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he [Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher] and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.” A very bold statement. But did Nicole Simpson’s killer need a gun? Did Chris Benoit use a gun to kill his wife and child? Evil doesn’t require a gun.

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