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What Jason Riley Wrote on Gun Control in His New Book

August 12, 2014

I am really enjoying reading Jason Riley’s book Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed which I did a book review on yesterday and you can go to the right of this article and purchase a copy. I am going to be quoting here at length what he has to say in terms of the gun control topic and if you are a reading this and you believe in liberty and the right and responsibility to protect yourself from harm, you have got to read on:

“Gun control is another issue that the left raises to avoid discussing black behavior. After the Zimmerman verdict, Obama and Holder called for a reassessment of stand-your-ground laws, which allow people to use force to defend themselves without first retreating…But do such laws, as the president and others have suggested, make us less safe? According to John Lott, a former chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission, states with stand-your-ground laws…between 1977 and 2005 saw murder rates fall by 9 percent and overall violent crime fall by 11 percent. ‘The debate has everything backwards over who benefits from the law,’ Lott told me in an e-mail exchange shortly after the Zimmerman verdict. ‘Poor blacks who live in high crime urban areas are not only the most likely victims of the crime, they are also the ones who benefit the most from Stand Your Ground laws. It makes it easier for them to protect themselves when the police can’t be there fast enough. Rules that make self-defense more difficult would impact blacks the most’ (page 77).

“Gun deaths fell by 39 percent in the United States between 1993 and 2011. Justice Department data from 2013 show that ‘In less than two decades, the gun murder rate has been nearly cut in half. Other gun crimes fell even more sharply, paralleling a broader drop in violent crimes committed with or without guns.’ More remarkable is that this drop in gun violence happened at the same time that firearm purchases were increasing. In 2012 background checks for gun purchases reached 19.6 million, an annual record, and an increase of 19 percent over 2011. Some of the most violent cities in America, like Chicago and Baltimore, already have some of the strictest gun laws. Yet the political left continues to insist that disarming ghetto residents improves safety in these communities” (ibid)

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