Quote of the day—Robert Farago

How about we subsidize the gun safe business instead of pissing money down the ATFE-shaped rathole? If the VPC really wants to stop gun violence, offering low-cost gun safes would have more impact than supporting the Agency that Can’t Shoot Straight and/or introducing or tightening gun control legislation.

Robert Farago
November 12, 2010
Violence Policy Center: Great Landing, Wrong Airport
[The reason this approach is not taken is because the people that support the Brady Campaign and/or the VPC have a solution in search of supporting evidence. They are not searching for a solution to a problem.

It’s like someone looked at the crime rate among people with non-white skin compared to white-skin and used that as justification for laws such as curfews, registration, tracking, and even preemptive imprisonment of non-whites all the while claiming they were intended to “prevent colored violence”. Hence the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence would have a sister organization called “The Brady Campaign to Prevent Black Violence.” They don’t seem to understand that “preventing crime” in this manner is akin to claiming someone is “guilty until proven innocent” as well as infringing on a host of other guaranteed rights.—Joe]

6 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Robert Farago

  1. “How about we subsidize the gun safe business instead of pissing money down the ATFE-shaped rathole? If the VPC really wants to stop gun violence, offering low-cost gun safes would have more impact than supporting the Agency that Can’t Shoot Straight and/or introducing or tightening gun control legislation.”

    Yes, a low cost gun safe. That would also give the VPC an excuse to put another of the lefts views to work. The view that you can design and manufacture a product and sell it to the public, all without making a proffet.

  2. Gun safes won’t work any better than trigger locks. California has mandated trigger locks and kids still get killed every year from guns that aren’t locked up. (Unfortunately, there is no way to know how many lives are saved by the trigger locks though. Obviously not everyone, but I’m sure some lives are saved.)

  3. “Unfortunately, there is no way to know how many lives are saved by the trigger locks though. Obviously not everyone, but I’m sure some lives are saved.”

    Demonstrated perfectly, Ubu. You have no facts, data, or evidence, but you feel something should be so, so you assert that its true.

  4. Wrote this post a while back Ubu about the logistics of what you’re saying.
    http://www.weerdworld.com/2010/gun-control-and-ornithopters/

    In short most of the earliest concepts for powered flight were Ornithopters (machines that flapped their wings like a bird). Even Da Vinci designed a few. But as we know the first human flights were in fixed-wing aircraft. Some of my commenters point out modern ornithopthers, and as a rule they were attempts to make the concept work, and they were 100% inviable for anything but showing off engineering skills.

    You think about gun control the way Renaissance Men thought of Ornithopters, they look like a good idea, and on paper they even seem to work. But in real life they don’t work, and never will, no matter how hard you want them to.

  5. Washington state waives sales taxes on gun safes. For a $500 safe, that’s a nontrivial savings, I think. More states should follow suit.

  6. Mass is the same way. No tax on safes. On the down side we have “Safe Storage Laws” here so some sort of locking device or dissasembly for any firearms not in the “immediate control” of the user.

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