Obama exploits school massacre

All this amounts to an attempt to take political advantage of the butchery of children. But Anders Breivik’s slaughter of 69 attendees of a youth camp in heavily gun-controlled Norway last year shows the ineffectiveness of gun-ban laws, as does the violent crime in the big U.S. cities — such as Bloomberg’s New York and Emanuel’s Chicago — with the strictest gun control.

Indeed, as criminologists Don B. Kates and Gary Mauser found in an exhaustive 2007 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy study of gun laws and violence rates in the U.S. and Europe, “many high gun-ownership nations have much lower murder rates” than low gun-ownership-countries.

As the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin notes, “liberals’ religious-like faith in government and in the ability of legislation to control and even perfect the human condition” is no protection against mass murderers, whose crimes do “not seem to be affected by the economy or by law enforcement strategies.”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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