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.”

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