The Los Angeles Times has published an editorial promoting additional gun controls but in the process appears to have shown somewhat the opposite of what it is attempting to prove.
That surprises nobody in the Second Amendment community. Gun rights activists have been arguing for years that the mainstream press is so blindly obedient to the gun control effort that it cannot see the forest for the trees, even when a limb falls on their head.
The Times editorial complained that “At least 65 people have been shot to death in Los Angeles County since Sept. 1 — four in encounters with police, and most of the rest the sole victim of a single crime.”
A few lines later, the same editorial stated that “researchers have repeatedly found that places with fewer guns and more controls tend to have less gun violence,” as though this were the “smoking gun” evidence that proves strict gun control works.
But California already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. It is very difficult if not virtually impossible to get a concealed carry permit in Los Angeles County. These laws do not prevent criminals from getting firearms illegally.
Contrast that with the data in Seattle. Washington State, by some standards, has lax gun laws. About a half-million Evergreen State residents have concealed pistol licenses, including tens of thousands in King County, where Seattle is located.
So far this year, there have been 20 homicides in the city, 14 of which have involved firearms, according to the Seattle Police Department.
Indeed, gun rights activists note, cities with the most stringent gun laws boast some of the highest body counts, including Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
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