Opinion, Meet Fact: “Gun Control” Doesn’t

The front page of Tuesday’s “Bay Area” section of the San Francisco Chronicle features a story on the latest Field Poll results: “Support Grows for Gun Control,” reporting that a majority of California voters now “view stricter gun control laws as more important than protecting the constitutional right to own a firearm.”

Four pages later, the back page of the very same section of the newspaper carries the headline: “Assailent with AK-47 Arrested in Shooting“.

The latter relates the tale of two men who got into an argument Sunday night. One followed the other home, pulled out an AK-47 and shot up the house, also hitting the man being followed in the leg.

The shooter drove off, but was later arrested.

A police spokesman quoted in the story said he did not know exactly what charges the arrested man will face, “but noted that it is illegal to possess a fully automatic AK-47.” He further noted:

Criminals don’t adhere to any laws. That’s why they are criminals.

Mary L. G. Theroux is Chairman and Chief Executive of the Independent Institute.
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