Robert Sarvis on Gun Control


Gun-control measures fail to reduce violent crime

I support gun rights and the Second Amendment. My view is this: Proponents of restricting our freedoms bear the heavy burden of showing the necessity, propriety, and wisdom of their proposed regulations. Yet gun-control measures have repeatedly failed to reduce violent crime or criminals' access to guns. Instead, they burden law-abiding gun-owners and prospective gun-owners.

Gun violence and violent crimes have declined dramatically over the last two decades. If we want to reduce gun violence and violent crime further, the first place to look is our drug laws. Drug prohibition, like alcohol prohibition before it, has produced well-financed, well-armed, violent criminal enterprises.

I also object to the Republican Party's attempts to get the information of all concealed-carry permit holders in Virginia. Republicans claim to be in favor of freedom, gun rights, and privacy, but this once again shows that the GOP's self-interest comes before the rights of the people.

Source: Virginia Governor 2013 campaign website, robertsarvis.com , Sep 21, 2013

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