Monday, March 26, 2007

What kind of man is anti-gun?

What kind of man is anti-gun? I have often wondered this. Well, now I have an answer.

Mr. Darren Seiber writes for "The East Tennessean." It appears that in between taking pictures of himself (see the picture above the article), and polishing his lip ring, Mr. Seiber has formed some very strong opinions.

He recently authored an article entitled "Guns do not save or secure lives." In this article he calls guns "deadly, unethical creations." Like most anti's, the facts are not on his side, so he must distort them. He demonstrates a fundamental lack of insight, stating "for women, having a gun in the house increases the chances of being murdered by 172 percent." It is apparently lost on Mr. Seiber that people who are in danger of being murdered might purchase guns. An simple example of this would be a woman with a stalker or an abusive boyfriend.

Moreover, Seiber's title is facially flawed. Thirteen independent studies estimate that guns are used for protection and self defense between 800,000 and 2.5 million times per year, saving as many as 400,000 lives per year. See Kleck "Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun," Table 1, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1995, Vol. 86 No. 1. For comparison, in 2004 there were only 30,136 gun-related deaths, of which 56% were suicides. National Center for Health Statistics mortality report, 2004.

While Mr. Seiber argues for laws banning guns, he says people who have a bias against pedophiles "allow fear-induced stupidity to take over." He argues against punishing pedophiles, arguing "The torture that these people already suffer is enough."


You can find his articles here:
Guns do not save or secure lives
Child Molestation is a Disease

Feel free to email him as well: zdms30@imail.etsu.edu

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