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 Senior Vice President of the Independent Institute. Having received her A.B. in economics from Stanford University, she is Managing Director of Lightning Ventures, L.P., a San Francisco Bay Area investment firm, former Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Salvation Army of both San Francisco and Alameda County, and Vice President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California.
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