I don’t need any proof that the ex-husband might have killed his wife in a different way. I was asking a hypothetical question about how the author of the article might have responded in a different scenario with the same outcome.

You’re right: the husband could have reconsidered. He could also have reconsidered while he was traveling to his ex-wife’s office, going to his ex-wife’s office and any time right up until he pulled the trigger.

So what’s your point?

As to solid proof, the variety of ways domestic partners inflict violence upon one another is amazing. That’s one of the reasons that domestic disturbance calls are among the most dreaded by police officers. Spouses have been known to run their exes down with cars, use kitchen knives and other household items, and frequently their bare hands to commit homicides.

You fail to understand that banning guns doesn’t seem to reduce violence.

I would point out the example of Great Britain, which effectively banned most guns, then had to enact strict regulations on knives, yet still has a persistent problem with homicide.

Great Britain’s low homicide rate, relative to the U.S., has been low for decades, gun control does not seem to have reduced it.

In the U.S., state gun control laws don’t seem to have an influence on homicide rates. Based on data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting system, supplemented with data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, it’s possible to see the distribution of states by total homicide rate, firearm-related homicide rate and percentage of murders committed with firearms. By any of the three criteria, there is no correlation between states with restrictive gun laws and states with fewer gun laws. Even states with “constitutional carry” (no permit required to carry a handgun openly or concealed) span the range.

Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and the Rand Corporation were inconclusive. They were not able to determine that gun laws had any significant impact on homicide rates.

Being a fan of facts, I also know that the lowest annual homicide rate in the past 58 years was reported in 2014. That’s based on FBI UCR data from 1960 to 2017. The rate increased in 2015 and 2016 before declining slightly in 2017, but even the 2017 rate was the lowest since 1966, except for the years 2008 through 2015. That period coincided with one of the largest gun-buying sprees in modern U.S. history. Perhaps you recall President Obama being lampooned as “Gun Salesman of the Year.”

Banning anything will reduce the rate of bad effects caused by that thing — most of the time.

Fans of bans are in love with an Assault Weapons Ban despite the fact that the usage of those banned rifles, along with all other types of rifles, has averaged nearly 21% lower in the years since the expiration of the original Assault Weapons Ban than the average of the ten years during the ban. Once again, the FBI’s reports are the source of my data. The sale of AR-style rifles and AK-style rifles has mushroomed since the ban expired and the gun industry estimated Americans own about 16 million of them.

As Sgt. Joe Friday so famously said, “All we want are the facts, ma’am.”

[Here’s another free fact for you: Friday never said, “Just the facts, ma’am” The line came from a 1953 spoof of Dragnet by comedian Stan Freburg. The line in Little Blue Riding Hood was, “I just want to get the facts, ma’am.” That eventually evolved to “Just the facts, ma’am.”]

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