Posted 04-07-2013 at 17:02 byTheJ Updated 08-11-2014 at 07:38 byTheJ
The figure thrown about is the current FBI NICS background check system has stopped something like 1.7 million criminals (implying 1.7 million stopped crimes)... But the overwhelming vast majority of those in that figure are not prohibited people. (And you know that because almost nobody ever serves time for it) It's analogous to the when senator Ted Kennedy was stopped five times because his name was on the no fly list ..and then somebody claiming that actually stopped five terrorists and/or...
The core reason gun control always fails to reduce violent crime/murder is because it effectively can only negatively impact the ability to defend and has practically no effect on the ability to attack.
Why is that?
Well action movies and sensationalized news media not withstanding, it is an empirical fact that firearms are only one of an infinite number of tools with which criminals may commit attacks murder/violent crime. However, that is NOT only in the abstract...
This is a great read. I found it fascinating both as somebody who has a big interest in Glock and other firearms generally in addition to how the business achieved it's status in the America. I found the story that unfolded as I learned about some of the history and players behind the success of Glock to be surprisingly exciting and even riveting at times. The more I read the book the the more I wanted to keep reading it. I was actually disappointed that it had to end.