Comforting Myths about Gun Control

There are certain comforting myths that the gun-control movement likes to promote. "Mandatory gun registration would help us solve gun crimes" is a big one. Perhaps the most comforting -- and dangerous -- of all is: "Give the robber what he wants, and he probably won't hurt you."

This news story from Atlanta is valuable for a number of reasons (emphasis mine):

(WSB Radio) -- A 17-year-old Atlanta teen has been arrested and charged with the January 7, 2009 murder of John Henderson, a bartender at the Standard Restaurant and Spirits in Grant Park.


Detective Keith Meadows told reporters that it was Redding's Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun that led to his being charged with 22 crimes including felony murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery.

Two days after Henderson's murder on January 9th, police say Redding and three other teens were involved in a home invasion. Police say during that break-in, the homeowner, armed with an semi-automatic rifle fired at Redding striking him in the shoulder.

The news account doesn't tell us if this "semi-automatic rifle" is one of those terrifying "assault weapons" or a more common semi-automatic hunting rifle. The next time that someone asks why anyone would need an assault weapon, here's your answer: four armed criminals forcing entry into a home that they know is occupied. The invaders knew that the inhabitants were probably going to be able to identify them later. What do you think these home invaders were going to do to potential witnesses before they left? Against a crew like this, a weapon that lets you fire 20 to 30 shots without reloading suddenly sounds useful.

Police say Redding dropped his weapon as he fled the home. Because police were conducting ballistic tests on weapons in crimes committed after Henderson was killed, they were able to connect Redding to the murder at the Standard and also to an armed robbery in the parking lot of the Standard two and a half weeks before.