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How much do gun control laws actually control?

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: U.S. President Barack Obama announces his administration's new gun law proposals in the Eisenhower Executive Office building January 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. One month after a massacre that left 20 school children and 6 adults dead in Newtown, Connecticut, the president unveiled a package of gun control proposals that include universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Credit: Getty Images

The conventional liberal wisdom goes a little something like this: More gun control laws = more control over guns = less gun crimes. But how accurate is this assumption?

Conservative author Thomas Sowell notes that many of the most vocal gun control advocates have never fired a shot. And while Second Amendment supporters can't expect everyone to know everything about firearms, we can, however, expect them to know they don't know everything about firearms.  Facts are as important in this debate as in any other -- perhaps even more so given the life-and-death issues.

One can cherry-pick the factual studies, or cite some studies that have subsequently been discredited, but the great bulk of the studies show that gun control laws do not in fact control guns. On net balance, they do not save lives but cost lives.

Gun control laws allow some people to vent their emotions, politicians to grandstand and self-righteous people to "make a statement" -- but all at the cost of other people's lives.

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