WHAT DOES “GUN SAFETY” HAVE TO DO WITH VIOLENT CRIME REDUCTION? They are actually separate subjects with little overlap.

NEWS BULLETIN:  CRIMINALS DON’T WANT “SAFE” FIREARMS, SINCE THEIR INTENT IS TO KILL OR INJURE.  AND YOU CAN BE SURE THAT IF CRIMINALS ACQUIRED A “SMART GUN” THAT WAS “SAFE”, THEY WOULD QUICKLY DISABLE THE SMART SAFETY COMPUTER, OR SIMPLY ACQUIRE A GUN THAT WORKS WITHOUT MODIFICATION, BEFORE GOING ON A CRIME SPREE.

The first point to remember is the fact that most (61%) “firearms deaths” are intentional suicides and there is no feasible technology that could prevent any part of that toll.  In addition, even if we banned firearms from all suicidally inclined people, it is highly unlikely that the total rate of suicides in the U.S. would decline at all, since many, many countries with total firearms bans have extremely high suicide rates, including the ultra-civilized Japanese who have a suicide rate 2x the U.S. rate.  Indeed, the combined suicide and murder rate in Japan is actually higher than the same combined rate in the U.S.  In the absence of firearms, there are always an infinite number of lethal objects and techniques widely available to perform a suicide.  But notice the way the anti-self-defense groups like to include suicides in the American stats in order to inflate them, but they always avoid including suicides in Japan’s stats when comparing us to them, so that we always look worse in the comparison.  Intellectual dishonesty, anyone?

Build a “safe” car and it will have a noticeable safety effect against accidents, but it will have practically no safety effect to reduce the incidents where a crazed driver intentionally runs over a crowd of pedestrians or drives the car off a pier or cliff to commit family suicide.

Safety has many facets, but many politicians just use a warm-and-fuzzy phrase that deceives the voters into thinking that there is one all-purpose cure for a myriad of different situations.  If you wish to seriously reduce criminal violence, targeting the gun will not work, since the problem is primarily a moral one, that is also subject to external law enforcement programs, such as “stop-and-frisk” and computerized allocation of police patrol resources.  External behavior control also occurs in jurisdictions where many ordinary citizens are armed for defense in the home or on the streets.  The catch phrase should cease to be “there are too many guns on the streets”, to be replaced by “violent crime is reduced by a better balance of power between armed citizens and criminals.”