I’m going to respond to a few responses to some of my recent posts about guns, concealed carry and stand your ground laws, and “freedom.”
My favorite response so far comes from a self-described libertarian brony — “I’m Anti-State. Anti-War. Pro-Market. Pro-Christian. And Pro-Pony” — who blogs at Blame the 1st; he writes:
Actually, a recent university study shows that concealed carry laws result in fewer murders: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13504851.2013.854294
A few comments:
- This isn’t “a university study;” it’s a very, very short piece (three pages) by Mark Gius, a economics professor at Quinnipiac.
- Gius cites almost no literature on the topic and, though it briefly mentions articles that disagree with his conclusion regarding the effect of concealed carry laws on homicide, it doesn’t explain what’s wrong with the arguments found in those articles.
- Gius doesn’t really explain why he hasn’t demonstrated simple correlation, rather than causation, with his quick assessment of some state-level data on homicides. States with lax concealed carry laws might have fewer homicides than states that limit concealed carry … but that doesn’t mean that concealed carry is responsible for the number of homicides in these states.
- Our brony blogger is simply wrong that the “study shows that concealed carry laws result in fewer murders.” Here’s the conclusion of Gius’ piece, which seems a lot less certain of what he’s demonstrated than is the brony:
These results suggest that, even after controlling for unobservable state and year fixed effects, limiting the ability to carry concealed weapons may cause murder rates to increase. There may, however, be other explanations for these results. Laws may be ineffective due to loopholes and exemptions. The most violent states may also have the toughest gun control measures. Further research is warranted in this area.
More important than any of this, however, is the blogger’s strident anti-state and pro-pony stance. I’d like to learn a whole lot more about the connection between “My Little Pony,” guns, free markets, privatizing entitlement programs, and just generally opposing the federal government.
I’m neither a libertarian nor a brony … but this guy’s sure piqued my curiosity.