Last week, Joshua Horowitz, the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss, among other subjects, how tougher gun control laws would work to reduce gun-related violence in Chicago.
Carlson said to Horowitz, “go on to your website… one of the things you say is one of the big problems is assault rifles.”
He then posed the question, “Of the 762 murders that were committed in Chicago, how many were committed with assault rifles?”
“Well, I don’t know if that’s actually from my website,” Horowitz responded, apparently attempting to dodge the question.
“It is actually, I have it right here,” said Carlson.
“Let me explain to you about assault weapons,” Horowitz then said. “Assault weapons make killing more lethal, OK. So what we have in that situation is assault weapons have more deaths per shootings.”
“They don’t necessarily cause more shootings,” he continued. “When you use an assault rifle in a crime, you end up with more people dead and more rounds fired.”
“OK, so Chicago, there’s 762 murders last year,” Carlson posed the question a second time. “How many were committed with so-called assault weapons?”
Horowitz tried to duck and dodge once again.
“Well you run a gun control website. What’s the answer?” Carlson asked.
“I don’t know,” admitted Horowitz.
What’s the takeaway from this exchange? Mainly, that when it comes to defending their positions, gun control advocates rely more on emotion than fact. The reality is that so-called “assault weapons” are rarely used in gun homicides. In fact, rifles of any make or model are rarely used in crimes. See chart from the National Review.
But beyond that fact that they are infrequently used by bad guys, the ultimate reason it makes no sense to ban them is because it’s the shooter who is responsible for the act — not the gun. Just as we don’t blame automobiles for traffic accidents, we blame the drunk or impaired driver behind the wheel, we shouldn’t blame the firearm.