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By Matt Kibbe
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Gary Kleck
Almost all first-time gun purchases in 2012 were made at retailers or other venues where background checks are required, according to a study that suggests that most such sales are already subject to the strict checks that have become the centerpiece of the gun control debate.
Improving public safety, particularly the safety of our children, is a universally recognized need that has become central to the gun debate.
For many, it is of little consequence that the right to bear arms is legally protected by the Second Amendment. They want to see more practical arguments than just what a piece of paper says. While the Second Amendment certainly carries real, stand-alone significance, there is also a real need for practical arguments in its favor. Although there are many practical arguments supporting the right to keep and bear arms, there is one point that is not often discussed.
President Obama has called for stricter federal gun laws to combat recent shooting rampages, but a review of recent state laws by The Washington Times shows no discernible correlation between stricter rules and lower gun-crime rates in the states.
"Probably the more experience you get with a gun, the more likely you are to engage in private transactions," said Gary Kleck, a criminology professor at Florida State University. "If you survey only first-time buyers, it will overestimate the number that goes to a gun store. I would not generalize [to] everyone who's bought a gun."
Mr. Kleck notes that not a single referenced study has concluded that increased numbers of licensed citizens carrying firearms has increased crime.