Week 2 Critique/Refutation of other sites/sources
By Andrew Zuckerman
Shadee Ashteri’s article “Right-to-Carry Gun Laws Linked To Rise In Violent Crimes: Study” in the Huffington Post portrays firmly the media’s inclination towards gun control rather than giving the public an accurate representation of firearms in the country. Upon her article she gathers her information from a September report from researchers at Stanford and John Hopkins universities. Prior to refuting the report, it is crucial to see how Ms Ashteri is giving the public a non-scholarly adaptation upon gun laws in the country.
To open up she tells how concealed carry laws in all 50 states have led to a rise in violent crime. Then goes on to refute the hypothesis of “more guns, less crime” saying how the assumption argues for the right-to-carry as a deterrent for crime by “allowing ordinary Americans to better protect themselves.” Yet what she is neglecting to realize in her assumption is the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms by the people. Though inherently some individuals should be barred from keeping firearms to protect the safety of the public as dictated by the Supreme Court of the United States, drafted in the Bill of Rights are no stipulations or restrictions to the Second Amendment. Anyone considered “people” in this nation as prescribed are given the ability to keep and bear arms without it being infringed. And who is to say someone in this fine country is not a person.
Between her first and third paragraphs there is much difference in what she is saying. She opens up with calling into question concealed carry laws yet then moves onto right-to-carry laws without making any insertion between the difference of the two laws. Clearly an apparent necessity by the person to carry a weapon and conceal one needs to be given. In the example of the police commonly everyone’s image of an officer is a member wearing a uniform with a bright shiny badge with a firearm strapped to his or her hip, yet throughout departments in America other officers have a necessity to walk around with a concealed weapon, commonly a detective in a suit as one can envision from the television show Law & Order. Further into her article, issues arise of her pointing out the report saw “substantially higher rates” in aggravated assault, rape, and robbery where none of these moral injustices in society arose between more guns and fewer guns. Firearms are not need to commit aggravated assault, rape, and even robbery they can occur, and probably happen more so, when guns are nowhere to be found at the scene of the crime.
Between both the study and what Shadee reports they do not call into question the rise in crime being proportional to the rise in carry laws. As one can think, possibly at the same time of more people gaining permission to carry a firearms the increase in crime happened as well. To sum up her article she uses a quote from Daniel Webster, director of the John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, by stating “right-to-carry laws increase firearm-related assaults …the exact magnitude of that effect is uncertain.” While many who read this article may see the bias tone of Shadee Ashteri giving this magnitude to be huge, yet as Mr. Webster elluded to the magnitude may be quite small as he does not even know himself.