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ILA REPORT

ILA Grassroots:

A Pair Of Academics Question
Gun-Control Orthodoxy

G

iven that so much gun-policy
research is explicitly funded by
individuals hostile to our rights,
gun owners are right to be skeptical of
many academics. However, there are times
when well-respected academics have
proven confident enough to challenge the
prevailing anti-gun orthodoxies. Such is the
case with recent pieces from James Alan
Fox, professor of criminology, law, and public
policy at Northeastern
University, and Thomas
Abt, research fellow at
Harvard Kennedy School of
Government.
In a July 23 item for
USA Today, Fox pondered
why a recent mass killing
in Kyoto, Japan, did not
garner significant attention
in the U.S. media. On
July 18, a man entered the
Kyoto Animation studio
and doused parts of the
building with an accelerant
and screamed "drop dead"
or "die!" before setting
the building ablaze. The
resulting fire killed 34
people and injured more
than 30.
A reasonable person
might have expected
such a heinous attack
perpetrated in a
notoriously peaceful
country to get the
attention of the press,
but as Fox explained, the
"Kyoto Animation arson
killings didn't get much
attention because we
couldn't demonize guns."
Comparing coverage of the Kyoto
massacre to the March shooting in
Christchurch, New Zealand, Fox noted,
"U.S. newspapers and wire services
featured the Christchurch massacre five

times as much as the Kyoto mass murder."
Fox went on to explain that a significant
portion of massacres are carried out with
weapons other than firearms, adding, "It
is the politics and controversy surrounding
gun control that highlight mass shootings
above the rest."
In closing, Fox pointed out:
"Whatever the reason, the lesser
attention given to mass killings that do not
invoke guns is disrespectful to the victims
whose lives are tragically cut short. Is the
crime any less serious if there were no
gunshots? Are the victims any less dead?
In fact, victims of burns, suffocation or
stabbing often suffer a much slower and
more painful death than gunshot victims.

SCHOOLS ARE SAFER THAN
THEY WERE IN THE 90S AND
SCHOOL SHOOTINGS ARE
NOT MORE COMMON THAN
THEY USED TO BE. THERE
IS NOT AN EPIDEMIC OF
SCHOOL SHOOTINGS.
"It is surely fruitless to assess the relative
severity of mass killings on the basis of
weaponry. Our sense of outrage and
concern for the victims should be the same
whether they died from a firearm or fire."
Fox is not pro-gun, but has long served
as a voice of reason in the hysterical
aftermath of high-profile shootings. Since
2012, Fox has repeatedly made the case
that common gun-control proposals-such
as so-called "universal" background checks
and semi-automatic firearm bans-are
unlikely to curtail high-profile shooting
incidents.
In a 2018 research report titled,
"Schools are safer than they were in the
90s, and school shootings are not more
common than they used to be," Fox
provided concrete data for his conclusion

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