John Stossel today has an article up at Townhall.com entitled simply Guns Save Lives. It is true, of course. Guns do save lives, and more importantly, more often than not save the lives of the innocent and the law abiding at the expense of the criminal and predatory. We don't often get that message from a nationally syndicated columnist like John Stossel, but we should. Oh yes, you and I know it, and we talk about it often. David Codrea's blog, War On Guns, runs a constant counter commentary to the message that guns must be tightly controlled. While Mr. Codrea has a very devoted following, the truth is that he doesn't reach that many people. So when a guy like Stossel writes that Guns Save Lives, I think we should all cheer-and cheer on Mr. Stossel.
Of course, the fact that Stossel can write that Guns Save Lives is due, in no small measure to the many unsung heroes like David Hardy, John Lott, David Kopel, Stephen Halbrook, David Codrea, and many others who made the case over many years that the writers of the Constitution had it right when they wrote into our founding documents that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. After all that has been written, what part of that doesn't the New York Times not get?