In 1969, Cornell University’s Willard Straight Hall was violently taken over by black militant students.
They were opposed by another black student who later characterized them as “hoodlums with serious academic problems (who were) admitted under lower academic standards.”
He defended Cornell from the militants’ allegations of widespread racism.
This man was a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard with a master’s degree from Columbia and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1968.
His name is Thomas Sowell, and he has taught economics at Howard, Rutgers, Cornell, Brandeis, Amherst and UCLA. Since 1980, he’s been a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is also a nationally syndicated columnist who, on April 30, wrote one of the best of all antidotes to what he headlined: “Fact-free gun control crusaders.”
Dr. Sowell wrote the following:
- “Have you ever heard even one person present convincing hard evidence that tighter gun control laws have in fact reduced murders? …”And if tighter gun control laws don’t actually reduce the murder rate, then why are we being stampeded toward such laws after every shooting that gets media attention?”
- “Have the media outlets that you follow ever even mentioned that some studies have produced evidence that murder rates tend to be higher in places with tight gun control laws?”The dirty little secret is that gun control laws do not actually control guns. They disarm law-abiding citizens, making them more vulnerable to criminals, who remain armed in disregard of such laws.”
- “What almost no one talks about is that guns are used to defend lives as well as to take lives. In fact, many of the horrific killings that we see in the media were brought to an end when someone else with a gun showed up and put a stop to the slaughter.”The Cato Institute estimates upwards of 100,000 defensive uses of guns per year. Preventing law-abiding citizens from defending themselves can cost far more lives than are lost in the shooting episodes that the media publicize.”
- “Many people who have never fired a gun in their lives, and never faced life-threatening dangers, nevertheless feel qualified to impose legal restrictions that can be fatal to others. …”People who support such laws seem to blithely assume that they are limiting the damage that can be done by criminals or the mentally ill – as if criminals or mad men care about such laws.”