UMass Prof Defends Gun Rights

This is definitely not something you expect to come out of the east coast. But Dr. Friedman writes:

The recent shooting rampage at a local strip club committed by a lone crackpot has brought a call for increased gun control by Mayor Scott W. Lang, the editorial board of The Standard-Times and others. This is a knee-jerk reaction that would be ineffective and would punish law-abiding residents.
Because gun crimes make sensational news stories, generally reported without any proportionality, gun owners are easy targets. When viewed in balance with other risks in society, firearms deaths are relatively uncommon. At the same time, firearms in the hands of the law-abiding have been proven to reduce crime.

His education:
* Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2002
* M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1991
* B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1984

Source:
SouthCoastToday.com CONSERVATIVE CORNER: Some perspective on call for gun control
Peter Friedman January 04, 2007

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