SAFE Promotes Dangerous Laws
by Ari Armstrong
[The following article originally appeared in the January/February 2001 edition of Colorado Liberty.]
The anti-gun lobby Sane Alternatives to the Firearms Epidemic wants to force Colorado gun owners to "lock up their safety," as Dudley Brown of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners puts it.
Yale professor John Lott has found that mandatory gun storage laws actually empower criminals:
"Safe-storage rulesÉseem to cause some real problems. Passage of these laws is significantly related to almost 9 percent more rapes and robberies and 5.6 percent more burglaries. In terms of total crime in 1996, the presence of the law in justÉfifteen states was associated with 3,600 more rapes, 22,500 more robberies, and 64,000 more burglaries." (More Guns, Less Crime, 2nd Ed., page 199.)
The oddly named SAFE also wants to prevent lawful adults ages 18-20 from purchasing a firearm for self-defense. Libertarians argue that if 18 year olds are old enough to drive tanks in Kosovo, old enough to get married and have children, and old enough to sign contracts, then they are old enough to defend themselves and their families.
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is Colorado's largest gun rights organization and can be reached at 303.432.3006 or www.rmgo.org.