Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO) is a project of the Claremont Institute launched in 1994. Its "mission is to expose the poor medical scholarship—and the anti-gun bias behind it—held out as truth by organized medicine and medical journals." This work includes the Claremont Institute-Criminologists amicus curiae brief they filed in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller. The brief sets forth the arguments and authorities supporting their position that under the handgun ban, D.C. had not been made safer, but instead had become even more dangerous; that the studies relied upon by the city are unreliable; that criminological data from the United States and other nations disproves the idea that “more guns equals more murder;” that national gun bans fail to reduce violence; and that any benefits offered by “gun control” can be accomplished by a permit or background check system.

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