After all the political points are scored and all of the talk shows have run their course, the American public should expect reasonable, data-based responses where there is a greater certainty of reducing crime.

In 2004, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences released its evaluation from a review of 253 journal articles, 99 books, 43 government publications and some original empirical research. It failed to identify methods that had reduced violent crime, suicide or gun accidents.

The idea that gun control legislation will somehow reduce crime is contradicted by the facts, by history and by reason. Let's hope policymakers spend their energies addressing the deep-rooted causes of violent crime, including illegitimacy, drugs, alcohol abuse and mental instability.

Jeremy Roberts