Forget Ben Carson's gunslinger fantasy. The best gun safety strategy is not owning a gun—period.

Forget Ben Carson's gunslinger fantasy. The best gun safety strategy is not owning a gunperiod.

One way of looking at these issues is through the prism of laws. The data strongly suggests that gun control works. A recent study from the National Journal found that the states with the lowest rate of gun deaths in 2013 (i.e., homicides, suicides, accidental gun deaths, and firearm deaths from shootings where intent could not be determined) were states with the tightest gun laws. Those include laws that mandate a permit to buy a handgun, laws that extend to private sales the requirement for a background check (thus closing the "gun show loophole"), and laws that make it difficult to acqui