"...So, in spite of the Bar Association's findings, it is not always firearms that are responsible for homicides and the way to stop murder is not by prohibiting the manufacture and sale of weapons--a thing which cannot possibly be effectively done--but by putting a strong curb on the murder impulse...."
"...In any legislation, however, care should be taken to avoid the mistakes of New York State's notorious Sullivan law. This measure, according to Assemblyman Louis A. Cuvillier of the New York Legislature, "has caused more murders in New York City by reason of the fact that a highwayman or burglar well knows when he goes into a dwelling or a store, or engages in a hold-up or stick-up, that his victim is unarmed." . . ."
"...Prompt and drastic administration of justice will reduce murders to a minimum. Nothing will absolutely prevent them and certainly additional laws prohibiting this or that weapon will have no effect whatever. A murderer is one to whom law means nothing. Deprive him of one means and he will use another. Make his punishment swift and hard and the next in line will think twice before he yields to the homicidal impulse. In nine cases out of ten, that second thought will prevent him from becoming a murderer."--William J. Burns, Director, Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Dept. of Justice. Article titled: "Weapons of the Crook". [The Bismarck Tribune, Bismark, North Dakota, Friday, December 8, 1922. Last Edition, Pg. 6]