Gun control doesn't work

  • 5 March 2018
  • NormanL
More guns, less crime

The big question confronting lawmakers on Capitol Hill: what to do about guns? Their answers run the gamut, from stricter background checks, to bans on certain firearms, and even a few who entertain repealing the Second Amendment entirely. But we already have years of evidence on guns, crime, and gun control measures. What does that data tell us?

That gun control doesn't work -- period. The Daily Wire has a quick rundown on the issue, but we draw your attention to these points:

* The vast majority of mass shootings occur in gun-free zones. The Crime Research Prevention Center determined that since 1950, nearly 99 percent of mass public shootings have occurred in gun-free zones. The terror attack in Orlando, FL and the shooting that murdered singer Christina Grimmie in June also took place in gun-free zones. The reason is obvious: deranged murderers want to be in a position to murder as many as possible, so they target areas where they're least likely to find armed resistance, which happen to be gun-free zones.

As Lott points out, there are 320 million people in America but only 628,000 police officers, so it's impossible for the police to protect everybody. That's why it's prudent for citizens to arm themselves.

* According to Lott, there is a clear correlation between higher firearm ownership and reducing police killings. The conclusion he came to was that there is a 3.6 percent decrease in police killings for every percentage point increase in those owning a firearm. Naturally, the inverse was also true: Lott found that "from 2013 to 2015, the six states (plus the District of Columbia) that banned open carry actually experienced higher rates of police death (20.2 versus 17.3 per 100,000 officers)."

No wonder a recent National Association of Chiefs of Police survey found that 86.4 percent of 20,000 police chiefs and sheriffs support concealed carry and are overwhelmingly against further gun control. In light of the recent murders of cops, it has become even more important to have an armed citizenry.

* There is also a correlation between fewer mass public shootings and higher gun ownership. According to Lott and the University of Chicago's Bill Landes, between 1977 and 1999 "right-to-carry laws reduced both the frequency and the severity of mass public shootings; and to the extent to which mass shootings still occurred, they took place in those tiny areas in the states where permitted concealed handguns were not allowed."

* As the number of guns per person has increased, gun violence has declined. This is according to the Centers for Disease Control, which found that gun ownership increased by 56 percent, and yet gun violence declined by almost 50 percent between 1993 and 2003. If the premise of gun control zealots were correct, then wouldn't gun violence have increased during that period of time?

In brief: gun control doesn't reduce crime, or make us safer.  

Law-abiding citizens exercizing their Second Amendment rights are a more effective, more immediate, deterrent to crime than a truckload of new gun laws. You need to know it -- and pass the information on to your elected representatives, so they know it, too.