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GUN CONTROL DOES NOT MEAN LESS CRIME-JUST THE OPPOSITE

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The scientific value of a study can only be determined by examining how it was conducted, not by parroting its “conclusions.” This section is intended to make available the actual study rather than what people are saying about it.


The Failed Experiment: Gun Control and Public Safety in Canada, Australia, England and Wales

Authored by Gary Mauser, professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, this study examines crime trends in Commonwealth countries that have recently introduced firearm regulations: i.e., Great Britain, Australia, and Canada. The widely ignored key to evaluating firearm regulations is to examine trends in total violent crime, not just firearms crime. The United States provides a valuable point of comparison for assessing crime rates because its criminal justice system differs so drastically from those in Europe and the Commonwealth. Perhaps the most striking difference is that qualified citizens in the United States can carry concealed handguns for self-defense. The upshot is that violent crime rates, and homicide rates in particular, have been falling in the United States. The drop in the American crime rate is even more impressive when compared with the rest of the world. The study can be downloaded as a 304K pdf file.


International Crime Victim Surveys

From, of all places, the United Nations, comes this look at crime rates and victim attitudes for 17 major industrialized countries. What is of interest to gun owners is the not-so-surprising revelation that England now has the worst crime rate of all major countries. Following a near-total ban on civilian ownership of firearms, crime in England began to skyrocket. In the UN study, researchers found that nearly 55 crimes are committed per 100 people in England and Wales compared with an average of 35 per 100 in other industrialized countries. England and Wales also have the worst record for “very serious” offenses, recording 18 such crimes for every 100 inhabitants, followed by Australia with 16 (yet another country that has all but banned legitimate self-defense, thus creating a lucrative hunting ground for criminals). In typical UN layered-bureaucracy fashion, the ICVS is funded out of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, but the link is to the Dutch WODC (Research and Documentation Centre). Study data are available for download in English as Acrobat pdf files.


Northern Ireland Affairs — Fourth Report

More United Kingdom data. Found here is an interesting and comprehensive dichotomy involving the differing approaches to fireams ownership in Northern Ireland and England itself. Of particular interest is the “Minutes of Evidence” section, whereby Members of the House of Commons respond to questions about just how trustworthy folks are with these pesky guns.


Safe Storage Gun Laws: Accidental Deaths, Suicides, and Crime

Dr. John R. Lott of More Guns, Less Crime fame teamed with John E. Whitley of the University of Adelaide on this study of more than twenty years worth of “Lock Up Your Safety” madatory gun storage laws. They found no support at all for the usual gun banner claims that such laws will reduce juvenile accidental gun deaths and suicides. On the contrary, the data suggest that these laws appear to impair the ability of citizens to properly use their guns in self-defense. During the first five full years after the passage of the safe storage laws, the group of fifteen states that adopted these laws faced an annual average increase of over 300 more murders, 3,860 more rapes, 24,650 more robberies, and over 25,000 more aggravated assaults. On average, the annual costs borne by victims averaged over $2.6 billion as a result of lost productivity, out-of-pocket expenses, medical bills, and property losses. The link is to the abstract; the actual study available for download is a 238K Acrobat pdf file.


The Impact of Gun Laws on Police Deaths

This groundbreaking study, published in The Journal of Law and Economics, has discovered that states implementing concealed carry laws benefit the safety of police. The author, David B. Mustard of the University of Georgia’s Department of Economics, found that allowing law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons “does not endanger the lives of officers, and may help reduce their risk of being killed.” This is an Acrobat pdf file.


Urban Delinquency and Substance Abuse

From the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention within the U.S. Department of Justice comes this study focusing on crime, gang activity, and drug use among youths in cities. Of particular interest is page 18. The study showed that those youths who owned illegal guns are involved in street crime at a whopping 71% rate. By contrast, the government researchers admit that youths owning legal guns have a crime rate lower than those who own no guns at all! The link between the socialization of the family and instruction by fathers to legal gun ownership and low crime rates is mentioned. The thugs, of course, are getting their socialization “on the street.” This is an Acrobat pdf file.


Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms

A federal grant from the Clinton Justice Department went to two anti-gun scholars to fund this research project. Result: findings which support the work on defensive uses of firearms done by Dr. Gary Kleck of FSU. Kleck’s research has been unfairly vilified in the media, but now even anti-gun researchers are admitting to more than a million defensive uses per year. The above link is to a text version; the 20-page report is also available as an Adobe Acrobat file.


Crime, Deterrence, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns

This is the famous 1996 Lott and Mustard multi-year study which proves the link between concealed carry and the lowering of the crime rate. Several download options available.


Crime and Justice in the United States and England and Wales

This Clinton Department of Justice study looks at crime in the U.S. vs. the U.K. from 1981-1996. Gun control in England is nearly total, with yet another major ban passing in 1997. England’s attempts to control its society-wide crime problem with ever-more restrictive gun control have proven to be a dismal failure.


Uniform Crime Reports

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports. Most files available as .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) only.


Shall Issue: The New Wave of Concealed Handgun Permit Laws

One of the oldest studies, from October of 1994, relying heavily upon early Florida and Washington data.


Florida Concealed Weapons Statistical Report

From the Florida Department of State, updated monthly.


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March 19, 2008 - Posted by | Government, new world order | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. I have lived in two other countries besides the US. In Switzerland all male citizens are required to have a weapon. In Mexico, there are some rules and regulations, but one does have the right to own a gun. I have seen society and its attitude towards gun and gun control from three distinct countries.

    1 – Switzerland. The military is mandatory. One is compelled to serve boot camp and then 3 weeks every year through one’s fifties. The military issues you a gun upon entry into boot camp. That weapon is yours to keep at home. Every year you are required to return to service with THAT gun and ALL the ammunition originally issued to you. Failure to do so is a crime. I found that I never feared walking down the street, even at 3:00am and totally smashed. I always felt safe and secure.

    2 – Mexico. Reminded me of the Old West. Many, if not most, families have a weapon of some kind. It’s almost a status symbol. Often they keep it in their car so they can feel macho while they point it at another vehicle who “just did them wrong.” I was weary of my surroundings at all times there. I was even acosted once while walking home around midnight. A friend of mine wanted to “show me the awesome power of his .44 magnum” and shot it off in a small bodega. My ears rang for a week after that. The VP of maintenance of a company I worked for once showed me his new weapon for his night security crew – an UZI. I remember thinking, “What on Earth is so threatening here that he feels the need for an UZI for his night security crew?”

    3 – USA. Born and raised. I know a lot more about the US than any other country. I was also knifed twice and attacked several times. Of course, I’ve lived here longer and that needs to be taken into consideration. The gun enthusiasts in the US have lost nearly all sense of reasoning, IMHO. The battle cry for decades now is “We have a RIGHT to own guns. Guns for all.” Unfortunately, that statement in and of itself, is counterproductive. Let me show you how:

    1. The crime rate in the US is among the highest in the world. Even while decreasing some over the past decade, it still remains one of the MOST dangerous countries to live in. Only countries that are in the midst of wars are more dangerous. Look at the stats of any crime you wish, you will see the US at the top or close to it. This is a major warning signal that gun enthusiasts refuse to consider.

    2. By ridding the country of gun control, you are necessarily allowing people of the first group above to have ample and easy access to guns of all types. Look at the gun control in Switzerland. While every soldier is issued a gun by the military, it better stay pristine and never used, or the penalties are high. The controls placed on the citizens to own any other type of gun are extremely rigid. You cannot “just go to a local gun shop and buy a gun” without strict controls.

    3. This is perhaps the most important reason for gun control that I know of. In the US there are tens of thousands of people who are too unstable to own a gun. Most of them probably have some kind of criminal record. When these lunatics come into possession of guns we see things like what happened at Virginia Tech. Look around the world. Where else can you find such continual savagery with weapons in a country that’s not at war??

    Switzerland has a low homicide rate with guns not just because the laws are so strict, but rather because the citizenry there is not as crazy as in other nations. People are not disposed to imagine what joy it would be to kill a lot of people. The reason I felt so safe in Switzerland had nothing to do with their gun policy. Swiss crime rates rank among the lowest in the world. There aren’t that many crazies there period.

    There are a lot of crazies in Mexico. Their gun laws, though strict, do not prevent crazies from owning guns and shooting at people whenever their inner voice said to. The US is in that same boat. There are crazies out there in number and all of them are allowed to purchase guns because “our second amendment says so.” As a result, I definitely do not feel safer in the US than in Switzerland. The crime rate difference is astonishing enough as it is, but add to that the fact that mentally deranged people get to have all the guns they want. and you’ll understand why I am more fearful here than there.

    I do not advocate the total ban on weapons ownership. Rather, I advocate responsible gun ownership. I am not against every person’s right to own a gun, just every lunatic’s right to own a gun. Until gun advocates can understand that fundamental difference, we will continue to see horrific events like those that transpired at Virginia Tech.

    Comment by toeg | April 21, 2008 | Reply

  2. Classic anti-second amendment attempt “toeg”. “Hey trust me, I’m one of you.” (make gun owners think you are one of them) “But we must be REASONABLE.”(then tell them that as a gun owner, you feel gun owners must be more sensible, reasonable, or stop being so rabid about their rights)

    Do you feel that Free speech ZONES are reasonable? Where you can only speak out in certain areas far, far away from anyone with cameras, or far out of sight of what you are protesting? What about “reasonable restrictions” on what you can say or do? I mean burning a flag or burning Bush in effigy could be a crime. What if protests were deemed to be non-peaceful assembly, and thus outlawed? Did you enjoy Tiananmen Square?

    The problem with both the REASONABLE approach is that the word REASONABLE is subjective and the 2nd amendment was clearly not. The second amendment was quite as clear as the first, and I find it as reasonable as I care to get. the real problem lies with you anti-second amendment loons who try to pretend you are a gun owner to convince real gun owners that they are “out of touch”.

    I think I’ll start pretending to be a journalist and start telling folks we must reasonably restrict, to we avoid all political pieces. Since they always seem to contain a slant, and that then can become misinformation, it is thus irresponsible use of the first amendment.

    Comment by deaconkharmafuture1 | March 31, 2009 | Reply

  3. DeaconKharmaFuture1, I didn’t read anything about Toeg owning a gun or trying to sound like one of us. Nor did I read anything about being “reasonable.” I DID read him/her say that he/she does “not advocate the total ban on weapons ownership. Rather, [a] responsible gun ownership.” I also read some pretty compelling reasons with clear examples that support his/her argument. Finally, I don’t understand how or why you jump to the 1st ammendment in your reply. No one is challenging this. And, the 1st and 2nd ammendments to the constitution address 2 clearly different issues. Quite frankly, I don’t think you should engage in debates unless you 1. engage with an open mind 2. approach debate as an opportunity to actually learn from a different point of view 3. Read or Listen to other point of view carefully 4. substantiate your point of view (preferably with data or examples). You don’t do “your side” any favors when you rant and rave (get emotional) in an intellectual debate.

    Comment by SickandTired | May 18, 2009 | Reply


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