NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


January 23, 2008

Anti-gun groups say if we outlaw guns, then crimes committed with guns will go away. That sounds nice, but when forced to deal with reality, these anti-gun ideas don't hold true.  In fact, they don't even lower the number of crimes committed, says the Daily Toreador.

Studies show more restrictions on citizens owning guns causes the crime rate to increase.

According to the National Center for Policy Analysis:

  • New Jersey adopted one of the most stringent gun laws in the nation in 1966; two years later the murder rate was up 46 percent and the robbery rate nearly had doubled.
  • After implementing a series of harsh anti-gun laws, Hawaii's murder rate tripled from 1968 to 1977.
  • Washington, D.C., imposed one of the most restrictive gun-control laws in the nation in 1976; since then, the city's murder rate has grown 134 percent.

It's not just the United States, either:

  • England banned private ownership of handguns in 1997; since then the number of people injured by firearms has more than doubled.
  • In 1996, Australia banned all semi-automatic guns and pump shotguns: after only 12 months, homicides had risen 3.2 percent, armed robbery was up 44 percent, and assaults were up 8.6 percent.
  • Prior to these new dictatorial gun-banning laws, these statistics had been dropping.

All of these statistics make sense when you think of citizens owning guns as a possible deterrent for criminals.  A criminal is more willing to commit a crime if he knows his victim is unarmed.  This is exactly what banning guns will do, says the Toreador.

Source: Brian Ridley, "Carrying guns will stop violent crimes," Daily Toreador, January 23, 2008.


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