“The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” – Thomas Jefferson
I’ve been swamped and haven’t had time to post all the material that I’ve gathered over the last few weeks. I will try to group them in posts as makes sense. We’ll see how that goes.
I posted earlier about the FBI crime statistics database and an international database shows how the per capita rate of firearm homicides are statistically inversely proportional to the rate of gun ownership. I ran the statistical analysis myself off of the raw data presented. Since then, I found other articles that did the same.
Dr. John Lott, Jr., one of the leading experts in this area and author of the book More Guns, Less Crime, presented a great international summary on Investor’s Business Daily. According to Dr. Lott:
Much of Eastern Europe; most of Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa; all but one South American nation; and all of Central America and Mexico suffer even higher murder rates than we do. For example, despite very strict gun control, Russia’s and Brazil’s homicide rates over the last decade averaged about four to five times higher than ours.
Indeed, if you are going to look across all nations and not just a select few, what you find is that the nations with the strictest gun control tend to have higher murder rates.
Of course, even if you cherry pick Western Europe and South Africa, you find that the U.K. is the most violent country in the collection despite their near-prohibition on firearm ownership. The U.S. doesn’t even make the top 10. But what about the U.S. itself? Lott summarizes the data:
So what has happened when Americans have been allowed access to guns? Consider a simple fact. Concealed handgun permits and gun sales have been soaring over the last four years, as regular people have worried that Obama would push through gun control. Yet, murders and violent crime have been falling.
That isn’t just a recent phenomenon. If you look at the U.S. over the last few decades, even after accounting for other factors, the states that have had the biggest increases in concealed handgun permits and gun ownership have seen the biggest drops in murder and violent crime rates.
Gun control just does not work. Indeed, it makes things worse.
You won’t hear CNN touting that data.
I can see the difference right here in the Free Commonwealth of Virginia. According to the FBI, the overall violent crime rate for 2011 (latest data available) in gun-friendly Virginia is just 3.7 per 100,000 population. In our decidedly less gun-friendly border state of Maryland, the violent crime rate was 6.8 per 100,000 – almost twice Virginia’s. And the District of Columbia, which virtually banned all firearms before the Heller decision and now still makes it all but impossible for citizens to defend themselves, boasted 17.5 violent crimes per 100,000 population. How’s that gun control working there across the river?
DC likes to blame VA for its problems, but if the DC politicians were right, VA’s violent crime rate would dwarf DC’s because of all the firearms we have, plus we can freely and openly carry them! Oh, the humanity! Yet, in accordance with the FBI statistics, DC’s violent crime rate is almost 5 times that of gun-friendly VA. How can that be? Well, it must be something other than guns causing their crime. Perhaps it’s because they are the capital of Obamerica rather than part of the real America.
There is one thing that gun control accomplishes. According to one of our founding fathers, George Mason:
Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British parliament was advised by an artful man, [Sir William Keith] who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people. That it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them. [my bold]
I’m tired of gun-haters saying that our government would never do that. The U.S. government already has a record of doing exactly that:
Yep, the government will take care of you, just before your are either rounded up or massacred. Our founders knew better. Fear the government that fears your guns.