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One of the gun control lobby's favorite arguments is that common, law-abiding gun owners will use their weapons to commit violent crimes against others in a fit of passion or rage. This argument, especially when it comes to harming family members or even strangers, is, again, simply untrue. The gun control lobby, again, cherry picks statistics and publishes this information outside the careful eyes of the academic peer-review process. To prove whether or not common, law-abiding gun owners use their guns to frequently commit violent crimes, we only need to examine the government sourced statistics from a State in our Union that allows for its common, law-abiding citizens to freely carry firearms in a public setting. States such as Florida, which is a "shall-issue" concealed carry State, publish very detailed statistics that speak directly to the heart of this matter. Allow me to demonstrate.
Out of 1,808,526 CCWs issued over 23 years, only 167 CCW permit holders ever used a firearm in a crime. That is well below one in every 10,000 (10,829 to be exact). Compared to the rest of the general population, armed citizens are model citizens. In fact, if you take a look into the statistics about how often police officers commit crimes in comparison to CCW permit holders in Florida, you might just be surprised at the results.
July 12, 2010 at 2:14 p.m.
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Those who could be better informed about this subject have been educating themselves about this topic with 30 second sound bites dominated by the gun control lobby for the last 20 years. The facts simply do not reflect the gun control lobby's assertions that more guns equals more crime. In fact, more guns in the hands of common, law-abiding citizens in society clearly equals less violent crime.
For an accurate assessment of the facts behind gun ownership here in the US, abroad in Europe and in Asia, one should take a close look at peer-reviewed, academic research studies that have been conducted on the subject. Allow me to provide you with an example of one such study.
The Mauser-Kates Study, "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International Evidence", was academically peer reviewed and then published on Volume 30, Number 2 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (pp. 649-694).
A few quotes from the study will substantiate the statements I am making above:
“Whether gun availability be viewed as a cause or as a mere coincidence, the long term macrocosmic evidence is that gun ownership spread widely throughout societies consistently correlates with stable or declining murder rates. This pattern simply cannot be squared with the mantra that more guns = more death and fewer guns = less. Whether causative or not, the consistent international pattern is that more guns = less murder and other violent crime.” (Page 33)
“As of 2006, 40 states have adopted laws under which guns became vastly more available to law abiding, responsible adults, i.e., 3.5 million Americans are legally entitled not just to keep guns in their homes but to carry concealed handguns with them wherever they go. But this has not resulted in more murder or violent crime in these states. Rather adoption of these statutes has been followed by very significant reduction in murder and violence in those states.” (Pages 14-15)
“Over a decade ago University of Washington public health professor Brandon Centerwall undertook an extensive, statistically sophisticated study comparing areas in the U.S. and Canada to determine whether Canada's much more restrictive policies had better contained criminal violence. When he published his results it was with the admonition:
If you are surprised by my findings, so are we. We did not begin this research with any intent to "exonerate" handguns, but there it is -- a negative finding, to be sure, but a negative finding is nevertheless a positive contribution. It directs us where NOT to aim public health resources” (Pages 98-99)
(Study by Brandon Centerwall referenced above is called, “Homicide and the Prevalence of Handguns: Canada and the United States, 1976 to 1980”, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 134 No. 11:1245-1260)
July 12, 2010 at 11:27 a.m.
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