Despite a recent rash of high-profile shootings by apparently deranged individuals, the rates of both violent crimes and murders are down significantly in the United States. At the same time, gun-ownership is at an all-time high.
Since 1992, violent crimes and murders in the US are each down 49% while gun ownership about doubled in the same span. Meanwhile, across the “big pond” in England, private ownership of guns was banned in 1997. In the first four years after the ban, violent crime doubled in England and in 2011, the country was recently ranked the most violent country in Europe, also beating out the US and even South Africa, according to reports from the European Commission and United Nations.
In America, the cities with the strictest gun control laws also have the highest rates of gun-violence and murder. The empirical evidence can’t be denied: Disarming the law-abiding only serves to empower the criminals and create more victims.
The knee-jerk reaction of the president and some in Congress has been to push more gun controls in the wake of recent tragedies, like the Sandy Hook school shooting. This behavior is typical and sadly, appears to be just a cynical ploy to capitalize on tragedy to advance their anti-Second Amendment political agenda. As President Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel once said, “never let a crisis go to waste.”
Reducing magazine capacity, and banning cosmetic rifle features like pistol-grips aren’t measures that will prevent violent crimes. A person plotting murder isn’t going to care if his magazine holds more rounds than permitted by law, but a law-abiding citizen will be at a disadvantage if confronted by a violent criminal.
It’s not just Congress considering new gun control measures. Representative Michael Paymar (D-64B) and Senator Scott Dibble (D-61) are planning hearings on gun control proposals at the state Capitol next week.
Instead of taking guns out of the hands of the law-abiding (which all evidence shows would lead to increased violence), armed private security personnel stationed in schools and other vulnerable locations would stand a chance of stopping an attack and saving lives.
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