Skip to comments.Gun ban' utopia creates violent crime increase
Posted on 03/07/2005 10:17:18 AM PST by 45Auto
The cure is worse than the disease
In a pattern that's repeated itself in Canada and Australia, violent crime has continued to go up in Great Britain despite a complete ban on handguns, most rifles and many shotguns. The broad ban that went into effect in 1997 was trumpeted by the British government as a cure for violent crime. The cure has proven to be much worse than the disease. Crime rates in England have skyrocketed since the ban was enacted. According to economist John Lott of the American Enterprise Institute, the violent crime rate has risen 69 percent since 1996, with robbery rising 45 percent and murders rising 54 percent. This is even more alarming when you consider that from 1993 to 1997 armed robberies had fallen by 50 percent. Recent information released by the British Home Office shows that trend is continuing.
Reports released in October 2004 indicate that during the second quarter of 2004, violent crime rose 11 percent; violence against persons rose 14 percent.
The British experience is further proof that gun bans don't reduce crime and, in fact, may increase it. The gun ban creates ready victims for criminals, denying law-abiding people the opportunity to defend themselves.
By contrast, the number of privately owned guns in the United States rises by about 5 million a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The number of guns owned by Americans is at an all-time high, fast approaching 300 million.
Meanwhile the FBI reports that in 2003 the nation's violent crime rate declined for the 12th straight year to a 27-year low. The FBI's figures are based on crimes reported to police. By comparison, the U.S. Department of Justice reported in September that, according to its annual national crime victim survey, violent crime reached a 30-year low in 2003.
Right-to-Carry states fared better than the rest of the country in 2003. On the whole, their total violent crime, murder and robbery rates were 6 percent, 2 percent and 23 percent lower respectively than the states and the District of Columbia where carrying a firearm for protection against criminals is prohibited or severely restricted. On average in Right-to-Carry states the total violent crime, murder, robbery and aggravated assault rates were lower by 27 percent, 32 percent, 45 percent and 20 percent respectively.
As usual, most of the states with the lowest violent crime rates are those with the least gun control, including those in the Rocky Mountain region, and Maine, New Hampshire and Ver-mont in the Northeast. The District of Columbia and Maryland, which have gun bans and other severe restrictions on gun purchase and ownership, retained their regrettable distinctions as having the highest murder and robbery rates.
An armed society is a polite society. - Robert Heinlein
If gun control doesn't work on an ISLAND......
This came out of a CA newspaper?
Geesh! When are the clueless of the world going to see the pattern?
"When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns" : Its not just a cliché any more!
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I can't even believe this crap is still debated. There's an abundance of emperical data provoing the failure of gun bans. Good grief.
That's why his recent remarks about gun control, published in Vanity Fair, have resonance.
"Gun Control? It's the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters. I want you to have nothing. If I'm a bad guy, I'm always gonna have a gun. Safety locks? You pull the trigger with a lock on, and I'll pull the trigger. We'll see who wins."
-- VANITY FAIR 9/99 page 165 Sammy the Bull Gavano
Outside of the heavily populated BLUE urban counties, California is a RED state.
"Crime" is only the excuse for all gun bans; the politicians really have in mind to install tyranny as soon as possible. The first step to that end is to disarm the citizenry.
Same here in IL ;-)
I'm all in favor of gun control. I like to see a small cluster centered on the target :)
It's GOOD to live in Colorado! (Make My Day)
Woohoo! Well, I'm doing my part. Some of the rest of you are slacking...
Criminal's not likely to perpetrate a crime on a vic if the criminal knows the vic could be carrying a weapon. These short-sighted pithy-a**ed gun control activists never learn.
And .. I believe crime is down in some cities by 54%. Part of that could be the 3-strikes laws which keep criminals in jail.
The statistics have been there for a long time, assidously ignored by the liberal media.
Take that, Sarah Brady!!!
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