Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

More Guns, Less Murder?

Friday, September 13, 2013

"Stampede" would only slightly exaggerate the speed with which anti-gun public health researchers responded to President Obama's call for $10 million to fund "gun violence" research earlier this year. Within a short time, gun control-supporting number-crunchers who had been given tax dollars to produce "studies" promoting gun control in the 1990s, before Congress turned off the spigot, assembled in Washington, D.C., to compile a wish list of topics they want to be paid to "study" today.

This week, Boston University researchers chimed in too, releasing a study to be published soon in the American Journal of Public Health, claiming to have found "a robust correlation between higher levels of gun ownership and higher firearm homicide rates."

Gun control advocates may want to hold off on popping champagne corks to celebrate, however. The study did not conclude that there is any cause-and-effect relationship between gun ownership and gun homicides. The same was true of a similar study, released by Boston Children's Hospital earlier this year, leading even Garen Wintemute--one of the most anti-gun public health researchers in America--to say "Policy makers can draw no conclusions from this study."

Additionally, over the 1981-2010 period considered by the new study--during which restrictions on carrying firearms and many other gun control laws were eliminated or ameliorated at the federal, state and local levels, and the number of privately owned guns in the United States rose by about 150 million--the U.S. firearm murder rate declined 48 percent.

Furthermore, gun ownership levels do not correlate to the percentage of murders committed with firearms. Consider the following examples: The District of Columbia, with about one-tenth the per capita gun ownership of Louisiana, had the same percentage of murders with guns between 1980-2011. Illinois, with less than half the gun ownership of Kentucky, had a slightly higher percentage of murders with guns. Maryland, with about half the gun ownership of Tennessee, had a slightly higher percentage of murders with guns. Connecticut and New York, with less than half the gun ownership of North Carolina, had about the same percentage of murders with guns. California, with two-thirds the gun ownership of Texas, had a greater percentage of murders with guns. Hawaii, with less than one-sixth the gun ownership of South Dakota, had a just slightly lower percentage of murders with guns.

Also, during the five years 2007-2011, as compared to the five years 1980-1984, the greatest decline in firearm murder rates occurred in Alaska, Texas, and Wyoming (states with relatively non-restrictive gun laws) and Hawaii and New York (states with particularly restrictive gun laws). The greatest increases occurred in Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Jersey (states with restrictive laws) and in Pennsylvania (which has relatively non-restrictive laws laws). Arizona and Louisiana had better trends than Connecticut and Rhode Island. Utah, Nevada and Idaho had better trends than California.

To the Boston researchers we would say "nice try," but that, too, would be exaggerating.

TRENDING NOW
“Fact Checker:” Joe Biden’s “Gun Ban” Not a Gun Ban Because Some Guns Wouldn’t Be Banned

News  

Monday, July 15, 2019

“Fact Checker:” Joe Biden’s “Gun Ban” Not a Gun Ban Because Some Guns Wouldn’t Be Banned

Facebook has teamed up with what it calls “third-party fact-checkers” to punish users of its platform that post information embarrassing or inconvenient to the political outlook of its principals. Yet like most sources of what ...

Hollywood Fantasy v. Reality on Firearm Suppressors

News  

Monday, July 15, 2019

Hollywood Fantasy v. Reality on Firearm Suppressors

It’s no secret that Hollywood has a very loose relationship with reality.  The movie industry, after all, is based on fantasy and escapism, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  If someone wants to forget ...

California: City of San Diego Considers Gun Control Ordinance

Friday, July 12, 2019

California: City of San Diego Considers Gun Control Ordinance

San Diego City Attorney, Mara Elliott has asked the City Council to consider a draft ordinance that would require mandatory locked storage of firearms in the home and would propose a conflicting law regarding the reporting of ...

Presidential Pretender Who Campaigned on Gun Control First to Call It Quits

News  

Monday, July 15, 2019

Presidential Pretender Who Campaigned on Gun Control First to Call It Quits

On Monday, Eric Swalwell became the first of the many pretenders for the Democrat presidential nomination to bow (or perhaps slink) out of the race. The U.S. Congressman from California’s 15th District had tried to distinguish himself from ...

California: Injunction Request to be Filed in Lawsuit Challenging California Ammo Law

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

California: Injunction Request to be Filed in Lawsuit Challenging California Ammo Law

CRPA, with the support of NRA, challenged the ammunition background check law in court months ago with the filing of the Rhode v. Becerra case. The lead plaintiff in the case is Olympic gold medalist shooter ...

Hawaii: Governor Ige Signs Anti-Gun Legislation

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Hawaii: Governor Ige Signs Anti-Gun Legislation

On July 9th, Governor David Ige signed the final remaining anti-gun bill awaiting his consideration, Senate Bill 600. This comes on the heels of him signing Senate Bill 1466 on June 27th. 

Vox Wants to Take Your Guns

News  

Monday, July 8, 2019

Vox Wants to Take Your Guns

A conspiracy relies on secrecy. Some are, perhaps, never uncovered. Others are exposed by the conspirators themselves, who cannot help but share the details whether from arrogance or anxiousness. For years, law-abiding gun owners and ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

NRA Statement On Virginia Special Session

News  

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

NRA Statement On Virginia Special Session

FAIRFAX, Va.–   The interim executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, Jason Ouimet, released the following statement today regarding the special session in Virginia:  "The National Rifle Association has a long ...

California: Legislature Breaks for Summer Recess

Sunday, July 14, 2019

California: Legislature Breaks for Summer Recess

The California Legislature has recessed for the summer and will return August 12 from the break. Last week, the following actions were taken by the Senate Public Safety Committee, Senate Natural Resources, and both the Senate ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.