A new, in-depth study examined almost every single claim made in the defense of stricter gun control in America. In every single case examined, the statistics just don’t support any argument for tighter gun regulation.
The study, conducted by Quinnipiac University economist Mark Gius and published in the latest issue of the academic journal Applied Economics Letters, exhaustively examined 30 years of crime statistics to arrive at a simple conclusion: Stricter gun laws don’t result in a reduction in gun violence.
In fact, the reverse seems to be true. Gius concluded that allowing citizens to carry weapons actually reduces incidents of gun crime.
“Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states,” the study explains.
“It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level.”
“These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level,” it concludes.
Though gun control advocates will undoubtedly dispute Gius’ findings, Noah Rothman of Mediaite noted that the findings were largely consistent with those of John R. Lott and David B. Mustard, who conducted a controversial study in 1997 which found that conceal carry allowances deter violent crimes and do not lead to a statistically significant increase in accidental death.
President Obama organized a “gun task force” in December of 2012, shortly after the shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Their recommendations failed to produce any meaningful legislation, though some states have adopted bans on certain types of guns and ammunition. President Obama also ordered a CDC study on gun violence in January 2013. The results came in August of that year, and largely supported the other side of the argument.
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