Gun ownership and violent crime

From Cato’s David Lampo writing in May 2000:

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The 31 states that have “shall issue” laws allowing private citizens to carry concealed weapons have, on average, a 24 percent lower violent crime rate, a 19 percent lower murder rate and a 39 percent lower robbery rate than states that forbid concealed weapons. In fact, the nine states with the lowest violent crime rates are all right-to-carry states. Remarkably, guns are used for self-defense more than 2 million times a year, three to five times the estimated number of violent crimes committed with guns.

Simon Gibbs

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  1 comment for “Gun ownership and violent crime

  1. Paul Marks
    Jan 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Quite so, But one wil not convince the “Gun Control” people with such facts – the Imperial Peace (with the forces of the God-Emperor having a monopoly or weapons) is a religion to them.

    Modern “liberalism” is really a return to the Imperial Cult (the elections and so make no fundemental difference).They even do the same thing that late Roman Law did – break down the distinction between private and state. Holding business enterprises to be “public” (meaning state), hence the doctrines of “common carrier” and “public accomodations” and so on.

    Ideas of the private right (of free people) to keep and bear arms are as likely to make an impact on “liberals” as the Republican idea that a business enterprise is PRIVATE PROPERTY.

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