Friday, January 03, 2014
New Study - Legal Concealed Carry Equals Fewer Murders
A new study conducted by Quinnipiac University came up with some interesting results for gun control fanatics.Not only do states that outlaw concealed carry by law abiding citizens have much higher gun-related murder rates, but that banning 'assault weapons' (to gun grabbers, anything semi-automatic with scary looking graphics and the ability to fire five shots out of its magazine)has no meaningful effect on gun murder rates. (h/t, Truth Revolt)
The study, conducted by Quinnipiac University's Mark Gius, was published in Applied Economics Letters, and used extensive data from a thirty-year period, 1980-2009. Here's Gius's summation of the results:
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. 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.
Gius also cites similar studies by John R. Lott and David B. Mustard.
It's actually an assault on common sense that such studies should be needed at all. People intent on breaking the law will always find or even make guns to do it if that's their tool of choice. The people at a disadvantage are law abiding citizens,their property and their families, who are given a choice of becoming criminals or remaining helpless.
To make it even simpler, answer these questions for yourself. If you were a criminal bent on robbing a convenience store, using a .38 as a persuader and then murdering any potential witnesses, where would you face the least risk of things going wrong? In New York City or Chicago? Or in Texas,where the
clerk, the guy in the stockroom in back and probably the forty-year-old matron over on aisle 3 are very likely carrying their own brand of lead-fueled deterrent and know how to use it?
If you and a co-perp break in and do a home invasion with rape, plunder and murder in mind, where would you be most likely to feel confident after you hear five shots about rushing and overpowering that terrified housewife before she can reload? In Los Angeles, where you know that's all the bullets she was able to legally have in her weapon? Or in Tulsa?
Here's a fun fact, by the way. The state with the loosest gun laws in America (including legal concealed carry) and the lowest per capita gun murder rate just happen to be the same...Vermont.