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Guns Decrease Crime Yet Again

March 9th, 2010

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In 2008 the Supreme Court struck down Washington D.C.’s gun ban. Liberals would have you believe D.C. was going to become the wild west. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said that more guns would cause more violent crime. Apparently they haven’t studied much history. Guns don’t cause crime, criminals do.

Between 2008 and 2009 the FBI says that murders fell by 8-10 percent. In D.C. they fell 25%. Coincidence? Maybe, but it certainly shows that violent crime didn’t soar and the city didn’t become the wild west.

As I’ve written before, guns aren’t the problem. Criminals are the problem. I’m not sure why this is a hard thing for politicians to understand, but the guy who is ok with shooting someone, doesn’t care about your gun law. It seems obvious to me, but lots of people just don’t get it. Allowing law abiding citizens their constitutional right to bear arms does not increase violence or crime. It does however allow them to protect themselves. It also scares criminals.

Criminals are just like you and I. They are interested in self preservation. A gun ban is perfect for them. It assures them that they will be better armed than any victim they find. If all of the “vicitms” are armed, things won’t go nearly as well for the criminals. This is why gun crime generally drops when gun bans are taken away.

Let me if you think the drop in murders is just a coincidence or if it has to do with the ban being lifted.

Author: Derek Clark Categories: Uncategorized Tags:
  1. Unreconstructed
    March 9th, 2010 at 10:19 | #1

    The uncertainty of a potential victim’s ability to defend himself certainly has an effect on a criminal’s mindset. Anecdotally this was true for me about a year ago. A fellow here in Memphis obviously re-thought his actions when I went into a defensive posture with my hand on my gun, which he never saw by the way. He turned and ran away, pipe still in hand. He was definitely a potential threat dissuaded by an alert and probably armed victim - one less statistic that day.

  2. Peter
    March 9th, 2010 at 16:51 | #2

    I agree having a ban just allows people who don’t care, the criminals, to only be more sure they will have the upper hand. I am all for safety of weapons and background checks to keep them out of dangerous hands but outright bans are ridiculous. Your statement above is straight forward and clear.

  3. March 9th, 2010 at 18:38 | #3

    Thanks for the comments guys, I obviously agree. One less statistic is a great thing. Background checks are fine with, it isn’t too much of an inconvenience. I’m not sure they do much good, just make it a little tougher to get a gun I guess. Pretty much anyone who wants a gun can get one though, so it mostly doesn’t matter. I just hate it when people think making it illegal will make guns go away. It just isn’t going to happen.

  4. Arnold29
    January 15th, 2011 at 23:49 | #4

    The uncertainty of a potential victim

  5. Avi91
    January 15th, 2011 at 23:54 | #5

    The uncertainty of a potential victim