The article, “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?” was published in Harvard's Journal of Public Law and Policy, a publication headed by criminologist attorney Don B. Kates and Canadian criminologist professor Gary Mauser. What is shows is that political pressure for gun control doesn't work.
“There is a compound assertion that guns are uniquely available in the United States compared with other modern developed nations, which is why the United States has by far the highest murder rate. Although these assertions have been endlessly repeated, (the latter) is, in fact, false and (the former) is substantially so,” the authors wrote.
Comparing the U.S. with England, which banned most guns by the late 1990s, researchers found “a negative correlation” showing “where firearms are most dense violent crime rates are lowest, and where guns are least dense, violent crime rates are highest.”
That’s the same conclusion researchers with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences reached in a 2004 study, as did a U.S. Centers for Disease Control study the year before, Kates and Mauser wrote.
“Armed crime, never a problem in England, has now become one. Handguns are banned but the Kingdom has millions of illegal firearms,” they wrote. “Criminals have no trouble finding them and exhibit a new willingness to use them. In the decade after 1957, the use of guns in serious crime increased a hundredfold. In the late 1990s, England moved from stringent controls to a complete ban on all handguns and many types of long guns. Hundreds of thousands of guns were confiscated from those owners law-abiding enough to turn them in to authorities.”
At the same time, “despite constant and substantially increasing gun ownership, the United States saw progressive and dramatic reductions in criminal violence,” according to the Harvard study.
The narrative about guns contributing to violence in the U.S. is perpetuated by the media in coordination with gun control advocates, according to Scott Bach, president of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs told Belief Net.
“Criminologists of all political persuasions, in over a dozen studies,” writes Bach, “estimate that firearms are used for protection against criminals several hundred thousand to 2.5 million times per year, often without a shot fired.
This is another example of how liberals and gun-control advocates (who are often one in the same) are consistently ignoring statistics that prove them wrong, showing that their shameless use of tragedies in which guns are involved is nothing more than part of a never-ending agenda to disarm American citizens. In fact, there's even an official propaganda manual that instructs them to emotionally exploit major shooting incidents to further their goals. The issue will no doubt continue to become more heated over the next several months, as the 2016 presidential elections approach, which makes now the best time to start spreading the truth about the matter.