Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Myth: Gun Control Stops Crime

[Updated and moved to the top. It seems someone is busy picking nits about the graphic in Stossel's video, so I went and looked at the raw data. It is all in the comments.

Update 2 - I created the graphs that should have been in Stossel's video - they are below.]

John Stossel debunks Gun Control

via John Lott

And speaking of John Lott, here's some of what he had to say regarding the National Academy of Sciences report on gun control (which John Stossel mentions) when it came out. Anti-Gun Academics by John R. Lott, Jr.
The big news is that the academy’s panel couldn’t identify any benefits of the decades-long effort to reduce crime and injury by restricting gun ownership.
From the assault-weapons ban to the Brady Act to one-gun-a-month restrictions to gun locks, nothing worked.
Update: The images below are what should have been in Stossel's video. Click the images for a better view

Washington, DC Data
National Data

The DC gun ban was enacted in 1976. The whole point of what was said in the video is that the gun ban reduced neither the violent crime rate in DC, nor the murder rate in DC. If it had any impact, that impact was to increase the rate of violent crime. (I love living in the information age!)

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