Can You Control Crime Rates With Gun Control?

Someone with a Provo URL asks “can you really control crime rates with gun control.”

Well, while we only have 57,763 samples every restrictive gun law that has been regularly enforced has driven up crime rates. Even the laws that were selectively enforced, such as banning Jews from gun possession.

On the other hand ever permissive gun laws has resulted in lower crime rates involved, primarily economic factors.

There is not a hard and fast “Require State permission to purchase a gun and crime will increase by 15.33 percent” rise because there are other factors,

With enough effort we can predict within a few percent what the effects of a given law will be, assuming the law is vigorously enforced.

So yes, you can raise crime rates with restrictive gun laws, and reduce crime rates, both within a range of rates

The lowest long term murder rates I have personally verified were in the last third of the 19th Century in the United STates and England, with long term rates hovering close to seven murders per million population, a rate of 7 per million population or 0.8 per 100,000. At the time and place restrictive gun laws were virtually non-extant.

The highest highest homicide rate I am familiar with and have verified were after tragedies such as the Holodomor, when a disarmed population was systematically slaughtered, or as in the case of the Holodomor, starved to death. Those rates topped 90,000 per 100,000 but are considered genocide, rather than a criminal act,

For post gun control laws, the highest official number is 165 per 100,000 after east European gun bans.

Unofficially, Venezuela has a murder rate of close to 225 per 100,000, after a double gun ban, and reports from Asia suggest murder rates of 500 or more per 100,000 population after forcible confiscation.

But around the world and back again, the effect of restrictive gun laws has been to send crime rates soaring, and the effect of permissive gun laws, or no gun laws, has been to bring crime rates to very low levels.


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