Continuing the second “Cost of Gun Control” series with the next State in alphabetical order, Connecticut, we will again see the State fit the profile of a gun control venue as the key dates and rates are noted.
As usual with this series, all crime numbers mentioned here are from the FBI Uniform Crime Report,either from the printed or internet editions,or from this spreadsheet, maintained by the Disaster Center.
There are multiple objectives in this series, the primary one being to demonstrate that the universal increase in all forms of crime when restrictive gun laws cannot be a result of coincidence. Since each State has different income levels as well as different demographics, the probability that crime rates will rise and fall in lockstep immediately after imposing or repealing a restrictive gun law are extremely remote. When you have hundreds of such “coincidences” crediting other factors than gun control becomes statistically impossible. A subject we will return to after we look at Colorado’s gun laws and crime numbers.
Connecticut is one of America’s most affluent States, ranking fourth with a mean income of more than $70,000 a year. As you would expect from that number, overall crime rates are far lower than the national average, since high earners seldom resort to violence or other forms of crime. Still, Connecticut was once had var lower crime rates and totals than the State has now.
Crime rate have closely tracked the key dates that have sent crime rates soaring in other States.
The key dates and violent crime numbers are:
1960, the 27th year of a long term decline in crime following the repeal of Prohibition when the violent Nutmeg State Police reported just 928 violent crimes to the FBI.
1963,the year the entertainment industry began a nationwide gun ban campaign;when Connecticut Police reported 1,192 violent crimes to the FBI.
1964,the first full year of Hollywood’s gun ban campaign, when Connecticut police repaorted 1,773 sch crimes t the FBI.
1968, the full year of Hollywood’s gun ban campaign, and the year the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 was imposed and Connecticut’s Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) reported 3,825 violent crimes to the FBI.
1969, the first full year of Federal gun controls Connecticut LEA’s reported 4,415 violent crimes to the FBI:
1973, the fifth full year of Federal gun controls, which saw Connecticut agencies report 6,421 violent crimes to the FBI.
1990, the peak year for violent crime in Connecticut, with Handgun Control Inc’s “Assault weapons Ban Campaign at its most intense, Connecticut authorities reported 10.2-` violent crimes to the FBI.
Gun owners and those who wanted to buy guns realized the left was serous about ending gun manufacture and sales, and began buying defensive weapons instead of sporting and target arms, driving down the State’s violent crime rates.
You can confirm these numbers at the link in the second paragraph of this essay, or by consulting the FBI Uniform Crime Report, which many Police Departments maintain at their headquarters.
As you can see from the chart below, violent crime rates rose in 204, 2015, and from preliminary numbers, in 2016 as a result of new gun restrictions imposed in 2013.
At this point, let me point out that in 1960 only 46.5 percent of Connecticut’s homicides were gun related, but by 1968 69.6 percent of the State’s homicides were gun related. For 2015,the latest year official data is available, Connecticut LEAs reported 107 murders, of which 73 or 68.3%, of murders were firearm related.
Let me also not that Connecticut shares with Colorado and other States that the names and addresses of murder victims total more substantially more than the official body count.
With that, here is the chart documenting the increase in violent crime rates resulting from gun control legislation:
AS you can see, for the first 13 years of the chart tracking violent crime from 1950,Connecticut’s violent crime rates were in a slow decline that began in 1933. From the inception of the entertainment in1933, at the end of Prohibition.
And why is there a decline in the violent crime in 2014? Let’s look t anther chart, this wone with the number of “aggravated assaults” in red and robberies in blue:
IT seems young people would rather st at home and play MMORG Games than get out and fight over a young lady’s attentions at the manly art of beating the stew of of a rival.
Of course, homicide is a part of violent crime: and Colorado’s homicide rates also reflect the low preponderance of low violence demographic groups:
And for completeness,here is how Connecticut’s homicide rate reacted to the restrictive laws called “gun control:”
It should be obvious that both State and Federal gun controls have driven up Connecticut’s violent crime rates. Despite the wild claims of gun control such as current governor “Gun Ban” Malloy crime is not down, it is up. No one is safer, they are at more risk of being criminally victimized. Therefore, Connecticut’s vaunted gun controls are a failure,as are the Federal laws that also apply to the Nutmeg State.
What is the probability that these, and the rise and fall in the other States covered so far in this series “happened by accident?” We are getting to the edge of named numbers, except for Googol and googolplex. For all intents and purposes, adding the probability agianst coincidence for one more State will be adding an infinity to an infinity. at this point, numbers become meaningless.
Obviously, Connecticut has paid a terrible price for its failed experiment in gun control, beginning with $2,200,000,000 for each excess homicide, the cost of medial tratement resulting from gun control at a mean cost of $37,000 for each extra person shot or cut, the cost of disability and continuing medical care, the cost of goods disappeared, damaged or stolen, as well as the cost of extra security, added law enforcement,prosecution,prisons,and probation and parole.
The estimated cost of Connecticut’s gun control is a staggering $55,900,000,000 and climbing by the second. That is far too high a price for a nation to pay for a series of laws that only make matters worse.
It is time for Congress to do wht it is paid to do,and preempt all State and Federal gun laws that exceed current Federal gun restrictions, i institute a study of existing gun laws and forbid any laws modeled on failed gun laws; as well as impose a reasonable fine,at least $100,000 a day,on those who attempt to enforce preempted gun laws,or to craft new laws to evade Federal preemption.
Lives are too valuable to waste just because someone thinks it would be a good idea.