Someone put a new twist on an old search with “gun violence up or down when laws repealed.”
Well, if Kennesaw, Georgia repealed the law tha has been holding Kennesaw’s crime rates down for some thirty years, a law requiring gun ownership, Kennesaw’s crime rates would rise.
But assuming the search is for the effects of repealing or softening restrictive gun laws, the chart below casts a great deal of light on the subject of the effects of repealing restrictive gun laws and criminal firearms use.
This chart is take from the Department of Justice’ Bureau of Justice Statistics of Criminal Victimization 2015, and shows the decline in criminal gun use as most States relaxed their gun laws:
As you can see, in 1993, 77 of every 1,000 criminal victimization’s involved a firearm, while the rate in 2015 was 22 per 1,000 criminal victimizations, a 70 percent decline in gun use for violent crime as gun laws were relaxed, preempted, or repealed.
At the same time criminal use of firearms was declining by 71 percent, violent crime rates dripped from 758 per 100,000 population to 383 per 100,000 population, a 48 percent decline in violent crime rates.
Clearly, criminals faced with extra risk from rising gun ownership rates brought on by relaxed gun laws are turning to other weapons, very often the “personal weapons,” the feet and hands that kill as many Americans as rifles and shotguns combined.
to conclude, these datasets demonstrate the link between more guns and less crime. Particularly violent crime.
It it is true, and the numbers show it is it is, that “An armed society is a polite society,” the numbers also show that A disarmed society is a very violent society.