Jamaica Boasts Gun Control Success, But Forgets The Record

Jamaica is a beautiful Caribbean island with a population of just under three million, and a mean homicide rate under gun control of 53.2 per 100,000 population.

Since draconian gun laws were imposed, the island’s 150 or so murders have ballooned to as many as 1800, with far more homicides reported in the media than reported by the police.

The drug trade that drove those high crime and homicide rates has largely shifted to Mexico and oiur wide open b orders instead boats in the Caribbean and Gulf, so murder totals have dropped somewhat.

Here is an overview of from the Jamaica Observer, a respected news source:

The Jamaica Constabulary Force said the country had at least 1,192 slayings in 2015, a roughly 20 percent increase from the previous year. There were 1,005 killings in 2014, the lowest annual total since 2003 in this country that has long struggled with violent crime.

By any reasonable standard, Jamaica’s restrictive gun laws are an abject failure, producing a sharp rise in crime and homicide rates, not a decline.


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