Someone came by while I had fallen asleep in this chair again ssearching for “why are our crime rates so high.”
Coonsidering the United States very low rankings amng the world’s crime rates, it would make the situation clearer by asking “why our crime rates are so low.”
True enough, our 122nd place for murder is a long way from the bottom of the list of countries 195th place. Our 126th place for robbery can be improved. And our 133rd place of “aggravated assault” is a disgrace when everything is considered.
But our nation used to have very much lower crime rates. In fact, for six straight years, 29+2 to 1896, the U.S. placed among the ten lowest “incidence of crime” rates in the world.
But even at that time something was brewing that would eventually result in sky high murder and violent crime rates.
That something was labor violence. Demands for better working conditions and higher wages resulted in walouts and locckouts Factory owners brought in “scabs” to operate the factories, and hotheaded strikers responded with violence. Enough violence to noticeably raise the murder rate:
The situation came to a head in 19904 and 1905. when a number of “Progressive” (Socialist leaning) governors demeded “something be done” to suppress labor violence. Among those were gun controls, largely laws against concealed carry.
After that, the chart is pretty typical of all political entities that impose restrictive gun laws. And, judging by ancient writings, of crossbow, bow, sword, and knife controls through the ages.
It is unfortunate that most of the world’s crime data before 1950 is in formats that do not convert well to “robberies, Assault with a deadly weapon, rape, murder” format used by most contries today. The U.K.’s “”violence with injury; violence without injury” for “violent crime” is often difficult to convert.
However, since violent cirme rates usually tracks murder rates, we are not without a compass.
Here is New Jersey’s homicide rate since 1950 and it is easy to see when gun control was imposed:
The chart below is the U.K.’s violent crime rate, showing the results of a total ban on handguns and rifles, and with severe limits placed on shotguns after the 1998 Dunblane, Scotland mass murder:
It is easy to see when that gun ban went into effect, isn’t it.
The chart below was taken from a University of Paddua study totled, in Italian, “Reversal of Misfortune; the rise of crime in Europe as crime fell in the United States.” The chart shows what happened when American States wen t must issue concealed carry laws and relaxed some gun laws, compared to the EU’s demands for ever more stringent gun controls:
Between the charts, you have a representative sampling of the results of gun control. It does not matter where you go, what culture you drop into, the results of gun control are essentially the same. In South America, for example, showing the results of Venezuela’s gun bans, with the absolute ban on all guns in red:
I could go on with literally thousands of similar charts showing the results of gun control laws, decrees, or “agreements with the attorney general.”
But no matter how you slic3e that cheese it is still Limburger. The results of gun controls in any form whatever aare very much higher cirme rates – and the results of relaxitng gun laws is very much lower crime rates.
While there are other contributing factors, the primary reason our crime rates are not in the 150’s is the prevalence of restrictive gun laws.