The Relationship Between Murder And Gun Control

“William Joyce” says that I am always talking about the relationship between gun control and murder but never explain it.

Very well, Lord Haw Haw, let me see what I could do. Starting with the fact that that guns were rare and expensive until the fila quarter of the 15th Century. They did not become cheap enough for a prosperous merchant to afford until approximately 1470, and teh first known restrictive gun law was a fiat issued by Duke Eberhard I of Wurttemberg in 1495.

That edict resulted in Eberhard’s removal, and was generally ignored by those able to afford guns. The chart below was snatched off the internet, on a search for “historic murder rates.” The scale is logarithmic, and goes from 1 to 100. It clearly shows that murder rates, probably in Central Europe, declined, and by how far, as guns became more common:

Earlier murder rates were even higher. In 1000 London was a thriving city of 10,000 population that regularly buried 20 to 25 murder victims, rats of 200 to 250 per 100,000 population. That same year, Edinburgh had a total of 48 murders, and a smaller population.

As far as history goes, from the time guns became cheap enough for a wealthy peasant to aford a gun, crime started drop dropping, with murder rates dropping to the 0.5 to 1.2 per 100,000 population numbers characteristic of societies in which almost every homeowner and a high percentage of passers by are armed.

Before the gun control panic of 1905-06 drove homicide and violent crime rates almost vertically, the United States had similar murder rates. The chart below, from DOJ and Census data, shows what happens when gun control laws are imposed:

While the charts above are representative, in that increasing the number of guns in citizens hands and restrictivng citizens access to firearms alsays have the same result, there are substantial variations in the rate of increase or decrease. A good economy and relative prosperity will moderte the rate of increase, while tough financial conditions will cause an increase in the rate gun control related crime increases.

Therefore, it takes careful analysis of both demographics and gthe economics of an area covered by a gun control law to make a reasonably accurate estimate of the results of any gun control legislation.

However, in general the results will be the same as the ones that have already been imosed. Those “field experiments with restrictive gun laws” have always resulted in more crime, more violence, and more demads for gun control. On the other hand permissive gun laws have invariably sent violent crime rtes tumbling.

At that is the relationship between violent crime, mruder, and gun control.


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