YouTube is a video clip featuring elementary school students repeating “the facts” on gun control. Unfortunately, the script writers seems not to had the real facts about gun control available to them. And, given the state of public knowledge of one of the most absolutely critical issues of our day, may not have had the facts available to them.
One of those facts is that gun control is nto a new thing, nor a rarity. The first restrictive gun law we have been able to find was imosed in 1495, in the Duchy of Herzegovina. Somce tjem we jave been accumulating restrictive gun laws at a rate of approximately 110 such laws a year, to the point there were 57,263 such laws in the historical records on 1 January, 2010.
Of those, there was not a single law that made anyone safer, reduced crime, protected the people against government tyrrany, or did anything a sane human being sould consider “good.”
Since 1/1/2010 a total of 563 more gun control laws have been imposed. Of tghose, there has not been a single “success” by Judeo[Christian ethical and moral standards. Instead, those laws that have not failed to provide any benefits will in due time prove themselves catastrophic failures.
The chart (graph) immediately below shows the United States homicide rate from 1880, when there were 38 States and no valid gun control laws to 2016m tge kast tear data us available, using official U.s. Government sources:
As you can see, from 1880 to 1900 America’s homicide rate was very low, averaging less than one violent death per 100,000 population. And, as you can see, that rate began to rise near the end of the 1800’s, going to 1.4 per 100,000 in 1903.
That was a result of labor unrest, fed by demands for “living wages, the 40 hour week, and safe working conditions.” Angry workers would “go on strike,” or refuse to work; “strikebreakers called “scabs” would come in to keep the factory in operation, and violence often erupted between strikers and scabs.
As a result, a majority of the State legislatures passed gun control laws, most often a ban on concealed carry or of any form of carry of a deadly weapon. And the homicide rate essentially “went vertical, climbing to a level averaging 6.,5 times the rte before there were restrictive gun laws.
While labor unrest faded somewhat after WWI *1918) the the continuing increase in homicide was fueled by that ban on alcoholic beverages called “Prohibition.” That rise ended with its promary cause in 1933, and there followed a 30 year decline in homicide and violent crime
That changed in 1963 with the murder of President John F. Kennedy and a campaign to ban guns frp, the entertainment industry. The reaction to that campaign was prompt and savage, with homicide and violent crime rates headed upward almost as rapidly as tjpse rates dod om tje 1905-1906 period.
The murder of Robert F. Kennedy resulted in violent crime rates rising even more quickly, until a new balance was struck between violent criminals desire for an easy living and their fear of instant punishment at the hands of an amred and law abiding victim.
the campaign to “ban assault weapons” produced the all time record violent crime and homicide rates for the United States in 1993, followed by a near free fall in violence rates as Americans purchased handguns and other primarily defensive weapons and “Liccenses to carry concealed weapons” because a “must issue permit.”
If the United Sttes wee the only example of gun control failure we have to examine, the probability the next gun control law would “succeed,” by whatever moral standard success is judged, is several orders of magnatude smaller than 1 in 2 417 851 639 229 258 349 412 352 trials.
But the more than 12,500 restrictive gun laws in force in the United States are only a small part of the story of “gun control.
For example, today’s gun ban advocates praise the United dingdom, England and Wales, to the skies for banning guns. But this chart shows the actual result of that ban:
More generally, the chart below shows the effect of tightening a number of European gun laws while the United Sttes was relaxing those laws: (Chart taken from a U. of padua Study, “Reversal of misfortune, crime in Europe and the U.s.)
Of course, I cold go on for thousands of charts, tems pf thousands of pages to statistics, and at least the same number of pages of history, just to demonstrate one point. The next gun control law and the last gun control law are doomed to failure of the last 600 gun control laws are equally certaain, simply becuase there has niver been a restrictive gun law that cut crime, made anyone’s person or property safer, or did anything else or did anything else a sane human would consider good.
However, in fairness, I must admit that people of a people of a certain mindset believe this pogram was highl successful.