HOt Air’s Taylor Millard has an item up calling for a debate on gun control.
While I generally agree with Mr. Millard, we should have a discussion of gun laws. Which ones work, which ones have failed, and then press for our laws to be brought into line with reality.
For the United States as a whole, here is reality:
(The red bars on the right side of the chart show the influence of current gun ban campaigns.)
Before there were restrictive gun laws, prior to the 1905-1906 gun control panic brought on by labor violence, most men carried a gun, and State Constitutions even had clauses guaranteeing that right.
When restrictive gun laws, most laws against concealed carry, came into vogue, violent crime rates went from 40 to 100 in two years, the murder rate went from 1.1 to 4.5 in three.
Without exception, every restrictive gun law has been a disaster, pushing crime rates sky high, without making anyone safer or reducing the incidence of politically motivated shootings.
So let’s by all means have a discussion on gun laws, and aim for the laws that result in the lowest possible crime and violence rates.