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Question: What does the title mean: More Guns, Less Crime?
John R. Lott, Jr.: States with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes. Thirty-one states now have such laws—called “shall-issue” laws. These laws allow adults the right to carry concealed handguns if they do not have a criminal record or a history of significant mental illness.
Question: It just seems to defy common sense that crimes likely to involve guns would be reduced by allowing more people to carry guns. How do you explain the results?
Lott: Criminals are deterred by higher penalties. Just as higher arrest and conviction rates deter crime, so does the risk that someone committing a crime will confront someone able to defend him or herself. There is a strong negative relationship between the number of law-abiding citizens with permits and the crime rate—as more people obtain permits there is a greater decline in violent crime rates. For each additional year that a concealed handgun law is in effect the murder rate declines by 3 percent, rape by 2 percent, and robberies by over 2 percent.
Concealed handgun laws reduce violent crime for two reasons. First, they reduce the number of attempted crimes because criminals are uncertain which potential victims can defend themselves. Second, victims who have guns are in a much better position to defend themselves.
Question: What is the basis for these numbers?
Lott: The analysis is based on data for all 3,054 counties in the United States during 18 years from 1977 to 1994.
Why do more guns = less crime ?
Because the 'solution' to 'bad' people with guns.
To call the 'good' guys with guns.
edit on 4-4-2014 by neo96 because: (no reason given)
This is what people to remember:
reply to post by neo96
Perhaps, but they'll at least think twice when they come for me.
Once you are not feared as a man anymore, you are no longer a man......
Might want to take Canada as an example...
Little to no guns, little to no gun violence... except by a few idiots, and cops...
Works for us... why not for the US as well?
I think you only have to look at cities with draconian gun laws... ie. Washington D.C., New York, Chicago and compare them with cities that allow concealed/open carry ie. Phoenix, Houston, even Seattle. Compare the rates of gun violence between the two and it is quite telling. Gun control turns citizens into victims. The deadliest shooting are always in "gun free zones", (Columbine, Sandy Hook, Ft. Hood) as the shooter has a reasonable assurance that no one will be shooting back...