My colleague and friend, noted economist Dr. John Lott has been telling anyone who would listen for the past decade and a half that more guns in law-abiding hands (especially when carried) result in lower crime rates. His data driven argument flies in the face of liberal claims that more guns result in more violence and crime — and when it is proof vs. liberal dogma, for the mainstream media, the dogma always wins.
This being said, it is with great joy that I get to tweak gun control advocates and anti-gun politicians noses once again with continuing proof that more guns and lower crime rates are compatible (and plausibly have a causative connection).
This week the Pew Research Center released a widely cited study demonstrating that crime involving firearms has declined by almost half over the past twenty years. If gun control advocates were correct, then the number of guns in private hands should have fallen dramatically over this time period, but in fact, just the opposite has occurred. The number of privately held guns has soared from approximately 220 million to more than 300 million over the same time period.
Indeed, in recent years under President Obama, while violent crime and murder has continued to decline, gun sales have regularly hit record year over year and month over month highs and now all states but Illinois allow the concealed carry of firearms.
John, take a bow and shout out a loud “I told you so!”