The Inconvenient Truth About Soaring Gun Ownership

Michael Medved

8/3/2012 1:37:00 PM - Michael Medved
The inevitable aftermath of the Colorado movie massacre includes strident leftist calls for new restrictions on firearms. Aside from the illogical idea that people planning to break laws against murder won’t violate rules on gun purchases, there’s no evidence that rising gun ownership brings more crime. Liberals acknowledge that for thirty years we’ve seen relaxed fire arm restrictions and more guns in private hands—even while murder rates plummeted by more than half from a peak of 10.7 per 100,000 people in 1980 to only 4.8 now—a far more rapid reduction than Canada, where guns are tightly regulated. Soaring gun ownership isn’t correlated with more crime, so why expect that limiting guns will bring less crime? As H.L. Mencken said: “For every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, neat and wrong.”