More Gun Laws, More Crime

Counting only the incidents with at least two casualties, there were 179 such crimes between 1966 and 2010. In the 1980s, there were 18. In the 1990s, there were 54. In the 2000s, there were 87.

If you count only such crimes in which five or more victims were killed, there were six in the 1980s and 19 in the 2000s.

Why the increase? It cannot be because gun-control laws have become more lax‚Ķgun controls today are far stricter than at the time when “active shooters” were rare.

Entire piece by David Kopel in the Wall Street Journal worth reading.

Comments (8)

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  1. steve says:

    We have more people and more guns also. Chose your correlation. Pretty easy to find counter examples.

    Steve

  2. Jeff says:

    Kopel is always good. Great editorial.

  3. Nancy says:

    Agree. More gun laws will not solve this problem.

  4. Stephen C. says:

    Good post and good Kopel editorial.

  5. Kyle says:

    Average casualty rates for active shooter incidents is much lower when CCL holders intervene.

    Gun laws did work for the CT shooter. I read that he applied to purchase a weapon and was denied. He obtained his illegally.

  6. August says:

    I’m with steve on this. I’m pretty sure more gun laws don’t cause mass shootings.

  7. NotMyUsualHandle says:

    Why the increase?

    My guess is smaller families.

  8. Duane Voorheis Jr says:

    Instead of waiting for the congress to enact laws banning certain types of guns, high capacity magazines or insisting that everyone has to have a background check before buying a gun (no matter where they buy it). We should have gun control measures put on the election ballot and have people vote on them as election propositions. I think that then we would be able get the gun control laws that the people want to have.