What do you think happens when you give 1.8 million people the right to carry guns with them? If you’re a liberal or a gun-control advocate, you would probably imagine an epidemic of violence, crime, and anarchy.
Thankfully, conservatives know the truth. In the real world, being armed lowers crime, instead of increasing it. After a decrease in violent crime by 19 percent after 1.8 million concealed carry permits were issued, what further proof is needed that criminals are scared to commit violent crimes if their victims might be armed? (via Breitbart)
A study from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) has shown that murder rates have fallen by 12.5 percent, overall violent crime decreasing by 18 percent, coinciding with a massive 190 percent increase in adults who have gun permits.
According to the CPRC, concealed carry permit holders went up in 2016 by a record 1.83 million. They stated that “regression estimates show a significant association between increased permit ownership and a drop in murder and violent crime rates. Each one percentage point increase in rates of permit-holding is associated with a roughly 2.5 percent drop in the murder rate. This holds true even after accounting for incarceration rates, the number of police per capita, and other demographics.” (via Crime Prevention Research Center)
This comes as no surprise, as there is a plethora of data that shows tightening gun laws doesn’t reduce crime rates. Thomas Sowell, a famous conservative economist who studied under Milton Freidman, said that “Virtually all empirical studies in the United States show that tightening gun control laws has not reduced crime rates in general or murder rates in particular. Is this because only people opposed to gun control do empirical studies? Or is it because the facts uncovered in empirical studies make the arguments of gun control zealots untenable?” (via Townhall)
Some places in America with the strictest gun control laws are the most violent parts of our nation. However, gun control advocates don’t seem to be interested in dealing with facts presented by reputable sources, but rather only with emotional appeals.
Every society deals with criminals and the corresponding crime rate. Attempts to reason with criminals are largely unsuccessful, leaving force as the only option with which to deal with them.
Studies show a reduction in crime rates where gun control laws are few. Do you think gun control laws are useless in preventing crime?
If a criminal is aware that you might be carrying a gun, there is a smaller chance of him attempting to rob you for pocket change when in exchange he may forfeit his life.
The argument that stricter gun control laws will stop criminals is also moot. Criminals are called criminals because they committed a crime, also known as breaking the law. Criminals view gun control laws as just another law they will break.
Gun control laws effectively strip law-abiding citizens of the right and ability to protect themselves. The only way to ensure that the United States remains a free society, and to lower crime rates, is to allow citizens the right of self-defense, or as the Second Amendment states, the right to bear arms.
An abundance of law-abiding citizens carrying firearms makes for a safer America.