Guns Figure

Darin H. Deem AptMaster at AOL.COM
Wed Sep 13 22:06:58 MDT 1995

Thought one or two of you might like this data.  Looks good to me.
>      In 1993, the most recent year for which crime data are
>available from the latest data from the FBI Uniform Crime Reports,
>states with favorable right to carry laws had a 22% lower overall
>violent crime rate, a 31% lower homicide rate, a 36% lower robbery
>rate, and a 14% lower aggravated assault rate than states that
>severely restrict or deny the right to carry firearms.  States with
>fair carry laws had a 29% lower overall firearm violent crime rate, a
>38% lower total firearm homicide rate, a 41% lower handgun homicide
>rate, a 38% lower firearm robbery rate, and a 19% lower firearm
>aggravated assault rate than restrictive states.
>Bogus "Study" Debunked
>       Yet those opposed to the right of law abiding citizens to
>defend themselves will go to any lengths. In March, 1995, certain
>researchers at the University of Maryland released a study, paid for
>with tax dollars by the federal Centers for Disease Control and
>Prevention, which often uses taxpayer money to fund anti-gun studies.
>The "study" claimed that gun homicide rates increased in Miami,
>Jacksonville and Tampa after Florida's carry law went into effect.
>Time magazine reported, however, that Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement
>Commissioner James T. Moore "says he has his doubts about the Maryland
>figures." For good reason. Total homicide rates declined 10%, 18%, and
>20%, respectively, in those metropolitan areas. The "study's" authors
>calculated Jacksonville and Tampa homicide trends from the early
>1970s, when homicide rates were lower than today, to create the false
>impression that Florida's 1987 carry law caused homicide to rise. But
>they calculated Miami's trend from 1983 forward, since homicide rates
>before 1983 were higher, and their inclusion in the comparison would
>have shown that the city's homicide rate decreased.
>       Moreover, none of the homicides addressed by the "study" were
>committed by carry license holders; the anti-gun researchers didn't
>even distinguish between homicides that occurred in situations where a
>license would be required to carry a firearm, versus those where a
>license would not be required. The "researchers'" use of "anti-gunner
>math" comes as no surprise. In a previous study, the same group
>claimed that Washington, D.C.'s homicide rate decreased sharply after
>its 1977 handgun ban. The fact is, D.C.'s homicide rate tripled after
>the ban.
Source: NRA

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