More On The Effect Of Imposing And Relaxing Gun Laws

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For the last two days, I have been comparing the results of strict gun controls with no such restrictions, and the results both of imposing and relaxing restrictive gun laws.

To start this post on a slightly different note, the Department of Justice chart immediately below tracks the US Homicide Rate from 1900 to 2000. You can see what the rate was in 1900, and the effect of gun laws passed without due consideration after a Western State governor wasmurdered with an explosive device.

As you can see, the homicide rate has a double hump, the first a result of the restrictive gun laws and the “bootlegger wars” of Prohibition. That ended in late 1933, when economic factors cut police manpoer to the point they had more important things to do than root around in citizens cars looking for guns.

The second hump started the last week of 1963, as an ostensible response to the murder of President Kennedy, but in reality because Hollywood was afraid that very violent programming already “in the can” would be relegated to late hours and small audiences.

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The first chart below shows the post-1960 homicide results from the District of columbia, a Federal Territory that is reported like a 51st State.

The rise in murder with the beginning of the gun ban campaign shows clerly, as did the flat period when the District enforced the laws it had instead of creating greater confidence among violent criminals also clearly shows. And then the spike when the District essentially banned both guns and ammunition is also clear. That law was so Draconian that a display cartridge with a hole drilled in it and no powder or primer would get you a years vacation in the District prison.

While a massive influx of Law Enforcement personnel eventually brought the murder rate down to near national average levels, the overall violent crime rate was a staggering 554 per 100,000 in 1960, rose to 2,458 per 100,000 population in 1990, and remains at 1,049 per 100,000 in 2019. The present overall crime rate is 380 and the overall crime rte was 2,410 per 100,000, both in 2019. Obviously, neither the total gun ban the Supreme Court overturned have done the District of Columbia any good. And the only way to bring crime down to 1900 levels is to repeal the laws at the heart of the problem.

Turning now to Delaware, another State in the same population category as the District of Columbia and the home of former Senator and current Socialist Presidential Candidate Joseph Robinette Biden, we again see a low crime State, one safe to raise children in, turned into a place too dangerous to voluntarily live by the magic of restrictive gun laws.

As usual, the FBI Uniform Crime Report data for Delaware is here:

This is the third post on this subject, highlighting 8 States and the US crime rates, and those States experience with gun control. The next post will conclude with another Department of Justice chart showing what happened before and after a substantial number of States relaxed their gun laws. Watch for it.


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