Yesterday, in a post below this one, I posted several graphs showing the post-1960 crime rates for the US, pointing out that the States that did not pass panic driven laws against gun ownership had very low or virtually no rise in violent crime , while those states that either had such laws or passed such laws had a very much greater crime rates at the end of the chart. And I will post a link to the latest data for each of the.
Lets begin with a State that left its gun laws alone through all the panic after 1963.
As you can see, and verify at the link , South Dakota did not toughen its gun laws, and while the small numbers and normal variations year to year made the chart spikey, South Dakota had no significant increase in murder, or violent crime: http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/sdcrime.htm
When the United States violent crime rate went from 190 to more than 700, South Dakota’s violent crime rate began at 40 and went to 220. Largely due to contractors getting likkered up and fighting over local girls.
Turning frp, States that held a steady course, and gained from it, to States that had very restrictive laws that tightened them, found tougher laws led to moe violence, and relaxed them. Florida is where it all began so let’s look at Florida, which had very restrictive gun laws, and added to them, with the invariable result. The FBI data forming the foundation for the chart is here: http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/flcrime.htm
If you click on the Florida FBI Statistics and scroll to the bottom of the second table, the rate table, you will see Florida’s murder rate had dropped to very slightly higher than the National homicide rate, and the violent crime rate is down 500 points above the National average in 1990 ti tge national average of 380 in 2019
Of course, knowing the gun ban activists as I do, it is no surprise at all that the activists have a lawsuit seeking to overturn Florida’s gun law preemption law, and let the cities and couinties reinstate the laws that resulted in a homicide rate as high as 15 per 100,000 population, and a violent crime rate of 1244 per 100,000 population.
Finally, lets look at Texas, which had a series of Reconstruction era laws imposed by the U.S. Army up t the 1960’s. As with Florida, the State tried to cut crime by strengthening the laws that caused the problem in the first place. The link to the FBI data for Texas is herehttp://www.disastercenter.com/crime/txcrime.htm
Clearly, Texas has had great benefits from relaxing its gun laws, including a decline in the overall violent crime rate from a high of 810 per 100,000 population to 419 violent crimes per 100,000 population in 2019.
In the abstract, that decline does not seem as great as it is. But only those political jurisdictions that have relaxed their gun laws have seen that level of decline. Watch for the next comparison of a State that relaxed its gun laws with some that have not.