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More guns, less crime

Is it any wonder that when more innocent people have guns, criminals are more reluctant to commit crimes?

by Daniel J. Mitchell on 28 November 2012 13:26

I don’t like to spend much time commenting on media bias. But every so often I find an example that cries out for attention.

In previous posts, I’ve discussed this slanted AP story on poverty, the Brian Ross Tea Party slur, this example of implicit bias by USA Today, and a Reuters report on job creation and so-called stimulus.

And I’ve also commented on a Washington Post story that turned a spending cut molehill into a “spending slash” mountain, a silly assertion in the New York Times that education spending has been reduced, and a Washington post claim that Germany is fiscally conservative.

The latest example comes from the Associated Press, which is mystified that crime is falling “despite” record firearm sales.

Gun-related violence has fallen steadily since 2006 in Virginia despite record firearm sales, according to a university professor’s analysis. Virginia Commonwealth University professor Thomas R. Baker compared state crime data from 2006 through 2011 with gun-dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Baker’s analysis shows the number of gun purchases soared 73 percent in the six-year period, while gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent. Baker, who specializes in research methods and criminology theory, said the comparison seems to contradict the premise that more guns lead to more crime in Virginia.

Gee, there are more innocent people with guns and people are surprised that criminals are now more reluctant to commit crimes? I guess you have to be a reporter or an academic to be surprised by this common-sense observation.

John Lott, of course, wrote an entire book called More Guns, Less Crime. It’s very much worth reading. These posts will give you a flavor of his analysis:

- He punctures myths about so-called assault weapons.

- Lott explained how anti-gun laws facilitated the terrorist attack at Fort Hood.

- Writing after the Tucson shootings, Lott explained the benefits of concealed-carry laws.

- In the aftermath of the Heller decision, Lott explained how more guns resulted in less crime in DC.

- Lott explained how gun control made Jamaica a more dangerous country.

Shifting back to the topic of media bias, let’s close this post by sharing some amusing cartoons, which can be enjoyed herehere, and here.

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