by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor | John Locke Foundation
Despite calling it “novel analysis” in the lede paragraph, the Washington Post gives this new University of Pittsburgh study the headline it deserves: “New evidence confirms what gun rights advocates have said for a long time about crime.”
Dramatic rise in gun ownership, dramatic fall in firearms murder and crime rates
Meanwhile, as the Democrats try to find the Magic Words to take away self-evident individual rights, a Congressional Research Service study released a year ago found that, from 1994 to 2009, gun ownership has increased from 192 million firearms to 310 million.
The same CRS study showed that the firearm murder rate has been falling for the past two decades. Pew Research Center has concurred and shown that the rate of nonfatal firearm crime victimizations has also fallen dramatically over the past two decades:
The Democrats’ case against guns assumes — by which I mean loudly and truculently asserts — the exact opposite from these findings.