The Reality of Gun Control

Several decades ago, the United Kingdom caved in to political correctness and passed rights-robbing gun control laws which made it almost completely impossible for the average UK citizen to purchase or keep a firearm of any kind.  Did it work?  No.  In fact, it had the exact opposite effect on crime than what was intended.

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Because it’s worked so well for the British???

At the time, their crime statistics were similar to those here in America.  Since establishing strict gun control laws, however, their crime rates have soared well beyond our own, as indicated by NationMaster, a wonderful and easy to use online database which allows you to compare many different statistics between countries.

Don’t make the mistake of comparing raw numbers, however.  Remember that the U.S. population numbers some 315,108,000.  That’s 4.62 times the 68,181,775-strong U.K.  Thus, the U.S. has 11.9 Million total crimes compared to the U.K.’s 6.5 On a per-capita basis, however, The only valid way of comparing data between to countries of different sizes, however, is on a per-capita basis.  When stats are low in number, it’s done on a per-100,000 basis.

Thus, while the U.K. has half our crimes, they only have one-fifth our population.  On a per-capita basis, their crime rate is 252% higher than here in the U.S.

Since implementing their own gun confiscations a couple of years ago, Australia has seen a shocking 69% increase in violent crime:

Gun Control in Australia – Watch and Weep

Other countries who’ve tried to implement similar feel-good, do-nothing (usually do-worse) programs have experienced the same sharp rises in crime.

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GFZ’s worked so well at… well, not anywhere, really

There is one country, however, that did something very interesting:  The United States.  Between 20 and 30 years ago, various states began relaxing their gun control laws, making it easier for honest, law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.  As a result, crime throughout America has dropped more than 35%.

So, does gun control work?  Only when it’s reduced.  Increasing gun control has NEVER worked.  That’s the reality of gun control.