Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Gun-related crimes on the rise in Massachusetts

"Massachusetts has a national reputation as a bastion of gun control, but crimes and injuries related to firearms have risen — sometimes dramatically — since the state passed a comprehensive package of gun laws in 1998."  So reports the Boston Globe in an article entitled, "Gun-related crimes on the rise in Massachusetts."

Could it be gun control doesn't work, as demonstrated by Chicago and DC?  Not a chance, insists the Left:
To gun-rights groups like the National Rifle Association, these statistics are evidence that gun control does not work. But to gun-control advocates, the numbers show that no state — no matter how tough the laws — is protected from firearms violence when guns are brought in from other states.

“The quality of your gun-licensing laws is only as good as those surrounding you,” said James Alan Fox, a Northeastern University criminologist.
If only we had an easy way to test that theory.   It does sound pretty reasonable.  Let's say we had a political state on an island where we could try out the theories of gun control without interference from pesky neighboring states with looser laws.  How about the U.K. and Australia?
Strict gun laws in Great Britain and Australia haven't made their people noticeably safer, nor have they prevented massacres. The two major countries held up as models for the U.S. don't provide much evidence that strict gun laws will solve our problems.  (Joyce Lee Malcolm in the WSJ, "Two Cautionary Tales of Gun Control")
The problem in the U.S. is not and never will be "permissive" gun laws.  It's the restricting of the rights of self-defense that causes an increase in violence.  Blaming your neighbors is easy.  Admitting the truth and bringing your policies in line with it isn't, it would appear.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Another point against the "it's my neighbor's fault" argument is that it only holds up if the neighboring states have high violent crime rates.

Are we to believe people in the low-crime areas are buying their guns, then crossing state lines before committing crimes? It's ludicrous on the face of it.