Carrying Guns Will Stop Violent Crimes


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ronwill
January 24, 2008, 10:50 AM
A well written article comparing crime rates in areas with strict gun control to right to carry areas.

http://media.www.unogateway.com/media/storage/paper968/news/2008/01/25/NationalOpinion/Column.Carrying.Guns.Will.Stop.Violent.Crimes-3166151.shtml

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Double Naught Spy
January 24, 2008, 11:54 AM
I don't buy into the whole belief that things got bad after banning guns paradigm. In cases where guns were banned, the crime rates were already rising. Banning guns simply did nothing to reduce the rise in crime that was already occurring.

Similarly, in many states where concealed carry has been legalized, such as Texas, the crime rate has fallen, but then the crime rate was already on a downhill trend before the enactment of the law. Letting people carry guns did nothing to change the trend that was already in progress.

Grizzly Adams
January 24, 2008, 12:03 PM
I can't buy into your opinion without some supporting evidene either.

Convince me!

buy guns
January 24, 2008, 12:20 PM
I don't buy into the whole belief that things got bad after banning guns paradigm.

England.

Citroen
January 24, 2008, 12:28 PM
Jethro, it appears that there is too much data supporting the premise that criminals prefer unarmed victims for me to accept your logic. Trends in unemployment, single parent homes and soft on crime judges all point to an almost automatic increase in violent crime in every locality.

The fact that allowing citizens to have the means to defend themselves reduces the likelihood of them being victims is an inescapable conclusion.

Given a choice of selecting a victim in a "gun free zone" or selecting one from an area where they "might" be armed, which would you choose?

John
Charlotte, NC

Zoogster
January 24, 2008, 12:52 PM
There is a link to lower violent crimes with high gun ownership. Usualy it is replaced with hgiher property crime rates.
That means the number of criminals remains similar, but more focus on targeting property that won't defend itself rather than people.


I however think arguing based on statistics is fruitless. There is favorable statistics to both arguments that pass the logic test to me. The real difference is freedom and liberty. The free people allowed to defend themselves have an extra option, the unfree must face the situation without that option. Sometimes that means the same outcome, and other times it means they die, are victimized, or must watch as a group of punks victimizes thier family or them.
Criminals will usualy be armed anyways, whether with a firearm or other weapons. And if there is multiple armed young male criminals and just a lone victim or a lone family without a firearm the odds are stacked in favor of the criminals getting what they want. Sometimes they just want money, other times they want something much worse.
Do you like options and control or do you trust the criminals?

Soybomb
January 24, 2008, 03:52 PM
Guns don't effect crime rates, guns don't effect crime rates, guns don't effect crime rates, repeat with me people. The causes of crime are socio-economic, not guns. You carrying a gun on the street isn't going to impact the movitations for crime. You get the chance to defend yourself if needed, thats it.

svtruth
January 24, 2008, 03:57 PM
year on year carjacking rates before and after they liberalized car carry and extended castle doctrine protection to drivers.

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