Harvard Study Shocks: Banning Firearms Increases Crime, Not Just in U.S

As reported by Gun News as the study’s top-10 findings (full study embedded below):

    1.Factual error and misconceptions have led to the lie that the U.S. has the world’s highest murder rate, actually this lie originated from the Cold War when Russia murder rates were about four times higher than American rates. A strategic disinformation campaign started and was successful in duping a lot of people into believing that the U.S. is a gunslinging nightmare of street violence. Even in the many years after Russia went through with banning firearms, their crime rates remain significantly higher than America. Kates and Mauser said in their study, “Homicide results suggest that where guns are scarce, other weapons are substituted in killings.”

    2. The UN’s Economic and Social Council and the United Nations Commission on Crime-Prevention and Criminal Justice did a study on firearms regulation and found some astonishing discoveries. “Norway, Finland, Germany, France and Denmark, which have high rates of gun ownership, have low murder rates. On the other hand, in Luxembourg, where handguns are totally banned and ownership of any kind of gun is minimal, the murder rate is nine times higher than Germany.”

    3. “When Kates and Mauser compared England with the United States, they found “’a negative correlation,’ that is, ‘where firearms are most dense violent crime rates are lowest, and where guns are least dense, violent crime rates are highest.’ There is no consistent significant positive association between gun ownership levels and violence rates.”

    4. “In 2004, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences released an evaluation from its review of existing research. After reviewing 253 journal articles, 99 books, 43 government publications and its own original empirical research, it failed to identify any gun control that had reduced violent crime, suicide, or gun accidents, note Kates and Mauser.”

    5. “Somehow, it goes unreported that “despite constant and substantially increasing gun ownership, the United States saw progressive and dramatic reductions in criminal violence,” write Kates and Mauser. “On the other hand, the same time period in the United Kingdom saw a constant and dramatic increase in violent crime to which England’s response was ever-more drastic gun control. Nevertheless, criminal violence rampantly increased so that by 2000 England surpassed the United States to become one of the developed world’s most violence-ridden nations.” However despite these glaring facts, a law was recently passed in California that used $24 million to expedite the process of taking 40,000 firearms purchased legally. ““We are fortunate in California to have the first and only system in the nation that tracks and identifies individuals who at one time made legal purchases of firearms but are now barred from possessing them,” said Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).” Does that not send chills down your spine…

    6. The worst top three school shootings occurred in Western Europe; in Erfurt (Germany), Dunblane (Scotland) and Winnenden (Germany). Columbine was number four.

    7. “A study by the Media Research Center concluded media coverage of firearms is overwhelmingly biased. In a recent period, “television networks collectively aired 514 anti-gun stories, to a mere 46 that were pro-firearm, a ratio of more than 11-to-1 against firearms.”

    8. “Almost every mass shooting that has occurred in the United States since 1950 has taken place in a state with strict gun control laws. With just one exception, every public mass shooting in the USA since at least 1950 has taken place where citizens are banned from carrying guns. The United States is Number 1 in the world in gun ownership, and yet it is only 28th in the world in gun murders per 100,000 people. Overall, guns in the United States are used 80 times more often to prevent crime than they are to take lives.”

    9. “Down in Australia, gun murders increased by about 19 percent and armed robberies increased by about 69 percent after a gun ban was instituted. 13 The city of Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States. So has this reduced crime? The murder rate in Chicago was about 17 percent higher in 2012 than it was in 2011, and Chicago is now considered to be “the deadliest global city,” 14 After the city of Kennesaw, Georgia passed a law requiring every home to have a gun, the crime rate dropped by more than 50 percent over the course of the next 23 years and there was an 89 percent decline in burglaries.”

    10. “Despite the very strict ban on guns in the UK, the overall rate of violent crime in the UK is about 4 times higher than it is in the United States. 7 In one recent year, there were 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000 people in the UK. 8In the United States, there were only 466 violent crimes per 100,000 people during that same year. The UK has approximately 125 percent more rape victims per 100,000 people each year than the United States does. The UK has approximately 133 percent more assault victims per 100,000 people each year than the United States does. UK has the fourth highest burglary rate in the EU. The UK has the second highest overall crime rate in the EU.”

    To read the whole Gun News post, click  here.

    Note that this study by Kates and Mauser was first published in 2007, so this has been long known to anyone who actually cared to be informed on the issue–meaning, not journalists or Progressive gun control fascists.

    The entire study is embedded below for your reading pleasure:

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