Guns: Right to Carry Laws & Crime Rates

Does allowing people to own or carry guns deter violent crime? Or does it simply cause more citizens to harm each other? Directly challenging common perceptions about gun control, legal scholar John Lott presents the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever done on crime statistics and right-to-carry laws. This timely and provocative work comes to the startling conclusion: more guns mean less crime. In this paperback edition, Lott has expanded the research through 1996, incorporating new data available from states that passed right-to-carry and other gun laws since the book’s publication as well as new city-level statistics.

“Lott’s pro-gun argument has to be examined on the merits, and its chief merit is lots of data. . . . If you still disagree with Lott, at least you will know what will be required to rebut a case that looks pretty near bulletproof.”–Peter Coy, Business Week

It’s not rocket science to see that if law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry concealed weapons, criminals will be intimidated.  If right-to-carry is abolished, the only citizens with guns will be criminals and they will tend to be emboldened to commit crimes.  In that context, it’s clear that making schools “no gun zones” tends to make them targets for criminals, even without the added factor of psychiatric drug-induced insanity.

At a more political level, one can also see that if any government has a monopoly on guns, over time, that government will become more emboldened in doing what all governments eventually do: become tyrannical.  Corruption has nothing to do with ideology or the structure of law or governance.  It’s a systemic structural problem of spontaneous emergence that always happens eventually in all known forms of government.  Citizen ownership of guns is a fundamental prerequisite for the long term preservation of democratic rule, by distributing physical power throughout society.

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