The truth about societies with widespread private ownership of weapons is both logical and has been verified by history. This is time tested that those with weapons, usually aren’t the ones being attacked.
Criminals prefer disarmed victims, while gun control laws only disarm those who will obey the law. If gun control laws increase the cost of gun acquisition for criminals, that cost is more than offset by the subsidy those criminals get from the government when they provide criminals with a disarmed society to victimize. Again, this is time tested. Restricting the availability doesn’t prevent a criminal from obtaining a weapon.
Likewise, it is hard to believe that a lack of firearms would make a significant difference in suicide rates. Enter the Harvard study: “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder And Suicide? A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence” The short answer is NO.
As the Small Government Times blog reported: “Russia, for example, enforces very strict gun control on its people, but its murder rate remains quite high. In fact, the murder rate in Russia is four times higher than in the ‘gun-ridden’ United States, cites the study.
‘Homicide results suggest that where guns are scarce other weapons are substituted in killings.’ In other words, the elimination of guns does not eliminate murder, and in the case of gun-controlled Russia, murder rates are quite high.”
The study revealed several European countries with significant gun ownership, like Norway, Finland, Germany and France – had remarkably low murder rates. Contrast that with Luxembourg, “where handguns are totally banned and ownership of any kind of gun is minimal, had a murder rate nine times higher than Germany in 2002.
The Harvard study found no evidence to suggest that the availability of guns contributes to higher murder rates anywhere in the world. Of course, not wanting to appear to be NRA members, the scholars did their best to discourage the idea that gun ownership deters crime.
And even when they attempted to make their case, they still admitted the opposite was true in the United States:
“In sum, though many nations with widespread gun ownership have much lower murder rates than nations that severely restrict gun ownership, it would be simplistic to assume that at all times and in all places widespread gun ownership depresses violence by deterring many criminals into nonconfrontation crime. There is evidence that it does so in the United States, where defensive gun ownership is a substantial socio‐cultural phenomenon.”
When you look at the statistical evidence of crimes committed to the percentage of gun ownership, it shows that the more guns allowed to be privately owned by citizen, the less likely crimes will occur.
This is what gun rights groups have been saying for years, so it’s nice to know that Harvard finally agrees with the facts on the ground.