Of all parts of the U.S. Constitution, the twenty-seven words that make up the Second Amendment are arguably the most frequently debated, if not the most controversial. Despite what you may hear today about the Second Amendment being applied only for militias, or only intended to regulate muskets, our founding fathers made the purpose of the Amendment clear. And it wasn’t for hunting.
In the wake of the tragic shooting in Las Vegas this week, you can expect renewed calls for gun control in the media, as they try to guilt Congress into action. It’s a nice reminder that liberals are more anti-gun than they are anti-gun violence. After all, the overwhelming majority of gun homicides in this country are committed with handguns, and yet when is the last time you heard someone call for a ban on handguns? Probably never, because liberals know that it would never make it an inch toward passage.
Usually we’ll hear liberals call for a ban on semi-automatic (which I’m 99% sure most of them think means “automatic) “assault weapons,” even though there are no mechanical differences between semi-automatic weapons and regular firearms. The only differences are cosmetic – so we’re assuming the “scary” factor is why they chose them as a target. Not only that, even if we were to look at all rifles (regular + “assault rifles”), there are still five times as many people are killed with knives each year, and twice as many with fists.
And on that note, here’s (almost) everything you need to know about gun control in two graphics:
Want some more information? Let’s take a look at what happened immediately after some select countries banned guns, or implemented otherwise extremely strict gun control. Here’s some charts, courtesy of the Crime Prevention Research Center.
But first, here’s an informative explanation of what happened when Britain enacted its handgun ban: “The immediate effect was about a 50 percent increase in homicide rates. Firearm homicide rate had almost doubled between 1996 and 2002 (see here p. 11). The homicide and firearm homicide rates only began falling when there was a large increase in the number of police officers during 2003 and 2004. Despite the huge increase in the number of police, the murder rate still remained slightly higher than the immediate pre-ban rate.”
Ireland (top) & Jamaica (bottom):
And for an international comparison, here’s guns-per-100-people statistic up against a nation’s overall homicide rate. I’m measuring overall homicide as opposed to just firearm homicides because guns are often used to prevent non-firearm (or even firearm) homicides that would’ve otherwise occurred.
Notice a correlation? I certainly don’t.
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