Here are some links with info showing the failure of laws which disarm law-abiding citizens.
Gun Facts: A quick reference guide for the public on gun control issues by Guy Smith
How to Win the Gun Control Debate in Favor of Guns: A great article discussing strategy, talking points, etc.
The Gun Homicide Epidemic Isn’t. Despite the media hype, we are a much safer nation now than we were 20 years ago. During this same time period, a majority of the country has lessened restrictions and prohibition regarding law-abiding citizens carrying/owning/possessing firearms.
A Case Against Gun Control: Read the article Here showing definitively that Gun-Control is bad science and even worse politics.
Debunking Gun Contol Myths: In the wake of every mass shooting or heinous crime committed with a gun, a certain sort of emotional hysteria overwhelms common sense and logic and a number of major myths about gun homicides emerge Read the Article Here
CATO Institute – Gun Control: Myths and Realities (Although written more than a decade ago the information is still very relevant as all violent crime stats have continued to drop since this was written).
Firearms Related Homicide Stats World Wide and Here Are 8 Stubborn Facts on Gun Violence in America: These are excellent sources showing the U.S. is first in the number of firearms owned yet we are 59th for firearms-related homicides – lots of stats here including:
- With an estimated 120.5 guns for every 100 residents, the firearm ownership rate in the United States is twice that of the next-highest nation, Yemen, with just 52.8 guns per 100 residents. In raw number terms, the closest country to the United States is India, with 71.1 million firearms in circulation. These numbers do not include firearms owned by law enforcement agencies or militaries.
- But the US does not have the worst firearm murder rate – that prize belongs to Honduras, Venezuela, El Salvador, and Jamaica. In fact, the US is number 59, with a rate of 2.70 per 100,000 people
- Puerto Rico tops the world’s table for firearms murders as a percentage of all homicides – 94.8%. It’s followed by Sierra Leone in Africa and Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean
CDC – No Proof Gun Laws Reduce Violence: A sweeping federal review of the nation’s gun control laws, including mandatory waiting periods and bans on certain weapons, found no proof such measures reduce firearm violence. The review was conducted by a task force of scientists appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Assault Weapon Ban Did Not Work. A New Version won’t either: Virtually all researchers had concluded that it was impossible to discern what, if any, positive effect the ban’s prohibition of rifles with “military-style features” had on crime or mass shooting incidents. This is why many gun-control advocacy groups, including Sandy Hook Promise, do not include a ban on their list of legislative priorities. The last ban was politically costly for Democrats and, as a ProPublica investigation reported in 2014, gun control experts said there was no evidence it saved lives.
“Assault Weapon” Info: AR-15 and other MSR style rifles are no more powerful than other hunting rifles of the same caliber and in most cases are chambered in calibers less powerful than common big-game hunting cartridges like the 30-06 Springfield and .300 Winchester Mag. AR-15 and other MSR style rifles are NOT “assault weapons” or “assault rifles”. An assault rifle is fully automatic and more commonly referred to as a machine gun. Machine guns have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934, obtaining a permit to own one is an arduous, time-intensive and expensive process.
High Capacity Firearm Myth: The standard capacity of most 9mm handguns, which are the most popular, is 14 to 17 rounds. In the case of handgun like the Glock 17, you can buy 33 round magazines. Since they exceed the standard capacity, I would consider them high capacity magazines. However, somehow the media characterizes any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds as a high capacity magazine. That means the standard capacity of the majority of semi-automatic handguns exceeds the definition. It seems crazy to me.
Magazine capacity: Magazine size is more likely to matter for people defending against aggressors, which is why it is dangerously presumptuous for the government to declare that no one needs to fire more than X number of rounds. As self-defense experts such as firearms instructor Massad Ayoob point out, there are various scenarios, including riots, home invasions, and public attacks by multiple aggressors, in which a so-called large-capacity magazine can make a crucial difference, especially when you recognize that people firing weapons under pressure do not always hit their targets and that assailants are not always stopped by a single round.
The gun-show loophole myth: The “gun-show loophole” is an exaggeration designed to foster the false impression that this is how the bad guys acquire firearms. The reason that a “gun show loophole” is such a poor term for what they’re referring to is that there is nothing different about a gun show and gun show rules or laws between buyers and sellers than there is anywhere else outside of a gun show. Now, private buyers and sellers might meet each other at a gun show and that could lead to a private purchase outside of a gun show, but again, that’s not a “loophole.”
The “Gun in the home is 22% more likely” Myth: This article takes the bogus 22% claim completely apart.
The 40% Myth: President Obama has been making a 40 percent claim to make it look like a lot of gun buyers are avoiding background checks. Actually, the number reported was a bit lower, 36 percent, and as we will see the true number of guns “sold” without check is closer to 10 percent.
The cop-killer bullet myth: Cops simply aren’t being killed by crooks using exotic, hardened projectiles, but it sounds like a scary possibility. What anti-gun politicians really have on their mind is replacing the existing statute with a performance test to determine whether a bullet can penetrate soft body armor. For example, the District considers a “restricted bullet” to be one that can penetrate 18 layers of Kevlar from a pistol (though in December, the D.C. Council reversed itself and adopted the federal definition of a prohibited bullet). Such a test is a sneaky way to outlaw common rifles. Many ordinary rifle rounds can penetrate a soft armor vest because rifles are significantly more powerful than handguns. Law enforcement and the military use ceramic plates for vests meant to protect against such powerful rounds.
Gun Registration – Completely Ineffective and Costly. Gun registration has been tried in many countries and has proven to be a costly failure in every single one of them. Criminals simply smuggle guns in or acquire them illegally without registering them. Canada just repealed their failed long-gun registry noting that it cost almost a billion dollars while offering no significant reduction in crime or suicide – In 2002 Canada’s auditor general released a report saying initial cost estimates of $2 million (Canadian) had increased to $1 billion as the government tried to register the estimated 15 million guns owned by Canada’s 34 million residents. For more, see this excellent article from Forbes.
Supreme Court decision regarding civilian possession of AR-type rifles: The Second Amendment has been ruled to specifically extend to firearms “in common use” by the military by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v Miller (1939). In Printz v U.S. (1997) Justice Thomas wrote: “In Miller, we determined that the Second Amendment did not guarantee a citizen’s right to possess a sawed-off shotgun because that weapon had not been shown to be “ordinary military equipment” that could “could contribute to the common defense”. A citizen’s right to keep and bear arms for personal defense unconnected with service in a militia has been reaffirmed in the U.S. Supreme Court decision (District of Columbia, et al. v Heller, 2008). The Court Justice Scalia wrote in the majority opinion: “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home”.
The Myth of 90 Percent: There’s just one problem with the 90 percent “statistic” and it’s a big one: It’s just not true. In fact, it’s not even close. The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.
- FBI Crime Statistics
- CDC Report Finding No Correlation Between “Gun Control” and a Reduction in “Gun Violence” Click here for a printable .pdf of the report.
- Gun homicides and gun ownership listed by country
- Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy: Would banning firearms reduce murder and suicide? A review of international and some domestic evidence.