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Stanford: Gun Carry Laws Linked To Increase in Violent Crime

So you know that conventional wisdom that says the people are safer with a lot of guns around?

Turns out http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/november/donohue-guns-study-111414.html">maybe not so much.

"The totality of the evidence based on educated judgments about the best statistical models suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with substantially higher rates" of aggravated assault, rape, robbery and murder, said Donohue.

Earlier studies (including the frequently debated and http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/29/more-guns-less-crime-not-exactly/">arguably debunked work of http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/M/bo6686900.html">John Lott) suggested that carry laws were correlating with lower incidents of violent crime; by extending the amount of time studied, however, the National Research Council http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10881&page=150">poured cold water on the Lott theory, and now Stanford's new study sees things trending even further in the direction that kinda makes more sense -- http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2443681">more guns equals more violent crime, particularly assaults with a deadly weapon.

Of course, how much is open to interpretation, but the notion that more guns equals less violent crime seems to be put to bed by its own number crunching.

Comments

bill_jackson 5 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps the reason that areas with higher rates of violent crime have higher rates of CCW permit holders has something to do with the fact that people feel compelled to protect themselves in areas that are prone to violent crime.

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