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“More Guns, Less Crime”

Hmmm…think that’d be a nice name for a book or something?

Good to see the CDC is backing up Dr. Lott’s theories. (Though I do wonder why it is the Center for Disease Control and not the Justice Department which collects gun statistics?)

Americans overall are far less likely to be killed with a firearm than they were when it was much more difficult to obtain a concealed-weapons permit, according to statistics collected by the federal Centers for Disease Control. But researchers have not been able to establish a cause-and-effect relationship.

In the 1980s and ’90s, as the concealed-carry movement gained steam, Americans were killed by others with guns at the rate of about 5.66 per 100,000 population. In this decade, the rate has fallen to just over 4.07 per 100,000, a 28 percent drop. The decline follows a fivefold increase in the number of “shall-issue” and unrestricted concealed-carry states from 1986 to 2006.The highest gun homicide rate is in Washington, D.C., which has had the nation’s strictest gun-control laws for years and bans concealed carry: 20.50 deaths per 100,000 population, five times the general rate. The lowest rate, 1.12, is in Utah, which has such a liberal concealed weapons policy that most American adults can get a permit to carry a gun in Utah without even visiting the state.

The decline in gun homicides also comes as U.S. firearm sales are skyrocketing, according to federal background checks that are required for most gun sales. After holding stable at 8.5 to 9 million checks from 1999 to 2005, the FBI reported a surge to 10 million in 2006, 11 million in 2007, nearly 13 million in 2008 and more than 14 million last year, a 55 percent increase in just four years.

These federal statistics will not move one Democrat in the State of Wisconsin to change their views on letting the people of the state carry a concealed carry.

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  • dad29

    The reason it's CDC is that Clinton assigned 'gun questions' to them under the pretext that it is a “public health issue.”

    That was good enough for Dr. Steve Hargarten (MedCollegeWisconsin) and a former Planned-Parenthood fundraiser; they attempted to derail gun rights in Wisconsin with the bogus “guns cause death” line.