Farcical gun control claims

From Thomas Sowell:

Many gun control advocates have cited the much higher murder rates in the United States than in England as due to tighter gun control laws in England. But Professor Malcolm’s study points out that the murder rate in New York has been some multiple of the murder rate in London for two centuries — and, during most of that time, neither city had serious restrictions on gun ownership.

As late as 1954, “there were no controls on shotguns” in England, Professor Malcolm reported, but only 12 cases of armed robbery in London. Of these only 4 had real guns. But in the remainder of the 20th century, gun control laws became ever more severe — and armed robberies in London soared to 1,400 by 1974.

“As the numbers of legal firearms have dwindled, the numbers of armed crimes have risen” is her summary of that history in England. Conversely, in the United States the number of handguns in American homes more than doubled between 1973 and 1992, while the murder rate went down.

There are relevant facts available, but you are not likely to hear about them from politicians currently pushing for tighter gun control laws, or from the mainstream media, when those facts go against the claims of gun control advocates. More.

Reality check: Gun control definitely reduces unintended fatalities (kids, mental patients, drunken yobs). It’s never been of any value against people who are in a state of war, declared or undeclared, with society. Thinking gun control will help makes as much sense as supposing that getting your dog vaxxed against rabies has any impact on the behaviour of local foxes and wolves. It’s a form of denial in the face of a real threat.

See also: Gun control as Orlando denial