Over at Big Journalism, Dana Loesch has a piece that starts out examining how the LSM has pivoted now on the Arizona shootings, and is examining gun laws and sloppy journalism. You can read that part if you like. The interesting part of her article had to do with states that adopt CCW laws, and the effect that it has on violent crime. In short, states with CCW laws demonstrate a dramatic reduction in violent crime. Here’s a sample of the statistics:
In 1999, Michigan’s violent crime rate was 4,324.8 per 100,000 people, compared to Ohio’s 3,996.4. Legislators and citizens were fed up. Amidst howls from gun control extremists, failed court challenges, and veto-threats, Michigan’s state legislature passed a “shall-issue” concealed carry reform bill into law. The state began issuing licenses in the year 2000.
In the first year of widespread licensing, Michigan’s rate dropped to 4,109.9, vs. Ohio’s increase to 4,041.8 per 100,000 people.
In 2001, Michigan’s crime rate dropped below Ohio’s for the first time since modern crime trends have been recorded – down to 4,081.5 per 100,000 people, compared to yet another increase in Ohio – up to 4,177.6.
With the success of Michigan’s concealed carry law apparent even to some former opponents, the state legislature passed a number of liberalizations to that state’s CCW law – making it easier to obtain a license, and to carry a firearm for self-defense in more places. The changes went into effect last July.
The MSNBC.com report, Record numbers now licensed to pack heat, says that in the 1980s and 1990s, Americans were killed by guns at a rate of about 5.66 per 100,000 population, at the time the concealed-carry movement (carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed manner, either on one’s person or close proximity) began gaining momentum.
In this decade, the gun-homicide rate has fallen to 4.07 per 100,000, which equates to a 28 percent reduction in homicides with the use of firearms.
Between 2008 and 2009, the FBI’s preliminary numbers indicate that murders fell nationally by 10 percent and by about 8 percent in cities that have between 500,000 and 999,999 people. Washington’s population is about 590,000. During that same period of time, murders in the District fell by an astounding 25 percent, dropping from 186 to 140. The city only started allowing its citizens to own handguns for defense again in late 2008.
According to a study by criminologist Gary Kleck of Florida State University, “[R]obbery and assault victims who used a gun to resist were less likely to be attacked or to suffer an injury than those who used any other methods of self-protection or those who did not resist at all.” In approximately 2.5 million instances each year, someone uses a firearm, predominantly a handgun, for self defense in this nation.
In research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, in which almost 2,000 felons were interviewed, 34% of felons said they had been “scared off, shot at, wounded or captured by an armed victim” and 40% of these criminals admitted that they had been deterred from committing a crime out of fear that the potential victim was armed.
That last one is important. Criminals who think they might have a chance of being shot by one of their victims think twice about it.
There’s also a good video from MSNBC, showing one of the heroes from the shootings, Joe Zamudio, giving Ed Shultz a lesson on our 2nd Amendment Rights. Check it out at Big Journalism