OTHER OPINION: Gun advocates have the numbers

These are trying times for advocates of gun control. Facts stubbornly refuse to go their way.

Climate-change denialists are wrong, but at least they can take comfort in a statistical anomaly. Despite increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the world has seen a 15-
year pause in global warming. That is more consistent with their view than with the anthropogenic thesis.

Advocates of gun control are not so lucky. In recent years sales of guns and ammo have gone through the roof. According to standard liberal doctrine, this should have led to an orgy of bloodshed.

It hasn’t. In fact, precisely the opposite has occurred. More guns have been followed by less gun crime. As a Sunday Times-Dispatch news article reported, “total firearm sales in Virginia have risen a staggering 101 percent from 2006 to 2012, while gun-related crime has dropped 28 percent during that period.”

This does not mean the added guns caused the reduction in crime. It does mean, however, that the liberal claim that more guns leads to more crime is wrong.

That is not exactly new information, either.

Time after time, progressives have greeted expansion of gun rights with dire warnings that the expansion would turn society into the Wild West, and the streets would run red with blood.

They said so after the Supreme Court’s two major gun-rights rulings in Heller and McDonald. They said so after the expansion of concealed-carry laws across the country. They said so after Virginia eased restrictions on guns in bars and restaurants.

In every case, gun-related crimes fell.

Foes of gun rights might point out, correctly, that the percentage of Americans who own firearms is declining – therefore, the increase in gun sales is owing to existing owners who are buying more guns, not more people buying a gun for the first time.

But this merely underscores the point advocates of gun rights have been making all along: It’s the person that presents the threat – not the gun.

Richmond Times Dispatch

  • 1941641

    “It’s the person that presents the threat – not the gun.”

    Just give it a little time and see how that statement works out for you folks! Meantime, just hope upon hope that some PERSON? does not come along suddenly and without warning wielding an automatic weapon and blows your little son or daughter or your wife or cousin away with a volley of lethal bullets just because they happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time!

  • TWBDB

    The statistic most important to monitor as it relates to gun related crime or accidents isn’t the sale of guns but the % of households where guns are owned. That % has dropped drastically during that same time frame. Nonetheless, gun manufacturers should be thrilled to keep Obama in the forefront as long as they can: he’s basically the posterchild for gun sales