Gun Control Works (Part 2)

Posted by | December 16, 2012 21:48 | Filed under: Top Stories

by Stuart Shapiro

Previously, I posted about how states with stricter gun control laws have lower firearm death rates. Today I give you this  chart which uses international data. The chart is from  The post also goes about debunking some of the ridiculous rationalizations for the data.

So . . . opponents of gun control . . . if you want to argue that gun possession (any kind of gun with no restrictions) is a right and that preservation of that right is worth the lives that will be lost, go ahead.  Let’s have that argument as a nation.  But don’t claim that gun control makes us less safe (and cite one or two anecdotes as evidence) in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.  You are being misleading or misled if you believe that.

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Copyright 2012 Liberaland
By: Stuart Shapiro

Stuart is a professor and the Director of the Public Policy
program at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers
University. He teaches economics and cost-benefit analysis and studies
regulation in the United States at both the federal and state levels.
Prior to coming to Rutgers, Stuart worked for five years at the Office
of Management and Budget in Washington under Presidents Clinton and
George W. Bush.