States with Stricter Gun Control Laws Are Less Safe
The Brady Campaign persists with its rhetoric that “reasonable restrictions” of the Second Amendment make society safer.
July 19, 2010 - 12:00 am
The Brady Campaign “opposes state laws or a national law” legalizing shall-issue concealed carry laws — or “right-to-carry” laws (RTC) — where law enforcement must issue a license unless there’s evidence that the applicant is a criminal or a danger to himself or others.
According to Brady rhetoric, RTC states should be more dangerous. But actual FBI and CDC data prove otherwise.
- RTC states: more guns at home and in public; less violent crime and murder.
|Right-to-Carry vs. Brady, Pct Gun Ownership, FBI Violent Crime, Murder|
- RTC states have lower firearms and non-firearms homicide rates.
|Right-to-Carry vs. Brady, Pct Gun Ownership, CDC Homicide|
Brady’s McDonald brief claimed that “an increase in gun prevalence causes an intensification of criminal violence — a shift toward greater lethality, and hence, greater harm to the community.”
Brady argued for “reasonable” Second Amendment restrictions that should be addressed “in the political arena, without courts second-guessing reasoned legislative judgments.”
Curiously, this same argument was one of the motives for the Fourteenth Amendment: to protect against legislative attempts to curtail citizens’ basic rights. Since American gun control includes a history of legislative attempts to oppress American citizens of African descent, Brady’s “reasonable” argument merits further attention.
When Brady’s grades were collated with CDC firearm and non-firearm homicide rates for Americans of African descent:
- Brady’s favorite states experienced the highest rates of homicide.
- The general trend indicates that as Brady grades decline, so do homicide rates.
- Brady’s “worst” states experienced the lowest rates of firearms and non-firearms homicide.
|Brady Grades Versus CDC African American Homicide Rates|
These data show that law-abiding Americans are safest where they have the easiest access to firearms, rendering Henigan’s premise invalid.