After a tragedy like mass shooting happens, liberals flood the internet and news media with claims that making firearms illegal and abolishing the 2nd Amendment is the answer. The left makes emotionally charged arguments, arguing that innocent victims “could have been spared” if guns were illegal.
But Heritage expert Patrick Terrell points out that the numbers just don’t add up. Criminalizing the possession of firearms in America does not correlate to a reduction in homicides. In fact, according to a study by the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the relationship goes the other way.
From 1986 to 2012, the production of new firearms in the U.S. increased dramatically. During the same time period, criminal homicides in the U.S. decreased. Their study concludes that gun bans are ineffective because they “do not affect the socio-cultural and economic factors that are the real determinants of violent crime rates.”
Do you think gun control is the solution to reducing homicides in America?