We at the BluCore Shooting Center try to be up to speed on a lot of things. On that list would be firearms training (primarily for self defense / concealed carry), shooting range issues, gun store / availability issues and many others. Another very important topic is our 2nd Amendment. America is unique in having this in their founding documents. Firearms are a HUGE part of our culture.
We also get a lot of good articles sent to us on these topics. We make no claim to have a monopoly on good ideas. So, from time to time we like to summarize great articles and link them here. Today’s blog post is an example of such an article.
In 1998, Massachusetts passed what was hailed as the toughest gun-control legislation in the country. Among other stringencies, it banned semiautomatic “assault” weapons, imposed strict new licensing rules, prohibited anyone convicted of a violent crime or drug trafficking from ever carrying or owning a gun, and enacted severe penalties for storing guns unlocked.
One of the state’s leading anti-gun activists, John Rosenthal of Stop Handgun Violence, joined the applause. “The new gun law,” he predicted, “will certainly prevent future gun violence and countless grief.”
The 1998 legislation did cut down, quite sharply, on the legal use of guns in Massachusetts. Within four years, the number of active gun licenses in the state had plummeted. “There were nearly 1.5 million active gun licenses in Massachusetts in 1998,” the AP reported. “In June , that number was down to just 200,000.” The author of the law, state Senator Cheryl Jacques, was pleased that the Bay State’s stiff new restrictions had made it possible to “weed out the clutter.”
But the law that was so tough on law-abiding gun owners had quite a different impact on criminals.
Since 1998, gun crime in Massachusetts has gotten worse, not better. Instead of “lead[ing] the way in cracking down on gun violence,” the state has seen gun violence shoot up. In 2011, Massachusetts recorded 122 murders committed with firearms, the Boston Globe reported this month – “a striking increase from the 65 in 1998.” Other crimes rose too. Between 1998 and 2011, robbery with firearms climbed 20.7 percent. Aggravated assaults jumped 26.7 percent.
But crime in Massachusetts didn’t just continue, it began climbing. As in the rest of the country, violent crime had been declining in Massachusetts since the early 1990s. Beginning in 1998, that decline reversed – unlike in the rest of the country. For example, the state’s murder rate (murders per 100,000 inhabitants) bottomed out at 1.9 in 1997 and had risen to 2.8 by 2011. The national murder rate, on the other hand, kept falling; it reached a new low of 4.7 in 2011. Guns-across-borders might have explained homicide levels in Massachusetts continuing unchanged. But how can other states’ policies be responsible for an increase in Massachusetts homicides? (link to full article here...)
The above was pasted from an article, as mentioned, which was written elsewhere. It points out a lot of the things we as gun advocates already know. Increased gun control and legislation will ONLY affect those of us who follow the law. It will have little or no affect on criminals. In this instance, it had the reverse affect. Firearms crime and other violent crime increased sharply. This all happened during a time when these violent rates fell nationwide.
Just more AMMO for you to use in your arguments!