Stats don’t back CA gun grab

Dec. 29 By Steven Greenhut — California’s Democratic legislators are actively introducing measures designed to limit our ability to defend ourselves with firearms, yet the Sacramento Bee reported today that gun deaths have been going down even as gun ownership here has increased.

Per the Bee:

Gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data. Dealers sold 600,000 guns in California last year, up from 350,000 in 2002, according to records of sale tallied by the California Attorney General’s office. During that same period, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,800, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health.

That’s a stunning increase in gun sales and precipitous drop in gun injuries.  Of course, those numbers don’t prove that more guns equal fewer gun deaths, although author John Lott’s book “More Guns, Less Crime” makes that case persuasively. Still, it certainly reinforces the point that keeping guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens is unlikely to reduce crime. Kudos to the Bee, which has a liberal editorial page, for reporting this truth.


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  1. A Conservative Teacher
    A Conservative Teacher 29 December, 2012, 17:24

    Your logic does not stand a chance against the power of the dark side of the force, or the progressives who desire to disarm you and then buy government health insurance.

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  2. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 29 December, 2012, 19:12

    Interesting but not surprising news. What is surprising is that a major newspaper let the truth about guns slip through. Gun related deaths and injuries, including accidents, have been dropping for about 25 years nationally even as gun ownership and concealed carry have become more common. Also, so called assault rifles account for a very small fraction of gun related homicides, somewhere between 1-3%. Far more people get stabbed to death every year than are killed with “assault weapons”. Most gun related deaths are suicides, not homicides and involve handguns, not rifles.

    Facts really are stubborn things.

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