Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons: No Evidence To Support More Gun Control

In their never ending battle to stop law abiding American citizens from owning firearms the anti-gun lobby will do whatever it takes to restrict Americans ownership of guns. They have shown this willingness to exploit tragedies in attempts to gain supporters while families and victims grieve, all in the name of their agenda . President Obama recently made anti-gun remarks during a memorial service for the victims of the Navy Yard Shooting.

One of the anti-gun groups arguments is that less firearms equals less violence, seems to make sense on the surface and is many times accepted as fact. But unfortunately for the anti-gun movement and fortunately for us, the anti-gun facts don't add up.

Enter  the fall issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons and Jane M. Orient, M.D. arguing that there is no evidence-based support for more gun control.  The statistics gun-control advocates cite are hand-picked from larger data sets that show no correlation between more gun laws and less violence.

The facts are since 1993, homicides with firearms and other crimes with firearms are down significantly (39 and 69 percent, respectively). Using the gun-control line of thinking, one would expect there to be significantly fewer firearms now than in 1993. Nothing could be further from the truth. That period of decreased violence actually corresponds with a substantial increase in the number of guns owned by Americans.

It seems clear those interested in reducing violent crime would be better served not by passing new laws to restrict access to firearms for law-abiding citizens, but by enforcing the laws already on the books.

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