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January 5, 2014

Gun Control Myths Demolished By Academic Study

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A new study conducted by Mark Gius, an economics professor at Quinnipiac University, published in 'Applied Economics Letters' deals head-on with the common myths that proponents of gun control use to attempt to make a case for significant restrictions on firearms rights. Gius found that the overwhelming majority of the common motives for passing more restrictive gun control laws cannot be corroborated by the facts when the issue is analyzed in depth.

Here's an abstract of the study, titled "An examination of the effects of concealed weapons laws and assault weapons bans on state-level murder rates":

The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).
This is a perfect follow-up to my post titled 13 Rules Of Gunfighting Everyone Should Know.

And yes, I do indeed have a license to carry ... and do carry. Although I'll occasionally carry a 9mm SCCY CPX-2 with a 10 round magazine of Critical Defense rounds, my usual sidearm is a Remington Model 1911 .45 cal R1 Enhanced with an 8 round magazine of Critical Defense rounds. I pray that I will never have to use my concealed weapon, but if my life or the life of my family is under deadly threat ... I keep in mind the fact that the average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes, the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second, my 9mm is 1140 feet per second, and my .45 +P round is 1,000 feet per second. You don't have to guess which response will dispense the deadly threat faster. Waiting 23 minutes for the 911 response is more likely than not going to be way too late.

Nonetheless, first and foremost on my mind (and should be on yours if you carry) at all times is that situational awareness and conflict avoidance should be on your mind at all times when 'carrying' ... using your weapon (deadly force) is the very last thing you should want to do and you should do so ONLY after the deadly threat not only cannot be avoided - it is your last and only option to save your life and/or your family and/or innocents around you.


Posted by Richard at January 5, 2014 12:46 AM



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