I’d bet good money I’m preaching to the choir with this post, but it never hurts to forward news like this to your sadly misguided liberal friends. Bless their hearts, they need a good academic study every now and then, and here’s one that they’ll have a hard time picking apart.
The University of Pittsburgh (in partnership with with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police) has just released a new study that supports what most of us law-abiding gun owners have know forever: criminals commit crimes.
Actually it is slightly more nuanced than that. The real conclusion is that those who own guns legally are (statistically) very unlikely to commit crimes with those guns.
In 2008, the authorities in Pittsburgh recovered 893 firearms recovered from crime scenes.That’s enough to keep a small gun store in business. But that’s not the fun fact.
This is: 79 percent of those guns came from suspects who were carrying them illegally. Only 18 percent of the guns seized at crime scenes belonged to those who owned them legally, and there’s no indication that the guns played any part in those actual crimes–it was just all guns seized, not just those used in the act of committing a crime.
Epidemiologist Anthony Fabio of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health began the study with a simple nagging questions. How did all of the guns that were bought–initially at least–legally, end up in the wrong hands?
The answer shouldn’t seem too surprising. 30 percent of guns from this 2008 data set were stolen. That’s close to 270 of them.
The crux of the biscuit here is this. The gun-grabbing politicians of the world would have you believe that every gun is an imminent threat. The reality is far more complex. Restrictive gun laws often have negative repercussions on law-abiding gun owners. Criminals, on the other hand, aren’t all that concerned with following the letter or spirit of the law. So new gun laws frequently have little impact on their behaviors.