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Gun Restriction Legislation Doesn't Save Lives

Groups such as Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action claim that they are pushing "common sense gun laws". But are they? They claim that passing these bills are worthwhile if they can "save just one child". But do they save any children?

In fact, the hundreds of laws being pushed have not been shown to be effective in stopping violence, murder, crime, suicide or accidents. Don't take my word for it, take the National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control's words for it.

In 2004, the National Academy of Sciences released a report summarizing a review of 253 journal articles, 99 books and 43 government publications, evaluating 80 gun-control measures. Researchers (appointed during the not-pro-gun Clinton Administration) could not identify a single regulation that reduced violent crime, suicide, or accidents. The report identified "contradictory conclusions" in the literature and research reviewed, meaning in other words, no identifiable relationship between the laws passed and gun-related murder, accidents, suicide, or violence.

The results of this research are stunning.

  • There is no credible evidence that "right-to-carry" laws, which allow qualified adults to carry concealed handguns, either decrease or increase violent crime. To date, 34 states have enacted these laws.

  • There is almost no evidence that violence-prevention programs intended to steer children away from guns have had any effects on their behavior, knowledge, or attitudes regarding firearms. More than 80 such programs exist.

  • Research has found associations between gun availability and suicide with guns, but it does not show whether such associations reveal genuine patterns of cause and effect.

A year earlier, the Centers for Disease Control reported on ammunition bans, restrictions on acquisition, waiting periods, registration, licensing, child access prevention and zero tolerance laws. CDC's conclusion: There was no conclusive evidence that the laws reduced gun violence.

A 2007 National Institutes of Health study on both the 2004 NAS study and a 2005 Collaborative Study on Firearm Violence was initiated to determine priorities for research and funding on the issue of illegal use of guns.

  • On deterrence and defense: the report states that the "evidence did not answer" the questions presented by the study effort.

  • The report found inaccuracies in prior research, stating that the earlier "report conflated illegal access with illegal use".

  • On restricting access: The Report recommended new methods and techniques be used (presumably such that will yield the results desired).

As a final blow to the reliability of the prior research and conclusions on effectiveness of gun control laws, the 2007 report stated that: "It is simply not known whether it is actually possible to shut down illegal pipelines of guns to criminals nor the costs of doing so".

Six years later, in 2013, NPR reported this telling headline:

Chicago's Gun Ban Fails To Prevent Murders

The above series of findings, from the most credible reporting and research facilities in the world, shows that gun laws do nothing to stop violence, or to increase safety. It does not "save the children." The unavoidable conclusion to this is that every gun control law already passed is of doubtful or no effectiveness in actually achieving the results claimed.

The unstated goal, and dubious "success", of gun control laws is to make felons of law-abiding citizens.

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