Gun ownership doesn’t increase violence. A Stanford study asserting that right-to-carry gun laws increase crime is flawed due to several factors, most of all that it was carried out in unique environments, such as Hawaii, asserts John R. Lott of Fox News. The argument that the introduction of right-to-carry has raised the crime rate has not been proven. The Stanford study’s sample size was not big enough to make solid claims that are relevant to the whole country. Assertions about police underestimating offenses by gun owners are speculative. Permit holders respect the law and have very low rates of weapons violations.
The long-standing notion among conservative circles that more guns equal less crime is wrong. In fact, the opposite is closer to the truth, writes Newsweek’s Michele Gorman. States that introduced the right-to-carry of concealed weapons saw more crimes than other states that didn’t. A higher presence of people carrying guns with them have led to more violent incidents over 37 years. Assertions that guns’ effect on crime wasn’t definitive are erroneous; hard statistics back this up. The NRA has long claimed that guns are needed for safety, when in reality they contribute to more Americans being put in harm’s way.