In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the case of New York State Rifle & Piston Association v. Bruen, there has been a chorus on the left warning that greater access to legal gun ownership will inevitably produce a rise in violent crime, but as Fox News reports, data compiled on the question paint a very different picture and appear to vindicate arguments long made by conservatives.
In the Bruen case, the High Court invalidated a New York statute that required anyone seeking a permit to carry a concealed weapon to demonstrate “proper cause” and a “special need for self defense,” a move which a majority of justices said ran afoul of the Second Amendment.
The decision added to concerns that were already reaching fever pitch among Democrats – and many Republicans – that greater restrictions on gun access are needed, particularly in the wake of recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams suggested that the justices’ decision would lead to a “wild, wild west” atmosphere in the Big Apple, and liberal commentator Keith Olbermann declared in typically unhinged fashion that the ruling signaled a need to “dissolve” the Court altogether.
Seeming to disprove all of those dire predictions and pronouncements, however, is research aggregated by Joyce Lee Malcom, professor emerita at George Mason University, who found that states in which a higher proportion of households contain at least one firearm do not have crime rates that exceed those in states with stringent restrictions on guns.
“Gun ownership is higher in states with fewer restrictions, and homicide rates in these states are lower,” Malcolm indicated, noting that a 1986 study on burglars revealed that 34% of potential intruders stated that they had been “scared off, shot at, wounded or captured by an armed victim.”
Furthermore, Fox News Digital analyzed information assembled by the FBI in 2019 on murders and murders committed via gun per 100,000 residents in a large number of states, as well as information released by Rand Corporation in 2020 regarding the number of households in 2016 that contained at least one gun.
Even without adjusting for the current crime wave gripping the nation as well as a likely increase in homes containing at least one firearm, it is clear from the data that numerous states in which gun ownership is higher reported lower or at least similar rates of murders and murders via gun than states in which firearms are more highly regulated.
As crime prevention advocate John Lott opined, “The explanation is simple: while you might take some guns away from criminals, if you primarily have law-abiding people obeying the ban, you mainly disarm law-abiding people and make it easier for criminals to commit crime,” echoing a fact of life countless Second Amendment champions have underscored for years.