Links To Source Studies
The scientific value of a study can only be determined by examining how it
was conducted, not by parroting its "conclusions." This section is intended to
make available the actual study rather than what people are saying about
Authored by Gary Mauser, professor at Simon
Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, this study examines crime trends
in Commonwealth countries that have recently introduced firearm regulations:
i.e., Great Britain, Australia, and Canada. The widely ignored key to evaluating
firearm regulations is to examine trends in total violent crime, not just
firearms crime. The United States provides a valuable point of comparison for
assessing crime rates because its criminal justice system differs so drastically
from those in Europe and the Commonwealth. Perhaps the most striking difference
is that qualified citizens in the United States can carry concealed handguns for
self-defense. The upshot is that violent crime rates, and homicide rates in
particular, have been falling in the United States. The drop in the American
crime rate is even more impressive when compared with the rest of the world. The
study can be downloaded as a 304K pdf file.
From, of all places, the United Nations, comes this
look at crime rates and victim attitudes for 17 major industrialized countries.
What is of interest to gun owners is the not-so-surprising revelation that
England now has the worst crime rate of all major countries. Following a
near-total ban on civilian ownership of firearms, crime in England began to
skyrocket. In the UN study, researchers found that nearly 55 crimes are
committed per 100 people in England and Wales compared with an average of 35 per
100 in other industrialized countries. England and Wales also have the worst
record for "very serious" offenses, recording 18 such crimes for every 100
inhabitants, followed by Australia with 16 (yet another country that has all but
banned legitimate self-defense, thus creating a lucrative hunting ground for
criminals). The link is to the ICVS homepage; study data are available for
download as Acrobat pdf files.
Dr. John R.
Lott of More Guns, Less Crime fame teamed with John E. Whitley of the
University of Adelaide on this study of more than twenty years worth of "Lock Up
Your Safety" madatory gun storage laws. They found no support at all for the
usual gun banner claims that such laws will reduce juvenile accidental gun
deaths and suicides. On the contrary, the data suggest that these laws appear to
impair the ability of citizens to properly use their guns in self-defense.
During the first five full years after the passage of the safe storage laws, the
group of fifteen states that adopted these laws faced an annual average increase
of over 300 more murders, 3,860 more rapes, 24,650 more robberies, and over
25,000 more aggravated assaults. On average, the annual costs borne by victims
averaged over $2.6 billion as a result of lost productivity, out-of-pocket
expenses, medical bills, and property losses. The link is to the abstract; the
actual study available for download is a 238K Acrobat pdf file.
This groundbreaking study, published in The
Journal of Law and Economics, has discovered that states implementing
concealed carry laws benefit the safety of police. The author, David B. Mustard
of the University of Georgia's Department of Economics, found that allowing
law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons "does not endanger the lives of
officers, and may help reduce their risk of being killed." This is an Acrobat
From the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention within the U.S. Department of Justice comes this study focusing on
crime, gang activity, and drug use among youths in cities. Of particular
interest is page 18. The study showed that those youths who owned illegal
guns are involved in street crime at a whopping 71% rate. By contrast, the
government researchers admit that youths owning legal guns have a crime
rate lower than those who own no guns at all! The link between the socialization
of the family and instruction by fathers to legal gun ownership and low crime
rates is mentioned. The thugs, of course, are getting their socialization "on
the street." This is an Acrobat pdf file.
A federal grant from the
Clinton Justice Department went to two anti-gun scholars to fund this research
project. Result: findings which support the work on defensive uses of firearms
done by Dr. Gary Kleck of FSU. Kleck's research has been unfairly vilified in
the media, but now even anti-gun researchers are admitting to more than a
million defensive uses per year. The above link is to a text version; the
20-page report is also available as an Adobe Acrobat file.
This is the famous 1996 Lott and
Mustard multi-year study which proves the link between concealed carry and the
lowering of the crime rate. Several download options available.
Department of Justice study looks at crime in the U.S. vs. the U.K. from
1981-1996. Gun control in England is nearly total, with yet another major ban
passing in 1997. England's attempts to control its society-wide crime problem
with ever-more restrictive gun control have proven to be a dismal failure.
FBI's Uniform Crime Reports. Most files available as .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) only.
One of the oldest studies,
from October of 1994, relying heavily upon early Florida and Washington data.
From the Florida Department of
State, updated monthly.