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Academic journal 'demolishes' gun control myths

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An academic journal has published a new study that deals head-on with the common myths that proponents of gun control use to attempt to make a case for significant restrictions on firearms rights.

The journal, Applied Economics Letters, found that the overwhelming majority of the common motives for passing more restrictive gun control laws cannot be corroborated by the facts when the issue is analyzed in depth.

According to Noah Rothman of Mediaite, the latest issue of the academic journal, made available today, contains a study titled, "An examination of the effects of concealed weapons laws and assault weapons bans on state-level murder rates."

The abstract of the study states the following:

The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).

The study was conducted by Mark Gius, an economics professor at Quinnipiac University. Gius examined 30 years' worth of data and discovered that stricter gun control laws do not reduce gun violence. He also found that higher rates of concealed carry of firearms reduce the incidents of gun crime.

But the bombshell revelation of the study is contained in the second sentence of the abstract:

...the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states...

This fact is in stark contradiction to false data often supplied by gun control advocates who claim that states with higher rates of concealed carry have higher gun-related murder rates than other states. The opposite is true.

Gius' exhaustive study should prove to be an important adjunct in 2014 as it was announced today that the White House planned to reignite the gun control push. Obama has very little factual ground on which to stand.


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