Gun control in America places legal hurdles in the path of Americans looking to exercise their Constitutional rights.
Politicians are able to get away with gun control because they technically aren’t banning the use of firearms (which would violate the Constitution), but placing restrictions on it.
So what about more extreme gun control? What happens when a country completely bans firearm ownership?
As the research from economist John Lott demonstrates, when gun bans go into effect, we see an increase in that places homicide rate. Since the increase is in the homicide rate, that means that even if the ban was able to reduce gun homicides, net homicides still rose. Prohibiting self-defense is never a good idea.
Lott: For an example of homicide rates before and after a ban, take the case of the handgun ban in England and Wales in January 1997 (source here see Table 1.01 and the column marked “Offences currently recorded as homicide per million population”).
After the ban, clearly homicide rates bounce around over time, but there is only one year (2010) where the homicide rate is lower than it was in 1996. The immediate effect was about a 50 percent increase in homicide rates.
Firearm homicide rate had almost doubled between 1996 and 2002 (see here p. 11). The homicide and firearm homicide rates only began falling when there was a large increase in the number of police officers during 2003 and 2004.
Despite the huge increase in the number of police, the murder rate still remained slightly higher than the immediate pre-ban rate.”
Ireland confiscated all firearms in 1972. Guns were turned in to the police for “temporary” inspection, but were never returned. Murders per 100,000 population spiked from about 0.4 to 1.6 in the immediate years following the confiscation.
Want to increase murders over 500%? Have a government-instigated disarmament of the population.
Note that this chart is looking at DC’s murder rate relative to other large cities. This allows the statistics to be adjusted for national trends. The next chart looking at Chicago employs the same relative measure.
And the city every American knows as the country’s mass shooting capital: Chicago. How has gun control been working out for them?
Even the most extreme gun control doesn’t make us any safer. If the complete prohibition of firearms doesn’t work, what makes anyone think that a minor gun control measure here and there will do anything?