Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 9 years ago

is it true that more guns equals less crime or is that just pro-gun propaganda?

ive heard good arguments from people who are pro or anti gun. the most compelling anti-gun argument came from several europeans where they have very strict gun laws.

i have heard several times from pro-gun people that more guns in the hands of trained citizens has been proven to reduce this true?

10 Answers

  • Mathew
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
    Best Answer

    It's not necessarily "more guns" it's "more people with guns." An yes, it's true.


    by Gun Owners Foundation

    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102

    Springfield, VA 22151


    * Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year -- or about 6,850 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 60 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives.

    * Of the 2.5 million self-defense cases, as many as 200,000 are by women defending themselves against sexual abuse.

    * Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year (1,527 to 606). And readers of Newsweek learned in 1993 that "only 2 percent of civilian shootings involved an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal. The ‘error rate’ for the police, however, was 11 percent, more than five times as high."

    * Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker.

    * Handguns are the weapon of choice for self-defense. Citizens use handguns to protect themselves over 1.9 million times a year. Many of these self-defense handguns could be labeled as "Saturday Night Specials."

    * One-half million self-defense uses. Every year, as many as one-half million citizens defend themselves with a firearm away from home.

    * Florida. In the ten years following the passage of Florida's concealed carry law in 1987, there were 478,248 people who received permits to carry firearms. FBI reports show that the homicide rate in Florida, which in 1987 was much higher than the national average, fell 39% during that 10-year period. The Florida rate is now far below the national average.


    * Nationwide. A comprehensive national study determined in 1996 that violent crime fell after states made it legal to carry concealed firearms. The results of the study showed:

    * States which passed concealed carry laws reduced their murder rate by 8.5%, rapes by 5%, aggravated assaults by 7% and robbery by 3%; and

    * If those states not having concealed carry laws had adopted such laws in 1992, then approximately 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, 60,000 aggravated assaults and over 11,000 robberies would have been avoided yearly.

    * Kennesaw, GA. In 1982, this suburb of Atlanta passed a law requiring heads of households to keep at least one firearm in the house. The residential burglary rate subsequently dropped 89% in Kennesaw, compared to the modest 10.4% drop in Georgia as a whole.

    * Ten years later (1991), the residential burglary rate in Kennesaw was still 72% lower than it had been in 1981, before the law was passed.

    * Nationwide. Statistical comparisons with other countries show that burglars in the United States are far less apt to enter an occupied home than their foreign counterparts who live in countries where fewer civilians own firearms. Consider the following rates showing how often a homeowner is present when a burglar strikes:

    * Homeowner occupancy rate in the gun control countries of Great Britain, Canada and Netherlands: 45% (average of the three countries); and,

    * Homeowner occupancy rate in the United States: 12.7%.

    Rapes averted when women carry or use firearms for protection

    * Orlando, FL. In 1966-67, the media highly publicized a safety course which taught Orlando women how to use guns. The result: Orlando's rape rate dropped 88% in 1967, whereas the rape rate remained constant in the rest of Florida and the nation.

    * Nationwide. In 1979, the Carter Justice Department found that of more than 32,000 attempted rapes, 32% were actually committed. But when a woman was armed with a gun or knife, only 3% of the attempted rapes were actually successful.

    Justice Department study:

    * 3/5 of felons polled agreed that "a criminal is not going to mess around with a victim he knows is armed with a gun."

    * 74% of felons polled agreed that "one reason burglars avoid houses when people are at home is that they fear being shot during the crime."

    * 57% of felons polled agreed that "criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police."

    [end quote]

    [Edited to add]


    Knives more deadly: According to the FBI, people have a much greater chance of being killed by a knife or a blunt object than by any kind of rifle, including an "assault rifle." In Chicago, the chance is 67 times greater. That is, a person is 67 times more likely to be stabbed or beaten to death in Chicago than to be murdered by an "assault rifle."

    [end quote]

    Same source as the above.

    Source(s): ENDNOTES on with the original document Mar 1999
  • 9 years ago

    Yes it is true. For six of the last seven years the FBI reports that violent crimes are down while gun ownership is at an all time high. In conjunction read the book I've added to the source, not done by a gun guy but by an economist. While his work has been attacked repeatedly over the years by gun grabbers they have never been able to disprove his work. His work has been repeated by numerous universities and colleges with the same results.

    The stat provided byWellTraveled is absolutely bogus. That number was an unqualified stat provided in the AMA and they radically changed the number the very next year. They still count only if you kill someone with your gun as a defensive use. In truth law abiding Americans stop over 2.5 million crimes every year and we ten time more likely to stop a crime using a gun than a uniformed police officer.

    Source(s): More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition by John R. Lott Jr
  • 4 years ago

    The only way more restrictions on guns would prevent crimes involving guns would be if we crack down extremely hard on all of the existing guns and eradicate them from the system. Right now there are simply too many guns being bought and sold illegally. If more restrictions were placed on gun ownership, Right Now, then if could lead to more crime, because the only people the new laws would affect are the law abiding people of the country. The criminals are going to have guns no matter what, simply because they don't go about getting their guns legally in the first place. It would very hard, and take a very long time for this problem to be completely fix.

  • 9 years ago

    Unfortunately, gun bans cannot work in this country. Too many people already have guns, gun ownership is a right in our Constitution, and people hunt. I have no issue with guns, but everyone that owns one should take safety classes, as well as everyone in their home.

    I do think that if every able bodied person had a gun in their home and was trained to use it properly, the number of home invasions and burglaries would go down. However, we have a large country with vastly different living conditions between populated areas and sparsely populated areas. It is totally acceptable to me for people in a rural area to have a rifle in their truck, but very frightening to think that every overstressed driver on a busy city freeway has a pistol in their glove box.

    Gun laws must be made on the local level to account for the varying lifestyles of our population. No one wants to see kids shooting each other, road rage shootings on the freeway, or crazies shooting up a school. This must be tempered with our right to protect ourselves and our property, and the right to hunt. (yea, some people hunt to eat still in this country)

    As with almost everything, there is no easy answer. Guns cannot be banned, but varying controls at the State and local level should be enforced to protect everyone as much as possible.

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  • Mike K
    Lv 7
    9 years ago


    Its more to do with the social mentality of the nation. If you look at countries like Mexico and Colombia as two examples of many, you see they have very strict gun laws and one can do 3 - 9 years or more in prison for just being caught with an unregistered weapon. Given the poverty and drug crimes there this means diddly squat to the criminals who have them anyway and their murder rates are just horrendous unfortunately.


    Michael Kelly.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The crime statistics in the US prove that statement is false.

    And a gun "in the home" is about 1,300 times more likely to be used to shoot a family member (either intentionally or accidentally) than it is to be used for "defense" (against a burglar or intruder).

    All more guns equals is more gun injuries and deaths.


  • 9 years ago

    I forget which college allows students to carry guns on campus.

    Nothing like parties, beer bongs, and a Friday night whoopsie daisy.

  • =42
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    True, and false. It depends on the country, the spirit of the law, and the enforcement of the law. Works in Sweden; doesn't work in the U.S.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Every white Christian should own a gun.

  • 9 years ago

    Post in polls?

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