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Harvard Study: Gun Control Is Counterproductive

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Harvard Study: Gun Control Is Counterproductive

I’ve just learned that Washington, D.C.’s petition for a rehearing of the Parker case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was denied today. This is good news. Readers will recall in this case that the D.C. Circuit overturned the decades-long ban on gun ownership in the nation’s capitol on Second Amendment grounds.

However, as my colleague Peter Ferrara explained in his National Review Online article following the initial decision in March, it looks very likely that the United States Supreme Court will take the case on appeal. When it does so – beyond seriously considering the clear original intent of the Second Amendment to protect an individual’s right to armed self-defense – the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court would be wise to take into account the findings of a recent study out of Harvard.

The study, which just appeared in Volume 30, Number 2 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (pp. 649-694), set out to answer the question in its title: “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence.” Contrary to conventional wisdom, and the sniffs of our more sophisticated and generally anti-gun counterparts across the pond, the answer is “no.” And not just no, as in there is no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, but an emphatic no, showing a negative correlation: as gun ownership increases, murder and suicide decreases.



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  1. watchdogman

    September 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    something we gun-owners already knew…But it is nice to see a NE University agree!

  2. AKGuns

    September 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    who’s surprised by this? Of course Gun Control does NOT work, unless you mean proper sight alignment, slow steady squeeze, and a surprise when the round goes off. maybe two hands, proper aim,
    but the Liberals idea of gun control is an utter utopian and simplistic view.
    It has never nor will it ever work. It’s just like prohibition has never and will never work, oh wait it is exactly like prohibition, the prohibition of firearms.

  3. Richard Ligarzewski

    September 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Gun ownership in the hands of decent law abiding citizens has always been a deterent against crime. In states that have extreame rules in getting a carry permit, the criminal has an advantage over the population where gun ownership is restricted. On the other hand, the states that allow their citizens to arm themselves have a fair chance to protect themselves from the criminals. People like mayor Bloomberg of N.Y.City has armed guards protecting him 24/7, whereas the regular people have to depend on themselves for protection.

  4. John Brashear

    September 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Facts have never deterred a Liberal progressive from an agenda…..the agenda is tyranny…

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