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More Gun Control, More Murder


Boston GlobeIN 1998, Massachusetts passed what was hailed as the toughest gun-control legislation in the country. Among other stringencies, it banned semiautomatic “assault” weapons, imposed strict new licensing rules, prohibited anyone convicted of a violent crime or drug trafficking from ever carrying or owning a gun, and enacted severe penalties for storing guns unlocked.

Since 1998, gun crime in Massachusetts has gotten worse, not better. In 2011, Massachusetts recorded 122 murders committed with firearms, the Globe reported this month — “a striking increase from the 65 in 1998.” Other crimes rose too. Between 1998 and 2011, robbery with firearms climbed 20.7 percent. Aggravated assaults jumped 26.7 percent.

Somehow, states that pass gun control never seem to get the promised benefits in crime reduction. They do get benefits that are more important to elected Democrat officials, though: fewer Republicans voting, because the oppressive gun laws drive them away.

This entry was published Thu Mar 08 09:27:15 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-03-08 09:27:15.0. [Tweet]

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