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I try to make sure that when I reference something, the quote is accurate and the source is reliable. A recent Facebook post mentioned a claim that the US murder rate would be in line with average European nations such as Belgium if the strict gun control states of California, New Jersey and Illinois plus the District of Columbia were factored out. Obviously, the point was that removing guns from the hands of law-abiding citizens does not reduce homicides. I assumed the numbers to be accurate, since they were widely quoted and the cited sources included the CDC and the Martin Prosperity Institute. If they are not, then I apologize for the error.
I’m flattered to think that the self-titled "Politi-fact" took me to task over this and some seemed to think this widely-circulated story didn’t exist until I noticed it. If I mistakenly repeat inaccurate data, I correct it.
Personally, I don’t understand this Internet-bred obsession with nitpicking and name-calling over the interpretation of statistics. It obscures much larger issues. For instance, do the nitpickers think that disputing the interpretation of some statistics means that strict anti-gun laws in places like Chicago and DC are actually working? Tell it to the Chicago children who now need escorts just to get to school without getting shot by gangs: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-08-26/national/41446515_1_safe-passage-program-gang-boundaries-chicago-children
Maybe they think it proves that higher gun sales translate into higher crime rates? No, that can’t be it: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/04/virginia-gun-crime-drops-as-firearms-sales-soar/
Perhaps they think concealed carry laws increase crime? Then why is crime plummeting in Michigan, even as police payrolls are being slashed? Must be the unleaded gasoline: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/08/less_cops_less_crime_mlive_inv.html#incart_special-report
Or maybe they hope to prove that America has a higher murder rate than all other nations because we have so many guns. Or that countries that ban guns have fewer murders. Again, wrong on all counts: http://www.kmph.com/story/23283092/gun-bans-dont-mean-lower-murder-rates-finds-harvard-study
That last story contains a link to the full study, if anyone wants to wade in and "fact-check" it. It concludes that murder rates in Europe are largely due to socio-cultural factors, but “in nations that have experienced high and rising violent crime rates,” passing severe anti-gun laws “is futile, for reducing gun ownership by the law-abiding citizenry — the only ones who obey gun laws — does not reduce violence or murder.”
Once again, let me make clear that this study did not originate with me. If you want to dispute the findings, take it up with the source, those lying, right-wing gun nuts at Harvard University.