Harvard Study Says Guns Reduce Crime

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Here’s a study that you’re not likely to ever hear about on the evening news or on a mainstream media news channel. Why? Because, even though it cites data sources that anti-gunners like to use to try to justify their wrong-headed position on guns, this study uses all of the data to come to an honest conclusion. And what is that conclusion?

Guns are good.

To be fair, they didn’t use that exact phrase, but an article on beliefnet.com gives us the details:

According to a study in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, which cites the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the United Nations International Study on Firearms Regulation, the more guns a nation has, the less criminal activity.

In other words, more firearms, less crime, concludes the virtually unpublicized research report by attorney Don B. Kates and Dr. Gary Mauser. But the key is firearms in the hands of private citizens.

“The study was overlooked when it first came out in 2007,” writes Michael Snyder, “but it was recently re-discovered and while the findings may not surprise some, the place where the study was undertaken is a bit surprising. The study came from the Harvard Journal of Law, that bastion of extreme, Ivy League liberalism. Titled Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?, the report “found some surprising things.”

The popular assertion that the United States has the industrialized world’s highest murder rate, says the Harvard study, is a throwback to the Cold War when Russian murder rates were nearly four times higher than American rates. In a strategic disinformation campaign, the U.S. was painted worldwide as a gunslinging nightmare of street violence – far worse than what was going on in Russia. The line was repeated so many times that many believed it to be true. Now, many still do.

Today violence continues in Russia – far worse than in the U.S. – although the Russian people remain virtually disarmed. “Similar murder rates also characterize the Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and various other now-independent European nations of the former U.S.S.R.,” note Kates and Mauser . Kates is a Yale-educated criminologist and constitutional lawyer. Dr. Mauser is a Canadian criminologist at Simon Fraser University with a Ph.D. from the University of California Irvine. “International evidence and comparisons have long been offered as proof of the mantra that more guns mean more deaths and that fewer guns, therefore, mean fewer deaths. Unfortunately, such discussions are all too often been afflicted by misconceptions and factual error.”

We could go on with more and more information, but you get the idea. This Harvard study simply demolishes claims from anti-gunners about guns reducing violence. It’s simply not the case. Gun ownership by private citizens actually reduces violent crime, and don’e let anyone tell you otherwise.

26 COMMENTS

  1. What about all the people that are stabbed with a knife or screwdriver and killed. What about all the auto wrecks that kill thousands of people every year. Do we need to outlaw autos and go back to horseback. The idiots in congress are all brainwashed. We need some farmers, ranchers, blue color workers and no more lawyers. All the Congress looks for is money under the table. There all paid off by some giant corporations. Get some people in Congress that have some common sense.

    • My sentiments exactly, Billy! Corporations now run America with money, money and more money. Why else would this administration undo all the anti pollution regulations unless they were being paid to do it? The Coal Industry brags about their “friend” Trump! Big Agribusiness is crowing about the new ethanol policy even though the automotive and small engine manufacturers are warning of damage to engines and fuel systems from ethanol fuels, and air quality scientists have been saying for years how ethanol fuels are more polluting than straight gasoline. This administration doesn’t care about the citizens of our great nation, only about lining their pockets!

      • Fred Your LIBERAL brain is in need of a VERY long rest. the Anti Pollution regulations that you think were undone for money is right but OBAMA put those regulations in place to destroy the USA they were utter BULLSHIT regulations designed to HURT America. Coal is NOT a bad fuel especially with the Clean burners that have been in place for a very long time. Trump did NOT start the Ethanol Crap it was started in the Clinton era it’s a boon to Corn farmers and that is it. it reeks Havoc on the population in higher cost of fuel and more pollution, but thank Billy Clinton for that mess. it has been touted as a wonder drug for so long that everyone that doens’t know better believes it. if President Trump knew how bad it really is I’m sure he would put a stop to it. he’ll piss off a lot of IOWA farmers in the process but I’m sure he would figure out a way to stop it.

        • on top of all that it is 2-3x more toxic the reg gas and every repair person is now required to wair gloves when dealing with it. it also helps to destroy car engines from the inside.

    • Also, the statistics have been manipulated by including inappropriate numbers in the calculations, such as including self inflicted gunshots or suicides, or in some cases shooting of criminal suspects by police.

    • Screwdrivers and automobiles have other uses, their primary designed uses. Firearms have a single purpose, the purpose for which they are designed: to send a piece of metal from here to there.

      • Bob, Guns do more than just send a piece of metal from here to there, they look great over a mantle, look great in the gun cabinet or hanging in the window of your pickup. Guns are great conversation starters. and just showing it can STOP someone from hurting you or your family. When a Pistol is in a Holster sometimes they make a great arm rest. when you run out of those metal pieces they can be used as a club to take out that assailant that is trying to hurt your family. Yes they were designed for hunting for food and protecting one self and then politicians got the great idea they could be used for war to kill the bad guys on the other side of the fence.

  2. As the FBI report states, “more people are killed by Carpenters tools than guns” hammers, clubs etc.
    If the senate and congress were concerned about saving lives they would work on people control and automobiles. The Democrat, leftist, socialist push for gun control is to disarm the American public and make them defenseless, same as hitler.

  3. This was proven in Florida years ago when guns were permitted in vehicles and crime dropped significantly, as well as in the Georgia town that mandated all have a gun, but thanks to Harvard fro the validation. BTW a study was done at Florida State Prison those many years ago of inmates and found that’s the one thing they fear and try to avoid.

  4. At this time I ask myself why,when we have been threatened with Marshal Law in the past on Law abiding citizens.Why has it not taken place in Portland with the violence going on.Law abiding citizens cars are being Smashed and citizens threatened.The police there supposedly are too afraid to stop Antifa and the violence going on there.Why,Why has Marshal Law Not been summoned there to take control.What is Really going on?Why has a State Gov’t allowed for this to go on too long.Please let we the people know.Personally I’m Not in favor of Marshal Law but,when when we the people are too threatened its time to take control for ourselves.SHOOT them and see if then the Police come out.If you Dare Illegally Damage my property then I feel its time to go to the Next Level.STAND YOUR GROUND!Shoot first and ask questions Later.

    • The police in Oregon are on stand down orders from the mayor in Portland and governor of said State. Even if the police wanted to do their job, which in this libraries state, I kinda doubt, they cannot. Blame the superiors. As a matter of fact, the governor says what a great job antifag are doing smashing Nazi faces in. It’s truly unfortunate how blind these lemmings really are. My nephew is one of them, but in Seattle. He is so brainwashed, that even when the dems say they will take away the several hundred dollars extra he gets from Trump’s tax cut, he still votes for them, because the thought that even one rich person getting to keep more of his money to hire people like him, makes him howl at the moon. There’s no getting anything thru to these people. They are lost. There’s only one way this is going to end. And I hate to think that, but it’s what the left is talking them into.

    • Its called being ordered by the administration to “stand down”. It’s obvious, by the words of the mayor that’s exactly what’s happening there. It’s a liberal bastion run by democrats that want to continue to sow the seeds of hate and division yet that’s what they say the right is doing. Their representatives are out there calling for people to “get in the face”, “draw a crowd around” people who work for or support the Trump administration. The democrats aren’t running on any policies that’ll make people or the country better. Their running on spreading fear and racial division. I was a democratic voter for 32yrs up until 2016. After what I’ve seen over the last two yrs, I’ll never vote democrat again ! They have no message for me except, as a heterosexual white male I should hate myself for my “white privilege”, like I had control over my race. The easiest way to beat anyone/anything that outnumbered you in your thought is to “divide and conquer”. They want power back so bad they’ll burn the country down to get it. Like the democrats are “entitled” to the White House or Congress. Not if I can help it …

  5. In general there is no lower profession than that of lawyers. They were long ago noted as being the only profession that could be eliminated and have absolutely no adverse effects on humanity. Look at the American populous’s rating for the approval of the U.S. Congress, almost all lawyers,it is lower than that of used car salesmen and all other public service jobs. Yes by all means, lets all elect individuals of any discipline except, lawyer.

  6. John Lott is right! His landmark study is detailed in his excellent book, “More Guns, Less Crime”, now in its 3rd edition. Well researched and peer reviewed. Unassailable!

  7. Any faction can cherry pick data from any study to support their agenda, but when you read the full report, ALL the pertinent facts lead to the real truth, not just one side or the other’s idea of “truth”(known in the Kremlin as Pravda [whatever facts fit at the time])!

  8. There is a much overlooked point for having guns. Look to Australia, Great Britain, France and Germany. When their citizen’s guns were either taken or strictly controlled, their nation-wide violent crime, doubled almost overnight. Now, let us apply just a little logic, deductive reasoning and common sense to the gun equation. Criminals, knowing that the citizens don’t have guns, will surely increase their efforts—as clearly evidenced world-wide. Also, criminals do NOT give up their guns, as it is already illegal in most countries for convicted criminals to own or use guns.

  9. If you cannot afford one, you can make one. Just get a surplus Army manual entitled “Improvised Munitions and Explosives”. (TM 31-210). The book shows how to make single shot shotgun and rifle using pipe. You can make double-barrel shotgun also. Amazon has some surplus books from a publisher now out of business, Loompanic (sp?) that show how to make ammo from household products. Neat books.

  10. YOU WILL TAKE MY GUNS FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!!!
    REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED TO THE NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS WHEN THEY SURRENDERED THEIR FIREARMS!!!
    THAT WORKED OUT WELL FOR THEM, DIDN’T IT???

  11. Harvard is stupid!!! People reduce crimes (or should I say killers reduce crimes – and the way to do this is to not shoot people!!!). BUT, guns don’t reduce crimes for sure; it is all about the people who use the guns!!!

  12. Harvard study very interesting, and showing these positive statistics of why we should be able to carry. Hopefully someone in the Republican party will pick up this study and pass it to the gun grabbers. Chicago should be a great testing ground if it will work or not, the murder capital of the United States.

  13. One issue where I get blamed for calling people idiots is the anti-gun crowd. They have no valid data to substantiate their claims. But the actual fact is that the anti-gun crowd have a different agenda. That is to disarm the nation. But that is precisely why the Second Amendment exists.

  14. If the Government really cared about human lives then get rid of cigarettes and alcohol! Most addictions start with those two things. Some how they are protected! We can’t keep cigarettes from the kids how can we stop anything else then!

  15. Here in New Mexico ( yeah we are a state of the union, have been since 1912!)
    One of our Dem. senators introduced a bill!
    She claimed that in states where similar laws were passed, the domestic violence was reduced by a certain amount.
    She was absolutely correct!
    However she neglected to mention that nationwide domestic violence decreased by the same amount.
    Bloomberg’s half truths at work for the gun grabbers!

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