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A new study destroys anti-gun narratives and sheds more light on the reality of murders in America. A mere 1% of counties in America account for 19% of our murder rate. Murder is highly concentrated in a few areas of the country. Most of America has an extremely low murder rate which is skewed by a few insane high crime areas.

The anti-gun lie is that, because America has more guns than most European nations, gun ownership is to blame for our higher crime rates. In fact, research is continually showing that most of America has extremely low rates of crime despite having much higher rates of gun ownership.

Check this out:

This week, a new report from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) revealed just how concentrated murders are in the U.S. Citing county level data from 2014, researchers determined that a small fraction of all counties are responsible for a majority of the murders in the U.S.

According to the report, just 2 percent of all of the counties in the country account for 51 percent of the nation’s murders. The top 5 percent of counties account for 68 percent of all murders. Further, 69 percent of all counties experienced one murder or less in 2014.

It is correct to expect that counties with large population centers are going to necessarily account for more murders. However, as the report details, the most dangerous counties account for an outsized proportion of murders given their population. The report noted, “The worst 1% of counties have 19% of the population and 37% of the murders. The worst 5% of counties contain 47% of the population and account for 68% of murders.”

CPRC also pointed out that murders are often highly concentrated within a given county. Citing Los Angeles County, which experienced 526 murder in 2014, CPRC showed that there were wide swaths of the county with virtually no murders.

CPRC’s data dovetails with other research on the concentration of criminal violence. In recent years, researchers from Yale University have studied the concentration of violence in certain social networks. In a 2015 piece for the Hartford Courant that succinctly outlines some of this research, Yale Ph.D. candidate Michael Sierra-Arévalo explained that Yale University sociologists determined “70 percent of all shootings in Chicago can be located in a social network composed of less than 6 percent of the city’s population.” Sierra-Arévalo also cited a study from researchers at Harvard and Yale, that examined violence perpetrated with guns in Boston. This research showed that violence is heavily concentrated even within a given city, determining that “between 1980 and 2009, 89 percent of Boston streets never experienced an episode of gun violence,” and that “more than half of all the gun violence during the almost 30-year period occurred in only 5 percent of the city’s streets.”

The bottom line is that the vast majority of murders happen in an extremely small area, amongst a small segment of the population; that is engaged in the gang culture. In places like Chicago the vast majority of murders happen with guns that are illegal to begin with.

Wether it’s the murder rate in Chicago or South America, the cause of high murder rates is crystal clear. Gun control has no correlation with murder rates and the existence of gang culture has everything to do with it.

Europe has a lower murder rates because they have fewer MS13 gangbangers killing each other (duh!). Brazil and Chicago, IL have high murder rates because they have a small percentage of the population in the gang culture, shooting each other.

The ability of law abiding citizens  to possess guns has never been correlated with murder rates. Both Brazil and Chicago have intense gun control laws but high murder rates, meanwhile 69% of American counties had one murder or less despite having some of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world.

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More Guns, Less Crime
More Guns, Less Crime Book by John Lott
We should celebrate our current heroes — the unrecognized heroes that are still fighting for freedom today.

Enter John Lott.

“Who the hell is John Lott?!?!” you’re probably wondering. I’ll show you…

As every gun owner in America owes John Lott a debt of gratitude. Lott is an economist and political commentator whose book, More Guns, Less Crime, makes the definitive case AGAINST “gun control” and for the private ownership of firearms.

Lott’s work gets cited alongside that of criminologist Gary Kleck because both men have worked very hard to provide actual statistical proof of the validity of firearms ownership.

Photo from Wikipedia, used under creative commons license
Photo from Wikipedia, used under creative commons license

Lott is the founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center, which Raquel Okyay called “a research and education organization that studies the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety.”

The gun control group calling itself the “Violence Policy Center” (which I think used to call itself “Handgun Control, Inc.,” a name that was deemed too honest) recently released another faulty “study” purporting to show statistical support for gun control.

Lott has worked hard, and continues to work hard, to get the word out that these “studies” (like all gun control statistics vomited forth by these anti-civil-rights groups) rely on grossly distorted figures and ridiculous leaps of logic in reaching the conclusions that that get repeated ad nauseam in the news.

Lott recently gave an interview in which he found errors like “triple counting” in the gun control data.

Lott has been endlessly vilified by liberals and “progressives,” just like Kleck has, because these men provide the ammunition we, as free citizens, need to combat left-wing lies.

I want to underscore that point: There ARE no studies to support the validity of “gun control.” When these are examined, they are all found to be lies. This is because it simply isn’t the case, in a rational world, that a person is more safe when he is disarmed and helpless.

To put it another way, the facts of reality support the idea that an armed citizen is a safer citizen because he has the means to protect himself. Liberals and progressives hate gun ownership because they hate anything that empowers the citizens to resist their attempts at creating an all-powerful cradle-to-grave state that tells citizens what to do, think, eat, and believe from the time they are born until the time they are die.

Progressives are statists who will not rest until every living creature lives under their boots and thumbs. They are allergic to facts and always prefer convenient lies.

John Lott fights to repel these lies with actual truth. It can’t be easy, and he is often giving interviews to hostile parties who make fun of him and disrespect him. He continues with his work because he believes in it and because he wants you and me to be able to protect ourselves with legal firearms.

Dedication to individual rights of this type deserves to be recognized. I applaud John Lott and I hope he continues to do his work. I hope he continues to give the liberals heartburn and I hope his statistics will fuel the defeat of progressives in many a debate for the next several years.

Thank you, John Lott, for standing with us.

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