Letter: Gun-control laws won't cut murder rate

Anthony Rust


To the editor:

The average number of people shot in a mass shooting stopped by law enforcement is 14. The average killed when the shooter is stopped by civilians is 2.5.

In the gun-saturated states of Iowa, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, South Dakota and North Dakota, the murder rate was 1.8 per 100,000 people in 2009. This is about as low as the murder rate gets anywhere in the world.

The murder rate in those states has been about the same since 1943. Even El Paso had a murder rate of 1.9 in 2009.

The gun-saturated United States had a suicide rate of 10.2 in 2004. Canada was 10.6. Nearly gunless Japan was 20.3. We also had the fifth-lowest out of 19 countries in Europe.

Gun accidents killed 646 in the most recent year available. Motor vehicles killed 32,367. Accidental falls killed 13,700. Drugs and medical overdoses killed 28,754. Why not outlaw cars, stairs and drugs?

Gun-control people say gun control reduces crime. Wrong again. After a school massacre, handguns were outlawed in England, and then 10 years later handgun crime had doubled.

Only in areas with a prolonged high rate of out-of-wedlock births can high murder and violent crime rates be found.

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