John R. Lott

Hoplophobia May Be Aiding Gun Crime

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Source of firearms possessed by Federal inmates; 1997 Data source: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/ffo98.pdf .


 


Prompting Americans to panic because of escalating fears of gun violence boggles the mind. ‘Gun killings have steadily risen since 2002.’ ‘Almost 31,236 Americans were killed by handguns, and 40,000 were injured in gun shootings.’


From these statements, one would think America was in major gun-violence throes. Once again, one needs to read between the lines.

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