Harvard Study on Gun Control…might just Surprise You

If there is one thing that has been in the press, the news, and in constant discussion with politicians it’s “gun control.” And regardless of which side you stand on gun control, we all agree there is a need to both protect ourselves and reduce gun violence in the country. After all, isn’t that why the 2nd Amendment was created?

But the controversy and disagreement continues and is amplified anytime there is a shooting or some type of violence with a firearm. Both sides of the discussion are passionate about what they believe and what the causes of gun violence are. But now there is a study by one of the most respected universities in the country, Harvard University, which shares some interesting insights based on a massive amount of research they have been conducting. The results just might surprise you…

In an article written by Beliefnet, “Harvard University Study Reveals Astonishing Link between Firearms, Crime and Gun Control,” these findings were shared. They stated, “According to a study in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the more guns a nation has, the less criminal activity. This report was conducted by Don B. Kates and Dr. Gary Mauser. And perhaps the most interesting aspect was that when there were more firearms in the hands of private citizens there was less crime!

They took a look at this on an international level and came away with an interesting finding…

“There is a compound assertion that guns are uniquely available in the United States compared with other modern developed nations, which is why the United States has by far the highest murder rate,” report Kates and Mauser. “Though these assertions have been endlessly repeated,” the statement “is, in fact, false.”

In addition, many gun control advocates have cited England as the example, but this isn’t the case…

“a nation made so peaceful by strict gun control that its police did not even need to carry guns,” write Kates and Mauser. “The United States, it was argued, could attain such a desirable situation by radically reducing gun ownership, preferably by banning and confiscating handguns. Despite constant and substantially increasing gun ownership, the United States saw progressive and dramatic reductions in criminal violence. On the other hand, the same time period in the United Kingdom saw a constant and dramatic increase in violent crime to which England’s response was ever-more drastic gun control.”

While the authors of this article are not the researchers from Harvard, they offer many other interesting facts and figures about what is really happening with gun control, gun violence, and gun ownership in this country and internationally. They offer “15 Little-Known Gun Facts” that are very interesting to read and see why they are so passionate that people have this all wrong. They also share why the media may be partially to blame for how the country views gun control and the need for gun control. All-in-all, it is an interesting article and one worth reading if you are either side of the gun control issue.

As an attorney, I like facts and I like it when there are reputable facts by reputable sources. Harvard is clearly a reputable source and to come up with these findings, especially since the University would classify itself as more liberal than conservative makes this even more interesting. But you can judge the findings for yourself and draw your own conclusions…I just enjoy reading discussions that are more fact based than just someone’s opinion. I would welcome your thoughts…leave a comment below and let me know what you think and any insights you might have as well.

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