Yet another scientific study using readily available data gathered by both leftwing anti-gun groups and rightwing gun rights groups finds that gun control does NOTHING to stop gun crime.
Anyone still surprised by these scientific results is either not paying attention or truly dense.
This latest study was conducted by a LaGrange College professor and his students. The study came about in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The professor and his students wanted to see if new gun control laws could have prevented the Las Vegas attack, and so they set about combing through copious amounts of data from other studies already done on the subject.
After realizing that much of the data collected doesn’t fairly speak to the issue, or analyzes the data from a skewed perspective the group finally decided to use a combination of data from various sources. What they found seems to confirm what gun rights activists have been saying all along.
So finally we found a study with data from the CDC, the NRA-ILA, and The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. It sounds like as unbiased a source as any. It compared the averages of states where background checks are required for all gun sales, including private ones. And the average gun-related homicide rate per 100,000 people among gun control states (3.31) was lower than those with no regulation of private gun sales (4.28).
But there’s a problem. Two gun control states, and nine gun rights states, had too few gun homicides to calculate a rate, and were left out of the study. Rather than ignore this important result, my students and I created a 2×2 table, with high (1) and low (0) gun homicide rate states, and those that regulate private sales (1), and those that do not (0). And here are our results.
In comparing our observations to a random model, we found that there was little to no difference in the results. We cannot conclude that states that regulate private gun sales have a higher, or lower, gun homicide rate.