Thursday, January 15, 2015

(Related update 2): Well, yeah...

Related update 2:  The liberal media, despite admitting to an increase in the sales of guns in the wake of Ferguson and NYC -- which they attributed to racists arming themselves, by the way -- have been pushing the narrative that gun sales have been declining in the US for many months now.  That, of course, is wrong as Jazz Shaw at Hot Air points out:
But overall, the trend in American gun sales is still on the rise, reflecting the majority of citizens who feel it important to preserve and protect our Second Amendment rights. Don’t buy the media hype because you won’t care for the quality of what they are selling.
As other commentators have wryly noted, Obama has sold more guns in the United States than any other single individual in our history!

Related post 7/18/14:  Recent crime data from one of the country's most liberal cities, Detroit, hammers home the larger point made in the original post below.  From The Blaze:
Anti-gun advocates routinely argue that more guns will result in more crime — but the exact opposite appears to be happening in one of the most progressive cities in the United States.
The city of Detroit has seen 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. Further, there have been 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the dramatic drop in these crimes is partly due to more residents arming themselves and fighting back against criminals. The police chief, who has repeatedly argued armed citizens deter crime, said “there’s no question in my mind it has had an effect.”
[ht: instapundit.com]

Original post (4/8/14):  An important, though entirely unsurprising and not unique, research finding adds to the body of research showing that concealed carry tends to deter criminals and reduce murder rates.  With a hat tip to Glenn Reynolds, here's an excerpt from a Powerline post by John Hinderaker:
Economist Mark Gius has a new study in the journal Applied Economics Letters that bears on the gun control debate. Gius finds that permissive concealed carry laws (generally, “shall issue”) result in a lower rate of homicide involving firearms.
Click here to read excerpts from the research article itself as well as commentary by Hinderaker.