Violent crime in the United States peaked in 1991. Since then, 41 states have eased restrictions on concealed carry with 24 of those states adopting “shall issue” laws, which require the issuance of permits to qualified, law-abiding citizens.
In addition, the number of privately-owned guns has risen by more than 110 million.
And what has been the result?
[An] analysis of data within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System reveals 10 empirical and interrelated reasons why Mr. Obama’s assumptions are false and why his top two priorities are dead wrong:
1. The rates of gun-related homicide, suicide and accidental death have decreased by 44 percent, 19 percent and 69 percent respectively since 1993 (for all races and ages).
2. After declining substantially over 10 years, gun suicides rates have significantly increased each year since 2006 (for all races and ages).