Friday, April 05, 2013
Strict Gun Laws Do Prevent Gun Deaths
Note that the red and orange states are generally those with the weakest gun laws, while the green states are those with the strictest gun laws. The map was compiled by the Center for American Progress to illustrate the findings of their new study on gun laws and gun violence. What they found was that the ten states with the weakest gun laws had over twice as much gun violence (actually 104% more) than the ten states with the strictest gun laws.
The NRA will hate this study and do their best to demonize it, and the congressional Republicans will ignore it to play to their base, but the results show the real truth -- gun laws do work to lower the number of gun deaths. And that is all President Obama and the Democrats are trying to do with their very reasonable and constitutional proposals to tighten gun laws -- namely, closing the loopholes in background checks so that everyone trying to buy a gun must get one, increasing the penalties for gun trafficking, and banning the sale of military-style assault weapons and large volume ammunition clips (proposals that are all supported by a majority of the American people).
The bottom line is that no one wants to take guns away from law-abiding citizens, or restrict in any way their right to own a firearm. That is unquestionably guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution. But restrictions on the type of firearm that can be legally owned, and the ability of the government to require a background check on people trying to buy a gun, have been held as constitutional by the Supreme Court -- and there is no legitimate reason not to pass these laws and save thousands of American lives.
The state of Connecticut has just passed stricter guns laws for that state. Here's what the folks at Think Progress want you to know about the new Connecticut law: