Correlation between gun control and murder rates?

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Series on Gun Control: Part 5

Video on Crime Rates in Switzerland

Both John Brummett and Max Brantley have made it clear that they support gun control. They really believe that we should follow the lead of many of the foreign countries that have more strict gun control laws. However, is there a correlation between gun control laws and murder rates?
This is the fifth in a series on Gun Control. During this series on gun control, I will be quoting from an article “Gun Control:Myths and Realities” by David Lampo of the Cato Institute.
6. Lower murder rates in foreign countries prove that gun control works.


False. This is one of the favorite arguments of gun control proponents, and yet the facts show that there is simply no correlation between gun control laws and murder or suicide rates across a wide spectrum of nations and cultures. In Israel and Switzerland, for example, a license to possess guns is available on demand to every law-abiding adult, and guns are easily obtainable in both nations. Both countries also allow widespread carrying of concealed firearms, and yet, admits Dr. Arthur Kellerman, one of the foremost medical advocates of gun control, Switzerland and Israel “have rates of homicide that are low despite rates of home firearm ownership that are at least as high as those in the United States.” A comparison of crime rates within Europe reveals no correlation between access to guns and crime.

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Today I am profiling the State lawmaker David Branscum.

Branscum, age 50, is a 1977 graduate of Marshall High School and he earned his BA in Ag-Business from the University of Arkansas in 1982. He is President of Branscum and Harness Lumber, Inc. a hardwood sawmill business in Marshall. He is also owner/operator of Branscum Farms, a commercial cow/calf farm operation.

Branscum has served on the Searcy County School Board since 1997. His service has included three terms as Board President.

Branscum, and his wife of 27 years, Judith have 5 sons. The Branscums are members of the First Baptist Church in Marshall.


Address: P.O. Box 370
Marshall AR 72650
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