Granted, everything liberals say is based in lies, but in particular, their claim that “more guns means more deaths” is simply untrue by any measure of the statistics.
Indeed, if the left’s mantra that “more guns means more deaths” were true, we’d be seeing thousands killed every week, not a thousand or so a year.
In fact, as Reason recently noted, there are currently more guns in America than there are people. So, by that measure alone the left’s bumper sticker motto is a lie.
Over the past few decades, the number of guns in America has increased massively, so much so that there are now more guns than people in the United States. Yet federal crime statistics show that firearm homicides dropped about 40 percent between 1993 and 2018, from 7 per 100,000 people to 4.3 per 100,000 people (for nonfatal crimes involving guns, the decline was 71 percent). Violent crime, including homicides, did spike during the pandemic, and while the most recent data is incomplete, it’s clear that gun-related violence remains far below where it was 30 years ago despite more guns than ever being out there.
When it comes to schools, the 2020–21 academic year, the latest for which full data is available, did see the highest number of school shootings with casualties this century. There are thankfully too few violent deaths to generate statistically significant conclusions, but the long-term trends show no increase in homicides or suicides among students, staff, and teachers.
Overall, schools are becoming safer and safer, with the government finding that between 2009 and 2020, “the rate of nonfatal criminal victimization (including theft and violent victimization) decreased for students ages 12–18, from 51 to 11 victimizations per 1,000 students.” (See Figure 2.)
Reason has more on the topic, so go check out their article.
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