Why is it that places with restrictive gun control have high violent crime? In the linked article, New York City and Chicago are reported to have record numbers of people shot so far this year.
But how can that be? They have restrictive gun control. Guns are illegal there. Could it be that this does not prevent or reduce violent crime?? That violent felons don’t obey laws?
Here’s the link, from a very liberal publication. http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/06/new-york-gun-statistics-2013/65807/
More guns = Less crime
Gun control successes; UK, Australia, Japan, Canada and 22 other countries. Where there is strict gun controls murder and suicide rates have dropped precipitously, that’s a fact. The U.S.’s culture of the GUN is a sign of our immaturity as a nation, we still want to play cowboys and indians and hold on to a belief that somehow our guns will empower us against some mysterious enemy. This is a fallacy that endangers our society. It is time, past time, for our country to grow up and act civilized.
Just to make it clear to you and anyone reading your blog, New York City (with its restrictive gun laws) is on track for a record *low* number of people shot this year.
The article you link to points out that the Memorial Day weekend had 6 gun related homicides but that overall gun violence in New York has fallen and continues to fall.
Here are two articles from the New York Daily News that state this explicitly:
Murder rate in New York City hits a record low with 414 homicides in 2012
Shootings and murders fell across New York City in first quarter of 2013
Chicago, on the other hand, is headed for a record high number of gun related homicides.
You begin your post with the question: “Why is it that places with restrictive gun control have high violent crime? “.
Is it true that places with restrictive gun control laws have high violent crime rates? I’d be interested in seeing anything you have that supports this claim. I could find studies that show that places with restrictive gun laws have less *gun* violence (assaults, homicides and suicides) but nothing that showed any correlation either way between restrictive gun law and violent crime in general.