In a never before done study, Professor John Lott of the University of Chicago did a study of 29 years of FBI crime statistics from 1977 to 2005. The resulting book examines city, county and state level data from all 3,054 counties in the United States and measures the impact of 11 different types of gun control laws on crime rates.
Professor Lott's main conclusion in his book titled "More guns, Less Crime", : More guns in the hands of private citizens reduce the violent crime rate.
Why? It's very simple; bad guys don't want to attack people on a level playing field. Guns make weaker victims equal to their attacker no matter the size.
I would urge anyone interested enough to learn some facts to read this brief interview with Professor Lott
"Question: It just seems to defy common sense that crimes likely to involve guns would be reduced by allowing more people to carry guns. How do you explain the results?
Lott: Criminals are deterred by higher penalties. Just as higher arrest and conviction rates deter crime, so does the risk that someone committing a crime will confront someone able to defend him or herself. There is a strong negative relationship between the number of law-abiding citizens with permits and the crime rate—as more people obtain permits there is a greater decline in violent crime rates. For each additional year that a concealed handgun law is in effect the murder rate declines by 3 percent, rape by 2 percent, and robberies by over 2 percent.
Concealed handgun laws reduce violent crime for two reasons. First, they reduce the number of attempted crimes because criminals are uncertain which potential victims can defend themselves. Second, victims who have guns are in a much better position to defend themselves."
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And for the still unconvinced I suggest reading Professor John Lott's excellent book titled "More Guns, Less Crime". Professor Lott