Practical gun control

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

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."

Following are some stories you rarely see in the national news.

And a barber shop robbery gone bad  (bad for the ribbers that is)

Liquor store holdup attempt ends with shot up bad guys.


And for the still unconvinced I suggest reading Professor John Lott's excellent book titled "More Guns, Less Crime". Professor Lott

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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Anecdotes are interesting.  However, statistics are better. 

Home invasions are lower in areas where home owners are able to own firearms.

Even in D.C., home invasions wend down following the Supreme Court's decision in Heller.

Aug 18, 2012 10:27 PM #1
Tom Branch
RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs - Plano, TX
Broker, CDPE, SFR, ACRE, Plano TX Ambassador

You don't often see a pro-gun spin in the media...


Aug 18, 2012 10:30 PM #2
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

I thought I was holding that post in draft mode but apparently not. I wanted to lead off with Professor John Lott's excellent statistical research that became a book titled "More Guns, Less Crime" where Professor Lott compiled 29 years of FBI crimse data from all 3,054 counties in the United States. That should be enough to satisfy even the most hard core statistics junkie. ;)

Aug 18, 2012 11:44 PM #3
Ruth Jacobs
Quantum One Realty - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
North Palm Beach, Real Estate Specialist, CDPE, SF

Thanks for your post.  It is a known fact.  We were not attacked on the mainland in WWII because the Japanese knew the civiians had guns.

Concealed Carry is the right thing for those who know how to use their gun and use it responsibly.  And thanks to those who do.

Aug 19, 2012 09:21 AM #4
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Oklahoma has recently passed an open carry law.  I'm not sure how that's going to affect our state, giveing people that option, but we shall see.  They still have the option to conceal carry but open carry will not be against the law.  Same educational requirements and back ground checks. 

Aug 23, 2012 11:50 AM #5
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Sorry I missed this post originally.

Yes we do have an open carry law, but I am not seeing guns carried openly. I know a bunch of people with CC permits (like me) and we still keep them concealed. The open carry simple keeps us from being arrested if a gun is accidentally 'flashed'. In other words, I have my gun on and fully covered, I bend over to pick something up and my gun is temporarily exposed. Before open carry that could be considered the criminal offense of Brandishing. Now it means nothing. I could legally strap the gun on like in the old west, but isn't what we are looking for.

Pulling my gun and showing it off in public is still brandishing, btw.

Feb 05, 2013 10:40 PM #6
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

Generally I feel open carry of firearms is a bad idea. It's better to keep your firearm concealed for your safety primarily.

If you have your gun showing during a robbery or similiar situation it tends to increase your likelihood of being targeted by the bad guys whereas if it's concealed your just one of the crowd to them.

I have a 4 point self defense plan I always try to follow.

  1. Don't be there. This works best.
  2. RUN! Or otherwise try to leave where the dangerous situation is occuring.
  3. Try to talk your way out of danger if possible.
  4. Use whatever force you feel is necessary to protect your life and safety from an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury.
Feb 05, 2013 11:41 PM #7
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

A well armed society is a polite society.  I bought BB guns for my 8 and 9 year old at Christmas.  My wife resisted at first. I explained to her they need to learn how to handle guns (real guns) but that a BB gun would not be too dangerous to start with.  Now she wants to learn to shoot too.  

Feb 06, 2013 02:09 AM #8
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Jim -- thanks for this positive note on the real statistics of gun ownership and carrying.  There was a city council meeting last night in Oak Harbor, WA, where they would be discussing where people could carry -- about a dozen folks among the crowd were openly carrying at the meeting.  (One should know that Oak Harbor is right next to a military post - so lots of veterans in the town.)

Feb 06, 2013 05:07 AM #9
Karl Hess
Keller Williams Shore Properties - Barnegat, NJ
on The Jersey Shore

Very interesting research and should be part of the dialogue.

In 2004, the National Academy of Sciences conducted a review of current research and data on firearms and violent crime, including Lott's work, and found "no credible evidence that the passage of right-to-carry laws decreases or increases violent crime."

Feb 06, 2013 06:21 AM #10
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

We have the God-given right to carry guns, and to carry them openly.  Regrettably, oppressive Governments at Federal, State, and Local Levels have passed legislation to suppress that right.

Feb 06, 2013 11:28 AM #11
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

I live in California and we have a lot of shooting activity from many gangs who run around with illegal and stolen guns. The problem is that if everyone gives up their guns, the crooks will still have them and then homeowners will be defenseless when they break in and hold them up.

 Penalties for crimes need to be tougher in this state as so many criminals get their sentences reduced down to misdemeanors and probation and are out on the street again the next day committing crimes. These people have illegal guns and they will always be able to get them. The honest hardworking citizens are the ones who need protection. Also prisons are overcrowded so they let the crooks out early and they are committing crimes immediately. It is sad.

I do not think taking guns away will solve the problem. Most crimes are committed with hand guns and not the assault weapons but a few big incidents and everyone is down on assault weapons. Take the assault weapons but let us keep our hand guns and shotguns.

Feb 16, 2013 03:23 PM #12
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH


The term "assault weapon" is a politically correct, made up term. Exactly what is an "assault weapon"? Yep, most others can't define one either.

I have a Portsmouth NH real estateRuger 'Mini 14' rifle in .223 caliber. Not a scary looking "assault rifle and fun to shoot. It's .223 caliber, basically .22 which means the bullet is about the size of a pencil eraser. .22s are the rifle I learned to shoot as a kid and the one I used to plink tin cans out in my back yard. We lived out in the country and it was over a mile to the nearest house from our farm.

It fires one shot each time you pull the trigger and there is ammunition in the magazine. That's the classis definition of how semi automatic rifles and pistols work. One trigger pull, one shot.

Now if you take my little Mini 14 and trick it out with a new stock (that's the wood part that goes against your shoulder) with a folding, plastic stock, extended hand grips, and a telescopic sight it becomes a vastly different appearing gun.

Both are the exact same gun with different window dressing. I can make mine look just like the one below in about 5 minutes. And BTW, this is still semi automatic, one trigger pull, one shot.

tricked out m,ini 14

I think the current state of our gun laws have already demonstrated that they don't work. Chicago, New York, and Washingdon D.C. have the toughest gun laws in the nation and yet the highers murder rates. Why do you think that is? 

In New Hampshire, where I live we have the nation's highest ownership rate of legal machine guns per capita. That was a surprising fact to me but yet our streets are not littered with bodies. Why do you think that is?

We're in total agreement with two of your ponts:

"The problem is that if everyone gives up their guns, the crooks will still have them and then homeowners will be defenseless when they break in and hold them up."

"I do not think taking guns away will solve the problem. Most crimes are committed with hand guns and not the assault weapons......................"

The Second Amendment to the US Constitution means exactly what it says as do the rest of the Bill of Right and the rest of the Constitution.

We need to keep guns of any kind out of the hands of mentally ill people and we need to continue the background checks just like we're doing now. I bought a new gun a couple of weeks ago and had to positively identify myself and affirm under penalty of law several things, e.g. I was not a felon, had not been dishonorably discharged from the military and a 2 page list of other things.

If you're interested here's a link to the form you have to fill out to buy a gun these days.

The gun dealer then transmits this information to the FBI for an instant background check and if you don't pass it you don't get to buy the gun.

Another thing that bothers the bureaucrats and politicians is that this form stays with the gun dealer and doesn't get sent to a central firearms registry. The people in Washington have no idea how many legal gun owners there are in the US or where they live which is as it should be. Registration and national date base is the next step down the road to confiscation of guns.

If a gun is used in a crime and the police recover it they contact the manufacturer who tells them which dealer bought it and then that dealer tells them who he sold it to. That dealer in trun tells the police who he sold it to and they go have a talk with him or her.

No, we don't need any types of guns taken away by anyone.

Feb 16, 2013 08:18 PM #13
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