Dave Kopel

Jul 242015

Guns go up, crime goes down

by GunOwnersResource

Now here’s a a neat party game for you to try sometime.  The next time you hear some gun grabbing screwball yammering on about how good gun laws are and how the boogeyman will get us all if we don’t keep (and make more of) them, point them towards the little tidbit that’s duplicated below and then remind them that the US murder rate is careening towards the lowest point that it has seen since the turn of the last century.  Yes, even in places like Detroit and Washington, D.C., the murder rate is heading for the basement.

That’s right: if the current trend continues, the homicide rate in the United States will drop to below what it was in 1901, sometime within the next 30 months.  Within that same period, American gun ownership may — for the first time in history — rise to the level where there are as many guns in the US as there are humans.

Funny how that works out, isn’t it? Continue reading »

Dec 052001

This article was written by Dave Kopel, Paul Gallant, and Joanne Eisen of the Independence Institute and originally published on December 5, 2001 at the website of the National Review Online.  The link to the original story is here.

Kopel and company do an excellent job of dissecting the faulty logic of the gun-grabber crowd and showing numerous examples of the true price of “gun control.”  In short, they show the impossible to be just that: impossible.

The article is presented here, in its entirety, with no alteration or commentary. Continue reading »

Jan 312001

The all-time favorite statistic of the gun-prohibition lobby

by Dave Kopel
Independence Institute

Perhaps the most enduring factoid of the gun prohibition movement is that a person with a gun in the home is 43 times as likely to shoot someone in the family as to shoot a criminal. This “43 times” figure is the all-time favorite factoid of the gun-prohibition lobby. It’s not really true, but it does tell us a lot about the gun-prohibition mindset. Continue reading »

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