What effect do gun control laws have on the violent crime rate and homicide rate in the USA?
In summary the facts show that the more gun freedom there is, or the less gun control there is, the lower the homicide rate and the lower the rate of violent crime.
The violent crime rate and homicide rate are self-explanatory.
To calculate the level of gun control per state we did the following.
We scored each state on the following.
Do you need to register handguns and long guns? (No scored two points, yes scored zero)
Is there an assault weapon law? (No scored two points, yes scored zero)
Are NFA weapons restricted? (No scored two points, yes scored zero)
Do you need a license to own a gun? (No scored two points, yes scored zero)
For areas where these was not a clear yes or no we scored one point.
When all this data is put together you get this graph.
The states on the right have the least gun controls, the trend is shown by the red line, the green line shows the violent crime rate trend and the blue line shows the homicide rate trend.
It can be seen that as gun controls reduce so does the violent crime rate and so does the homicide rate.
The violent crime rate is the most effected by gun freedom but the homicide rate is also effected in a positive way although not to the same extent as the violent crime rate.
I have included the figures that produce this graph below, feel free to use the graph and numbers for your own purposes. If you have any comments please feel free to leave them below.
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