Guns Don't Kill People, Criminals Kill People Essay

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In America, gun control has been a source of debate for decades. Recently, an increase in the frequency of mass shootings has caused the country to become extremely polarized in relation to the issue. America is often described as having a gun culture as a result of firearms being engrained in its history and perhaps, consequently, has among the highest rates of gun-related crime as well as gun ownership rates, among developed nations. There exists an abundance of scholarly work done in an effort to develop a solution to reducing America’s high levels of gun related crime; however, there exists no definitive answer to the problem and statistical data could support both arguments for and against guns. The general assumption among these…show more content…
59). These findings were reproduced by researcher Mark Guis (2013) who altered the measurement technique Lott applied by using gun related violence as the dependent variable rather than using crime or murder rates and by examining an even larger pool of data (p. 265). Ultimately, Guis (2013) found that states with laws which restricted carrying concealed weapons had firearm-related murder raters that were 10% higher than those who did not (p.267).
Other researchers, however found results which were contrary to the aforementioned. A major opponent to the ‘more guns, less crime’ theory is John Donohue. After reproducing the work done by Lott, Donohue along with Ian Ayres (1999) found the results were not causal and in fact not even correlated, however depended upon variables unrelated to gun crime or gun control (p. 463). The two authors suggest that crack-related crimes rose in states without right-to-carry laws, proposing the notion that “[t]he adoption of shall issue laws by six states in the 1980s may be associated with an unexpected crime increase in states that did not pass the laws rather than an unexpected concealed-gun-induced crime
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