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Fewer guns, more crime

Posted: December 18, 2012 at 11:30 am   /   by

second_amendment_gun_control_gun_rights_rapeStatistician John Lott may be best known for his book “More Guns, Less Crime.” In it, he provides the results and conclusions of a magisterial study on crime rates and correlation to gun laws. The bottom line: The more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens, the less crime. The data are inescapable.

The converse is also true: when you disarm law abiding citizens, the criminals know that they have a much freer hand in committing crime. Whether they do it with illegal guns, knives, or other weapons, they know they’re far less likely to be stopped. Innocent people are harmed by gun laws; criminals are advantaged by them.

The citizens of Australia found this out a few years ago, much to their horror and suffering.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook


  1. Neil Patt says:

    That is why almost all gun control laws are slowly being abolished by the Supreme Court

    1. @Neil Patt The Constitution is clear. Even clearer is the inherent human right to self defense, which preexists government.

  2. MartynCollins says:

    Screw that study. Gonna hammer NRA, GOA. Ban assault weapons, stiffen penalties for illegal conversion to automatic and ban high capacity clips.  Then will find out about this “study.”

    1. @MartynCollins For every crime committed with a gun by a criminal, ten crimes are prevented or mitigated with a gun in the hands of a law-abiding citizen. Everywhere where gun laws are more strict, crime and victimization of innocent people goes up, not down.

Fewer guns, more crime