FBI Uniform Crime statistics out
State breakdown here.
Interesting trends on murder rates:
Massachusetts, probably strictest gun laws in the nation,: up by 22%.
Vermont, perhaps loosest in the nation, down by 13%
New Jersey, close runner-up to MA, up by 15%. NY UP BY 13%.
PA, far looser laws, down by 1.8%.
Florida, home of "shall issue" CCW, down by 4.3%
Huh! That's confusing... what could it mean?
More non-criminals with guns equals less violent crime?
But, the PTB have told us the opposite all my life! Could they have lied?
Posted by: Major Mike at September 21, 2011 08:14 AM
Don't confuse me with the facts. My mind's made up.
Posted by: wrangler5 at September 21, 2011 08:27 AM
You can't pick and choose your data (well, you can, but it doesn't mean what you think it means).
For example: Utah +36%, Illinois -8.7%, Minnesota +29%, Arizona +7%, Alaska +40%
Posted by: LibertyNews at September 21, 2011 08:32 AM
It's a well know fact (according to our politicians) that all the violent crime (AKA "gun violence", whether or not a gun was in any way involved) in Massachusetts is the direct result of lax gun laws in neighboring state, particularly New Hampshire and Vermont.
Posted by: Ken at September 21, 2011 09:04 AM
Without going into much detail in this posting, can we really say that Massachusetts has "probably strictest gun laws in the nation"? NJ, Illinois and Hawaii have no concealed carry for normal citizens and Illinois and NY allow their biggest city to completely ban the possession of any firearms except to the anointed (and grandfathered in Chicago, if you keep renewing each year).
Posted by: Harold at September 22, 2011 08:08 AM