Nationwide Study of Gun Control finds No Laws that Reduce Violent Crime

National Academies of Science conducts nationwide gun control study and finds no laws that actually reduce violence.

The 2004 report, “Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review” conducted by the National Academies of Science returned a result that the 20 researchers found largely unexpected.  Unexpected because all but one of the 20 researchers apparently believed the long-standing Media claim that “guns equal crime and violence” and that the solution is simply “more gun control laws and an eventual ban”.

The researchers studied all 20,000+ gun control laws in the United States; examining 253 professional or academic journal articles, 99 books, 43 government publications, a survey that covered 80 different gun-control measures and the committee’s own empirical work.  Despite the vast amount of information available to the committee, from all over America and going back a full century, the committee as a whole could not find ONE SINGLE GUN CONTROL LAW OR AGGREGATION OF LAWS that had any noticeable success in reducing violent crime.  However the one pro-self-defense committee member found that gun control laws can sometimes be counterproductive, while outside researchers also found similar counterproductive effects.  This might cause curious observers to ask whether the committee was somewhat predisposed to only publish results that matched their unexamined prejudices and emotions.  How did the committee handle their undesired result?  Despite the vast amounts of prior research, the NAS committee deduced that the problem was a lack of research, so they recommended more research!  Presumably they think that reality will change if they simply study it long enough.  But as Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result.”

This report was released on Dec. 16, 2004 in a 328 page report that can be accessed for page-by-page reading on-site, or for paid download at the NAS website:  http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10881&page=R1

It is also available for sale in Hardcover edition at Amazon.com.

Note: this is not the first or likely the last nationwide study that reaches the same “counterintuitive” conclusion.