Scoring state gun control and gun rights laws
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Every year the Brady Campaign produces their State Scorecard, ranking which states have the “strongest gun laws.” Every year, we prove there is no correlation between what Brady thinks is a good gun control law and violent crime.
This year, we decided enough is enough. To end the ongoing canard called the Brady Campaign State Scorecard, we embarked on a preliminary study of the effectiveness of gun control and gun rights legislation, to see what has an effect on violence.
The top take-aways
The Brady Campaign will not be happy. After performing some high-level statistical analysis on a roster of laws, we found that:
- The Brady Campaign State Scorecard has no correlation to violent crime control
- Some correlation exists between public carry of firearms and lower violent crime
- Seven points of gun owner rights liberation correlate with lower crime, whereas none appear for tighter gun restrictions
- Most gun control laws appear to encourage robbery
- None of the popular gun control laws reduced firearm homicides
In our review, we went broad. We identified several major categories of legislation and evaluated them not only in groups, but the individual laws therein. Those categories are:
- LIBERATION LAWS: Laws that provide individual citizens more choice in the use of firearms for self-defense.
- ADMINISTRATIVE LAWS: Laws creating paperwork without directly targeting criminals. They may also provide regulatory oversight on the movement of guns within a state.
- RESTRICTIVE LAWS: Laws that directly restrict citizens from owning or using firearms or limit their choice in firearm types.
Unlike the Brady Campaign State Scorecard, we created a scoring system based on a hypothesis, not merely a legislative wish list. In this we looked for a model that that would show non-random correlations between a law and a drop in violence. Using a +5 to -5 scale, we assigned each law a score based on the hypothesis that self-defense is a factor in reducing violence (you would have to work for Michael Bloomberg to think otherwise) and that restricting choice and availability of firearms impedes self-defense.
Get the full report
All the details from this inaugural Non-Brady State Scorecard are in our monograph, available on Amazon.com. It is in Kindle format, which you can read on nearly any device – iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and phones, PCs, Macs and, yes, your Kindle reader.