Sierra Marlee reports to remind us about the Harvard Study that found more guns mean less crime:
The liberal bastion that is Harvard Law School produced a study on firearm ownership in 2007 that is more relevant now than it was back then.
Conservatives will tell you that more firearms will lead to less crime, while liberals will tell you exactly the opposite is true.
They can’t both be right, so who do the facts support?
The 2007 Harvard study conducted by Don B. Kates and Gary Mauser concluded that an increase in gun ownership doesn’t equate to an increase in the number of gun deaths.
This Article has reviewed a significant amount of evidence from a wide variety of international sources. Each individual portion of evidence is subject to cavil—at the very least the general objection that the persuasiveness of social scientific evidence cannot remotely approach the persuasiveness of conclusions in the physical sciences. Nevertheless, the bur‐ den of proof rests on the proponents of the more guns equal more death and fewer guns equal less death mantra, especially since they argue public policy ought to be based on that mantra. To bear that burden would at the very least require showing that a large number of nations with more guns have more death and that nations that have imposed stringent gun controls have achieved substantial reductions in criminal violence (or suicide). But those correlations are not observed when a large number of nations are compared across the world.
Even the authors of the study admitted that they were surprised by the outcome.
If you are surprised by [our] finding[s], so [are we]. [We] did not begin this research with any intent to “exonerate” hand‐ guns, but there it is—a negative finding, to be sure, but a negative finding is nevertheless a positive contribution. It directs us where not to aim public health resources.
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