In other words, the 15-year experiment in a handgun ban has achieved absolutely nothing. Ireland’s homicide rate was fairly static going all the way back to 1945. Murders have basically run flat, seeing only a small spike after the ban and then returning almost immediately to preban numbers.
In that period, it fluctuated between 0.1 and 0.6 per 100,000 people. It is currently trending down, but is within the fluctuations exhibited in other nations. Gun control has no significant impact on murder rates. Why would the governments of these nations want a disarmed populace?
The gun control crowd is currently stomping their feet and screaming “No, it reduces violence!
I’ve seen the statistics.” What you probably saw were studies that point to reduced instances of “gun murders,” not murder.
Let’s take a look at the data: United Kingdom: The UK enacted its handgun ban in 1996.
From 1990 until the ban was enacted, the homicide rate fluctuated between 10.9 and 13 homicides per million.
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