Gun Control Reduce Violent Crime? The Data Are Mostly Lacking

The National Research Council, part of the congressionally chartered National Academies, analyzed research on gun laws and gun violence and found no credible evidence that laws permitting residents to carry guns had decreased or increased violent crime, or that gun limits keep weapons out of the hands of criminals. “The sad truth is that in the United States, the quality of data on crime is pathetic,” said Akiva Liberman of the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. Researchers say the Centers for Disease Control hasn’t funded primary research in gun control since the mid-1990s, in part because of pressure from…

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