Houston Group Begins Study to Determine if More Guns Equals Less Crime

moregunsExecutive Director of Armed Citizens Project Kyle Coplen is determined to figure out if more guns really lead to less crime. To do this, the organization is seeking to arm individuals in a few “mid to high crime” Houston neighborhoods to determine whether there’s a statistically significant relationship—or even a causal link—between an ‘increase in the presence of firearms and the level of crime.

“We’re not just tossing a bunch of shotguns into a community and walking away,” Coplen told Fox 26.

Interested individuals must clear a background check, pass the organization’s safety, legal and tactical training and have lived in their current home for more than one year.  Participants will receive “one break action 20 gauge shotgun, that holds one shell at a time,” the website states, adding that this weapon is ideal because it’s inexpensive, easy to use and most importantly, “it is of little to no value to criminals.”

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  • http://ClashDaily.com/ Donald Joy

    They could just pay attention to John Lott’s research.

    • WASP

      There are hundreds, if not thousands, of “studies” that already prove it, many done by libtards who got results they didn’t want, and probably covered up after it was too late. They’re a dishonest bunch of weasels, but we have to have someone to hang after Civil War II begins.

  • jeepdude911

    I can save them a lot of time here. The answer is yes, more guns equals less crime.

  • Chad

    Oh, here we go with a low cap. shotgun again “eyeroll”

  • Coryahicks

    The biggest problem, even John Lott agrees, is that the stats are off due to the number of unknown crimes. Those crimes where either no crime was attempted because a perpetrator saw a gun and aborted the crime or the people pulled their gun and the perpertrator ran during the commission of their crime and the gun toter did not report the attempt. I believe the number of saved lives is easily twice as high due to one of these numbers, and yes I do even include the beat cop wondering around the street bored and waiting for his shift to end.

    • http://ClashDaily.com/ Donald Joy

      Good point.

    • Reb Biker

      I also think that less than half of “avoided” crimes are reported. Probably a lot less than half. If a carjacker flees when you pull your gun, are you going to the police station and tell them that YOU pulled your gun on someone in the middle of their city? How about if it happens, again? The cops may get the idea that you’re running around town pulling your gun on people, and YOU may start getting their unwelcomed attention. You don’t know how they’re going to react to the news. They may even take steps to have your Concealed Weapon Permit revoked. It’s something to think about.

      • Coryahicks

        You are completely correct. Criminals have RAP sheets pages long, but don’t get any attention, if you have two incidents that cause you to draw your weapon, or even “brandish” it to prevent a crime, you start to draw attention. When I took statistics, I argued that conclusions are easy to manipulate by using data from selected sources, or worse, hypothetical data inserted for variables where data is not accurately available. A great example of this is the Nationwide Daytona race last weekend, several reports stated 11 transported to local hospitals after horrific crash, when in reality 5 of those were hypertheric cases unrelated to the crash itself. Anti-gunners use of incomplete and hypothetical data is swaying neutral people more and more.

      • LittleMoose

        Many “avoided” crimes are not reported for a variety of reasons. My daughter was involved in an attempted car jack and pulled a gun on them. She notified the police and all they did was verify that she had a valid “concealed handgun license” and sent her on her way; no questions, no descriptions. You know that crime never got reported because of the paperwork involved.

  • conservative

    Why do we need another study to prove what we already know?

  • LittleMoose

    The big problem is that a break action 20 gauge shotgun, that holds one shell at a time may be of little to no value to criminals but is also of little value to protect yourself and your family from a home invasion and other violent crimes.

  • BrooklynResident

    A better option would be to give each study subject a .38 snub-nosed revolver, and train him in its use. I’d rather have a cap and ball colt navy (five shots) for home defense than a 20 gauge shotgun any day. What about carry permits? Not all crime occurs at home…

  • BrooklynResident

    A better option would be to give each study subject a .38 snub-nosed revolver, and train him in its use. I’d rather have a cap and ball colt navy (five shots) for home defense than a 20 gauge shotgun any day. What about carry permits? Not all crime occurs at home…

  • BrooklynResident

    A better option would be to give each study subject a .38 snub-nosed revolver, and train him in its use. I’d rather have a cap and ball colt navy (five shots) for home defense than a 20 gauge shotgun any day. What about carry permits? Not all crime occurs at home…

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