By Michael Walsh
File this under Least Surprising News Story of the Week. A new study finds:
The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).
That would be our own John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime, a book that to the Left is utterly counter-intuitive, given their upside-down worldview, but which makes perfect sense to what we used to call Real Americans. For, as president Obama likes to say, make no mistake: the push for “gun control” in this country has almost nothing to do with safety (something every responsible gun owner is entirely in favor of) and everything to do with the Left’s innately fascist impulses. Restrict it! Ban it! Outlaw it! These people never stop, they never sleep, they never quit, even in the face of all the evidence.