6.30.22 – Fox News

“States with Higher Rate of Gun Ownership Do Not Correlate with More Gun Murders, Data Show”
By Michael Lee, Emma Colton

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[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  The chart from FBI statistics in this article shows that the majority of states with more guns owned by people had fewer gun murder rates than those states with strict gun laws. Please go to this link to view the chart: https://www.foxnews.com/us/states-higher-rate-gun-ownership-not-correlate-more-gun-murders-data-show]

…"Gun ownership is higher in states with fewer restrictions, and homicide rates in these states are lower. People can protect themselves," George Mason University Professor Emerita Joyce Lee Malcolm told Fox News Digital of what she's found through her research…

In California, where just over 28% of households had at least one gun in 2016, there was a rate of more than four people murdered per 100,000 population and nearly three gun murders per 100,000 population in 2019. While in Maryland, where about 30% of households owned at least one firearm, according to 2016 data, murders per 100,000 population jumped to roughly nine, while more than seven people per 100,000 were victims of gun murders. 

…"The explanation is simple: while you might take some guns away from criminals, if you primarily have law-abiding people obeying the ban, you mainly disarm law-abiding people and make it easier for criminals to commit crime," he said.

The data compiled by Fox News Digital this month shows that Delaware, where roughly 34% of households have at least one gun, had a gun murder rate of about four people per 100,000 residents. That rate is higher than the top five states with the highest percentage of households with firearms, except for Alaska. 

A handful of states showed fewer than one murder per 100,000 people, including Hawaii, South Dakota, Idaho, Rhode Island, and Maine. More than half of South Dakota and Idaho households have at least one firearm, while more than 46% of households in Maine have at least one gun. However, less than 15% of Hawaii and Rhode Island households have at least one firearm.

"States and cities such as Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Baltimore with the most restrictive gun control laws and fewer gun owners have much higher rates of homicides than states with more liberal gun laws. In these restrictive places, it is harder to get a gun, and you have to persuade the police you have a need to carry a gun for protection on a particular day. Living in a dangerous area is not enough,"  Malcolm told Fox News Digital.