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Police, prosecutors use gun laws on the books since 1968 to reduce murder rates by 25%

Posted by Bill Nance on November 10, 2008

From the Washington Post:

It was the picture of cooperation, an array of federal and local law enforcement officials assembled before the cameras, announcing a joint effort unprecedented in Maryland’s most violent jurisdictions. The initiative, officials said at the 2006 news conference in Greenbelt, was changing the way law enforcement attacked gun crime in Baltimore and would do the same in Prince George’s County.

Convicted felons caught carrying firearms would face the prospect of federal prosecutions and long sentences in distant federal prisons.

Police in Baltimore have poured manpower into the effort, known as Maryland Exile, because of the possibility of sentences served far away. Hundreds of Exile indictments have been returned, and the initiative is seen by many as one reason the city is on pace for its lowest homicide total in decades.

The article is a must-read for anyone interested in the issue of crime control or who claims to care about gun control.

For decades, gun-phobes have been screaming from the rooftops that posession of firearms by law abiding citizens causes crime. A claim both flatly untrue not borne out by any reputable statistical study. The studies which have been published alleging to show such a connection, always by groups opposed to legal firearms ownership,  have consistently been shown to assume causation where there is none, or used selective editing of data to skew results.

As the article in the Post shows, the real problem is people who aren’t allowed to lawfully possess firearms in the first place. They are rarely prosecuted for the very serious federal felony of being a felon in possession of a firearm. If you actually care about guns and crime, as opposed to merely hating guns, look to the Baltimore model for effective methods.

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