Hate to tell you this champ, but I am quite familiar with the homicide, murder, violent crime, aggravated assault, and robbery rates for every state going back at least 50 years.

If you’d like, I can supply you with the violent crime data for more than 9,200 towns and cities in the United States. I can tell you that the 301 cities with populations greater than 100,000 have about 29% of the U.S. population and account for almost 51% of the murders.

80% of American towns and cities had murder rates lower than the average of those countries everyone loves to compare us to. Probably fairly safe to walk the streets in most of those towns. You have to be careful about which European cities you visit, too.

I am familiar with the gun laws of all 50 states, Canada, most European nations, Australia, and New Zealand. I am also conversant with Second Amendment jurisprudence since the 19th Century.

I can tell you that when it comes to murder rates, gun laws don’t make any difference. Places that had low rates continued to have low rates and I am talking about states where more than half of all households have one or more guns.

This isn’t about the Second Amendment: it’s not going anywhere. There aren’t enough states that would ratify a change to make it worthwhile to even try. There aren’t even enough states to call a constitutional convention.

44 states have language approximating the Second Amendment in their own constitutions.

Fifteen states have done away with the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun in just the past 17 years. Vermont’s constitution does not allow the state to require carry permits, making the total sixteen, or almost a third of the states in the Union. Five of those states are among the the states with the lowest murder rates. I don’t think you can get much more gun-friendly than Idaho and it has a lower rate than any state but Vermont.

The number of active concealed carry permits has grown to more than 18 million. The most reliable estimates indicate there are more than 100 million American gun owners. March, June, and July of this year are all among the top five months for firearm sales in the past 20 years. Yes, homicides have risen in recent months, but the majority of them have involved illegally possessed guns.

You might try peddling that claim about how easy it is to buy a gun to the folks in California, New Jersey, and other states who were stunned to discover that they either couldn’t buy them at all or were going to have to wait for extended periods of time to even find out if they were going to be able to buy a gun.

I have carried a gun as part of my job; I have been in the business; and it’s been almost exactly 50 years since I bought my first firearm. Other than my younger daughter, I have never once told a person who didn’t want a gun that they should have one. If they did want a gun, I always asked them a few questions to find out which gun might best suit their needs and interests.

I have been a financial supporter of Project ChildSafe for years. I have supported efforts to hold parents criminally liable for not securing firearms in homes with children if the child harms themselves or someone else with the negligently stored firearm.

I have had a gun pointed at me and I know what a bullet sounds like when it flies past my head.

But I have never, not once, assumed that I knew what a person needed in a firearm or felt it was my place to tell other people that they should give up their guns. That’s because I have done enough research to know that all of the popular snake-oil remedies advanced in the name of gun control are fundamentally worthless and even potentially dangerous.

So crack your knuckles all you want; doesn’t bother me. I am 70 years old and you could probably whip my butt. But I would still be right.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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