There is a big difference between the rates of urban violence and rural violence.
Although it’s seldom noted, the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Reporting system recap includes more detailed information provided by 595 U.S. cities. Being a glutton for punishment, I took the reported data and compiled a spreadsheet that would allow me to compare all 595 cities.
It would probably embarrass certain politicians (and gun control advocates) to learn that the rate of urban violent crime is higher in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts than it is in Texas.
It would probably be even more embarrassing for champions of background checks to learn that Delaware, a state that enacted universal background checks and was cited as an example of compliance in a study conducted by Dr. Garen Wintemute, has both the highest rate of urban violent crime and the highest rate of urban homicide in the nation.
Rate of gun ownership also vary widely when comparing urban to rural areas.
This all indicates that national “one-size-fits-all” laws are not a solution.
While it may not be popular, the best place for regulations is at the state level. Not only do states have far more constitutional leeway than the federal government, they can craft laws that take into account the preferences of the residents of the state and allow for the differing needs of larger cities.
The two-tier approach to licensing is just a thought. I figure that anything that can be done to encourage safe handling and storage of firearms and to encourage proficiency is a positive. As the old saying goes, it’s easier to attract flies with honey than it is with vinegar.
Humans are by nature a violent species. We are an intensely competitive apex predator and even divine injunctions don’t seem to work. Working to improve our better natures is a worthwhile goal but we didn’t become what we are overnight and we aren’t going to change what we are on anybody’s timetable. When it comes to the fundamentals, society changes very slowly, usually over a number of generations.