The Rand research was based upon an examination of existing studies. My statements are based on the available data and I don't have to worry about sparing anyone's feelings.

Since there are now 21 permitless-carry states, I am not going to do. multi-year trend on each one. However, there is another, smaller group, the states that enacted universal background check laws in the past 10 years. The states are Colorado, Delaware, Oregon, and Washington state. There was also a referendum on universal background checks in Maine, which the voters rejected.

There has been at least a five-yer period between the years in which the laws were enacted/rejected and that's a reasonable period to establish a trend.

Colorado (adopted): +14.46%

Delaware (adopted): +25.81

Maine (rejected): +8.52

Oregon (adopted): +0.63

Washington (adopted): +24.47

Perhaps the kindest thing that could be said about the results is that they were inconclusive. Keep in mind that Maine is also a permitless-carry state.

If you don't like the numbers, complain to the FBI and the state law enforcement agencies in Colorado, Delaware, Maine, Oregon, and Washington.

Here are the 2020 homicide rates per 100,00 population for each state, ranked highest to lowest:

1 District of Columbia - 28.20

2 Louisiana - 15.80

3 Missouri† - 11.75

4 Mississippi† - 10.62

5 Arkansas† - 10.59

6 South Carolina - 10.52

7 Tennessee - 9.63

8 Alabama - 9.57

9 Illinois -9.14

10 Maryland - 9.13

11 Georgia - 8.80

12 North Carolina 8.04

13 Pennsylvania - 7.89

14 New Mexico - 7.79

15 Michigan - 7.57

16 Indiana - 7.48

17 Oklahoma† - 7.44

18 Delaware - 7.40

19 Kentucky† -7.21

20 Ohio - 7.01

21 Arizona† -6.91

22 Alaska - 6.70

23 Texas - 6.58

24 West Virginia† - 6.56

National Rate - 6.55

25 Virginia - 6.10

26 Florida - 5.94

27 Nevada - 5.74

28 California - 5.60

29 Wisconsin - 5.28

30 Colorado - 5.06

31 Montana - 5.00

32 South Dakota† - 4.48

33 North Dakota† - 4.18

34 New York - 4.18

35 Connecticut - 3.94

36 Washington - 3.91

37 New Jersey - 3.70

38 Nebraska - 3.56

39 Iowa - 3.51

40 Kansas† - 3.43

41 Minnesota - 3.36

42 Utah - 3.14

43 Wyoming† -3.09

44 Rhode Island - 3.03

45 Oregon - 2.95

46 Hawaii - 2.91

47 Massachusetts - 2.32

48 Vermont† - 2.25

49 Idaho† - 2.24

50 Maine† - 1.63

51 New Hampshire† - 0.88

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation and state law enforcement agencies.

Indicates a permitless carry state as of 12/31/2020. Iowa, Montana, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah became permitless-carry states in 2021.

Yes, we're all Americans and what is a problem for my neighbor is a problem for me. However, it doesn't make my neighbor's problem my fault. Nor does it mean that it's right to take action against me when that action won't help my neighbor.

When the leading cause of death among Black males ages 18-34 is firearm-related murder committed by Black males ages 18-34 and there are already laws in place at the federal and state level against the possession of guns by prohibited persons, by persons under the legal age for ownership, of a firearm in the commission of a criminal offense, regardless of whether or not the gun was even displayed, along with laws against assault, aggravated assault, and murder, it is obvious that gun control laws aren't particularly effective, especially when you look at the places where such crimes are the worst.

Most gun owners of whom I am aware fully support community outreach and intervention efforts because they have shown some measure of success at reducing violence.

Frankly, what is actually toxic is the irrational clinging to misconceptions about the so-called "gun culture" and a misplaced belief in legislative measures that have shown no results. What is also toxic is the way gun owners have been demonized, in part because they are unwilling to take "ownership" of violent acts they didn't commit.

Then we're further maligned because we don't see any point in "discussions" with people who have no intention of listening to a word we say.

Do you want to know what "toxic" really is? In February 2019 NPR and the PBS commissions a Marist poll on gun control measures. There were the usual high favorability responses for things like Universal background checks, assault weapon bans, and such.

The last question on the survey was: "From what you have read or heard, do you think, compared to 25 years ago, the per capita gun murder rate in the U.S. is higher, lower, or about the same?"

Fifty-nine percent of those responding said the rate had gone up; 23% said it was about the same.

Based on the timing of the survey, the most recent 24-year period would have been 1994 to 2018. Over that period of time, CDC fatal injury reports said the gun murder rate fell 36%.

So 82% of the people surveyed didn't even know the truth. They apparently believed we were experiencing an "epidemic of gun violence."

Why do you think that is? It sure as heck wasn't because the NRA or Gun Owners of America was telling that to them.

Do you think Americans might have been surprised to learn that in 2014 the FBI reported the lowest U.S. murder rate since 1957?

Somehow, that got lost in the headlines, too.

No, Mr. Linton, the real problem is that, at the current time, there really isn't anything to discuss and until we see some evidence of honest good faith on the part of gun control advocates, there won't be.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of

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