No matter how many times you add 2 and 2, you will always get 4. The results are similarly predictable when you analyze the relation between gun ownership and crime:
From 2006 to 2011, the total number of guns purchased in Virginia increased 73 percent, while the total number of gun-related violent crimes decreased 24 percent over that period. And when adjusted for population growth, the number of crimes further decreases to more than 27 percent, with 79 gun-related offenses per 100,000 in 2006 dropping to 57 by 2011.
Virginia Commonwealth University professor Thomas R. Baker conducted the analysis at the request of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Baker told the paper that the findings appear to contradict the popular premise that more guns cause more violent crime.
To the extent that thoroughly discredited premise is “popular,” it is because it is relentlessly promoted by the authoritarian liberals who control the governmedia. Not only has it been disproven repeatedly, but it makes no sense. Criminals will always have guns regardless of the law. Why would permitting law-abiding citizens to defend themselves in accordance with their Constitutional rights cause an increase in crime?
Baker examined data from the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center, which tracks the number of gun transactions for every federally licensed Virginia firearm dealer, to state crime data from 2006 to 2011. That data demonstrated that an increase in gun purchases one year was often followed by a decrease in gun crime the next year.
“So the only thing it could be is that more guns are causing less crime,” Baker concluded, noting that the data is “pretty overwhelming.”
However, no amount of data will dissuade liberals, because as leftist radicals used to openly admit, the issue is never the issue. We aren’t really talking about crime; we are talking about the ability of the population to defend itself from its increasingly malevolent collectivist rulers.
Similarly, no amount of data proving that subsidizing poverty creates more poverty will put a dent in liberal support for an ever-expanding welfare state, because the issue is not alleviating the plight of the poor, but increasing dependence on government.
In both cases, the goal is the same: to create a population of helpless victims, utterly dependent on the State.
On a tip from AC.