It’s me again. I know I’m not your favorite blogger since we didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye back in 2013 (click here to read about that) or ever for that matter , but I just had to reach out. It turns out we have something in common.
No, I’m not carrying around a lady pistol in my ultra-bedazzeled holster ready to shoot an unsuspecting burglar who wants to break in and steal my rather large and obnoxious collection of painted wine glasses with sayings like, “without family wine wouldn’t be necessary” or “I am aging like fine wine, complex and fruity.”
What we have in common is our love of denial. I’ve been in denial that my blonde hair is really gray. Yes, I’m a brunette, but I just thought I was suddenly turning blonde. Hey, it can happen. You have spent years in denial that the homicide rate hasn’t been linked to the repealing of permit laws and safety training in order to own a firearm.
Oh how wrong we both were.
According to a new study put out by Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, the reduction in homicides is related to permit and training laws. The study looked at Connecticut’s law passed in 1994 that required people purchasing a gun to get a license and training before obtaining the gun.
“In a study released Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, they estimate that the law reduced gun homicides by 40 percent between 1996 and 2005. That’s 296 lives saved in 10 years.”
Here’s my favorite quote from the article,
“People assume incorrectly that criminals will do anything and everything in terms of cost and risk to get their hands on a gun,” he said. “But that simply is not what the data tells us.” Connecticut’s law didn’t stop criminals from acquiring guns, but it deterred enough of them that the gun homicide rate dropped.”
The study then looked at Missouri who repealed their permit law in 2007 and the homicide rate is up sharply. My state, Kansas recently passed the same type of legislation and time will tell what our homicide rate will look like in a few years.
I’m no fortune-teller, but my bet is you are going to dismiss this study. You are going to say that there are other factors that contributed to the reduction in the homicide rate. You are going to say that laws that require permits and training infringe on people’s 2nd amendment rights and it’s just not worth it.
I think it’s time we both own up to reality. A 40% reduction rate is enough to ask our state legislatures to pass laws requiring permits and safety training again. It’s enough to ask you to back off on your lobbying efforts in this area. I’m going to own up to my gray hair and call the my salon ASAP!
Yours for helping to prevent unnecessary gun deaths,