Data May Call Into Question Demands for New Gun Control Laws

Data May Call Into Question Demands for New Gun Control Laws

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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on June 1, 2019. Following the mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Buttigieg called for stricter gun control laws. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) News Analysis Democratic presidential candidates wasted no time in the hours after the Virginia Beach tragedy that killed 12 people to demand new gun control laws. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said new laws are needed because America is “the only developed country where this is routine.” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) echoed Buttigieg, saying, “This senseless act of violence should not be normal. Too many communities have been shattered by gun violence — we cannot continue to stand idly by.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said, “The days of the NRA controlling Congress and writing our gun laws must end. Congress must listen to the American people and pass gun safety legislation. This sickening gun violence must stop.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked, “How many lives will it take before Congress acts to end this crisis,” while former Vice President Joe Biden wondered “when will we finally say enough is enough?” The claim that gun violence is at epidemic proportions in America is frequently heard, but crime data from around the world presents the opposite picture. Comparison With World Average In a report published in November 2018, John Lott, Jr., founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), said “the U.S. is well below the world average in terms […]

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