Weakening gun laws will only mean more bloodshed | Commentary

Weakening gun laws will only mean more bloodshed | Commentary

In a Dec. 10 commentary published in the Sentinel, State Representative Anthony Sabatini and pro-gun pundit John Lott urged the Florida Legislature to take up the mantle of “Constitutional Carry,” which will allow gun owners in Florida to conceal-carry without a permit. They argue that “predictions of doom and bloodshed” are overblown, refusing to acknowledge the bloodshed and violence that guns have already brought to Florida. In 2016, a gunman killed 49 innocent people at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. In 2018, another gunman killed 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Devin Hughes is the founder of GVPedia, a nonprofit that provides access to data and research about gun violence. – Original Credit: Courtesy photo (Courtesy photo) Gun violence has increased in Orlando. According to the Gun Violence Archive , in the three years since Sabatini was elected, the firearm homicide death rate in his district rose 93%, even though the national rate increased by only 19% during the same time. Sabatini and Lott are wrong. The academic literature is clear: weaker gun laws increase crime. Homicide data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that states with permitless carry laws have seen a 5.1% increase in gun homicide rates annually, compared with a 1.2% annual increase for states without such laws. Kansas, Mississippi, and Missouri saw large surges in gun homicides after passing permitless carry. Lott concluded that permitless carry and weakening concealed-carry laws will help reduce crime based on […]

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