Following a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the state decided it was for the best to enact a whole slew of gun control. Formerly a fairly pro-gun state, Colorado changed overnight to anti-gun, mostly because of a single incident. A black swan kind of incident.
However, it’s been a while now. If gun control were to make a positive impact on a state, we’d have seen it by now.
So, what’s the verdict?
“Universal” background checks, “assault weapons” bans, and restrictions on “large-capacity” magazines all seem reasonable at first glance, but Coloradans know better. Colorado — once a solidly pro-gun state — passed both of these proposals into law in 2013. We now have five years of data on the effects, and the verdict is clear: they don’t work.
The rate of violent crime, including gun murders, has gone up, not down. Last year, the fourth consecutive year that the homicide rate has increased, Denver suffered the highest number of homicides since 2004. This year is on track to be even worse, and the same troubling trend is evident across the state. Violent crime rose statewide in 2018 for the fifth straight year, with murder rates hovering near 15-year highs.
This spike in violent crimes corresponds neatly with Colorado’s passage of universal background checks and magazine restrictions. This doesn’t necessarily mean that gun control caused the rise in crime directly, but the data suggest that any politician promising to dramatically reduce violence with such measures is either lying or suffering from a severe case of wishful thinking.
Colorado’s experience proves that the Democrats’ gun control proposals would only inconvenience legal gun owners, while doing nothing to stop violent crime. Presidential candidates who promise massive crime reductions from implementing such policies nationwide should spend more time in Colorado. We’d set them straight.
Honestly, former Rep. Tom Tancredo who wrote the above is absolutely correct.
Time and time again, we see anti-gunners push for these measures which, if you don’t know any better, sound like the answer to the problem. They sound like a solution.
What we see, though, is nothing of the sort.
Instead, while law-abiding citizens are jumping through hoops in order to purchase a firearm, the criminals are continuing to buy black-market guns and bypassing every gun control law imaginable. The good guys are hobbled by rules and regulations, but the criminals aren’t. No matter what gun control laws you cook up, guns will find a way to fill what I call the “low spots.” Someone will find a way to fill that void with guns regardless of what laws are passed.
The only ones hurt will be the law-abiding people who simply won’t have the means to resist the criminals. Tyranny of the Crook is a thing, and it’s a thing that has to be fought and combatted just like any other form of tyranny. You have to arm yourself and be prepared to shoot someone for your personal liberty.
Plain and simple.
Gun control has failed in Colorado. It’s failed pretty much everywhere, really. It’s time to give it a rest.