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Seattle Homicide Stats Don’t Support Nickels Gun Ban Scheme, Says SAF

Posted by Liberty on January 5, 2009

Seattle Homicide Stats Don’t Support Nickels Gun Ban Scheme, Says SAF

“Homicide statistics for 2008 in Seattle do not justify a proposal by anti-gun Mayor Greg Nickels to ban legally-carried handguns from public property, nor his plan to lobby for a change in the state’s preemption law, the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation said today.

 

‘Less than half of Seattle’s homicides in 2008 involved firearms,’ noted SAF founder Alan Gottlieb, ‘and about one-third were gang-related. Yet Mayor Nickels would have the public believe there is a dire need to violate state statute and the civil rights of law-abiding gun owners, by challenging a state preemption statute that has stood for more than two decades as a model of efficiency and effectiveness that other states have copied.’

 

Gottlieb noted that Seattle’s 28 homicides pale in comparison to those logged in similar-sized cities, where concealed carry is forbidden. Milwaukee, WI reported 71 homicides in 2008, and Washington, D.C. posted 186 killings. Only in Seattle may citizens legally carry concealed handguns. In Baltimore, MD, where it is virtually impossible to get a carry license, there were 234 slayings last year.”

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2 Responses to “Seattle Homicide Stats Don’t Support Nickels Gun Ban Scheme, Says SAF”

  1. It seems to me that fewer guns would mean less gun crime. Maybe the mayor is on to something. Of course, any laws would have to be enforced and universally applied. There’s not much sense banning guns in D.C., for example, if Virginia has lax laws.

    I can’t wait to see what the Obama administration does.

  2. Liberty said

    Mikeb302000, thanks for the comment but I will have to disagree with you. I don’t believe that fewer guns will equal less crime–check out crime stats from gun banning countries like the U.K. and Australia for confirmation on this. In regards to the myth that fewer guns equals less crime, Professor John Lott has written a great book based upon years of statistical analysis. It’s called
    More Guns, Less Crime. In the spirit of the Fairness Doctrine, you should check it out.
    I have no confidence that restricting firearms further will have a positive effect on crime for the simple reason that criminals don’t obey laws. If they did, laws against committing murder, armed robbery and rape would be sufficient. Restricting firearms only affects those of us who believe in a civil, law-abiding society. More stringent gun control regulations would only serve to provide criminals with an un-armed pool of victims. As to what the Obama administration will do, those of us who believe in the Constitution are justifiably nervous.

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