There are more violent criminals out there—and some people want us to disarm

The Washington Post tells us that according to FBI crime reports, violent crime has picked up for the second year in a row. Both the VPC and the Gun Guys were quick to point this out. I’m not sure why, though. The entire Washington Post (not a paper known for its advocacy of gun rights) article contains not a single mention of “inadequate gun laws” being responsible for the rise.

That makes sense, really–gun laws have been shown time and time again to have not significantly lowered violence. In fact, the vast decline in violence seen throughout the 90’s (and apparently ending last year) coincided with a major relaxation of gun legislation (particularly concealed carry).

The article mentions several factors (guns not among them) contributing to the uptick in violent crime.

While no one is certain of the causes, experts cited an increase in the number of young men in their crime-prone years, diminished crime-fighting assistance from the federal government, fewer jobs for people with marginal skills and even the ongoing growth in methamphetamine use in some places.

How to reverse this trend? The anti-gun extremists will say we need to implement more restrictive gun laws–as if disarming potential victims makes any sense. No real solution is going to be so easy. It will have to involve improvements in education, better job opportunities, more law enforcement resources, and drug rehabilitation.

There are things our society can and should do to curb the violence. Civilian disarmament is not one of them.

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