The CPRC provided a little bit of balance in an article on the release of a new gun tracing report by the New York Attorney General.
. . . But John R. Lott Jr., the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center in Pennsylvania, disagreed. “That’s like finding out a lot of cars in New York come from another state,” he said. “Pick a state in the South — you’ll find a lot of guns from those states come from out of state originally. Products move around.”
“Here’s the problem,” he continued. “Let’s say I could snap my fingers and cause all guns and illegal drugs from being in the country. How long until those illegal drugs and guns came back into the country? Twenty minutes into El Paso?” . . .
The point was that we have not been able to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the country and that drug gangs have to bring in guns in order to protect those values drugs. It isn’t like a drug gang that has had its drugs stolen can go to the police and ask for help getting their drugs back. In addition, gang violence is an incredibly serious problem. The Obama administration estimates that gangs are responsible for as much as 80% of crime in US. About 75% of the murders in the US occur in just 3% of the counties, and even in those few counties the murders are very heavily concentrated in tiny areas. But banning guns (or just handguns) doesn’t work. Every country in the world for which we have crime data has seen an increase in murder rates following the passage of gun bans.