Friday, July 30, 2010

Crime Continues to Go Down in Milwaukee, Where No One can Carry a Concealed Weapon. Defies Logic?

Guns deter criminals! So what would explain the lower crime rates in Milwaukee, where no one is allowed to carry concealed weapons and we don't have broad crazy "Castle" laws allowing you to shoot anyone you think might harm anywhere outside your home? I guess the answer is there is no relation at all between carry laws in states that allow it, and states that don't, like Wisconsin and Illinois. Huh oh:

Reported crime in Milwaukee has decreased for 10 consecutive quarters … Milwaukee has continued to mirror a national trend that has seen crime decrease across the country for three consecutive years, according to statistics released by the Police Department. Reported crime in the eight major categories tracked by the FBI is down 7.6% in Milwaukee through the first half of this year … Violent crime - homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault - is down 12.3%
Statistics don’t support the idea that carrying guns, concealed or not, contributes one bit to the downward national trend of crime. Yet, in-home gun ownership hasn’t statistically reduced burglary:

Burglary is the only crime among the eight major offenses tracked by the FBI that has increased, jumping 3.7% compared with the first half of 2007 and 1.4% compared with the first half of last year, according to the department's statistics.
Again, home gun protection doesn’t seem to deter someone from breaking in…how curious. Will any brave gun crazy advocate please explain how that is possible.

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