American Voice Institute of Public Policy
supports the U.S. Constitution, the
second amendment in particular, which
guarantees American citizens the right to
keep and bear arms. We do not believe
that gun control is an efficient method
for controlling crime.
fact, a new study revealed that murder
and suicide rates did not decline any
faster in states that had tougher laws to
comply with the 1994 Brady Act to
regulate hand guns. To compare the Brady
Law's impact on crime in the 32 states
that had to toughen their laws, the lead
authors of the study, Georgetown
Univeristy policy analysts Jens Ludwig
and Phillip Cook of Duke University,
examined national statistics from 1985
Prior to 1994, homicide and
suicide rates had already started to
decline nationwide noted the authors.
However, in "treatment states,"
those who had to adopt new laws to comply
assumed that homicide and suicide rates
would fall faster.
They found, instead, no
difference overall. However in the
treatment states among people aged 55 and
older, gun suicides declined six percent.
A better method of
controlling gun abuse is to target
criminals who are often habitual
offenders on probation and parole to
eliminate their illegal use of guns.