Gun Control

The 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.

In 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 through 1997.

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.

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