Florida State University criminologist, Gary Kleck has researched the link between gun ownership and crime rates. After sorting through dozens of studies, Kleck has found that there is no link between increased gun ownership and an increase in crime rates. Although some of us already knew this.
“The overall pattern is very clear – the more methodologically adequate research is, the less likely it is to support the more guns-more crime hypothesis,” Kleck remarked.
Kleck offered two explanations for the finding.
“The most likely explanation is that most guns are possessed by noncriminals whose only involvement in crime is as victims, and defensive gun use by crime victims is both common and effective in preventing the offender from injuring the victim.”
It’s an interesting article. Read it here.