New Jersey adopted what sponsors described as “the most stringent gun law” in the nation in 1966; two years later the murder rate was up 46% and the reported robbery rate had nearly doubled.
In 1968, Hawaii imposed a series of increasingly strong gun controls, and its murder rate tripled from a low of 2.4 per 100,000 in 1968 to 7.2 by 1977.
In 1976, Washington, D.C. enacted one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation. Since then, the city’s murder rate has more than doubled while the national murder rate has declined.
Chicago has the broadest restrictions on firearms of any place in America and had over 500 murders in 2012.
So why is it that politicians like Martin O’Malley, Andrew Cuomo, Dianne Feinstein, and Barack Obama want to enact laws of the sort that have made crime rates worse in the past?
UPDATE—One of the effects of more restrictive gun laws (or the threat of them) has been push back by voters (aka “the little people”), even in blue states. Jackie Wellfounder tweeted this and several other pictures of a Pro-2A rally in Annapolis today:
UPDATE 2—Nice Deb has posted nice pictures of rallies in Albany and other state capitals.