Can stringent gun laws make a difference?

Under “Caffeinated Thoughts” (in Blogfeed, Gazette, Dec. 30) was the following: “New York City has some of the most stringent gun laws and yet we don’t see its murder rate going down.” Actually, we do.

“414 Homicides in ’12 Is a Record Low for New York City” is the title of an article by Wendy Ruderman that appeared in the Dec. 28 edition of the New York Times. The article states that the murder totals have been in decline since the early 1990s when they were in the low 2,000s. The previous record low was 471 and set in 2009.

Shane Vander Hart (the blogger referenced) and others may wish to argue that factors other than gun laws have brought about this decline. But if they do so, instead of ignoring the numerical evidence, they should cite statistics that can and should be readily verifiable, in print and online, by those making the argument, by those who publish it, and most importantly, by those who read it.

Richard Pirodsky



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