- - Sunday, October 4, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In the wake of the most recent gun-related tragedy, Americans are once again faced with horror, grief and confusion as they search for ways to explain the senseless deaths of nearly a dozen in Oregon.

“Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We’ve become numb to this,” President Obama said in his statement following Thursday’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College.

And, oh how routine Mr. Obama really has become, repeatedly politicizing murders and pushing his liberal, anti-gun agenda on Americans.

Less guns create less crime, Mr. Obama has implied in all of his statements following mass shootings in the United States during his presidency.

Gun control advocates time and time again have used this argument to push for stricter regulations.

However, the statistics continually have proven that states and cities with more gun regulations do not become states and cities with less crime.

Just look at Mr. Obama’s home city of Chicago, which is known for its extremely strict gun control laws.

There have been over 6,000 shootings in the city of Chicago since 2012, totaling nearly 1,700 murders.

As the third largest U.S. city with an average population of roughly 2.7 million people, Chicago averaged approximately 16 murders per 100,000 people between 2012 and 2014.

Now let’s compare this to Phoenix, which is known to have much more lenient gun control laws and is repeatedly criticized by gun control advocates.

Less than 500 murders were committed in the city of Phoenix since 2012.

Thus, as the sixth largest U.S. city with an average population of roughly 1.5 million people, this puts Phoenix at an average of approximately 8 murders per 100,000 people between 2012 and 2014, half that of Chicago.

And, while gun control proponents will argue that this statistical difference is entirely due to factors other than the gun control laws in these areas, they are simply wrong.

In fact, the average murder rate dropped in 89 percent of 29 states after gun control regulations were reduced and right-to-carry laws were passed in these states.

“We know the states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest deaths,” Mr. Obama claimed on Thursday.

Clearly, Mr. Obama’s statement and the left’s argument that gun control decreases crime are not correct.

Less guns do not equal less crime, but often more crime.

It is certainly easy to get caught up in emotion during the weeks following a tragedy, but Americans must not forget to rationally assess the facts and continue to repudiate the left’s push to politicize tragic deaths in an effort to increase gun control regulations.

Madison Gesiotto is a staff editor for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

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