NYT’s claim legal gun sales partly at fault for violent crime surge fails to hold up in eyes of experts

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Several gun experts took on The New York Times gun-grabbing claims they believe an increase in legal gun purchases led to a sharp increase in crime rates over the past two years.

Heritage Foundation’s Charles Stimson told Fox News Digital late last month that the “idea that this spike in crime has anything to do with legal purchases of weapons or people exercising their Second Amendment rights is hogwash.”

“First off, let’s go back 30 years,” he said in the phone interview. “For the last 27, 29 years, our country has had a dramatic decrease in violent crime. Violent crime peaked in 1992-93, and it has been on the wane ever since then — until recently.”

“That and that alone rebuts [The New York Times’] argument that increased legal gun ownership has contributed to this spike in crime,” he asserted. “What, they didn’t do it for 30 years? Even though they bought tens of millions of guns between 92 and now.”

Stimson was referencing a New York Times article published on April 17 about a so-called “violent crisis” where the author argued that several factors have contributed to the rise in violent crimes since 2020. Among those reasons, the piece contended were the “high profile police killings of 2020 and the protests that followed,” and the pandemic’s disruption to everyday routines.

The third reason claimed by the Times is that “Americans bought a record number of guns in recent years.”

“The guns that Americans bought remain in circulation. While COVID cases have plummeted and lockdowns have ended, new variants are still disrupting social services and life in general,” the leftist outlet claimed.

But Dr. Garen Wintemute, a researcher in the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis was not so quick to blame the sale of the inanimate objects on for the rising crime.

“Increases in purchasing was not associated with the magnitude of the increase in firearm violence,” he concluded in a paper he co-authored for Injury Epidemiology. “Results suggest much of the rise in firearm violence during our study period was attributable to other factors, indicating a need for additional research.”

Gun grabbers were quick to cast stones for suggesting that there was not a direct correlation between gun purchases and gun crimes.

Stimson reiterated his views on the ridiculousness of the argument that legal gun sales lead to gun violence because criminals are not typically bothered by the law.

“Any prosecutor, defense lawyer, judge — and I’ve been all three — will tell you that the vast majority of violent crimes are not committed by people who lawfully purchased their guns. They have burner guns, they buy guns on the street, they steal guns. They’re not going to the gun show with their kids and their wife and their Labrador retriever, with their red white and blue flag on their car,” Stimson said.

The gun experts on social media agreed with Stimson as their arguments tend to follow plain lines of common sense.


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