America's First Freedom - August 2021 - 56

A " Guns Problem, " Really?
By Charles C.W. Cooke
W
hen asked about the rising
crime rate, President
Joe Biden's (D) press secretary,
Jen Psaki, immediately
changed the subject. " I would say
certainly there is a guns problem, " Psaki
said. " And that's something the president
would say. "
Th at may, indeed, be " something
the president would say. " But that
doesn't change the fact that it's nonsense.
Indeed, it is hard to imagine what
argument Psaki and Biden even think
that they are making. Between 1992
and 2015, crime in the United States
dropped dramatically at the same time
as the Second Amendment was being
assiduously restored and the American
public was buying hundreds of millions
of fi rearms. In 1992, the FBI reports, the
violent crime rate was 757.7 per 100,000 residents. By
2015, the rate was 372.6 per 100,000, a reduction of more
than half. Th is drop applied across the board: to murder
(from 9.3 in 1992 to 4.9 in 2015), rape (42.8 in 1992 to
28.1 in 2015), robbery (263.7 in 1992 to 101.9 in 2015) and
aggravated assault (441.9 in 1992 to 237.8 in 2015).
policing, appropriate
sentencing and a culture
that supports all three.
To look at the increases
in crime we have seen
over the last couple of years and
shout " guns! " in response is simply
bizarre-especially when one
looks at the statistics.
Review after review has
poured cold water on the idea
Review after review has poured cold water
on the idea that bans on so-called " assault
weapons " have had any eff ect on crime.
During the same period, the number of guns in private
hands nearly doubled, from around 190 million
to nearly 360 million; the number of so-called " assault
weapons " rose from 1.5 million to more than 11 million;
the number of concealed-carry permit holders
increased more than tenfold; and, at almost every level,
the laws governing the keeping and bearing of arms
were liberalized dramatically. To buy what Psaki and
Biden are selling, one has to believe that, for a solid 23
years, there was no negative connection between these
facts, but that, as of about 2016, that magically began
to change.
It didn't. Unlike the right to self-defense-which is
inherent and inviolable in all human beings-the prevention
of crime is a complicated matter that requires
the correct combination of sensible laws, adequate
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that bans on so-called " assault weapons " have had any
eff ect on crime. Review after review has rejected the
claim that the proliferation of concealed carry has led
to any increase in crime. Review after review has noted
that even the total abolition of permitting for the open
and concealed carry of fi rearms has not increased
crime. What, one must ask, does
Psaki think has happened here? Have
the criminals only just noticed that
they are able to break the law?
Or could we perhaps be witnessing
the consequences of a series of public-policy changes
that have nothing whatsoever to do with fi rearms and
law-abiding gun owners? Th e last fi ve years have been
marked by a decreasing respect for the police, by an
increasing tolerance of riots, by a precipitous rise in
drug addiction and by district attorneys in many of
America's major cities who are blatantly not interested
in enforcing the law.
If the White House is alarmed by what is happening
to the crime statistics, it would do well to look at these
developments and consider whether they are welcome
after all. Instead, Jen Psaki and her boss have elected to
do what they always seem to do in such circumstances:
To ignore the question, to gesture at the voters they dislike
and then to take square aim at a sacred provision of
the U.S. Constitution.
Illustration: Gary Locke

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