Though for us the 2nd Amendment is a matter of principle (safeguarding liberty), for others, statistics have meritSubmitted by BDavidH on Mon, 01/21/2013 - 09:28
Oftentimes political discussions devolve into a base exchange of statistical data. When they do, rest assured that the data is in fact on our side the majority of the time.
Here is but one example that illuminates the failure of gun grabbers to suppress gun homicide that might be referenced in such an exchange; the selection of these states is for (in my view) perfectly defensible reasons - both border Mexico, have high populations, large area, gang and illegal immigrant violence, fairly equivalent and powerful economies and polarized views on the second amendment; now, without further delay:
California has the strictest gun laws in the country.
Texas has some of the most lax gun laws in the country.
To sell a firearm in California, you have to have a license issued by the state, keep records of sales, report them to the state, the state then retains all information indefinitely, any thefts must be reported, each sales location must have at least one security measure to prevent theft and inspections by police of sales locations are authorized.
None of this is the case in Texas.
California also limits the bulk purchase of firearms by restricting consumers to one handgun purchase per month.
This is not the case in Texas.
In California, records are kept on all firearms.
In Texas, no records are retained.
In California, there is required micro-stamping on semi-auto handguns, so that criminals are easier to identify.
In Texas, there are no stamping requirements.
In California, all firearm sales (including those at gun shows) are subject to a background check.
In Texas, there are no background checks at gun shows or otherwise.
In California, safety training and testing are required. There is a three-day limit on background checks. Fingerprinting is required for a purchase. Ammunition purchase records are required to be stored.
In Texas, none of the above.
In California, there is an "assault weapons" (read: semi-auto rifles) ban which bans an assault weapon if identifiable as such by any single feature of the firearm.
In Texas, there is no "assault weapons" ban.
In California, handguns are all required to have child safety mechanisms which must meet specific standards laid out by the state.
In Texas, there is no safety mechanism requirement.
In California, employers may disallow firearms in their business parking lots.
In Texas, this is illegal - employers are forced to allow firearms in parking lots. Not only that, if you are on the way to your vehicle, you are permitted to open carry in Texas.
In California, the law enforcement agencies have sole discretion over whether or not a concealed carry permit will be issued.
In Texas, law enforcement has no say and one must simply meet the requirements (no criminal/mental health background, etc)
In California, on top of all of the above restrictions, localities may pass additional laws restricting or regulating firearms and/or ammunition.
In Texas, state law is final.
In California, they actively disarm freshly prohibited handgun possessors.
In Texas, they do not.
In California, the gun homicide rate is 3.25 out of 100,000.
In Texas, the gun homicide rate is 2.91 out of 100,000.
Across much of the nation (and overall as well,) gun homicide, as well as homicide in general, is on the decline.
However, in California, the decline of gun homicides is merely consistent with the national average (3% reduction,) while in Texas the decline is much sharper (13% reduction.) If this rate is maintained, the gap between Texas and California's gun homicide rate will widen.