Don’t believe me. Believe Gary Kleck, one of the nation’s leading gun scholars: legal gun ownership lowers the homicide rate.
“Kleck says his latest research indicates that when gun ownership rises among noncriminals, homicide rates decline. When gun ownership among criminals rises, there is no clear effect on homicide rates. Getting rid of the D.C. law, of course, should have no effect on criminals, since they don’t get their guns legally anway. It will only make it easier for law-abiding residents to own and use firearms.”