The Positive Impact of Widespread Gun Ownership on American Society
Positive Impacts of Gun Ownership in American Society -Alot of research studies have taken the time and effort and measured the positive effects of American citizens owning and handling guns. Although, not everyone is even aware that such research exists, due to the anti-gun lobbying and bias and selective reporting by the mainstream media and government officials that support like minded ideologies.
This report takes into consideration the most important research to date, showing that, by and large, widespread gun ownership helps reduce crime and improves public safety, which results in an overall positive impact on American society.
The Criminal Mind and Guns
A fact that is not often taken into consideration is that criminals have always feared armed victims. In 1994, one of the most eye opening and revealing studies done to date was conducted on inmates incarcerated in different state prisons all across the U.S.
The report, that was titled Armed and Considered Dangerous: A Survey of Felons and Their Firearms by James D. Wright & Peter H. Rossi, was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and was also published in the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS).
Wright and Rossi interviewed over 1,799 felons and found that 33 percent of them said they personally had been “scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim”. A alarming 69 percent of them said that they knew at least one other criminal who had similar things happen to them.
The study concluded that most criminals are more worried about an armed victim than they are about the cops. One implication, though never specifically stated in the study, is that police are rarely on-site during a crime and citizens aren’t caught up by the same internal or external policies and strictures that police are.
Although this is considered an older and maybe antiquated study, one might ask the question just how much the criminal mind evolves in two decades and how many times one must ask whether criminals are still afraid of a victim shooting at him or her. Wright also provides additional follow-up commentary in The Armed Criminal In America.