A Study of Neighbors: Is It Safer to Live Where Handguns are Banned or Allowed?

Building on my last post (“Harvard Study: Gun Control Is Counterproductive”) – I thought it would be instructive to look at one particular table from the aforementioned study published in Spring 2007 in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Volume 30, Number 2:


The table above is taken from page 664 of the issue. It compares the murder rates of various European countries that have banned handguns with those of their neighbors. More significantly, it indicated whether or not handguns are similarly banned in the neighboring countries.

In every case – much like the difference between the state of Virginia, which allows even for concealed carry of handguns, and Washington, D.C., which has long banned them – the right to gun ownership corresponds with dramatically lower murder rates.