Massachusetts may have the nation's toughest gun law, but it's been ineffective in reducing crime. Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby says it's a case study of liberal ignorance about firearms.
The 1998 law banned semiautomatic assault weapons, imposed strict new licensing rules, prohibited anyone convicted of a violent crime or drug trafficking from ever carrying or owning a gun, and enacted severe penalties for storing guns unlocked.Jacoby argues the only people who obeyed the law were law-abiding citizens, not criminals.
"Since 1998, gun crime in Massachusetts has gotten worse, not better. In 2011, Massachusetts recorded 122 murders committed with firearms, the Globe reported this month - 'a striking increase from the 65 in 1998.' Other crimes rose too. Between 1998 and 2011, robbery with firearms climbed 20.7 percent. Aggravated assaults jumped 26.7 percent."
That was a sadly predictable result, according to Jacoby. "Don't hold your breath waiting for gun-control activists to admit they were wrong. The treatment they prescribed may have yielded the opposite of the results they promised, but they're quite sure the prescription wasn't to blame."
Via The Boston Globe.