Thursday, December 27, 2012


I recently heard him on a talk radio show claiming that the homicide rate in England & Wales has skyrocketed because of stricter gun laws and referred people to the British Home Office for the data.

I downloaded the statistics from 1990 to 2011-12 and graphed the data for homicides:

in 1997, the British government passed a firearms control act mostly in response to the Dunblane Massacre. As you can see, there was an increase in the number of homicides through 2002/03 after which the numbers decline rapidly. Lott falsely that for the 16 years after the firearms act, homicides have only increased.

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