In 1946 there were 34,400 civilian firearms per 100,000 Americans and the murder rate was 6.9 per 100,000 population; 60 years later in 2004, gun ownership had almost tripled (85,000 guns per 100,000). Yet the murder rate had actually declined to 5.5 per 100,000. This evidence discredits the simplistic notion that increasing the civilian gunstock produces concomitant (or any) increases in murder.
Marc James Ayers
February 8, 2008
Brief of criminologists, social scientists, other distinguished scholars and the Claremont Institute as amici curiae in support of respondent.
[Only two more days until oral arguments.–Joe]