Villainous Company: More Guns Don't Necessarily Lead to Higher Rates of Gun Related Crime
...it could be that concealed carry rates have no appreciable effect on gun deaths, as counterintuitive as that would be for both the gun rights and gun control crowds.
In looking at this chart, the Editorial Staff snidely thought to ourselves that the more guns = more gun-related crime meme rests on the assumption that all gun owners (whether they obtain firearms legally or otherwise) are equally disposed to commit crimes.
Doesn't make much sense, does it?
In addition to looking at the supply of guns, I thought it might be interesting to look at what has happened to the supply of criminals over time. Though this tidbit is interesting, I'd prefer to see normalized incarceration data:
the nationwide prison population swelled by about 80 percent from 1990 to 2000, increasing by as much as 86,000 a year. By contrast, from 2007 to 2008, that population increased by 25,000, a 2 percent rise.
Thanks to the magic of Google, here's a time series graph of the incarceration rate over the same time period used in the firearms chart:
(Sorry, you got to click the link to get the charts)