Massachusetts’ Gun Laws Have Failed To Keep Residents Safe
There has been a lot of talk lately from Senator Markey and other anti Second Amendment legislators about our gun laws and how they have “kept us safe” and/or reduced violent crime since the passage of Chapter 180 in 1998. But have they?
According to the latest stats from the FBI, no, they have failed miserably. Bear in mind, the New England region has the lowest violent crime rates in the country, yet MA with all of our restriction and regulation has by far the highest crime rates. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
Just so you have some comparative data, the other New England states are much lower.
Connecticut is ranked at #46 with 227 per 100K
Rhode Island is ranked at #43 with 239 per 100K
Vermont is ranked at #49 with 158 per 100K
New Hampshire is ranked #48 with 198 per 100K
Maine is #50 with 124 per 100K
Back in 2008 GOAL compiled crime data for the decade following the passage of Chapter 180 in 1998. What we discovered was astounding, violent crime increased dramatically during that period. This was especially troubling as we saw crime drop almost the same amount across the nation.
According to statistics from the State of Massachusetts.
- The WRISS Report released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in March of 2007 shows a 78% INCREASE in firearm related assaults since 1998.
- ISP reports from 1998 to 2005 show a 70% INCREASE in homicide related firearm deaths since 1998.
- ISP reports from 1998 to 2005 show a 236% INCREASE in assault related firearm hospital discharges since 1998.
- ISP reports from 1999 to 2005 show a 232% INCREASE in assault related emergency room visits since 1999.
- ISP reports from 2001 to 2005 (the most recent report available) show a 670% INCREASE in assault outpatient observations since 2001.
In 2008 GOAL noted that Chapter 180 was a “civil rights and public safety disaster”, and now, sadly, our U.S. Senators want this to spread across the nation.
In 2013 GOAL updated the stats again and noted a 67% INCREASE in gun related homicides from 1998 – 20111 (the newest available stats at the time). More than a decade of failure and now Senator Markey and his cohorts want to pay states to implement this nationwide!
We hope that the rest of congress will recognize this disaster for what it is and shun Senator Markey’s proposal.