Friday, April 12, 2013
Clayton Cramer has a paper on the effect of background checks on the murder rate.
It's a pdf of 9 pages so is not a tough read. The conclusion is that they don't have any detectable effect.
The interesting stat is that 47% of crime guns were straw purchases which checks don't stop, 26% were stolen, and another 8% were "retail diversion" whatever that is. The remaining 19% were presumably come by legitimately which raises questions as to the exact nature of the crime committed with them by seemingly otherwise law-abiding gun owners.
Observation: Modern statistics is what changed Witch Doctory into modern psychology. Make of that what you will.