Liberal journalists and politicians are always coming up with new ways to try to argue guns are evil. Instead of focusing on crime, the economy, or the reality of self-defense, they try to find patterns that prove guns kill people.
We all know people kill people and guns are just one way to do it. However, the left still isn’t convinced, and they want to work toward their big government utopia by making sure the rest of us are disarmed.
The latest attempt by two writers at The Atlantic is impressive at first glance. It appears to show increased gun sales led to increased homicides, but there’s more under the surface that debunks the argument…
First Things First
The argument that more gun sales are tied to a higher murder rate is not a new argument.
It’s been done at The Atlantic several times by various for-hire liberals. This time, however, the argument is slightly more complex, which is why it’s worth reporting on.
In this latest gun grab article, writers Jeff Asher and Rob Arthur came up with a clever way to show gun sales actually are directly and provably tied to a rise in homicide, but they overlooked one huge thing.
Gun murders & gun sales spiked in the US in 2020 & the ATF recovered a higher share of new crime guns than ever. But connecting the surge in gun sales with the surge in murders is not as easy as it should be. New from me & @No_Little_Plans in @TheAtlantichttps://t.co/FFoMRtKIAi pic.twitter.com/mGSoVpUEo7
— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) January 10, 2022
What Do Asher and Arthur Argue?
Asher and Arthur’s argument is the huge spike in homicides we saw in 2021 is due to increased gun sales. Experts have looked at various reasons, including the pandemic lockdown, racial tensions, and economic issues and whether they are involved in the murder increase as well.
Yet, Asher and Arthur took a closer look at guns sold in 2020. They tracked ATF data that shows more new weapons were used in crimes in 2021 than in previous years. More guns used for violent purposes and more guns sold; it seems like a rock-solid link, according to Asher and Arthur.
They even admit the data doesn’t “yet” actually prove there’s any link.
"A massive increase in gun sales in early 2020 seems to have contributed to the recent rise in homicides." https://t.co/kbZSWhLZHl
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) January 10, 2022
Here’s the Truth
Gun sales and background checks were way up in 2020 (and 2021). Murders were also way up last year. There’s one huge issue with Arthur and Asher’s argument, though: the vast majority of gun homicides in 2021 were done with illegal weapons.
This is consistent going back for years; illegal weapons are a huge problem in America. In fact, a major reason so many guns are being sold is people want to protect themselves from violent criminals around the country who are armed with illegal guns.
This really isn’t that complicated. The only thing that’s surprising is more and more legal guns are turning up at crime scenes and homicide scenes. It’s true we need to crack down on straw purchasers where someone buys guns legally for gangsters or those who otherwise would be barred.
However, the idea that legal gun owners are the reason for murder going up is incorrect and misleading.