The study, which just appeared in Volume 30, Number 2 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (pp. 649-694), set out to answer the question in its title: "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence." Contrary to conventional wisdom, and the sniffs of our more sophisticated and generally anti-gun counterparts across the pond, the answer is "no." And not just no, as in there is no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, but an emphatic no, showing a negative correlation: as gun ownership increases, murder and suicide decreases.
In fairness, the study (available here, in all its *.pdf glory) went a step farther than I dared to, and actually compared firearm ownership, murder, and suicide rates and gun laws across national borders, rather than here within our own country. The Good Lord Alone knows how they were able to come up with numbers good enough to make solid comparisons, given how some countries… miscategorize, to understate it… certain crimes.
The important thing to keep in mind is not the rate of deaths by gun – a statistic that anti-gun advocates are quick to recite – but the overall murder rate, regardless of means. The criminologists explain:
[P]er capita murder overall is only half as frequent in the United States as in several other nations where gun murder is rarer, but murder by strangling, stabbing, or beating is much more frequent. (p. 663 – emphases in original)
In other words, if you are going to be murdered here in the States, yes, you are more likely to be murdered by someone wielding a firearm than if you were to be murdered in any other country, however, you may still be safer overall here than in countries with stringent "gun control" laws.
If there was ever any doubt that “gun control” is well and truly dead, I would dare say a study coming out of Harvard – not exactly the most firearm-friendly or conservative school in the country – further demonstrating the negative correlation between firearm ownership and firearm-related murders and suicides and all-but conclusively saying that “gun control” is a complete waste of time, money, and energy would be the first shovel of dirt on top of its coffin. The only thing left now is the wailing and gnashing of teeth from bigoted useful idiots who are too ignorant, too narrow-minded, or just too borderline insane to accept a portion of their personal identities being stripped away from them by the cold hard truths of reality.
(Courtesy of Antitango.)