California’s Bay Area is not “Chicago West just yet, but with a car to car shooting at least once a week they are beginning to call it that.
And with a total cost of more than a half trillion dollar cost for gun control since 1960, California has paid more for gun control than Illinois. So lets look at California, the bloody results of gun control, and the cost of crime to the once “Golden State.”
California is the fifth State and sixth review in our expanded series of the cost of gun control.
Arizona is the fifth entry in our 52 post series with the
While California joined the gun control brigade in 1907, a result of a striker slipping on a steam engine warming up for a run from San Bernardino to needles, escaping catastrophe when a “scab,” a strikebreaker” noticed a blown out boiler rivet,serous gun controls waited until 1967, when a blanket prohibition against loaded guns in public, even for CCW holders, was passed.
Here are the high points of gun control in California:
1976 saw a 15 day waiting period on all handgun purchases.
1990 saw the publication of a list of prohibited guns.
1991 aw a registration scheme, with all transfers handled by a State agency.
1994 saw the gun banners back with a firearms owners card system.
2000 saw an “Assault Weapons Ban.”
2001 saw publication of a list of guns approved for sale in Kali. Guns not on the list oculd not be legally transferred.
2005 brought a harassing bill, a ban on most .50 caliber firearms.
2006 Kali required both a Loaded Chamber Indicator and a magazine disconnector to be legal for sale in California.
2008 brought a harassing law, registering anyone who sells a gun to a dealer.
2011 Allowed taxes collected to exercise a Constitutional right to be blown by the Attorney General of CAlifornia.
2012 Harassing bill banned open carry of unloaded guns.
2012 Authorized Los Angeles County to pass its own gun laws.
2014 Long gun owner registration enacted.
2014 Acquisition of new or rebuilt magazines criminalized.
2014 Harassing law banning lead \bullets.
2014 Harassing law, replacing the Handgun safety card with a firearms safety card.
2015 Harassing law bans turning semi-autos into single shots.
216 Harassing law, adds “Gun Violence Restraing Orders” to Kali law.
With all that, and the many less obnoxious items I did not mention, if any place be free of firearms related crime it should be California.
So let’s look at the effect the post 1950 gun laws have had on violent crime in the State.
Before I begin the dates and numbers, let me point out that California has very non-typical demographics. Our most violent demographic group comprises just 6.4 percent of the population, half the national percentage, and while the charts list the state with average family income of $64,500 a year, That does not consider the vast gap between the affluent and the desperately poor.
With that, the key dates are 1960, before post-entertainment industry gun ban campaign began pushing up the crime numbers, 1963 when the entertainment industry began a national gun ban campaign, 1968, when that campaign paid off with two draconian State gun laws and the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968; 1973 wh the five full year point for the Gun Control Act of 1968, and 1993, the end year for the so-called Assault Weapons Ban campaign.
The numbers and rates 0here can be verified either at this convenient spreadsheet, or in the original printed copies of the FBI Uniform Crime Report kept on file at many police headquarters. And with that it is time to look at the numbers.
In 1960 California Law Enforcement Agencies reported violent crime rate of 239.0 violent crimes per 100,000 Californians.241.2
1963 the year the entertainment industry started a gun b an campaign, the rate was 241.2 per 100,000.
1964 , the first full year of a national gun ban campaign Arizona authorities reported a rate of 265.6 per 100,000 to the FBI.
1968, the fifth year of the first National gun ban campaign and 15 days of a Federal gun control law, the violent crime rate came in at 422.9 per 100,000 population.
1969, the first full year of year of Federal gun controls California’s violent crime rate shoot up to 462.9 per 100,000 population.
1973, the fifth full year of Federal gun controls saw California’s violent crime rate rose to 469.9.
And finally, the peak year for violent crime in California was was 11992, at the height of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, with a violent crime rate of 1,119.7 per 100,000.
Even though California’s very low crime demographics and the very high economic factors, California’s gun control and gun owner harassing laws have kept the State’s violent crime rates far higher than the national rate until the present; as the cart below clearly indicates:
In reality, California’s violent crime situation is worse then official numbers suggest. An estimated 36 percent of crime victims are illegals who, fearing deportation, will not report being a crime victim to the police. That comment is based on prison surveys, and is informational, not part of the discussion here.
As you can see, even though Californians realized a gun ban was imminent and began buying defensive weapons in 1992, sharply reducing the violent crime rates, California’s draconian and often spiteful gun laws have kept the violent crime rates far above the national average.
Next, let us go to a key question. What are the chances that some other factor is responsible for these the increase and decrease in homicide and violent crime already noted?
As the investigators saying goes, “When everything else has been eliminated, what is left must be truth.” My friends and I have painstakingly gone through every feasible suggestion an for an alternative cause, and come up dry. Now, it was not adding tetraethyl lead to gasoline, that was don as early as 1929, and was nearly universal by 1933, the year relaxed enforcement of gun laws caused the violent crime rates to fall. Other suggested causes, such as demographic shits, and even mattress types have been investigated, and discarded. What remains are the restrictive gun laws that are shared by the f50 States and the District of Columbia.
But what is the probability that this pattern of increase in violent crime could be just a coincidence?
Each State’s violent crime rates consist of four parts; homicide/murder, rape,robbery, and “Aggravated Assault.” The probability that any State’s four crime rates would rise and fall in almost immediately after imposition of gun restrictions is remote, on the order of 3,000 to 15,000 to 1. Multiply that by the four violent crimes tracked by the FBI, and then multiply that by 1,500 again for each time a violent crime rate rises and falls as gun laws are made more or less restrictive and the probability that there is any other reason for the observed fluctuations is indeed minute.
So far, with just five states posted, the probability that gun control is the primary factor in the rise of violent crime is grater than one Decillion to one. In practical terms, that is infinite. One would have to be far beyond lucky to find a gun control law that has ever reduced crime, made anyone safer, or done anything else an ethical person would consider acceptable.
With that,let’s continue with the monetary cost of gun control by considering the cots the Golden State’s of gun control costs the people of Arizona, including cost of each additional homicide at $2.2 million each, as well as the cost of medical care, permanent disability, loss of income, loss of companionship, as well as he costs of destroyed, damaged or stolen goods, the additional cost of security, law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and the penal system. The total is staggering, as you can see by considering just the number of excess homicides above the 1963 base rate:
When all the costs are added, it comes to more than $42,500 per family for a total of $582,620,000,000 over 54 years.
And California’s lawmakers are trying their best to make the cost even higher.