Continuing the second “Cost of Gun Control” series with the next State in alphabetical order, Delaware, we will again see the State fit the profile of a gun control venue as the key dates and rates are noted.
As usual with this series, all crime numbers mentioned here are from the FBI Uniform Crime Report,either from the printed or internet editions, or confirmed at this convenient spreadsheet, maintained by the Disaster Center.
There are multiple objectives in this series, the primary one being to demonstrate that the universal increase in all forms of crime when restrictive gun laws cannot be a result of coincidence. Since each State has different income levels as well as different demographics, the probability that crime rates will rise and fall in lockstep immediately after imposing or repealing a restrictive gun law are extremely remote. When you have hundreds of such “coincidences” crediting other factors than gun control becomes statistically impossible. A subject we will return to after we look at Colorado’s gun laws and crime numbers.
Delaware is one of America’s more affluent States, ranking 14th with a mean income of more than $59,700 Demographically, Delaware has a higher than average percentage of our most violent demographic, a relatively high percentage of residents have dropped out of the job market, and and as you would expect from those numbers, crime rates are somewhat higher than the American mean.
Crime rate have closely tracked the key dates that have sent crime rates soaring in other States.
The key dates and violent crime numbers are:
1960, the 27th year of a long term decline in crime following the repeal of Prohibition Prohibition when the Blue Hen Sttae Police reported just 375 violent crimes to the FBI.
1963,the year the entertainment industry began a nationwide gun ban campaign;when Delaware Police reported 424 violent crimes to the FBI.
1964,the first full year of Hollywood’s gun ban campaign, when Delaware police reported 541 sch crimes t the FBI.
1968, the full year of Hollywood’s gun ban campaign, and the year the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 was imposed and Delaware’s Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) reported 3,825 violent crimes to the FBI.
1969, the first full year of Federal gun controls Delaware’s LEA’s reported 948 5 violent crimes to the FBI:
1973, the fifth full year of Federal gun controls, which saw Delaware’s agencies report 2,018 violent crimes to the FBI.
19901 the peak year for violent crime in Delaware, with Handgun Control Inc.’s “Assault weapons Ban Campaign at its most intense, and Delaware’s residents realized there was a real threat of shutting down gun makers, and began guying defensive weapons such as the Sport Utility Rifles HCI wanted to ban, and handguns. That year Delaware Law Enforcement agencies reported 4,857 violent crimes to the FBI.
1999,when a second peak in violent and property crime occurred resulting from a local gun ban campaign, and the spread of drug trafficking, resulting in Delaware LEA’s reporting 5,672 violent crimes to the FBI.
You can confirm these numbers at the link in the second paragraph of this essay, or by consulting the FBI Uniform Crime Report, which many Police Departments maintain at their headquarters.
As you can see from the chart below, violent crime rates rose from 375 in 1960 to 4,720 viollent crimes reported by the Police in 2015. a more than 1200% increase.
At this point, let me point let me mention another of the myriad benefits of gun control, far higher percentages of violent crimes committed with firarms. In 1960 Delaware LEA’s reported 33 murders to the FBI, with 15, 45.5 percent firearms related. In 2015 the number of murders had grown to 63, with 52, or 82.5% firearms related.
With that, here is the chart documenting the increase in violent crime rates resulting from gun control legislation:
As you can see, Delaware’s post-1960 history closely tracks the experience of all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and of every country on Earth with restrictive gun laws.
While there are differences, most due to the strictness of the individual laws as well as the level of enforcement; as well as demographics and economics, those differences are generally far less than the difference between no gun control and gun control.
Wht is the probability that this increase in Delaware’s violent crime rates rises in lockstep with gun control campaigns and not something else? The investigators saying has it that “When everywhere else has been disproven, what remains must be true.” Literally everything, from electric lighting to leaded gasoline to color television to video games has been blamed for rising violent crime rates.
Violent television programming and the rise of drug and human trafficking to be minor causitive factors in the prevalence of violent crime, but gun control is the primary triggering factor.
We have gotten to the point where the probability that gun control caused all the crime increases noted so far in this series that we have moved past most named numbers. At present, the probability is approximately 1 in 13.2*10^84, or two orders of magnitude grater tan the estimated number of sub-atomic particles in this universe. Meaning it is conceivable, but you could count grains of sand for the 13.5 year estimated age of the universe with making more than a dent in the sand pile.
Obviously, Delaware has paid a terrible price for its failed experiment in gun control, beginning with $2,200,000,000 for each excess homicide, the cost of medial treatment resulting from gun control at a mean cost of $36,000 for each extra person shot or cut, the cost of disability and continuing medical care, the cost of goods disappeared, damaged or stolen, as well as the cost of extra security, added law enforcement,prosecution,prisons,and probation and parole.
The estimated cost of Delaware’s gun control experiment is a staggering $16,400,000,000 over 51 years, and climbing by the second. That is far too high a price for a nation to pay for a series of laws that only make matters worse.
It is time for Congress to do wht it is paid to do,and preempt all State and Federal gun laws that exceed current Federal gun restrictions, i institute a study of existing gun laws and forbid any laws modeled on failed gun laws; as well as impose a reasonable fine,at least $100,000 a day,on those who attempt to enforce preempted gun laws,or to craft new laws to evade Federal preemption.
Lives are too valuable to waste just because someone thinks it would be a good idea.