Hawaii: The Cost Of Gun Control

As usual with this series, all crime numbers mentioned here are from the FBI Uniform Crime Report,either from the printed or internet editions, available at many police headquarters, or from this convenient spreadsheet maintaned by the disaster center.

Hawaii is an interesting State, with 98.1 percent of the population belonging to moderate to low violence rate demographic groups,and only 1.8 percent to a high crime minority.

The 50th State has grown rapidly since 1960, with population that year 632,772 and 2015 population estimated at 1,431,500. As usual with small populations,even a single increase or decrease in the numb of violent crimes reported to the police will make a noticeable change in crime rates. In 1960, a variation of just 7 homicides would have made a one point difference in the hoicide rate,while today it would take 15 to make a one point difference.

In addition to a very non-violent population,Hawaii is the second most affluent STate,with a mean income of $73,500 a year.

These favorable factors are overcome by draconian gun laws that have resulted in some spectacular increases in violence rates.

Despite gun laws that are beyond Draconian, illegal guns are reportedly very available to criminals at a cost to the known criminal of $300 to $450,substantially above the going rate for a stolent police caliber handgun on the mainland.

The generally low crime demographics keep homicide and violent crime rates comparatively low,with most murders committed with whatever weapon is at hand. Often “personal weapons,” feet and hands,as rage possesses a killer. For 1960 the percentage of gun related homicides was 20 percent,exactly the same as the 2015 percentage.

There are multiple objectives in this series of State by State crime reports. One is to show that there are far too many confidential increases in crime immediately after imposition of a restritive gun law to have occurred by chance. We have achieved that goal and ore.

Another is to show how much restrictive gun laws actually cost society,with the cost many thounds of orders of magnitude greater than the value of “crimes prevented,” of which there are none.

With that,let’s look at the relationship between crime counts and gun control campaigns and restrictive gun laws And with that, it is time to look at key years and violence numbers:

1960, the 27th year of a long term decline in crime following the repeal of Prohibition, when the violent when Hawaii’s Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA’s) reported a total of 138 violent crimes to to the FBI.

1963,the year the entertainment industry began a nationwide gun ban campaign;when Hawaiian LEA’s 215 violent crimes to the FBI.

1964,the first full year of Hollywood’s gun ban campaign, Hawaiian LEA’s reported 576 violent crimes to the FBI.

1968, the fifth full year of Hollywood’s gun ban campaign, and the year the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 was imposed and Florida’s Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) reported 564 violent crimes to the FBI.

1969, the first full year of Federal gun controls Georgia EA’s reported 568 violent crimes to the FBI:

1973, the fifth full year of Federal gun controls, which agencies report 19,738 violent crimes to the FBI.

19993 the year Handgun Control’s “Assault Weapons Ban was signed into law, when Georgia Law Enforcement Agencies reported 50,019 violent crimes to the FBI

As you can see from the dates and numbers of violent crimes, every time a “gun control” l campaign came along, or restrictions on firearms were imposed, 60th Sate LEA’s reported 1.268 violent crimes to the FBI, a 500 percent increase in the 10 years since Hollywood began a gun ban campaign.


The 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report shows Georginas suffered 585 murders, with 464 of those firearms related, for a 78.5 percent firearms homicide rate. As you will see as we continue the series, a sharply increased percentage of gun related crimes is typical of gun control legislation.

The peak year for violence was 20144,with 4,201 violent crimes reported to the FBI.

With that, here is the chart documenting the increase in violent crime rates resulting from gun control legislation:

As you can see,violent crime in Hawaii is up by more than 1,500 percent since the entertainment industry and is still climbing. Hawaii’s draconian gun laws have not reduced crime,but have made enjoying a life of crime in the Polynesian Paradise far easier.

However, while the murder rate is the smallest of the four categories of violent crime, it is the one gun ban activists use for shock effect. SO here is a chart of Georgia’sh omicide rate from 1960 to 2015, showing murder rates lso rise and fall in lockstep with gun control activity.

With that,let’s look at Hawaii’s homicide rates. The FBI derived spreadsheet linked above show that there has been very little difference in the overall homicide totals, which have varied between 10 and56 over the years.Most of the changes on the chart below are a product of increasing population,relatively stable murder totals,and population increases.

As you can see in the charts and verify at the link in the first paragraphs, Concealed Carry and Open Carry have put a lid on Hawaii’s homicide rate.

While there are differences, most due to the strictness of the individual laws as well as the level of enforcement; and as demographics and economics, those differences are generally far less than the difference between no gun control and gun control.

Why can we be sure Florida’s violent crime rates rise in lockstep with multi State gun control campaigns and federal gun laws and not something else?

The investigators saying has it that “When everything 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 causative 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 112.9*10^704, or twelve 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, even Hawaii has paid a terrible price for its failed experiment in gun control, beginning with $2,200,000 for each excess homicide, the cost of medical treatment resulting from gun control at a mean cost of $46,000 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 Hawaii’s ‘s Federal and State gun control experiment is a staggering $27,000,000,000 over 54 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. If that total small,remember Hawaii’s low crime rates 0 and consider the fact that total amounts to $59,000 fpr

It is time for Congress to do what 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.


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