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Facts Are Stubborn Things

At the risk of offending those few in the 2A community who insist only they are qualified to do so, I am writing about guns again.

Recently, the Maryland’s Firearms Safety Act dodged a review for constitutionality by the Supreme Court.  Predictably, the gun grabbers in Maryland are doing a victory lap touting, in part, that this legislation is saving lives and should be passed in other states.

But, as the saying goes, facts are stubborn things.  Firearm homicide data shows that the law isn’t living up to the life saving hype its champions sold to the public five years ago.

Attorney General Brian Frosh, who as chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee was the chief architect of the law, claimed that the “landmark gun safety legislation will prevent gun violence and save thousands of lives in Maryland”

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Vinny DeMarco, the chief external advocate for the Firearms Safety Act also claimed all day, and twice on Sundays, that the law would “save lives.”  In August of 2014, less than a year after the law took effect, DeMarco claimed the law was “saving lives.”

So, is the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 saving lives?

In a word: No.


Four years of data suggest the law has had no impact on reducing firearm homicides in Maryland.  In fact, they have increased by 65% since the law took effect.


According to FBI data, Maryland saw 208 firearm murders in 2014, a decrease from 268 in 2013.  The law was only in effect for the last three months of 2013.

In 2015, firearm homicides jumped to 279, a 34% increase after the law was in effect for at least one year.  (FBI data for 2016 and 2017 is not yet available.)

Thanks to homicide tracking sites at the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post, firearm homicide data for Baltimore City, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County, we have some preliminary numbers.

In 2016 there were 349 gun homicides in those three jurisdictions alone.  In 2017 there are currently 344 gun murders.

Even when you don’t account for the other 21 counties, firearm homicides in Maryland are up 65% in the four years since the Firearms Safety Act went into effect.    When the full accounting is available in the FBI data those totals for 2016 and 2017 are sure to increase.

But, hey, who are you going to believe? The self-righteous leftists who want to confiscate guns or your lying eyes looking at the facts.


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