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Maryland’s Gun Violence is Worse Than We Thought

For a while now we’ve reminded folks that crime in Maryland has increased 78% since the passage of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013.

Well, as it turns out we were wrong. It’s actually much worse than that.

In the most recently available data from the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, it turns out that there has been an 87% increase in firearm murders in Maryland since the passage of the Firearms Safety Act in 2013. Eighty. Seven. Percent.

Like before, there’s not much more to say than that. The data speaks for itself. But the numbers don’t lie: gun control kills.

Firearm Murders in Maryland 2000-2020
Year Firearm Murders Population Firearms Murder Rate
2000 296 5699478 5.19
2001 293 5658655 5.18
2002 301 5634242 5.34
2003 370 5612196 6.59
2004 386 5582520 6.91
2005 418 5542659 7.54
2006 403 5496708 7.33
2007 414 5439913 7.61
2008 353 5375033 6.57
2009 305 5310579 5.74
2010 293 5788101 5.06
2011 272 5843833 4.65
2012 277 5891819 4.70
2013 268 5938737 4.51
2014 208 5976407 3.48
2015 279 6000641 4.65
2016 368 6000641 6.13
2017 370 6000641 6.17
2018 388 6000641 6.47
2019* 374 6000641 6.23
2020 18 6000641 0.30
Source FBI Uniform Crime Statistics Table 20, US Census Bureau
*Baltimore City, PG and Montgomery County statistics only gun homicides only- 2019 FBI firearm death data not available
Sources
https://homicides.news.baltimoresun.com/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/homicides/

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When will the madness stop? When will legislative leaders in Annapolis finally start dealing with the real issue that’s getting people killed in Maryland? When will we finally see productive measures adopted by state leaders and particularly Baltimore City leaders that address Maryland’s crime problem? When will anti-gun advocates finally acknowledge that their efforts to legislative away gun crime have backfired spectacularly? When will Moms Demand and others begin to admit that their crusade for gun control is resulting in more gun murders every year? When will anti-gun advocates and Democratic politicians finally admit that they were wrong all along?

As I wrote in my column for The Capital this week, anti-gun zealots are more concerned about using emotions to push anti-gun policy in relying on facts. No matter how many people die, no matter how ineffective their policies are, and no matter what negative effects they have, they will never concede the point that gun deaths are increasing as access to guns by law-abiding citizens decreases.

The facts, however, speak for themselves.



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