While President Obama is announcing his plan for a new executive order that expands background checks for gun purchases, a new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) shows that Obama’s proposal would do nothing to reduce mass public shootings.
Not surprisingly, this study has gotten almost no coverage from the mainstream media.
From the CPRC:
Persistent claims have been made that expanding background checks to include any private transfers of guns would reduce mass public shootings. Yet, this is the first study to systematically look to see if that is true. In fact there is no evidence that these laws reduce the risk of these attacks. Examining all the mass public shootings in the US from 2000 through 2015, we find that states adopting additional background checks on private transfers they see a statistically significant increase in rates of killings (80% higher) and injuries (101%) from mass public shootings. There is not one mass public shooting that occurred over that period where these checks would have prevented it from occurring.
So while additional background-check measures don’t reduce mass shootings, killings and injuries from mass public shootings have actually increased since 2000 in states that adopt increased background checks on private gun transfers.
If anti-gun liberals wanted a real solution to reducing mass shootings in America, they’d look at reducing the number of gun-free zones on public school, college, and military property. I won’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen.
All of Arkansas’s Congressional delegation, as well as Gov. Asa Hutchinson, have announced their opposition to Obama’s plan this week.
In a written statement. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Obama was “attempting to side-step the legislative branch, this time to restrict gun rights of law-abiding citizens.”
You can read more about CPRC’s study here.