Study Reinforces What We Already Know: Criminals Don’t Follow the Law

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Study Reinforces What We Already Know: Criminals Don’t Follow the Law

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- The state of Illinois holds a B+ rating from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (the highest rating given is an A). Gun control advocates would have you believe this means it should be a relatively safe place.

Yet Illinois’ largest city, Chicago, has long been an embarrassment to this notion. The city if anything has had an even lengthier list of gun controls than the state itself, but it has also seen years of terribly high rates of violent crime.

Crime in Chicago looks to be on a downward trend, thankfully, but it’s not clear gun control has had anything to do with this. Policing strategies and community involvement are more likely contributing factors. Programs like Cure Violence have made an impact in Chicago in the past.

But much of the research focus remains on guns.

A new study led by Dr. Philip J. Cook of Duke University, for example, looks at the duration of the “last link – the elapsed time from the transaction that actually provided the offender with the gun in question.” Cook and his co-authors surveyed 221 people convicted of firearm-related offenses in Chicago incarcerated in state prisons about the gun they had at the time of their crime.

The media coverage of this study has fixated on several findings. “More than two-thirds of the men obtained their primary gun within the last six months of their arrest (68%), while 19.3% possessed their gun for five or fewer days. Almost a quarter of respondents (22.6%) had never owned a gun six months before their current arrest. Of those who had, a majority acquired their primary gun—the one they possessed during their arrest—through a purchase or trade (54.3%) and from a friend or acquaintance (56.9%).”

These discoveries are an interesting contribution to the body of knowledge regarding criminal behavior, but an even more important detail is reported by Stephen Gutowski at the Washington Free Beacon:

“The CIS respondents were almost all barred from purchasing a gun from a gun store because of their prior criminal record—as a result, their guns were obtained by illegal transactions with friends, relatives, and the underground market.”

In other words, while the lengthy list of gun control laws in Illinois and Chicago ensured the subjects’ behavior was illegal, it did nothing to actually prevent that behavior.

The study’s authors conclude that “more effective enforcement of the laws governing gun transactions may have a quick and pervasive effect on gun use in crime.”

And perhaps they’re right.

But the point Gutowski raises about the illegal nature of the transactions underscores that simply adding additional laws to the books will not deter the sorts of armed activity that end with people going to prison.

We can thank Dr. Cook, in other words, for once again reinforcing what we already know: criminals don’t follow the law.


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  • 14 thoughts on “Study Reinforces What We Already Know: Criminals Don’t Follow the Law

    1. What law/s have stopped you from doing an illegal act? Speeding ✔driving using a phone ✔riding a bike without a helmet ✔ getting a drinking straw without asking for one (California) yes it’s that stupid here. Politicians and bureaucrats are never held accountable for the laws that don’t work. It’s insane to think crime can be stopped by legislating those who aren’t the criminals.

      1. Pssst, doesn’t help to legislate the criminals either friend. At some point people should begin realizing you don’t really need much gov. Could cut it down 80% and be just fine.

    2. “you comment is awaiting moderation….” Thought police in action. How does this web site think it is OK to moderate the First Amendment any more than the Second amendment?????? Hypocrisy is action.

    3. Well, D’oh! If they hadn’t acquired a gun prior to the shooting incident, they would not have shot someone. We’d be calling them victims instead of perpetrators. Those victims are never reported as: “if this shooting victim only had a gun and defended himself/herself, he/she’d be alive today.” It’s negative reasoning.

      And the focus was on people with prior criminal records – that’s why they ended up in jail afterwards. Such people are more predisposed to engagement in violence owing to their environment or circle of associates. What about innocent victims – i.e. victims without prior criminal records? Let’s compare the number killed against the number not killed because they were armed. Then we can state, for those who were armed and not killed, vs those who were armed and killed nonetheless, a definitive statistic for the value of being an armed innocent. We can then extrapolate that to the number of innocents who would NOT have been killed if they had been armed. That’s the statistic we want – how many innocent people die unnecessarily because they don’t have a gun to defend themselves?

    4. A politician with a law never stops a bad guy with a gun.
      He only controls the good guys, which is his true agenda.
      “Killing is a matter of will, not methods.
      You cannot control the act by passing laws about the method.”
      The late Col. Jeff Cooper, 1958.

    5. If criminals are suicidal, laws don’t matter, Las Vegas, Columbine, Afghanistan, Iraq. Through out history, if some one doesn’t care about their life, it doesn’t leave an individual who does care many choices.

      1. Nancy says they don’t use facts. She’s on camera saying that facts get in the way of agenda. Reality has nothing to do with politics according to Pelosi.

    6. HA, Ha. I’m stupid enough to believe that the criminals looking to arm themselves keep current with the latest laws concerning purchase of weapons. Those that believe that are wasting good oxygen. You can’t even get law abiding citizens to obey traffic laws.

      1. I obey traffic laws simply because I drive pretty slow but sometimes lately I have not been buckling up just to venture over to the wild side for an adrenaline rush.

    7. There is no “Law Abiding” language/stipulation in 2A yet somehow people jump right to that false narrative. Trained well they are that’s for sure. Criminals got the jump in your dumb ass’s thanks to your bootlicking compliance to unconstitutional laws. It is not lawful to disobey the Bill of Rights substituting it for unconstitutional laws dumb ass’s. Quite the contrary but NRA made a huge pile of dough training you well to obey your masters like good slaves.
      Yep, good slaves.
      Bootlickers.

      1. Most people in the “law abiding” category are not doing things like “selling guns to known criminals,” or “giving guns to known criminals,” or other things that would be considered illegal.

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