The latest FBI crime report shows that Massachusetts is the most dangerous of all Northeast states
FBI Stats: New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont- Less Gun Control = Safer
The new 2017 FBI crime report recently released shows that Massachusetts ranks 12th in the United States for gun related homicides. For years, so-called gun control advocates touted Massachusetts’ gun laws as a great success story in reducing gun homicides while harshly criticizing our northern New England neighbors for having supposed weak gun laws. The 2017 FBI crime report statistics paints a far different picture. In fact, since the infamous passage of the 1998 Gun Control Act, the Commonwealth’s gun related murder rate has increased from 1.06 to 1.45. Where is the success?
“For far too many years anti-civil rights activists have falsely convinced elected officials, the media, and the general public that the overly restrictive Massachusetts gun laws have been a success. That narrative is simply false,” said Jim Wallace, Executive Director of GOAL. “Recently Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh even admitted that the gun laws are not working to prevent the violence in his city. It is the Commonwealth that should be taking the lead from our neighbors to the north. Respect the civil rights of lawful citizens and go after the criminals and crime.”
According to the report, New Hampshire has the 2nd lowest gun related murder rate with a 0.5 per 100,000, nearly one-third that of Massachusetts, which is 1.45 per 100,000. Maine comes in 6th place with a 0.9 per 100,000 and Vermont in 8th place with a 0.96 per 100,000. The facts are clear that those states that are often blamed for “weak gun laws” are, in fact, much safer places to live.
If one takes into consideration all types of murder, the 2017 FBI crime report, shows Massachusetts drops to 13th place with a 2.49 per 100,000 rating. No surprise, New Hampshire continues to rank as the safest state in the nation with a rating of 1.04 per 100,000. Maine and Vermont also beat the Commonwealth again ranking 5th and 8th places, respectively.
“With the hard numbers to back us up, we believe the Massachusetts approach to gun control is actually costing lives. It is because of the false narrative that elected officials, the media, and the general public have been sold that prevents them from addressing the real problems – the human criminal element, “ Wallace said. “Because they all falsely believe “gun control” is working, they just want more of the same. Meanwhile more people are being killed.”
For the complete 2017 Crime Report, click this link: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2017/crime-in-the-u.s.-2017