EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON GUNS AND VIOLENCE:
During the past decade we’ve added a minimum of 30 million new firearms in public hands – at least 10 million of which were handguns. Since 1993 we’ve gone from 21 states with “shall-issue” or unrestricted concealed-carry legislation to 39. We’ve had an influx of “assault weapons” and “pocket rockets” – supposed engines of death and destruction far more lethal than the weapons available in the 60’s.
Yet homicides declined. Non-fatal firearm related crime declined.
Lots more at the link.