I Thought That Gun Control Would Prevent This 18% Increase In Gun Homicides!


The argument usually put forward by gun control advocates is that limiting (legal) access to guns will reduce the number of people killed in our society. And it sounds nice on the surface. They think that if guns aren’t available, then less people will be killed because (they think) most people who are killed are shot.

But statistics coming out of gun control paradise California paint a different picture. AWR Hawkins writes,

California, a state with every gun control imaginable, witnessed an 18 percent rise in firearm homicides from 2014 to 2016.

This rise in firearm homicides comes despite the fact that Democrats, gun control groups, and the establishment media constantly claim that states with the strictest gun controls see lower rates of violence and death.

California has universal background checks, gun registration requirements, red flag laws (i.e., Gun Violence Restraining Orders), a ten-day waiting period for gun purchases, an “assault weapons” ban, a one-gun-per-month limit on handgun purchases, a minimum firearm purchase age of 21, a ban on campus carry, a “good cause” restriction for concealed carry permit issuance, and controls on the purchase of ammunition. The ammunition controls limit law-abiding Californians to buying ammunition from state-approved vendors–all of whom are in-state sellers–and adds a fee to any ammunition bought online, also requiring that ammunition to be shipped to a state-approved vendor for pickup.

Additionally, the state mandates gun free zones in businesses where alcohol is sold for on-site consumption. Therefore, the few concealed carry permit holders in the state must enter myriad restaurants without any means of self-defense. This provides a target-rich environment for attackers who want to be sure no one can shoot back when they strike. We last saw this on November 7, 2018, when an attacker opened fire with a handgun in the gun-free Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

Despite all the stringent gun controls a bill filed by Assemblyman Marc Levine (CA-D-10) admits California firearm homicides were up between from 2014 to 2016. The bill says, “Although California has the toughest gun laws in the nation, more effort is necessary to curtail gun violence. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation found that from 2014 to 2016 gun homicides increased 18 percent.” In light of this gun control failure the language of the bill goes on to suggest more gun control.

California has just succeeded in proving what we have been saying all along: guns aren’t the problem. The desire to kill other people is the problem, and people with that desire will find other ways to kill people if guns aren’t available, or they will obtain guns illegally. All gun control does is prevent upright people from being able to as effectively defend themselves from people with murderous intent.


But anti-gunners simply want to add more gun control on top of already failed efforts instead of actually facing reality.



  1. More control I am sure will be introduced, passed and put into law in the Socialist State of Taxifornia. This is what liberals do, double down on laws that do not work. From this action will be but another increase in gun crimes. It always happens and will continue to do so.

    • Roger – please quit calling them “gun crimes” – There Is No Such Thing – the gun is the tool used by the CRIMINAL.
      As more laws being passed, does the sun come up in the east? Far too many people have bought in to the ‘we have to DO something’ mentality and think it is the role of gummint to fix any and all of societies issues.
      BTW – I’ve been saying for decades that if someone invented a ray machine of some sort that instantaneously destroy all guns, ammo, machinery used to build them – crime would not disappear – it would in fact increase and probably dramatically since the weak, old, disabled etc would no longer have an effective means to resist the strong, especially when they figure out (wouldn’t take long) that if they travel in groups there would be no one to stop them.

      • The gun is a tool, period. Whether it is used by a criminal, a good guy, LE, or not used. A firearm is a tool designed to expel some type of projectile at a high rate of speed. With a little practice, you get better at where the projectile goes. That is it, no more, no less.

      • Right on, GomeznSA, and not only that, within a year every criminal who wanted one would have a gun from garage gun smiths, smuggled guns etc.

  2. I couldn’t agree more with this article. The truth of the matter is, leftists want people to be defenseless. They want society to be completely dependent on government for their protection and well being. That’s the simply truth. Look at Nicaragua as an example of the consequences of leftist ideology. Communists will justify anything to reach their goal. Many Democrats are God loving and loyal Americans. Once they realize they are supporting the vile intent of leftists and the recognize the consequences, things will change abruptly. Failure to do so, will mean the end of the promise that was once the United States of America.

    • “well being” is one of the favored terms they use to lull sheeple into compliance – the absolute control folks Do Not Care About Individuals – well until we become a ‘threat’ to them. All they care about is unbridled power over everyone – with them wielding that power of course. Look at the recently veiled (barely) threat that the gubmint has nukes and if they had to they would use them on non-compliant Citizens.

  3. Gun control just does not work. There are way too many illegal guns in the US for one thing. Easy access to them is simple. But there are many other kinds of weapons available everywhere.

    • Dear Jerry: “Gun control” DOES work and works beautifully. You can NOT murder 13 million (Hitler), or 40 million (Stalin), or 70 million (Mao Tse-Tung) without “gun control”. So, the enemy LOVE “gun control”.

      • Leftist governments have implemented policies that that have killed over 200 million of their own citizens in the 20th Century alone. Unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers (Obama’s political mentor) said about 10% of Americans — the “die-hard capitalists” — would need to be exterminated to ensure the success of the Communist revolution. At the time, that would have been some 23 million citizens. Today, that total would exceed 32 million.

        Gun confiscation is the barely hidden agenda of the Left. “No one wants to take your guns away,” they assure us with an attempt at Jedi mind tricks, all the while touting their belief that confiscation is the only true gun control measure left.

        By stripping us of our means of defense, those 32 million people would be much more easily erased. It’s what Leftists hope to achieve in my lifetime.

  4. While my son’s homicide in California was as a result of a handgun in a different period than this study indicates (he was murdered in 1993) California, even then had some of the strictest gun control laws and the Brady Act has just been put into law. However, this didn’t prevent my son’s murderer from buying the handgun used illegally as he obtained it at a local Los Angeles area donut shop. Since 1993, there has been many new gun control laws passed in that state and without any real preventative effects. While at the same time there has been a reduction and relaxation of the laws holding criminals accountable, especially these past eight years of the Gov. Jerry Brown term in office, and the Democratic Party being handed veto proof power by the misguided voters and leftists in the state. The bottom line being, you commit a crime (even a violent one) in California you will not be held accountable for that crime as one would once had been. In my son’s case, his murderer was caught, tried, found guilty of 1st degree murder and sentenced to 30 years to life. At the time he murdered my son he was just shy of his 18th birthday but was found unfit to be tried as a juvenile and convicted in the adult court system. However, the liberal Brown and the Democrats felt it unconscionable that youthful offenders serve the rest of their lives in prison and should be granted a parole consideration hearing every two years because their brains had not developed enough to know right from wrong (the Youthful Offender Act SB261) and after serving 25 years in prison my son’s murderer was given a second chance and granted parole and is now free and once more living in society where he might again take another persons life. Unaccountability, lenience to criminals, excusing their heinous acts because their young brains are not fully developed (it was determined and put into the Youthful offender act that anyone under the age of 23 was considered “not culpable” for the crime they committed and it has since been raised to age 25. We owe these insane laws passage to Governor Jerry Brown and the California Democrats. Laws such as these are the real danger to public safety and society much more so than gun control and restricting the 2nd Amendment Rights of the law-abiding citizens. This is why I am adamantly opposed to gun control, it just doesn’t work or do what we are told they will do folks, if only you will let the same government that cares more about criminals than they do about their victims and the safety of the general public.

    • Ralph, sorry for your loss.
      You pointed out many issues that are relevant to the discussion. The antis are well aware of all of the weaknesses of their arguments – that is why they MUST couch their deceptive ‘solutions’ in emotional rhetoric – it’s for the children doncha know.

    • My sympathies for your loss. Unfortunately, the liberals have very strange ideas about how to ensure that no other father suffers your pain: Restrictive gun laws not curtailing gun crimes? Why then the gun laws must not be restrictive enough! A project set up and funded for the good of the country is failing? Why, it must be underfunded! Throw more money at it!

      Liberals are incapable of thinking that any of their ideas or policies are simply WRONG! If there were only ONE person still alive AND that one person were a liberal, he or she would still be insisting that liberal policies were correct and were having the desired outcome!

  5. The liberals are getting just what they want: More “gun control” means more crime by disarming the VICTIMS, AND THE LIBERALS KNOW THAT. When the more crime happens, then they want more “gun control”, which means more VICTIMS disarmed, while the murderers keep their guns. And they make it a vicious circle. As the the liberals (including Nazis and Communists) know, this means a noose tightening around the necks of the population. AFTER the victims are totally disarmed, the liberals will want to abolish all freedom of speech and press. This will give them a chance to try genocide, which happens in every decade (despite what the ministry of propaganda tells you) somewhere on Planet Earth. ¶ THE VERY WORST TREASON OF ALL is the act of a political party to take control of a government, and use that government as a weapon to murder the very same people who should be protected by that government.

  6. Apparently the citizens of the state of California like the idea of being threatened, robbed, shot and killed. I’ve carried a gun for 38 years, never killing anyone, but I’ve had to draw on suspects to protect my family and myself. The only thing that California’s gun control laws are doing is allowing more crimes to occur, and killings to happen, because they forbid you from protecting yourself. It’s time to get honest law makers into office before crime over runs the state. Wake up Californians.

  7. Where we chiefly need an impenetrable WALL is Between California MORONS and the Rest of the World. The problem complicating an otherwise easy solution is that there are good people living there, but the insane ones are destroying the place and doing their best to infect the remainder of the country. Tyranny of the majority. We will soon need to screen people ESCAPING from CA, as much as or MORE than the migrants coming north from dysfunctional cultures of the southern latitudes, where there are good people too. One screening criterion that comes to mind is the most obvious one — i.e., if someone tries to enter your nation surreptitiously, in violation of custom and law as old as humanity, they’re already disqualified.

    • Those “California morons” for the most are not native Californians(or their parents weren’t). The come here to start a new life(they could not make it where they grew up), and they buy in to the ideas of gun grabbers or immigrants from other countries.

      My grandson’s other grandparents are from Singapore and India, they lived in Malasia, where he worked LE. When our grandson blabbed about me cleaning my “blamm gun”, they took offense.
      I took them to the range and they were surprised about the safety precautions there, even though they would not shoot. Now, they are OK with grandson shooting the bb guns. All it takes is a little education to show them that we are not the cowboys in the movies.

  8. Gun Control strips honest people of their god Given Rights to defend themselves. Criminals do not pay attention to any of these laws. Gun Control gets Honest Americans Dead. Thus the rise in the stat.

  9. California has missed the boat and not passed the one law that will solve all of gun control problems, environmental, and even government problems. They need a bill to ban humans from the state.

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