A Utah gun-rights advocate said that recent efforts to enact gun control in the Beehive State is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.
“In Utah, we have one of the highest rates of firearm ownership, very, very little restrictions on firearms, we’re a very permissive state,” Utah Shooting Sports Council Chairman Clark Aposhian told “Fox & Friends First” Monday. “Yet we have one of the lowest homicide and violent crime rates, even with a firearm, in the country, so what we’re asking for is to fix a problem that isn’t there.”
Aposhian was voicing his opposition to a variety of bills, including red flag legislation, universal background check legislation, gun storage legislation, among others.
The sportsman was asked by the “Fox & Friends First” anchors whether those bills would keep prohibited persons, like felons, from accessing firearms.
“Convicted felons can’t use weapons, we’ve already got existing laws,” Aposhian explained. “Felons can’t have firearms, people that make threats with firearms can’t own firearms and you can have them arrested [in Utah], so they’re talking about people that haven’t committed a crime and, you know, haven’t threatened anyone … yet they’re so apparently dangerous that they have to remove their rights to own a firearm without ever seeing a judge.”
When one digs into the data it becomes increasingly evident that most of the country is relatively murder free. The vast majority of homicides, as it turns out, happen in only a handful of counties, oftentimes concentrated in very small urban areas.
The Crime Prevention Research Center did the math. What it found in 2014 was 5 percent of counties nationwide (containing 47 percent of the population) account for 68 percent of murders! Another interesting finding, 54 percent of counties (with 11 percent of the population) have zero murders!
Check out the chart below for a more complete breakdown:
Back to Utah, it is as Aposhian says a state with very permissive gun laws and a relatively low homicide rate, roughly 2.2 homicides per 100,000 people or roughly 68 total homicides per year. That is roughly half the national average (5.3 per 100,000), and much lower than troubled cities like St. Louis (60.9 homicides per 100,000) or Baltimore (51 homicides per 100,000) or Detroit (38.9 homicides per 100,000).
And per the info discussed above, most of Utah’s violent crime happens in a few localized areas. Let’s assume for the sake of argument that gun control is effective, why then would lawmakers take an ax to a fundamental right, the 2A, when it makes much more sense to use a scalpel?
Policies specifically targeting those troubled areas where the vast majority of homicides occur makes the most sense. But anti-gun lawmakers aren’t limiting their gun-grabbing agenda to certain locales.
And we know why that is, of course. Because (a) gun control doesn’t work. Cities with high-crime rates typically have very restrictive gun laws that are wholly ineffective at curbing violence. And (b) because, fundamentally, gun control isn’t about reducing carnage or saving lives — it’s about disarming law-abiding citizens.
Residents of Utah hopefully understand this game that’s being played on them right now. None of those bills being proposed will do anything but set the table for incremental infringement on one’s right to keep and bear arms.