This is the left’s natural response anytime the data show an increase in crimes, particularly homicides involving guns. Obviously, the increase can’t be because of strict gun laws. It has to be because people buy their guns and high-capacity magazines in states with lax gun laws and then bring their contraband into cities with strict gun laws.
[D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier] said recent pushes to ban high capacity magazines by states around the country scared people into purchasing large quantities of the magazines, and somehow they are flooding onto the streets in D.C., where they are banned.
“There’s been a number of changes in gun laws in states all across the United States in the past several years, a number of pushes to purchase these high capacity magazines, for fear that they may not be legally available some time in the future, and now is it possible that now maybe some of those are making their way to the major cities?” she asked. “We don’t know, but for some reason they are showing up in all major cities.”
They’ve used this argument in the context of Chicago, which has an inordinate amount of homicides, mostly involving guns. Guns are very difficult to buy and possess in Chicago, so the murder rate can’t have anything to do with their own laws, or so they say. It has to do with the lazy laws in the surrounding states. If only we had a national gun law that mirrored Chicago and D.C., then we wouldn’t have problems where criminals traffic in their guns and ammo from surrounding states, and therefore, we’d have a very low murder rate.
In general, those cities and states with more gun and ammo freedoms are more likely to be safer than those cities and states with very restrictive gun laws. Criminals will always exist. They won’t disappear just because legislators place more and more restrictions on guns and ammo. People need to be able to defend themselves adequately from armed criminals, and sometimes that means using “high-capacity” magazines and semi-automatic rifles.