Peer-Reviewed Study Concludes: Background Checks Don’t Stop Mass Shootings

Study proves that background checks do nothing to stop the rate of mass shootings in America.  


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A study released on January 2 by the Crime Prevention Research Center revealed that background checks do nothing to stop mass shootings in America.

This was the first study of its kind designed to test the popular liberal argument that expanding background checks will reduce the number of mass shootings. The study revealed that more laws don’t accomplish anything.

Researchers examined 47 mass public shootings in the United States from 2000 to 2015 and concluded that states adopting additional background checks saw an 80% increase in the rate of killings and a 101% increase in the rate of injuries from violent crimes.  The study also showed that not one of the tragedies from this period could have been avoided with stricter background checks.

The findings contrast greatly from claims made by both President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who have both called for more stringent checks following incidents in late 2015.

Obama said the following directly after San Bernardino:

“And there are some steps we could take not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently: common-sense gun safety laws, stronger background checks.”

In addition, following the Umpqua Community College shooting (which occurred in a “gun-free” zone), Clinton said:

“I mean normally politicians are responsive to the views of the electorate. Here you’ve got the majority of American people think it’s the right thing to do – background checks, other common sense steps that would maybe save some lives couldn’t even get a full vote. And why is that? It’s because of politics.”

Clinton also said that stricter gun laws are the antidote to violent crime after an incident at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Background checks, in fact, make it significantly more expensive to obtain weapons which could be used to prevent mass shootings.  For example, regulations add up to $125 to the cost of private gun purchases in New York City, up to $50 in the state of New York, up to $60 in Washington State and up to $200 in Washington D.C.

Unfortunately for gun grabbers, academic literature has failed to produce even an ounce of evidence proving that more federal laws actually help reduce crime rates at all.

Consider the following information from the Crime Prevention Research Center regarding data obtained from 2000 to 2015, it explains the relationship between mass shootings and background checks:





Clearly, more gun laws can actually hinder law abiding Americans from protecting themselves with a firearm.  Share this article with your trendy liberal friends in order to fight back against the disinformation perpetuated by the anti-gun left and the corporate controlled mainstream media.



About the Author

Benjamin Knight
Benjamin Knight, the founder of We the Vigilant and host of The Maverick Podcast, was born in Engelwood, New Jersey. He is a Bible believing Christian, a right-wing Libertarian and a nationalist who is dedicated to fighting back against cultural Marxism and globalism. In his free time, Knight enjoys triggering leftists, shooting guns and being an American.

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