The Pew Research Center reported last week that the murder rate was cut nearly in half from 7 per 100,000 in 1993 to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2013. Over the same period, overall gun deaths (including accidents and suicides) have fallen by one-third from 15.2 to 10.6 per 100,000.
In spite of this, Pew reports, the American public believes that homicides and gun deaths are increasing in the United States. Those who think violence is getting worse should probably watch less lame stream television and look around them instead. The murder rate in the US is currently similar to 1950s levels.
Meanwhile, the number of privately owned guns (and gun commerce in general) in the United States has increased substantially in recent decades.
Meanwhile, in Mexico, where the US Consulate counsels Americans to not even carry pocket knives in the face of “Mexico’s strict weapons laws.” There is exactly one gun store in all of Mexico. In short, the Mexican experience is a perfect example of the reverse effect of prohibition. A lack of legal access to guns leads to a need for illegal access and skyrocketing murder rates.