Re: Guns in Florida

Harvey Newstrom (
Thu, 9 Jul 1998 18:30:18 -0400

Sorry guys, but this is ridiculous.

I said that Florida is not the crime-free paradise that I keep seeing quoted. Gun violence reports are up. The explanation I got back was:
> who's to say that they haven't started reporting more crimes than
> they used to?

Well, great. Lets look at total crime, it is up. The explanation:
> number of crimes has gone up in many categories, but the per-capita rate
> has generally gone down.

But wait, state statistics for Florida show per-capita crime is UP. The explanation:
> It's hard to compare current figures to those before the concealed carry
> law because the government changed the way they collect statistics around
> that time

Come on guys. Is everybody in on this liberal conspiracy to make guns look bad? If the newspapers, TV news, police reports and state statistics are all unreliable, then where do you get the idea that guns have reduced crime in Florida? I'm not saying it can't happen, but you sure aren't giving any evidence for your claims.

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