Connecticut’s gun control laws worked – but more can be done

Yesterday, I seemed a bit dismissive about moderate gun control law, but I still said that I supported enacting them. Here’s why:

In 2013, Connecticut lawmakers made sweeping changes to the state’s gun laws. For starters, they broadened the scope of what the state classifies as assault weapons, banning more than 150 gun models. The legislation also banned the sale of gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds. A permit is now required to buy any type of gun or ammunition. The state also has a registry of deadly weapon offenders and a universal background check system.

[…] “If you look the homicide rate, I think it worked out that there were 92 gun homicides per year in Connecticut on average,” Pinciaro said. “Last year — 2016 — there were 53.” […] That’s the lowest homicide rate ever, according to state data, and Connecticut has one of the lowest gun death rates in the nation.

The law basically halved the firearm related murder rate. Not to mention that it also led to a noticeable drop in the suicide rate. Conditions are definitely better in my home state, but they’re still not enough.

In 2016, Connecticut had about 3.5 million residents and 53 firearm related murders. In Australia, a country of 23 million, only 35 people died of firearm related murders  in 2014. In the United Kingdom, there are 56 million residents and 50 to 60 people die annually due to firearm related murders.

We can do better.