Duke Researchers Express Skepticism About Obama Gun Control Changes

posted on January 15, 2016

The Duke Chronicle, Duke University’s newspaper, released an article yesterday supporting gun owners’ claims that President Barack Obama’s executive actions won’t impact violent crime rates.

Obama’s executive actions are “unlikely to produce dramatic change, experts at Duke say,” the authors claim, citing research by Philip Cook, ITT/Terry Sanford professor of public policy. Based on Cook’s research, the measures were unlikely to decrease robberies or assaults because most violent criminals get their firearms from family members or gangs—and during CNN’s “Guns in America” town hall, even Anderson Cooper acknowledged that background checks wouldn’t be effective against these transactions. 

The authors also point out that prosecution of existing gun laws has decreased during Obama’s presidency, saying it’s unknown whether the actions will be “accompanied by increased prosecutions of criminals violating gun laws.” Taken together, these claims support what we’ve been saying all along—that these actions were solely intended to curb gun ownership by law-abiding Americans.

Latest

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

It’s All On The Line For Gun Owners In The 2024 Election

The bottom line is that gun owners cannot afford another four years of Joe Biden in the White House.

Concealed Carry in a Bad Zip Code

The media will tell you otherwise, but the data shows that crime does not go up when more law-abiding citizens own firearms and carry concealed.

Many Israelis Realize They Need More Armed Citizens

Following the horrific events of the October 7 attack on the Israeli people, many more citizens in Israel have obtained guns for self-defense.

The NRA Goes to the Highest Court in the Land to Protect Our Right to Speak

The U.S. Supreme Court heard NRA v. Vullo in March. Here is what was said in the Court in this critical First Amendment case.

What’s With All the Clamor About So-Called “Glock Switches”

There is a proposed bill that would effectively ban the sale of Glock pistols in New York.

Biden Thinks Your Freedom Is A Red Flag

Biden’s DOJ is creating a National Extreme Risk Protection Order Resource Center to push due-process-infringing “red-flag” laws nationwide.



Get the best of America's 1st Freedom delivered to your inbox.