In Great Britain all firearms of every type are illegal. That doesn’t mean no one has guns, only that the great majority of people don’t. Does this benefit that great majority? Are they safer because guns are outlawed?
There were approximately 80,000 rapes in the UK in 2011. Given the population, that would be a rape rate of 142/100,000 population. The rate of rape in the United States in 2011 was 43/100,000 people, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2011. In other words, a woman in Great Britain is 3.3 times more likely to be raped than a woman in America’s gun culture.
I wonder if that has anything to do with more and more women in America taking gun classes and getting CCW permits? Nah, couldn’t be.
But then, there is this: In Orlando, Florida in the 1960’s rape seemed to be on the rise. Concerned, the police department started giving firearm training classes for women. Hundreds of women received gun training over a period of several months in 1966. What happened? Rape cases plummeted. Liberals cried foul, claiming the statistics were doctored. But Gary Kleck of Florida State University answered the critics in this lengthy report. Rapes were reduced by the publicity that a lot of women were trained and armed with guns.
This study, like most studies that are worthwhile, merely confirms what we already know by simple common sense. Rapists prefer women who don’t or can’t fight back. Rapists don’t attack women they think might be armed. Widespread carrying of concealed firearms presents a big problem for rapists because they can’t be sure which woman is armed and which isn’t.* So they have to find safer working conditions. Moving to Chicago is a good option.
*Classic free rider situation. Women who don’t carry a gun benefit because other women do.