GUN CONTROL DOES NOT REDUCE CRIME3Next is the claim that gun control does not reduce crime, and, conversely, where there are more guns, there is less crime. A study by Moorhouse and Wanner (2006) shows that empirical analysis does not support the claim that gun control reduces crime[Moo06]. Further, despite the fact that gun ownership in the U.S. increased enormously during the 1990’s, there was a consistent, dramatic reduction of criminal violence. In fact, homicide and violent crime have plunged over the last 20 years. Considering that 18 of 25 countries surveyed had an increase of violent crime, America’s large decline is impressive. Moreover, Norway, Finland, Germany, France, and Denmark also have a high rate of private gun ownership, and the murder rates in these countries are as low as or lower than developed nations with less gun ownership [Kat07].Additionally, in states that have laws permitting concealed weapons for those who qualify, there has been a measurable reduction in violent crimes and murder.