In case you did not know, RAND is a non profit corporation that spent the last two years analyzing tons od data, thus searching for evidence with regard to the benefits of gun control legislation. They also spent one million dollars looking for clues on whether gun control works or not, and the “shocking” discovery was that the vast majority of studies conclude that gun control policies don’t really work.
RAND analyzed thousands of gun control studies, of which only 63 claim that there are some connections between more draconian gun control legislation, suicide reductions and violent crime. The analysis tried to discover connections (as in causality) between gun control legislation/policies and rates of suicide, homicide, hunting, self defense gun use etc. However, according to NPR, the vast majority of the aforementioned categories were not affected by gun control legislation.
According to Andrew Morral, the man who lead the analysis:
“Most of the effects that we were looking for evidence on, we didn’t find any evidence,”
Some evidence was found though with regard to gun control legislation effects on accidental gun injuries and suicide rates. However, the countries with the highest suicide rates also have strict gun control policies, which means that people find other ways to kill themselves if there are no guns around. Also, you should keep in mind that in the US, two thirds of gun deaths are actually suicides.