OK you gun fans (and I know you're out there), explain this to me: I read in the paper today that licenses for concealed handguns have almost doubled in Florida since 2005. "Interesting." I thought. "I wonder what's happened to crime." So I checked. Murder, robbery, and burglary are all up.
Now I know this is a simplistic analysis. But could somebody tell me something else that happened in Florida except another 200,000 people walking around with guns that causes this increase in crime between 2006 and 2007? Criminals can get concealed gun permits, too.
Let's say crime went down, wouldn't gun nuts be shouting about how this proves guns equal safety? Well, now crime is up. Where's the clamor? (There are some good schools of criminal justice in Florida. I'd bet they're working on such reports right now.)
Remember, I'm not a huge fan of gun control (but purely for pragmatic reasons: I don't think gun control controls guns), but I do think guns equal crime. Florida seems to show this, no?
You can read the newspaper article (which interestingly does not talk at all about crime rates) and look at the crime stats here (it's a PDF file).
Florida crime trends over time (thanks to DJK). Looks like crime was going down until 2005.