One of my "friends" is spouting off about stricter gun laws and safer states. I'm a bit of a suspicious of liberals and their facts but if I ask him any questions it'll just be some dumb-ass argument and not any kind of productive conversation. He has to be the smartest person in any conversation and any questioning is received as a threat. My question is if indeed it's true, that the states with the stricter firearm laws are safer in terms of less violent crime? Notes: I'm asking about violent crime, not simply gun crime. What is the most reliable way this should be looked at: statistically or in total numbers? What is the most reliable way such data are collected (convictions; arrests; reports)? That's a lot to ask but if anyone knows of any reliable information one way or the other then I'm all ears.