Increase in price = lower availability to the public. Or do you see people drive as many Porsches as Fords? Making weapons more expensive makes them less available to the garden-variety punk-ass criminal. Incorrect. While the number of crimes involving firearms in England and Wales increased from 13,874 in 1998/99 to 24,070 in 2002/03, they remained relatively static at 24,094 in 2003/04, and have since fallen to 21,521 in 2005/06. Meanwhile, the US has by far the highest rate of school shootings of any country (about 34 out of 45 school shootings over the last decade occurred in the US). It also has the most easy access to firearms.