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Gun sales increase; violent crime decreases; gun control advocates conspicuously mum.

Gun Ownership Skyrockets, While Violent Crime Drops…Again
Friday, May 27, 2011

This week, the FBI estimated that the number of violent crimes decreased 5.5 percent from 2009 to 2010, including a 4.4 percent decrease in the number of murders.  Because the U.S. population increased during the period, the figures imply that the total violent crime per capita rate and the murder rate decreased more than six percent and five percent, respectively.  Based upon the preliminary data, it appears that violent crime fell to a 37-year low and murder fell to a 47-year low.  The FBI will report final figures for 2010 later this year.


We’re repeating ourselves, but, as has been the case for quite a while, the decrease in crime coincided with an increase in the number of privately owned guns—particularly handguns and detachable magazine semi-automatic rifles.  For example, Americans bought over 400,000 AR-15s in 2009, and trends in AR-15 sales over the last few years suggest a similar number for 2010.


Those who have followed the gun control issue for a few years probably have noticed that with crime declining and gun numbers rising year after year, gun control groups have all but abandoned their previously perennial claims that more guns equal more crime. Even their friends in the news media don’t believe it anymore.  The Violence Policy Center and, breaking with past habit, the Brady Campaign didn’t even try to claim that the decrease in crime in 2010 was attributable to gun control.


Neither did Mayors Against Illegal Guns, headed by New York City’s gun control activist mayor, Michael Bloomberg.  Bloomberg’s rare and welcomed silence is to be expected in this instance, however.  New York City’s murder rate rose 15 percent despite its severe gun laws, while Bloomberg dedicated himself and lots of money to criticizing the less restrictive laws that are in place in other parts of the country.


Speaking of cities with less restrictive gun laws, El Paso had the greatest decrease in murder—58 percent— among cities of over 500,000 population in 2010.  For those who are counting, El Paso’s estimated murder rate was 0.8 per 100,000 population, while New York City’s was eight times higher at 6.4.  Across the border from El Paso, in Juarez, where the gun laws are more to Bloomberg’s liking, the murder rate is over 100 per 100,000.


Adding to the bad news for gun control supporters, the District of Columbia and Chicago—the handgun bans of which were repealed following the Supreme Court’s decisions in the Heller and McDonald cases in 2008 and 2010—experienced decreases in murder of eight percent and six percent, respectively.

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Asked by -Eilish- at 11:03 AM on May. 28, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • cowgirlThoughts?


    Comment by -Eilish- (original poster) at 11:04 AM on May. 28, 2011

  • Then it appears to be working?

    Answer by meooma at 11:07 AM on May. 28, 2011

  • Then it appears to be working?

    What, gun control? Did you read the article??

    Comment by -Eilish- (original poster) at 11:08 AM on May. 28, 2011

  • If you check most crimes including guns, they are not committed by legal gun owners. People think that taking guns away from legal citizens will stop shootings. Apparently it's pretty easy to even make your own gun (so I hear, I'm not mechanically inclined), therefore even taking every gun off the street will not stop this. Criminals if they are going to do something will resort to some other form of murder.

    Although I am an NRA card carrying member, I don't think I really believe there is any correlation between an increase in rightful gun ownership and lower crime. I personally think it's just a trend.

    Answer by attap5 at 11:10 AM on May. 28, 2011

  • My thoughts are a burglar or robber will think twice before messing with someone he suspects could be armed, so it just staands to reason.

    Answer by Carpy at 11:10 AM on May. 28, 2011

  • – collapse

    It is a coincidence. I am a contributor to the Brady Initiative to prevent gun violence. I am not conspicuously silent. I am still anti-gun. ANd I think the NRA is chock full of neanderthals.


    Answer by minnesotanice at 11:11 AM on May. 28, 2011 (hidden) + expand

  • Apparently it's pretty easy to even make your own gun

    If desperate enough, you can turn a ball point pen into a weapon that can fire a 22 shell at deadly speed.

    Answer by Carpy at 11:14 AM on May. 28, 2011

  • ANd I think the NRA is chock full of neanderthals.

    And those of us who are NRA members think your head is chock full of AIR.

    Answer by Carpy at 11:16 AM on May. 28, 2011


    And according to this report, there is a direct correlation between the gun control and rise of of violent crime as well as a reduction in crime with a decrease in gun control.


    Comment by -Eilish- (original poster) at 11:16 AM on May. 28, 2011



    Here's a good point .... Comubine, Virginia Tech, etc. ... mass murders at "gun-free zones." None have ever happend at a gun and knife show.


    Comment by -Eilish- (original poster) at 11:22 AM on May. 28, 2011

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