Violent Crime Declines

Preliminary statistics released by the FBI for the first half of 2009 show that violent crime continues a downward trend that began in 2006.

The figures show crime falling in all categories – robbery, aggravated assault, motor vehicle thefts, etc. – with murders down a remarkable ten percent from the previous year. These statistics undermine a favorite argument of anti-gun groups and some mainstream media that “more guns equal more crime,” especially when you consider that the decrease in violent crime from late 2008 through the first half of 2009 occurred at the same time that firearm sales were surging. The FBI numbers are showing a decline of violent crime even while gun ownership increases.

The most popular firearms selling during the time these numbers were compiled included handguns and modern sporting rifles (AR-style rifles), two types of firearms that anti-gunners never miss an opportunity to demonize. Law-abiding handgun owners have been filling concealed carry classes across the country and AR-style rifles, already a staple of Across-The-Course and Three Gun competition, are gaining acceptance even among the traditional hunting demographic as the line of chamberings are offered for a variety of game.

The Boston Globe reported that the number of gun permits issued in Massachusetts surged by more than 15 percent over the past two years, reversing nearly a decade of steady declines and marking a pronounced departure for a state known for its antigun sentiment. The rise in gun permits and purchases there is reflected by National Instant Criminal Background Check statistics showing an increase of 25 million background checks from a total of 75 million to 100 million initiated by Type 01 federally licensed firearms retailers between April 5, 2007, and April 4, 2009. These background checks are required under federal law and serve as a gauge of sales. Crime is down and gun ownership by law-abiding, responsible citizens who pass a mandatory background checks at retail is up. Don’t let anyone get away with telling you that “more guns equal more crime.”

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