If one were to listen to the talking heads of MSNBC (which I would not recommend), Americans are gun fanatics with an oozing bloodlust that hinders progress at every turn. As gun sales continue to climb and more and more guns are being sold in America, the left is disgusted by America’s thorough rejection of their illogically-conceived principle that guns create more violence.
In reality, the exact opposite is true; more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are helping to create a safer society and this fact is so clear that even the FBI must admit it.
A new report from the FBI shows that as gun sales reach all-time highs, violent crime rates continue to drop.
On November 10, the FBI released a report showing “violent crimes in 2013 decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.1 percent.” That slide continued in 2014, albeit at a lesser pace in come categories.
For example, at the beginning of this week, the FBI released numbers showing that murder fell by 0.5 percent compared to 2013, which is “a 3.2 percent decrease from the 2010 figure, and a 14.9 percent drop from the number in 2005.” Moreover, robberies “decreased 5.6 percent from the 2013 estimate and 11.7 percent from the 2010 estimate.” The figures for 2014 represent a “22.0 percent [decrease] from the 2005 estimate.”
Again, these decreases follow a year in which the number of background checks conducted for gun purchases broke records. Moreover, the decreases in murder and robbery took place in a year in which gun sales continued to be so brisk that a background check was conducted almost every three seconds on Black Friday. CNN reported that the “average of almost three [background checks] per second [was] nearly three times the daily average” seen throughout the rest of the 2014.
On April 8, 2015, the Washington Times reported that the 2013 surge in gun sales forced manufacturers to make “10.8 million” weapons that year, just to meet demand. That is nearly twice as many guns as manufacturers made in 2010. Yet 2014 figures show murder has fallen 3.2 percent since 2010 and robberies are down 11.7 since 2010 as well.
These stats are fantastic, but hardly surprising. Time and time again, this has proven to be the case. Last year, after Chicago was dragged kicking and screaming into allowing for concealed carry permits, the Windy city enjoyed the lowest homicide rate it had seen in 56 years!
Still, the left likes to pretend that this continual pattern is merely a coincidence. To borrow a phrase from the left: “the debate is over.”
More guns in the right hands not only enables citizens to better-defend themselves and their community, but the publicizing of such data sends a clear message to would-be robbers, rapists and murderers: “We’re packing. So maybe stealing a TV isn’t worth it.”