Thursday, May 16, 2013

Gun Homicide Rate down 49% Since 1993

The National Institute of Justice estimated in 1994 that 35% of civilian in America owned a firearm and that firearms totaled 192 million.  By 2009, the number of firearms increased to 310 million.

Yet, gun homicide rates are down by 49%.

If you believe this appears inconsistent with both MSM reporting as well as the rhetoric of gun control supporters, you would be correct.  And, like most of the public, you probably didn’t know it either.  That is due, in no small part, to the MSM using statistics produced by agenda-driven, anti-gun groups instead of scholarly research and neutral FBI crime statistics.

While a correlation doesn’t always indicate causation, it is hard to argue that more guns in the hands of lawful citizens hasn’t brought crime rates down.  This is particularly relevant in the context of other research.  A study of Pennsylvania burglary inmates found that they tried to avoid occupied homes for fear of being shot by gun owners, for example.

The fact is, firearms are used 2-2.5 million times a year to save lives.  Or, looking at it another way, firearms are used 80 times more often to save lives than take them.

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