Various anti-gun groups claiming that the increased acceptance of firearms in American society is lead to more violent crime and gun accidents.
Unfortunately for the deceivers, we know that gun accidents have been steadily declining for decades for both children and adults, and are now at all-time historical lows, even as firearms ownership in the United States is at an all-time high both in terms of raw numbers (more than 300 million firearms) and in terms of the percentage of the population believed to be armed (more than 100 million), and the number of permitted concealed carriers (more than 11 million).
Both the number of gun owners and the number of total firearms in the United States every day is theoretically meeting new all-time highs each and every day.
The gun control groups and the media outlets attempting to carry their proverbial water have been reduced to claiming that the social acceptance of “Gun Culture 2.0” is somehow leading to more violent crime.
Perhaps they should have spoken with the FBI before crafting that lie.
Figures released today in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report reveal overall declines in the number of violent crimes and property crimes reported to law enforcement during the first six months of 2014 when compared to figures from the first six months of 2013.
Violent crimes reported for January through June of 2014 were down 4.6 percent from the same time period in 2013. All of the offenses in the violent crime category—murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery—showed decreases. And the number of property crimes during the same time period decreased 7.5 percent, with all three offenses—burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft—showing declines.
There are those who hype fear to sell gun control, and then there are those who look at the hard data and come to the inescapable conclusion that firearms ownership reduces crime.
The science is settled.