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More Guns Equal Less Crime Across the USA in 2010

More Guns Equal Less Crime Across the USA

More Guns Equal Less Crime Across the USA:Full Report: FBI Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January-June, 2010

Tom Gresham's Truth Squad

Tom Gresham's Truth Squad

MANDEVILLE, LA --( The FBI released its crime stats for the first half of 2010.

We have more guns, more concealed carry folks, and we are almost six years past the expiration of the stupid Clinton “assault weapon” ban.

The last two years have seen record increases in gun sales. So, with all these guns, how bad has crime gotten?

It will come as no surprise to those with more than a room-temperature IQ that crime continues to go down. According to the FBI, violent crime is down 6.2 percent over the same period in 2009, and homicide is down 7.1 percent. Further, robberies are down 10.7 percent, rapes down 6.2 percent, aggravated assaults down 3.9 percent, and burglaries dropped 1.4 percent.

Crime stats are subject to “tweaking” by police departments (who have been knows to downgrade crimes as a way of improving their performance numbers), but these are impressive numbers.

Just a touch more food for thought . . . homicides rose in the Northeast (can you say “harder to get a carry permit?”), but took a dramatic 12-percent dive in the South with expanded access to guns, like constitutional carry in Arizona.

It’s not possible to directly attribute these drops in crime to the increase in guns — there are just too many variables at work. But, we can say with absolute certainty that more ARs, more pistols, (we’ve seen two years of record gun sales), and more people carrying guns for their own protection (Alaska and Arizona removed the requirement for a permit!) has NOT resulted in an increase in violent crime or homicide.

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  • 4 User comments to “More Guns Equal Less Crime Across the USA in 2010”

    1. There is nothing in the statistics that supports your claim that more guns maeks America safer. It’s nothing but pure distortion of the facts on you part.

    2. You can always tell a liberal they can’t read or spell!

    3. [...] here. This is a well known “fact” among people who have been paying attention to these things but it [...]

    4. On average, from the time a state passed right-to-carry concealed handgun laws, the average murder rate dropped from 6.3 per 100,000 to 5.2 per 100,000 nine-to-ten years later-about a 1.7% drop in the murder rate per year for ten years.

      Overall violent crime rates similarly dropped from 475 crimes per 100,000 people to a range of 415-440 after the second full year that concealed-carry laws were passed. Rapes dropped from 40.2 per 100,000 people to 35.7 per 100,000 nine to 10 years later (a 12% drop).

      Of all the methods studied so far by economists, the carrying of concealed handguns appears to be the most cost-effective method for reducing crime.

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