Crime Plunge Mystifies Liberal News Media – Can You Say Gun Ownership
PHOENIX, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- The lamestream media told you: Violent Crimes Plunged by 12% in U.S. in 2010. Pete Yost, beat reporter, Associated Press
WASHINGTON – “The number of violent crimes fell by a surprising 12 percent in the U.S. last year, a far bigger drop than the nation has averaged since 2001, the Justice Department says. Experts aren't sure why. The expectation had been that crime would increase in a weak economy with high unemployment.”
“The drop dwarfs the 3 percent decline the nation averaged from 2001 through 2009. More than 80 percent of the decline was attributed to a 15 percent plunge in simple assaults, which accounted for nearly two-thirds of all violent crimes in 2010.
“It is clear the decline in violent crime is part of a long-term trend that began in 1993. From then through 2010, violent crime declined by a whopping 70 percent: from 49.9 crimes per 1,000 persons age 12 and older to 14.9 per 1,000 in 2010.
“The ‘Victimization Survey' figures are considered the government's most reliable crime statistics because they count crimes reported to the police as well as those unreported. The government has found that only about half of all violent crimes and 40 percent of property crimes are reported to police. Because the survey is based on interviews with victims, it gathers no data on murder [think about that for a moment]. But murder is by far the least frequent major crime; 15,241 were reported in 2009.”
The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
With familiar open-mindedness, the “news” media and its experts can't for the life of them understand why crime might be dropping. They've considered and discarded every imaginable reason, save the “unmentionable” one — the American public is increasingly armed on the street.
What is the only one reason millions of America carry firearms daily? To deter crime. Ahh, that'll never work.
Having regained the right to bear arms, with the permission-slip and Constitutional Carry programs that have swept the nation (except Illinois,[and New Jersey] yet), the drop in crime surprisingly coincides with proliferation of the discreet-carry permit programs. Florida got the ball rolling in 1987, but it wasn't until the early 1990s that a tsunami of states joined the plan, and crime “coincidentally” plummeted.
Not one official even hinted that this significant cultural, sociological and pragmatic change existed, let alone mattered. There my friend, in a nutshell, is the grotesque bias of the media, displayed on a platter.
All the empirical evidence points to an armed populace as a deterrent to crime. Though there is little doubt in the minds of the armed half of the nation, with experiences to boot, there is nothing but doubt, and terror, in the minds of the hoplophobic left and its media denizens. After every expanse in freedom on the right to bear arms, the left imagines gloom — projecting their own internal insecurities and fear, detached from reality. None of the projections materialize, and crime drops, but they continue with the projections, invulnerable to the pure white light of day and the facts before their eyes.
Every person who owns a gun understands it is a crime deterrent. Many don't presume, they know first hand. The only significant difference in the balance of power between criminals and the public in the last bunch of years is CCW. Why on Earth would the pundits who designed and created the data for this finding (“crime drops”) fail to speculate that the armed citizenry had something to do with it? Why indeed.
In other news, the 20 crimes on the federal books in 1790 have grown to more than 4,500 today, according to the latest research in the Wall Street Journal. Worse, many no longer require “mens rea,” or intent to break the law, a bedrock of protecting the innocent. So even if you act honorably, you can be convicted of unknowable offenses. Sentences for all sorts of crimes have increased, and mandatory sentences for minor infractions are increasing faster than the money supply.
And what's with this “Victimization Survey”? How victimized does the government want us to feel? Isn't this a “Committed Crime” survey? Or “Crimes Against the Public” survey? Aren't these now “Reported Crimes”? Whoever named this thing “victimization” needs reeducation camp. How many of the “victims” prevailed?
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