FBI Report: More Guns Correlated With Less Crime In First Half Of 2014

By AWR Hawkins

More Guns Less Crime
More Guns Less Crime
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Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)-  As previously reported, private gun sales skyrocketed during 2013 with 21,093,273 background checks.

And now the FBI reports that during the first six months of 2014–the first six months that all these new guns were in the hands of Americans–“offenses” in the categories of violent crimes and property crimes decreased.

In other words, More guns correlated with less crime in the first half of 2014.

According to the FBI, “murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape…aggravated assault, and robbery” all showed decreases when the first six months of 2014 were juxtaposed with the first six months of 2013. Murder fell by “6 percent,” rape by “10.1 percent,” aggravated assault dropped “1.6 percent,” and robbery fell by “10.3 percent.”

Offenses of property crime–“burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft”–all decreased during the first six months of 2014 as well, when contrasted with the first six months of 2013. Burglary fell “14 percent,” larceny-theft fell “5.6 percent,” and motor vehicle thefts fell “5.7 percent.”

When examined by region, the largest decrease in violent crimes and property crimes took place in the Midwest region of the country. When looked at by counties, the largest decrease of both categories of crime took place in non-metropolitan counties–although it did fall in metropolitan counties as well.

On December 4, 2013, it was reported on that a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report showing a similar drop in crime over a near 20-year period correlating with a surge in private gun ownership during that same period. According to the CRS report, privately owned guns jumped from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009.

Editors Note: With a current population in the USA at 316.1 Million there is approximately one gun (1.02) per every resident of the united states.

At the same time, the “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate fell from 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993 to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000 and, finally, to 3.2 per 100,000 in 2011.

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the website…worldlifeexpectancy.com ranks the United States 92nd world wide in death by violence, 6.5 per 100k. 91 countries with higher per capita death rates from violence has strict gun controls. people simply find other ways to kill defenseless people.

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I find the worldlifeexpectancy data suspect: Syria has a violence death rate of 2.8/100K, Egypt 0.6, and Libya at 3.0 while the US has a rate of 6.5/100K. The data is based on WHO reports for 2011. I am betting that most countries do not send in accurate data. The US data are in range with other reports.

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I wonder if refining the figures further would reveal that most of the increase in gun ownership was in the non-metro areas that experienced the greatest drop in crime.