FBI Data Show More Good News on Crime Trends

Opinion By Elizabeth McGuigan

Percentage Change in Violent Crime 2016 to 2018
Percentage Change in Violent Crime from 2016 to 2018

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Crime continued to decline in the first half of 2019, according to new preliminary data published by the FBI. Violent crimes dropped by 3.1 percent compared to January-June 2018 and property crime fell by 5.6 percent. Looking at violent crimes, the decline was seen in every region and follows decreases in 2018 and 2017.

As states across the country begin their legislative sessions, gun control advocates are once again fighting to ban modern sporting rifles and generally restrict the Second Amendment rights of Americans. While these advocates will use emotional pleas to argue for their irrational policies that would do nothing to help prevent the criminal misuse of firearms, we would point to the facts. Through 2016, there have been over 17.7 million modern sporting rifles in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Meanwhile, violent crime is declining. The message is clear. Tragic criminal actions must be addressed. Banning certain types of firearms is not the answer.

More AR15 Rifles to Market while Violent Crime Keeps Declining
More AR15 Rifles to Market while Violent Crime Keeps Declining

Real Solutions

The firearms and ammunition industry shares the goal of finding the root causes of criminal violence and has created programs over the years to help address safety practices and problems of unauthorized access. The firearms and ammunition industry prides itself on high rates of compliance and on our voluntary programs, often in partnership with local, state and federal government agencies, to help curtail the actual problems of guns illegally getting into the wrong hands. We work to make sure states are submitting all prohibiting records to NICS. We provide millions of free gun locks and educational materials in all states. We train our members to spot straw purchasers, to comply with all laws, and to use discretion when making transactions and keeping their inventory secure. We work with the Defense Department, Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to help address the crisis of suicides in our country.

In short, it is time for Real Solutions. Safer Communities. To help continue the trend of declining violence in our country.

National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout The National Shooting Sports Foundation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. www.nssf.org

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Deplorable Bill

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Yup, the other side will have trouble spinning the stats on this on. The more that people own and use those mean little want to be assault rifles, the more that violent crime falls. Out here in Az. we live in a right to carry state. The violent criminal is taking chances whenever he ply’s his trade. There is more than a 50% chance the violent criminal will be met with armed resistance every time he goes to work. I don’t carry in the open unless… Read more »

Wild Bill

@DP, Yes, and where is that idiot that was spewing that “gun control laws work” bs, just a few days ago?


@WB – As per @DB’s description, gun control works quite well…
It just works for something different from what they claim.

Arizona Don

The pleas being used today in order to try to convince Americans to pass laws requiring giving up the guns here is the same argument used successfully to do just that in the twentieth century (the bloodiest century in mankind’s history) throughout Europe and Asia. Truer words were never spoken then those stating “those who do not know history are bound to repeat it.” That is very true when it comes to communism, fascism and marxism. We, as a nation, can or perhaps I should say “could” learn much from the history of that century if it were still taught… Read more »


What I’d like to see are the stats for each major city, specifically Baltimore, Chicago, and other bastions of Democrat rule.