Crime Data for 2019 Released – Still Not the Gun’s Fault

By Elizabeth McGugian

Modern Sporting Rifle iStock-963542560
An increase in Modern Sporting Rifle ownership coincides with a drop in crime, not an increase. IMG iStock-963542560

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- As Election Day draws closer, Americans should be well aware of the differences between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden when it comes to their Second Amendment rights.

One of the most dangerous pillars of Biden’s gun control platform is a proposed ban and “voluntary” buyback scheme for Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs). Fresh data released by the FBI clearly demonstrates that there is no logic behind banning the most popular type of rifle in America today.

NSSF MSR Market Crime Rate Graph
As more Americans buy MSRs, the crime rate continues to drop. IMG NSSF

According to the FBI’s 2019 Uniform Crime Report, both the numbers of violent crime and the rate dropped in 2019 compared to 2018. The total number of violent crimes was 3.8 percent below the 2010 level and, the violent crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants fell 9.3 percent from the 2010 estimate.

At the same time, NSSF-adjusted data from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) suggests that firearms transactions overall rose by nearly 40 percent in the last ten years.

This continued drop in violent crime, while the number of MSRs in the U.S. has soared to more than 18 million in circulation today, is a clear indication that Biden’s proposed ban has nothing to do with reducing crime. It is simply a way to ensure Americans are not allowed to choose whether and how to exercise their Constitutional right to bear arms.

The data shows that the number of homicides with any type of rifle was once again low, representing only three percent of homicides in 2019. This is the same proportion as was estimated in 2010 and is far below the 11 percent of homicides committed with knives or even the four percent committed with hands and feet.

With the high levels of civil unrest in 2020, there is a broad expectation that next year’s report will show higher crime data when it is released. However, it is crucial to note that the expected increase is not tied to the long-term trends of more gun owners and — less crime. It’s critical that those who value their gun rights take note now because if gun owners fail to get out and vote, and are faced with a President Biden, this fact will be distorted to suit his gun control goals.


National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout The National Shooting Sports Foundation

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PMinFl
PMinFl (@pminfl)
1 year ago

Did I see the word “logic” somewhere ? couldn’t be.

Get Out
Get Out (@get-out)
1 year ago

We all know the anti-gunners aren’t going to republish these numbers anytime soon.

Alan in NH
Alan in NH (@alan-in-nh)
1 year ago

Somebody Block Franki ASAP

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax (@grammar)
1 year ago
Reply to  Alan in NH

Guys,
I got rid of him as soon as I saw him. Despite popular belief I, every now and then, have to go shopping or sleep or any number of other things. I promise, I ice ’em as I see ’em.

Arny
Arny (@dmaxter)
1 year ago
Reply to  Alan in NH

Who is Franki ? And did they have a viable argument ? I for one am not scared of differening opinions. I hate to see people blocked. Free speech

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax (@grammar)
1 year ago
Reply to  Arny

Arny,
In this case free spam. Unless you’re looking to become rich working from home. 😉
C’Mon, You should know that I don’t dump comments just because I disagree with them. You have to go pretty far out on the limb.

loveaduck
loveaduck (@elbee1943)
1 year ago
Reply to  Arny

Usually a very foreign sounding name.