Armed Public = Safer Public Indicated by FBI Crime Stats

According to data released by the FBI, Americans have been buying more guns, while the rate of serious, violent crime has declined, which has gun control advocates flummoxed. :0

According to an online column at Pajamas Media by Howard Nemerov, law abiding American citizens, particularly women, have been arming themselves and obtaining concealed carry permits in increasing numbers. Gun control nannies all across the country predicted a catastrophic upswing in violent crime, claiming that making guns more readily available to the public couldn’t possibly result in anything other than our streets running red with innocent blood. Oddly enough, no such crime wave has occurred.

“Data from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation show that America has been on a firearms buying spree since the end of 2005. Meanwhile, the FBI recently released preliminary 2009 crime data indicating that violent crime has been dropping at an accelerating rate since the end of 2006.”

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“After the Virginia Tech shooting, Katie Couric interviewed Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Said Helmke:

‘While it is ‘people who kill people,’ they do so more often, and more successfully because we make it so easy to get such lethal weapons [guns].’

It’s true that NICS data show how easy it is for Americans to buy guns, but FBI crime data shows that law-abiding gun owners are not the problem.”

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“Since 2005, there has been a 25% increase in justifiable homicides by private citizens, 31% more by citizens with handguns. (Justifiable homicides result when citizens stop felonious attacks against themselves or another person, killing the attacker.)

While few defensive gun uses result in the attacker’s death, justifiable homicide data serve as an indicator of how more citizens are choosing self-defense over victimhood.

News items abound where armed citizens successfully defended themselves. A perusal of The Armed Citizen contains a generous sampling of successful self-defense articles going back to November 2003, and Keep and Bear Arms usually posts a number of stories each day.

More guns. More gun owners. More law-abiding citizens carrying handguns in public. More caution amongst violent predators?”

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“Organizations like the Brady Campaign and Violence Policy Center like to blame the “gun lobby’s undue influence” on policy makers for their difficulty in passing “sensible gun laws” that “the public supports.”

The numbers speak louder than anti-rights rhetoric: more guns, less crime.”

If you’re interested, you can read the whole article at Pajamas Media here.

 

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