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Talk about shooting holes in a theory. The people who want to take your guns keep trying to tell the world that the United States is such a dangerous place because of them. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation, our beloved FBI, keeps statistics on violent crime, and how many gin permits are granted to the law abiding, and, well, uh, the gun control nuts are wrong.
According to the FBI’s own statistics in 2014, the murder rate was down o.5% from 2013 and 14.9% since 2005. At the same time, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the number of background checks done through the national system has increased substantially in consort with a drop in violent crime.
Using NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) data over a ten-year period since 2005, the best proxy we have for firearms sales, we see a 74.1 percent increase in background checks even as the violent crime fell 16.2 percent. The 15-year trend is even more dramatic, showing an 81.8 percent increase in NICS numbers even as violent crime fell 18.2 percent.
Put simply, more firearms in the hands of the mostly law-abiding American population have not yielded an increase in crime.
Oopsie for the national narrative that says America is just getting oh, so violent with all the guns we have around. (Remember, the Colt Single Action Army was called “The Peacemaker” for a reason.) Guess the would be criminals don’t want to get shot.
Dear readers please file this, along with the links to the FBI violent crime statistics, away for future arguments with leftist wingnuts who insist on screaming “GUN CONTROL” every time a mentally ill person who really needs psychiatric help in an mental institution shoots up a “no gun zone.” Not that liberals will let facts get in the way of the great American gun grab, but at least one side should be dealing with actual numbers.