Lost in the furor of multiple breaking scandals in Washington, D.C. (Benghazi, IRS and USDOJ) is a new federal crime report which completely debunks the “War on Guns” being waged by U.S. President Barack Obama and his left leaning allies.
Published last week, the report reveals a broad decline in firearm-related homicides from 1993 to 2011 – the last year for which data is available.
“There were 11,101 firearm homicides in 2011, down by 39 (percent) from a high of 18,253 in 1993,” the report notes.
Down even more substantially were non-fatal firearm crimes, which plummeted “from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 victimizations in 2011.”
A separate report issued by the Pew Research Center reinforced these findings.
“The firearm homicide rate was 49 percent lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew,” the Pew report revealed. “The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75 percent lower in 2011 than in 1993.”
Of course the Pew report included a telling statistic as it relates to the public opinion war that’s being waged against gun ownership.
“Most Americans are unaware that gun crime is lower today than it was two decades ago,” the report found. “Today 56 percent of Americans believe gun crime is higher than 20 years ago and only 12 percent think it is lower.”
Thank you, pandering politicians and left-leaning mainstream media …
Here’s the thing: Even if crime states were through the roof and expanded gun ownership were a facilitator of that trend as opposed to a deterrent, it wouldn’t matter – there is still but one law of the land related to gun ownership.
But that’s not how it works. As it turns out, the right to bear arms is more than just a fundamental liberty and essential check against tyranny, it is also a key driver of lower crime rates.