THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE …
By FITSNEWS || We deal in data on this site. Hard data. In fact the harder the better, in our opinion.
Numbers help us make sense of the world. They help us cut through the clutter of conflicting opinions to arrive at the essence of what it is we’re discussing – whether it’s economic policy, education policy or the ongoing debate over “gun control.”
Frankly, we don’t believe there should even be a”gun control” debate in the United States. Private citizens’ right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – which is why this website has consistently argued for the civil disobedience of any law to the contrary.
The debate is (or should be) over before it even begins …
For the sake of argument, though, does the increasing prevalence of firearms in America make our citizens more or less safe?
Let’s look at the numbers …
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s annual crime report, the estimated number of violent crimes in America decreased by 4.4 percent in 2013 when compared with 2012 data. Murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault – all down. Also, property crimes declined by 4.1 percent from the previous year.
What makes these numbers interesting? They occurred against a backdrop of soaring gun ownership. A whopping 21,093,273 background checks for firearm purchases were conducted through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in 2013 – far outpacing the 14,033,824 checks conducted in 2009.
For those of you keeping score at home, a recent Congressional Research Service report (.pdf) found that the number of privately owned guns in America climbed from 192 million in 1994 to 310 million in 2009. That report also found a reduction in the rate of “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” from 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993 to 3.2 per 100,000 Americans in 2011. Murders per 100,000 Americans also declined from nine in 1992 to 4.7 in 2011.
And remember – the population of the United States expanded from 259.9 million to 315.5 million over this period.
Spot the trend? If not, please refer to the headline of this article.