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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

More Guns Equal Less Crime

We all know that firearms sales have been through the roof since last October. That means there were more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens in 2008 than in 2007. The FBI released preliminary violent crime statistics yesterday and guess what - violent crime was down in 2008 from 2007.

FBI: Violent crime dropped in 2008, preliminary data show:
U.S. violent crime in 2008 dropped 2.5 percent from 2007;
Murders declined 4.4 percent but rose in towns of fewer than 10,000 people;
Drop in violent crime would be third consecutive year-to-year decline;
Violent crime in the United States has largely been on the decline over the past two decades. In 2005, however, a surprising increase prompted headlines of an end to the drop in violence. Monday's figures show that the downward trend has resumed. After the 2005 violent crime increase of 2.3 percent, the figures increased only 1.9 percent in 2006 and then dropped 0.7 percent in 2007 before the decline of 2.5 percent in the preliminary 2008 figures.

More bad news for the statists who want to limit our firearm freedom. Crime decreases while firearm ownership increases. Kind of hard to sell gun control as a solution to violent crime when it is decreasing.

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