Virginia – Gun Crime Drops as Gun Sales Soar
This weekend, we reported that anti-gun, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blamed other state’s gun laws for the gun crime in New York City. The Mayor’s office single out Virginia as one source of guns used in New York gun crimes.
However, based on recently released data, it seems that Virginia is seeing the exact opposite results as their gun sales rise.
According to a Times Dispatch article, during 2012, firearm sales through licensed dealers rose 16%. During the same time period, gun crimes dropped 5%. If Virginia is like the rest of country, 2013 gun sales should surpass 2012 sales.
According to Times Dispatch,
“This appears to be additional evidence that more guns don’t necessarily lead to more crime,” said Thomas R. Baker, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs who specializes in research methods and criminology theory.
“It’s a quite interesting trend given the current rhetoric about strengthening gun laws and the presumed effect it would have on violent crimes,” Baker told the newspaper. “While you can’t conclude from this that tougher laws wouldn’t reduce crime even more, it really makes you question if making it harder for law-abiding people to buy a gun would have any effect on crime.
Some of us might even see this as evidence that more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens actually reduces crime.
Like many areas of the country, Virginia has seen large gains in its gun sales over the last few years. Gun sales in the state have risen over 100% from 2006 to 2012, with 2013 promising to be a record setting year as well.