BREAKING: Report – Gun Crime Plummets to 10 Year Low Despite Record Smashing Gun Ownership Numbers
According to an OP/ED in Forbes by Larry Bell gun crime is down significantly in the last 20 years while during the same time, year to year gun sales continue to smash records and the number of privately owned firearms is at an all time high.
We reported on some of these studies last week in regards to gun homicides, but Mr. Bell has done a great job of getting lots of good information in one place.
The most telling and important exceprt from the editorial in my opinion,
According to DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. gun-related homicides dropped 39 percent over the course of 18 years, from 18,253 during 1993, to 11,101 in 2011. During the same period, non-fatal firearm crimes decreased even more, a whopping 69 percent. The majority of those declines in both categories occurred during the first 10 years of that time frame. Firearm homicides declined from 1993 to 1999, rose through 2006, and then declined again through 2011. Non-fatal firearm violence declined from 1993 through 2004, then fluctuated in the mid-to-late 2000s.
And where did the bad people who did the shooting get most of their guns? Were those gun show “loopholes” responsible? Nope. According to surveys DOJ conducted of state prison inmates during 2004 (the most recent year of data available), only two percent who owned a gun at the time of their offense bought it at either a gun show or flea market. About 10 percent said they purchased their gun from a retail shop or pawnshop, 37 percent obtained it from family or friends, and another 40 percent obtained it from an illegal source.
While we certainly won’t go out on a limb and say more guns equals less crime (despite the evidence) I think we can very safely say that more guns in private hands certainly DO NOT increase gun related crime.
According to the Pew Research study, despite the drastic drop in homicides and gun crime, a majority of Americans surveyed actually thought that gun crime has increased over the last 20 years. Could this be related to fervent media coverage of gun crime and the development of the 24 hour news cycle over the last 20 years?