What is the true correlation between gun ownership and violent crime in America?

I’m sure y’all are like me and you’re tired of all this talk of people control under the guise of gun control. It is obvious to anyone with a brain the size of a squirrel that criminals do not abide by laws. If making things illegal stopped people from committing crimes we wouldn’t have any crime.  Common sense is missing in Washington and we need to work incessantly at fixing that.  Since people control seems to be the topic of the day, let’s delve into some gun statistics.  

Do More Guns Equal More Crime?

The question everyone should be concerned with is whether or not more guns equate to less crime or more crime.  Here’s what we do know about guns according to the latest data available from the FBI.

Since February 2009, the first full month of O’s presidency, and March 31 of this year, there have been 70,291,049 FBI background checks for gun purchases.  Using 3/31/2013 as the end date and 2/1/2009 as the starting date, O has been president for 1520 days.  That equates to 32 background checks per minute since O has been president.  Hands down, Blue Dem Obama is the best gun salesman in the history of the world.

Shooting Through The Roof?

If you listened to Washington you would think that crimes involving guns are shooting through the roof, especially with more than 70 million background checks having been made over the last three years. To put that in perspective, according to the same data set there have been 167,467,746 background checks since December 1, 1998.  That means 42% of all background checks completed since December 1, 1998 have been done since the Community Organizer in Chief’s first full month as our leaderless leader.

A one to one correlation cannot be made between a background check and a firearm sale. However, I would imagine it is safe to assume that unless someone failed the background check, they purchased a firearm.  In either case, we know that there are far more guns on the streets today than when Preezy took office and at any time in our history as a nation.

Crime Stats

With that said, let’s look at some crime statistics brought to us from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics website.  This site gives various crime statistics from 1960 through 2010, the last year of available data.  When comparing crimes to previous years, we have to adjust for population increases to do a proper comparison, so all comparisons made below have been adjusted accordingly.

VIOLENT CRIME

  • There were 1,246,248 total violent crimes committed in 2010, the lowest rate since 1972.
  • There were 14,748 murders in 2010, the lowest rate since at least 1959.
  • There were 84,767 forcible rapes in 2010, the lowest rate since 1976.
  • There were 367,832 robberies in 2010, the lowest rate since 1967.
  • There were 778,901 aggravated assaults in 2010, the lowest rate since 1977

PROPERTY CRIME

  • There were 9,082,887 total property crimes committed in 2010, the lowest rate since  1968.
  • There were 2,159,878 burglaries in 2010, the lowest rate since 1965.
  • There were 6,185,867 larceny/thefts in 2010, the lowest rate since 1972.
  • There were 737,142 motor vehicle thefts in 2010, the lowest rate since 1963.

Adjusted for Population Increase

Backing out the number of FBI background checks for gun purchases in December of 1998 and we have 166,596,102 background checks completed since 1/1/1999.  Looking at the crimes above since 1999 and we see a drop in every one of those crime rates.  As with the above data, the numbers have been adjusted for population increases to give a more accurate picture.

VIOLENT CRIME

  • Since 1999, the rate of total violent crimes has dropped 22.8%
  • Since 1999, the rate of murders has dropped 16.1%
  • Since 1999, the rate of forcible rapes has dropped 16.3%
  • Since 1999, the rate of aggravated assaults has dropped 24.5%

PROPERTY CRIME

  • Since 1999, the total rate of property crimes has dropped 21.4%
  • Since 1999, the rate of burglaries has dropped 9.2%
  • Since 1999, the rate of larceny/thefts has dropped 21.5%
  • Since 1999, the rate of motor vehicle thefts has dropped 43.5%

The Numbers Don’t Lie; Blue Dems Do

The drop in crime rates since 1999 are pretty astonishing. Our current crime rates are the lowest in a several generations.  At the same time the number of legally purchased firearms, by law abiding citizens has skyrocketed.

One can NOT say that an increase in legal gun ownership is the reason for these outstandingly positive statistics; that is what’s known as casual fallacy.

However, what we CAN say beyond a shadow of a doubt is that more guns DO NOT equate to more crime.

No matter one’s argument for people control, they lose when presented with the data.

Written by: @NationOfAtooi

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One thought on “What is the true correlation between gun ownership and violent crime in America?

  1. I must apologize for not having the most current data available. After posting this I checked out the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics website and found they have since updated and it now includes 2011 and 2012 data. However, when incorporating that data the numbers are even more in favor for those who support our2nd amendment rights!

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