Gun ownership in the U.S. is way up, and homicide rates are way down. You would not think that, based on the liberal media screaming for immediate disarmament, and the Democrat congress demanding gun confiscation. They insist they only want “common sense gun control,” but that is just code for confiscation. Look at places like Washington D.C., or liberal California where obtaining a gun is becoming more and more difficult.
John Lott was a Harvard professor of statistics who was adamantly anti-gun did some research, and low and behold, he also found that more guns meant less crime, so he wrote a book with the same name some years ago. The Left cannot refute the numbers, so they just ignore the statistical evidence. But it is out there, with sources like the FBI providing key numbers.
In 2014, the most recent year available, the FBI reported the U.S. homicide rate to be 4.5 deaths per 100,000 of population. In fact, homicide rates have fallen dramatically since about 1990, even as gun sales have been growing. One might argue that gun control laws have increased in that same period, thus gun control laws have helped to decrease the homicide numbers, even with the dramatic increase in gun ownership. However, by going back a few years to the 1950’s and 1960’s, it is seen that homicide rates were even lower at a time when gun control laws were virtually non-existent. Statistically speaking then, gun control laws cannot be shown to have any affect whatever on the homicide numbers.
If you ask most Americans today about the crime rate in the U.S. today, they will not be aware that the homicide rate is at a 50-year low.
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