More armed citizens...less violent crime and murders...again.

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    Crime & Criminal Justice

    More Guns, Less Crime (Again) in 2008



    Gun Ownership at All-Time High, New FBI Report Shows



    Violent Crime at a 35-Year Low, Murder at a 43-Year Low




    Over the last two decades, many “gun control” laws have been eliminated or made less restrictive at the federal, state, and local levels.

    Numbers of privately-owned guns and Right-to-Carry states have risen to all-time highs.

    Every step of the way, “gun control” groups have predicted violent crime would increase.

    Instead, the nation’s violent crime rate has been declining since 1991, and in 2008 fell to a 35-year low.

    In the same period, the nation’s murder rate fell to a 43-year low.


    Less “Gun Control”: The Brady Act’s handgun waiting period expired in 1998, in favor of the NRA-supported National Instant Check System. Some states thereafter eliminated waiting periods or purchase permit requirements.

    The federal “assault weapon” ban expired in 2004.

    Since 1987, 30 states have eliminated prohibitory or restrictive carry laws, in favor of Right-to-Carry (RTC) laws; there are now 40 RTC states, an all-time high.

    All states have hunter protection laws, 48 have range protection laws, 48 prohibit local jurisdictions from imposing gun laws more restrictive than state law, 44 protect the right to arms in their constitutions, and Congress and 33 states have prohibited frivolous lawsuits against the firearm industry.1

    Studies by or for Congress, the Congressional Research Service, the Library of Congress, the National Institute of Justice, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found no evidence that “gun control” reduces crime.2


    More Guns: There are 250+ million privately-owned firearms in the United States.3

    The number of guns typically rises by about 4.5 million every year,4 though between 2007-2008, firearm transactions cleared by the National Criminal Instant Background Check rose 14 percent.5


    Less Violent Crime: Since 1991, the nation’s violent crime rate has decreased 40 percent (murder, 45 percent; rape, 31 percent; robbery, 47 percent; and aggravated assault, 37 percent. From 2007-2008, the violent crime rate decreased 3 percent (murder, 5 percent; rape, 2 percent; robbery, 2 percent; and aggravated assault, 3 percent.)

    States with Right-to-Carry laws have lower violent crime rates, on average, compared to the rest of the country: total violent crime by 31 percent, murder, 39 percent; robbery, 55 percent; and aggravated assault, 19 percent.

    States that have the most restrictive gun control laws tend to have the highest ratios of robberies (confrontational violent crimes) to non-confrontational property crimes. 6


    For footnotes and references visit NRA-ILA :: More Guns, Less Crime (Again) in 2008


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    In 2008, according to the FBI, police officers killed in the line of duty were reduced to a 50 year low:


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    Fewer Police Officers Killed in Line of Duty in 2008
    • Dec 31, 2008
    This year is ending as one of the safest years for U.S. law enforcement in decades. The number of officers killed in the line of duty fell sharply this year when compared with 2007, and officers killed by gunfire reached a 50-year low.










    Based on their analysis of preliminary data, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) reported on Dec. 29 they found that 140 officers have died in the line of duty this year, a 23 percent reduction from the 2007 figure of 181. Other than 1996, when 139 officers were killed, 2008 represents the lowest year for officer fatalities since 1965, when 136 officers died in the line of duty.

    This year's reduction includes a steep, 40 percent drop in the number of officers who were shot and killed, from 68 in 2007 to 41 in 2008. The last time firearms-related fatalities were this low was 1956, when there were 35 such deaths. The 2008 figure is 74 percent lower than the total for 1973, when a near-record high 156 law enforcement officers were shot and killed.


    Fewer Police Officers Killed in Line of Duty in 2008 -- Occupational Health & Safety

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    Increase in Concealed Weapon States Correlates With Decrease in Violent Crime



    Nearly every state issued Concealed Carry permits by 2005.

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    Borrowed this with permission from Wikipedia here.​
     
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    Nice thread, Missourian!!!Way to educate!!! =)
     
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    Unfortunately, Liberalism is a fanatical religion, based on belief and 'feeling,' so that no logic or empiracal proof will move its adherents in the right direction.

    In 2003,the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied whether gun control laws actually work including all sorts of gun laws, from bans on types of guns, types of ammunition, licensing and restriction mandates, waiting periods, laws to keep guns from kids, and harsh punishments for violations. Conclusion: no conclusive evidence that gun control laws contribute to decreases in violent crime or suicide. (cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5214a2.htm)

    National Academy of Science, in 2004, published a review of 253 journal articles, 99 books, and 43 government publications evaluating 80 gun control attempts: they found none of the gun laws reduced violent crime, suicide, or accidents.( (Firearms and violence: a critical review - Google Books
     
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    Excellent work, PC.. Always good to have people who are not only educated, but also willing to eradicate all those misconceptions that liberals seem to have about guns. =)
     

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