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December 21, 2010

As Gun Ownership Climbs, Crime Continues to Decrease


The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released crime report data for the first half of 2010 indicating a 6.2 percent drop in violent crime across the nation.

Though the FBI report does not give reasons for the drop in crime, many researchers have attributed it to everything from an aging population to stepped-up law enforcement. Conspicuously absent from the list of attributions, however, is the continued rise in firearm ownership by law-abiding Americans over the last two years — most notably following  the Heller v. District of Columbia and McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court rulings that reaffirmed the right of all law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms.

The FBI statistics undermine a favorite argument of anti-gun groups and some mainstream media that “more guns equal more crime.”  This is especially true when you consider that the decrease in violent crime for the first half of 2010 follows a 5.3 percent decrease in violent crime from the previous year.