The FBI’s crime statistics for 2014 document a continued drop in the nation’s violent crime rate. Since 1991, violent crime in the United States has fallen to a 44-year low. In 1991, violent crime peaked at 758 crimes per 100,000 people. In 2014, that number dipped to the lowest level since 1970, to 376 per 100,000.
Violent crime has been cut by more than half in this country since 1991, while Americans bought 170 million new firearms, half of the 340 million firearms the American people own. Right-to-Carry laws have been implemented in most states across the nation. In the words of anti-gun activists, during this same time period the NRA has “run roughshod over the country.” Given that we’ve never seen this large of a decline in the crime rate in our nation’s history until now, perhaps there’s a reason the rise of the NRA and the decline in the crime rate have occurred simultaneously.Perhaps there’s a reason the rise of the NRA and the decline in the crime rate have occurred simultaneously.
Truth be told, I suspect that the strengthening of our Second Amendment rights has indeed had a positive effect on our crime rate, but I’m guessing there are other factors at work as well. One thing remains abundantly clear, however: The anti-gun dogma that more guns automatically lead to more crime is demonstrably false.
There’s a reason why those who argue for gun control rely solely on emotions these days. The facts simply aren’t on their side.