FBI stats show that more gun ownership in 2014 correlated with less crime
As Gomer Pyle might say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”
As Breitbart News previously reported, private gun sales skyrocketed during 2013 with 21,093,273 background checks. And now the FBI reports that during the first six months of 2014–the first six months that all these new guns were in the hands of Americans–“offenses” in the categories of violent crimes and property crimes decreased.
In other words, More guns correlated with less crime in the first half of 2014.
According to the FBI, “murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape…aggravated assault, and robbery” all showed decreases when the first six months of 2014 were juxtaposed with the first six months of 2013. Murder fell by “6 percent,” rape by “10.1 percent,” aggravated assault dropped “1.6 percent,” and robbery fell by “10.3 percent.”
Offenses of property crime–“burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft”–all decreased during the first six months of 2014 as well, when contrasted with the first six months of 2013. Burglary fell “14 percent,” larceny-theft fell “5.6 percent,” and motor vehicle thefts fell “5.7 percent.”
When examined by region, the largest decrease in violent crimes and property crimes took place in the Midwest region of the country. When looked at by counties, the largest decrease of both categories of crime took place in non-metropolitan counties–although it did fall in metropolitan counties as well.
Look, around here, we know full well that correlation does not equal causation. We’ve said it over and over again. However, this 6 month correlation is not an isolated incident. You can look at the same tend on the state level. You can look at it over a 20-year period. You can look at it based only on concealed carry permit holders. The result is the same. More legal gun ownership = less crime.
While we can’t say that correlation equals causation, we can say with confidence that increased gun ownership does not increase the crime rate in the US as liberals would have you believe.