Neal Barton's POV

Why is violent crime going down?

POV

POSTED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 5:39pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 9:09am

How about these apples?

This was written this week by Emily Miller in the Washington Times newspaper.

Everything she says is right on!

Gun-control advocates are noticeably silent when crime rates decline. Their multimillion-dollar lobbying efforts are designed to manufacture mass anxiety that every gun owner is a potential killer. The statistics show otherwise.

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that violent crime decreased 4 percent in 2011. The number of murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults all went down, continuing a pattern.

"This is not a one-year anomaly, but a steady decline in the FBI's violent-crime rates," said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the National Rifle Association. "It would be disingenuous for anyone to not credit increased self-defense laws to account for this decline."

the NRA points out only a handful of states had concealed-carry programs 25 years ago, when the violent-crime rate peaked. Today, 41 states either allow carrying without a permit or have "shall issue" laws that make it easy for just about any noncriminal to get a permit. Illinois and Washington, D.C., are the only places that refuse to recognize the right to bear arms. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence did not respond to requests for comment.

If the gun grabbers were right, we'd be in the middle of a crime wave, considering how many guns are on the streets. "Firearms sales have increased substantially since right after the 2008 election," said Bill Brassard, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which represents the $4 billion firearms and ammunition industry. "There was a leveling off in 2010, but now we're seeing a surge again."

Thugs don't like the odds when they look at the muzzle of a gun.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can email me at pov@ketknbc.com.

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Let's see. Obama will get credit for the 25yrs of improvement. don will find or create a statistic showing a one time up tic during the Bush years to argue he didn't care or do anything to stop it.

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