Paul Helmke and Dennis Henigan – spokesmen for the beleaguered Brady Campaign these days – are old enough to know what a phonograph record is, so for their benefit we’ll put it this way: At the risk of sounding like a “broken record,” gun ownership has risen to an all-time high, and violent crime has fallen to a 35-year low. Coinciding with a surge in gun purchases that began shortly before the 2008 elections, violent crime decreased six percent between 2008 and 2009, according to the FBI. This included an eight percent decrease in murder and a nine percent decrease in robbery.
Since 1991, when total violent crime peaked, it has decreased 43 percent to a 35-year low. The murder rate, less than half what it was in 1980, is now at a 45-year low. Throughout, the number of guns that Americans own has risen by about four million a year, including record numbers of the two types of firearms that the Brady folks would most like to see banned – handguns and the various firearms they call “assault weapons.”
Predictions that increasing the number of guns would cause crime to increase have been proven profoundly lacking in clairvoyance. One of our favorite gems comes from the Brady outfit, when it was known as the National Council to Control Handguns: “There are now 40 million handguns. . . . the number could build to 100 million. . . . the consequences can be terrible to imagine,” the group warned in the mid-1970s.
“Terrible consequences” indeed, for gun control supporters. The number of handguns has reached almost 100 million; waiting periods, purchase permits, and prohibitions on carrying firearms for protection have been dismantled in state after state; **gun ownership has soared; and violent crime has plummeted.
Who said that? I said that the result is exactly what the conservatives said they would be. Conservative know that liberals have guns. The difference it, conservatives have guns to protect their rights and liberties, liberals have guns to force others to their way of thinking or kill them (kind of like terrorists.) :mrgreen:
You did not read the article. Gun rights and ownership have gone
way way up, while crime as gone down. That is all the results
of conservatives efforts. Regarding your liberal politicians… thanks
You are so clueless that if you dressed in a clue skin, doused yourself in clue musk, and did the clue dance in the middle of a field of horny clues at the height of clue mating season, you still would not have a clue.
Here is a clue… Conservatives are a minority in America who have always owned guns, if there is a grand increase in gun ownership it ain’t coming from the sector who already owns guns, it is coming from another source, most likely liberal or moderate Americans who are first-time gun buyers.
I’m referring to the original post, that correlated a drop in crime with a rise in gun ownership. Is this the research you’re referring to? Because it’s just a statement of facts and an inferred correlation between the two. There is no obvious causation here because the variables were not controlled. I’m **not **saying that a rise in gun ownership did not cause a drop in crime, I’m just saying that anyone with half an imagination can offer a dozen reasons why gun ownership and crime showed such numbers, without a rise in one variable having had caused a drop in the other.
It may very well be that guns reduce crime, but composing “arguments” or “research” from a simple correlation really hurts your stance.
I love my Guns, I am a So called Liberal, I was raised with guns, I have own up to 36 Long guns ( rifles) . I believe and have always believed everyone has the right to own one. I never thought of it being a liberal or conseravtive thing till i moved here .
BTW I came from a place that required you to register your guns.