The left has been screaming for a while about how fewer guns will mean less crime. The flip side is that they argue that so many guns on our streets mean that our world is a more violent place. Therefore, we law abiding citizens need to roll over and just give up our guns. After all, Dianne Feinstein’s dream is to say, “Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em in!”
Unfortunately, once again those pesky things called facts get in the way of the left’s jihad against guns:
Gun-related violent crime continues to drop in Virginia as the sales of firearms continue to soar, a pattern that one local criminologist finds interesting “given the current rhetoric about strengthening gun laws.”
Major gun crime collectively dropped for a fourth consecutive year statewide, while firearms sales climbed to a new record in 2012 with 490,119 guns purchased in 444,844 transactions — a 16 percent rise over 2011, according to federally licensed gun dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The proliferation of guns occurred as the total number of major reported crimes committed with all types of firearms in Virginia dropped 5 percent, from 4,618 offenses in 2011 to 4,378 last year, according to Virginia State Police data.
Looking back over seven years, total firearm sales in Virginia have risen a staggering 101 percent from 2006 to 2012, while gun-related crime has dropped 28 percent during that period.
How can this be? Democrats have been championing the idea that guns are bad. More guns clearly make us unsafe, right?
Of course they don’t. Guns in the hands of criminals make us unsafe, but criminals aren’t as stupid as most folks like to think. They prefer to not meet their victims on even ground. They don’t want a fight, they want dominance. They want their victims as weak as possible.
However, as more and more Americans become armed, the risk increases for the criminals. They don’t like that, so they tend to stay home instead of robbing some poor, unsuspecting soul…just in case that soul is packing.
Virginia’s numbers mimic numbers throughout the nation as more and more Americans arm themselves, and crime continues to drop.
Once again, alarmist rhetoric from the left regarding guns is found to be purely emotion and lacking in anything approaching objective facts. Not that it’s ever stopped them before, nor is it likely to stop them in the future.