It has become almost an article of faith in the firearms industry that even reports from our federal government that show a continuing decline in crime will get little media attention. And so it was again with the release this month of the FBI’s preliminary Uniform Crime Statistics
for the first half of 2013 that showed that murders fell by nearly 7 percent compared with the same period in 2012 while violent crime overall fell by 5.4 percent.
These crime reductions continue a 30-year trend
as the Department of Justice reported last year, even while the public is largely unaware
of this remarkable shift toward a safer society.
And again, gun ownership is at an all-time high. This is really settled. We can argue if lawful gun ownership DECREASES crimes, I would argue that it does, but that is still in the realm of theory, but we CANNOT argue that allowing people the keep and bear arms in the most liberal sense of the terms does NOT increase crime or cause a decrease in public safety.
The anti-freedom people HATE this, because it points that erring on the side of individual liberty and trusting total strangers to own deadly weapons is actually a GOOD thing. They aren’t concerned with safety, they are concerned with FREEDOM, and their concern is more of a puritanical sense, like that religion’s laughable ban on dancing and card playing because it will EVENTUALLY lead to sex, drugs, and debauchery. Of course Puritans banning cards and dance is laughable, as the idea that gun bans and carry bans will result in “Blood in the Streets”.
Still I’d like to step into dangerous waters for a second. The antis keep crowing that we need a “National Discussion on Guns”. Well we had that over a decade ago, and people decided that guns were something we should embrace, not shun. The public safety numbers show this was 100% the correct move, even if you don’t believe in a natural right to defensive arms.
Still there is something we need to have a national discussion on:
I don’t mean this in any coy or agenda-based way, I also have no idea about solutions to this. I do believe this shouldn’t be a “Dirty racist discussion”.
Why are blacks such a massively disproportionate representation of violent crime numbers, despite their minority status? Why is it the most dangerous states the ones with the greatest black populations?
I would say there is a cultural problem with violence, but I see no easy way to tackle this problem. But I don’t think it should be the do-not-touch topic it is.