Tuesday, May 24, 2011
"Violent crime rates drop as people get more guns," gun rights expert John M. Snyder declared here today.
"That message comes through loud and clear when you compare FBI crime reports with FBI firearm sales indicator reports," he added.
Snyder said, "The facts show the gun grabbers are out to lunch. The entire gun control movement is full of bananas.
"A drop in violent crime rates does NOT correlate with a drop in gun purchase rates. It DOES correlate with an increase in firearms purchase rates."
In 2010, violent crime dropped 5.5 percent when compared to the previous year, according to the FBI's Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime report released early this week.
Also in 2010, background checks for firearms purchases rose 2.7 percent over 2009, according to data from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). For 2010, total background checks numbered 14.4 million. For 2009, the figure was 14.0 million.
In 2010, murder declined 4.4 percent, forcible rape 4.2 percent, robbery 9.5 percent, and aggravated assault 3.6 percent, when compared with the 2009 data, the FBI report indicated.
The FBI NICS checks are required under federal law for all individuals purchasing firearms from federally licensed dealers. Firearms industry experts consider them a strong indicator of actual sales, notes the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
John M. Snyder