The FBI recently released its Crime in The United States statistics for 2010. Overall, murders in the U.S. have decreased steadily since 2006, dropping from 15,087 to 12,996. Firearms murders — which made up 67 percent of all murders in the U.S. in 2010 — have followed this trend, decreasing by 14 percent.OK, I did the math and 14% of 15,087 is 2112, which taken from 15,087, is 12,975. That is pretty close to 12,996.
At the same time that firearms murders were dropping, gun sales were surging. In 2009, FBI background checks for guns increased by 30 percent over the previous year, while firearms sales in large retail outlets increased by almost 40 percent. The number of applications for concealed carry permits jumped across the country as well.
So, the conclusion is that notwithstanding an increase in the number of guns in the US, gun crime is going down. Thus, there seems to be no current correlation between the number of gun owners and crime, unless one wishes to argue that there is causation—that the more folks who own guns the less folks are willing to use guns in the commission of crimes. I would not so argue. I am closer to Herman Cain's position.
Then there is this:
The top three states for gun murders in 2010 were, in order, California, Texas and New York. While Texas has lax gun control laws, California and New York are among the strictest gun-control states in the country.What do we make of that?
With regard to social statistics there is still a whole lot we don't understand.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff