Last week, the FBI issued its
preliminary 2009 crime report, showing that the number of murders in the first half of 2009 decreased
10 percent compared to the first half of 2008. If the trend holds for
the remainder of 2009, it will be the single greatest one-year decrease
in the number of murders since at least 1960, the earliest year for
which national data are available through the Bureau of Justice
Statistics. Also, the per capita murder rate for 2009 will be 51
percent lower than the all-time high recorded in 1991, and it will be
the lowest rate since 1963—a 46-year low. Final figures for 2009 will
be released by the FBI next year.
According to gun control supporter
dogma—“more guns means more crime”—the number of privately owned
firearms must have decreased 10 percent in 2009. To the contrary,
however, the number rose between 1.5 and 2 percent, to an all-time
high. For the better part of the last 15 months, firearms, ammunition,
and “large” ammunition magazines have been sold in what appear to be
record quantities. And, the firearms that were most commonly purchased
in 2009 are those that gun control supporters most want to be
banned—AR-15s, similar semi-automatic rifles, and handguns designed for
defense. The National Shooting Sports Foundation already estimates
record ammunition sales in 2009, dominated by .223 Remington,
7.62x39mm, 9mm and other calibers widely favored for defensive purposes.
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Also indicative of the upward trend in firearm sales, the number of national instant check transactions
rose 24.5 percent in the first six months of 2009 compared to the first
six months in 2008, the greatest increase since NICS’ inception in
1998. Through the end of October, NICS transactions rose18 percent,
compared to the same period in 2008.
More Guns Means More Crime? Hardly. In 2009, more guns meant less crime, in a very, very big way.