More Guns, Less Crime in '09


Americans went on binges buying guns and ammunition in late 2008 and early 2009, worried that a radical leftist president and Democrat-dominated Congress would violate their Second-Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. The effects? Less murder, robbery, rape and property crime, according to report released last week by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

The gun-buying started shortly before, and then took off after, President Barack Obama's election, says the American Thinker:

* The Toronto Star reported a 15 percent increase of 108,000 more FBI background checks in October 2008 than during the same month in 2007.

* In November 2008, the number of FBI background checks on applicants buying guns spiked 42 percent from the previous year.

* The FBI performed 12.7 million background checks in 2008, compared to 11.2 million in 2007, a 13 percent increase.

More evidence of rampant gun-buying in the states, according to the American Thinker:

* Through June 2009, the Texas Department of Public Safety received a monthly average of 12,700 applications for concealed handgun licenses, up 46 percent from the average in 2007.

* In liberal Massachusetts, gun permits surged 15 percent over the last two years (after falling several years before that).

Source: Joe Gimenez, "More Guns, Less Crime in '09," American Thinker, December 30, 2009.

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