3 Facts About Guns in the America
Gun control advocates love taking advantage of horrible tragedies like the recent Virginia reporter shooting to advance their ideology. But actual gun facts are their worst nightmares.
As a bit of a counter to their various outrageous claims, let’s take a look at guns and murder at the national, state, and local levels.
3.Gun ownership is stable, but murder is way down
As you can see from the graph below (via Gallup), gun ownership hasn’t changed much since 1996. In fact, it has been hovering around the same percentage for just under 20 years. However, as the FBI reports, in 1996 the murder rate was 7.4 per 100,000, and in 2013 it hit 4.5 per 100,000. In other words, significantly fewer people are being killed in America on a per capita basis than 20 years ago, all while per capita gun ownership has stayed roughly the same. Guns=crime? Nah.
2. There is no noticeable correlation between violent deaths and gun ownership at the state level
Many people claim that states with high gun ownership have more gun deaths. This is true to a certain extent, but it’s crucial to note that most gun “deaths” are suicides, not murders. If we take out suicides, and isolate “assault deaths” as the CDC calls them, and look at gun ownership as well, we see no real correlation between the two among the 50 states. For example, according to the CDC (via table 19), Utah and Idaho, which both have large per capita gun ownership rates, have very low assault death rates. Utah is at 1.8 per 100,000 and Idaho is at 1.9. Conversely, Washington D.C. is at 13.9, California is at 4.9, and Illinois is at 6.1. All have much lower gun ownership rates than the aforementioned states.
1. If you look at America by municipality, crime clusters around the areas with the lowest legal gun ownership
Dive deeper below the state level and here you will see a correlation. But this correlation will be the opposite of what many expect. Areas with low legal gun ownership rates have the highest crime. Areas with higher legal gun ownership rates have less crime. In other words, what most people know to be true intuitively – that there’s more crime and less gun owners in cities, and more gun owners and less crime in suburban and rural areas, is an unfortunate reality that the gun control movement has to deal with.
Take Chicago and Washington D.C. as prime examples of this. Both cities have made it very difficult to own guns legally through excessive gun control measures. However, they have both been struggling with violent crime for decades. Look at the 10 cities with the most violent crime in America. Unsurprisingly, none are rural municipalities or towns where nearly everyone owns a gun. They’re all urban centers.