An ‘inconvenient truth’: murder rate declined while gun sales boomed

Dave Workman
Seattle Gun Rights Examiner
December 22, 2009

Today I’m sort of sharing a headline with my colleague David Codrea because yesterday’s release by the FBI of preliminary crime data for the first six months of this year just poked a mammoth-sized hole in that bag of hot air carried around by gun prohibitionists.

Not surprisingly, since the Seattle Times and other news outlets reported this Monday, there has not been a peep about it from the gun prohibitionist lobby.

According to the FBI, murder in this country declined by 10 percent overall during the first half of 2009, a period of booming gun sales that primarily focused on the purchase of two types of firearms most often demonized by the anti-gun lobby: semiautomatic sport-utility rifles and handguns.

Anti-gunners have lost another one of their baseless arguments. Millions of Americans bought guns during the first six months of this year, many of them for the first time. Yet with all of those new guns in circulation, coupled with an increased demand for concealed carry licenses around the country, the streets have not been awash in blood, as gun banners repeatedly predict.”—Alan Gottlieb

The National Shooting Sports Foundation commented on the situation here, and also supplied data from the FBI’s National Instant Check System (NICS) here that shows how firearms sales were up, in most months dramatically, from the same period in 2008.

Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, was quick to observe, “What this shows is that gun prohibitionists are all wrong when they argue that more guns result in more crime.”

The article continues here.

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