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Crime, Guns, & the 2nd Amendment
Murder Down 10% in 2009 as Firearm Sales Soar

F. Earle Fox

The calculated myth that gun ownership by law abiding citizens raises the crime and death rate has been known to be false for decades, if not centuries.  But some persons, for whatever reasons, continue to promote that untruth. I believe there to be a deliberate design among many of them -- to disarm the people in order to centralized total control (or as total as they can get it) into the federal-to-be-global government. 

The following is from America's 1st Freedom magazine, put out by the National Rifle Assn., March 2010, p. 57.

...murder and total violent crime rates have been falling steadily according to annual FBI crime reports.  ....crime has decreased as the number of privately owned firearms has steadily risen to successive all-time highs.

In December we noted that murder and total violent crime decreased 45% and 50%, respectively, from 1991 to 2008.  ...a preliminary FBI crime report [shows] that murder and total violent crime decreased 10% and 4% respectively in the first half of 2009, compared to the same period in 2008.

Among the cities with the most dramatic changes was the District of Columbia, where murder fell 19% after the US Supreme Court struck down the city's handgun ban in District of Columbia v. Heller

New York City also experienced a sharp drop in murder...

The drop in crime is only half of the story, though.  ....  In 2009, firearm and ammunition sales were at a level unseen since 1993-1994 when, as today, alarm over a new president's support for gun bans inspired Americans to buy guns at an extraordinary pace. 

In 2009, the number of privately owned firearms rose by more than 4 million, or between 1.5 and 2 percent, driven in large part by record-setting sales of AR-15-type semi-automatic rifles.  ....

....during the first 11 months of 2009, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) handled more than 12 million transactions in new and used firearm sales, nearly 13 percent more than in 2008  That follows a 14 percent increase in 2008 and an 11 percent increase in 2007. 

I have been waiting for the news on the DC v. Heller case, to see whether the expect results would indeed happen, that crime would go down, not up.  And indeed that is what is happening.

Those wedded to gun-bans will not even blink at these statistics, I suppose.  It is a "religion" with some that guns are bad. 

But not bad for governments??? -- which have so massively misused coercive force (see R. J. Rummel's website at www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/ ).   "Well, with our government, that does not happen."  No?  Not at Waco, Ruby Ridge, or Oklahoma City?  And there are strong reasons to question what happened on 9-11. 

The truth is that guns are not bad, that guns do not kill people, people kill people.  Some use guns to do it.  Others use guns to prevent it. 

And the truth is that there can be no such thing as a "gunless society".   When guns are withheld from law-abiding citizens, guns are still in the hands of criminals and of the government.  And the government is then on its way to becoming a criminal -- the likes of which no private criminal could even begin to touch.  That is history.  And removing guns from normal citizens will do nothing to change that.  Nothing at all.  Crime will go up, not down; and government crime, with a near monopoly on guns, will almost for sure rise faster than any other. 

The voters, as a group, are the Highest Officers of the State, and are to hold civil government accountable to the covenant between We, the People, and our appointed government, i.e., our Constitution.  Only if we are armed so as to be able to defend ourselves from government criminal behavior, including the trashing of our Constitution, which is growing steadily in America, will we be able to keep government on a constitutional tether.  Several million armed adults ready to defend their country against high treason would be a steady deterrent even for our sophisticated police and military.  That is why the state militias need to be reestablished -- to spread military power downward away from the federal center. (See Edwin Vieira's website: http://www.newswithviews.com/Vieira/edwin.htm ) 

Furthermore, we, the citizens, are our own first line of defense in case of private criminal intrusion or attack.  The police will come later to investigate and catch, if possible, that criminal.  Maybe after we are dead, wounded, or without our stolen property.  It is therefore our obligation, if we are adults, healthy, and of sound mind, to be armed to protect our families, our society, and our country against private crime and against public government crime. 

I have not seen a study on the potential rise in gun accident figures, given the rise in ownership of guns.  One can expect a rise in the number of accidents.  It would be surprising if there were not -- just as with automobiles or any other machine.  The more in use, the more accidents likely.  The question is whether the rate of accidents rises for gun ownership - more accidents per gun-owner, or per gun owned.  And to what extent does any rise in accidents negatively offset the fall in murder and violent crime?  That remains to be seen. 

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Date Posted - 02/28/2010   -   Date Last Edited - 07/07/2012