Trend: Violent crime falls as gun sales rise
by Ben Bullard
The FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report this week, and the new report implies an inverse relationship between the rate of gun ownership and the incidence of violent crime.
Violent crime continued an overall downward trend, with a reported 1,163,146 such incidents in 2013. The FBI considers “violent crime” to encompass “murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.” Here’s a graph demonstrating the five-year fall in violent crime:
“[T]he estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.1 percent,” the FBI observed.
Breitbart took note of the FBI report, comparing last year’s drop in violent crime with previously released data on the upward tick in background checks for gun sales in 2013.
“On January 6, Breitbart News reported there were 21,093,273 background checks for firearm purchasers conducted in America in 2013. And while this number of background checks represented a record, we explained then that the number of guns sold could be many times higher. That is because background checks are done on gun purchasers, not on the number of guns being purchased,” Breitbart wrote.
“… These record gun sales and the subsequent reduction in crime square perfectly with a Congressional Research Service report covered by Breitbart News on December 4, 2013. That study showed that the number of privately owned firearms in America increased from 192 million in 1994 to 310 million in 2009.”