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Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 806 -- Second Amendment Deters Crime.

Rising Firearm Sales, Declining Crime Rate-

From the NRA:

Anyone needing proof that fanaticism for gun control hasn't waned on Capitol Hill, that anti-gunners are -- as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) put it last year -- only waiting to "pick the time," should watch the video of Mexican president Felipe Calderon's speech to Congress last week, versions of which have been posted on youtube.com. When Calderon asked that the federal "assault weapon" ban be re-imposed, a very large number of U.S. Representatives and Senators present gave him a standing ovation.

However, on Monday the FBI released crime statistics that should cause the applauding anti-gunners to sit on their hands. The statistics indicate that between 2008 and 2009, as gun sales soared, the number of murders in our country decreased 7.2 percent. That amounts to about an 8.2 percent decrease in the per capita murder rate, after the increase in our nation's legal and illegal population is taken into account. And it translates into about a 10.5 percent decrease in the murder rate between 2004, when the ban expired, and the end of 2009. And finally, it means that in 2009 our nation's murder rate fell to a 45-year low.

Indeed crime is down, to the lowest points since the mid-1960s:

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This, as gun sales are up sharply. Indeed, judging by NCIS background checks, sales are up substantially:

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From the time Democrats retook Congress, we've seen a 39.8% increase in background checks for weapon purchases. In the first few months after Obama was elected, we saw a massive surge in background checks. November and December of 2008 still stand as records. In November 2008 alone, background checks for gun purchases jumped 41.6% from the same month a year before.

In the first month of President Obama's tenure in the White House, background checks jumped 28.8% from January 2008 to January 2009, 23.3% from Feb. 08-09, 29.2% from March 08-09, and a 30.3% increased from April 2008 to April 2009.

Overall, the FBI logged 14,033,824 NICS checks in 2009, a 10.4% rise from the 12,709,023 checks in 2008. Over the same period, violent crime was down 5.5%, murder was down 7.2%, forcible rape was down 3.1%, robbery was down 8.1%, aggravated assault was down 4.2%, property crime was down 4.9%, burglary was down 1.7%, larceny-theft was down 4.2%, motor vehicle theft was down 17.2%, and arson was down 10.4%.

Even in a recession, gun sales are up, and crime is down. Correlation? Definitely. Causation? Possibly. At the very least, the hyperbolic predictions about crime rising due to the expiration of the Federal AWB in 2004 were overblown and incorrect.

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