Gun Violence Rising In the Media, Not In Reality

An increase in reportings by the media of gun-related violence does not mean that there has been an actual increase in incidents. In fact, violent crime in the U.S. (murder, rape, robbery and assault) actually went down four percent in 2011 compared with the previous year. It’s been going down for the past six years, and last year was the lowest it had been since 2006. It’s dropped twelve  percent since then. Naturally, since the Left will never concede intellectually on the gun control debate, the one thing they can do is just report more incidents to give the impression that more guns equals more crime.

The other side of the coin is that gun ownership is up. Forbes pointed out that call-ins to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) have steadily increased over the past decade:

 "Over the last 10 years (from 2002 to 2011) there has been a 54.1 percent rise in the number of NICS checks and the increase hasn’t all taken place since 2008. In 2005 there were 8,952,945 NICS checks. In 2006 the number topped 10 million. In 2007 NICS checks pushed passed 11 million. In 2008 NICS checks passed 12 million, and then hit the 14 million mark in 2009. They increased slightly (4 percent) through 2011."

We’ve all seen these familiar statistics that have shown consistently that as gun sales rise, crime rates drop. These are no surprise to us since we understand that an armed society is a polite society. Liberals like to claim that gun sales are only going up because a black man is president, and overzealous white people think he’s going to take away their guns and ammo. Maybe that’s partly true, but gun sales as you recall “shot up” significantly in the aftermath of the Aurora theater murders. So, it’s not all Obama’s fault, although some have called the President “the greatest gun salesman of all time.”

A couple days ago, it was reported that in Virginia, this very “counterintuitive” phenomenon is occurring now:

 "The total number of firearms purchased in Virginia increased 73 percent from 2006 to 2011. When state population increases are factored in, gun purchases per 100,000 Virginians rose 63 percent. But the total number of gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent over that period, and when adjusted for population, gun-related offenses dropped more than 27 percent, from 79 crimes per 100,000 in 2006 to 57 crimes in 2011."

 In spite of the Left’s distortion of statistics related to gun violence (which also include accidents and suicides which inflate the numbers) and their lust to control our access to self-defense tools, we may be winning the debate after all. The left are doing these things and advocating gun control measures in spite of public opinion. They’re forcing it on people they claim to represent.

Gallup released a poll last year that showed a remarkable change of opinion over the last several decades when it came to guns:

 "A record-low 26% of Americans favor a legal ban on the possession of handguns in the United States other than by police and other authorized people. When Gallup first asked Americans this question in 1959, 60% favored banning handguns. But since 1975, the majority of Americans have opposed such a measure, with opposition around 70% in recent years."

 This is great news because it means we’re winning the battle that counts, the battle of ideas. The more people are educated about the Second Amendment and the importance of guns, the less crime we’ll witness. It’s such a “no-brainer,” you’d think it’d come naturally to liberals.


  • geneww1938

    Nearly 1,000,000 hunting permits and how many incidents in the past few years? How many crimes from legal gun owners? Remove legal guns and we will have what happened in Australia. Illegal owners keep theirs and they do not have opposition.
    I do not own anything worth killing a person to protect ... but I am hopeful that every neighbor has an arsenal to discourage invaders.

  • twocolts

    "Come naturally to liberals"...nothing comes naturally to liberals except lies, deceit, denial, and excuses... Truth and facts are beyond the left.

  • Mudpuppy

    Mark Twain said "There are lies, damn lies and statistics" (he's not the originator of the phrase). Anyone can make any statistic mean anything. Take anything the MSM says with a huge grain of salt. Trust, but verify (actually, in the case of the MSM, don't trust, but verify).

    I'm part of that increase. We took up hunting a few years ago and needed guns for it (my son, 17, got his first deer this season). We also picked up some handguns in preparation for getting concealed carry permits. This has nothing to do with Obama, it's something we've wanted to do for years, but living in California at the time was difficult to do.

    Not all liberals are that stupid (although most are). My sister is a lib and she supports the 2nd Amendment. She just doesn't intend to own a gun but has no problem with anyone else doing so.

  • Ron G

    The liberal media is based in cities with liberal leadership and strict gun controls. That means that only the bad guys have guns which means more violent crimes. Chicago is a prime example.

  • InalienableWrights

    Liberals and most Americans for that matter could not tie their shoe laces without someone telling then to do so.

  • Stan

    We only THINK Obama wants to take away our guns? Excuse me, you would have to be an idiot not to know by now thats what he wants to do! Folks, 2013 is just around the corner and Obama offically starts his second term, I have a feeling we ALL better be on guard!!

  • GeoInSD

    I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. I am not White and am very much a liberty valuing conservative. So much for the stereotype of the gun lover.

    While I do believe that increased gun ownership has lead to reduced crime (burglars say their biggest fear is the homeowner is armed), I don't believe it works that way in general. I believe it requires a civil society for a constitutional republic such as ours to work. That includes private gun ownership.

    I also believe that when our government distrusts its citizens to be armed, that is a symptom of the loss of liberty and the solidification of tyranny. The government and the people are no longer one. They have become adversaries.

  • Mr Lucky

    You people that are making these idle threats will get your wish when the rockets and tanks start rolling! They will step on you people and squash you like a bug! You think the soldiers will defend you? They will do what they are told! The solders, your kids, Grandkids your women and lets not forget your neighbors will gladely tell the government where you have your little pop guns hid! Just sit back and watch!

  • Dan

    Never give up your weapons. But remember you are not going to be able to fight or resist tanks , drones , high tec spy equipment like boomerang gunshot tracking system. There a lot of ways to presure you to surrender . Food, medical care, the list goes on. Are you prepared to indure the suffering,the deaths . I hope it never come to this. There a lot to prepare for. Is the Constitution worth the fight? It was in 1776 and I believe it is now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.j.horn.7 Michael J. Horn

    The truth that gun control does not work, that criminals don't follow the various laws that we already have and that legal firearm ownership actually reduces violence, DOES NOT MATTER! Through their control of the Main Stream Media, liberals will always twist the statistics, sensationalize the crimes committed with guns and ignore the cases where guns saved lives. A second Obama term, plus a Senate dominated by Democrats, pose the most serious threat to 2ND Amendment rights in the history of our country. Whether our liberties are seized through a shift in power on the Supreme Court, subverted by Executive Order or back-doored by United Nations treaty, I cannot say. I do believe that the storm is coming. Nothing short of Impeachment will stop it now. I cringe when I think of the thousands who gave life and limb on multiple foreign battlefields, to prevent the oppression of Communism, only to have America fall without a shot being fired. God Help Us!

    • ConfusedAmericanCitizen

      The truth is, gun control does work when what you want to do is dominate a country. This isn't about peace, or safety. It's about losing our freedom, our rights, our land and our say.....it's about leaving us defenselessness and vulnerable to suppression.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarge43 Charles McVey

    The Oath I took in 1960 and through to 1997 my last re-enlistment before I retired in 2003 will expire when they are shoveling dirt in my face. GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC.

  • Jimothy Jones

    A lot of people forgot to take their balls out of their mouth before commenting on this board. Enjoy the salt, guys!