Congressional Report: As gun ownership soared, murder rate fell dramatically

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With the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy fast approaching, parents, pundits and politicians are ramping up the rhetoric and demanding ever-more draconian gun control laws.

But signs suggest the efforts are unnecessary.

While gun ownership rose sharply during a recent 15-year period, murders and other gun-related homicides plummeted, according to a government study.

After the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting, the Congressional Research Service was commissioned to determine whether there’s a correlation between gun ownership and gun violence. There was a link, all right, but probably not what the lawmakers expected.

From 1994 to 2009, legal gun ownership rose dramatically — from 192 million to 310 million, according to Breitbart News.

At the same time, non-accidental firearm- related deaths took a nosedive. Breitbart reported:

This rate rose from 2004 to 2005 and got as high as 3.9 in 2006 and 2007, but it then resumed falling in 2008, the year the Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that individual firearm possession is Constitutionally protected — particularly for self-defense. This figure fell to 3.2 per 100,000 by 2011.

In other words, as the number of firearms almost doubled over a nearly 20-year period, the “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate was more than halved.

Although President Obama called for sweeping gun control legislation in the days after the Sandy Hook shooting, the measure debated on the U.S. Senate floor was a milquetoast background-check bill, and even that failed to muster enough votes to pass.

Speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation annual awards dinner in September, the president renewed the call for stricter gun laws, according to Fox News. Perhaps he should read the reports from his own government instead.

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  • justme

    But…but…but that ain’t right…..President bambam promised me that those evil things are responsible for any and all violence and should be destroyed. Lmao.

  • Ted Strickland

    wait a minute. these numbers are being played with. they are only counting deaths declared “acceptable” homicides. not including, stand your grounds, gun accidents because of careless ownership, guns owned by mental defectives, or other just plain crazies. it would be better to count ALL gun deaths and see if this trend is going down. this means nada. who is going to really think this finding means anything? they must think people are stupid….oh, wait, I forgot, that some of you DO think this really means anything.

    • Kimber_TLE

      these numbers are being played with. they are only counting deaths declared “acceptable” homicides.

      What part of “murder rate” and “gun-related homicides” and “non-accidental firearm- related” confuses you?

      • Ted Strickland

        The fact still remains that we have one of he highest gun related death rates in the world. the only correlation is with the high number of guns owned or otherwise in the hands of people who should not have them. Otherwise, why the deaths? You can play with the numbers all you want. dead is dead, by gun is the subject. they are playing with the numbers.

        • Kimber_TLE

          Being “Ted Strickland,” the “A+” NRA-rated former governor of Ohio and a strong proponent of the concealed-carry law in Ohio, I’d think you’d be smarter!

          First you say “the only correlation is with the high number of guns owned…” followed by a truly idiotic, self-contradicting “You can play with the numbers all you want.”

          And yet, according to the FBI (which tracks violent crime), the rate of homicides is down, while the number of guns owned are supposedly up. Go figure!

          And the CDC (which tracks things like health issues), the rate of suicides are almost unchanged over the past several decades. Go figure!

          The article says it is about “murders and other gun-related homicides plummeted.” Which holds true.

          • Ted Strickland

            Not the former governor. The fact still remains that the only correlation with the high number of gun deaths in this country is the high number of guns in the possession of people who must be either too dumb to have them, careless to their use, or mentally not up to owning them.

          • Kimber_TLE

            The fact still remains that the only correlation with the high number of gun deaths in this country is the high number of guns in the possession

            And you are wrong. Dead wrong!

            Homicide/Violent Crime: Since 1993 the Census Bureau says the population has grown from 250 million in 1990 to 313 million in 2012. According to estimates (estimates because there are no accurate statistics), the number of guns owned in America has risen. Yet according to the FBI, violent crime is down across the board. Muders/homicides have gone down from a high of 24,526 (or 9.5/100k) to a low of 14,612 (4.7/100k) in 2011. So on this point, you are wrong!
            http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table-1

            Suicides: Since 1993 the Census Bureau says the population has grown from 250 million in 1990 to 313 million in 2012. According to estimates (estimates because there are no accurate statistics), the number of guns owned in America has risen. Yet according to the CDC, the rate of suicides has remained relatively steady. From 1991 to 2009:
            » 65 and older: down from 20/100k to 15/100k.
            » 25 – 64: up from 15/100k to 17/100k.
            » 10 – 24: down from 9/100k to 8/100k.

            So suicides have dropped from 44/100k in 1991 to 40/100k in 2009. Down is not up.
            http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/statistics/trends02.html

            I’ve offered you statistics from reputable organizations put in charge of maintaining and reporting those statistics. You’ve offered nothing but a hysterical claim based on rhetoric and emotion. I’ve only left you one category to make your point: the frequency of mass murders. Would you like to give that a go???

          • Ted Strickland

            There has been over one million gun deaths in this country since the 1990′s. Not all murders. not all suicides. most just dummies having guns who should not have them. Even it the numbers were HALVED, we would still be in a sorry situation with nuts with guns running around clueless about their safety. Maybe it sounds familiar to you?

          • Kimber_TLE

            In Washington DC v Heller, the Supreme Court has already said that body-counts do not determine Constitutional Rights.

            You lose!

          • Kenneth Clark

            So should we forget the guns and resort to knives and cleavers? Then we would have to have the same stats concerning sharp objects… Gee Whiz, dude. Wake Up!
            Should our Government decide to remove our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, like the Mexican Government our murder rates would increase beyond your imagination just like Mexico. We, the responsible gun owners, like it or not, keep your butt safe.

          • Guest

            Ted you want to remove guns from citizens thinking that less guns equals less deaths, correct? So it is safe to say that if you could eliminate what kills more people than anything else. You’d would do it, correct? Do you know the number one killer of humans in the 20th Century? If you know the answer. Let’s get togetjher and eradicate it. What was the leading cause of death to man from 1900-1999?

          • AwakenedAngryAmerican

            This “Guest post” ^^^^ is mine. It removed my signature

          • AwakenedAngryAmerican

            The one bright spot for the president was the finding that “the U.S. rate of firearm-related homicide is higher than that of any other industrialized country: 19.5 times higher than the rates in other high-income countries.”

            However, these rates are horribly skewed by state and local gun laws. “If one were to exclude figures for Illinois, California, New Jersey and Washington, DC,” notes the Guardian Express, “the homicide rate in the United States would be in line with any other country.” Those are, of course, jurisdictions that have chosen to enact the country’s strictest gun laws.

        • AwakenedAngryAmerican

          Ted you want to remove guns from citizens thinking that less guns equals less deaths, correct? So it is safe to say that if you could eliminate what kills more people than anything else. You’d would do it, correct? Do you know the number one killer of humans in the 20th Century? If you know the answer. Let’s get together and eradicate it. What was the leading cause of death to man from 1900-1999?

          • justme

            I’m guessing it’s vehicle accidents. I noticed Ted didn’t respond to ur question. Go figure. He’s smart enough to know the answer but too big a dipsh*t to come up with a valid argument against that to respond.

          • AwakenedAngryAmerican

            Democide. Death by government

    • AwakenedAngryAmerican

      Forgive me for putting words in your sentence. But, I’m thinking that you meant “…these numbers are [not] being played with [in a matter that could be used to disarm law abiding citizens from their inalienable right to protect themselves and their loved ones]

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