More Guns = Less Crime
Guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year—or about 6,850 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. The nation’s total violent crime rate hit an all-time high in 1991— the same year the federal government started pressing for stricter gun control laws and limiting the amount of guns available for American citizens. This rate declined 18 of the next 20 years, 49 percent overall, to a 41-year low in 2011. That included a 52 percent decrease in the nation’s murder rate, to a 48-year low, nearly the lowest point in U.S. history. When gun control measures increased, the violent crime rate increased. Shortly thereafter, the amount of Americans who owned guns, increased, and the violent crime rate subsequently declined.
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