In the hotbed of the early 90’s, Democrats were able to gain control of our government and enact some pretty radical changes. Thankfully, they weren’t able to get everything done that they were looking for as our nation was not ready for Hillarycare… but on guns, they passed one of the most Draconian anti-gun laws our nation has ever seen. Clinton’s assault weapons ban was supposed to usher in a new era of safety, peace and non-violence; instead, gun related crime skyrocketed.
Fast forward several years, and a now Republican controlled Congress during the Bush years simply allows the Clinton gun ban to expire. This example of action by non-action incensed the liberal anti-gun crusaders who claimed that Republicans were ushering in an apocalypse of death and destruction by not renewing the ban.
A recent study seems to suggest that these liberal anti-freedom hacks were very, very wrong.
National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data. Beneath the long-term trend, though, are big differences by decade: Violence plunged through the 1990s, but has declined less dramatically since 2000.
Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew. The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993. Violent non-fatal crime victimization overall (with or without a firearm) also is down markedly (72%) over two decades.
Well, isn’t that interesting?
The left will continually point to the highly publicized (as well they should be) mass shootings that occur from time to time (usually in a “gun-free” zone). But the truth of the matter is that more guns, or freer access to guns, does not necessarily correlate to more violence.
While some cities like Chicago and Washington, D.C. may be seeing epidemics of gun violence, gun control laws have most certainly not helped. These cities have laws that make Islamic Fundamentalists blush and that our Supreme Court has to regularly overturn, yet gun crimes are still epidemic. Conversely, huge swaths of the rest of the nation are growing more and more accepting of gun rights and are seeing continued reduction in crime.
Today we are living in what may be the “freest” time in the last 50 years for gun owners nationally and gun violence (all criminal violence) is still dropping. How can this be explained liberal gun grabber?
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