Has South Carolina sheriff’s “get a gun” comment impacted crime rates? (video)

In late October, Sheriff Chuck Wright, reacting to recent violent…

In late October, Sheriff Chuck Wright, reacting to recent violent crime, told Spartanburg residents to arm themselves, but have those comments impacted crime rates?

Numbers provided by the sheriff’s office tell two different stories when it comes to crime trends.

For instance, from October 31, 2011 (when the sheriff urged people to get guns) through January 24, 2012, certain violent crimes spiked, while others stayed the same or even dropped, as compared to the same time period the year before.

So after the sheriff’s comments, the murder rate decreased, the rape rate stayed the same, robberies decreased, but aggravated assaults spiked.

Source: Graeme Moore for WSPA News Channel 7.

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  • Jman

    Yes,Yes…. A polite society is a armed society. When seconds count the police are only minutes away.. It would be totaly fine to have a cop around me all the time when bad things happen but they are to heavy to carry around. Just Saying..

  • Larry

    Crimes will go down because the Bad Guys can and will be stopped by a law-abiding citizen with a gun – Force Equalizer.

  • Matt in Oklahoma

    Good, thugs are suppossed to be scared of the public! bout time we got away from the touchy feeley stuff and stike fear back in their heads for being a bad guy!