Violent crime declined as gun sales climbed in 2009.

Violent crime continued to fall in 2009, even as gun…

Violent crime continued to fall in 2009, even as gun sales reached an all-time high, according to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This is “proof positive that gun prohibitionists have been consistently and undeniably wrong,” said the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in a statement.

Released Tuesday, the violent crime statistics are part of the FBI’s yearly Uniform Crime Report, which collects crime statistics from localities all across the country and is the most comprehensive report on crime in America.

According to the FBI, the number of violent crimes of all types declined in 2009 by 5.3 percent and property crimes declined 4.6 percent. In fact, the rate of violent crime declined 6.1 percent below 2008 figures.

In total, the FBI estimated that 1.3 million violent crimes were committed in 2009.

“Each of the four violent crime offenses decreased when compared with the 2008 estimates. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter and robbery had the largest decreases: 7.3 percent and 8.0 percent, respectively,” the FBI said in a press release summarizing the report. “In addition, aggravated assault decreased 4.2 percent, and forcible rape declined 2.6 percent.”

In fact, the types of crime most likely to be committed with a firearm, murders and manslaughters, experienced one of the greatest rates of decline in 2009 – 7.3 percent.

While violent crime was going down in 2009, guns sales were experiencing a record year. According to data from the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System (NICS), 2009 was the best year on record for gun sales.

Source: Matt Cover for CNS News.

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  • Jman

    A armed society is a polite society. Those who will do harm will do it anyway with no regard for the law, but if they know you are armed and willing to defend yourself then it is now a whole new ball game. Stay low, shoot straight, watch your six……. Stay vigilant out there and take care of others who can not take care of themselves…. Never forget to take care of yourself first if your out of the game then others suffer…..

  • thats what im talking about! when crooks know theres a good chance they will be met with arms
    that work as well or better than they can muster they take heid.im not sure but i think 2008 seen the same drop,and we are half way into 2010 if this trend keeps going it will make three years straight that guns have made the USA better.
    the same 30rd mag holding,high cal.,guns that this admin. wanted to ban! it just goes to show you where the feds. failed the people prevailed,and when americans need something done right,we need to do it ourselfs. take that obama!