Murder and violence rates drop
FBI data here. IKn 2011, murder rates fell 1.9%, and other violent crimes fell 4%, despite record firearm sales. Of course that wouldn't answer a claim of "they might have dropped even farther if fewer guns had been sold," but it certainly answers "more guns means a bloodbath."
And what was CNN's link to the story say? "Murders up 18% in small towns."
Now...the homicide rate is less than 5 per 100,000, and the "small towns" in question were towns with 10,000 or fewer people. So if the town had no murders they're way below average, but if they had one murder they're now at twice the national average. How in the world are going to base anything from that?? At best this is dishonest reporting. But CNN has gone the way of the New York Times so it's not surprising.
Posted by: Graystar at June 12, 2012 11:53 AM
What's odd is that while they're saying the national homicide rate decreased, unless I'm mistaken, it seems like it grew in my area. They don't have actual statistics out for 2011 yet, but it just seemed to me that every time you turned around, you where hearing of another death. I think the difference is that more of them involved knives now than guns.
Posted by: Sarah at June 12, 2012 03:22 PM
I am guessing Zombie attacks have increased?
Posted by: Alex at June 13, 2012 12:24 PM
Oh, definitely, Alex. The increased gun sales for 2011 are actually a result of the real Mayan calendar prediction left unforeseen by all but a certain intellectual elite: THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. If only we had known. If only we had listened.
Posted by: Sarah at June 14, 2012 08:35 AM