Friday, January 8, 2010

Second Amendment: 2009 Gun Sales

It looks as if a correlation between gun ownership and murder rates exists after all -- but not the one gun-control crusaders claim. According to 2009 data, more guns mean fewer murders. The FBI's preliminary 2009 crime report shows that murders from January to June 2009 fell 10 percent from the same period in 2008. Granted, correlation doesn't always equal causation, but the number of privately owned guns rose in 2009 by about 2 percent. During the first six months of last year, national instant background checks jumped by 24.5 percent over the first six months of 2008.

According to one gun store owner, the problem, even amid the economic downturn, hasn't been keeping customers; it's been keeping up with customers. "For most of the year we couldn't even find guns to sell," says Kevin Miller of K&D Gunsmithing in San Bernardino, California. "The manufacturers don't have guns. They say sales are so high in the United States they can't keep up." Indeed, gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger, & Co. reported that first quarter 2009 production skyrocketed by 69.3 percent over first quarter 2008 levels. The most popular guns purchased were those most commonly used for self defense.

Hmm, gun ownership translating into personal safety and lower crime rates. Maybe our Founding Fathers were onto something after all.

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