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Photo credit: Michael Glasgow (CC-By-2.0)

The FBI released some statistics late this month in the 2013 Crime Report that dispute the arguments gun control advocates have made the past few years.

Gun sales have gone up yet miraculously the United States’ violent crime rate and number of police officers fatality shot have decreased. Go figure!

Felonious deaths of police offers fell by 45% from 2012 and an even steeper drop from 2004.  The 27 felonious deaths occurred in 16 states. The number of officers killed as a result of criminal acts in 2013 decreased by 22 when compared with the 49 officers who were feloniously killed in 2012. The five- and 10-year comparisons show a decrease of 21 felonious deaths compared with the 2009 figure (48 officers) and a decrease of 30 deaths compared with 2004 data (57 officers).

Looking at the overall crime statistics it looks even better.

The nation’s murder rate dropped by 5% from 2012.  The murder rate has dropped by 56% from the all-time high that was recorded in 1980.  Property crime has decreased by 4.8%.

The nation’s total violent crime rate (includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) decreased five percent between 2012 and 2013, to a 43-year low, down 52% since the all-time high recorded in 1991.  Rape fell seven percent, to a 40-year low, down 40 percent since 1991.  Robbery fell 3.5%, to a 46-year low, down 60 percent since 1991.  And aggravated assault fell 5.6 percent, to a 39-year low, down 47% since 1991.

But yeah, let’s pass some more gun control.

  1. Can you cite those statistics? I’d like to have them to discuss gun policy with a fellow educator. Thanks!

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