70 MILLION MORE GUNS.38% LESS VIOLENT CRIME
Data released by the FBI on Monday showed that in 2005, the nation's
total violent crime rate was 38% lower than in 1991, when violent crime
hit an all-time high. Rates of the individual categories of violent
crime were also much lower in 2005 than in 1991. Murder was 43% lower,
rape 25% lower, robbery 48% lower, and aggravated assault 33% lower. The
FBI's report came on the heels of a Bureau of Justice Statistics crime
survey that found that violent crime was lower in 2005 than anytime in
the survey's 32-year history.
Defying the anti-gunners' claim that more guns means more crime, from
1991-2005 the number of privately owned guns increased by more than 70
The news media often characterize violent crime as a primarily
gun-oriented problem, but the FBI's report showed that only one in every
four violent crimes in 2005 was committed with a gun. In 2005, as in
previous years, most violent crimes were robberies and aggravated
assaults, most of which were committed with knives or bare hands.