Sunday, January 29, 2006

Gun Crime and Other Statistics

The Smallest Minority: Questions from the Audience? Kevin over at Smallest Minority has an excellent post relating to gun crime, violent crime generally and the statistics that define the demographics of victims and offenders. You know I love statistics.

The whole thing is worth a look. But the real message is that crime is down substantially from a peak in 1993. It continues to go down, even though the number of guns in America continues to rise. Perhaps crime is down because of the rise in guns.

You can't miss that since the late 80s and early 90s when 15 states had "Shall Issue" concealed carry laws until today, when 44 states have "Shall Issue" and only 4 states block concealed carry all together, that we have become a much safer society. Florida passed "Shall Issue" concealed carry in 1987, and started the current round of laws.

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