One of the most sacred rights for many that Americans are afforded as citizens is the right to bear arms. People will fight for their right to carry guns for many reasons, the main one being protection for themselves and/or their families. Last year, there was a reported 21,093,273 background checks as a part of a major surge in private gun ownership applications. During the first six months of 2014, when these new gun owners got their guns, violent crime decreased as well as property crime, according to the FBI. This means that with more guns on the street, there was less crime.
According to the FBI, “murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape…aggravated assault, and robbery” all showed decreases when the first six months of 2014 were juxtaposed with the first six months of 2013. Murder fell by “6 percent,” rape by “10.1 percent,” aggravated assault dropped “1.6 percent,” and robbery fell by “10.3 percent.”
Offenses of property crime–“burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft”–all decreased during the first six months of 2014 as well, when contrasted with the first six months of 2013. Burglary fell “14 percent,” larceny-theft fell “5.6 percent,” and motor vehicle thefts fell “5.7 percent.”
The region that saw the biggest dip after the surge in gun sales was the Midwest. Analysis also showed that non-metropolitan areas saw more of a decrease than metropolitan areas (although they saw a decrease as well).
This decrease in crime in correlation to an increase in gun sales has been a trend over the past twenty years. Gun ownership has skyrocketed by millions and murders have dropped percentage points since the 90’s.