If you listen to the hysterical shrieking regularly emanating from Shannon Watts and her action-demanding maternal types – and really, why would you? – you could be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that crimes involving guns and what Evolve terms ‘dumbassery’ with firearms has never been worse in these fifty-seven United States. Of course, spreading that disinformation is very much to the advantage of the denizens of the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex. After all, that’s what keeps the media attention and, by extension, the dollars flowing. On the other side of the coin, to read the comments on this site and others, you could also come to the conclusion that gun owners walk out the door each morning kitted up for the inevitable Thunderdome-like struggle to make it through the day’s inevitable attacks and assaults . . .
The truth, as the following infographic illustrates for you visual learners out there, is somewhere in between. So take a minute to comb through the data compiled by criminaljusticedegreehub.com and see where your area ranks in terms of murders, rapes, assaults and robberies.
Anyone who’s been paying attention in the last decade or so knows that the frequency of those crimes has been falling fairly precipitously since the early 90’s, but it can help to see it laid out in living color. And the fact that this drop in bad behavior has coincided with a historic expansion of concealed carry rights and gun ownership nation-wide is – ahem – probably just a happy coincidence.
As reassuring as the numbers may be in the aggregate, if you watch your local nightly news, you know that doesn’t mean that you no longer need to avail yourself of your natural, civil, constitutionally guaranteed right to armed self defense. But maybe you’ll sleep a little better knowing what’s what. Unless you live in Flint, Detroit or Oakland, that is.