Latest FBI Crime Stats Don’t Support Gun Control

The latest FBI crime statistics are out. The usual suspects are poring over the data, looking for justification for their anti-gun agenda. The resulting spin is nothing less than dizzying. For example, the chart above — created by our good friends at The Trace — shows that the criminal use of rifles has declined both generally and as a percentage of the types of firearms used in crimes. Now you and I would look at that and conclude . . .

that the data doesn’t support gun control advocates’ ongoing campaign to ban “assault rifles” (setting aside the irrelevance of any data given Americans’ Second Amendment protections). The Trace has a different take . . .

It’s not surprising that handgun homicides account for most of the elevation in the national murder rates over the past two years. Following a sea change in the legal gun market, as gun companies cater to those who buy weapons to defend themselves from other people, the supply of handguns to the black market has also expanded.

Once again, criminals use handguns because they’re easy to conceal. Full stop. Anything suggesting anything else is either delusional, willfully ignorant or anti-gun rights agenda-driven.

Speaking of “assault rifle” regulation, there’s one in place in California. In fact, the Golden State has more and more unconstitutional gun control laws than any other state. So how’s that working out for them?

FBI: Violent crime up in California and US for 2nd straight year the headline at sfgate.com proclaims, careful to add “and the US” to ameliorate the failure of the state’s law enforcement and gun control regime.

Talk about spin; the news org doesn’t reveal the actual rise (4.1 percent) until the twelfth paragraph. And before that, yup, you guessed it, there’s a shot at President Trump.

But the recent jumps, while prompting concern and a search for causes, do not reflect a picture of spiraling lawlessness suggested by some observers, criminologists said. President Trump earlier this year falsely claimed the U.S. murder rate had surged to its highest level in nearly 50 years.

Violent crime and property crime rates, instead, were uneven across the Bay Area and the country, with some local jurisdictions reporting falling numbers year-to-year, and nearly all of them seeing crime rates that are well off the historical highs of decades ago.

Here’s the only bit where “reporter” Evan Sernoffsky focuses on the surge in violent crime.

In the region’s largest city, San Jose, violent crime went up 13 percent from 2015 to 2016 and homicides rose from 30 to 47. San Jose, though, remains relatively safe among big cities.

Fail. Epic fail. Epic gun control fail. Violent crime is up in every major city with “strict” (i.e. unconstitutional) gun control. Check out this lipstick on a pig headline: FBI: Violent crime up in Seattle and Washington in 2016, but murders specifically down. Or this: How some local law enforcement agencies are making headway in reducing violent crimes.

Violent crime is up. As usual, cities with gangs and gun control are spearheading the rise. Gun rights restoration alone may not solve the problem, but it’s clear that gun control is not the solution. As if you didn’t know.

comments

  1. avatar Ironhead says:

    Im shocked…… not really.
    The Trace is a joke. Kommiefornia is a bigger joke. The is no such thing as a reporter in the msm. Reporters report the news. They dont make it up. They are nothing but fiction story tellers now.

  2. avatar Shire-man says:

    They never have.
    I wonder if anyone at The Trace has red pilled themselves with all the data they see. It’s impossible that none have unless they are honest to goodness true believers willing to dunk their heads into a cooler of Jones-Aid.

    The biggest threat to the antis always has been and always will be truth in data.

  3. avatar Deja Who? says:

    Another post about these ‘tards? It’s turning into “The Trace About Guns” around here!

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      As my Daddy liked to say, “No effort is entirely worthless. It can always be used as a bad example.”

      In countering the lies promoted by the anti-Second Amendment groups it is extremely helpful to be able to recognize those lies when you hear them and understand the spin they have put on the facts, not just the facts themselves.

      Those of us who occasionally get mired in such anti-gun arguments but do not have the time or experience to search out and fisk this sort of propaganda appreciate the effort TTAG puts into refuting anti-gun claims.

  4. avatar Geoff PR says:

    Take a look at that chart.

    The crime started steadily rising in 2009, through 2015.

    Who was in running the country during that time period?

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      Map the “gun violence” and it will fall directly within the BLUE areas.

      http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/05/11/report-donald-trump-to-hang-portrait-of-electoral-college-landslide-in-white-house/

      Run the calendar forward or back, it doesn’t change.

  5. avatar Swarf says:

    How was that a “shot” at Trump?

    They mentioned one of his numerous and ongoing lies in a way that was completely relevant to the article.

    When it’s gotten to the point that you think any thing that mentions your guy is a shot, including factual quotes, it’s time to do some deep thinking on whether he should really be your guy any more.

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      You get woke to ohole first before you cast a stone. Liberal POS (D) are the problem. The areas with increased violence are AS HAS ALWAYS BEEN, centered in the gravity wells that are the liberal, progressive, socialist, communist, globalist, global-climate-change POS (D) MFs that all attempted to cheat the vote and Hillocrap still lost because you all’ll never wake up. LOOK AT THE RED V. BLUE VOTING MAP.

      Where there’s BLUE, you have evil POS (D) in purposefully constructed dangerous clots where the predominance (you don’t have to even study it, you just have to LOOK) if not THE ENTIRETY of “gun violence” exists BECAUSE I GUARANTEE NO STUPID MF GUN-BRABBER EVER CAME TO THE HEARTLAND TO STUDY ANYTHING, OR THEIR ASS WOULD LIKELY BE HANGING FROM A POWER POLE.

        1. avatar Joe R. says:

          It’s not even “notional” it’s a one-for-one overlay.

    2. avatar Danny Dillond says:

      I hear over and over again about “his lies” but no one ever tells me any of these “lies”. I call B.S.

  6. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    Civilian disarmament proponents can’t let facts,statistics,logic and truth get in the way of their BS.

  7. avatar Nanashi says:

    Weapons>Table 12 for those who want the raw weapon data.

    1. avatar David says:

      Table 12 for sure. Also notice in Table 12 a few of these thoughts.
      Number of deaths by rifle – 272
      Number of deaths by knife – 1584
      Number of deaths by hands, fist, feet – 626
      It’s so hard to add hand guns to this because a huge number of the hand gun deaths are done by either gangs or the standard “we don’t care about inner city black kids killing black kids” statistic. And to me that is one of the saddest statistics. How can you simply let these kids go on day after day killing each other and argue about “assault rifles” all the time?

      And to boot, the people creating the laws are people like Senator Kevin De Leon that held up a “ghost rifle” and explained how each clip magazine holds 30 rounds of 30 calibur ammo and fires those 30 rounds in a half a second. 30 rounds in a half second!! He said this more than once so it wasn’t just a quick screw up on words. This idiot, De Leon, holds up rifle and gives it a name “ghost rifle”. Not True At All. BTW De Leon, what makes a gun a “Ghost gun” is not the type of weapon but any weapon that has had it’s serial number removed. Then he says it is a “30 calibur” weapon. FASLE! The he says it has a “magazine clip”. No such item in this world. It is called a magazine. And then says, again numerous times, that it goes through 30 rounds in one half of a second. UN FRIGGIN REAL!!!!! I wish I could get my hands on that rifle. These idiots should get an education on the subject matter they are taking on instead of making crap up.

      At one time Sears and Roebuck catalouge had 30 pages of firearms you could buy from. Send them the money in an envelope and they sent you a gun. Schools had safety classes on guns and students broguth their hunting rifles to school hanging in the rear window of their truck. We need to think about what has changed to cause these types of shootings. Not just try and ban everything that you can use to kill another person with. Whats next, kinifes, cars, hands and feet???

      I can guarantee you that is somehow, some way the government gets it’s way and some how bans rifles, the next thing they will have to ban is every item involved in making home made bombs. Maybe they could fix issues instead of banning things to make someone feel all good about themselves.

  8. avatar bobo says:

    There is a real reason for crime to be up in cali!!

    the gov signed bills into law that let out the criminals early and lowered the sentences– prop 47

    so guess what! They heard that across the nation and now come here to commit crimes and get off easy!!!!

    1. avatar rt66paul says:

      Since Ca has a higher percentage of people in prison than any other state and maybe country, we should give all the people that want to end thier terms a bus ticket to your state, like some many did in the 50s and 60s to send thier troublemakers to Ca(they called it 66ing someone)

  9. avatar Ing says:

    “Following a sea change in the legal gun market, as gun companies cater to those who buy weapons to defend themselves from other people, the supply of handguns to the black market has also expanded.”

    Let’s try something here… Following a sea change in the clothing market, as fashion designers cater to women who buy clothing to appeal to other people, the number of women supplying sex to rapists has also expanded.

    Silly me, I thought we weren’t supposed to blame the victims.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Ing wins the Intertubez this month!

  10. avatar Brandan says:

    Crime is up, we plebs need “common sense gun safety measures” for our own good; crime is down and its “what do you need a gun for?”

    My other favorite dichotomy: “guns are horrifying, death machines…but you serfs couldn’t possibly use one to effectively defend yourself…you racist”

  11. avatar Wanderingninja says:

    Wait. So we use guns to liberate ourselves from British rule, then we make it law that men have the right to bear arms to keep ourselves from being the subjects of tyranny in the future… then we have a few random nut jobs try and wack political leaders so everybody has to undergo background checks…. then I have to lose my gun rights because liberal rat politicians… and now they still make us jump through hoops to protect our loved ones… right… sounds fair.. I’ll just wait 5 minutes till the cops show up, maybe the home invaders will like some coffee. Yeah, we can all sit on the couch and watch the fooseball players kneel. What in the actual heck is wrong with our country right now? Did I miss something?

    1. avatar RMS1911 says:

      5 minutes?
      Do you live next door to the police station?

    2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      What is actually wrong with our nation?

      For starters, mild-mannered decent people are mild-mannered and decent to a fault.

      Second of all, a LOT of people have no timeless, transcendent standard of right and wrong.

      I will leave it at that for now.

  12. avatar Lhstr says:

    Gun control is so BS. Same ppl named PLANNED PERANTHOOD. Is that a nice name, its really Plan Baby Killing period. Same rules, same ppl. Sicko’s……

    1. avatar RMS1911 says:

      Planned infanticide is too on the nose.

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