With an estimated 400 million firearms, the U.S. truly has more guns than anywhere in the world, especially when firearms per capita is considered. While any red-blooded American celebrates this number, the left claims that it is responsible for all the ills of society. But, as John R. Lott, who heads the Crime Prevention Research Center reveals, less than 0.1% of those guns are used in crime any given year.
“The National Crime Victimization Survey, in the latest year that it is available, 2019, shows that firearms were used 440,830 incidents for rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults (Table 25). The FBI Uniform Crime Reports shows that firearms were used in 10,258 murders. Some put the number of gun in the US at around 400 million, if you assume that on average each criminal firearm is used in two different crimes, a definite underestimate, only about 0.056% of firearms are used in a crime in any given year. Over 20 years and assuming that none of those guns were again used in another crime, that would imply that 1.1% of guns were used in a crime. Presumably, many of these crime guns would be used over and over again so that is again a definite overestimate.”
This research is sure to infuriate the gun control lobby. Their entire narrative is that guns are bad, and that the more guns there are, the more crime and murder will occur. That just simply isn’t true. The reality is that more guns equals less crime, and that gun owners are the most law-abiding citizens in America.