The FBI Uniform Crime Report was released on Monday but you likely didn’t hear anything about it. It’s because it doesn’t fit the narrative of the mainstream anti-gun media and lobby.
Especially in an election year with a very anti-gun pair on the ticket.
However, murders were down. Violent crime was down as well.
For the third consecutive year, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased when compared with the previous year’s statistics, according to FBI figures released today. In 2019, violent crime was down 0.5% from the 2018 number. Property crimes also dropped 4.1%, marking the 17th consecutive year the collective estimates for these offenses declined.
How could this be? Gun ownership was rising at the same time.
Self defense was also on the rise, though, which does tend to jive with gun ownership increasing.
Armed private citizens fatally shot more people in self-defense last year than previous years, continuing an upward trend, according to data released in the FBI 2019 Uniform Crime Report
While all the talk and legislation centers around rifles and/or semi-automatic "assault weapons", handguns were largely involved in gun related violence.
According to the FBI, last year saw an estimated total of 13,927 murders, of which 10,258 involved firearms. But of all those slayings, rifles of any kind (including semi-autos, lever- and bolt-actions, and single-shots) were identified as the murder weapon in only 364 cases. Shotguns were identified as the weapon of choice in 200 other cases.
You were more likely to die by stabbing than being shot by someone with an AR-15 or "assault weapon".