Rising firearms sales equals less crime in Virginia.

The misguided folks who wish to limit or eliminate gun sales believe that their efforts will result in less crime and gun violence. If that were true, we might actually have a legitimate debate on our hands. But the facts state otherwise.

These gun control advocates refuse to acknowledge that even if all guns were outlawed, bad guys would still obtain guns and use them for evil purposes. When repeatedly told that good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns, they have no response. Their motto seems to be, “Never let the facts stand in the way of a good story.”

A recent article on the Fox News website carried the headline: “Virginia Gun Crime Drops, as State’s Firearms Sales Soar.” Of course, we didn’t see that story in the mainstream (i.e. liberal) media because that particular truth goes against their agenda to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens.

The article states that gun sales rose 16 percent to a record 490,119 guns purchased from licensed gun dealers in 2012, according to sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. During that same period, major crimes committed with firearms dropped 5 percent to 4,378.

Thomas R. Baker, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs who specializes in research methods and criminology theory, was quoted as saying, “This appears to be additional evidence that more guns don’t necessarily lead to more crime.

“It’s a quite interesting trend given the current rhetoric about strengthening gun laws and the presumed effect it would have on violent crimes,” he added. “While you can’t conclude from this that tougher laws wouldn’t reduce crime even more, it really makes you question if making it harder for law-abiding people to buy a gun would have any effect on crime.”

In some states including California, stricter gun laws are coming. What effect do you think those laws will have on crime? Do you believe that gun control will reduce crime and gun violence, or do you feel it will actually make mass murders worse because no one will be able to stop a madman with a gun until law enforcement arrives on the scene? I’d really like to hear what you think about this subject.



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