Gun Crimes Drop, Gun Purchases Rise

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | May 8, 2013 | 9:05 AM EDT

The number of annual background checks for gun purchases has increased by 114 percent since 1999, the first full year the FBI began keeping track of such data.

In 1999, there were 9,138,123 background checks for gun purchases completed by the FBI's instant check system.

In 2012, the latest full year of data, there were 19,592,303 background checks; an increase of 114 percent.

"Right Views" reported yesterday that the number of firearm related-homicides have declined 39 percent over the course of 18 years in the United States.

The number of nonfatal firearm crimes has decreased 69 percent in the same time period.

So, firearm-related homicides have dropped significantly since 1993, while firearm purchases have more than doubled since 1999.

This seems to make a compelling argument for "more guns, less crime."

See more "Right Views, Right Now."

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