September 22, 2019

Guns in the Home: Do They Really Lead to More Crime?

In the wake of the recent mass terror attacks in Aurora, Colorado, and Newtown, Connecticut, gun control has quickly returned to the public eye as one of the most polarizing political and social issues in America.

But is regulating the sale and ownership of firearms really the solution to the “gun violence” problem?”

Here’s what the facts say:

Gun ownership is increasing

Data from the FBI’s Instant Criminal Background Check System shows that background checks for legal guns is at a 14-year high. While you can’t make a positive 1:1 correlation between background check and firearm sale, this is strong circumstantial evidence that gun ownership is on the rise.

Furthermore, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tracks gun data under the National Firearms Act – which controls and taxes many of the country’s most dangerous weapons. According to the most recent data, 1.1 million regulated firearms were processed in 2012 – an all-time high.

Finally, a 2011 Gallup survey revealed that gun ownership in America is climbing. According to the findings, 47 percent of Americans reported owning a gun “in their home or elsewhere on their property” – the highest percentage of gun ownership recorded by Gallup since 1993.

Based on these facts, it’s fairly evident that gun ownership is increasing in America.

The homicide rate is decreasing

According to gun control proponents, an increase in guns has a direct correlation with an increase in gun crime.

However, while guns ownership is soaring, the homicide rate is not. Consider the following:

  • The murder rate was 9.3 per 100,000 people in 1992.
  • By 2000, the murder rate had declined to 5.6 per 100,000 people.
  • By 2011, the murder rate had shriveled to 4.7 per 100,000 people – almost a 50 percent decline from 1992 numbers.
  • According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, gun murders have declined annually from 2006 to 2011.

As you can see, the facts clearly indicate that, while gun ownership has increased significantly, gun murders have actually declined. There is absolutely no evidence to support the notion that regulation and restriction of firearms will reduce gun violence at all.

The simple truth is this: guns are not capable of harming people on their own. Millions of honorable American citizens carry guns legally for hunting, target shooting and other lawful purposes. However, most gun holders cite self-defense and home protection as their primary impetus for buying a gun.

As a matter of fact, gun-owning homeowners who have an alarm system installed likely will never even have to fire their weapons for self-defense purposes. The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association found that 9 out of 10 convicted burglars said they would steer clear of homes equipped with a security system.

If you own a weapon for self-defense, consider investing in an alarm system as an extra layer of defense for your home and family. Reputable home security vendors, such as SelectHomeSecurity.com, offer protection packages suitable for all budgets and lifestyles.