Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Legal gun sales go up, and illegal activity goes down.

Written By: Bob - Aug• 05•13

I’m sure that the one thing has nothing to do with the other:

Amid calls nationwide for stricter gun control laws, Virginia is experiencing a unique trend: the state’s gun-related crime is declining but firearms sales are increasing.

Firearms 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 the same period, major crimes committed with firearms dropped 5 percent to 4,378.

“This appears to be additional evidence that more guns don’t necessarily lead to more crime,” said 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.

Does this come as a shock to anyone at all? As more people carry concealed weapons, criminals with even a hint of self preservation are moving from violent crime to property crimes that run a lesser risk of a violent response.

Criminals are also grasping that if they aren’t armed during the commission or capture of a crime, that they will face lesser sentences when captured.

This isn’t rocket science, and is far closer to common sense. This is only new to me, in that it seems to be big news to the chattering class.

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  1. Katherine says:

    “A unique trend?” As James Taranto would say, Fox Butterfield, is that you? Crime declining as citizens are more able to defend themselves is entirely logical.

    • Steve Skubinna says:

      I too keyed on the word “unique.” It’s unique only if you ignore what has happened in every state that has loosened CCW laws.

    • Joel C says:

      Ah, you guys beat me to it. Yeah, either that word doesn’t mean what the author thinks it means, or he/she’s never read any John Lott.