Gun Sales Up, Gun Crimes Down

As gun control advocates take continually new routes and approaches to restricting the Second Amendment, it’s important to remember, as the National Shooting Sports Foundation points out, that the numbers are well on the side of the Constitution.

The infographic below shows that violent crimes in the United States is continuing its downward trend, even as the firearms market sees more and more growth, despite how most mainstream news media portray the situation.

From the NSSF:

“Looking at the infographic below, one thing is clear; punishing the law-abiding firearms owners in the U.S. and the federally-regulated firearms and ammunition industry for the criminal acts of terrorists and madmen cannot be justified by data. These pictures are worth a 1,000 words.”

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As the graphics show, even though there have been more high-profile shootings in recent years, homicides with firearms are actually down by an incredible 43 percent between 1991 and 2014, while other firearm crimes are were down by 70 percent during the same period.

During the same time frame, the number of cumulative firearms to market went from less than 20 million in 1993 to nearly 140 million in 2014.

But that’s not all—the numbers show that gun safety education efforts over the past decades are having an effect, and that the number of firearms present in society doesn’t make accidents more likely. In fact, just the opposite seems to be true. Today, the annual number of unintentional firearm-related fatalities is down 82 percent from a high of 3,200 in 1929 and 1930.