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Gun-related violent crimes drop as sales soar in Va.
timesdispatch.com ^ | Nov 23, 2012 | Mark Bowes

Posted on 11/27/2012 7:28:03 AM PST by KeyLargo

Gun-related violent crimes drop as sales soar in Va.

BY MARK BOWES | Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 11:20 pm

Gun-related violent crime in Virginia has dropped steadily over the past six years as the sale of firearms has soared to a new record, according to an analysis of state crime data with state records of gun sales.

The total number of firearms purchased in Virginia increased 73 percent from 2006 to 2011. When state population increases are factored in, gun purchases per 100,000 Virginians rose 63 percent.

But the total number of gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent over that period, and when adjusted for population, gun-related offenses dropped more than 27 percent, from 79 crimes per 100,000 in 2006 to 57 crimes in 2011.

The numbers appear to contradict a long-running popular narrative that more guns cause more violent crime, said Virginia Commonwealth University professor Thomas R. Baker, who compared Virginia crime data for those years with gun-dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; firearms; gunsales; virginia

1 posted on 11/27/2012 7:28:12 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

That was actually on the front page of the Richmond Times Dispatch. A lib rag bird cage liner that helped push Kaine into the senate.


2 posted on 11/27/2012 7:30:24 AM PST by albie
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To: KeyLargo

This is just wrong. We should rely on the police to protect us! What about the children? Guns increase global warming! Only the rich have guns! < /sarc>


3 posted on 11/27/2012 7:37:04 AM PST by Gamecock (Bayonets, Benghazi, Balls, Binders, Big Bird, Birth Control, BS.....)
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