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Violent crimes in U.S. down fifth year in a row, says FBI

While advocates of gun control are seeking ways to ban assault weapons, high capacity gun magazines and accessories for such weapons, the facts, as pointed out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, indicate that violent crime in America is on a five year decline. (The FBI’s website is:

However, gun control advocates do not want to let this most recent American tragedy go to waste in the incremental assault on banning guns in the U.S. Overall, violent crime was down in 2011, the most recent year of FBI reporting. The south, the most populous region of the nation, accounted for 41.3 percent of all violent crime. (The Midwest had the least violent crime with 349.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants reported.)

Aggravated assaults accounted for the greatest number of violent crimes, or 62.4 percent.

An interesting sidebar to the FBI report noted that: “Firearms were used in 67.8 percent of the nation’s murders, 41.3 percent of robberies and 21.2 percent of aggravated assaults.” However, it should be noted that 75 percent of gun-related homicides are gang related violence. Further, most gun-related violence occurs in small pockets of metropolitan areas of the nation with populations over 250,000, according to the FBI.

There were 4.7 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, a 1.5 percent decrease from the 2010 rate. Compared with the 2007 rate, the murder rate declined 17.4 percent, and compared with the 2002 rate, the murder rate decreased 16.8 percent. In 2011 murder accounted for 1.2 percent of violent crime in the U.S.

Bottom line: violent crime in America is down by 15.5 percent since 2002.

Murder and non negligent manslaughter in Brainerd was zero as it was in Baxter, according to the FBI. Minneapolis, a city over 250,000, recorded 32 murders in 2011 and our state capital had eight murders.

Compare that to the murders in California, a state with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation: Los Angeles 297, San Francisco 50, Sacramento 36, and San Diego had 38.

New York, the state with the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, had 515 murders in New York City alone.

Conclusion: Murder is widespread in metropolitan areas, not the rest of America. So why place all gun owners in the same box with gang bangers or criminals that roam the streets of our big cities?

Keith Hansen

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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