07 April 2014

But What About The Wild West?

And blood running in the streets?

The University of Alaska Anchorage's Justice Center looks at crime data in the state, and recently, the center published a fact sheet looking at crime data compiled by local law enforcement and the FBI from 1985 until 2012.

The data focused on three types of violent crimes: homicide, burglary and aggravated assault.

Researcher Khristy Parker said some of the results about weapons were not quite what they expected.

"The proportion of crimes committed with firearms is decreasing. The amount committed with knives or cutting instruments has increased almost three fold," Parker said. (emphasis added)

So with "Constitutional carry", meaning that anyone who is legally able to purchase a firearm can carry one, openly or concealed, and practically everyone does.

And yet, "[t]he proportion of crimes committed with firearms  is decreasing."

It's so simple, it takes a politician to screw it up. :)


Old NFO said...

OF course facts do nothing to impact 'emotions'... Obviously we are wrong... sigh

PioneerPreppy said...

I have to take crime stats with a pill these days. Since what was it 2010 or so when the stats showed a decrease in violent crime in most major cities but an increase in smaller cities and rural areas I have been convinced they are simply not reporting correctly.

Remember all the bodies they reported as finding in Detroit alone?

It doesn't invalidate your point of course.

Rev. Paul said...

Of course we're wrong, NFO; we think firearm ownership is a good thing, so clearly we're dangerous ... or something.

Preppy, I understand. National statistics are subject to way too many layers of "massaging" by way too many officials, before they ever make it to the NCIC, or FBI, or Alphabet Bureau du Jour. At least the local numbers are arguably closer to the original source.