A record 510,000 handguns were sold in the state last year, breaking the previous record of 433,000 in 1993 and doubling the amount sold in 2010. Firearms-related homicides fell to their lowest level in twenty years, and gun-related accidental deaths also went down.
This reflects is a national trend toward reduced violence and increased gun ownership. Gun violence in America is half of what it was twenty years ago, while gun sales reached an all time high in 2012.
These statistics prove yet again that the left’s claim of “more guns, more crime” is nothing more than a political fiction. Places with the toughest gun laws, like Chicago, continue to have some of the highest crime rates in the country. Places where there are almost no gun restrictions, like Vermont, are some of the safest in the country.