FBI has published annual crime data for 2020 and the results are quite worrying.
The data show that in 2020, the rate of violent crime increased by as much as 5.6% compared to the year before, of which the murder rate was higher by 29.4%.
The murder rate was 6.5 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Yet the increase in the homicide rate is nowhere near those numbers from 1968 to the late 1990s, when it was more than 8.0 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Analyzing these statistics and searching for reasons for the increase in violent crime rate, all the circumstances of the year 2020 must certainly be taken into account.
Stop blaming it on law-abiding gun owners
Namely, this is the year in which society went through an unprecedented situation on a global level due to the coronavirus pandemic, followed by economic stressors that are always associated with violent crime.
After the publishment of FBI data, anti-gun radicals automatically found a link between increased gun sales and an increase in the rate of violent crime, despite claims to the contrary by other anti-gun advocates.
Dr. Garen Wintemute of US Davis, an outspoken advocate of the anti-gun policy, found in his research that there was no link between the increase in gun purchases and non-domestic violence.
Regarding the link between increased arms sales and domestic violence, Daniel Webster, the Bloomberg Chair at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Director of the Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy, points out that it cannot be said that law-abiding gun owners are the problem.
In a statement to the Washington Post, Webster noted that it is too early to create any links between increased arms sales to new owners with an increase in the number of shooting deaths.
Webster also commented on the lack of staff in the law enforcement caused by the coronavirus pandemic as well as new strategies and rules that limited active policing as relevant.
These explanations are certainly more reasonable than the concept of a sudden increase in gun violence due to increased arms sales, given that weapons are purchased from federally authorized arms retailers whereby the buyer’s background is checked.
Criminals procure weapons on the black market, the so-called ghost guns that are not registered and are untraceable.
A senior fellow at the Council on Criminal Justice, Thomas Abt told Time Magazine that the rise in crime rates last year did not mean that some new form of crime emerged during the coronavirus pandemic.
Abt explains how there has been an increase in violent behavior among those groups of people and in those places where violence and crime have already taken place.
From the above, we conclude that the increase in the crime rate is a consequence of escalation in the behavior of criminals, and the escalation of their criminal behavior is a consequence of the absence of a deterrent.
To sum up, common sense imposes the conclusion that the increase in gun purchases is only the result of Americans’ concerns about this escalation of violence, which is why they resort to buying guns to protect their families and themselves.