FBI Report: Violent Crime Down, Self-Defense Up, and Justified Homicides Up

According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR), armed citizens justifiably fatally shot 334 people in 2019, which was an increase in the number of justifiable homicides from 317 and 313 in 2018 and 2017, respectively. However, the number of justifiable homicides by police officers declined during the same period.


The FBI noted that the number of suspects killed by private citizens equals that of suspects fatally shot by the police. The FBI also indicated that the rates of violent crimes fell by 0.5% from 2018, while property crimes decreased by 4.1% for the 17th year in a row.


Contrarily, the report noted that while crime continued to fall, gun ownership increased during this period. This is contrary to what gun control activists claim that more firearm ownership leads to increased crime.


Out of 13,927 murders committed, 10,258 involved firearms. Rifles “of any kind" were used in just 364 cases and shotguns in just 200 cases.

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Data from 2018 shows that there were 10,445 gun-related homicides out of 14,446 deaths recorded that year. Rifles of any kind contributed to 305 deaths, while shotguns were used in 237 murders. In 2016, the total number of people killed was 15,355, a steady decline of 1,428 within three years.


The FBI UCR data shows that 1,476 people were killed using knives, more than double the number of people killed using rifles, including the "assault weapons." Blunt instruments were used in the murder of 397 Americans. Another 597 people were choked, stomped, or beaten to death – more than the number of people killed using rifles.


This data contradicts gun control activists’ claim that “assault weapons” are responsible for most deaths.

Unidentified firearms caused the deaths of 3,281 people in 2019, compared to 3,056 in 2018.


Handguns remain the most popular firearm for self-defense, with armed citizens using pistols to stop criminals 237 times. Similarly, police used handguns to kill criminals 248 times.


Despite having the strictest gun laws in the country, California recorded more firearm-related homicides (1,679) than Texas (1,379). Criminals in the Golden State used firearms to commit 1,142 murders, compared to 1,064 in the Lone Star State. Handguns remained the preferred weapon of choice for criminals in both California (762) and Texas (1064).


Evidently, this data does not support most of the policies suggested by gun control. Unfortunately, they would not be sincere to accept the facts and shift their efforts towards solutions that improve public safety. Banning "assault weapons" remains the priority for Dems despite such weapons causing fewer fatalities than choking, beating, or stomping people to death.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.


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