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Friday, December 21, 2012

Gun-related violent crimes drop as sales soar in VA

"While there is a wealth of academic literature attempting to demonstrate the relationship between guns and crime, a very simple and intuitive demonstration of the numbers seems to point away from the premise that more guns leads to more crime, at least in Virginia," says Virginia Commonwealth University professor Thomas R. Baker. While the total number of firearms purchased in Virginia increased 73 percent from 2006 to 2011, the total number of gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent over that period. When adjusted for population, gun-related offenses dropped more than 27 percent, from 79 crimes per 100,000 in 2006 to 57 crimes in 2011.


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