56% of Americans Have The Wrong Idea About Gun Crime

Did you know that the gun homicide rate has fallen by 49% in the past 20 years? The rate for gun related crime not labeled homicide has fallen by a shocking 79%.

Despite having these findings readily available to anyone willing to search for it, according the a new Pew Research Center Survey, more than 56% of Americans believe that gun related crime and gun homicides has gone up. 12% of Americans believe it has gone down, and 26% of Americans believe it has stayed the same. You can view the full report here.

Gun homicides and violent crime overall has been decreasing since the early 1990’s.

Gun Homicide Rate Declines By Half Since 1993 Peak

Then people ask “But what about all of the mass shootings?!”

Actually, mass shootings make up less than 1% of gun homicides. Mass shootings are a matter of great public interest, therefore people follow them just as heavily as they do other major news stories.

Mass Shootings Capture Public Interest

 

Now let’s look at the INCREASE in gun ownership since 1993 to compare our data. View the full article Two Recent Studies Confirm Gun Control’s Worst Nightmare: More Guns Equals Less Crime on TheExaminer.

20 year trend shows crime rates on decline as gun ownership rises

 

Here is a chart I thought would be fun to throw in, so why not? This chart shows gun ownership DECREASED and crime INCREASED.

So what’s the problem? The problem is that more than half of our country’s population believe that gun violence is increasing with gun ownership even though studies prove that is not the case. More legal gun owners DECREASE gun related crime because it gives criminals a reason to fear what consequences their decision will bring.

The problem lies with the media. Our media is creating false perception for each event and sadly, perception seems to beat the facts. Especially when it comes to a crowd that refuses to research for themselves.

More Women Seeking Florida Concealed Carry Licenses

Due to the recent and upcoming changes in gun laws, more Florida women are seeking to get their concealed carry licenses. According to The Florida Times Union, numbers have nearly doubled in the past decade. 

More and more women are choosing to get their concealed carry permits each year. New data from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shows that 1,240,430 people held valid state Concealed Weapon/Firearms Licenses as of March 31, 2014. Out of that total, 276,386 women now have their concealed carry license in the state. Just 10 years ago, only 48,316 out of 324,236 had their license to carry. That means in 2004, only 14.9% of women had their permits. Now, 22.2% of women in the state have their license to carry and the number is still increasing.

People are in fear that they will one day lose their 2nd amendment right and the government will make it harder for them to purchase or legally carry a gun. Not to mention, the constant bickering that goes on about gun-control ultimately gets people interested. When someone doesn’t have an opinion, in most cases they want to learn. Also look at NRAWomen.TV, a website that features shows such as Armed and Fabulous and Love at First Shot. 

All in all, I believe women are finally getting motivated by self-defense. 

About 79 percent of firearms retailers nationwide reported an increase in female customers in 2012 over 2011, the most recent NSSF data shows. Meanwhile, the number of women participating in target shooting increased 67 percent, while those participating in hunting went up 43 percent from 2003 to 2012, according to the National Sporting Goods Association’s most recent statistics.

-Teresa Stepzinski with Florida Times Union

Basics: Range and Gun in Orange Park, FL has recently dedicated Thursday nights to ladies after seeing that nearly 50% of their shooters were women. Needless to say, it has been a huge success!

PHOTOS OF LADIES NIGHT

More women are taking a stand each day towards executing their right to bear arms. Will you?