18 Little-Known Gun Facts That Prove That Guns Make Us Safer

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Glock - Photo by SoCalBrandonThe American people deserve to know the truth about gun control.  Passing strict gun control laws will not make us all safer.  In fact, as you will read about below, even a study conducted at Harvard found that the more guns a nation has the less crime it tends to have.  In other words, there is a very strong positive correlation between more guns and less crime.  This is the exact opposite of what the mainstream media would have us believe, but it makes sense.  You see, the reality is that criminals really, really, really don’t want to get shot.  When you pass strict gun control laws, you take the fear of getting shot away and criminals tend to flourish.  Just look at what is going on in America today.  The places with the highest crime rates are the major cities where strict gun control laws have been passed.  In some of those cities the police are so overwhelmed that they have announced that they simply won’t even bother responding to certain kinds of crime anymore.  The truth is that the government cannot protect us adequately, and that is one reason why millions of preppers are arming themselves and gun sales have been setting new records year after year.  Unfortunately, the mainstream media and many of our politicians seem absolutely obsessed with trying to restrict our constitutional right to own guns.  They are waging a relentless campaign to try to convince the American people that guns are bad.  But is that actually the case?  Of course not.  The following are 18 little-known gun facts that prove that guns make us safer…


#1 Over the past 20 years, gun sales have absolutely exploded, but homicides with firearms are down 39 percent during that time and “other crimes with firearms” are down 69 percent.

#2 A study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy discovered that nations that have more guns tend to have less crime.

#3 The nine European nations with the lowest rate of gun ownership rate have a combined murder rate that is three times greater than the nine European nation with the highest rate of gun ownership.

#4 Almost every mass shooting that has occurred in the United States since 1950 has taken place in a state with strict gun control laws

With just one exception, every public mass shooting in the USA since at least 1950 has taken place where citizens are banned from carrying guns. Despite strict gun regulations, Europe has had three of the worst six school shootings.

#5 The United States is #1 in the world in gun ownership, and yet it is only 28th in the world in gun murders per 100,000 people.

#6 The violent crime rate in the United States actually fell from 757.7 per 100,000 in 1992 to 386.3 per 100,000 in 2011.  During that same time period, the murder rate fell from 9.3 per 100,000 to 4.7 per 100,000.

#7 Approximately 200,000 women in the United States use guns to protect themselves against sexual crime every single year.

#8 Overall, guns in the United States are used 80 times more often to prevent crime than they are to take lives.

#9 The number of unintentional fatalities due to firearms declined by 58 percent between 1991 and 2011.

#10 Despite the very strict ban on guns in the UK, the overall rate of violent crime in the UK is about 4 times higher than it is in the United States.  In one recent year, there were 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000 people in the UK.  In the United States, there were only 466 violent crimes per 100,000 people during that same year.  Do we really want to be more like the UK?

#11 The UK has approximately 125 percent more rape victims per 100,000 people each year than the United States does.

#12 The UK has approximately 133 percent more assault victims per 100,000 people each year than the United States does.

#13 The UK has the fourth highest burglary rate in the EU.

#14 The UK has the second highest overall crime rate in the EU.

#15 Down in Australia, gun murders increased by about 19 percent and armed robberies increased by about 69 percent after a gun ban was instituted.

#16 The city of Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States.  So has this reduced crime?  Of course not.  As I wrote about recently, the murder rate in Chicago was about 17 percent higher in 2012 than it was in 2011, and Chicago is now considered to be “the deadliest global city“.  If you can believe it, there were about as many murders in Chicago during 2012 as there was in the entire nation of Japan.

#17 After the city of Kennesaw, Georgia passed a law requiring every home to have a gun, the crime rate dropped by more than 50 percent over the course of the next 23 years and there was an 89% decline in burglaries.

#18 According to Gun Owners of America, the governments of the world slaughtered more than 170 million of their own people during the 20th century.  The vast majority of those people had been disarmed by their own governments prior to being slaughtered.

Sadly, you rarely hear any facts like these on the mainstream news networks.  Instead, they give countless amounts of air time to the radicals that are obsessed with gun control.

And did you know that there is now an official propaganda manual that has been put out for gun control advocates?  This manual actually encourages gun control advocates to emotionally exploit major shooting incidents to advance the cause of gun control…

Democratic strategists have drafted a how-to manual on manipulating the public’s emotions toward gun control in the aftermath of a major shooting.

“A high-profile gun-violence incident temporarily draws more people into the conversation about gun violence,” asserts the guide. “We should rely on emotionally powerful language, feelings and images to bring home the terrible impact of gun violence.”

The 80-page document titled “Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging,” also urges gun-control advocates use images of frightening-looking guns and shooting scenes to make their point.

“The most powerful time to communicate is when concern and emotions are running at their peak,” the guide insists. “The debate over gun violence in America is periodically punctuated by high-profile gun violence incidents including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, the Trayvon Martin killing, Aurora and Oak Creek. When an incident such as these attracts sustained media attention, it creates a unique climate for our communications efforts.”

You can read the rest of that manual right here.

So will those pushing gun control win, or will the American people be able to see through the propaganda and insist on keeping their constitutional right to bear arms?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

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  • KLDimond

    It’s going to be a close call, whether the death pushers (gun control fanatics) or the survival-and-safety minded (gun users) win out. I’m sure the “war” will never be won, and we’ll keep having to take ground against those who want us disarmed for probably not wholesome reasons.
    The worst mistake gun owners make is playing defense. I hope it’s not too late for stronger political offensives against gun grabbers.

  • im4truth4all

    I’m sure Hilliare Belloc had in mind the democratic party when he stated “It is a nice question whether stupidity or ignorance play the greater role in human affairs.”.

  • K

    There is no question the gun rights side should win. But so much of this Country is rigged, and people are bought off. It is truly a very close call. For me the decision is simple, From my cold dead hands.

    • disqus_Hk6bAV5M1R

      Naw…..From my live warm hands I will throw it very VERY hard when it is empty.

  • Graham

    The UK statistics are utterly shocking. You can add two deaths in Scotland (by firearm) due to what occurred a few days ago. The accused was a licensed gun owner.

    America, keep your legitamate guns! When handled responsibly, they are clearly a crime deterrent. There is a very clear history when countries bring in strict gun laws.

    What’s worse… the murder rate you have now, or the type of stats the UK has because the right to self defence with “adequate” protection is highly restricted?

    With less Police on the streets of America, who ya gonna call if attacked “UK” style? I believe there is a group of 10,000 plus in the UK who are lobbying for gun ownership to be legalised again.

    • Truthbug

      10,000 plus for intelligent gun action in UK? Let’s hope for more very soon! Let us also hope Brits learn Powerful Defensive Weapons (you know, auto-loaders with large magazines) are for every citizen. How simple can it be?

      • Graham

        Not very simple when the powers hat desire gun control have little interest in the genuine safety of the people, unless of course their “forces” are providing the protection.

        Whilst they talk endlessly about “health and safety”, they contradict themselves at multiple levels and angles, but your average information consumer seems incapable of joining the dots.

        The reality in the UK may well be that too many in “authority” would be taken out within a month, if what you are suggesting was encouraged and legalised.

  • seth datta

    Canada and Switzerland have widespread gun ownership and do not have the same crime stats as the US. Thus, the answer is not criminalising gun ownership, which the current administrations seem awfully keen on. I wonder why??

    • Graham

      Switzerland is a very good example for Americans to research. Perhaps the “elite” banking fraternity consider firearms to be mandatory as many of them likely ensure their children are educated there.

      Must find out if Switzerland do GMO and fluoride in the water. I would highly doubt it, but I stand to be proven wrong. Funny how they are militarily neutral and the Vatican uses Swiss guards to protect the Pontif and his 50 miles of sealed vaults.

    • Sabido Robles

      They don’t have the burden of wetbacks and black subhumans in their population that the USA does. The USA doesn’t need gun control, it needs ni99er control!

  • A.S.

    The proper response when such school shootings occur would be to sue the pharmaceutical company for making the drug the killer was on and the doctor who prescribed it. Most likely if the shooter was in proper counseling and on natural remedies the shooting would never have occurred. But we all know that the media, government and pharmaceuticals are in an evil partnership which glorifies a pill for every problem. Are there any honest lawyers out there that will sue every pharmaceutical in the planet for all the evils they brought upon us?

    • SontauranEmpire

      In fairness, they have come up with a lot of cures. The real solution is to have armed teachers, or at least the principal and a security guard. Every major shooting minus one since 1950 has occurred in a gun-free (helpless-victim) zone. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/335739/facts-about-mass-shootings-john-fund

    • desert dweller

      It doesn’t take an honest lawyer…(there are none) it just takes a greedy one!

  • Reality_Seeker

    The bottom line is it doesn’t matter how many gun deaths occur. There could be one mass shooting per day, and it still would not change my natural right to defend myself with a gun.

    It doesn’t matter how many busses and cars full of school kids die, I still have a right to own and drive a car. Driving is not a privilege, because I have a natural right to travel and privately own the means to do so no matter how many kids die on the road.

    It doesn’t matter how many divorces there are; the divorce rate could be 100% and the country could be full of broken families, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get married to whom I want or that I need to be licensed to do so.

    On and on go the examples of government meddling in private affairs by telling the amerikan subjects what they can and cannot do.

    The ignorant masses have duped themselves into believing that the government is the all powerful daddy…..

    • Gregg Sheehan

      While I mostly agree with you, I think that you do have to get a licence to be married, similarly to drive a car.

      • Reality_Seeker

        Yes, the amerikan serfs are required to acquire a license from the Kafkaesque bureaucracy for a myriad of normal, day-to-day activities, including marriage; and that’s my glaringly evident point.

        Gun control is not needed; marriage control is not needed; at this juncture in history what’s desperately needed most of all is government control.

        Cancer never stops at 20, 30, 40…..or 90 percent. Cancer— like governmental gun control— and like government in and of itself—will never stop advancing unless and until the host is either dead or the cancer is put into remission.

        By the way, if you think the best path to a safe community is by way of a governmental license to own a gun, get married, drive a car, et al., you are a victim of specious-rhetoric-peddling collectivists. Don’t allow the collectivists to prey on you by injecting your mind with fear and/or intimidation. No! Don’t be a dimwitted sucker.

        There is a better way.

      • SontauranEmpire

        To be completely right, you have to have a license to drive a car on a government-owned road. Additionally, a more forgotten clause is that driving (moving people or goods for profit) is restricted, while traveling is not. Unfortunately, that falls flat in court most of the time.

      • Oldephardt

        Why, then, do some people think that proper voting ID is bad ? You need ID to buy certain items, to cash a check, to gain admission to an airport and so on, you have to sign for prescriptions while having ID at the voting place will certainly help fight the massive voter fraud the past two presidential elections have brought….

  • Peter

    If you could reference .gov websites for statistics, that would be great. As far as any skeptics are concerned, what are presented as facts here could be invented figures. I’d like to see proper references from reliable unbiased sources.

    • Wayne Terrio

      So you trust the government? WHAT…? Do you pay attention to ALL the scandals and Lies that they are caught up in on a daily basis….they are stripping away your constitutional rights by the day to the point you/we can no longer say or do anything about it without being detained indefinitely….and all under the guise that it is All for our own safety…..the only protection we need is from a rougue government that has become a Fascist Dictatorship…..class dismissed!!!!!!

    • Graham

      If the Truth is going to Win, how could the author afford to deliberately tell any Lies?

      Sometimes it’s the job of the reader to follow the hyperlinks then optionally cross check the data with Government departments for clarity.

      Politicians are still legally answerable to the people, so you could always look them up and make some direct enquiries.

      Have you ever taken the time to contact a Politician about any matters that may be of concern to you?

    • Himmelflieger

      “…from reliable unbiased sources [sic]” Yes, wouldn’t we all LOVE reliable, unbiased sources? You be sure and tell us where those sources are. Please don’t make us laugh (or get downright livid) by implying that .gov websites are these reliable, unbiased sources. Most of us here are alive and know better from even recent events!

      I’m pretty sure God is the only sources right now that I’m throwing my opinion in with, and I don’t mean religion when I say God, I mean my own verified sources.

    • Chris

      You want government sources, yet you want unbiased sources? Pull your head out of your ass.

  • seth datta

    Guns in the US mean that the rich nwo b@stards cannot complete their rounding up of populations until they disarm you guys.

    • Ron W

      …which is the reason that they always EXEMPT themselves from “common sense” gun laws. In flagrant violation of “the equal protection of the laws” (14th Amendment) they work to take from others what they keep for themselves.

  • GE

    Please give references to the stats you quote. Thanks

  • J-Guy

    Note to self: put ‘Guns’ on Christmas list



    • Gregg Sheehan

      Jesus is part of the problem.

      People don’t choose to go insane.

      Something in the environment is what causes insanity.

      Chemicals in the brain cause malfunction.

      These toxic substances are either, absorbed through the skin, breathed into the lungs or ingested via the stomach.

      Lead is one such substance, wheat is an even worse one. (See “Wheat Brain”.)

      Virtually all of our modern illnesses, including mental ones, are caused by our adverse reaction to wheat and its modern genetic variations. Chemicals (exorphins), produced when we digest it, act on the same receptors in the brain that opiates do. We can experience a rush when we eat it and withdrawal when we abstain.

      Wheat can cause can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. (See Grain Brain.)

      Jesus should have stopped after sharing the fishes and left the loaves alone!

  • DJohn1

    I personally do not believe guns are the answer. Your right to own a gun is guaranteed by the constitution.

    I think we need a massive recall of government in all three branches of government of those that have given oath to protect the constitution and are now making a bad joke out of it. That includes judges that make law instead of interpreting law based on precedent.
    I believe that law should be based on the ten commandments of the Bible. When you do not follow that basic law then the entire thing falls apart.
    A very important influence in my life was a Realtor/broker. He said to use plain ordinary English when writing a real estate contract. He said to not try to legalize anything. He said plain ordinary English is virtually unbreakable in a court of law.
    He was wrong. The courts in our time are doing anything they want to do and ignore plain English in our constitution.

    When you buy a gun remember what Jesus said. Those that live by the sword will die by the sword. When you own a gun someone just might shoot you!

    There are times and places where having a weapon is the difference between living and dying. I can see having a weapon where government has indeed broken down. But no one says you have to stay there.
    Our history was one of conflicts with the native Indians. Some of which were savage and there was no protection except shooting back.
    Even then you had cowards sitting in law bodies that wanted to do away with weapons. Of course they were not in harm’s way.
    If I did use a weapon, it would be a good rifle with a 7 power scope for long range and a police 38 special for close up.
    Going against police makes no sense at all. Police going against civilians by not knocking first, identifying themselves as police and obtaining proper warrants puts police in jeopardy. Professionals do not disobey the law.
    Yet I see this happening by unprofessional thugs all the time in the news.
    We need to go to the top and start changing those in office that do not want to obey the laws of our land.

  • TazErase

    I agree with many of the comments. Although most of the “facts” listed are true, a reference to where these statistics can be found would further help our cause. Only liberals have no problem stating false facts from 20 year old studies with under 500 people polled where even the one that sponsored the poll states it was inaccurate even then, yet liberals love bringing up that most guns are bought without a background check.

  • skptk

    Ooh, that picture at the bottom of the post is making me salivate

  • SontauranEmpire

    And He said to them, “When I sent you out without
    money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?” They said, “No, nothing.” And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is
    to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.” Luke

    [Jesus instructing his disciples to arm themselves after he departs from them.]

    I believe very strongly in gun control. If there’s a gun around, I want to be controlling it.

  • desert dweller

    Someone needs to send this information to the IDIOT, Piers Morgan!

  • Julian Kaye

    “Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging” sounds eerily similar to the warnings from a former Islamic worshiper. The following snip gives a fine overview.

    “… Our children will immigrate from Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Indonesia and even from India to the US and to the other Western countries. They will go to the West for education in full scholarship. America is paying and will continue to pay for our children’s educations
    and their upbringing in state funded Islamic schools.

    We will use your welfare system. Our children will also send money home while they are preparing for Jihad.

    We will take the advantage of American kindness, gullibility, and compassion. When time comes, we will stab them in the back….”

    And, I want to be unarmed with this going on?

  • Open Carry Texas

    To me…. With all the mass shootings of late…… Makes me want to pac more because the risk is higher…….the traitors [anti-gun] logic to restrict guns at times of elevated threat levels makes no logical sence

  • JeanneMarie

    Drugs don’t cure anything! They only treat/mask the symptoms.

    • SontauranEmpire

      For the most part true, saving antibiotics. I should have said ‘treatments.’ But isn’t it better to treat the symptoms of, say, sickle-cell anemia than to live with it?

  • greyghost44

    If any unit of body should not have guns because of their mental stability, it should be all government people. From the President down to the Homeland Security.Look how many it has taken to put the United States in the mess we are in at this time. No sane person would allow this to happen to themselves, let alone the people they represent. God bless America and keep freedom s on top.

  • sin491

    I’m not usually the most observant person but this is very easy to see.
    Law abiding gun owners quickly understand that a gun gives them a means to protect themselves and their family. The flipside is that they must become even more law abiding and careful for to make a mistake means they will once again be defenseless and this is not a condition one wants to return to. In short more guns-less crime.

  • disqus_Hk6bAV5M1R

    Shhhh, Facts do not matter to those with an agenda.