What’s that narrative? Primarily due to the proliferation of guns and ammo, violent crime is out of control and its rise seems unstoppable. That is, unless guns and ammo are prohibited which, of course, requires shredding the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The actual narrative, based upon Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics from its 2013 Uniform Crime Report, indicates that:
- During the year 2012-2013, the number of violent crimes dropped across the United States by 4.4%.
- During the decade 2003-2013, the number of violent crimes declined by ~5%.
Ever heard those statistics reported by the mainstream media?
The actual narrative: Across the United States in 2013, there were 368 violent crimes/every 100k people. “Violent” means: murder, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery. In America’s 10 most dangerous states, there were 400+ violent crimes reported/100k residents. Those 10 most dangerous of the United States are:
- Alaska (the most dangerous of the United States)
- New Mexico
- South Carolina
Some additional factoids:
- All but 1 of the 10 most dangerous states reported a higher murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate than the national rate of 4.5 incidents/100k people.
- Louisiana reported ~11 murders/100,000 people, leading the nation.
- New Mexico led the nation with an estimated 450 aggravated assaults/100k residents.
Using the 2013 Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the folks over at 24/7 Wall St.com also discovered some other types of crimes that were also more prevalent in the 10 most dangerous of the United States:
- There were 3k+ property crimes reported/100k residents in 8 of the 10 most dangerous states. The national rate was 2,730/100k residents.
- 9 of the 50 most dangerous large U.S. cities were located in one or more of the 10 most dangerous states. Memphis, Tennessee, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Baltimore, Maryland had nearly the highest violent crime rates among U.S. cities.
- The poverty rate in 6 of the most dangerous 10 states was higher than the national rate of 15.8%. Nearly 22% of New Mexico residents live below the poverty line, the second-highest nationwide and #1 on this list.
- Lower levels of education result in lower incomes later in life, which in turn can contribute to higher crime rates.
Even though seemingly inevitable in any community, any incidence of crime is abhorrent. That’s why police departments exist and the Second Amendment grants people the right to own guns and ammo.
But, this study raises an important question: How is it possible that the mainstream media’s narrative could be so completely wrong?
The answer is simple: Ideologues spew their view of reality, whether or not it’s rooted in fact.
Let the discussion begin…
To read the 24/7 Wall St.com study, click on the following link: